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Why Eli Roth Made ‘Spider-Man’ Director Jon Watts’ Fake Horror Trailer Into a Feature Film

Four years after its YouTube upload, 'Clown' — about a dad possessed by a demonic clown costume — will hit theaters this summer. Director Jon Watts has a way of getting Hollywood to take notice. When he was competing for the gig of directing Spider-Man: Homecoming, he had the Marvel webslinger tattooed on his chest. (The ploy helped: Watts, 34, is filming the reboot, due July 7, 2017.) In 2010, the Cop Car director uploaded a fake trailer to YouTube for Clown — about a dad possessed by a demonic clown costume "from Master of Horror Eli Roth." The hitch: Roth had nothing to do with it. "I remember around Halloween in 2010 my phone and email blew up with people saying my new movie looked awesome," Roth recalls. "I had no idea what they were talking about, and then I went online and saw this brilliant fake trailer for a film called Clown, and it said 'From Master of Horror Eli Roth.' They cut it just like Hostel, with the same music from the trailer and everything." "It was absolutely brilliant," he continues. "So I tracked down Jon and told him how much I loved it, and he said, 'Thank you for not suing me.' I said, 'This is Hollywood; we only sue each other after the film's a success.'" Roth, who helped Watts develop the trailer into a feature for Dimension Films, has demonstrated an eye for spotting new talent, having given Whiplash director Damien Chezelle his first break. "He was working as a math tutor when we hired him to write the sequel to The Last Exorcism," the horror auteur says. He thinks the source of clown fear, a common phobia which has been exploited in properties like Stephen King's It and American Horror Story: Freak Show, stems from the trust society places in them. "There are not a lot of people we put around children," Roth says. "If you think of it, it’s school teachers, religious leaders and clowns. I love clowns, I always have, but people are very freaked out by the idea of an adult putting on makeup and becoming this thing that kids find magical." But Roth says the point of Clown was not to "make a movie about evil clowns. We wanted the suit to be evil. It’s the skin of a demon. We all worked very hard on the mythology of the clown suit, the origins, where it comes from, what it wants." The movie hits theaters and VOD on June 17. This story first appeared in the June 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Johnny Depp performs in Portugal; no reference to wife’s abuse allegations

Johnny Depp seemed the picture of rock-star cool as he played guitar onstage in Portugal with his band, the Hollywood Vampires. An ocean away, he is facing serious accusations.A judge on Friday ordered Depp to stay away from estranged wife, Amber Heard, after she accused the Oscar-nominated actor of repeatedly hitting her during a recent fight, saying her face was left bruised.Depp's publicist has not responded to a request for comment, and the Pirates of the Caribbean star made no mention of the allegations during his Friday night concert in Lisbon.Depp appeared on stage puffing a small cigar and playing rhythm-guitar to a large crowd that had gathered for a Rock in Rio concert.The 52-year-old was introduced to the cheering audience as "the wings of the vampire" by band member Alice Cooper.The restraining order was also issued on the day Depp's latest film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, opened in theatres and caps a turbulent week for the star. His mother died May 20 and Heard filed for divorce on Monday.On Friday, she appeared in court with a bruise on her right cheek below the eye, saying Depp threw her cellphone at her during a fight.Actress Amber Heard leaves Los Angeles Superior Court court on Friday, May 27, 2016, after giving a sworn declaration that her husband Johnny Depp threw her cellphone at her during a fight Saturday, striking her cheek and eye. The judge ordered Depp to stay away from his estranged wife and ruled that Depp shouldn't try to contact Heard until a hearing is conducted on June 17. Heard filed for divorce on Monday. (Richard Vogel/Associated Press)"Johnny Depp was very well-liked by women and I think these accusations are going to stain him," said longtime Hollywood publicist Michael Levine. "It's very hard [to overcome], even if the woman recants."Heard's court filing alleges a history of abuse throughout her relationship with Depp, which started after they met on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary.A judge ordered Depp to stay away from Heard and not to attempt contact with her before a June 17 hearing.Los Angeles Police responded to a domestic violence call at the couple's home on May 21, but the person who made the call declined to file charges and officers determined no crime occurred.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl H. Moor rejected Heard's request that Depp attend a year's worth of anger management classes and that the protective order extend to her dog, a Yorkshire terrier named Pistol.The status of the couple's other dog, Boo, was not immediately known. The dogs received worldwide publicity last year when Heard brought them into Australia without proper documentation. Heard and Depp released an awkward video last month apologizing for the action.Johnny Depp, Amber Heard release awkward apology for dog-smuggling spat Depp's attorney, Laura Wasser, declined to comment on the court case. Wasser wrote in a court filing that Depp was out of the country and would agree to a mutual stay-away order.Heard is seeking spousal support but Depp's response filed Wednesday asked a judge to deny the request.His new Tim Burton-directed film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, a sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland, has been critically panned and is performing below expectations going into the U.S. holiday weekend.In the court of public opinion, alcoholism and drug addiction are much easier to forgive than domestic violence, Levine said, anticipating Depp will soon make an image-saving trip to rehab."That's what most people do," Levine said. "That's the general defence line. If he just tries to ignore it and pretend it didn't happen, I think he's going to pay a price in both the short and long term."

