Canada Entertainment & Arts
Justin Bieber's mother praises son for his 'character and integrity'
New Rufus Wainwright production 'Hadrian' headlines Canadian Opera Company season
Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan left upbeat voicemail hours before death
10 Netflix original movies to look out for in 2018
Juno 365 Sessions: James Barker Band covers 'Complicated'
California agents seize singer Chris Brown's pet monkey
Bug-sniffing dog hired by Boston's Museum of Fine Arts
Justin Bieber's mother praises son for his 'character and integrity'
2018-01-19 08:14:10 Justin Bieber’s mother has heaped praise on her “amazing” son just days after his girlfriend Selena Gomez’s mother made it clear she was not thrilled the couple was back together. Earlier this week, Mandy Teefey admitted she was “not happy” with the fact her daughter appears to be getting back together with the Baby hitmaker. Gomez and Bieber have not responded to Teefey’s comments, but his mother, Pattie Mallette, has now taken to social media to express how proud she is of her son   Read More ...
Videotron to raise cable TV and internet prices by up to $8 on March 1
2018-01-19 07:41:22 Telecom company Videotron is raising prices for its cable television and internet customers and some say they’re surprised by the size of the increase. “Videotron’s continuing priority is to offer the best client experience and services at competitive prices. To be able to do that and to continue meeting our customers’ ever-growing needs for entertainment and connectivity, Videotron needs to invest considerable amounts in its infrastructure on a yearly basis,” said Marie-Ève Villeneuve, the company’s director of external communications   Read More ...
Jann Arden and Bob Rock to co-host 2018 Juno Songwriters' Circle
2018-01-19 06:04:19 The Juno Songwriters' Circle is an event that Juno Week attendees look forward to every spring, and this year eight-time Juno Award-winning musician Jann Arden and Grammy-winning producer Bob Rock will co-host the intimate event at Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre. Presented by SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers, the 2018 Juno Songwriters' Circle will be held on March 25 from 12 to 2 p   Read More ...
Study suggests building second Hollywood sign to ease crowds
2018-01-19 05:41:39 LOS ANGELES -- Locals and tourists alike appreciate the Hollywood sign, so why not build another? That's one of the suggestions from a study seeking ways to ease frustration about traffic near the world famous sign in Los Angeles. The second sign on the other side of the hill would face toward the suburban San Fernando Valley. The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that a few of the less fanciful ideas include a shuttle to ferry visitors to trails near the sign and an aerial tram to offer birds-eye views   Read More ...
Céline Dion cancels 2 more concerts in Las Vegas
2018-01-18 03:04:21 Canadian singer's fans frustrated with last-minute show cancellations Related Stories Céline Dion has pulled out of another two concerts in Las Vegas, making it five shows she's had to cancel this month due to illness. A statement on Dion's Facebook page says concerts scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday were cancelled because she "has been suffering for the past week from congestion and irritation of the vocal chords due to a lingering cold   Read More ...
'Me We Everybody': These Winnipeg kids are making art that reflects their Canada
2018-01-17 22:13:06 Art City , the free, Winnipeg-based, after-school art program that every city wishes it had, is launching their first curated exhibit — " Me We Everybody " — on January 11, 2018 at La Maison des Artistes Visuels Francophones in Winnipeg's French quarter. The exhibit will feature a selection of artworks — including video art, photography, ceramics and collaborative murals — by the drop-in centre's youth participants, which represent a snapshot of Canada from the young artists' perspectives   Read More ...
Ellen Pompeo's new deal makes her the highest-paid TV actress
2018-01-17 22:12:56 Ellen Pompeo is set to become the highest-paid actress in television after signing a groundbreaking new deal with bosses at ABC Studios. The Grey’s Anatomy star has signed on for another two seasons of the hit medical drama and is expected to make over $550,000 per episode. Ellen will also serve as the co-producer on Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes’ upcoming spin-off   Read More ...
