Most recent entries for March 2012

It's a box office battle of mythic proportions this weekend as remixed fables and fairy tales go head to head. In one corner, Mirror Mirror, a snarky retelling of the Snow White fairy tale. In the other, Wrath of the Titans, the sequel to the widely panned remake from 2010.

Kiss Kiss was Megan's message to Don Draper as the new season of Mad Men began on Sunday. Canadian actress Jessica Paré gave a sexual charge to her version of an old French hit.


Footnote, the Oscar-nominated movie from Israel, has arrived in Canada. Eli Glasner says the film about a bitter father-son relationship is an interesting investigation into buried secrets -- both those concealed in text and the ones hidden in the people we love.
The Hunger Games is guaranteed to be a box office hit this weekend, but that doesn't make it a great film. Although the source material was inspired, director Gary Ross plays it safe, presenting an action adventure that's missing many of unsettling elements of the original.

Canadian Music Week presents so many choices -- and so many organizational hurdles -- it can be hard to navigate. CBC music correspondent Laura Thompson talks about her approach on Day One, what works and doesn't work, and new finds such as Samantha Savage Smith and Craig Stickland.

Inside Ai Weiwei's world

CBC's China bureau was asked to conduct an interview for Radio One's Q cultural affairs show with dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Ai has been forbidden to speak to foreign media and his movements are closely watched. Here's an account of how it went down.
"It would be best not to open your interview with ...the squirrel", I was advised by Martin Picard's publicist. "It just might set the wrong tone."

William Roache, the British actor who plays Coronation Street's Ken Barlow, is on a tour of Canada that takes in Vancouver and Halifax. Sian Jones went to his Toronto appearance with the curiosity of any Corrie fan and discovered that Bill Roache the man has an interest in psychic phenomena.
Being Elmo is a movie about how puppeteer Kevin Clash found his voice -- one that just so happens to be that of Sesame Street's fuzzy love monster Elmo. For fans of Jim Henson and the Muppet magic he created, this film offers a glimpse into the famed furry kingdom. The doc largely paints a happy smile on Clash's life story, says Eli Glasner.
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