What Does Halloween Director John Carpenter Think of Friday the 13th?

Earlier this week, horror fans got some exciting news when it was announced that John Carpenter is teaming up with Blumhouse for a remake of the filmmaker's horror classic Halloween. John Carpenter will serve as executive producer alongside Jason Blum, although a director or screenwriter hasn't come aboard quite yet. While we wait to see what this new version of Michael Myers will look like, the filmmaker recently made some disparaging remarks about the Friday the 13th franchise. Paramount has been developing a Friday the 13th remake for quite some time, with the studio continually pushing the release date back. The movie is currently set for release on January 13, 2017, but since no director or cast members have been attached, it's possible this remake may move yet again. John Carpenter recently appeared on the Brett Easton Ellis Podcast, where he was asked to chime in on other horror franchises, like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th. While John Carpenter had nothing but praise for Texas Chainsaw Massacre, he called Friday the 13th movies "cynical" and "cheap." "One springs from an organic idea and has a truly artist's eye working. And Friday the 13th, I feel, affects me as very cynical. It's very cynical moviemaking. It just doesn't rise above its cheapness. I think the reason that all these slasher movies came in the '80s was a lot of folks said 'look at that Halloween movie. It was made for peanuts, and look at the money it's made! We can make money like that. That's what the teenagers want to see.' So they just started making them, cranking them out...most of them were awful." The Friday the 13th franchise debuted in 1980, just two years after John Carpenter's classic Halloween was released. The original movie spawned nine sequels, most of which debuted throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, along with the 2003 spinoff Freddy vs Jason and the 2009 Friday the 13th remake. Paramount has been developing a new Friday the 13th for a number of years, with the project said to be found footage at one point, but that idea has been scrapped. The movie is now said to take place in the 80s, and will feature franchise icon Jason as the main slasher. As for John Carpenter's Halloween, that franchise was just as lucrative, spawning several sequels until it was rebooted in 2007 with Rob Zombie's Halloween. The 2009 sequel Halloween II followed, but for the last few years, the follow-up was in limbo. We reported in late 2015 that Dimension had lost the franchise rights, which allowed Blumhouse to pick them up. We'll have to wait and see what they do with the franchise, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can listen to John Carpenter's podcast appearance with Brett Easton Ellis in the player below.

