Aretha Franklin is extending her current break and has cancelled performances for the month of June, including apperances in Montreal and Ottawa.
The British Library on Wednesday added substantially to its already formidable collection with handwritten lyrics to Beatles' classics Strawberry Fields Forever, She Said She Said and In My Life.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's woes over crack cocaine allegations are providing plenty of late-night TV fodder for Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart and other comedians south of the border.
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- Jim Henson's puppets donated to NY museum
- Ai Weiwei uses music to mock state power in China
- Ang Lee drops out of TV cable debut
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- Pushing Chinese stars beyond gimmick Hollywood roles by Jessica Wong May. 22, 2013 2:26 PM Li Bingbing is the latest comely Chinese face joining a major Hollywood production -- in this case, Michael Bay's fourth instalment of Transformers. With Hollywood eager to tap into China's massive movie-going audience, it's become de rigueur to score a beautiful and popular Chinese actress for tentpole movies. However, some Chinese moviegoers want more than gimmicky roles for their homegrown stars and nonsensical cuts of blockbusters screened in China alone.
- Horror tale Haunting Melissa targets app audiences by Jessica Wong May. 16, 2013 8:39 AM If you're seeking the weather, the news or a pic of what your buddy had for lunch, there are apps for that. What about an original, Hollywood-calibre ghost story from a producer of The Ring and Mulholland Drive? Now, there's an app for that, too. Haunting Melissa ventures into the burgeoning realm of digital storytelling as a traditional ghost story with a modern twist -- namely a tale that unfolds through an iOS app.
- FILM REVIEW: Star Trek Into Darkness by Eli Glasner May. 16, 2013 1:00 AM Future Star Wars director J.J. Abrams beams back into the world of Star Trek with the sequel Into Darkness. The new journey offers a mix of the fun and the familiar, anchored by the warm relationships of the classic characters.
- Ricky Gervais resurrects David Brent for YouTube Comedy Week by Susan Noakes May. 15, 2013 1:06 PM Ricky Gervais brings back David Brent, Arnold Schwarzenegger is pumped and Sarah Silverman says 'This better be funny' as comedians line up to take part in YouTube Comedy Week. The online event, running May 19-25, features both stars and emerging talent and is just the start of YouTube's plan to grab eyeballs.
- FILM REVIEW: Blackbird by Eli Glasner May. 10, 2013 12:00 PM The bullying drama Blackbird made waves upon its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Exploring bullies, teen killers and a young man caught in a cycle of fear and isolation, Jason Buxton has made a powerful, surprising film, says Eli Glasner.
- Marisa Tomei May. 22, 2013 8:19 PM She's proof positive that a strong Brooklyn accent should never be seen as an impediment to success. In fact, it's helped Marisa become the Oscar-winning actor she is today.
- Dan Brown's bizarre rituals May. 22, 2013 11:03 AM The author discusses his new novel, Inferno, and the ritual he performs when launching another book.
- Juvenile inmates benefiting from Russian literature May. 22, 2013 4:21 PM A juvenile correctional facility in Virginia has seen the behavioural benefits of encouraging their inmates to read the works of classic Russian writers like Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.
- Home: what happened when you left and returned? May. 22, 2013 6:20 PM