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  • Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announces interim conductor to replace Noel Edison

    June 5, 2018 2:45 PM 16

    In unveiling its 2018-19 season on Monday night, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announced the appointment of David Fallis as interim conductor and artistic advisor, effective to the end of the 2019-20 season. Fallis, who retired from a long tenure as artistic director of the Toronto Consort at the end of May, was called in by the Mendelssohn Choir to direct

  • Joe Rogan added as headliner of JFL42 comedy festival

    June 5, 2018 12:00 PM 12

    Toronto’s JFL42 comedy festival has added a new headliner after last week’s announcements, and it’s a biggie: Joe Rogan will perform on Sept. 29 at the Ricoh Coliseum. The rise to standup prominence by the former NewsRadio star and current UFC commentator has been aided by his massively popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, which was reportedly drawing

  • Paramount scraps TV reboot Heathers, citing school violence

    June 2, 2018 10:01 PM 13

    Revival based on 1988 movie black comedy about high-school murder and suicide will not air on Viacom After delaying its airing in the aftermath of February's Florida high school shooting, Paramount Network is permanently scrapping Heathers. Representatives from parent company Viacom confirmed Saturday that the TV reboot of the 1988 movie black comedy

  • Andrea Constand says she forgives Bill Cosby, is proud of #MeToo moment

    June 2, 2018 3:23 PM 12

    The woman whose accusations against Bill Cosby resulted in his conviction for sexual assault said she forgives him, but she predicted that her victory in court would help many other women avoid a similar ordeal. “I forgave Bill Cosby for what he did to me,” Andrea Constand said in an interview with NBC that aired on Dateline on Friday evening. “It’s been many, many years

  • Trump blasts Samantha Bee’s ‘horrible language’ about Ivanka, asks why she hasn’t been fired

    June 1, 2018 1:10 PM 11

    WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump, who once bragged that his celebrity status gave him a pass to grab women’s crotches, asked Friday why comedian Samantha Bee wasn’t fired for using a vulgar, sexist term to describe his daughter. Trump tweeted that it was a “total double standard” that TBS hadn’t cancelled Bee’s show, Full Frontal after the comedian

  • Black Cop an uncompromising debut for Halifax director Cory Bowles

    May 31, 2018 9:12 PM 10

    Like slam poetry, Black Cop dares you to take issue with its point of view, which is frequently that of Ronnie Rowe Jr.’s POV as an unnamed Black police officer seeking redress against white oppressors. He works for the “Metropolitan Police,” which is Anywhere, America, although filmed in Halifax/Dartmouth. Rowe’s protagonist says via voice-over he has “20 reasons

  • Juliette Binoche looks for amour in Let the Sunshine In

    May 31, 2018 8:57 PM 10

    The woman is Isabelle, a painter played by the always rapturous Juliette Binoche. The city is Paris, which Denis adores, even yielding to a romantic Eiffel Tower shot. Yet this is no mere romcom, despite the parade of genre types Isabelle meets in her recherche d’amour. They include an arrogant banker (Xavier Beauvois), a perplexing fellow artist (Alex

  • Melancholy Black Kite flies in the face of oppression

    May 31, 2018 8:48 PM 12

    Qayumi chronicles life in that ill-fated country through Arian’s eyes, first as a boy learning the craft of kite-making from his beloved father, as a teenager and then as a man struggling to survive under crushing societal oppression. Using archival footage and animation, the filmmaker also lets the country’s recent past unfold, under a progressive king hoping

  • Samantha Bee apologizes after referring to Ivanka Trump with vulgar slur

    May 31, 2018 6:02 PM 9

    Coming two days after ABC cancelled Roseanne following a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Bee’s remark was immediately seized upon by conservatives who believe that offensive language by liberals is not viewed as harshly. Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, tweeted that there’s a double

  • ‘Real hero’: Black Panther stuntman comes to the rescue for family that was robbed

    May 31, 2018 5:25 PM 15

    LOS ANGELES— A stunt actor in the film “Black Panther” is being praised by authorities after donating $700 to a family who had been robbed of their rent money. Tony Todd, hailed as a “real hero” by authorities, donated the money after the robbery Monday at a local Lancaster, Calif., business. The robbery took place during a dispute between patrons, according