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Luminato Fest taps Boy George, Isabella Rossellini

Luminato Fest taps Boy George, Isabella Rossellini

David Byrne, Boy George, Daniel Lanois, Isabella Rossellini and Emmylou Harris are among the artists expected to take part in this year's Luminato Festival.Lanois will be the focus of an all-star salute at the 10-day arts showcase, which celebrates theatre, dance, music, literature, visual arts and magic in June.Sleeping in the Devil's Bed: The Music of Daniel Lanois is set to feature Harris as well as Mary Margaret O'Hara, Anna McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright, Bill Frisell, Kevin Drew and the Handsome Family.Meanwhile, Rufus Wainwright helms the musical show If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway — An Evening Of Love Duets.That show features male singers putting a new spin on dozens of love songs traditionally performed by a man and a woman, or by a man singing about a woman. Performers include Byrne, Boy George, Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Josh Groban, counter tenor Brennan Hall, Glen Hansard, Steven Page and Andrew Rannells.And Rossellini is set to appear at the Canadian premiere of Green Porno, Live on Stage, based on her Green Porno short films produced for the Sundance Channel. In it, Rossellini dons fur, skin and scales costumes to explore the quirks of sexuality of several species.Festival artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt revealed the lineup Tuesday, touting a culture-filled marathon of "joy, wonder and inspiration."Works from Terence Koh, Kid Koala, Pina Bausch dancersOther attractions will include the Canadian premiere of River of Fundament, a six-hour film by artist Matthew Barney and composer Jonathan Bepler. Loosely based on Norman Mailer's 1983 novel Ancient Evenings, the work combines narrative cinema with documentary footage of performance, sculpture and opera with actors Paul Giamatti, Elaine Stritch, Aimee Mullins, Ellen Burstyn and Maggie Gyllenhaal.Meanwhile, Barney's avant-garde 2002 five-film opus The Cremaster Cycle will be presented in its seven-hour entirety at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.Organizers are also touting an exhibit by Beijing-born, Canadian-raised artist Terence Koh, partly inspired by a passage from Margaret Atwood's novel Cat's Eye. Two new works will be installed on the grounds of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ont. Luminato says this would mark Koh's first solo show in Canada since his student days.Also returning this year is TimesTalks Luminato, a series of live on-stage interview in collaboration with The New York Times. It's set for each Sunday of the festival. Participants include Byrne — the former Talking Heads frontman who is expected to discuss technology in the music business and a long career that has included solo albums, filmmaking, theatre, visual arts and choreography — as well as Lanois, Rossellini and singer Rufus Wainwright.Also on deck:The world premiere of Kid Koala's Nufonia Must Fall Live, a multidisciplinary adaptation of Canadian DJ Kid Koala's first graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall featuring real-time filming, live music, multiple cameras, miniature stages and puppetry. The Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch Dance Company, set to perform in Toronto for the first time in 30 years. The modern dance group will perform Kontakthof (Courtyard of Contact), considered to be Bausch's crowning achievement. The Canadian premiere of Stones In Her Mouth, from theatre artist Lemi Ponifasio and his New Zealand-based company MAU. It brings together ten Maori women who chant, sing, dance and "unite in protest and rage while also conveying resilience and the ability to adapt." The Luminato Festival runs June 6 to 15.
Jesus Christ Superstar taps Sex Pistols, Destiny’s Child singers

Jesus Christ Superstar taps Sex Pistols, Destiny’s Child singers

The 1970s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar is being resurrected for a North American tour.It was revealed Friday that the musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about the last days of Jesus will start a 50-city tour in New Orleans on June 9.It will star punk legend John Lydon as King Herod, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child as Mary, Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas and JC Chasez of 'N Sync as Pilate. Ben Forster, the winner of the U.K.'s prime-time contest show Superstar, will play the son of God.The tour will feature high-profile singers, including John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols, as King Herod. (Jim Ross/Invision/Associated Press)The guitar- and keyboard-driven musical, which debuted on Broadway in 1971, includes such songs as What's the Buzz?, Superstar, Everything's Alright and I Don't Know How to Love Him. The new version is being billed as an arena rock spectacular.The original production earned five Tony Award nominations, including one for Ben Vereen, who played Judas. A film version was released in 1973 and the last Broadway revival was the Stratford Festival's version staged in 2012 under the direction of Des McAnuff.Stratford's Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway-bound Foster played Jesus in the 2012 broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar UK Rock Spectacular, a touring version of the musical that was taped in Birmingham, England.The musical dramatizes Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, the unrest caused by his preaching and popularity, his betrayal by Judas, the trial before Pontius Pilate and his ultimate crucifixion. It marked an early collaboration between Lloyd Webber and Rice, who would go on to create Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Evita.
Dragons’ Den, Murdoch Mysteries return on CBC-TV lineup

