Most recent entries for September 2013

If you were among those who recently rejected Stolichnaya in favour of a non-Russian brand of vodka to help draw international attention to Russia's anti-gay legislation, you might want to think twice. Hashtag-driven boycotts are not always the most effective way to make a point.

Bidding farewell to Breaking Bad

No one wants to say goodbye, but Walt White's reign on cable TV definitely ended with a bang. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and his posse of writers gave fans almost everything we could have asked for. Eli Glasner takes a last look and bids farewell to one of TV's favourite anti-heroes.
Music isn't usually associated with endurance, unless you live next door to someone learning to play the violin. But Canadian pianist and composer Frank Horvat is the latest to embark on a music marathon, a growing practice requiring both talent and endurance.

Justin Bieber on Between Two Ferns

Zach Galifianakis is a master of awkward humour, but the latest edition of his hilarious, Webby Award-winning faux-talk show Between Two Ferns -- featuring controversy-plagued pop star Justin Bieber -- takes the cake. In an uproarious and cringe-inducing five minutes that feels surreal and brutally honest, Galifianakis skewers Stratford, Ont.'s Biebs.

Emmys 2013: the winners and losers

220-bob-newhart-jim-parsons-emmys.jpgLast night's Emmy telecast had its share of predictable winners (Modern Family, Breaking Bad) and losers (Jon Hamm, Kerry Washington) but there were some surprises in the oddly lumpy and long awards show. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights.

FILM REVIEW: Enough Said

The sophisticated rom-com Enough Said, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini, finds two actors at the top of their game, says Eli Glasner.
Sunday's Emmy Awards will showcase a special tribute to late Canadian actor Cory Monteith -- a move that has raised questions about whether the Glee star's brief but high-profile career is worthy of the honour.

Each year, the Toronto International Film Festival begins front-loaded with powerful prestige titles and, after a summer of bubblegum blockbusters, it can be quite the shock to dive into new worlds of addiction, pain, wonder and more. After the 11-day frenzy, however, a group of films inevitably rise above the rest, says Eli Glasner. Here are his picks for the toast of TIFF 2013.

si-cyrus-screencap03.jpgWe asked a panel of music industry experts and analysts what they thought of Miley Cyrus's latest (and raciest) music video: Wrecking Ball, which racked up more than 59 million views on YouTube in just a few days.

si-the-fox-screencap01.jpgThe Fox, an absurd spoof of summer blockbuster music videos by Norwegian duo Ylvis, has gathered more than 17 million hits after a week on YouTube.

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