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'I want Uncle Jesse': John Stamos FaceTimes tearful three-year-old 'Full House' fan
Nun collapses, dies in court amidst nasty legal battle over convent with Katy Perry
Nun who begged Katy Perry not to buy her convent dies after collapsing in court
Jay-Z and Beyonce to tour this summer and fall
American Idol 2018, Deception, Shondaland's For The People and O.J.'s Lost Confession top this week's TV must-sees
Norm Macdonald to host Netflix talk show
'I want Uncle Jesse': John Stamos FaceTimes tearful three-year-old 'Full House' fan
2018-03-13 00:13:44 John Stamos FaceTimed a tearful Full House fan on Sunday, after seeing footage of the three-year-old crying over his character on the TV show. The 54-year-old actor played Uncle Jesse in the sitcom and reprised his role for its reboot Fuller House in 2016. The programme has been hugely successful with fans of the original show, which ran from 1987 to 1995, and has also attracted a host of new, young fans, including three-year-old Iris Houston, whose mother Rachael shared a video on Instagram which showed the tot crying that she wanted to talk to Uncle Jesse   Read More ...
Beyonce, Jay-Z announce 'On the Run II' tour -- with only 1 Canadian date
2018-03-12 22:11:36 NEW YORK — Jay-Z and Beyonce have announced they’ll hit the road together this summer and fall for a stadium tour. The hip-hop super couple will kick off their “On the Run II” tour June 6 in Cardiff, Wales. The tour will hit 15 cities across the United Kingdom and Europe and 21 cities in North America, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami   Read More ...
Eric McCormack to star in 'The Fantasticks' at Stratford Festival
2018-03-12 22:11:31 TORONTO — Eric McCormack is returning to his roots at the Stratford Festival for a special one-night only performance of “The Fantasticks.” The “Will & Grace” star will take the stage in October for what’s being called a “special concert version” of the world’s longest running musical. “The Fantasticks in Concert” follows the story of two fathers who create the illusion of a feud between them in hopes of tricking their children into falling in love   Read More ...
Beyoncé and Jay-Z announce joint On The Run II tour, 1 Canadian date
2018-03-12 21:33:45 Jay-Z and Beyoncé have announced they’ll hit the road together this summer and fall for a stadium tour.Fans had speculated that the couple was planning a joint tour after a listing was posted on Ticketmaster and on Beyoncé’s Facebook page last Tuesday.After rumours swirled over the past week, the couple revealed the tour news through a video that was posted to Beyoncé’s Instagram   Read More ...
Cameron Diaz quit acting? Pal Selma Blair says she's 'done'
2018-03-12 20:15:19 Cameron Diaz is done with acting! As RadarOnline.com has learned, the star’s A-lister pal Selma Blair claims the blonde beauty is happy with her life at home and doesn’t plan on returning to the film industry! “I had lunch with Cameron the other day, we were reminiscing about the film,” Blair said of her The Sweetest Thing costar during the Vanity Fair Oscars Party   Read More ...
’Maudie’ tops Canadian Screen Awards
2018-03-12 18:14:57 TORONTO — “Maudie,” starring recent Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins as real-life Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis and Ethan Hawke as her fish peddler husband, took a leading seven film trophies on Sunday as light-hearted Canuck jokes mixed with politically charged speeches at the Canadian Screen Awards. The Canada-Ireland co-production won best picture as well as best supporting actor for Hawke and best actress for Hawkins, who was recently nominated for an Oscar for her starring turn in the Ontario-shot, Academy Award-winning film “The Shape of Water   Read More ...
Nun collapses, dies in court amidst nasty legal battle over convent with Katy Perry
2018-03-12 18:07:43 As the sort of legal battle that could only happen in Los Angeles, a nun died this week in court amidst a dispute over the sale of a convent to Katy Perry of all people. Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, an 89-year-old Roman Catholic nun, had been fighting Perry over the sale of the eight-acre Los Angeles convent. Holzman collapsed during a court appearance on Friday, Reuters reports, and died shortly after   Read More ...
