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  • Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker revealed in director Todd Phillips’s Instagram post

    September 22, 2018 7:49 PM 5

    Director Todd Phillips showed off the first complete look of his Joker movie arch-villain Friday with a haunting video of his star Joaquin Phoenix — at first as his mild-mannered character Arthur with hands in pockets of his jacket covering a sweater, hair floppy. It starts much like the normal guy first-look image released last week. But as “Laughing

  • Here’s a TV show that’s dealing with #MeToo, fame and forgiveness in an intelligent manner

    September 21, 2018 4:00 PM 10

    There was Jian Ghomeshi’s tone-deaf feint toward atonement in the New York Review of Books, followed by Isaac Chotiner’s delicate vivisection of the Review’s editor, Ian Buruma, on Slate. Asked why he published Ghomeshi — and made the essay part of a package issue called “The Fall of Men” — Buruma stubbornly stuck to his older-white-male line. Because

  • Tafelmusik’s captivates with Mozart season opener

    September 21, 2018 3:59 PM 8

    Even people who don’t usually listen to classical music love Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and those of us who follow classical music get to hear Mozart often in the opera house as well as in symphony halls — in fact, there is so much Mozart in the air that it’s tempting to get a bit jaded. That is, until someone does the musical equivalent of a power wash on the Austrian

  • Assassination Nation is bloody, funny and thought-provoking

    September 20, 2018 5:23 PM 10

    The story opens with the declaration that Salem, a fictional town of 17,000 people, has “lost its motherf---ing mind.” (Calling the town Salem is a nice, if unsubtle, touch.) The film then retraces its footsteps to the beginning, when an anonymous hacker starts taking down prominent townsfolk, including the school principal and the mayor, by revealing

  • American filmmaker to direct next James Bond film for release in 2020

    September 20, 2018 1:03 PM 11

    LONDON—American filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga is replacing Danny Boyle as director of the next James Bond movie, producers announced Thursday. Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig said the still-untitled Bond 25 will start filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on March 4, and will be released on Feb. 14, 2020. Release was delayed from the planned

  • Elizabeth Hay, Terese Marie Mailhot, and more on shortlist for $60,000 Writers’ Trust Nonfiction prize

    September 19, 2018 5:02 PM 6

    Antigone Undone, by Will Aitken (University of Regina Press); All Things Consoled by Elizabeth Hay (McClelland and Stewart), Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot (Doubleday Canada); In Praise of Blood by Judi Rever (Random House Canada), and The Woo Woo by Lindsay Wong (Arsenal Pulp Press) which comes out Oct. 1. Each of the finalists will receive $5,000. The winners

  • These new thrillers will unsettle your heart

    September 19, 2018 2:00 PM 9

    Three Little Lies unfolds over two timelines, beginning in 2005 when the cultured Monktons move in across the street from teenager Ellen. She becomes fast friends with the exotic Sasha, the Monkton’s ward, and a fixture in the bohemian home. This ends when the eldest Monkton son, Daniel, is sentenced to 10 years for rape, in part because of the girls’

  • Julie Chen leaves The Talk amid her husband’s scandal

    September 19, 2018 11:39 AM 7

    “I love you all and I know this show and the sisterhood it stands for will live on for many more years to come,” she said. Chen’s future on The Talk had been in doubt since her husband left the company and the scandal surrounding his departure became a major news story. The Talk often discusses topical issues, including the #MeToo movement, making Chen’s

  • Tom Arnold accuses Mark Burnett of attacking him at a pre-Emmys party

    September 17, 2018 12:56 PM 9

    LOS ANGELES—A scuffle between Tom Arnold and a producer of The Apprentice has led to an exchange on social media. Arnold tweeted that producer Mark Burnett choked him at a pre-Emmys party Sunday in Los Angeles. Burnett’s wife, actress Roma Downey, tweeted that Arnold “tried to ambush” the couple, and she posted what she says is a photo of her bruised

  • Quebec’s Hubert Lenoir breaks through with genre-bending album Darlène

    September 17, 2018 12:00 PM 9

    Woe to thee if you think you’ve come up with a surefire winner for the 2018 Polaris Music Prize, because I’ve done time in that grand-jury room myself and, believe you me, this year could go anywhere. If you want to single out the artist who’s benefited most from his nomination, though, the answer is easy: Hubert Lenoir. A generous “guesstimate” would