Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 8:27AM EDT
While the rumours of AC/DC’s breakup or retirement are premature, lead singer Brian Johnson says, the band has announced that co-founder Malcolm Young will be "taking a break" because of ill health.
"The band will continue to make music," it said in a statement, Spin magazine reports.
Johnson spoke out in an earlier interview on recent stories suggesting the hard-rocking group is about to split up. On the contrary, Johnson says the band is still planning on working on a potential album in Canada next month.More »
Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014 2:37PM EDT
CBS may have named Stephen Colbert as the successor to David Letterman, but Late Show viewers would have rather seen Tina Fey in the host chair.
According to the social-media marketing site The Keyhole Blog, the ex-Saturday Night Live fixture and 30 Rock doyenne was the top choice to host the late-night talk show – and Ms. Bossypants finished first by a wide margin.More »
Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014 1:38PM EDT
We’re still six months away from the movie version of Gone Girl, but it’s never too early for a trailer. Based on the bestseller by Gillian Flynn, the much-anticipated crime drama is directed by David Fincher and stars Ben Affleck as a man who goes searching for his wife, played by Rosamund Pike, after she disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. In cinema-style terms, the film looks much like earlier Fincher films like Seven and Fight Club, with multiple dark interior photography and drab lighting offset by sporadic points of brightness. Ex-Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler’s performance of the Elvis Costello song She serves as the soundtrack for the trailer. Gone Girl opens in theatres on October 3.More »
Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014 8:56AM EDT
Maybe Mad Men sold the sizzle instead of the steak?
Even with all the advance buzz and ceaseless promotion, AMC’s Emmy-winning drama returned to dismal ratings on Sunday night. The first episode of the final season took in a paltry 2.3 million U.S. viewers.
For those keeping track, that’s a 1.1 million dip from the 3.4 million viewers who watched the sixth-season premiere. Sunday’s night’s premiere was Mad Men’s least-watched season-opener since the second season kickoff in 2008. (AMC does not measure or monitor Canadian ratings for its programming.)More »
Monday, Apr. 14, 2014 2:46PM EDT
Yes, that really was our own Neve Campbell making sweet talk with Don Draper on Mad Men.
The Canadian-born actress, best known for her six-season stint on Party of Five and her ongoing role in the Scream movies, showed up unexpectedly in last night’s seventh-season opener of the Emmy-winning drama.
Even topped by that bouffant sixties-era hairstyle, those smoky brown eyes and come-hither expression were unmistakably Neve.More »
Monday, Apr. 14, 2014 1:08PM EDT
Is CBS going to hand the hosting duties of The Late Late Show to a woman? In the wake of Stephen Colbert being named successor to The Late Show with David Letterman, the network is reportedly considering putting a female comedian into the host chair for the program that immediately follows it on their late-night schedule. CBS CEO Les Moonves alluded to the possibility during a recent interview with Bloomberg News. “Obviously we’re considering all candidates and women are among them,” said Moonves. “A woman would be great in late night.” Online speculation points to E! fixture Chelsea Handler or daytime talk host Ellen DeGeneres taking over the post-Colbert timeslot. CBS’s contract with current Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson expires later this summer.More »
Monday, Apr. 14, 2014 10:01AM EDT
A four-time Emmy-winner for best TV drama, Mad Men returned last night for the first half of its seventh and final season. And based on the online reviews, the sixties-era period piece did not disappoint.
The Telegraph gave the Mad Men season-opener four out of five stars, citing the growth of Jon Hamm’s layered portrayal of conflicted ad man Don Draper. Don was once a womanizer, but now seems practically inert, inexplicably passing up the opportunity to bed an attractive widow (played by Canadian actress Neve Campbell) he meets on a flight from Los Angeles to New York. (In an interview with Yahoo! TV, Campbell talked about waivers, spoilers and the “Super Secrecy Speech” she got on her first day on set.)More »
Friday, Apr. 11, 2014 2:13PM EDT
People, places and fashions change but the advertising industry stays the same in the new season of Mad Men.
As in seasons past, AMC has been extremely judicious in sending out screeners of its Emmy-winning drama set in the heady New York advertising world of the sixties.
