Make a Film Foundation Premieres Zombie Film Created With Johnny Depp to

first_imgMake A Film Foundation (MAFF), a non-profit film wish granting organization for children with life-threatening medical conditions, will present a premiere of The Black Ghiandola at a fundraising benefit screening to be held on Saturday April 22nd at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.MAFF and Richard Chamberlain, Laura Dern, David Lynch, Anthony Conti, Johnny Depp, Catherine Hardwicke, Adele Rene, Tamika LamisonRed Carpet starts at 6:00 p.m.The Black Ghiandola film fulfills the dream of 16-year-old Anthony Conti who suffered from stage four adrenal cortical cancer. He stars in the project along with Johnny Depp, J.K. Simmons, Laura Dern, David Lynch, Chad L. Coleman, Richard Chamberlain, Penelope Ann Miller, Keith Allan, Jade Pettyjohn and Pritesh Shah. The film was directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures) and Sam Raimi (Spiderman Trilogy).The Black Ghiandola is about a boy who risks his life to save a young girl he has grown to love – after his family has been killed in an apocalyptic world of Zombies. Conti’s idea went from conception to completion in only one month, with the generous help of top professional talent that donated their time and energy to the project.According to Tamika Lamison, founder and executive director of MAFF, “Make A Film Foundation teams critically ill children with notable actors, directors, producers and writers. We believe that the art of filmmaking not only helps children make a personal statement about what they are going through, but it is also offers them a sense of hope, while also building their self-esteem.”During this special event, J.K. Simmons will accept the Mentorship Award for his work with MAFF. Mohamed Bzeek, a man who has committed himself to caring for and fostering terminally ill children until they die, will receive the Humanitarian Award.There will be a panel discussion led by moderator, Leonard Maltin (American Film Critic and Historian) with cast and crew, and a musical performance by Adam Gontier, of “Saint Asonia” as well as a VIP pre-reception and a post-event dessert reception for all.Make A Film Foundation grants film wishes to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions by teaming them with noted actors, writers, producers and directors who help them to create short film legacies. Over 100 documentaries and four short narrative films have been completed so far.For further information about MAFF, or to order tickets to the event ($25 for Screening and $100 VIP with Reception and Gift Bag), or to donate, please visit: www.makeafilmfoundation.org;To purchase tickets, click here.last_img read more

TuneCore Launches New Social Media Management Tools For Musicians With Acquisition Of

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook TuneCore, the leading digital music distribution and publishing administration provider, today announced the acquisition of JustGo and the launch of TuneCore Social, an all-in-one social media management and analytics tool for musicians that is free to use for all of its distribution customers in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia markets. As part of the acquisition, JustGo’s Founder and CEO, Justin Golshir joined the company to lead the integration and help expand TuneCore’s artist services product offering. The addition of this product furthers TuneCore’s commitment to provide artists with the resources needed to grow their careers and get their music heard by more people around the world.In a recent survey of TuneCore distribution customers, the company found that a majority of its artists were less than satisfied with their own current social media capabilities. TuneCore Social addresses the high use and importance of social media for artists by helping streamline their digital presence into one easy-to-use hub, allowing them to better connect with their current fans, as well as gain new ones.“We talk to our customers every day so we can learn exactly what they want and need to be successful as independent artists,” says Scott Ackerman, CEO of TuneCore. “We know that social media is integral in helping our artists reach a wider audience, so acquiring JustGo was a natural fit. Offering this all-in-one management platform is a testament to our commitment to supporting our artists and helping them thrive in this ever-changing industry.” TuneCore is the first and only digital music distribution provider to offer such a comprehensive suite of social media management tools for artists. With TuneCore Social, artists will now have the ability to manage their entire social media presence within the TuneCore platform. TuneCore Social is integrated with major social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud, YouTube and Mixcloud. TuneCore distribution customers will be able to post to their audiences across multiple networks simultaneously, as well as schedule posts in advance, which is extremely important for artists who are busy touring or recording. TuneCore Social also aggregates valuable analytics across the various social networks providing artists with unique insight about their content and digital audiences. TuneCore will continue to grow and develop the service, with plans to roll out additional features in the near future.“With JustGo our mission has always been to help emerging musicians grow their fan base and get their music heard around the world,” says Justin Golshir. “TuneCore strives to do exactly that through its vast portfolio of artist services and together we can achieve that shared mission on a much larger scale now with TuneCore Social.”About TuneCore:TuneCore brings more music to more people, while helping musicians and songwriters increase money-earning opportunities and take charge of their own careers. The company has one of the highest artist revenue-generating music catalogs in the world, earning TuneCore Artists $733 million from over 36.5 billion downloads and streams since inception. TuneCore Music Distribution services help artists, labels and managers sell their music through iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play and other major download and streaming sites while retaining 100 percent of their sales revenue and rights for a low annual flat fee. TuneCore Music Publishing Administration assists songwriters by administering their compositions through licensing, registration, world-wide royalty collections, and placement opportunities in film, TV, commercials, video games and more. The TuneCore Artist Services portal offers a suite of tools and services that enable artists to promote their craft, connect with fans, and get their music heard. TuneCore, part of Believe Digital Services, operates as an independent company and is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY with offices in Burbank, CA, Nashville, TN and Austin, TX, and global expansions in the UK, Australia, Japan, Canada and Germany. For additional information about TuneCore, please visit www.tunecore.com or https://youtu.be/1Kuu_tZ1In0. Twitterlast_img read more

