The Indiegogo fix

By Rachelle Stein-Wotten One of the biggest stories in the entertainment world in the last month has been the unstoppable support given to the long-ago cancelled television series “Veronica Mars.“ Fans have rallied behind show creator Rob Thomas, not just with enthusiasm, but with dollars to make a feature film version happen. Thomas’s Veronica Mars […]

Canadian Screen Awards: More Short -pipes, please

By Rachelle Stein-Wotten If it wasn’t for host Martin Short, the Canadian Screen Awards last night would have been a real dud. This first year of the awards, aired on CBC, was partly a grand experiment. The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television combined the bereft-of-an-audience Genies and Geminis — separate awards for film and […]

Argo: We’ve written ourselves out of history

By Paul Mather Okay I never do this, but everybody else in the house is occupied and it’s too icy to jog (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself). So, I’ve poured a cup of coffee, and here’s a long post. I was reading today about Argo. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a […]

The Newfoundland solution

By Rachelle Stein-Wotten Any actor, writer, director, or producer will tell you the film and television industry is unstable: The feed bag is either overflowing or has just enough grains to sustain you through the lean months. But with the B.C. film industry on the verge of collapse, as Hollywood productions head to Ontario and […]

Sun News might just get its way

By I don’t think there’s really any need for a detailed analysis of the following: Sun News Network, the right-wing, free-market, anti-government “news” channel set up by Quebecor and some former Harper staffers is losing money and wants the government to mandate a special tax on cable consumers to guarantee it a revenue source. […]

An Idle proposal to Canadian journalists: STFU

By Frank Moher Kevin Newman’s interview with Chief Theresa Spence, aired today on CTV’s “Question Period,” illustrated pretty neatly in its first few minutes all that’s been wrong with mainstream coverage of Spence’s fast, and of Idle No More. Newman began by playing social worker to Spence, citing the Chiefs and elders who’ve told her, “You […]

Happy 40th, Beachcombers

By Mark Leiren-Young Forty years ago today, on October 1, 1972, CBC launched “The Beachcombers,” making Canadian television history and the Gibsons tourist industry. “The Beachcombers” became a fixture for Canadian families for almost 20 years. A few weeks after the show’s cancellation in 1990, I interviewed Robert Clothier – aka Relic, the show’s crusty […]

TV the way Lucy likes it

Sit-coms have never exactly flourished on Canadian TV, but the success of YTV’s “Mr. Young” may be about to change that ~~ By Emily Olesen ~~ Sitting in the Mr. Young audience is like watching a live action cartoon. Props from past episodes adorn the walls of the studio, including oversized products from “Cyclops Wholesale […]

Chip bandits and Nic Cage: Canada’s very viral week

It’s been a very good week for Canadian students on the internet. Or perhaps a very bad one. First, York University student Vanessa Hojda went viral after she accidentally attached a picture of actor Nicolas Cage to a job application, rather than her resumé. It wasn’t so much the fact that she made a mistake […]