Rick McGinnis, METRO

Kitt Kittredge

There are as many young actors on screen in Kitt Kittredge: An American Girl, as there are luminary adults – Stanley Tucci, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn and Julia Ormond among them – which is appropriate since this is the film that will be competing with Wall-E for family movie dollars this summer....

Friday, June 27, 2008, 10:30 AM

Hopefuls flock to tryouts for CTV's So You Think You Can Dance

The dancers sprawled all over the lobby of the John Bassett Theatre have made it; they began lining up early this torrid Sunday morning outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to get a spot in the auditions for CTV’s Canadian franchise of So You Think You Can Dance, and after facing the first...

Monday, June 9, 2008, 10:30 AM

The Hills' drama is threatened by cast's fame

FAMOUS AIMLESS: I’d better come clean and admit that I find something fascinating about the phenomenon that is The Hills – the most carefully staged, impossible to believe reality show ever broadcast, and the show whose strange production methodology might actually be the forerunner to a whole new...

Friday, May 30, 2008, 10:30 AM

From the ashes of the writer's strike, another stoppage looms

STRUCK DUMB: THE SEQUEL: Pretty much the worst thing that could happen to the TV industry right now is another strike of key talent, but just such a catastrophe has been looming since before the writers effectively shot the kneecaps out of the 2007-08 season with their winterlong walk-out. The pair...

Thursday, May 29, 2008, 12:30 PM

Not just clowning around

In the hallway of the sunny floor outside Henri McKinney’s room, the boy and his favourite clown, Lubee, are playing with water on an improvised rug of towels. During his stay at the Hospital for Sick Children in downtown Toronto, he’s taught himself numbers counting down the days until his next...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 12:30 PM

Kids need a 'calming force' when faced with intimidating hospital equipment

The technology Roy Sharma works with at the Hospital for Sick Children was the stuff of science fiction a few decades ago, and it ranges from EEG and MRI machines to even more specialized equipment that will lay out the brain’s activity into a grid, or measure every bit of magnetic activity it...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 12:30 PM

How to dress like a Mob boss and support a worthy cause

LOOKING GOOD: Anyone looking to start filling up their own Sopranos museum will get a head start next month, when James Gandolfini will auction off a chunk of his wardrobe from the HBO show at Christie’s for charity. “The actor's contract allowed him to keep the clothes after the show ended its six...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 12:30 PM

Time gets it wrong: John McCain is funny

ONE TV, ONE VOTE: No less than Time magazine printed a plea last week that the candidates in this year’s U.S. presidential elections abjure the late night comedy shows that have seemingly been annexed to their increasingly broad campaign stump. They're talking about the frequent guest spots that...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 5:35 AM

CBC unveils its fall lineup

In the glare of the noonday sun beaming down into the atrium at CBC’s downtown Toronto headquarters, the national network announced its slate of fall shows, a menu of tried and true returning shows, while new programming was mostly relegated to one-off specials and miniseries.The presentation began...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 5:35 AM

So you think you can't stand television talent shows?

SO YOU THINK I WON’T WATCH?: Back when writing up recaps of the Idol shows produced on either side of the border was the most onerous part of my job, my hate mail was frequently broken up with e-mails from readers – men, mostly – thanking me for giving voice to their Idol-hatred, as their wife/...

Monday, May 26, 2008, 5:45 AM

Sex And The City, minus sex

HELL COMES TO YOUR HOUSE: The New Thirty is the title of a new sitcom being developed for Rosie O’Donnell and Fran Drescher, according to an AM New York story yesterday. No network was mentioned as the future home for the series, which will feature the two women as high school friends who reconnect...

Friday, May 23, 2008, 12:02 AM

Fox comfortable at the top

HERE WE GO AGAIN: Every year around this time, after the tumbrels have rolled and the blade has come down on the last of the year’s failed shows, the numbers are crunched and the cumulative ratings winner of the TV season just ended is announced. For the last few years – or basically as long as I’...

Thursday, May 22, 2008, 10:30 AM

Picking through the wreckage

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED: The prime-time postmortem is in full swing, with more than the usual amount of schadenfreude (that’s German for feeling good when other people fail) from TV critics everywhere.Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle looked back at the dying season and its...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 12:30 PM

Nailing the stunt

On a private road on the grounds of a palatial estate in Bedfordshire outside London, under the roaring flight path of Luton airport, a group of professional stunt drivers are recreating a scene from National Treasure 2 for the edification of the international press. Groups of journalists are being...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 12:30 PM

Gossip Girl meets hype machine

THE LAST BIG THING: Last month, New York magazine put Gossip Girl on the cover, with a long piece full of slack-jawed, over-written prose inoculated with just enough sarcasm to evoke the you-were-there-at-the-cultural-ground-zero mood that the magazine’s best features once did so well, back when it...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 12:30 PM