Most recent entries for July 2010

The shockwaves just keep on coming for the wildly popular singing series American Idol. First, original judge Simon Cowell announced he would be leaving the wildly popular singing series at the end of last season and now Ellen DeGeneres has confirmed she will be leaving the program as well.

Chelsea Clinton's years of hard-won privacy seem to have agreed with her, which makes it all the more distressing to see the current media frenzy surrounding her nuptials this coming weekend.

Nardwuar the Human Serviette isn't acknowledged as one of our premier music journalists, and he damn well should be. For proof, just watch the way he gets Drake to open up in this new video interview.

RIP Maury Chaykin

For anybody who has watched a lot of Canadian film and television, Maury Chaykin, who died Tuesday at the age of 61, was as well-known and welcome as a favourite uncle.

One of the country's best and busiest character actors, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-born Chaykin played substantial roles on TV -- detective Nero Wolfe on A&E, the delightfully sketchy paterfamilias on Citytv and HBO Canada's Less Than Kind -- as well as many memorable supporting parts on film.

When images of BP CEO Tony Hayward first spread in the days after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I was struck by how much he resembled the great Welsh actor Michael Sheen. It then struck me that Tony Hayward is just the kind of character Sheen excels at playing.

In what is fast becoming one of my all-time favourite celebrity cameos, James Franco is back for yet another guest stint on soap opera General Hospital. Franco's recent appearance on the show lends credence to his claims that his entire storyline is some kind of strange meta-experiment.

Well, we finally have our first movie-related parlour game of the
summer: trying to figure out what the heck is going on in Christopher
Nolan's Inception. Given the lack of brain food at the mega-plex
this month - and the complexity of the film's dream architecture - I
have a feeling that this could go on for a while, as it did with Mulholland Drive and Memento. A certain breed of movie buff loves dissecting this kind of mind-bender.

Rush fans let out a collective "oh my God" on Thursday as Activision announced the Canadian band's seminal album 2112 will be heavily featured in the upcoming Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock video game, out for all consoles in September.

On American TV, it's the summer of the Canadian cop show - Flashpoint and The Bridge are airing on CBS, and ABC recently picked up Rookie Blue. This southward invasion is good news for all the Canucks working on those programs, but it's upsetting to Boston Globe writer Alex Beam.

The nominees for Britain's Mercury music prize were announced earlier today, and while the organizers tried to skew a bit more populist this year, the short list is still exciting.

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