Fans’ frustration grows as Celine Dion cancels another two Vegas concerts
2018-01-17 22:12:48 LAS VEGAS — Celine Dion has pulled out of another two concerts in Las Vegas, making it five shows she’s had to cancel this month due to illness. A statement on Dion’s Facebook page says concerts scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday were cancelled because she “has been suffering for the past week from congestion and irritation of the vocal chords due to a lingering cold   Read More ...
New Google app pairs famous Canadians with their classic art doppelgangers
2018-01-17 22:05:32 To drum up buzz for its new Arts & Culture app, Google debuted a program that allows users to snap a selfie of themselves and search through databases of classic art to see if they have a lookalike hanging in a museum. Because Google must continually test our faith in their omniscient benevolence, the app is not available in Canada for unspecified reasons   Read More ...
Hidden Spaces: Inside Canada's largest concert pipe organ at the Winspear Centre
2018-01-17 20:39:04 The Davis Concert Pipe Organ, inside the Francis Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton, is Canada’s largest pipe organ. In the 15 years since its creation, less than 30 people have been allowed to venture inside the organ. The organ was madepossible through a gift from a single donor — Stewart Davis, a retired University of Alberta chemistry professor and longtime symphony subscriber, who donated $2 million in honour of his late wife, Winona Davis   Read More ...
Michelle Williams engaged to Andrew Youmans: Report
2018-01-17 20:14:02 Michelle Williams is reportedly engaged to her businessman boyfriend Andrew Youmans. The All the Money in the World star sparked speculation Andrew had proposed to her after appearing on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month with a sparkling heart-shaped diamond ring on her ring finger. According to Us Weekly, multiple sources have confirmed the actress’ engagement to the 50-year-old financial consultant, with one insider saying, “She wants a good guy and a stable family life   Read More ...
Stranger Things’ David Harbour agrees to officiate fan’s wedding if she gets 125,000 retweets
2018-01-17 20:13:58 Stranger Things star David Harbour has agreed to officiate a fan’s wedding if she gets 125,000 r. The 42-year-old actor has become a household name through his role of police Chief Jim Hopper in the hit Netflix series, and will be increasing his profile even more when he fronts the new Hellboy reboot later this year. Thanks to his rising fame, David is constantly being asked for favours by his fans, and obliges wherever possible   Read More ...
A 'men's rights activist' edited 'The Last Jedi' to remove all the women
2018-01-17 20:13:50 “Star Wars: The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit” is a divisive film, even within the community of men’s rights activists for whom it was made. Some appreciated the recut, which pares the run time of the 2 1/2-hour “Last Jedi” down to 46 minutes by deleting “most shots showing female fighters/pilots and female officers commanding people around/having ideas,” as its creator explained in, uh, let’s call it marketing material   Read More ...
Hidden Spaces: Inside Canada's largest concert pipe organ at the Winspear Centre
2018-01-17 20:13:35 The Davis Concert Pipe Organ, inside the Francis Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton, is Canada’s largest pipe organ. In the 15 years since its creation, less than 30 people have been allowed to venture inside the organ. The organ was madepossible through a gift from a single donor — Stewart Davis, a retired University of Alberta chemistry professor and longtime symphony subscriber, who donated $2 million in honour of his late wife, Winona Davis   Read More ...
New Rufus Wainwright production 'Hadrian' headlines Canadian Opera Company season
2018-01-17 19:12:55 TORONTO — The world premiere of a new production by Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor headlines the Canadian Opera Company’s coming season. “Hadrian,” Wainwright’s second opera, is described as “a poetic meditation on the ways that love overturns worlds both political and personal.” Wainwright says the opera was inspired by his reading of the novel “Memoirs of Hadrian” by Marguerite Yourcenar about the life of the Roman emperor   Read More ...
