Arts and Entertainment

Lyra returns: Philip Pullman to release His Dark Materials follow-up trilogy

Here are words millions of readers have waited many years to hear: Lyra Belacqua, and her daemon, are back. The irrepressible young heroine of Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials returns in a new novel being published in Britain and the U.S. on Oct. 19, the first part of a new three-book series collectively entitled The Book of Dust. For ...

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Provocative, experimental, challenging: 2017 Governor General’s Media and Visual Arts winners announced

A sculptor whose best-known ceramics work was once rejected for display at a World Expo by the federal government is among the winners of this year’s Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Glenn Lewis is one of eight laureates who will be honoured by the Canada Council for the Arts, the organization announced Wednesday. The Vancouver artist shook ...

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Feeling the love: Winnipeg author’s romance book read 130M times online

A Winnipeg author said she has no idea how her online novel was read 130 million times, and she’s at a loss for words knowing physical copies of her book will be available on store shelves this fall. Isabelle Ronin found out recently her romance book Chasing Red will be published, after being hosted on the online user-generated storytelling site Wattpad. A counter ...

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‘Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?’ Harrison Ford involved in airplane incident: reports

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday it is investigating an incident involving a single-engine private plane that flew over an American Airlines Boeing 737 jet in Santa Ana, Calif. NBC News reported that actor Harrison Ford was piloting the private plane, an Aviat Husky, that was involved in an incident at John Wayne Airport on Monday afternoon. FAA ...

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Making a Murderer inmate Brendan Dassey’s appeal hits U.S. federal court

New Dassey remains in prison pending appeal, after conviction overturned The Associated Press Posted: Feb 14, 2017 12:18 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 14, 2017 12:18 PM ET Related Stories A federal appeals court will consider the fate of a Wisconsin inmate Brendan Dassey, featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer. Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 ...

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Tatiana Maslany, Eugene and Dan Levy among presenters at Canadian Screen Awards

March 12 ceremony to honour the best in Canadian TV, film and digital programming The Associated Press Posted: Feb 14, 2017 10:55 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 14, 2017 10:55 AM ET Related Stories Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, Schitt’s Creek leads Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Daniel Levy, and Sons of Anarchy alumnus Kim Coates will be among the presenters at this ...

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Cineplex hosts free Sharkwater screenings in memory of conservationist filmmaker Rob Stewart

Cineplex will honour the late Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart by hosting screenings of his documentary Sharkwater in support of charity at select theatres across Canada next week. Stewart’s body was recovered on Feb. 3 days after he went missing off the coast of Florida where he had been scuba diving with friends. He had been in Florida filming a Sharkwater followup entitled Sharkwater Extinction. He was ...

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Spoiler alert! Current competitor Rachel Lindsay to be ABC’s first black Bachelorette

New 31-year-old attorney yet to be eliminated from current season of The Bachelor The Associated Press Posted: Feb 14, 2017 8:27 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 14, 2017 8:27 AM ET Related Stories ABC has named a black woman as its “Bachelorette” for the first time in the show’s history. Rachel Lindsay will lead the 13th season of The Bachelor spinoff. ...

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Playboy Magazine ‘reclaiming’ nudity in bid to attract readers

Naked women are back in Playboy magazine, ending a year-old ban on the nudity that made the magazine famous. Playboy celebrated the reversal on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag (hash)NakedIsNormal. The about-face came Monday with the release of Playboy’s March-April issue. The 63-year-old magazine had banished naked women from its print edition because it felt the content had become ...

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Disney drops YouTube star PewDiePie over anti-Semitic videos

PewDiePie has more than 53 million subscribers on his YouTube channel CBC News Posted: Feb 13, 2017 9:58 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 13, 2017 9:58 PM ET A Disney-owned studio has cancelled its contract with a popular YouTube star after anti-Semitic videos surfaced last week, multiple U.S. news outlets are reporting. Maker Studios confirmed to Variety on Monday that ...

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