But at least a few copies of Mad Men’s season-seven opener were made available to media outlets, which are more than happy to share the details.More »
Friday, Apr. 11, 2014 1:25PM EDT
THIGHS WIDE SHUT
Did Beyoncé sanction the photoshopping of a “thigh gap” into a vacation photograph? On Thursday, the pop star went on her blog to post a photo of herself playing golf in the Dominican Republic. Within minutes, photoshop-savvy fans accused the singer of altering one of the photos to make her thighs appear thinner. In the photo in question, Beyoncé is shown putting on a golf course in a two-piece retro bikini, and her thighs look noticeably more slender than usual. Naturally, the claims of photo-doctoring quickly spread to Twitter, where user Jessica Wakeman said, “With her money, Beyoncé should be able to pay someone who is better at Photoshop.”More »
Friday, Apr. 11, 2014 9:32AM EDT
Radio host Rush Limbaugh is deeply concerned about CBS’s decision to install Stephen Colbert as David Letterman’s replacement.
The way Rush sees it: “CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America.”
Say what now?
On yesterday’s edition of the syndicated radio program The Rush Limbaugh Show, the famously right-wing commentator offered his views on the news that Colbert – who portrays a dense right-wing personality on The Colbert Report – would take over the Late Show from David Letterman when the host retires next year.More »
Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 1:34PM EDT
Somebody in the Rolling Stone art department might want to consider a refresher course in American history.
The venerable music magazine has gained attention for this week’s cover featuring Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus wearing nothing but a (presumably) temporary tattoo replica of the U.S. Constitution, with the signature of John Hancock emblazoned mere inches above her left buttock.More »
Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 9:06AM EDT
If you’re one of those dour TV viewers who routinely says, “Ah, I could write a funnier show than this crap,” time to put up or shut up.
The once-mighty NBC, former home of Friends, Seinfeld, Frasier, et al, is making TV history by looking beyond the usual Hollywood circles to find its next great half-hour comedy, but also looking to an A-list cast of talent to help.More »
Wednesday, Apr. 09, 2014 3:10PM EDT
The late Peaches Geldof was “happier than ever” and enraptured by motherhood, according to her final entry as a parenting columnist.
Earlier this year, the 25-year-old mother of two signed up with the British Mother & Baby magazine to pen a monthly column on parenting.
On Wednesday, Mother & Baby published Geldof’s last submission – with the “blessing of her family” – on their website.More »
Wednesday, Apr. 09, 2014 1:05PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has taken the ‘drunken stupor’ defence to explain her nude presence on the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Photographed by celebrity lensman Mark Seliger, the cover photo shows the 53-year-old Veep star in the buff with a temporary tattoo of the U.S. Constitution adorning her back. Yesterday, Louis-Dreyfus tweeted, “In my defence, I was in a drunken stupor #crackexcuse.” Inside the issue, which calls her “the First Lady of Comedy,” the ex-Seinfeld fixture reflects on her three-decade career and talks about the difficulty facing women in Hollywood. “There is sexism – I’m not denying its existence,” she says. “But I’m saying that I will deny its effort against me.”More »
Wednesday, Apr. 09, 2014 9:29AM EDT
There’s good news and bad news for Archie comic book readers.
The bad news: The red-headed character will die in a coming issue of the franchise that began more than 70 years ago.
The good news: Archie will remain a mensch to the end.
On Tuesday, Archie Comics publisher Jon Goldwater announced that the eternal teenager will die while trying to save a friend in a July issue of Life with Archie, the spinoff series documenting the fictional character’s life after high school and college.More »
Tuesday, Apr. 08, 2014 2:38PM EDT
The shocking and unexpected death of Peaches Geldof has unleashed a torrent of online condolences.
As has become the norm these days, a wide range of celebrities have taken to social media to eulogize the 25-year-old daughter of rock icon Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, who was found dead at her home in Kent yesterday.More »
Tuesday, Apr. 08, 2014 2:20PM EDT
The season-four premiere of Game of Thrones was HBO’s highest-rated program since the series finale of The Sopranos. An estimated 6.6-million U.S. viewers tuned into the GoT return on Sunday night, which marks an increase of more than two-million viewers over the season-three premiere. Here in Canada, the GoT season-opener was the most-watched premiere in HBO Canada history with more than 1.1-million viewers, an increase of 31 per cent compared to the season-three debut.More »
Tuesday, Apr. 08, 2014 8:48AM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel's spoof nature documentary on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in the wild, from the April 7, 2014 talk show.More »
Monday, Apr. 07, 2014 4:51PM EDT
Nobody can ever say Anna Kendrick isn’t bold in her career choices.
Heretofore known primarily for her lead role in the 2012 film Pitch Perfect, the spirited actress-singer is drawing rave reviews for hosting Saturday Night Live on the weekend.
The 28-year-old Kendrick is an acting veteran who earned a Tony nomination at age 12 for the Broadway play High Society. Kendrick also garnered an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for the 2009 film Up in the Air.More »
Monday, Apr. 07, 2014 8:46AM EDT
Let the Games begin.
