Jessica Wong

Senior online arts writer

Jessica Wong is the longtime online arts and entertainment writer for CBC News.

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Unapologetically Asian: Simu Liu, Marvel's latest superhero, on his fight for representation

Throughout Simu Liu's career, representation has been a regular theme he's championed. Now, he'll get a massive new platform after being tapped to lead Marvel's first ever film centred on an Asian superhero.

Laughing through the tears: Lulu Wang navigates contradictions in The Farewell

Opening in the middle of the hot, hazy blockbuster season, Lulu Wang's The Farewell — based on a very personal, bittersweet experience from her own life — is being described as an indie hit of the summer.

Why e-books, e-audiobooks could be harder to snag at your local library

E-books and e-audiobooks are the fastest growing area of borrowing at Canadian libraries. But it could get tougher to get your hands on them, according to library staffers, who are calling out major publishers for setting high prices, restrictive contract terms and exclusivity windows.

Always Be My Maybe star Randall Park puts fresh spin as rom-com lead

There's a simple reason for the easygoing, believable chemistry between the cast in Ali Wong and Randall Park's new comedy Always Be My Maybe: the longtime buddies hired their friends. 

Why a major Canadian art gallery would sell 20 works by a Group of Seven master

Why would one of Canada's major galleries send 20 artworks by a Group of Seven member to auction? It's part of a museum world practice known as deaccessioning — and it's not without controversy.

'I followed my dream': Canadian Aladdin star Mena Massoud's magic carpet ride to stardom

Be true to yourself and you can achieve your dreams is a message Mena Massoud embodies both in his breakout role as Aladdin, as well as in his own life. The 27-year-old actor has criss-crossed the globe in recent weeks to promote the latest Disney live-action remake, but brought the production home to Toronto this week for its Canadian premiere.

Why Arthur creator Marc Brown enjoyed 'blowing up Twitter' with gay wedding

Marc Brown's long-running kids show Arthur has caused a sensation with its season 22 premiere, with the revelation that recurring character in Elwood City is gay.

Making the AGO a habit: Art gallery makes admission free for 25 and under

The Art Gallery of Ontario, one of North America's largest galleries, hopes to entice more visitors to become regulars by changing its admission fees, including dropping them altogether for those 25 and under.

Kids' TV lacks gender balance and diversity, new study suggests

A new study is painting a negative picture of the kids' TV landscape, but some content creators are making a point of increasing diversity in their programs.

Canadian museums set for policy review connected to TRC call to action

As Canadian museums grapple with how to best make space for Indigenous voices and perspectives, a new initiative is aiming to give them a boost. Canadian Heritage has announced more than $680,000 to fund a national review of museum policies to ensure they line up with the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People.

CBC revives Battle of the Blades skate competition show

Skating maven Sandra Bezic and CBC are bringing back Battle of the Blades, with the public broadcaster green-lighting a new season of the uber-Canadian reality competition after more than five years off the air.

Game changer: How Game of Thrones mixed storytelling with spectacle to transform TV

When Game of Thrones debuted, people scoffed at the notion a swords-and-shields fantasy saga — complete with dragons — could be considered prestige TV. Now, as it kicks off its globally anticipated final season, it's being hailed as a cultural juggernaut that has changed the TV landscape.

Scrutiny of the Sackler family prompts closer look at arts philanthropy in Canada

Museums and galleries have always depended on wealthy benefactors. But as a growing list of institutions refuse donations from the Sackler family, owners of OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, the cultural sector's vetting process for its deep-pocketed donors is getting a closer look.

Canadian Screen Awards: Love rules on Schitt's Creek, Stephan's hometown shoutout and other memorable moments

A new wave of Canuck talent shared the stage with industry luminaries at Sunday's Canadian Screen Awards gala in Toronto.

Gord Downie's Secret Path, Amazing Race and CBC News among Canadian Screen Awards winners

Gord Downie's Secret Path concert special, The Amazing Race Canada and two very different dispatches by CBC journalist Adrienne Arsenault were among the winners on the first night of the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards (CSA).