Complete World Cup of Hockey rosters

CANADAGOAL: Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks; Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals; Carey Price, Montreal CanadiensDEFENCE: Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks; Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings; Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks; Jake Muzzin, Los Angeles Kings; Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues; Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks; Shea Weber, Nashville Predators​FORWARD: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars; Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins; Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings; Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche; Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks; Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers; Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins; Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars; Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning; John Tavares, New York Islanders; Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks; Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks@CZECH REPUBLICGOAL: Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings; Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers; Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg JetsDEFENCE: Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers; Michal Jordan, Carolina Hurricanes; Michal Kempny, Chicago Blackhawks; Zbynek Michalek, Arizona Coyotes; Jakub Nakladal, Calgary Flames; Roman Polak, San Jose Sharks; Andrej Sustr, Tampa Bay LightningFORWARD: Radek Faksa, Dallas Stars; Michael Frolik, Calgary Flames; Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes; Ales Hemsky, Dallas Stars; Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks; Dmitrij Jaskin, St. Louis Blues; David Krejci, Boston Bruins; Milan Michalek, Toronto Maple Leafs; Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning; David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins; Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens; Vladimir Sobotka, Avangard Omsk (KHL); Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia FlyersTEAM EUROPE (country in parentheses)GOAL: Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks (Denmark); Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders (Germany); Jaroslav Halak, New York Islanders (Slovakia)DEFENCE: Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins (Slovakia); Christian Ehrhoff, Chicago Blackhawks (Germany); Roman Josi, Nashville Predators (Switzerland); Luca Sbisa, Vancouver Canucks (Switzerland); Dennis Seidenberg, Boston Bruins (Germany); Andrej Sekera, Edmonton Oilers (Slovakia); Mark Streit, Philadelphia Flyers (Switzerland)FORWARD: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Philadelphia Flyers (France); Mikkel Boedker, Colorado Avalanche (Denmark); Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers (Germany); Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings (Slovakia); Jannik Hansen, Vancouver Canucks (Denmark); Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks (Slovakia); Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings (Slovenia); Nino Niederreiter, Minnesota Wild (Switzerland); Frans Nielsen, New York Islanders (Denmark); Tobias Rieder, Arizona Coyotes (Germany); Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings (Slovakia); Thomas Vanek, Minnesota Wild (Austria); Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers (Norway)FINLANDGOAL: Mikko Koskinen, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL); Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins; Pekka Rinne, Nashville PredatorsDEFENCE: Jyrki Jokipakka, Calgary Flames; Sami Lepisto, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL); Esa Lindell, Dallas Stars; Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins; Ville Pokka, Rockford IceHogs (AHL); Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo Sabres; Sami Vatanen, Anaheim DucksFORWARD: Sebastian Aho, Karpat Oulu (Liiga); Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks; Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning; Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild; Erik Haula, Minnesota Wild; Jussi Jokinen, Florida Panthers; Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild; Leo Komarov, Toronto Maple Leafs; Lauri Korpikoski, Edmonton Oilers; Patrik Laine, Tappara Tampere (Liiga); Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues; Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago BlackhawksTEAM NORTH AMERICA (country in parentheses)(Note: All players 23 years old or younger)GOAL: John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks (U.S.); Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets (U.S.); Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins (Canada)DEFENCE: Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers (Canada); Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers (U.S.); Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets (U.S.); Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets (Canada); Colton Parayko, St. Louis Blues (Canada); Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs (Canada); Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets (U.S.)FORWARD: Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers (Canada); Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning (Canada); Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres (U.S.); Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames (U.S.); Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings (U.S.); Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche (Canada); Auston Matthews, Zurich SC Lions (Swiss NLA) (U.S.); Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (Canada); J.T. Miller, New York Rangers (U.S.); Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames (Canada); Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers (Canada); Brandon Saad, Columbus Blue Jackets (U.S.); Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets (Canada)RUSSIAGOAL: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets; Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche; Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay LightningDEFENCE: Alexei Emelin, Montreal Canadiens; Dmitry Kulikov, Florida Panthers; Alexey Marchenko, Detroit Red Wings; Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens; Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals; Slava Voynov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL); Nikita Zaitsev, Toronto Maple LeafsFORWARD: Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks; Evgenii Dadonov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL); Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings; Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning; Nikolay Kulemin, New York Islanders; Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals; Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; Vladislav Namestnikov, Tampa Bay Lightning; Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals; Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks; Vadim Shipachev, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL); Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues; Ivan Telegin, CSKA Moscow (KHL)SWEDENGOAL: Robin Lehner, Buffalo Sabres; Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers; Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver CanucksDEFENCE: Mattias Ekholm, Nashville Predators; Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes; Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning; Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks; Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators; Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings; Anton Stralman, Tampa Bay LightningFORWARD: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals; Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins; Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators; Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh Penguins; Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins; Marcus Kruger, Chicago Blackhawks; Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche; Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks; Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks; Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks; Carl Soderberg, Colorado Avalanche; Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues; Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red WingsUNITED STATESGOAL: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning; Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings; Cory Schneider, New Jersey DevilsDEFENCE: Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets; John Carlson, Washington Capitals; Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche; Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets; Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers; Matt Niskanen, Washington Capitals; Ryan Suter, Minnesota WildFORWARD: Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings; David Backes, St. Louis Blues; Ryan Callahan, Tampa Bay Lightning; Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus Blue Jackets; Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks; Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks; T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals; Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens; Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild; Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks; Derek Stepan, New York Rangers; James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs; Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

Canucks acquire Erik Gudbranson from Panthers

Defenceman Erik Gudbranson was acquired by the Vancouver Canucks in a trade with the Panthers on Wednesday night that sent centre Jared McCann to Florida.Vancouver also got Florida's 2016 fifth round pick (NYI) and the Canucks sent their second and fourth round picks in the upcoming draft to Florida.The 24-year-old Gudbranson had two goals, seven assists and a plus-3 rating 64 games for the Panthers last season. He also appeared in six playoff games.He signed a one-year deal just a few weeks ago, for $3.5 million US.He ranked third on the Panthers in hits (150), fourth in blocked shots (73) and fourth in average ice time per game (20:06). The third overall pick of the 2010 draft, Gudbranson ranked second on the Panthers and led Florida defencemen in average ice time in the 2016 playoffs (26:54) in addition to ranking second on the team in blocked shots (8).The six-foot-five, 216-pound defenceman has 11 goals and 32 assists in 309 regular season games over five seasons with the Panthers.On the international stage, Gudbranson earned a silver medal as a member of Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championships. He also won gold at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament in 2009.The 19-year-old McCann had a strong rookie season with the Canucks in 2015-16, scoring nine goal and nine assists in 69 games with a minus-6 rating.