It’s been one month since the much-hyped finale of the gritty crime drama True Detective crashed HBO’s GO online-streaming service. Last night, it happened again, with the season-four premiere of the network’s fantasy series Game of Thrones.
HBO GO is a password-enabled app that enables subscribers to stream content on their phones, tablets and laptops. But it’s been become apparent that many HBO subscribers are sharing their passwords – with friends, neighbours, co-workers and anybody else who may be eagerly anticipating the broadcast of a particular show.More »
Friday, Apr. 04, 2014 2:50PM EDT
Who do you think should take over from David Letterman after he signs off from his late-night television post next year?
As should have been expected, the list of celebrities likely to take over as host of CBS’s late-night franchise is currently making the rounds online.More »
Friday, Apr. 04, 2014 12:29PM EDT
Lupita Nyong’o has been named the new face of Lancôme cosmetics. The best supporting actress Oscar-winner for 12 Years a Slave joins the lofty ranks of current Lancôme ambassadors Kate Winslet, Julia Roberts and Penelope Cruz and will begin appearing in the company’s TV and magazine advertisements starting later this month. Said Nyong’o in a statement: “I am truly honoured to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history and that I have always loved.” The Kenyan actress was recently spotted at the Calvin Klein fashion show in New York and attending the debut of the Miu Miu collection in Paris.More »
Friday, Apr. 04, 2014 10:14AM EDT
David Letterman’s decision to step down from his late-night TV post has elicited a tidal wave of Twitter reaction.
The accolades and tributes began on Twitter within minutes of yesterday’s announcement that Letterman will leave Late Show with David Letterman sometime in 2015.More »
Thursday, Apr. 03, 2014 12:55PM EDT
Silver-haired news fox Anderson Cooper isn’t expecting any financial windfall from his fabulously wealthy family.
The CNN fixture told radio host Howard Stern this week that his famous mother – socialite and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt – told him early in life that he wasn’t going to be receiving any of the family fortune.More »
Thursday, Apr. 03, 2014 12:26PM EDT
How I Met Your Mother fans unhappy with the show’s recent series finale just won’t let it go. Some viewers have launched a petition on the website Change.org demanding that HIMYM co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas rewrite and reshoot the finale. The petition page starts: “You know it’s just wrong.” As of Thursday, the petition had more than 7,800 signatures. Despite polarizing fans, the HIMYM finale drew nearly 13 million U.S. viewers on Monday night.More »
Thursday, Apr. 03, 2014 9:18AM EDT
Bill Clinton was happy to offer his opinion on the embattled Toronto mayor during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night.More »
Thursday, Apr. 03, 2014 8:52AM EDT
Bill Clinton believes Rob Ford has made the world see Canadians in a different light – for better or worse.
The former U.S. president was happy to offer his opinion on the embattled Toronto mayor during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night. At the host’s behest, of course.
When asked about Ford, Clinton reverted to the canny political tactic of speaking directly on a current issue without either supporting it or criticizing it. In other words, he was very presidential.More »
Wednesday, Apr. 02, 2014 3:02PM EDT
Don’t fret about Justin Bieber spending time behind bars for his DUI arrest in Miami Beach: All signs point to the Canadian pop star copping a sweetheart plea bargain.
TMZ reports that Bieber’s legal representatives have been working with Miami prosecutors to arrange a deal in the singer’s favour.
Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach on January 23 and charged with suspicion of DUI, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest without violence.More »
Wednesday, Apr. 02, 2014 12:47PM EDT
Mindy Kaling says there are downfalls to being a poster girl for plus-sized women. During her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week, The Mindy Project creator and star admitted she’s a little weary of people complimenting her for having a body that veers close to normal human proportions. “People are like, ‘It’s so nice that Mindy Kaling doesn’t feel like she needs to subscribe to the ideals of beauty’,” said the actress. “And I’m like, ‘I do subscribe!’” Kaling also told Kimmel that she runs and works out regularly. “It takes a lot of effort to look like a normal chubby woman!”More »
Wednesday, Apr. 02, 2014 8:34AM EDT
No matter what you may have thought of the How I Met Your Mother finale (and reaction, even within The Globe and Mail, has been mixed), the man who co-created and ran the series for the past nine seasons thought it was just swell.
He has, though, been been tweeting like a nervous teenager in recent days.More »
Tuesday, Apr. 01, 2014 4:07PM EDT
Have you chosen a side in the recent Colbert Report firestorm on Twitter? Is the show actually guilty of using harmful racial epithets or was it simply exercising its right as a fake TV news program?
