Category: Entertainment

Game of Thrones is in its final season. So what’s next for HBO?

Ending a major hit show is not easy for any network. But the departure of Game of Thrones, which began its eighth and farewell season on Sunday, comes at a critical crossroads for HBO. The network has a new owner, and its longtime status as the most distinctive brand name in television can no longer […]

Ben McKenzie, who plays Jim Gordon, knows time is right for Gotham to end

  LOS ANGELES—Ben McKenzie describes the five seasons he spent playing Det. Jim Gordon on the Fox series Gotham as an incredible journey. Taking on the character born in the pages of DC Comics also ended up being “exhausting.” “When you are making a show on this scale, it’s extraordinary that they ever get made. […]

Tafelmusik musicians say goodbye to old boss with a horn’s blast

Jeanne Lamon is returning to lead Tafelmusik Orchestra’s next concert program with the blast of a horn. The period-instrument ensemble presents a package Classical-era offering featuring the French horn played by guest soloist Scott Wevers. On the program are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, his fourth Horn Concerto, Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 73 (known […]

Beyoncé releases surprise live album to go with her Netflix documentary Homecoming

When it comes to Beyoncé releases, there is usually an element of surprise. The singer — who perfected the secret album drop in 2013, and has since toyed with the tactic for releases like Lemonade and Everything Is Love, with her husband Jay-Z — did it again in the early morning hours Wednesday, one-upping. Both […]

North by Northeast (NXNE) festival’s first acts announced: American Football and Cupcakke

The StarEmo veterans American Football top the roster of acts announced Tuesday as part of this year’s North by Northeast (NXNE) festival, running June 7-16 in Toronto. Fest organizers revealed a few more details about the 2019 edition, including that there will now be four stages at the Festival Village, which now spans Yonge Street […]

Battle of the Blades returns to CBC in the fall

A uniquely Canadian reality TV format is taking to the ice once again. CBC is bringing back Battle of the Blades, in which hockey players and figure skaters pair up to perform ice-dance routines and win money for charity. The competition series was last seen in 2013, when it was won by American pairs skater […]

Russell Peters announces birth of his second child, a ‘strong, big ass’ son

Russell Peters says his girlfriend has delivered his second child. The Brampton-raised standup-comedy global superstar took to Instagram early Tuesday to post pictures and celebrate the event. “My beautiful girlfriend @jenniferandrade_ delivered me a handsome, strong, big ass, healthy, baby boy!!!” the 48-year-old comic wrote, following with a bawdy remark on the boy’s conception. He […]

Theatre company Outside the March takes its audience to the movies

To mark its 10th anniversary season, the indie immersive theatre company Outside the March is looking back on a different medium: movies. A collection of theatre projects under the banner The Popcorn Double Feature will hit Toronto this summer. Starting in July, Outside the March will take over the former storefront of beloved retailer Queen […]

Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere breaks ratings records

We still don’t know who will win the iron throne, but we know who won the TV ratings. Nielsen data from the U.S. shows that the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere set a new high for the series with 17.4 million viewers: 11.8 million who watched its broadcast debut Sunday on HBO and on […]

Why Madonna’s new alter ego, Madame X, seems more desperate than groundbreaking

In a career defined by reinvention, Madonna is at it again. This weekend, amid a triumph for the ages by Tiger Woods and the hotly anticipated return of Game of Thrones, the Queen of Pop was also elbowing her way back into the culture she has manipulated at will for decades. Madame X is a […]