Dragons’ Den, Murdoch Mysteries return on CBC-TV lineup

New productions and more than a dozen returning shows are slated for the CBC-TV lineup for the 2014-2015 season, the public broadcaster has announced."What you'll see is a balance of programming that we know our audiences love and we're certainly not going to take away from them," Sally Catto, CBC English Television's executive director of commissioned and scripted programming, said Friday morning."[We're] really focusing on distinct Canadian programming."The schedule will see 14 existing shows joined by new additions, led by the anticipated sitcom Schitt's Creek, starring SCTV alums Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara. Other CBC newcomers include:Canada's Smartest Person Of All Places Strange Empire Written by Durham County creator Laurie Finstad, Strange Empire is a dark, 1860s-era drama series about a caravan of women left to fend for themselves in a frontier town when the men in their group mysteriously vanish."That show's a real shift for us: it's a serialized show, it's definitely a darker, edgier show," Catto said."The way viewers are consuming content has changed so much: with Netflix, with PVRing, with binge viewing. [It] has really created an environment where serialized programming is so, so appealing and I think it's been a while since we've had that on our schedule."Regular co-stars from SCTV and Christopher Guest's mockumentaries, Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara will reteam once again for the upcoming CBC sitcom Schitt's Creek. (Laura Rauch/Associated Press)Along with the previously announced new season of Dragons' Den, CBC comedies such as Mr. D are back as well."In terms of our returning comedies, Mr. D we're very excited about. [It has] an amazingly strong fan base and Gerry [Dee]'s unique brand of comedy and real life experience of being a former substitute teacher, who knows very little about teaching, I think gives the series a real sense of authenticity."Other shows returning to the schedule include:This Hour Has 22 Minutes Doc Zone the fifth estate Heartland Just for Laughs Marketplace Murdoch Mysteries The Nature of Things Republic of Doyle The Rick Mercer Report Steven & Chris Winnipeg Comedy Festival/Halifax Comedy Festival Information on additional shows will also be announced at a later date, the broadcaster said.CBC recently announced the cancellation of several shows, including the dramas Cracked and Arctic Air, cooking shows Best Recipes Ever and In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita and comedy series The Ron James Show.CBC-TV cancels Cracked, Arctic Air, cooking shows George Stroumboulopoulos to host Hockey Night in Canada next season Interview program George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight is also ending after its current 10th season, following the announcement that Stroumboulopoulos would be one of the latest additions to Hockey Night in Canada next season, when Rogers Communications takes over Canadian NHL broadcasting rights.
Trailer Report: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Roars to 31.4 Million First-Week Views

Trailer Report: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Roars to 31.4 Million First-Week Views

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Holly Hunter Added to Superman-Batman Cast

Holly Hunter Added to Superman-Batman Cast

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Robert Lepage, Veronica Tennant to show new Pan Am Games works

Robert Lepage, Veronica Tennant to show new Pan Am Games works

Canadian theatre icon Robert Lepage and dancer-turned-filmmaker Veronica Tennant will present new original works next summer as part of the Pan Am Games festivities in Toronto.Both are among the dozens of established and emerging artists commissioned for the Games' arts and culture festival, which will run from July 10 to Aug. 15, 2015.Toronto Pan Am Games 2015 The festival will feature more than 25 unique works by Canadian artists in theatre, photography, dance, music, spoken word and visual arts on the themes of Canadian identity, immigration and water.The projects will be staged or displayed throughout the city, in locations such as Nathan Phillips Square and the Distillery District, as well as online.Lepage will both direct and star in his piece titled 887, an exploration of memory.Tennant's production, Niagara, dramatizes the story of the Cuban poet Jose Maria Heredia, whose seminal poem bears the same name.The festival aims to celebrate the "vibrant culture and heritage of the Americas and the Caribbean" and "embrace the cultural diaspora within the community of Toronto and the greater Golden Horseshoe," its creative director Don Shipley said in a news conference Tuesday.Like the athletes competing at the Games, the chosen artists "are great risk-takers" and constantly strive for excellence, he said.The artists shared $1.5 million in seed money from the Games' organizing committee's innovation fund.
Dylan Penn Horror Film ‘Condemned’ Finds Its Cast

