Arts and Entertainment

Trump travel ban bands take stage at SXSW music fest

Bands with diaspora from the Muslim-majority countries on U.S. President Donald Trump travel ban took to the stage in Austin to build resistance against executive orders critics see as perpetuating bigotry. For many musicians in the ContraBanned showcase that went from Friday night to early Saturday at the South by Southwest music festival, the show put a human face on the countries ...

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‘It’s no longer about the vanity press’: self-publishing gains respect — and sales

Vancouver-based Sharon Rowse was thrilled when after years of trying she finally landed a book deal with a New York publisher.  “It had always been my dream to be published,” Rowse said.  Her novel, a historical crime story that takes place in her home town, had been “a bit of a hard sell” for the American market.  But reality poured a big bucket of cold water ...

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With new musical Sousatzka, Garth Drabinsky courts the limelight again

As the new musical Sousatzka prepares for its premiere in Toronto next week, there’s more at stake than just wooing the audience with catchy tunes and belting voices: The musical is seen by many as the attempted comeback of its producer, Garth Drabinsky. But not by Drabinsky himself. “I ignore it. I never took position that I left the entertainment business,” said ...

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Mike Myers on Saturday Night Live and late-night TV vs. Trump

While U.S. President Donald Trump’s impact on the economy after two months in the White House may be hard to measure, one sector that’s received a definite boost is late-night television. Saturday Night Live is undergoing a renaissance, experiencing its highest ratings in 24 years, fuelled in no small part by Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of Trump. While Canadian SNL alum Mike Myers enjoys that performance, ...

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Make love, not (just) war: Why romance is the key to Mass Effect games’ popularity

Mass Effect: Andromeda, which was developed by Canadian studio Bioware and is out next week, is the latest in a series of sprawling sci-fi action-adventure games. Trailers and previews promise multiple planets to explore, missions to complete and mysteries to uncover. But for many players who flocked to the series in the first place, all of this is secondary to ...

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Broadway star Audra McDonald calls Beauty and the Beast controversy ‘overblown’

Broadway star Audra McDonald adopted a “larger than life” diva persona and paired it with an Italian accent for the role of the wardrobe in Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast film. But that’s all been brushed aside by controversy.  Weeks before debuting on the big screen, the film sparked a boycott based on its characterization of Lefou as Disney’s first “openly gay character.” McDonald ...

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Merging literature and VR: Joycestick turns Joyce’s Ulysses into a virtual reality game

Students are developing a virtual reality game based on James Joyce’s Ulysses as part of a class at Boston College. The goal of Joycestick is to expose new audiences to the works of one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors, as well as to give a glimpse of how virtual reality can be used to enhance literature, said Joseph Nugent, the Boston College ...

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Netflix to drop star ratings for thumbs up, thumbs down system

New ‘Members were sometimes confused about how to think about rating a title’ with stars, says spokesperson By Haydn Watters, CBC News Posted: Mar 17, 2017 3:14 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 17, 2017 3:17 PM ET Related Stories Say goodbye to the Netflix star. The video service is shedding its five-star rating system sometime next month in favour of the thumbs ...

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‘To refuse somebody so desperate is almost a crime:’ Ai Weiwei unveils new refugee-themed artwork in Prague

​Chinese conceptual artist and political activist Ai Weiwei has placed his latest refugee-themed installation — a black rubber boat with 258 figures onboard — in Prague, the capital of a European Union country that has opposed the bloc’s efforts to redistribute migrants among member nations. The giant piece, titled Law of the Journey, attests to Ai’s concern with the plight of migrants who embark ...

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‘I want justice’: Woman sues actor James Woods for tweet suggesting she gave Nazi salute

Friday March 17, 2017 more stories from this episode Ever since actor James Wood tweeted that Portia Boulger might be the woman seen giving a Nazi salute at a Donald Trump rally, the Ohio activist says she has faced an onslaught of online harassment, strange anonymous phone calls and even death threats. “I got horrible, horrible, nasty comments. They called me most ...

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