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  • Best Christmas Movie: Is it Die Hard, Home Alone, Christmas Vacation or The Santa Clause?

    December 18, 2013 6:21 PM 22

    Well, after starting out with 16 beloved Christmas favourites, we’re now down to our Final Four: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation vs. Home Alone and Die Hard vs. The Santa Clause. In the quarter-finals, Scrooged proved to be no match for the Griswolds’ Christmas Vacation, which took 81% of the vote. The tilt between Die Hard and perennial classic

  • Kosher Jokes for the Halaladays

    December 18, 2013 4:10 PM 28

    Bill Brownstein: Divine comedy: Kosher Jokes for the Halaladays MONTREAL -- As has been noted, one of the upsides to the charter of values proposal has been in its unifying of Muslims and Jews here. However, Montreal comedian Eman points out that this process actually began several years earlier with the inaugural Kosher Jokes for the Halaladays, which

  • Not Eiffel Tower, not Taj Mahal. World's most 'Instagrammed' place is a Thai shopping mall

    December 18, 2013 2:02 PM 28

    BANGKOK - Sure, the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal and the Grand Canyon have inspired many photographs. But a shopping mall in Bangkok has claimed this year's crown as the world's most photographed location on Instagram. In its Top 10 year-end list, the photo-sharing app dubbed Siam Paragon as the planet's most "Instagrammed" spot in 2013. It edged out No. 2 Times

  • Canadian indie darling Grimes signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation management company

    December 17, 2013 9:44 PM 50

    Step 1: Record haunting, zeitgeist-capturing album of electronic-washed gothic dance songs in your bedroom. Yeah, Montreal indie darling Grimes has cast off that particular label and joined the likes of Rihanna, MIA and Kevin Durant as part of the Roc Nation family, at least according to the group’s Twitter feed. What exactly that will mean for the singer

  • Grimes Signs Management Deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation

    December 17, 2013 8:18 PM 52

    Grimes released her outstanding 2012 album Visions through Arbutus Records and 4AD, but now she has another influential music company in her corner thanks to a new management deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation label. Today (December 17), the company tweeted, "Excited to welcome Grimes to the Roc Nation family!" The songwriter's profile page on Roc Nation's

  • ‘Super Fun Night’ star Lauren Ash charming in a Canadian kind of way

    December 17, 2013 6:54 PM 58

    There it is, right there in sparkling lights in the opening credits of Super Fun Night, the name Lauren Ash. The Canadian comedian understands the simple value of that. "It was my third Second City review before I even got mentioned in the review," says Ash, recalling her comedy stage-show days in Toronto. "It was the third review where it finally was like, 'And Lauren

  • New author to continue 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' series

    December 17, 2013 3:54 PM 48

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - The Swedish publisher of the bestselling "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy says it has hired an author to write a sequel to the series by Stieg Larsson, who died in 2004. Norstedts said Tuesday it has signed a contract with "I am Zlatan" author David Lagercrantz for a new book about journalist Mikael Blomqvist and hacker Lisbeth

  • Ambulance called to Justin Bieber's weekend bash

    December 17, 2013 3:25 PM 43

    Somebody at Justin Bieber’s house in Calabasas, Calif., called an ambulance about 3 a.m. Saturday, saying a female party guest had passed out, reported. The Beebs was home at the time. About 15 minutes after the first call, someone phoned to cancel the ambulance; the woman, 20, had come to, and went or was taken to her own home. The first call was made “out of an abundance

  • ‘Simpsons’ creator Sam Simon, Pam Anderson offer $1M to end seal hunt

    December 17, 2013 1:08 PM 61

    TORONTO – Hollywood producer Sam Simon and Canadian actress Pamela Anderson will be in Newfoundland on Tuesday to make an offer they hope sealers can’t refuse. Simon, one of the creators of The Simpsons, will pledge $1 million to the Canadian Sealers Association (CSA) if it can arrange a federal buyout of the East Coast seal trade. “The Sam Simon Foundation

  • "Lazylegz" Patuelli performs on The Ellen Show, earns great surprise

    December 17, 2013 3:40 AM 30

    Montreal's own Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli got a great surprise when he appeared on The Ellen Show Monday afternoon. Patuelli wowed the studio audience with his own brand of breakdancing moves for which he’s already made a name for himself in Montreal. Born with arthrogryposis, a condition that affects his bones and his joints, Patuelli has undergone 16 surgeries