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  • Cost of ebooks and audiobooks ‘not a sustainable model,’ according to library council

    December 17, 2018 7:41 PM 16

    EDMONTON—If your holiday plans include downloading an audiobook of Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale from a public library collection, or unwinding with an electronic copy of Justin Trudeau’s Common Ground, you could be out of luck. Libraries across Canada are running into barriers in accessing both ebooks and digital audiobooks for their patrons

  • Already exhausted the second season? Try reading the world of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    December 17, 2018 7:24 PM 15

    From the cafes of Greenwich Village to Harlem’s jazz scene, New York in the 1950s was a city with creative energy to spare. Wakefield’s history is crammed with the era’s larger than life personalities: Norman Mailer, Thelonious Monk, Jack Kerouac and so many more. The ultimate boundary pusher (and a force in the life of the fictional Midge Maisel), Bruce

  • First World War soldiers come to vivid life in They Shall Not Grow Old, screening on Monday across Toronto

    December 17, 2018 3:00 PM 15

    But the Oscar-winning director (The Lord of the Rings) opens the film with traditional black-and-white footage depicting the prelude to the global conflict that ended a century ago. As the war escalates, Jackson propels the viewer directly into the battle. The first unforgettable scene pulls in close — in colour and in 3D — on a young soldier, with exploding

  • They’re the best: The Star’s Top Ten Books of 2018

    December 14, 2018 5:00 PM 21

    Our reviewers have spoken. Here in the Books pages of the Toronto Star, we review hundreds of titles every year; some are smaller, capsule reviews, others longer and more analytical. They span the breadth of fiction and non-fiction, international and Canadian writers. Out of those hundreds, we came up with the top ten books of the year. We had a first

  • Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

    December 14, 2018 2:42 PM 19

    MADRID—Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million U.S.) between 2012 and 2014. The charges published Friday allege Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in Spain with her partner

  • Sondra Locke, Oscar-nominated actress, dies at 74

    December 14, 2018 1:00 PM 16

    Locke was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her first film, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, a 1968 drama based on a novel by Carson McCullers. She went on to star in several movies with Eastwood in the 1970s and 1980s, including their first film together, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and Sudden Impact, part of the Dirty Harry thriller

  • Snubs abound but A Star Is Born tops SAG Awards nominations

    December 12, 2018 5:53 PM 22

    Unless a new trend is forming, that’s bad news for Oscar hopefuls like Vice, Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic; Alfonso Cuarón’s Netflix drama Roma and the 1962 road trip Green Book. Vice still scored SAG nods for Christian Bale and Amy Adams, just as Green Book won nominations for Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. But Roma was shut out entirely, as was Damien

  • Johannes Debus rekindles boyhood love of Handel’s Messiah

    December 12, 2018 5:00 AM 17

    After a 10-year old Johannes Debus had sung Handel’s Messiah for the first time, he begged his mom to buy him an album. Three decades later, Debus is music director of the Canadian Opera Company, far removed from the cathedral choir in Speyer, Germany, where he had his first musical immersion. But he is having a happy reunion with Messiah next week. Debus

  • Jayne Eastwood is ACTRA Toronto’s pick for its 2019 Award of Excellence

    December 11, 2018 11:37 PM 14

    She is also a voice and theatre actor. She was part of the cast of a legendary Toronto production of Godspell that brought together future comedy stars Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Gilda Radner and Eugene Levy in 1972. She won a Gemini Award in 1998 for the TV movie Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story as well as the Earle Grey Award for lifetime

  • ‘Modern Family’s’ Sarah Hyland had second kidney transplant

    December 11, 2018 4:44 PM 16

    The 28-year old, who has appeared on the ABC sitcom “Modern Family” since she was 18, was born with kidney dysplasia, which causes cysts to grow on underdeveloped kidneys. She received her father’s kidney in 2012, but four years later her body began rejecting it, and she underwent a series of treatments that included months of dialysis that she squeezed