FILM REVIEWS: The Raven, The Five-Year Engagement

Categories: Movies

Two distinctive leading men battle it out at the box office this weekend and reviewer Eli Glasner contrasts former heartthrob John Cusack's perplexing turn in the gothic thriller The Raven with Jason Segel's latest comedic offering, The Five-Year Engagement.

Cirque's Amaluna needs a little more polish

Categories: Live Performance

Our reviewer Anna Asimakopulos was in the audience with high expectations for the debut of Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna in Montreal. Amazons, flying bats, a singing moon goddess, a charming Miranda and a juggling pet lizard enliven the heavily female production, but there are a few sloppy moments and some segments should be dropped altogether. Send out the clowns!

5 Hot Docs films to whet your appetite

Categories: Movies

The economic collapse from the viewpoint of the one percent. Octogenarians facing off over table tennis. The Zack Galifinakis of the art world. A dream home for a prisoner in solitary confinement. A documentary-maker's worst nightmare. Eli Glasner offers a handful of titles to help fans dive into the Hot Docs film festival.

Lindsay Lohan hitches star to Liz Taylor biopic

Categories: Television

Did you hear a loud groan -- "Nooooo!" -- on Monday afternoon? That came from the closest classic movie buff in your vicinity when he/she learned that troubled actress-slash-tabloid fodder Lindsay Lohan has landed the role of the legendary raven-haired beauty and Oscar-winner Elizabeth Taylor in an upcoming biopic.

FILM REVIEWS: The Lucky One, Damsels in Distress, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

Categories: Movies

A singing and dancing star-turned-Iraqi War vet. A smart, college co-ed comedy with a surprise twist (and the watusi). Plus, Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock turns his lens onto comic book culture. CBC's Eli Glasner leaps over multiple movie genres in a single bound with this week's film reviews.

Reaction to Pulitzer's fiction snub

Categories: Books

When the latest batch of Pulitzer Prize-winners was unveiled this week, shock, surprise and disappointment arose at the news the prestigious U.S. prize's board chose to have no fiction winner for 2012. Book critic Maureen Corrigan, one of the jurors who chose the finalists, was among those angry at the decision. Still, this has ignited debate about the merits of a wider swath of fiction writers.

Breakfast with Coachella

Categories: Music, Social Media

The online broadcasts from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival offered surprising sonic snippets over the weekend, letting music fans with a broadband connection gather around a digital hearth of sorts and enjoy the concerts from afar.

Phish answers the call for 'more cowbell'

Categories: Music, Social Media

All the world needs more cowbell, as Saturday Night Live proved in a now-classic skit starring Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken. This past weekend, the people of Burlington, Vt., took up the challenge in an initiative put forward by hometown band Phish.

FILM REVIEWS: The Three Stooges, The Raid: Redemption

Categories: Movies

This week, we profile two movies as a lesson in physics: the slapstick mayhem of a new Three Stooges comedy and the mixed martial arts thriller The Raid: Redemption. There's nothing subtle about either of these movies, but reviewer Eli Glasner found something to love in each of them.

The Hunger Games on the hunt for new director

Categories: Movies

Dystopian teen tale The Hunger Games might still reign at the box office, but the budding movie franchise is losing its original director Gary Ross. Young fans have kept the movie No. 1 in ticket sales for a third week, but critics offered the first instalment mixed reviews, with many noting that Ross' take lacked the fire and potential of the books. Who should step in to tackle the post-apocalyptic world of Katniss Everdeen and Panem?