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Metro's 7th Heaven: December 17 - 19

Metro editors pick their faves this week.

FILM
AWARD SEASON

Hollywood’s annual pat-on-the-back season is underway, and The King’s Speech looks to be a popular favourite. The film, starring Colin Firth, above, has received various nods over the last week, including SAG and Golden Globe nominations.

DVD
SALT

Angelina Jolie’s film about a top CIA agent who is accused of being a Russian agent gets its release on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday. There are no special features slated for the release, but it is a Jolie action film, so do we really need bonus material?

MOVIES
TIFF FILMS

Looking for a movie to rent or see over the holidays? The Toronto International Film Festival released its Top 10 picks and it includes Barney’s Version, Incendies and Splice.

Others mentioned are Les Amours imaginaires, (Heartbeats), Trigger, and The High Cost of Living. The full list is at tiff.net.

MOVIES
OSCAR SONGS

Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber, Metric and Alanis Morissette are among the Canadians with songs being considered for an Academy Award. They’ll be vying against stars including Cher, Christina Aguilera, Gwyneth Paltrow and Randy Newman whose tunes are also among the 41 songs in the running.

TECH
JUSTIN BIEBER

Curious about just how popular Justin Bieber really is? It turns out the Canadian pop singer was among the Top 10 Twitter trends of 2010.

He also made YouTube’s list of the most-watched videos, and was also among the top retweeted-about items. He was beat out, BTW, by Stephen Colbert for the top spot.

FAME
ALICE COOPER

One of music’s original shock rockers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week. Alice Cooper received the honour along with Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and singer-songwriter Tom Waits.

The Associated Press reported Cooper’s name was mentioned in the past as a possible inductee, but he hadn’t been nominated until this year.

RADIO
JEFF DOUGLAS

The I-am-Canadian ranter, who went on to host shows like History Television’s genealogy series Ancestors in the Attic, was named the new host of As It Happens on CBC Radio this week. He starts his turn next to co-host Carol Off Jan. 4.

– with files from The Canadian Press

 
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