Dylan Penn Horror Film ‘Condemned’ Finds Its Cast

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Toronto FC stadium funding opposed by Ontario Tories

Toronto FC stadium funding opposed by Ontario Tories

Ontario's governing Liberals must stop doling out taxpayer dollars to giant corporations and celebrities like Drake while cutting funding to community events, critics said Monday.Multimillionaire rapper Drake has been awarded a $300,000 government grant to stage his two-day OVO Fest in Toronto this summer. According to Ticketmaster, admission ranges from $66.50 to $750 for "platinum" two-day tickets.Meanwhile, Toronto's Beaches International Jazz Festival — a free event — didn't qualify for a grant under the same program, called Celebrate Ontario, even though it had received $75,000 a year for the past six years.Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, a sports giant estimated to be worth $2 billion, has requested $10 million from the province to expand and upgrade a soccer field in Toronto.The company that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, and the city's professional soccer team says it will put in $90 million for the upgrade of BMO Field, but only if it gets $30 million from the city, province and federal government.It has said that it will repay the city's $10 million over 20 years with interest.The company plans to increase the stadium's capacity from 21,500 to 30,000, with the potential to add 10,000 more temporary seats for special occasions. The planned renovations also call for a roof over the stands.A spokeswoman for Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel said Ottawa will not provide any money for the project."I can tell you that the federal government has no program to fund professional sports facilities," Michele-Jamali Paquette said in an email."In fact, our government has decided against creating such a program. This decision is applied consistently across the country."Ford opposed giving money to MLSEToronto Mayor Rob Ford was the only member of the city's executive committee to vote against giving MLSE money, saying the private sector — not taxpayers — should foot the bill.But the governing Liberals, who are facing a $12-billion deficit, said they are still considering the proposal."They did submit a request," said Michael Chan, minister of tourism, culture and sport. "We are looking at it."It's bad enough that they quietly gave $500,000 to MLSE to help secure the 2016 NBA all-star game for Toronto — a grant Premier Kathleen Wynne defended, the Ontario Tories said.MLSE is one of the most successful sports companies in the world and Drake doesn't need any handouts either, said Tory critic Rod Jackson."These are things that make money on their own, they're making these companies money and then we subsidize it," he said."For what? They're already going to run them at a profit. It makes absolutely no sense and it's indicative of how this government runs just about everything."The government shouldn't be lining the pockets of corporate giants, said the Canadian Taxpayers Federation."They already get enough money from folks for buying sports tickets and all this kind of thing," said Candice Malcolm, the organization's Ontario director."I don't think they really need to go and ask for more money to the taxpayers as well."Drake is going to profit significantly from his concert, said Malcolm, so the government should not shell out taxpayer dollars on top of that.Liberals defend decisionThe Liberals defended the decision to fund the Drake concert rather than the jazz festival, saying Celebrate Ontario is a competitive program that drew 441 applications last year. The jazz festival's proposal just didn't make the cut, they said."I can't tell you the details of every single application that comes in," said Wynne."We are very committed to the cultural sector, we're very committed to supporting artists and art in this province and we will continue to do so — and festivals quite frankly of all sorts."Lido Chilelli, the jazz festival's executive producer, said the event attracts about 500,000 residents and tourists every year and provides a big boost to local restaurants, hotels and shops.No reason was given by the government when it rejected their application for funding, he said. Organizers also weren't told of any other programs to which they could apply."In the present state, if we don't receive other funding, then we're going to have to make some devastating cuts to the festival because we cannot move forward with the foundation that we've build over the years," Chilelli said.Wynne said the government will meet with the festival's organizers to discuss other ways of obtaining funding. Do you think MLSE should get government money to upgrade BMO Field?
Immigration Doc ‘Documented’ Will Get Theatrical Release Prior to CNN Airing (Exclusive Video)

Immigration Doc ‘Documented’ Will Get Theatrical Release Prior to CNN Airing (Exclusive Video)

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