CraveTV Kicks Off the New Year with Iconic SHOWTIME Series DEXTER CraveTV

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement All 8 seasons and 96 episodes of SHOWTIME hit series DEXTER begins streaming Sunday, Jan. 1Slavery-era drama UNDERGROUND begins streaming Friday, Jan. 6Led by Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES, Justice League), FRONTIER brings to life a thrilling and original depiction of Canada’s ruthless fur trade, streaming Friday, Jan. 20The first look of CTV’s new six-part serialized drama CARDINAL premieres Tuesday, 24 in a special CraveTV First Look, 24 hours ahead of the CTV broadcast premiereSeason 1 of the gripping drama series OUTSIDERS launches Friday, Jan. 6 and Season 2 begins streaming Tuesday, 24 New episodes of SHOWTIME’s Golden Globe®-winning series THE AFFAIR available, leading up to the Season 3 finale, Sunday, 27 at 10 p.m. ETMusic titles COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK from HBO, critically acclaimed Rod Howard’s documentary THE BEATLES: 8 DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS, and live concert special THE ROLLING STONES: HAVANA MOON, all begin streaming Friday, 27This month in CraveTV history:The series premiere of HBO’s crime drama series THE SOPRANOS premiered January 10, 1999 (HBO/ Dramas)The critically acclaimed comedy series BROAD CITY premiered January 22, 2014 (Comedies, If You Liked Sex and the City, Sitcoms)Documentary series PENN & TELLER: BULLSH*T premiered January 24, 2003 (The SHOWTIME Collection, Documentaries)The Beatles’ rooftop concert at Apple Corps was the final public performance of the English rock band, January 30, 1969 (Documentaries, Music) Last Chance programming:Titles rotating off the service this month include: THE FOLLOWING (January 7) and BATTLESTAR GALATICA (January 8) JANUARY’S SCHEDULE:Information about CraveTV’s January lineup is outlined below; titles are listed in order of streaming start dates. CraveTV adds new programming every week on #iCraveFridays:Sunday, Jan. 1DEXTER – Seasons 1-8 (The SHOWTIME Collection, Crime & Mystery, Dramas)Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall, SIX FEET UNDER) is everyone’s favourite serial killer. As a Miami forensics expert, he spends his days solving crimes, and nights committing them. But Dexter lives by a strict code of honour that is both his saving grace and lifelong burden. Torn between his deadly compulsion and his desire for true happiness, Dexter is a man in profound conflict with the world and himself.10 p.m. ET – THE AFFAIR – Season 3, Episode 6 (The SHOWTIME Collection, Crime & Mystery, Dramas)Noah’s (Dominic West) unexplained absence sends Helen (Maura Tierney) on a journey of increasingly troublesome discoveries. Noah’s compelled to return to a place he’s spent his life trying to escape. He attempts to repair his relationship with Martin (Jake Siciliano) with the sense that time is quickly running out. Friday, Jan. 6THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL – Season 3 (Stand-Up Comedy, Comedies)Based on the popular live show, THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL features comedy icons and up-and-comers performing in the back of a comic book shop. Hosts Jonah Ray (TRIP TANK) and Kumail Nanjiani (SILICON VALLEY) welcome the best comedians around the world as they experiment with new bits onstage and hang out backstage. The premiere episode features sets from Jay Larson, Byron Bowers, Brian Posehn, and Wild Horses (Lauren Lapkus, Erin Whitehead, Mary Holland, and Stephanie Allyne).UNDERGROUND – Season 1 (Dramas, Historic TV)This ten-episode, one-hour series follows a group of courageous plantation slaves who attempt one of the greatest escapes in history and break free, despite the dire consequences that await them on the other side. UNDERGROUND’s strong cast includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell (TRUE BLOOD, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) as sheltered house slave Rosalee; Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton) as the driven Noah; Marc Blucas (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) as abolitionist lawyer John Hawkes; Reed Diamond (AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D) as plantation owner Tom Macon; and Christopher Meloni (LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT) as the secretive August Pullman. Season 2 of UNDERGROUND is slated to premiere in March 2017 on Bravo.CraveTV Original OUTSIDERS, Season 1 (Dramas, Crime & Mystery)OUTSIDERS explores the epic struggle between the Farrell Clan, who have lived atop the rugged Shay Mountain for over two hundred years, and their battle to defend their land and their way of life from the town below and anyone who would dare to challenge them.Sunday, Jan. 8 10 p.m. ET – THE AFFAIR – Season 3, Episode 7 (The SHOWTIME Collection, Crime & Mystery, Dramas)Helen gives Noah the help he needs, though the cost might be too high. At his weakest moment, Noah’s world has never seemed more hostile or bewildering. A vital moment of release turns into something that can’t be undone.Friday, Jan. 13J. COLE FOREST HILLS DRIVE: HOMECOMING (The HBO Collection, Music)One of music’s biggest stars returns home to Fayetteville, North Carolina. Part concert film, part backstage pass, the special tells J. Cole’s compelling life story through his own words and music, and through the observations of those who know him best.REIGN – Season 3 (Teen Drama, Historic TV, Dramas, All-Canadian)In Season 3, Queen Mary (Adelaide Kane) struggles to hold on to her power in Scotland amidst Queen Elizabeth’s (Rachel Skarsten) campaign to sabotage her with the help of a new ally in Queen Catherine (Megan Follows). Meanwhile, with Francis’ (Toby Regbo) fate at odds and Elizabeth distracted by temptation in her first love, Robert Dudley (Charlie Carrick), both queens struggle to rule.TOSH.0 – Season 8 – Episodes 21-30 (Comedies, For Letterkenny Fans)With razor sharp wit and biting commentary, comedian Daniel Tosh delves into all aspects of the Internet from the absolutely absurd to the incredibly ingenious in this topical series. In addition, the series features viral clips of