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Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens with $220M US, 2nd best weekend of all-time

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:30:20 EST


Star Wars: The Last Jedi rocketed to a debut of $220 million US at the box office, landing the second-best opening weekend ever in North America and slotting in behind only its predecessor, The Force Awakens.

Actresses call out Matt Damon for sexual harassment comments

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:44:36 EST


Actresses Alyssa Milano and Minnie Driver are among the women criticizing Matt Damon for comments about sexual misconduct that he made during an interview this week.

National Arts Centre cuts scenes from play after First Nations man alleges cultural appropriation

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:00:00 EST


Ottawa's National Arts Centre has issued an apology and deleted scenes from a play following accusations of cultural appropriation by a Saskatchewan First Nations man.

Director Peter Jackson alleges Harvey Weinstein blacklisted Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:07:22 EST


Director Peter Jackson says he is now realizing that Harvey Weinstein's advice to avoid working with Mira Sorvino or Ashley Judd was likely part of a smear campaign against the two actresses.

Oprah 'praying' for town as California fire approaches celebrity enclave

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:07:38 EST


Surging Santa Ana winds on Saturday drove an enormous wildfire toward a wealthy community in the coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles, leaving fire crews working in a pall of smoke.

Anita Hill to chair new Hollywood commission on sexual misconduct and industry inequality

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:38:06 EST


The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

Stolen ancient sculptures found in New York, returned to Lebanon

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:01:29 EST


The Manhattan district attorney announced Friday that three ancient sculptures are being returned to their rightful owners in Lebanon as he forms a new antiquities trafficking unit that will track stolen artifacts from around the world.

Florida Project producer steps down after harassment claims

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:30:49 EST


The Florida Project producer Andrew Duncan has been accused of sexual misconduct by a dozen anonymous women and is stepping down from his company June Pictures.

Bruce Gray, Traders and Big Fat Greek Wedding actor, dead at 81

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:52:18 EST


Canadian actor was a prolific presence on the stage and screen with roles including an investment banker on the series Traders and the hapless father of the groom in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's archives are now available online for free

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:00:37 EST


Tens of thousands of letters, photos, writing drafts and memoirs from the late Colombian writer are just a click away. His son Rodrigo Garcia takes us on a tour.

'Look how far we've come': Inuit artist collective to represent Canada at Venice Biennale

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 06:00:00 EST


In 2019, Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn, as part of the artist collective Isuma, will represent Canada at one of the most prestigious art exhibitions in the world, the Venice Biennale.

Harvey Weinstein lawyers seek to publicly identify Ontario woman behind lawsuit

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:43:12 EST


​Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein are seeking to publicly identify an Ontario actress who has filed a sexual assault lawsuit against the disgraced Hollywood producer.

ABC fires celebrity chef Mario Batali from The Chew

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:45:33 EST


Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been fired from the ABC's daytime show The Chew, amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

Dustin Hoffman accused of new incidents of sexual misconduct

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:19:45 EST


More women are accusing Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including an incident in which a playwright says the actor exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room when she was 16 years old.

Florida rapper targets WestJet in chart-topping hit

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:10:00 EST


The history of hip hop is rife with epic rap battles, from Jay Z and Nas to 2Pac and Biggie. Then there’s whatever Gazzy Garcia has going on with WestJet. The Florida rapper has trained his lyrical crosshairs on Canada's "Little Airline that could" in a dispute that's soared to the top of charts.

5 Disney-Fox crossovers we'd love to see

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:55:12 EST


Disney buying a large part of 21st Century Fox opens the door to a galaxy of blockbuster combinations, says CBC's Eli Glasner.

Cineplex tests $1 reserved seating surcharge at some Star Wars screenings

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:27:43 EST


Cineplex Inc. is giving Star Wars fans a surprise twist at the box office by charging an extra dollar for assigned seating at some showings.

'I am part of the problem,' Morgan Spurlock says of sexual harassment

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:28:57 EST


Declaring 'I am part of the problem,' documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock confesses in an online post to sexual harassment and infidelity, saying a woman accused him of rape in college.

Disney to buy much of 21st Century Fox in $52B US takeover

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:38:49 EST


Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox in a $52.4-billion US deal, including for film and television studios, cable and international TV businesses, as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business.

3 women accuse music mogul Russell Simmons of rape

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:57:11 EST


Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them. Simmons vehemently denied what he called "these horrific accusations," saying in a statement emailed to The Associated Press that "all of my relations have been consensual."