Cassandra Szklarski, THE CANADIAN PRESS

'Pink Ribbons Inc.' examines cause-marketing

TORONTO - "Pink Ribbons Inc." takes a less-than-rosy look at the business of breast cancer fundraising campaigns, but its Montreal-based filmmaker insists she's not out to condemn the global movement.Lea Pool says her provocative documentary simply strives to get to the bottom of how those millions...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 7:35 PM

Close seeks connections in repressed 'Nobbs'

TORONTO - If there's an amusing quality to Glenn Close's portrayal of an impoverished woman disguised as a man in the Victorian drama "Albert Nobbs," the Oscar-nominated star says there's a simple explanation.Close took some of her biggest physical cues from Charlie Chaplin.The silver screen...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 7:21 PM

Year of firsts for SAG nominee Adams

TORONTO - He's a little-known actor from a little-known series from a little-known network.And yet somehow Toronto-bred performer Patrick J. Adams broke through the noise to score one of Hollywood's most coveted honours — a Screen Actors Guild nomination for best actor in a TV drama series.The star...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 7:00 PM

Falardeau says Oscar hype won't change his work

TORONTO - Philippe Falardeau says he strove to create an intimate but low-key portrait of grief, loss and innocence with his tender school tale "Monsieur Lazhar."And so no one was more surprised than he when the dramedy exploded into a thundering awards show darling that has suddenly pushed the...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 10:35 PM

Canada's Falardeau, Plummer, NFB win Oscar noms

Canuck movie-makers feature prominently in Oscar's surprise-packed nomination list, including Quebec director Philippe Falardeau, who says he shrieked and leapt into his producer's arms when "Monsieur Lazhar" was shortlisted for best foreign-language film Tuesday.Falardeau got the good news from an...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 9:05 AM

Sutherland seeks connections in 'Touch'

TORONTO - Kiefer Sutherland says he's trying to get his famous dad, Donald Sutherland, to join him on his upcoming new father-son series, "Touch."The former "24" star plays a working-class single parent struggling to communicate with his autistic son."I certainly have conveyed to Tim Kring, our...

Monday, January 23, 2012, 7:57 PM

Peters decks the halls with TV throwback

TORONTO - When it comes to Christmas, Canada's comedy giant Russell Peters is a traditionalist at heart.The standup superstar throws together an old-fashioned TV variety special this week featuring plenty of carols, mirth by the fire, wishes for Santa, and unabashedly cheesy skits involving his...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 7:34 PM

D-Day website features Second World War vets

TORONTO - The creators of a new website detailing the final months of the Second World War say it will stand as a long-term memorial for soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.The interactive site shares the same name and material as the History Television series "D-Day to Victory,"...

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 2:19 AM

FX Canada heralds Rogers push for viewers

TORONTO - There was a time when TV fan Joe Conforzi could barely name a show he watched on Citytv.Now he gushes that it's his favourite channel, stacked with can't-miss sitcoms "Community," "Modern Family" and "Parks and Recreation," along with new smashes "2 Broke Girls" and "New Girl.""They didn'...

Sunday, October 30, 2011, 3:35 PM

Wedding coverage explodes in 30 years since Charles and Diana

TORONTO - More than 60 years ago, when 21-year-old Princess Elizabeth wed her naval officer suitor, the royal nuptials were captured on black-and-white footage that had to be put on a plane and flown to Canada so that citizens could watch newsreels of the joyous occasion.Thirty years ago, when...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 11:00 PM

Campbell apprehensive about 'Scream 4'

TORONTO - The last time a "Scream" film opened in theatres, actress Neve Campbell swore up and down it would be the last time she would appear in the popular horror franchise.A decade later, she's back helming the fourth incarnation of the self-referential horror-comedy.Campbell says she just...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 6:35 PM

Song-and-dance hand-in-hand on 'Glee'

TORONTO - While kitschy musical numbers are still the main focus of TV's "Glee," choreographer Zach Woodlee says he's been called upon more and more to churn out toe-tapping routines to go along with the tunes.In a chat Monday, Woodlee shared his enthusiasm for the show, his admiration for Canadian...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 2:00 AM

Shatner, Foley, help Genies mark 30 years

TORONTO - William Shatner admits he doesn't know much about the Genie Awards.He's never received one — he's never even been nominated for one — and he makes hay of that fact in a one-hour TV special celebrating Canada's biggest film prize that airs Friday on CBC.The bit of buffoonery is a tongue-in...

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 9:15 PM

Brent Butt's 'Hiccups' introduces urban take on quirky lovable losers

TORONTO - He scored one of Canada's biggest television hits with "Corner Gas," but writer, star and show creator Brent Butt says he's not out to set the next big comedy benchmark with his new series, "Hiccups.""I never try and do a show that people will watch, necessarily," says Butt, who pulled...

Thursday, February 25, 2010, 12:12 AM

No such thing as small roles for Canadian actors in 'Twilight' franchise

TORONTO - The Canadian actors in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" are learning there's no such thing as a small role in the mega-popular movie franchise.As with nearly everything connected to the blockbuster film and book series, fan reaction - even to bit players - has been surprisingly fervid, says...

Friday, November 27, 2009, 7:32 PM

Funnyman Jonathan Torrens goes from trailer park trash to TV satire

TORONTO - Canadian funnyman Jonathan Torrens loves TV, but don't try talking to him about the latest hit shows.The "Trailer Park Boys" alum says he's a little behind-the-times when it comes to mainstream faves, and prefers to wax nostalgic over such '80s classics as "Growing Pains," or the short-...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 10:20 PM

Hockey heroes and figure skating champs avoid ugly spills in Battle debut

TORONTO - Hockey hero Claude Lemieux drew swoons for a cheeky butt wiggle while NHL bruiser Tie Domi got the crowd cheering with his best Mick Jagger impression Sunday as beefy athletes traded their hockey sticks for sequined outfits and sexy female partners on the CBC TV elimination-style series...

Monday, October 5, 2009, 4:33 AM

'Precious' nabs audience prize at Toronto film festival, stoking Oscar predictions

TORONTO - A raw film about an abused teen named Precious won the audience choice award on the last day of the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, stoking predictions that the harrowing, Oprah Winfrey-backed tale is Oscar-bound."Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," snagged...

Sunday, September 20, 2009, 2:06 AM

Toronto fest kicks off with "Creation" as cinephiles hunt for hidden gems

TORONTO - The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing with cinephiles set to view the latest offerings from such industry heavyweights as the Coen brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Jane Campion and Jason Reitman, but after last year's breakout success of "Slumdog Millionaire" the hunt is on...

Thursday, September 10, 2009, 8:48 PM

Toronto fest unspools with celebrities eager to connect with fans

TORONTO - The Toronto International Film Festival may be known for spectacle and glamour, but it's the average movie fan that visiting celebrities say is the event's big draw.The 10-day showcase opens Thursday with the Brit biopic "Creation," about the life of Charles Darwin, and will go on to...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 5:59 PM