Nun who begged Katy Perry not to buy her convent dies after collapsing in court
2018-03-12 17:11:51 LOS ANGELES — A nun involved in a lawsuit with pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a convent in Los Angeles died after collapsing during a court appearance. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez says Sister Catherine Rose Holzman died Friday. She was 89. Hours before her death, Holzman spoke to KTTV, speaking out against a judge’s ruling that cleared the way for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to sell a convent in the Los Feliz neighbourhood to Perry   Read More ...
Jay-Z and Beyonce to tour this summer and fall
2018-03-12 17:07:02 NEW YORK - Jay-Z and Beyonce have announced they'll hit the road together this summer and fall for a stadium tour. The hip-hop super couple will kick off their “On the Run II” tour June 6 in Cardiff, Wales. The tour will hit 15 cities across the United Kingdom and Europe and 21 cities in North America, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami   Read More ...
'Black Panther,' 4 weeks in, tops 'A Wrinkle in Time'
2018-03-12 16:13:38 LOS ANGELES — T’Challa still rules the box office four weeks in, even with the fresh rivalry of another Walt Disney Studios release in “A Wrinkle in Time.” “Black Panther” took the No. 1 spot at the North American box office with $41.1 million according to studio estimates Sunday, leaving another newcomer in its wake. The Marvel and Disney phenomenon crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide this weekend and became the 7th highest grossing domestic release with $562 million   Read More ...
Canadian Screen Awards 2018 winners: ‘Maudie’ wins big at TV, movie awards
2018-03-12 15:33:42 Biopic Maudie was the big winner at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday, taking home awards in several of the top categories including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.Based on the true story of Nova Scotia folk artist Maude Lewis, a woman crippled with arthritis who, after a rough upbringing, finds herself married to a surly fish peddler as her bright and quirky nature paintings gain in popularity   Read More ...
Country music star Tim McGraw collapses on stage in Ireland
2018-03-12 15:06:38 DUBLIN -- Country music star Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Ireland. Rolling Stone magazine reports McGraw collapsed while performing Sunday night in Dublin. McGraw's wife, singer Faith Hill, can be seen in a video on a fan's Instagram page saying, "He's been super dehydrated. I apologize, but I made the decision that he cannot come back out on stage   Read More ...
Tim McGraw collapses during Dublin concert
2018-03-12 14:10:07 Tim Mcgraw collapsed on stage during a concert in Ireland on Sunday night. The 50-year-old singer was performing at the Country to Country (C2C) music festival in Dublin when he unexpectedly dropped to his knees while singing his single Humble & Kind. McGraw then sat down on the stage, before the concert was halted so he could receive medical attention backstage   Read More ...
Taylor Swift debuts 'Delicate' music video
2018-03-12 05:06:53 On Sunday night, Taylor Swift won the prize for female artist of the year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. She wasn’t there to accept in person, which is no surprise – the pop megastar has been mostly out of the public view for many months. “Hey guys, I just wanted to say thank you so much for this award,” Swift said to the audience in a pre-taped video, explaining she couldn’t attend because she’s in rehearsals for her upcoming world tour   Read More ...
'Time for us to tell our story': Church of Scientology launching TV network
2018-03-12 00:08:33 The Church of Scientology is about to get its own television channel starting Monday. A Twitter handle, website and app for Scientology TV appeared Sunday posting updates to hype the network's availability on DIRECTV, AppleTV, Roku, fireTV, Chromecast, iTunes and Google Play. A tweet Sunday from the ScientologyTV account says, "It's time for us to tell our story." Scientology has been the subject of a handful of high-profile projects investigating its alleged abuses of former members including Leah Remini's A&E docuseries Scientology and the Aftermath and Alex Gibney's Emmy-winning documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief   Read More ...
Musicians hold free charity concert for Quebec mosque shooting survivor
2018-03-11 21:03:40 A group of Quebec musicians are holding a free concert on Sunday in support of Aymen Derbali, who survived the deadly attack on a mosque in Quebec City last year. Derbali was left paralyzed from the waist down after a shooter opened fire at a Quebec City mosque on Jan. 29, 2017. The shooting left six dead and five seriously injured – a number that may have been higher if it weren’t for Derbali   Read More ...