Misstress Barbara keeps her cool at Igloofest
2018-01-17 18:38:19 Misstress Barbara is the first to admit she may be mellowing with age. Exhibit A: On New Year’s Eve, she stayed in, at least until 1 a.m., then wandered over to her neighbourhood watering hole, Brasserie Harricana, for a drink with her friends who own the place. It’s not that the internationally renowned Montreal techno DJ couldn’t find a gig for the biggest party night of the year   Read More ...
Alec Baldwin defends Woody Allen as more actors and actresses denounce him
2018-01-17 18:07:01 With news in recent weeks that Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet have expressed their regret for working with Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin has come out in defence of the director. Allen has been hounded by accusations that he molested daughter Dylan Farrow when she was a child in 1992 – which she has written about at length in two editorials, for the New York Times in 2014 and the L   Read More ...
Fans' frustration grows as Celine Dion cancels another two Vegas concerts
2018-01-17 18:06:35 LAS VEGAS — Celine Dion has pulled out of another two concerts in Las Vegas, making it five shows she’s had to cancel this month due to illness. A statement on Dion’s Facebook page says concerts scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday were cancelled because she “has been suffering for the past week from congestion and irritation of the vocal chords due to a lingering cold   Read More ...
Canadian films 'telling universal stories' head to Sundance and Slamdance fests
2018-01-17 14:34:03 Two islands -- one that risks being swallowed by the ocean because of climate change, the other the fictitious home of director Wes Anderson's stop-motion animation dogs -- are among the subjects Canadians are exploring at the 34th Sundance Film Festival. Canada has 11 films and two VR works premiering at Sundance, which kicks off Thursday and runs through Jan. 28 in the mountain resort town of Park City, Utah, not far from Salt Lake City   Read More ...
U.K. police say death of Dolores O'Riordan is not suspicious
2018-01-17 06:29:18 'She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week,' says friend Related Stories The death of The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, British police said Tuesday. A friend said the singer sounded excited and "full of life" just hours before her death. O'Riordan, 46, was found dead Monday morning at a London hotel   Read More ...
'Anne' has leading 13 Canadian Screen Award nominations
2018-01-16 16:05:09 TORONTO -- The CBC/Netflix TV series "Anne" has a leading 13 nominations heading into this year's Canadian Screen Awards. The TV adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic novel is followed by "Cardinal" and "Kim's Convenience" with 12 nominations apiece, and "Alias Grace" and "Schitt's Creek" with 11 each. On the film side, "Ava," "Never Steady, Never Still" and "Hochelaga, Land of Souls" lead with eight nominations each   Read More ...
Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan left upbeat voicemail hours before death
2018-01-16 15:10:37 Dolores O’ Riordan sounded upbeat in a phone message she left for a friend hours before her death. Just hours before her sudden passing in London on Monday, The Cranberries’ frontwoman’s friend Dan Waite, international managing director of Eleven Seven Music, who used to manage the Irish musician, received a voicemail from her on his phone. Waite shared in a statement to WENN that the Linger songstress sounded “full of life” the day before a studio session with hard rock band, Bad Wolves   Read More ...
Canadian Screen Awards 2018: Film, TV and digital media nominees unveiled
2018-01-16 15:07:47 Broadcast gala takes place March 11 in Toronto Organizers are set to unveil the latest nominees for the Canadian Screen Awards. The annual Canadian honour celebrates excellence in film, television and digital media productions. The awards are administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Winners will be announced at various events during the academy's annual Canadian Screen Week celebrations, which culminate in the televised Canadian Screen Awards gala in Toronto on March 11   Read More ...
Dolores O'Riordan, Cranberries lead singer, dead in London at 46
2018-01-15 21:06:08 Performer had travelled to Toronto over recent holiday season to visit her children Related Stories Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish band the Cranberries, has died at age 46. O'Riordan died in London, where she was recording, publicist Lindsey Holmes said. The cause of death wasn't immediately available. Holmes said the singer's family is devastated by the news. O'Riordan had travelled to Toronto over this past holiday season to visit her children   Read More ...