the week and original videos created by and starring well-known actors and comedians.Sunday, Jan. 1510 p.m. ET – THE AFFAIR – Season 3, Episode 8 (The SHOWTIME Collection, Crime & Mystery, Dramas)An unexpected event gives Alison (Ruth Wilson) reason to celebrate, while also provoking a sobering realization. Soon after, a startling warning leaves her considering the unthinkable. Cole’s (Joshua Jackson) frustrations with Alison come to a head, ultimately producing a personal deconstruction, and a radical truth.Friday, Jan. 20FRONTIER – Season 1 (Discovery, Dramas, Historic TV, All-Canadian)Rooted in Canadian history and explored for the first time on television, the action-packed and authentic fiction series follows the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade of the late 18th century. Told from multiple perspectives, FRONTIER takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights, and where delicate relations between Aboriginal tribes and Europeans can spark bloody conflicts. Stars Jason Momoa, Landon Liboiron (HEMLOCK GROVE, DEGRASSI), Alun Armstrong (NEW TRICKS, Braveheart), Zoe Boyle (DOWNTON ABBEY, SONS OF ANARCHY), and Allan Hawco (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE).CHINA 2000 BC – THE RISE AND FALL OF DYNASTIES IN ACIENT CHINA (Discovery, Documentaries)Ahead of Chinese New Year, THE RISE AND FALL OF DYNASTIES IN ACIENT CHINA documents from 2000 B.C and 221 B.C., many civilizations developed in the area now known as China, each with its own distinct language, culture, and food. Archeological discoveries provide clues about how exactly these civilizations merged into one culture.NOT SAFE WITHN NIKKI GLASER – Season 1, Episodes 11-20 (Comedies, If You Liked Sex and the City…)It’s safe to say Nikki Glaser is in love with sex talk. In her show, the self-proclaimed “curious perv” provides an open, honest, shameless, and salacious stand-up comedic performance. Sunday, Jan. 2210 p.m. ET – THE AFFAIR – Season 3, Episode 9 (The SHOWTIME Collection, Crime & Mystery, Dramas)Helen’s escape to Montauk exacerbates her guilt and hastens an identity crisis. Noah’s world collapses, and he is left to process something horrific.Tuesday, Jan. 24CRAVETV FIRST LOOK: CARDINAL – Season 1, Episode 1 “Cardinal” (Dramas, Crime & Mystery, All-Canadian)Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, THE KILLING) is brought back to the Homicide Unit when the body of a missing girl is discovered. Reluctant to return to the case that got him demoted, and new partner Detective Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse, REVENGE), Cardinal’s belief that he is dealing with a serial killer soon draws him back in.OUTSIDERS, Season 2, Episode 1 (Dramas, Crime & Mystery)In the second season of action-packed drama OUTSIDERS, the struggle for power and control continues in the rugged hills of Appalachia as the conflict between the clan and the town escalates with the Farrells becoming more isolated than ever before. The uneasy truce that had generally existed between the townspeople and the Farrell clan came to an end as Big Coal interests headed up the mountain and the standoff at the end of Season 1 continues to have repercussions, putting everyone to the test as they’re forced to face new challenges and enemies.Friday, Jan. 27 THE BEATLES: 8 DAYS A WEEK: THE TOURING YEARS (Documentaries, Music)February 9, 1964, 8:12 p.m. ET – after a brief commercial break, four young men from Liverpool step onto the Ed Sullivan stage, changing culture forever. Seventy-three million people watched The Beatles perform that night, the largest audience in television history. It was an event that united a nation and signaled the birth of youth culture as we know it today.COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK (HBO, Documentaries, Music)This HBO documentary uncovers a wealth of new material that exposes the emotional rollercoaster of Nirvana’s lead man Kurt Cobain’s personal life. It celebrates his uncompromising creative spirit, including the inspiration for the film’s title, a circa-1988 sound collage he titled Montage of Heck. Recorded by Cobain on a four-track cassette recorder, it’s a free-form mash-up of song bites, manipulated radio recordings, elements of demos, and disparate sounds.THE ROLLING STONES: HAVANA MOON (Music)The Rolling Stones go down in Cuban history as they become the first rock band to play a free outdoor concert to hundreds of thousands in Havana. THE ROLLING STONES: HAVANA MOON, it’s a companion to documentary THE ROLLING STONES OLE OLE OLE!: A TRIP ACROSS LATIN AMERICA, currently streaming on CraveTV.WHITNEY CUMMINGS: I’M YOUR GIRLFRIEND (The HBO Collection, Comedies, Stand-Up Comedy)Comedian and actor Whitney Cummings dishes up an hour of audacious adult humour taped in front of a live audience at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.SHARKNADO THE 4TH AWAKENS (Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Dramas)Fin (Ian Ziering), his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the five years since the most recent attack, but now sharks and tornadoes are being whipped up in unexpected ways and places.Sunday, Jan. 2910 p.m. ET – THE AFFAIR – Season 3, Episode 10 **Season Finale**Noah’s visit to Paris provides Juliette (Irène Jacob) with a distraction from unpleasant realities at home, but subsequent tragedy brings her true priorities into sharper focus. A chance encounter offers Noah the possibility of healing a relationship in desperate need of repair.Tuesday, Jan. 31CRAVETV FIRST LOOK: CARDINAL – Season 1 Episode 2 As the Algonquin Bay Police Department attempts to make amends with the community for the botched investigation into Katie Pine’s disappearance, Detective Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse, REVENGE) risks exposure of her investigation in an attempt to catch Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, THE KILLING) in the act of a crime. Meanwhile, the killer zeroes in on his next victim.OUTSIDERS, Season 2, Episode 2 (Dramas, Crime & Mystery)Episodic information currently unavailable. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Will TV writers go on strike Heres what you need to know

