Jackson Weaver

Jackson Weaver is a multi-platform journalist with CBC's Entertainment unit. You can reach him at jackson.weaver@cbc.ca, or follow him on Twitter at @jacksonwweaver

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Jann Arden to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden will be 2020's first inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday. More acts will follow, as CARAS is planning multiple inductees this year.

Instapoet Rupi Kaur's 'writer of the decade' honour rekindles debate on her work, genre

A U.S. article proclaiming Toronto-based poet Rupi Kaur as 'writer of the decade' has inflamed old arguments about whether 'Instapoets' are the way of the future, or just a flash in the pan.

How digital de-aging is changing the face of movies

While some believe the technology used in movies like Gemini Man, Captain Marvel and The Irishman to de-age actors opens up new possibilities for shows and films, others worry about the direction CGI is taking us in.

The biggest snubs and surprises of the 2020 Golden Globe nominations

Netflix cast a large shadow on the nominations list for this year, gaining 34 nods in total and loudly announcing the arrival of the streaming era. At the same time, women were completely shut out of the best director category.

YouTube changes format for year-in-review Rewind 2019

YouTube Rewind, the video platform's year-in-review, arrived in a brand-new format on Thursday after a torrent of negative reviews in 2018.
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Critics love Waves, but its racial politics, challenging style may make it too risky to succeed

Waves has received standing ovations, rave reviews and early awards nominations, but it's not without controversy. Can the film succeed despite being unconventional, and for being another story of black Americans told by a white director?

Grammy snubs and surprises: New artists reign supreme, K-pop falls short

With the shift toward more young talent, this year's awards push aside some superstars and established acts, sparking outrage from fans.

Like, subscribe, save the world: YouTubers embrace climate activism, but experts question reach and motive

As established YouTubers and content creators pivot to address more about serious issues like politics and climate change, some experts worry whether increased visibility really does lead to increased benefit.

Directors respond to backlash over casting late actor James Dean

An American production studio recently announced their plans to place late actor James Dean in a Vietnam war epic, digitally reconstructing Dean through CGI. A B.C. company, Image Engine Design, is taking on that task, even while prominent actors call the project "grim" and "shameful."

'Nerd renaissance': Why Dungeons and Dragons is having a resurgence

Dungeons and Dragons' popularity has grown by leaps and bounds in the past five years, but a Halifax-based Dungeon Master believes ways of learning how to play the infamously complex game haven't improved at the same rate. He's trying to fix that.

Kindergym: Inside the world of competitive child weightlifting

For years, people have debated whether even light strength training is safe for children, but now, some kids have taken it a step farther. Hundreds of children, some as young as seven, are competing in Olympic-style weightlifting across Canada and the U.S.

How a podcast on Halifax's 'Glove Guy' led to an intellectual property dispute

After publishing a series on the 'Glove Guy,' Jordan Bonaparte says his podcast's name was stolen in retaliation. While he says he’s fighting back, the subject of that podcast claims stories spread by people like Bonaparte have damaged his reputation, and put him in danger.

Who is serial killer Michael Wayne McGray?

Canadian serial killer Michael Wayne McGray was recently discovered to have been named as potentially responsible for the 1995 killing of Brenda Way. McGray has claimed to have killed at least 16 people, though was only ever convicted of seven murders.

'Pretty special': Pants of basketball Hall of Famer show up in Digby Frenchys

Matt Boyle says he wasn't looking for anything in particular when he found Ray Allen's warmup pants in a second-hand store.

Henry House vandalism is 'like violence to the elderly,' says co-owner

Halifax's historic Henry House pub suffered extensive damage after a vandal used patio furniture to access the building's roof and go on a vandalism spree on Monday morning.