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Review: 'Harry Potter' stage parody makes glorious return to Toronto Special

Toronto - I've missed several chances to see “Potted Potter”; besides its previous Toronto run in 2012, the world-touring revue has been in London and New York at times when I happened to be in those cities. Despite the new cast, it was worth the wait.

'Birdman' soars to 13 Critics' Choice nods; 'Budapest' surprises

While "Birdman" leads the way for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards with 13 nominations, it is "The Grand Budapest Hotel" that surprises with 11 nods.

Jimmy Carter, Joan Rivers and 'Frozen' music get Grammy nods

Sure, the Grammys honor the best in music, but there are other categories that may not get the same attention. Those major awards get the headlines, but a few other categories are worthy, too.

Review: Second City/Toronto Symphony show mixes music, comedy into gold Special

Toronto - Classical music and madcap comedy may sound like a strange mix, but they do have a longstanding relationship with each other. Remember those great Bugs Bunny cartoons that introduced you to Rossini, Wagner and Strauss? Remember Victor Borge?

Op-Ed: Mike Nichols' best-known movie really shows its age in 2014

Ten days ago, we lost iconic comedian, writer and director Mike Nichols. His was a career rife with triumphs in theatre, film and TV, and he was one of only twelve people who'd made it into the esteemed EGOT club (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony).

Review: Comedian Lee Evans entertains London Special

London - Funny man Lee Evans played a farewell gig at London's Wembley Arena this month. After entertaining a capacity crowd of 12,500 people, Evans announced that he was retiring from stand-up comedy.

Second City joins forces with Toronto Symphony in upcoming show Special

Toronto - Two of Toronto's most iconic, enduring cultural institutions are teaming up in a new musical comedy show at the end of the month, and audience members at the Second City Mainstage received a preview of several of its sketches last night.

Interview with singer and comedienne Jenny Talia Special

The multi-talented Australian, a U.S. resident since 1999, speaks to Digital Journal about her last album, her new album and her upcoming Australasian tour.

Interview with Arabella Weir Special

The talented English actress, presenter, author and comedienne, who charmed her way into the nation's heart in the 1990s by asking "Does my bum look big in this?" kindly took time out of her busy schedule to talk to Digital Journal.

Comedy club charges 'per laugh'

Barcelona - A comedy club in Barcelona has decided to charge customers per laugh. This is achieved through an experiment that uses facial-recognition technology. The technology tracks how much clients enjoyed the show by counting their laughter rate.

Review: Kevin Smith combines humour and body horror in ‘Tusk’ Special

With his latest post-retirement project, ‘Tusk,’ writer/director Kevin Smith tests the value of ideas conceived when one is high with mixed results.

Review: ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ isn’t the most noble quest Special

‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ is a yuppie’s humorous escape from life’s responsibilities in the guise of a research trip to investigate an abstract idea.

Review: Laugh and cry with the ‘The Skeleton Twins’ Special

‘The Skeleton Twins’ is a dark comedy about estranged siblings who try to repair their relationship on the heels of personal disaster.

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger expertly analyzes female behaviour Special

Few comedians have so precisely captured the cultural and societal zeitgest of the modern woman as Iliza Shlesinger does regularly on stage. In an interview, she discussed finding her comedic voice, defining what's funny and her upcoming USO Tour.

Review: Lena Dunham talks feminism, Hollywood, why she's different than Hannah Special

Toronto - Reading from her memoir for the first time and answering questions, Lena Dunham, the creator and star of the HBO hit show Girls, shared her charming humour, candid insight into gender issues and why she feels like she's visiting Hollywood still.

'Flight of the Conchords' star gets vampy in latest movie Special

Toronto - 'What We Do In the Shadows' was a big hit at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Its co-creator, 'Flight of the Conchords' star Jemaine Clement, says naturalism played a vital part in making the movie.

Billy Crystal to honor Robin Williams at Emmy Awards

Los Angeles - The Emmy Awards always feature an "In Memoriam" segment during the broadcast. This year, many will tune in even if they ignore the rest of the show, for one simple reason — Robin Williams.

Batch of Emmys already handed out; HBO leads the way with 15 wins

The Emmy Awards will be handed out Aug. 25, but many of them were already bestowed Aug. 16. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards were handed out in Los Angeles and sets the stage for what is to come.

Review: Toronto 'Tartuffe' has good moments, odd directorial choices Special

Toronto - It's a tricky business, trying to make an old theatre warhorse seem fresh and new. Bold or eccentric choices can spark new life into a classic, or they can massacre it. Soulpepper's new mounting of “Tartuffe” tastes both ends of the lollipop.

Review: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ appetizingly fuses food and story Special

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ is the delectable story of a talented young chef who must choose between working at his family’s restaurant and exploring the possibilities the rest of the culinary world has to offer.

Cast of The Inbetweeners talks sequel in Australia

The first Inbetweeners movie was a huge hit in cinemas, earning an impressive £13.2m at the UK box office during opening weekend. Now a sequel is in the pipeline, set to take place in Australia.

'Planes: Fire & Rescue' cleared for landing

Kids will return to the theaters over the weekend to board "Planes: Fire and Rescue." Adults may purge and watch a sex tape, however. All this means is that there is a choice among the new wide releases.

A conversation with actress Shirley Knight Special

With an impressive list of stage, film and TV roles spanning 50 years, Shirley Knight is a true success story in the world of entertainment. One particular role she takes great pride in is a recent one: Marie in the independent film "Redwood Highway."

'Game of Thrones' leads Emmy nods with 19; drama category is hot

Los Angeles - The 66th Annual Emmy Awards will take place Aug. 25, but the nominations were handed out early this morning in Los Angeles. "Game Of Thrones" leads all shows with 19 nominations.

Acorn TV offers an eclectic mix of British television programming

With a unique roster of programming, and subscriber numbers steadily growing, Acorn TV is a force to be reckoned with in the world of streaming services.

'Transformers 4' takes down 'Tammy'

Usually a holiday box office is something to get excited about. However, when that holiday falls on a Friday like the Fourth of July did, not so much.

Review: Toronto's High Park is the perfect setting for 'As You Like It' Special

Toronto - Canadian Stage's annual Shakespeare in High Park has become a respected Toronto summer tradition, and this year, the Bard's pastoral comedy “As You Like It” is a fine match for the High Park Amphitheatre's outdoor setting and young audiences.

'Transformers 4: Age of Extinction' morphing into a monster hit

UPDATE: "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction" now boasts the best Friday opener of the year with an estimated haul of $41.6 million. It has a shot at a $100 million weekend.

North Korean authorities call comedy film an 'act of war'

A trailer for the upcoming comedy called "The Interview" has aroused international interest and a response for action from North Korean (NK) authorities themselves.

A conversation with actress Dylan Gelula Special

With roles in two new TV shows, "Chasing Life" and "Jennifer Falls," Dylan Gelula is quickly becoming a breakout star in TV land.
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