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: That all depends on how long a strike would last. Scripted shows could have to end their seasons early and viewers will see a big dent in the summer TV season.But the most immediate effect would be felt by late-night comedy, where daily or weekly episodes are churned out of New York or Los Angeles, with legions of writers penning jokes, monologues and elaborate sketches.That could be a big deal in 2017, with Donald Trump as president and a big appetite among viewers for political comedy on TV. For instance, Saturday Night Live is experiencing some of its highest ratings in years, so much so that NBC decided to air its final four episodes live, coast to coast. There are still three episodes left before SNL breaks for the summer — May 6, 13 and 20 — that could never get made. NBC also planned special prime-time, 30-minute editions of Weekend Update for August. Comedy Central will premiere a Trump-parody talk show this week, and roll out a new post-Daily Show series in the fall. Twitter Here’s what you need to know.How will a strike affect my daily intake of network, cable and streaming shows? Advertisement Putting late night aside, it’s possible a whole bunch of viewers won’t notice too much of a difference because of the ability to binge-watch on streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. A strike may end up being the time viewers just catch up on all that good TV they missed.Will writers actually strike?Maybe. Maybe not. Monday’s vote authorizes the guild (which is the combined effort of two unions representing writers in the east and west) to call a strike. If the writers vote yes, and it’s likely they will, the guild and studios still have a week to hash things out and finalize a new contract. But after May 1, the old contract expires and the union has promised a work stoppage.“Should this occur, writing for television, feature films and digital series will cease,” the guild said in a letter to media buyers earlier this month. The guild announced it would resume talks on Tuesday.So, basically, the studios and union have a week to work things out. And the studios have publicly been keeping mum.Why are the writers unhappy?Central issues involve shoring up the WGA’s health plan, which is facing a deficit, securing family leave and protecting the guild’s current pension plan. The WGA argues that writers’ average yearly income has decreased while studios’ operating profits have doubled from a decade ago.The other main point at play involves how writers are compensated.The flood of new shows on air and digital platforms, which provide endless space for content, is fuelling “peak TV” and changing how shows are made. But writers are still paid per episode, an older formula. There are way more scripted shows now than in the past, but the norm has shifted from 22-episode seasons to about 10 to 13, and shows now take longer to produce. In recent years, the number of scripted series jumped by 50 per cent, but the number of produced episodes only grew by 6 per cent, according to the Hollywood Reporter.While taking more time to produce an episode can make for better TV, writers argue they are losing out on pay — especially with exclusivity deals that make it hard for writers to get work on other shows to make up the difference, and more series overall that are less likely to go into syndication. The writers’ demands include loosening some of those exclusivity rules, and increased fees.What’s happened during previous strikes?The last strike lasted 100 days, from November 2007 to February 2008. Many scripted shows, such as 30 Rock and Heroes, cut their seasons short. Some talk shows continued on, and late-night hosts improvised (Conan O’Brien killed time by spinning his wedding ring on his desk).Some hosts, such as Jon Stewart, did return to the air sans writers (Stewart rebranded his Comedy Central show as A Daily Show With Jon Stewart). David Letterman also came back after his production company, which owned his show, struck its own interim deal with the WGA.But when it came to the big screen, many said they felt the effects of the strike all the way into 2009 with a bunch of bad movies. Michael Bay blamed the strike for ruining Transformers 2, since they only had three weeks to put the story together. Other movies, including X-Men Origins: Wolverine, G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra and Terminator Salvation, were also affected.OK, but do we really need writers for shows?Well, there’s always reality TV.During the last work stoppage, CBS ordered additional seasons of its flagship reality competition shows to fill airtime. And then there’s NBC.Trump’s The Apprentice had been removed from the network’s lineup amid low ratings. But a new programming chief came aboard in 2007, and the network decided to revive the competition show, but with a twist. And when the writers’ strike meant no more new episodes of The Office and Scrubs, NBC replaced the Thursday night shows in 2008 with The Celebrity Apprentice.A New York Times headline from the time reads, “Writers Guild Helps Out Donald Trump.”By ELAHE IZADI – The Washington Post Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment We’re in an era of peak TV, but the fire hose flow of shows — from late-night comedy to scripted dramas — could come to a screeching halt very soon.Members of the Writers Guild of America, which represents the scribes behind television and movies, will vote Monday whether to authorize their union to call a strike. This comes as negotiations between the union and studios barrel toward a May 1 deadline, when the old contract expires.Even though there are more shows than ever before and the small-screen business seems to be booming, writers have some major grievances with how Hollywood pays them, as well as with the guild’s pension and health plans. And if an agreement cannot be worked out between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (which is representing the studios), writers will strike for the first time in a decade.last_img read more

