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  • 'Maneater' getting own reality show

    December 29, 2013 6:10 PM 23

    The woman who dines and dashes out on men she considers less-than-dashing will soon have her own reality TV show. Actress Erin Wotherspoon, 24, gained notoriety in November after her Tumblr blog, A Penniless Girl, Bad Dates and Plenty of Oysters, caught the eye of media. That led to several television pitches -- including this deal from Los Angeles film company

  • Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze's Widow, Gets Engaged

    December 28, 2013 10:35 PM 11

    Jeweler Albert DePrisco proposed to Niemi on Christmas Eve. The couple, who met at her birthday party, have been dating for a year and a half. Niemi, 57, was married to Swayze for 34 years until he died of pancreatic cancer in 2009. Since then, she has written two memoirs, 2009's Time of My Life and 2012's Worth Fighting For.

  • Will Vallee and Villeneuve films get Academy Awards nods?

    December 28, 2013 6:22 PM 18

    TORONTO - The Academy Awards nominations are due out Jan. 16 and the names of two Quebec directors are emerging as strong contenders. Jean-Marc Vallee and Denis Villeneuve both had cross-border cinematic success in 2013, with "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Prisoners" respectively, and it seems likely their projects will get some attention from Oscar

  • Bollywood's Farooq Sheikh dies at 65

    December 28, 2013 4:34 PM 16

    It was announced that he was in Dubai with family on Friday when he had the heart attack, which was first reported by the Press Trust of India, according to The Associated Press. On Saturday, fellow Bollywood actors tweeted and spoke out about the popular, plump actor as they found out that he had passed away. "Forty years ago, he and I started a theater

  • Burying the blues: Grave marker project brings recognition to long-forgotten musicians

    December 28, 2013 4:20 PM 22

    ST. LOUIS – Blues guitarist Tommy Bankhead rubbed shoulders with some of the genre’s royalty, from Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James to Albert King and Sonny Boy Williamson. But visitors to the overgrown St. Louis cemetery where Bankhead was buried more than a decade ago would never know his musical legacy. Or his name. Be it neglect, inattention or hard times

  • Snowboarder flips for broadcast career

    December 28, 2013 9:20 AM 13

    Craig McMorris is a member of the Canadian national snowboard team, who will travel to the Sochi Olympics as an analyst with CBC/Radio-Canada's broadcast team. McMorris competes in slopestyle - a new event in Sochi - as does his older brother, Mark, who enters these Games as a goldmedal favourite. The two brothers, who grew up in Regina, also star in the MTV docu-series

  • Pale pastels, bold graphics set to colour home decor and fashion in 2014

    December 28, 2013 5:06 AM 35

    TORONTO - Whether you're seeking to make a minor ripple or sizable splash in your home or wardrobe in 2014, prognosticators are hoping to help make the new year a stylish one with predictions of noteworthy new looks in decor and fashion. Suzanne Dimma, editor-in-chief of House and Home Magazine, Benjamin Moore colour expert Sharon Grech and Lisa Tant, vice-president

  • Oshawa mayor in Jamaica as ice storm ravages GTA

    December 28, 2013 1:19 AM 36

    Residents, councillors blasted Mayor John Henry for not telling them he was on vacation, not returning when ice storm knocked out power to 28,000 customers. As Oshawa scraped its way out of the destruction left by last week’s ice storm, its mayor spent the week on vacation in Jamaica, raising the ire of some residents and councillors who said they didn’t

  • Lineup bottleneck leaves Contact Fest concert-goers in the cold

    December 28, 2013 1:09 AM 55

    Frustrated concert-goers were forced to wait in line reportedly for close to two hours, to get into an electronic music festival Thursday night at B.C. Place. The two-day Contact Festival features several of the biggest names in electronic dance music, including Skrillex, Kaskade and Diplo. Organizers were expecting as many as 15,000 people this year. But many Contact

  • Film directors build, and tear down, comfort zones

    December 27, 2013 10:38 PM 14

    Steve McQueen, Nicole Holofcener, Spike Jonze, Paul Greengrass, John Lee Hancock and J.C. Chandor gather at The Times' Directors Panel. Topics include making safe zones for actors. Movie crews can number as many as 300 people. And yet amid all that hubbub, film directors can craft the most personal moments: Joaquin Phoenix confessing his love for an operating