The CBC, Canada: Art & Design

03/02/2024 04:00 AM
Adam Sandler gets serious in sci-fi flick Spaceman
A man wearing a yellow T-shirt floats inside a spaceship.

Although Johan Renck's new film revolves around a Czech astronaut venturing into mysterious purple space dust, the director says what drew him to the script was the main character’s relation to his own life. Spaceman is streaming on Netflix.

03/01/2024 04:00 AM
Dune: Part Two is a wild, violent masterpiece that changes the plot
A man and woman stare longingly into each other

Dune: Part Two is a towering achievement of artistic vision, clearly crafted by a director with both a deep love for the source material and mastery over his craft. The only problem is, like the first, the only way to accomplish that was to make what is not really even a movie.  

02/29/2024 03:07 PM
Oprah Winfrey's departure from WeightWatchers sends stock tumbling
A woman wears a purple gown on a red carpet.

Former talk show host Oprah Winfrey is leaving the WeightWatchers board of directors and donating her stock in the weight management firm, the company said Thursday, sending its stock tumbling in early trading.

02/29/2024 07:00 AM
How Ron Sexsmith ended up singing with Leonard Cohen in an Indigo basement
Ron Sexsmith standing on a bridge in the woods.

Ron Sexsmith speaks about turning 60, playing Massey Hall over the years and some of the music icons he has worked with over his storied career.

02/29/2024 04:00 AM
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is a glorious, messy retelling of one of gaming's greatest stories
Video game screenshot of a man with blond spiky hair and a large sword on his back.

The second installment of the ambitious remake project is a charming love letter to fans of the original — when it doesn't get in the way of its own storytelling.

02/28/2024 04:11 PM
Comedian, Curb your Enthusiasm star Richard Lewis dead at 76
A man holding a microphone to his mouth waves.

Richard Lewis, a comedian known for his neurotic, stream-of-consciousness act and Curb Your Enthusiasm role, has died at 76.

02/28/2024 11:14 AM
Director of cult classic My Bloody Valentine says Hamilton is 'just so beautifully apocalyptic'
A portrait of two people posing in front of horrific models of human heads.

As Hamilton's Playhouse Cinema prepares a Wednesday night screening of his 1981 Canadian cult-classic slasher My Bloody Valentine, director George Mihalka and local special effects artists Brian Rowe and Desirée Van De Laar talked with CBC Hamilton to peel back the bloody curtain on the city's horror movie scene. 

01/11/2024 09:30 AM
Mirian Njoh is bringing romance to Canada Reads with Carley Fortune's Meet Me at the Lake
A Black woman with albinism holds a pink book. She is wearing a monochrome red outfit with sheer sleeves.

The fashion influencer will be the first to champion a romance book on Canada Reads. The great Canadian book debate will air March 4-7.

02/27/2024 04:00 AM
Self-tapes are Hollywood's new normal for auditions. Not everyone is happy
A smiling man is seen through a ring light. A camera is mounted in the centre and pointed at him.

As the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered casting studios, the film industry shifted almost entirely from in-person auditions to actors submitting recordings of themselves to casting directors, a process known as self-taping. While it offers a number of benefits, performers say it also introduces a host of challenges.

02/27/2024 05:05 PM
Two men convicted in killing of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay
A man wearing a hat poses for the camera.

Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington were convicted of murder Tuesday in the death of Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay, a brazen 2002 shooting in the rap legend's studio.

02/27/2024 11:57 AM
Cineplex has made nearly $40M from online ticket fees at heart of drip-pricing lawsuit
Cineplex has cancelled screenings of a South Indian film following four drive-by shootings at movie theatres throughout the Greater Toronto Area the day it premiered. A Cineplex theatre at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto on Monday December 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

Cineplex Inc. has made almost $40 million from online booking fees, which are central to a competition bureau lawsuit against the Canadian cinema chain.

02/26/2024 07:14 AM
Canadian actor Kenneth Mitchell, who continued working after ALS diagnosis, dead at 49
A man seated in a wheelchair is shown between men who are standing and wearing suits and ties.

Toronto actor Kenneth Mitchell of Star Trek: Discovery and Captain Marvel who found consistent work in television and film, even after a 2018 diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), has died. He was 49.

02/24/2024 10:10 AM
Quebec director Monia Chokri wins César award for best foreign film
Monia Chokri holds the Best Foreign Film Cesar Award

The Quebec romantic comedy-drama, Simple Comme Sylvain (The Nature of Love), beat Christoper Nolan's Oppenheimer.

02/26/2024 12:23 PM
6 first-time Juno nominees that you need to know
From left to right: images of Karan Aujla, Lu Kala and Connor Price are superimposed over a bright blue background

Meet the newcomers shaping the future of Canadian music.

02/25/2024 11:01 AM
Oppenheimer picks up momentum at SAG Awards as Oscars draw near
From the left, actors Cillian Murphy, from left, Emily Blunt, and Robert Downey Jr. appear at the SAG Awards.

Oppenheimer continued to steamroll through Hollywood's awards season on Saturday, winning the top prize, for outstanding cast, along with awards for Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr., at the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards.

02/25/2024 10:00 AM
Debut feature from B.C. filmmaker looks at Japanese Canadian stories
Excerpt from a film with a shot of a group of children at a beach seen from an opening of a cave.

As Meredith Hama-Brown’s debut feature film Seagrass made waves during its festival run last fall, the Vancouver writer-director says she heard from many Japanese Canadians who thanked her for exploring a side of their experience rarely depicted on screen.

02/24/2024 04:00 AM
Canadian indie Suze gives one of Hollywood's most underrated actresses the role she deserves
Actress Michaela Watkins is shown on a movie poster for the movie Suze next to shirtless actor Charlie Gillespie.

Instead of spending too much time grasping for a new take on how moms and daughters just need to be nicer to each other, the Canadian dramedy Suze grows into a much funnier movie about finding friends in odd places. 

02/25/2024 05:00 AM
Halifax lawyer to receive Juno for decades of helping others achieve stardom
A side-by-side photo shows the same man in 1998 and today. In the older photo, he has black hair and is clean shaven. In the present-day photo, he has grey hair and a grey beard.

A Halifax lawyer who has played a pivotal behind-the-scenes role in the careers of musicians such as Sloan, Feist, The Rankin Family and Alvvays will be front and centre at next month's Juno Awards in Halifax when he receives a special achievement award.

02/23/2024 04:00 AM
Does Netflix's Avatar prove that good live-action adaptations are impossible?
A boy with a blow arrow in his head stairs at the camera.

The live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender hit Netflix this week after years of anticipation and critical attention from passionate fans. Though not an anime itself, the reception Avatar received raises the question of how adaptations like it can possibly live up to expectations.