MICHELLE WILLIAMS TO APPEAR IN GREASE THE MUSICAL IN TORONTO

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Singer-songwriter Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child fame will appear in a Toronto production of “Grease: The Musical.”Producers say she’ll make a cameo as Teen Angel in the show from June 19-23.The production runs until July 8 at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre. Singer-songwriter Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child fame will appear in a Toronto production of “Grease: The Musical.” Producers say she’ll make a cameo as Teen Angel in the show from June 19-23. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matt Sayles Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Williams is among several celebrities making a cameo in the role of Teen Angel for the show.The others are Mark Ballas of “Dancing with the Stars,” country musician George Canyon, and actor-singers Logan Henderson and Drake Bell.The role of Teen Angel includes the singing of “Beauty School Dropout.”Williams has plenty of theatre experience, having acted on Broadway and London’s West End. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

ELLEN DEGENERES IS COMING TO VANCOUVER FOR A QA SESSION THIS FALL

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement One of televisions most exciting talk-show hosts is coming to Vancouver for a Q&A session.Ellen DeGeneres, host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and voice of Finding Nemo‘s Dory, is bringing her smiling, dancing, pranking, and fun-loving personality to Rogers Arena for a one-night-only show, A Conversation With Ellen DeGeneres. Known for her quick wit and punchy sense of humour, Ellen has been winning over audiences ever since she first appeared on the sitcom Ellen back in 1994. She has been hosting her talk show since 2003, winning 10 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment – holding the record for the category. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Q&A at Rogers Arena will take place on Friday, October 19, and is being presented by TD Bank and hosted by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.Ellen’s visit to Vancouver will be only her second Canadian show, as she also stopped by Calgary this past April.Tickets go on sale to public starting Wednesday, August 15 at 10 am.Prices have not yet been posted for the Vancouver show, though a similar event in Calgary saw tickets going for $104 to $314.A Conversation With Ellen DeGeneres Vancouver show 2018When: Friday, October 19, 2018Time: 7 pmWhere: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, VancouverTickets: Available online starting Wednesday, August 15 at 10 am Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

JUST FOR LAUGHS GILBERT ROZONS SEX CRIME HEARING DRAWS PROTESTERS BUT ACCUSED

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Rozon, 64, was charged in December with rape and indecent assault. The allegations come from a single female complainant and date back to 1979.Rozon is also facing a $10-million class-action lawsuit alleging that he abused at least 20 women between 1982 and 2016. Last August, the Quebec Court of Appeal allowed Rozon to appeal the decision authorizing the lawsuit. The appeal has not yet been heard.Rozon, who denies any wrongdoing, stepped down as president of Just For Laughs last year, and an investor group bought the company in the spring.THE CANADIAN PRESS Demonstrators mark International Women’s Day in front of the courthouse to protest against Just for Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon, who is charged with sex related crimes, Friday, March 8, 2019 in Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz) MONTREAL – Protesters gathered outside the Montreal courthouse today for a scheduled appearance by Gilbert Rozon on sex crime charges, but the Just for Laughs founder never showed, choosing to be represented by his lawyer.A judge granted a request by Rozon’s lawyer Pierre Poupart that the case be put off until April 25.With the court date coinciding with International Women’s Day, a few dozen people protested outside. Dominique Daigneault, a union president, said the protest was a reminder that full equality of the sexes has not been reached and that women are still victims of violence.center_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