And while we’re on the topic, what does the man at the centre of the roiling controversy think?
On Monday night, Comedy Central aired the first episode of The Colbert Report since Twitter activists waged a campaign calling for the show’s cancellation and the removal of buttoned-down host Stephen Colbert.More »
Tuesday, Apr. 01, 2014 2:59PM EDT
Now it can be told: Lindsay Lohan was almost in The Avengers – or at least that’s how she remembers it. On Sunday night’s new episode of the OWN series Lindsay, the controversial actress said that she was up for a role in the 2012 superhero blockbuster, but her manager didn’t push hard enough for her, after which the film’s producers “went with an unknown” for the part. Said Lohan: “If I don’t work in a film, he passes it to [High School Musical star] Vanessa Hudgens, he passes it to one of his other clients…” Most of the online speculation has it that Lohan is referring to the secondary Avengers role of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, which went to Vancouver native and How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders. Lohan also groused that, “Every day I’m not on a film set, I’m wasting my talent because that’s what I was born – and live – to do.”More »
Tuesday, Apr. 01, 2014 8:43AM EDT
If you were fortunate enough to purchase a pair of Lululemon’s newest line of yoga pants, be sure to shake the can before wearing.
Any yoga devotees desperate to obtain a pair of the coveted “spray-on yoga pants” pitched recently by Jimmy Kimmel are out of luck.
In case you missed the joke, the spray-on pants are not a real product, but the Canadian clothing company Lululemon has at least acknowledged their semi-existence with a cheeky ad on its website.More »
Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 5:09PM EDT
Just how far will the average person go to look like his or her favourite celebrity?
Or more to the point, how much will they spend?
In the case of a young Texas woman named Kitty (not her real name), the price tag was $25,000 (U.S.), which she happily dropped toward the bizarre goal of resembling Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence.More »
Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 5:05PM EDT
JOE VS. THE VOLCANO
A former Jeopardy! contestant is standing his ground for incorrectly answering a no-brainer sports question on the game show. Last week, a contestant named Joe made Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek break his composure by offering the question “Who is Magic Johnson?” to the answer, “100+ assists in an NHL season has been accomplished only 13 times, 11 by this player.” The answer, as any hockey fan knows, should have been: “Who is Wayne Gretzky?” (Magic Johnson was a legendary NBA player). Trebek’s response: “Oh, no!” As it turned out, Joe won the overall round of Jeopardy! and went on to post the video of his gaffe on YouTube under the subject line, “So apparently my terrible Jeopardy! response from last Friday’s episode has gone mildly viral on sports blog today. I refuse to be ashamed.” Joe also hosted a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, in which he admitted, “Totally missed the NHL part and focused on the assists… Just a terribly embarrassing answer all around.”More »
Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 8:34AM EDT
The closing of one door on The Walking Dead invariably results in the opening of an unsettling new storyline.
The fourth-season wrapup of AMC’s apocalyptic zombie drama series provided a strangely satisfying conclusion without really wrapping up anything.
And in a Walking Dead first, there were hardly any walkers killed in the season closer. Instead, most of the on-screen violence was human on human.More »
Friday, Mar. 28, 2014 3:28PM EDT
NO GIRLS ALLOWED
The University of Iowa is no fan of Girls. The hit HBO show wrapped its third season this week with a storyline in which the lead character of Hannah, played by series co-creator and star Lena Dunham, was accepted into the University of Iowa’s writer’s workshop program. According to a report in The Iowa Press-Citizen, HBO recently requested permission to shoot episodes at the campus but were promptly turned down by university administration. Said UI spokesman Tom Moore: “Our general practice is to not allow filming, due to potential disruption to campus.” No word yet on whether Girls will seek out an alternate shooting location.More »
Friday, Mar. 28, 2014 1:15PM EDT
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have broken their silence following the announcement of their marital split.
And once again, it was Gwyneth doing all the talking.More »
Friday, Mar. 28, 2014 10:07AM EDT
L’Wren Scott bequeathed her entire estate to long-time beau Mick Jagger – and left her own family nothing.
Virtually all of the late fashion designer’s worldly assets and possessions – estimated to be worth $9-million (U.S.) – will go directly to The Rolling Stones frontman, according to Scott’s will that was released by the Manhattan Surrogate Court on Thursday.More »
Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 3:25PM EDT
If you thought Joe Millionaire was sneaky, wait until you watch women scrambling for the affections of a Prince Harry lookalike.
The Fox Network is steaming ahead with its plans for a reality series titled I Wanna Marry “Harry,” slated for broadcast this summer.