10 Netflix original movies to look out for in 2018
2018-01-15 20:13:12 When you can fall into a pile of centaur dung and come up smelling like fairy dust, you must be doing something right. That’s how it went with last month’s Bright, the latest high-profile original movie released on streaming giant Netflix. Set in an alternate version of the present where fantasy critters like elves, dragons, fairies and centaurs are real, it stars Will Smith as a gritty LAPD cop forced to team up with a rookie partner   Read More ...
Juno 365 Sessions: James Barker Band covers 'Complicated'
2018-01-14 21:07:37 CBC Music is excited to partner with CARAS to present the 2018 Juno Awards. For over 40 years the Juno Awards have celebrated the best in Canadian music, including the prestigious award for single of the year. CBC Music has asked some of today's hottest Canadian acts to cover a past single of the year. First up is James Barker Band, who chose Avril Lavigne's "Complicated," single of the year at the 2003 Juno Awards   Read More ...
Man pleads guilty to hacking iCloud accounts of Jennifer Lawrence and others
2018-01-13 21:04:59 George Garofano was charged in 2014 case involving private photos of celebs such as Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst Related Stories A Connecticut man charged with hacking into more than 250 iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and ordinary people has agreed to plead guilty, U.S. federal prosecutors said Thursday. The charge against George Garofano, 26, of North Branford, stems from the investigation into the 2014 scandal in which the private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and others were made public   Read More ...
Leonardo DiCaprio joins Tarantino’s Manson Family film
2018-01-13 19:08:15 Leonardo DiCaprio is reteaming with Quentin Tarantino for the director’s new film about the Manson Family murders. DiCaprio, who played the villain of Tarantino’s 2012 slave drama Django Unchained, will lead the cast in the untitled new film – the moviemaker’s first with a major studio. The project will be Leonardo’s first since he won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Hugh Glass in The Revenant   Read More ...
California agents seize singer Chris Brown's pet monkey
2018-01-13 18:07:16 Musician posted video on social media last month of capuchin with daughter, prompting complaints California fish and wildlife agents have seized Chris Brown's pet monkey from his Los Angeles home. Capt. Patrick Foy says Friday that investigators determined the singer didn't have a permit for the capuchin monkey, named Fiji. The Forever singer posted an Instagram video last month showing his three-year-old daughter, Royalty, cuddling with the monkey   Read More ...
Canadian R&B singer Deborah Cox takes on Whitney Houston role in 'The Bodyguard'
2018-01-13 13:41:02 Deborah Cox was a teenager living in Toronto when “The Bodyguard” arrived in movie theaters in 1992. The story of the unlikely romance involving a pop singer (Whitney Houston) and her bodyguard (Kevin Costner) was a runaway success, and its enormously popular soundtrack album sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. “I remember playing it over and over again,” says Cox, who's playing the Houston role in the touring stage version of “The Bodyguard” that opens Tuesday at the Fisher Theater   Read More ...
Meet the women and non-binary folks fighting for gender equality in electronic music
2018-01-13 05:08:17 The electronic music scene, from DJing to making DIY mods to synthesizers, has felt exclusionary to some women and non-binary people — including the three you'll meet in this video. So opening up the club, through everything from public programming to a database of working women DJs, has been a vital step in achieving gender parity. Digital design technician Andrew O'Mara works to create an accessible space for those exploring capabilities of synthesizers: "Electronic music is a very expressive art form and I think there are a lot of people who want to create music of their own but might not have the knowledge or resources to do that   Read More ...
Aida’s Secrets; family mysteries in the shadow of the Holocaust
2018-01-13 04:39:44 The upheavals of the Holocaust didn’t end with the liberation of the camps at the end of the war. As Aida’s Secrets shows, families continued to be sundered even in the aftermath of the Nazi defeat. The complicated tale in this documentary starts with Izak Sagi, whose childhood in Israel in the 1950s was interrupted by the news that he was adopted; his birth mother, Aida, was a striking blonde who lived in Canada, and visited him briefly in Israel   Read More ...