RYAN REYNOLDS TO PRODUCE NEW TV GAME SHOW

first_imgMandatory Credit: Photo by Brent N Clarke/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9671400an)Actor Ryan Reynolds attends a special screening of “Deadpool 2” at AMC Loews Lincoln Square, in New YorkNY Special Screening of “Deadpool 2”, New York, USA – 14 May 2018 Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: The Deadpool star has signed on to develop an original series called Don’t, described as a “comedic physical game show” featuring families of four as they tackle a variety of mental and physical tasks for cash prizes.The only rule of the game is having to abide by the one thing they are told not to do, such as “don’t slip,” “don’t scream,” or “don’t laugh”. One member of the family will be eliminated from the team each time they fail to complete a challenge, until they are all wiped out.Reynolds will work on the show for U.S. executives at ABC, reports Variety. The new gig marks his return to the TV network after previously rising to fame as one of the stars of their hit sitcom Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place, which aired from 1998 to 2001.last_img read more

ROXODUS ORGANIZERS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ALLEGEDLY DESTROYING PROTECTED FOREST WETLANDS

first_imgRoxodus Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Organizers of the now-defunct Roxodus music festival are under investigation and could face fines and charges after mowing down trees and draining wetlands to make room for the four-day concert that was abruptly cancelled earlier this month.“There were environmentally protected lands that were impacted by these guys,” said Doug Measures, mayor of the Township of Clearview.The investigation has been launched by the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) and, according to officials from the County of Simcoe, it could result in charges under the municipality’s forestry conservation bylaw. Officials said 18 hectares of woodlands were cleared without the proper permits or prior approval. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

IM ON THE MEND ALEX TREBEK SAYS HES DONE WITH CHEMOTHERAPY

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Canadian “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s “on the mend” after completing treatment for pancreatic cancer.In a new video posted on the “Jeopardy!” Facebook and YouTube pages, the Sudbury, Ont.-born TV personality says he’s “gone through a lot of chemotherapy and thankfully that is now over.”The video follows the 79-year-old around on set and behind the scenes of the hit quiz show as it prepares for its season 36 premiere on Sept. 9. In this April 30, 2017 file photo, Alex Trebek speaks at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)center_img Trebek looks sprightly as he interacts with the audience and explains his excitement for the next season, and is even seen doing a few push-ups on a chair behind the scenes.Trebek announced in a YouTube video on March 6 that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.He vowed to keep working and beat the low survival rate statistics for the disease.“I’m on the mend and that’s all I can hope for right now,” Trebek says in the new video posted Thursday.“We have some exciting things coming up and I can’t wait to share them with all of you. Let me tell you, it’s going to be a good year.”THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Texas white buffalo hunt triggers outrage

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe birth of a white buffalo in many cultures is said to be a sign that people from different cultures will unite.But in the U.S., however, Native American groups are up in arms because a Texas ranch offers hunters a chance to bag the sacred animal for sport.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