The setup: A dozen American women were shipped to England and ensconced in the sumptuous Englefield House in Berkshire.More »
Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 1:39PM EDT
PLACE YOUR BETS
Now it can be told: Steven Spielberg once made a bet with fellow director George Lucas that netted him millions of dollars. As revealed in an upcoming interview with Spielberg to air on Turner Classics Movies. Lucas visited the set of Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1976 shortly after he finished filming his fantasy sci-fi epic Star Wars. Lucas was convinced Close Encounters would be the bigger box-office hit, so he proposed a wager to Spielberg. “He said, ‘All right, I’ll tell you what. I’ll trade some points with you. I’ll give you 2.5 per cent of Star Wars if you give me 2.5 per cent of Close Encounters,’” recalled Spielberg. Although Close Encounters earned more than $300-million at the box office, Star Wars went on to earn more than $1.48-billion – which means Spielberg has collected an estimated $40-million from the wager.More »
Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 8:49AM EDT
Oprah Winfrey will hit the road to deliver her inspirational message to the masses – except this time, there are no plans to stop in Canada.
The daytime talk diva and broadcast mogul has announced she will headline an eight-city arena tour starting next September.
Announced with the lofty title Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend Tour, the gameplan is to pack 18,000-seat arenas for a two-day feelgood experience.More »
Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014 2:35PM EDT
The marital split between Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin serves as evidence that the rich and famous really are different from you and me.
For one thing, they get divorced differently.
Exhibit A: Did you wonder where Paltrow and Martin were yesterday, when the news went out – on her personalized GOOP website, of course – that their 10-year-old marriage was coming to an end?More »
Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014 12:54PM EDT
Just in time for patio weather, the makers of the popular apocalyptic drama The Walking Dead have sanctioned a beer that actually lists brains among its ingredients. The new Walker pale stout is being produced by the Philadelphia-based Dock Street Brewing Company and features a picture of a happy zombie on its label. The beer is brewed with a cranberry base and also includes a dash of roasted goat brains in its ingredients. The beer will be officially unveiled at a Dock Street screening event in consort with The Walking Dead’s season finale on Sunday night.More »
Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014 8:42AM EDT
Where were you when you first heard about Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin splitting up?
The Oscar-winning actress and Coldplay frontman announced their separation yesterday in a statement posted on Paltrow’s Goop website. As expected with celebrity breakups, the statement, titled “Conscious Uncoupling,” said that Paltrow and Martin still care about each other a whole lot and plan on remaining supportive, loving parents to their two kids, Apple and Moses.More »
Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 12:18PM EDT
The late character actor James Rebhorn built his career on carefully chosen film and TV roles. He took the same selective approach when writing his own obituary.
Over a career spanning three decades, Rebhorn, who died at 65 last Friday from melanoma, was a tall, hawk-like actor whose expansive resume ranged from soap operas (The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow) to sitcoms (Kate & Allie, Seinfeld) to Hollywood blockbusters (Independence Day, Meet the Parents) to most recently Homeland.More »
Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 9:10AM EDT
Spoiler alert: Josh Charles wasn’t the least bit surprised that his character was killed on The Good Wife, but that doesn’t make the departure any less emotional for him.More »
Monday, Mar. 24, 2014 4:44PM EDT
There was no joy for fans of The Good Wife on Monday morning: One of the show’s most beloved characters has left the building – and there’s no chance he’s coming back.
All the usual spoiler alerts apply from this point onward.
However devoted or casual, Good Wife viewers have been left reeling by the sudden departure of series regular Josh Charles, who played attorney Will Gardner for the past five seasons of the popular legal drama.More »
Monday, Mar. 24, 2014 1:45PM EDT
Kevin Bacon has shown the world that he can still dance like he did in the movie Footloose. A video clip of the 55-year-old actor reprising his signature moves from the 1984 movie on a recent outing of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is making the rounds. In the clip, Fallon reads from a scroll to inform his studio audience that dancing has been officially outlawed on The Tonight Show set. Cut to backstage, where Bacon announced, “There has to be dancing!” before launching into a series of acrobatic moves first featured in the film. As in the original story, Bacon collected an assortment of young female dancers en route to the main stage, where he tore up the scroll to the crowd’s delight. Bacon currently stars on the Fox crime drama The Following.More »
Monday, Mar. 24, 2014 8:56AM EDT
Take it as a sign that spring is finally coming: Sitcom lovebirds Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are expecting their first child together, reports say.
According to multiple sources, Kunis, 30, and Kutcher, 36, are going to be parents, with the big news coming less than a month after the former That 70s Show co-stars announced their engagement.More »