The real reason to see Mountain is because it’s there
2018-01-13 04:38:29 It may seem petty to fault a film for being too beautiful, but that’s the biggest problem with Mountain, a gorgeous documentary about the ways in which humans relate to the world’s highest places – by climbing them, skiing down them and sometimes jumping off them, on a wingsuit and a prayer. The images are stunning, but they’d be even more so on an IMAX or similar large-scale screen   Read More ...
Bug-sniffing dog hired by Boston's Museum of Fine Arts
2018-01-12 06:09:05 A 12-week-old Weimaraner puppy named Riley was just hired by Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to help sniff out bugs that could potentially damage the priceless works of art that fill the building. For more info, please go to Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: Like Global News on Facebook HERE: Follow Global News on Twitter HERE:   Read More ...
Boston bugs beware, this puppy’s coming for you at the museum
2018-01-12 03:32:37 Bugs that may be infesting Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) will need to watch out — there’s a new exterminator in town.A 12-week-old Weimaraner puppy named Riley was just hired by the museum to help sniff out bugs that could potentially damage the priceless works of art that fill the building. According to the museum, pests are an ongoing concern for museums but the puppy will add an extra layer of protection on top of the already existing protocols in place   Read More ...
Classics old and new heat up Montreal theatre’s winter season
2018-01-11 21:37:32 Montreal theatre’s winter season gets underway this week with two premières from notable female Quebec playwrights. Théâtre La Licorne (4559 Papineau Ave.) premières La Meute (Jan. 16 to Feb. 3), a dark thriller set in a bed and breakfast from the prolific Catherine-Anne Toupin. Centre du Théâtre d’aujourd’hui (3900 St-Denis St.) boasts a new play from Sarah Berthiaume: Nyotaimori (Jan. 16 to Feb   Read More ...
How often do the Oscars and Golden Globes align?
2018-01-11 20:15:56 The first major awards show of the year was full of surprises. Several films considered fan and critic favorites, including “The Post,” “Get Out” and “Dunkirk,” were not just shut out of the Golden Globes best picture awards Sunday, but all categories. Talk immediately turned to whether the best drama winner “Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri” is now an Oscar front-runner   Read More ...
Marvel developing Black Widow film starring Scarlett Johansson
2018-01-11 20:12:53 Scarlett Johansson is preparing to star in a standalone Black Widow film for Marvel Studios. The actress has portrayed the superhero vixen in six films for the comics company in the Captain America and Avengers franchises, and Variety reports movie bosses are now seriously considering moving forward on a spinoff with her character as the lead. Sources tell the outlet Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has tapped Jac Schaeffer to write the script after interviewing several screenwriters, with Johansson also participating in talks surrounding the selection of the writer   Read More ...
Singer Seal slams Harvey Weinstein pal Oprah as ‘part of the problem’
2018-01-11 20:12:27 No roses, just thorns for Oprah Winfrey. Kiss From a Rose singer Seal is slamming the talk queen following her Golden Globes speech as being “part of the problem for decades.” Winfrey’s “you-go-girl monologue” fell flat with the British singer, who took to Instagram to voice his displeasure. On Wednesday, the singer republished a pair of photos of Winfrey whooping it up with disgraced Tinseltown titan Harvey Weinstein   Read More ...
Paddington 2 might just be the best bear movie since Winnie the Pooh
2018-01-11 19:34:10 , released three years ago, was bearable. The sequel, against all the laws of cinema, is something more. It is the sublime ursine. How did the filmmakers do it? There are lessons aplenty for would-be purveyors of family-friendly franchises. 1. Hire good actors. Everyone in the cast is at the top of their game. Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) is the scion of Harry Potter royalty; bears voiced by Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton in a brief flashback that kicks off the film   Read More ...