Katie Couric, ‘Under the Gun’ Filmmaker React to Editing Controversy

Pro-gun blog posts, crying foul over a heavy pause, prompt a reaction from the duo and EPIX.Katie Couric and Stephanie Soechtig are speaking out about the considerable amount of heat they've gotten from the gun lobby since EPIX premiered their latest documentary collaboration, Under the Gun.The feature, which premiered at Sundance earlier in 2016, focuses on the effects of gun violence in the United States — and while the term "gun control" is deliberately avoided, it does not have a particularly pro-gun narrative. That's why several groups, including the National Rifle Association, have cried foul over a controversial edit where several documentary subjects appear stumped by a question."If there are no background checks for gun purchasers," Couric asked members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, "how do you prevent felons or terrorists from walking into, say, a licensed gun dealer and purchasing a gun?"The film depicts an eight-second pause before they respond, but the group contends they were not as stumped as the edit implied. That fact was picked up by several blogs earlier this week when one, Ammoland, acquired unedited audio.“There are a wide range of views expressed in the film," said Soechtig, the director, in a Wednesday statement. "My intention was to provide a pause for the viewer to have a moment to consider this important question before presenting the facts on Americans' opinions on background checks. I never intended to make anyone look bad and I apologize if anyone felt that way.”Couric, who narrated and served as executive producer, offered the following: "I support Stephanie's statement and am very proud of the film."EPIX, which premiered the doc on May 16, also issued a statement supporting both Couric and Soechtig: "Under the Gun is a critically-acclaimed documentary that looks at the polarizing and politicized issue of gun violence, a subject that elicits strong reactions from people on both sides. EPIX stands behind Katie Couric, director Stephanie Soechtig, and their creative and editorial judgment. We encourage people to watch the film and decide for themselves

Gulfstream Pictures Acquires Rights to Richard Goodwin’s Play About Galileo

Richard N. Goodwin'The Hinge of the World' is the first play by Goodwin, whose book 'Remembering America' was the basis for the film 'Quiz Show.'Gulfstream Pictures has acquired the feature film rights to Richard N. Goodwin’s play The Hinge of the World, which focuses on the clash between astronomer Galileo Galilei and Pope Urban VIII, it was announced today by Gulfstream partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.Goodwin’s play explores the science, faith and politics as it depicts how Galileo tried to convince the 17th-century pope that the Earth was not the center of the universe.“The battle between Galileo and Pope Urban really plays out in an exciting and intriguing way, with the earth's true place in the world hanging in the balance,” Bindley said in announcing the deal.Hinge is the first play by Goodwin, the former presidential speech writer, who served as an aide to John F. Kennedy and counsel to Lyndon B. Johnson and also served as special counsel to the Legislative Oversight Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives. His 1988 memoir Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties, which recounted the investigation into the Twenty One Quiz Show scandal was the basis for Robert Redford’s 1994 film Quiz Show. Goodwin, who resides in Concord, Mass., with his wife, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, was repped in the deal by WME.The Warner Bros.-based Gulfstream released Mother’s Day, through Open Road Films, on April 29. It is currently developing the romantic drama Balanchine, based on the life ballet choreographer George Balanchine, and King David, based on Rabbi David Wolpe’s book David: The Divided Heart.

