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January 10, 2019 10:30 PM R. Kelly’s streams increase after docu-series alleges abuse

LOS ANGELES - Nielsen Music says streaming numbers for R. Kelly have nearly doubled after a recent documentary accused the R&B singer of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls. The Lifetime docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” detailed abuse allegations against R. Kelly in six episodes, but the singer’s streaming numbers grew significantly 159

January 10, 2019 7:53 PM Canadian Championship expands to 13 clubs with addition of seven CPL teams

The Canadian Championship will expand to 13 teams in 2019 with the addition of seven Canadian Premier League clubs. They join Toronto FC, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps from Major League Soccer, Ottawa Fury FC from the United Soccer League and a team from both League 1 Ontario and the Premiere Ligue du Soccer de Quebec (PLSQ). As defending champion 166

January 9, 2019 7:37 PM Hale County This Morning, This Evening is an extraordinary film about ordinary lives

Making its Toronto premiere, this is one of the most fascinating docs of the past year. It won a Special Jury Award for Creative Vision at Sundance 2018, where it had its world premiere. Ross travels to the Black Belt of the American South — a rural enclave of nearly 15,760 people, and a racial makeup that was once mostly white but is now 60 per cent Black 184

December 3, 2018 7:05 PM Queen and Adam Lambert announce tour on heels of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie

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 161

November 30, 2018 11:23 PM Mary Poppins Returns is a hit with many of those at the Los Angeles premiere

At least that’s according to many early viewers of the film. They’re tweeting that the sequel to the 1964 Julie Andrews Disney musical is “practically perfect in every way.” Critics and guests of the Mary Poppins Returns premiere started to share their reactions after the film screened in Los Angeles Thursday night. The sentiment was largely positive 156

November 27, 2018 6:10 PM Why most Canadians won’t see Oscar-contender Roma at their local cinema

With director Alfonso Cuaron’s sweeping epic Roma floating on a cloud of positive buzz, the Netflix film seems destined to be a major awards contender. But unlike other Best Picture Oscar bets A Star Is Born, Black Panther and Widows, it’s angling to get there without playing theatres across the country. Despite a critically acclaimed premiere at the recent 196

October 17, 2018 6:21 PM ‘I ain’t dead,’ Roseanne Barr retorts after Conners premiere

“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character,” Barr and Boteach said in the statement, which Barr linked to on Twitter. “That it was done through 163

October 1, 2018 4:00 PM Esi Edugyan, Patrick deWitt among finalists for $100,000 Giller Prize

Surprise filled in the room as the finalists were announced for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize for fiction in Toronto on Monday. The five authors who will now be considered for the $100,000 winning award were chosen from a very strong longlist of nominees that included veteran writers Rawi Hage, Lisa Moore and Kim Thuy, and powerful debuts by Tanya 148

September 4, 2018 4:11 PM TIFF drops Galveston gala, replaces it with A Private War

Galveston stars Ben Foster as a wounded hitman on the run with a troubled young prostitute, played by Elle Fanning, while Beau Bridges plays a local crime lord. The affected screenings include two on Sept. 14 and one on the last day of the festival, Sept. 16. “We have recently learned director and cast for Galveston are no longer available to attend 134

August 30, 2018 2:32 PM Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Viola Davis and many more coming to Toronto for TIFF

Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Viola Davis, Robert Duvall, Natalie Portman, Timothée Chalamet and literally hundreds of other stars are bound for Toronto for this year’s edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, it was revealed Thursday. The fest announced its roster of luminaries who’ll be in town for the fest (Sept. 6-16) and it’s a glittering 121