Ottawas mishandling of Jordans Principle means gaps delays and denials for First

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsThe Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered for the full implementation of Jordan’s Principle to ensure equal healthcare for Indigenous children in a decision released Tuesday.The order was part of the long-awaited ruling released Tuesday that detailed how Canada discriminates against Indigenous people in its policies and funding of child welfare on-reserve.The goal of Jordan’s Principle is to ensure Indigenous children on-reserve have equal access to healthcare.“(Indigenous Affairs) is also ordered to cease applying its narrow definition of Jordan’s Principle and to take measures to immediately implement the full meaning and scope of Jordan’s principle,” the tribunal said in its 182-page. “More than just funding, there is a need to refocus the policy of the program to respect human rights principles and sound social work practice.”Who pays for health services on-reserve – the province, Indigenous and Northern Affairs, or Health Canada – can be complicated. Jordan’s Principle dictates care for the child first and fight over who pays later.Despite the House of Commons unanimously adopting Jordan’s Principle in 2007, Indigenous Affairs went on to define the principle so narrowly, that it said no cases existed.‎The human rights tribunal didn’t agree.“Such an approach defeats the purpose of Jordan’s Principle and results in service gaps, delays and denials for First Nations children on reserve,” the decision said.Jordan’s Principle is named after Jordan River Anderson, a young boy with severe special needs from Manitoba’s remote Norway House Cree Nation. He died in hospital while the province and federal government fought over his care. He never got to see his home.Ottawa came up with a complicated definition. It only applied the principle to situations in which there was a dispute between the federal government and the province over who should pay for a service needed by a child on-reserve with multiple disabilities requiring multiple health services.“It is Health Canada’s and AANDC’s narrow interpretation of Jordan’s Principle that results in there being no cases meeting the criteria for Jordan’s Principle,” the tribunal ruled. “Jordan’s Principle is meant to apply to all First Nations children. There are many other First Nations children without multiple disabilities who require services, including child and family services. Having to put a child in care in order to access those services, when those services are available to all other Canadians is one of the main reasons this Complaint was made.”Tribunal panel members heard hundreds of hours of testimony over 76 days of hearings. Thousands of documents were submitted in a fight that began in 2007 when Cindy Blackstock, a First Nations’ child welfare advocate along with Assembly of First Nations, filed a human rights complaint.The panel found Canada’s position “unreasonable, unconvincing and not supported by the preponderance of evidence in this case.”In an interview last December, Blackstock said documents show a federal bureaucracy working to protect politicians over the needs of Indigenous children.“It’s very clear to me they completely didn’t get it,” Blackstock said at the time. “Or even if they did get it, they felt the moral course was to deny children services and I think that’s unconscionable. There shouldn’t be more red tape for them to jump, there shouldn’t be longer waits. They shouldn’t be denied services because they’re First Nations’ children.”Three years ago, Mi’kmaw woman Maurina Beadle, took the federal government to court for not providing equal healthcare services for her son Jeremy Meawasige, who has special needs.When Beadle had a stroke in 2010, her band the Pictou Landing First Nation in Nova Scotia, picked up the tab for Jeremy’s extra home care. But argued that it was a cost Ottawa should cover. And not doing so made it a case of Jordan’s Principle.The courts agreed. Beadle won her case.A year later, Ottawa appealed. And an internal federal document puts that decision squarely at the feet of then Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, who was defeated in October’s election.“Minister Valcourt, the federal lead for Jordan’s Principle, decided to have the Crown appeal the decision on May 6, 2013, on the principle that the Judge erred in his interpretation of JP,” noted a memo labelled “secret.”Ottawa had consistently argued no cases of Jordan’s Principle existed.Emails between federal officials at Health Canada paint a different picture.“There will likely be more cases coming forward so we will definitely need a good tracking system,” the documents said.Blackstock pointed to a April 15, 2013 document, which summarizes a call between officials with Health Canada and Aboriginal and Northern Affairs discussing how to narrow the impact of Beadle’s court victory.The memo detailed how two bureaucrats decided the Pictou Landing case “will be labelled as a JP case, that way it can be treated as an isolated case and the interim remedy can be limited to this case alone.”Blackstock said that document showed how the Harper government saw Jordan’s Principle as a way of limiting the services for kids.A lot has changed since these emails and briefing notes were volleyed back and forth between bureaucrats. The Liberals now form a majority government.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has issued its report. Recommendation Number 3: “We call upon all levels of government to fully implement Jordan’s Principle.”In its decision, the tribunal left the remedies – how government should fix this problem – for a later date. Reaction from the Liberal Government is still to come.Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations will hold a press conference later Tuesday.Back in December, when Blackstock still had her fingers crossed over the tribunal decision, she said whatever changes happen, it’s not just about more money for child welfare and health services for First Nations.“The bureaucracy is still in place,” said Blackstock. “And their particular goal appears to be to have protected the minister and they didn’t make the effort to really ensure that children were the focal point of benefitting from federal services. I’m hoping we see that change.For Blackstock, it’s a matter of making sure that memo makes it through the red tape.“I’m hoping the federal government immediately instructs the bureaucrats to make sure these changes reach down into the levels of kids,” she said.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

In Nunavut some people are encouraged to call family when in trouble

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsQuestions are being raised about whether the Ottawa police should be called in to investigate any incidents involving RCMP and civilians.That’s because of racist comments that were posted by a Staff Sgt in the Ottawa police service.But others say it doesn’t really matter – because they don’t trust the RCMP enough to call them in the first place if something is happening.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img

Liberals to spend more on Indigenous children

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsPart of the federal Liberal government’s pre-election budget will spend more on Indigenous children.The party plans to put more money into everything from social services to education to healthcare.Especially, it says, the program known as Jordan’s Principle, which is supposed to even the treatment field for children with disabilities.last_img

