Vincent Perretti

2011 was a dynamite year for music. We had some of the strongest efforts from a ton of big name artists, reaffirming their place at the top; and we also had a massive surge of breakthrough releases bringing us a whole new spectrum of talent to bask in. Every genre expanded and gained depth that […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Touch, Kiefer Sutherland’s new pilot about to air on Fox, is described as a “drama that blends science and spirituality to explore the hidden connections which bind together all of humanity,” by Fox Publicity. Needless to say, 24 this isn’t. At the same time, the drama does focus on Kiefer Sutherland as a man needing […]

  Kelly Bedard

My Theatre Favourite (and last year’s “Performer of the Year“) Jessica Moss’ new show opens tonight at the post-Fringe festival Next Stage down at the Factory Theatre. The creator/performer of the solo piece describes Modern Love as ” a very theatrical, comedic look at how we connect with each other, technology, and ourselves, in a world […]

  Kelly Bedard

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival is gearing up for their 60th Anniversary, recently posting the promotional photos for the 14 productions in their 2012 season. Head to www.stratfordfestival.ca for details on the upcoming shows. 42nd Street A Word or Two The Best Brothers Cymbeline Elektra Henry V Hirsch MacHomer The Matchmaker Much Ado About Nothing The […]

  Kelly Bedard

The official Hunger Games trailer hit the world like a flaming District 12 tribute today after Josh Hutcherson (who plays fan favourite Peeta Mellark) introduced it on Good Morning America. The superb, pulse-pounding teaser kicks off with the serene Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen meeting her tried and true best friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) […]

  Kelly Bedard

Our friends in Ninja Funk Orchestra are working on a new collaboration with the fabulous singer/songwriter Chloe Charles. CLICK HERE to hear the first draft of “Fans”, courtesy of Chloe and the Ninjas. Vocals- Chloe Charles Sax- Gordon Hyland Guitar- Neil Whitford Bass- Andrew Roorda Drums- Mackenzie Longpre Check out www.ninjafunk.ca for more info on the […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Oh hey, new images of Peeta and Gale from the upcoming Hunger Games adaptation. I, personally, love them. I stand by my (cautious) belief that the seemingly look-blind casting approach that led to a naturally blond Katniss, dark haired Peeta, and Viking God-related Gale will lead to a movie cast with actors who actually can […]

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival has already announced their 2012 lineup, but other than Christopher Plummer’s return in A Word or Two, the casting still remains largely a mystery. So, before my dreams are dashed by the inevitability of some of my favourites not returning, I thought I’d speculate about what would be my ideal casting. […]

  Brian Balduzzi

The Boston theatre scene is small and, with each new production reviewed, I notice more and more overlap among companies; there are directors who perform as actors, costume designers dressing as patrons, and actors who mask as critics. Recently, I was delighted to be invited to a galas for the opening of a new company […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I’m officially nervous. It was sitting in the back of my brain during the post-credits sequence of Captain America. And as I breathlessly indulged in comic-con coverage on entertainment websites, it just sat back there, percolating, bubbling up into my cerebellum. It brings unbidden images of middling box-office numbers, critical dismissal, and fan eruptions of […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I have been obsessed with The Hunger Games since I first sunk into Katniss’s world. Over on My Bookshelf, I waxed poetic about how the series helped me recapture that Harry Potter, so eager in anticipation magic. So I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to comment on the casting of the scary-as-hell, god-i-pray-they-harry-potter-it-and-not-golden-compass-it movie […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I am a comic book nerd, and a huge fan of movie adaptations of same, and yet the Thor movie (even with Kenneth Brannagh in the director’s chair and Kirk’s daddy playing the man himself) never really sparked my interest. But even my apathy couldn’t survive this surprisingly intriguing trailer, which manages to even make […]

  Kelly Bedard

Take an exclusive first look at this photo from the new Muppet movie. Now I dare you not to love Jason Segel (not to mention all the other wonderful cuddly creatures in this photo!)

  Kelly Bedard

The summer will soon be upon us and that means many things. It’s baseball season, Dream in High Park starts (relatively) soon, al fresco dining is back within the realm of possibility. But most important of all, it means the start of a new season at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, my personal favourite destination for […]