American Idol 2018, Deception, Shondaland's For The People and O.J.'s Lost Confession top this week's TV must-sees
2018-03-11 18:12:42 American Idol. Season Premiere. After two years off the air, the iconic singing competition responsible for the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Ruben Studdard, will return in the hopes of finding a new star. Ryan Seacrest will take up his former place as host, while Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will join the all-new panel for the revamped series set to air twice weekly   Read More ...
Get a sneak peek of The Artists, our new series on the visionary creators of classic video games
2018-03-11 03:05:31 From its beginnings as a bizarre electronic curio for kids in the early 70s through its ubiquitous worldwide ascent in the late 90s, video games haven't stopped inspiring and inciting an eager audience over the last 40 years. The Artists dives into the relatively undocumented first three decades of the video game industry and tells you the stories of the designers, companies and, of course, seminal games that have transformed video game history through these eras   Read More ...
Emma Watson, 'Glee' star Chord Overstreet seen holding hands
2018-03-10 16:09:36 Actress Emma Watson has stepped out hand-in-hand with her rumoured new boyfriend, former Glee star Chord Overstreet. The stars sparked romance speculation last Sunday after they were spotted leaving the Vanity Fair Oscars party with a group of friends, weeks after the pair also attended a Hollywood concert by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats at the Troubadour in February. Watson and Overstreet appear to have since confirmed the news with a cozy outing in Los Angeles on Thursday, when the Harry Potter star was pictured smiling, dressed in a black-and-white striped shirt, black jeans, and booties, with a red sweater slung over her shoulder   Read More ...
What do Indigenous mythologies and Biblical creation stories have in common? | CBC Arts
2018-03-10 14:16:55 Video What do Indigenous mythologies and Biblical creation stories have in common? Kenneth Lavallee's mural at the Winnipeg Art Gallery depicts the "Great Flood" as part of the gallery's largest exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art ever. Kenneth Lavallee's mural depicts the 'Great Flood' at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Growing up in Winnipeg, Kenneth Lavallee would admire the city's murals from the bus window and dream of the day his artwork would be on public display   Read More ...
Language barrier: Why some of Canada's diverse filmmakers are shut out of funding
2018-03-10 12:16:12 Ava won prize for best 1st feature film but wasn't eligible for financing because it's in Farsi Nigel Hunt is a longtime CBC News producer covering the arts beat. Previously, he served as a magazine writer and editor. Related Stories A small film called Ava — the story of a teenage Iranian girl facing pressures from family and society — is the biggest movie at this year's Canadian Screen Awards   Read More ...
Norm Macdonald to host Netflix talk show
2018-03-10 10:29:02 Canadian comedy star Norm Macdonald is getting a talk show on Netflix. The streaming service says it’s ordered 10 episodes of “Norm Macdonald has a Show.” The program will feature one celebrity guest per episode, with the Quebec native as host and Adam Eget as his sidekick. The two are also co-hosts of the podcast “Norm Macdonald Live.” Macdonald, a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, will also be an executive producer and co-showrunner   Read More ...
How can small Montreal venues avoid shutting off the lights for good?
2018-03-09 17:03:27 The lights go out. The crowded, boisterous narrow room goes silent. Suddenly, the lights come on again and the music starts up. The diverse franglo audience is swaying all as one, embodying the venue’s eclectic programming and communal soul. It’s a timeless scene, but it won’t last forever. On March 18, the lights at Divan Orange will go out for good   Read More ...
Movie reviews: 'Wrinkle in Time' thrills visually but bites off more than it can chew
2018-03-09 15:35:05 A WRINKLE IN TIME: 2 ½ STARS. The last time someone tried to adapt Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel “A Wrinkle in Time” for the screen, the author herself was not impressed. “I have glimpsed it,” she said of the 2003 TV movie, “I expected it to be bad and it is.” The novel’s mix of science fiction, math and spiritualism is intoxicating on the page but the story’s trip through time and space, heavy on symbolism, alien life and pop psychology has rumoured to be an unfilmable fantasy   Read More ...