Projects honouring MMIWG gets 13M in federal funding

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe federal government is committing $13 million to fund more than 100 projects commemorating the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.“The point of this commemoration fund is to ensure that the stories of our stolen sisters are put in their rightful place in Canada’s history,” said Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef at an announcement in Winnipeg Monday.Monsef added the projects will also help toward healing for families.Money for the fund comes after the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls called on the government to create a commemoration fund in its interim report released in 2017.In total, 105 projects were approved by an external indigenous review committee said Monsef.Those projects include art installations and exhibits, productions such as movies and operas, as well as creating safe spaces for women.Communities were tasked with submitting proposals outlining the project and costs.When it came to proposals Monsef says there was only one condition.“Families are at the heart of this… commemorations had to have a letter of support from families,” she said.One of those family members is Angela Lavallee.Lavallee testified at the Vancouver hearings about her nine-month-old granddaughter who died in 2015.Lavallee says a coroner concluded the cause of death undetermined but the family doesn’t accept this conclusion.She teamed up with Manitoba Moon Voices, a grassroots organization in Manitoba, to propose a structure that will sit on Winnipeg’s frozen Red River in the winter.The structure will be apart of a series of warming huts designed to act as a shelter along the city’s popular Red River skating trail.It will be in the shape of a woman and will act as an educational tool for people passing by.“We want to be able to draw in community outside of our own community so we want her to sit on the river,” said Lavallee. “Just resilient. Kind of like the symbolization of Indigenous women themselves.”In the summer Lavallee hopes the structure can rest on a piece of land at The Forks.The Manitoba Inuit Association put forth a proposal for The Red Amautiit Project, which will see a team from the organization travel to communities in Nunavut and northern Labrador to work with locals on a traditional sewing project.The amautiit or amaut (singular) is a traditional Inuit women’s parka designed with a large pouch in the back where mothers carry their children.“It symbolizes women and girls and as we know the red dress is the commemorative symbol for MMIWG,” said Rachel Dutton, executive director of the Manitoba Inuit Association.“Inuit really want to create that space for their stories and experiences.”Dutton says The Red Amautiit Project will open up the space for Inuit women to share their traditional teachings.She hopes to see it become either a traveling exhibit or placed as a permanent exhibit in a museum in the future.Projects will be rolled out over the next two years.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks end mostly higher

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.Stocks struggled to a mostly higher finish on Wall Street as gains for energy, phone and industrial companies made up for losses elsewhere.The Dow Jones industrial average was held back by a loss in Apple. Other indexes closed higher.Hess and Verizon each rose 2 per cent.Some health insurers turned higher as support dwindled for the Senate Republicans’ latest effort to roll back the Affordable Care Act. Molina Healthcare jumped 4.5 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 1 point, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,502.The Dow fell 9 points, less than 0.1 per cent, to 22,349. The Nasdaq rose 4 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 6,426.Small-company stocks did better than the rest of the market. The Russell 2000 rose 6 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,450, a record.___11:45 a.m.Stock indexes are slightly lower in midday trading on Wall Street as the market heads for its second decline in a row.Health care and technology stocks pulled the market lower Friday. UnitedHealth, a major insurer, dropped 2.2 per cent and Apple gave up 1.7 per cent.Banks also fell. Bank of America lost 1.2 per cent.Sprint jumped 4.6 per cent after Reuters reported it was getting close to signing a deal with T-Mobile.The Standard & Poor’s 500 slipped 2 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,498.The Dow Jones industrials fell 13 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 22,343. The Nasdaq lost 7 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 6,415.Small-company stocks did better than the rest of the market. The Russell 2000 index rose 4 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,448.___9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street as technology companies and banks decline.Apple fell another 1 per cent early Friday as investors give a tepid reception to its new lineup of iPhones.Financial stocks are down as bond yields decline. Bank of America lost 1.2 per cent.Sprint jumped 4 per cent after Reuters reported it was getting close to signing a deal with T-Mobile.The Standard & Poor’s 500 slipped 2 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,498.The Dow Jones industrials fell 13 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 22,343. The Nasdaq lost 7 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 6,415.Bond prices rose as tensions with North Korea escalated. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.25 per cent.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,039.26, down 42.83 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 60 cents, or 14.85 per cent, to $4.64 on 39.02 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up 63 cents, or 3.26 per cent, to $19.98 on 9.3 million shares.Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Up 41 cents, or 14.64 per cent, to $3.21 on 6.04 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 16 cents, 1.11 per cent, to $14.28 on 5.4 million shares.Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:OBE). Oil and gas. Up two cents, 1.32 per cent, to $1.53 on 3.9 million shares.NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX:NXE). Miner. Down 11 cents, or 3.62 per cent, to $2.93 on 3.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 0.24 per cent, to $46.30 on 1.9 million shares. The company is considering adding a 30,000- to 40,000-barrel-per-day bitumen-only project to its Horizon oilsands mine to take advantage of excess ore production and pipeline capacity. The proposed project could be approved as early as 2019 and would continue a trend in the sector to bolt on brownfield production to avoid the high costs and risks of building new mines from scratch.Hydro One Ltd. (TSX:H). Utilities. Down 27 cents, or 1.17 per cent, to $22.71 on 444,246 shares. Ontario’s largest electricity distributor says its third-quarter profit was down six per cent from last year as a result of costs associated with the proposed $6.7-billion acquisition of Avista Corp., a U.S. utility company based in Spokane, Wash. Profit attributable to common shareholders was $219 million (37 cents per share), down from $233 million (40 cents per share) last year. Excluding the costs associated with Avista, Hydro One’s adjusted profit was up two per cent at $237 million.last_img read more