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'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.

Review: 'Nijinsky' is a powerful piece of dance-theater Special

Toronto - The dance work 'Nijinsky' reflects its titular subject: it is brilliant, overwhelming, troubled, dazzling, profound. The National Ballet of Canada's production is a showcase for both incredible dancing and profound, heart-rending drama.

Review: 'Concord Floral' an eerie, powerful look at suburban T.O. teens Special

Toronto - It's hard to write good dialogue and monologue for teen characters. Adult playwrights and screenwriters often suffer from a lack of familiarity with the new lingo, yo, or resort to contrived, artificial “Buffy”-style irony and pop culture.

Battle is on between 'Gone Girl' and 'Annabelle'

UPDATE: It truly is a battle of demographics at the weekend box offices as noted below. The younger crowd came out and helped "Annabelle" win Friday over "Gone Girl."

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.

Review: Soulpepper's 'Crucible' remount in Toronto still full of power Special

Toronto - “Death of a Salesman” may be Arthur Miller’s most revered play, but “The Crucible”, his 1953 drama about the seventeenth-century witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, holds up as his most stinging study of evil and hypocrisy in human nature.

Review: 'Glenn' a complex, abstract tribute to iconic Toronto pianist Special

Toronto - From the peak of his career to his death in 1982, Glenn Gould was a baffling enigma as much as he was a classical-music superstar. As many artistic geniuses were, from Picasso to Salinger, the Toronto pianist could be eccentric and difficult.

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.

AMC's 'Hell On Wheels' rolls on into its fourth season

AMC’s "Hell On Wheels" is one of the channel’s longest running dramas. Based on historical fact, it tells the story of the transcontinental railroad through the eyes of the people who made it happen. What an ambitious piece of work it is.

Review: ‘Boyhood’ is an honest portrait of growing up Special

‘Boyhood’ is writer/director Richard Linklater’s masterpiece presenting the life of a boy from ages six to 18 using the same actor over 12 years.

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.

Review: CanStage tries to soften 'Titus Andronicus' brutality in Toronto Special

Toronto - Not that I'm a fan of Trigger Warnings, but if any Shakespeare play really needs to be preceded by one, it's “Titus Andronicus”. Murder, rape, mutilation, cannibalism, racism — this early Bard tragedy is a grim celebration of meaningless atrocity.

Review: It all boils down to ‘Me and You’ Special

Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci ends a 10-year hiatus with a stimulating portrait of damaged youth in ‘Me and You.’

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.

'Of Human Bondage', 'London Road' top the Dora Awards in Toronto Special

Toronto - It was an evening full of bondage and murder at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards last night — with local productions “Of Human Bondage,” “Venus in Fur” and “London Road” among the big winners at the annual awards ceremony for theatre in Toronto.

Review: ‘Twelve Angry Men’ remains powerful in flawed Toronto production Special

Toronto - A stinging, gripping defence of presumption of innocence, “Twelve Angry Men” hasn’t lost any of its guts after nearly 60 years. It’s a credit to Reginald Rose’s sharp writing that the play overcomes the flaws of Soulpepper’s production.

Review: Being young is rough in ‘Palo Alto’ Special

Writer/director Gia Coppola’s feature-length debut, ‘Palo Alto,’ is based on the collected works of James Franco, which encapsulate the complicated highs and lows of adolescence.

TV actors take home top awards at Tony Awards

New York - A TV sitcom and drama star took home top honors at the 68th Annual Tony Awards, which were handed out in New York. Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston took home honors last night.

Review: ‘The Immigrant’ tests a despondent woman’s resolve Special

In ‘The Immigrant,’ the American dream becomes a nightmare for a young Polish immigrant who is tricked by a fiendish man and forced into prostitution.

A conversation with 'The Haves and Have Nots' Renee Lawless Special

Renee Lawless spent years traveling across country performing in national musical theater productions before landing a starring role in OWN TV’s "The Have and Have Nots."

Review: ‘Filth’ gets down and dirty Special

‘Filth’ is the film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s 1998 novel about a callous cop who’s willing to do anything for a promotion he believes will save his family, featuring a stunning James McAvoy in the lead role.

Review: Season 2 of Ricky Gervais's 'Derek' airs on Netflix May 30

In "Derek", Ricky Gervais proves he can write and portray a character who is simple yet likable and is in no way brash or mean-spirited like many of his creations who have come before.

Review: Thompson exposes prison brutality in new show's Toronto debut Special

Toronto - Judith Thompson's new solo show “Watching Glory Die” is a brutal, unsentimental tragedy of a teenage girl's mental and psychological decline in juvenile-detention centres. What it lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in honest, righteous passion.

Titus Welliver's 'Bosch' gets the green light from Amazon Special

"Bosch," a drama starring Titus Welliver, based on Michael Connolly’s novel series, has been given the green light by Amazon to become a full-fledged series for their Prime members . The fans spoke and Amazon listened.

Review: Nicolas Cage is reborn in ‘Joe’ Special

Nicolas Cage makes a dramatic comeback in ‘Joe,’ which centres on a man’s friendship with a teenage boy who seems to have received a short stick in life.
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