'Sopranos' prequel film in the works with David Chase script
2018-03-09 04:04:27 LOS ANGELES - “The Sopranos” might be coming to the movie theatre. Warner Bros. Pictures says Thursday that New Line has purchased a screenplay for a “Sopranos” prequel from series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner. The studio says the working title is “The Many Saints of Newark” and will be set in the 1960s during the Newark riots. Chase's acclaimed series about mobster Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini, ran for six seasons on HBO and won 21 primetime Emmys   Read More ...
Susan Sarandon: Paul Newman shared salary to bridge gender pay gap
2018-03-08 22:10:25 Susan Sarandon has praised the late Paul Newman for tackling pay inequality sharing his salary with her when they starred in a film together. Hollywood’s gender pay gap has been a hot topic since 2014, when leaked documents revealed Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams, the female stars of American Hustle, were paid less than their male counterparts. Susan said that she faced the problem when filming the 1998 neo-noir thriller Twilight, but that Paul gave up a portion of his salary to help bridge the pay gap   Read More ...
‘The Sopranos’ prequel movie in the works from David Chase
2018-03-08 20:36:07 David Chase, creator of the original TV series, has sold a prequel movie screenplay to New Line Studios, effectively green-lighting the start of the project.READ MORE: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ movie producers to pay $60M to U.S. gov’t after financing with stolen funds. Tentatively titled The Many Saints of Newark and set in 1960s New Jersey, the movie will take place during a racially tense time: two large groups, the African-American and Italian-American populations, were frequently at each other’s throats   Read More ...
Flavor Flav hit with $3.2 million tax lien
2018-03-08 20:12:51 Public Enemy star Flavor Flav has been hit with a $3.2 million tax lien. The rapper and reality TV star stands accused of owing back taxes to America’s Internal Revenue Service officials for earnings made in 2005 to 2015. This isn’t the first time Flavor Flav, real name William Drayton, has faced tax issues – in 2012, officials filed a $1 million tax lien against him, according to Bossip   Read More ...
'This is a film for young people': Ava DuVernay rediscovers her inner child with 'A Wrinkle in Time'
2018-03-08 18:18:19 LOS ANGELES — A love of film guides Ava DuVernay’s work. The award-winning writer/director/producer started out marketing movies and didn’t even put her hand on a camera until she was in her 30s. DuVernay made two short films and then arrived — Athena-like — as a fully-formed filmmaker in 2008 with the hip-hop documentary This Is the Life. At 45, after a decade behind the camera, DuVernay has had a lot of firsts in her career   Read More ...
Game of Thrones' 'The Mountain' sets new strongman record
2018-03-08 18:18:01 Game Of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson has set a new raw deadlift record after crushing the competition at the 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic. The Icelandic bodybuilder-turned-actor, who plays Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane in the hit fantasy series, broke the 2017 Elephant Bar record set by fellow strongman competitor Jerry Pritchett over the weekend, when the 29-year-old lifted 472 kilograms without the assistance of a deadlift suit   Read More ...
Several Quebecers among winners of 2018 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards
2018-03-08 17:04:03 The National Arts Centre’s outgoing boss, Peter Herrndorf, is one of this year’s laureates named to the awards he was instrumental in creating more than 25 years ago. Herrndorf will receive a special award from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards foundation in recognition of his long career as an arts advocate and leader. During his 19-year tenure at the NAC, which ends in June, he is credited with transforming North America’s only multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centre into an artistically vibrant and financially viable entity   Read More ...
CBC's Baroness von Sketch Show, Alias Grace among big winners at Canadian Screen Awards
2018-03-08 06:04:07 Both shows earned 4 nods, while CBC's comedy Schitt's Creek brought home 2 The series took home hardware including best achievement in casting and best supporting actress for Allie MacDonald at Wednesday's Toronto gala, which honoured creative fiction storytelling. Alias Grace, a miniseries based on Margaret Atwood's novel, took awards including a writing one for Sarah Polley and a directing one for Mary Harron   Read More ...
