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  • Anna and the Apocalypse not quite dead, but not lively enough

    December 6, 2018 4:30 PM 14

    In brief: Instead of going off to “uni” (university), cool-but-relatable Anna (Ella Hunt, better than her material) crushes the hopes of her grieving widower school janitor dad (Mark Benton) by announcing her intentions to travel. First, though, a local problem arises, part of a global zombie pandemic glimpsed on the occasional TV screen. Side characters

  • Russell Peters reveals his girlfriend is pregnant with his second child

    December 5, 2018 6:18 PM 15

    The Toronto-born Brampton-raised Peters, 48, has one previous child, a girl, Crystianna, born in 2010 to Monica Diaz, now his ex-wife. The comedian — who credits the early days of YouTube for his attainment of a vast international following — recently completed an arena tour in Canada, including a stop at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. A rap aficionado

  • CBC TV star Mark Critch among nominees for book prize

    December 5, 2018 4:11 PM 12

    A comedian, a former governor general and several of this year’s literary awards darlings are among the 10 writers in the running for the RBC Taylor Prize. Mark Critch, anchor of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, earned a spot on the long list for the $25,000 non-fiction prize with his memoir about growing up in Newfoundland in the ‘80s. Elizabeth Hay made the cut for All Things

  • Trevor Noah loses his voice in an unusual ‘Daily Show’

    December 5, 2018 1:28 PM 13

    Speaking as Noah, Acosta said, “over the weekend, I lost my voice and my doctor told me not to speak at all or I might get surgery, so I cannot say a word. Luckily, I have Mike Acosta to be my voice for today.” Acosta went on to read the monologue as Noah made hand and facial gestures to go along with the set-ups and punch lines. Using Noah’s words

  • ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ pulled from some Canadian radio stations

    December 4, 2018 7:00 PM 12

    At least two of the country’s biggest radio operators — Rogers Media and Bell Media — say they’ve decided to pull the controversial Christmas favourite out of their rotations this year. That comes as the duet, written back in 1944, faces renewed scrutiny over what some say are inappropriate lyrics in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Earlier this week, Cleveland

  • Vegas grabs Gaga, Aerosmith, Lady Antebellum in 2019

    December 4, 2018 5:46 PM 13

    In August, when tickets went on sale to Aerosmith’s “Deuces are Wild” show at Park MGM, fans took to social media to brag about getting tickets and planning their Vegas getaway. Schwartz said today’s Las Vegas music lineup offers something for everyone in contrast to the days of Frank Sinatra and Wayne Newton. Here’s a look at seven new concert residencies

  • Shawn Mendes to play the Rogers Centre to end 2019 tour

    December 3, 2018 8:28 PM 15

    “Playing Rogers Centre is truly a dream come true for me. Having grown up going to games, playing as an opener just a few years ago, and now being able to headline a show here, is just surreal,” Mendes is quoted as saying. It’s the latest step in the meteoric rise of the 20-year-old, who was raised in Pickering before gaining attention on the social-media

  • Queen and Adam Lambert announce tour on heels of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie

    December 3, 2018 7:05 PM 14

    Joined by singer Adam Lambert, Queen —featuring original guitarist Brian May and original drummer Roger Taylor —will perform 23 shows in the United States and Canada next July and August for the “Rhapsody” tour. “This is a great opportunity,” May said in a statement. “Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever and got us our best notices

  • Grammy nominations to be released Friday instead of Wednesday

    December 3, 2018 2:21 PM 13

    It’s a busy week for the entertainment world: Nominations for the 2019 Golden Globes come out Thursday. Bush’s body arrived Monday in Washington for public viewing, which kicks off four days of events that will include a state funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral on Wednesday and a private service at Bush’s longtime church in Houston on Thursday

  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson investigated by Fox, NatGeo networks after sexual misconduct allegations

    December 1, 2018 5:28 PM 15

    NEW YORK—Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will be investigated by Fox and National Geographic Networks after allegations of sexual misconduct were levelled against him. Patheos.com published accounts Thursday from two women who say that Tyson behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner with them. Tyson was host of “Cosmos” on Fox in 2014 and a new edition