Arts and Entertainment

Netflix plans to release 80 original movies in 2018

Netflix is ramping up its feature film offerings, vowing to release approximately 80 original films in 2018. The company said it plans to increase its spending on content to between $7 billion and $8 billion (all figures U.S.) next year, executives revealed on Monday during updates about the firm’s third-quarter earnings. That’s up from the $6 billion Netflix spent this year.  ...

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Toronto historian tracks down mystery house in Lawren Harris painting

Tuesday October 17, 2017 more stories from this episode Read Story Transcript It’s a painting of a fairly nondescript house.  But House, Toronto is the work of Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris, which makes both the painting, and the mystery Toronto property it depicts, significantly more interesting.  Ellen Scheinberg is a historian and heritage consultant who was tasked with finding a Toronto house ...

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John Dunsworth, Mr. Lahey on Trailer Park Boys, dead at 71

John Dunsworth, a Nova Scotia actor best known as the irreverent trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey, has died at the age of 71. Dunsworth played Mr. Lahey on Trailer Park Boys, and is also known for his portrayal of Dave Teagues in the series Haven. “With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know ...

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Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner engaged to DNCE’s Joe Jonas

The Associated Press Posted: Oct 16, 2017 2:10 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 16, 2017 2:10 PM ET DNCE singer Joe Jonas is engaged to Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. Turner and Jonas shared the same photo on Instagram on Sunday of her hand sporting a diamond ring and resting on top of his. Turner noted in her caption that she ...

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WWE signs first woman wrestler from Arab world in global push

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. signed its first female performer from the Arab world on Sunday, smashing cultural taboos as the U.S.-based pageant seeks to piledrive its way into lucrative foreign markets. Shadia Bseiso, a Jordanian versed in jiu-jitsu, dreams of encouraging more Arab women to take up sports — and of one day maybe even crashing a metal chair over ...

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Women identify as assault, harassment victims using #metoo hashtag

Thousands of women are responding to actress Alyssa Milano’s call to tweet “me too” to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault following the recent revelation of decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Milano suggested women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted post the message on Twitter on Sunday. A flood of messages has ...

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Actors union says performers could lose work if they report harassment

In the wake of revelations about film executive Harvey Weinstein, the union that represents Canadian performers has weighed in on the issue of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.  “I think the problem with this is a fear of reporting,” said Sue Brouse, director of human resources for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists, during an interview with On the Coast‘s Michelle Eliot. On Saturday, the Academy ...

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Jesse Wente on the ‘golden age’ of Indigenous cinema

more stories from this episode The 18th annual imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival boasts a roster of talented Indigenous filmmakers from around the globe. With over 100 features, documentaries, and shorts, it’s the largest Indigenous film festival in the world. This year’s festival will open with Waru — which means eight in Māori —a powerful film about the complexities of child ...

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The Hockey Sweater: A Musical offers fresh take on classic tale

In the winter of 1946, a young boy in Sainte-Justine, Que. was nauseated. The reason? Roch Carrier’s mail-order Montreal Canadiens sweater, complete with Maurice “The Rocket” Richard’s iconic No. 9, had been replaced by what he considered to be the worst possible thing in the world: a blue and white Toronto Maple Leafs sweater. Canadians know the story well — The Hockey ...

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