‘Do you need a little beat?’ Obama uses light moment with Vietnamese rapper to espouse free speech

U.S. President Barack Obama's parting shot before leaving communist Vietnam: let people express themselves.He may have been referring to rap but the subtle message was aimed at his hosts who have been criticized for muzzling dissent.During his three-day visit, Obama had spoken out strongly for human rights and free speech. On Wednesday, he brought it up again during a light moment after providing a supporting beat to a female rapper who asked him a question at a town hall meeting with hundreds of young Vietnamese.Obama urges Vietnam to improve human rights record "Before I answer your question, why don't you give me a little rap, let's see what you got," Obama — his sky-blue shirt sleeves rolled up — told the rapper known as Suboi. "Come on. Do you need like a little beat?" And he went on to show off his oral beat-producing skills on the microphone."Vietnamese or English?" asked Suboi, Vietnam's queen of hip-hop. "In Vietnamese, of course," the president responded."I won't know what it means, but ... just a short version, because I've got to get going. Go ahead."Rapper's lesson about materialismAfter a few seconds of Suboi's catchy hip-hop, in which the rest of the crowd joined by providing an applause beat, Obama told her: "That was good. See there? That was pretty good" He requested the meaning of the verse and got a lesson in materialism from the 26-year-old woman."I was just talking about some people having a lot of money, having big houses. But actually, are they really happy?" she said. Then she went on to talk about stereotypes: how people make assumptions when they see women rappers (cute girls).That was Obama's cue. 'You've got to let people express themselves. That's part of what a modern 21st-century culture is all about.' - Barack Obama "Well that's true in the United States too ... there's always been, sort of, sexism and gender stereotypes in the music industry, like every other part of life," he said.He pointed out that rap, which started as an expression of poor African-Americans, is now a global phenomenon, the art form of young people around the world."And imagine if at the time that rap was starting off that the government had said 'no because some of the things you say are offensive or some of the lyrics are rude or you're cursing too much.'""That connection that we've seen now in hip-hop culture around the world wouldn't exist. So you've got to let people express themselves. That's part of what a modern 21st-century culture is all about," he said.Obama looking to boost trade, U.S. relations with Asia visit Obama looks to mend old wounds during trip to Vietnam and Japan With those parting words, he said goodbye to everyone and drove to the airport for the next leg of his Asia trip, to Japan."I've got to go but this has been wonderful."

ComiXology Launches Monthly "Netflix for Comics" Subscription

The Amazon subsidiary will offer titles from Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Boom! Studios and other indie publishers for $5.99 a month. Finally, the long-awaited "Netflix for comics" seems to have arrived in the form of ComiXology Unlimited, a new subscription service that will offer content from Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios and other publishers for a $5.99 monthly fee. Announced Tuesday, the service follows the model of ComiXology's parent company Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program, with critically acclaimed titles including Hellboy, Love & Rockets and Scott Pilgrim available to read on- or offline. As with Netflix's streaming platform, titles will be cycled onto and off the platform at irregular intervals, with the service intended to act as an introduction to new titles for later purchase as opposed to a replacement for purchase. “We’re in a new golden age of storytelling with more incredible comics, graphic novels and manga than ever before,” ComiXology’s CEO and Co-Founder David Steinberger said in a statement. “ComiXology Unlimited is fantastic portal to tons of great comics at a ridiculously great price. Get in there and start exploring."

Gord Downie: Hip frontman, freestyling lyricist and Canada’s troubadour

As the frontman for The Tragically Hip, Gord Downie's voice has provided the soundtrack for so many Canadians who came of age in the '90s, continuing to earn legions of fans as the group's sound evolved over 13 full-length studio albums.Downie, 52, has been diagnosed with a form of terminal brain cancer. The news came out early this morning.Downie told CBC that his favourite of the Hip's songs is Courage. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)He signed his first record deal in 1987, four years after he and some friends from his hometown of Kingston, Ont., formed a band out of high school. They started out playing cover songs for the students at Queen's University.The Tragically Hip have won 14 Junos during their career. (Canadian Press)But the Hip — now Downie, Gord Sinclair, Johnny Fay, Rob Baker, Paul Langlois — quickly vaulted into the Canadian consciousness. They have 14 Juno awards, a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame, and the sold-out shows to prove it.Downie performs with another Canadian legend, Neil Young, in Barrie, Ont., in 2005. (Aaron Harris/Canadian Press)Downie told CBC he quit smoking in 2000 in order to improve his vocal range, to allow him to create new melodies and push the band in new directions musically.Canada Post featured the rockers on a stamp in the summer of 2013. (Canada Post/Canadian Press)He loves hockey, especially the Boston Bruins, telling CBC in an earlier interview that one of his favourite childhood memories was celebrating the team's 1972 Stanley Cup victory with his brother.He would have been eight at the time.That's influenced the direction of some of his songs; as The Hip's lyricist he's explored some of the country's sports myths through music.The band will release their 13th studio album, Man Machine Poem, in June. (Canadian Press)Downie is a father of four, but, after 30 years, he said his bandmates are a sort of family."The relationship I think about and that I talk about the most is my relationship to these guys."
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