Actress Taylor Hickson sues 'Ghostland' producers over disfiguring injury
2018-03-08 05:07:38 By Cassandra Szklarski, THE CANADIAN PRESS. A Canadian actress whose face was badly cut while shooting a horror film in Winnipeg is suing its producers over an injury she says has derailed her burgeoning career and jeopardized future earnings. Taylor Hickson, whose credits include “Deadpool” and the Space TV series “Aftermath,” alleges in a lawsuit filed March 1 with the Court of Queen’s Bench that the Winnipeg-based Incident Productions Inc   Read More ...
Gary Oldman’s son defends his father against mother’s claims of abuse
2018-03-07 22:15:00 After winning the Oscar for Best Actor in his film Darkest Hour this week, abuse allegations against Gary Oldman resurfaced with the #MeToo movement being a major topic of discussion in Hollywood of late. Said allegations go back over a decade to Oldman’s former marriage to third wife Donya Fiorentino, to whom he was married from 1997 to 2001. She told the Daily Mail in February that the relationship was a “nightmare   Read More ...
Composer John Williams exiting 'Star Wars' after Episode IX
2018-03-07 21:11:14 Star Wars theme creator John Williams will stop writing scores for the franchise once Episode Ix is complete. The legendary composer is the brains behind some of film’s most iconic music, crafting scores for movies such as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Indiana Jones series. The five-times Oscar winner has been a part of Star Wars since the 1977 original, and has landed an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe for his work on the sci-fi franchise, but having composed all eight of the core films in the series so far, the 86-year-old has announced that he is finally bowing out   Read More ...
Kahlo to Nagano: Festival international du film sur l’art draws us in
2018-03-07 20:37:40 Film is often referred to, en français, as le septième art. So it’s only fitting for our city to have a film festival devoted to the arts — yes, arts, because Montreal’s 36th Festival international du film sur l’art (FIFA) is filled with cinematic forays into painting, architecture, music, dance and cinema itself. From Thursday through March 18, the festival presents dozens of films on a wide array of art-related topics   Read More ...
Eric Bana says a kangaroo tried to 'pick a fight' with him
2018-03-07 20:10:13 Eric Bana was left terrified after a kangaroo tried to “pick a fight” with him on a recent camping trip in Australia. The Melbourne-born actor made an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday night, where he shared that he had just flown from his homeland to Los Angeles to be on the talk show. Recalling his latest trip to Australia, Eric explained that he had ventured to the Outback on his motorbike for a couple of days but had a particularly scary experience at one point   Read More ...
Festival d'été de Québec books Foo Fighters, Weeknd, Lorde, Neil Young
2018-03-07 19:37:45 The Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ) continues to attract some of the biggest names in music. Foo Fighters, the Weeknd, Beck, the Chainsmokers, Lorde and Neil Young are just some of the acts that will descend on the 51st edition of the Quebec City event, July 5 to 15. Foo Fighters have unfinished business at the festival, after their 2015 performance was cut short due to a severe storm   Read More ...
Usher, wife split after herpes scandal
2018-03-07 16:12:16 Grace Miguel is leaving Usher, after less than three years of marriage! UsWeekly reported that the famous duo have been living separately for some time, and are now moving towards a formal divorce. “After much thought and consideration we have mutually decided to separate as a couple,” Usher and Miguel said in a joint statement to Us on Tuesday, March 6   Read More ...
30 Days of Céline Dion: South Africa show fulfilled promise to Nelson Mandela
2018-03-07 15:04:56 Quebec singer, businesswoman and all-around icon Céline Dion is turning 50 on March 30, 2018. Each day for the month leading up to this milestone, the Montreal Gazette is revisiting a memorable moment from her career. Today is Day 7 of 30 Days of Céline. Check back in tomorrow for another update. Some pop stars — a certain Irish frontman with a funny haircut comes to mind — love to do politics, but Céline Dion has almost always avoided making any overt political statements throughout her lengthy career   Read More ...