A high school story sanitized by Disney, the new movie Prom promises the feel-good sweetness of a John Hughes film. But while Hughes's set characters make a re-appearance, the film lacks the appreciation of teen angst that made the late writer-director's Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Breakfast Club so memorable.


Vroom vroom. Smash. Grunt. Bang! The latest instalment in the Fast and Furious franchise peels into theatres offering mindless macho mayhem and vehicular chaos. A guilty pleasure that puts the pedal to the metal and doesn't let up.

Counting down to Harry Potter

Categories: Movies

Do you remember the first time you heard Hedwig's Theme from the Harry Potter films? It sparks chills with each tinkling beat and sets goosebumps crawling up your arm with every soaring rush of orchestral sound. Watching the trailer for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, which begins with a spooky, stilted version of said theme, has the same effect.

Born This Way: Glee tackles Gaga and teen self-esteem

Categories: Television

Ninety minutes: That's how long Tuesday night's Glee has to deal with the one of the root causes of teenage angst - self-esteem woes - with the super-sized installment set against a song list climaxing with Lady Gaga's Born this Way. Not only has the song hit the top of the charts, it's earned one of pop culture's current crowns: being featured in its own Gleepisode.

FILM REVIEW: Water for Elephants

A blend of romance and adventure, Water for Elephants whisks viewers away to the Dirty '30s, giving a taste of the circus life. Beneath the animal antics lies a tepid romance between stars Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon that never quite catches fire.

Coronation Street and the other royal wedding

There's a royal wedding in the offing and it's not taking place at Westminster Abbey. It's the upcoming nuptials of Roy and Hayley Cropper on Coronation Street. CBC's Sian Jones met with Julie Hesmondhalgh and David Neilson, who play the Croppers, as they tour Canada to mark the 50th anniversary of the British soap.

The Beastie Boys Make Some Noise

Categories: Music, Television

Once upon a time, the debut of a music video was a Major Television Event (Thriller, anyone?). After years of waning relevance and being relegated to second-tier status by youth-oriented reality TV, music videos have rebounded somewhat -- largely thanks to online video sites and the notion of "going viral."

Jeff Bridges album? The Dude abides

Categories: Movies, Music

After his Oscar-winning turn as the down-on-his-luck country singer Bad Blake in 2009's Crazy Heart, it was only a matter of time before actor and lifelong amateur musician Jeff Bridges decided to cut an album for real. Blue Note Records has announced it has signed the actor forever known as The Dude to release his first major-label debut later this summer.

Charlie Sheen in Toronto: riding his fame for as long as he can

Categories: Social Media, Television

Toronto fans awaiting Charlie Sheen were rowdy to say the least. There was blood in the water; people were here looking for a freak show. Best case scenario: Sheen lets loose with another string of verbal venom. Worst case scenario, however, Sheen implodes before our eyes.

FILM REVIEW: Daydream Nation

Categories: Movies

For his first feature, Canadian director Michael Goldbach combines the weird loopiness of Twin Peaks and the suburban fantasies of American Beauty. Daydream Nation, his surreal slice of the 'burbs, stars Kat Dennings as a young woman whose high school love life spirals out of control.