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‘Everything in this conflict is about control’: Violeta Ayala Talks ‘Cocaine Prison’

Doc goes inside a Bolivian prison to explore the drug trade Courtesy of TIFF Cocaine Prison, the latest documentary from Bolivian born indigenous filmmaker Violeta Ayala, provides a shocking insight...
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Canadian documentary, TIFF 2017

Having trouble with planning your TIFF’17 schedule? There are oodles of docs to choose from with goodies ranging between the incomparable Agnès Varda (Faces Places), a screening that includes a...
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Whitewashing in Hollywood: Ed Skrein exits Hellboy

Film fans have inundated Ed Skrein with love after the British actor turned down the role of Major Ben Daimio in the new Hellboy film because the character is of...
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Apple to spend $1 billion developing TV and movies

Apple Inc. plans to spend about $1 billion on original programming in the next 12 months, intensifying efforts to compete with Amazon.com Inc. and Netflix Inc. in video streaming, according...
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imagineNATIVE 2017 line-up

Toronto’s imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival announced its line-up today for the 2017 edition of the festival. The all-Indigenous showcase for film and video art announced a booming slate...
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How to navigate TIFF 2017

Are you ready? This year's Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 7 to Sept. 17. It's the best time of year for movie lovers in Toronto, and perhaps one...
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Two actors join cast of Mary Kills People

A Montreal actress who starred in supernatural series Under the Dome and a Stratford Festival actor known for the Toronto version of the musical Once are joining the cast of...
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TIFF sees less film in its future

Once upon a time, the Toronto International Film Festival was about showing movies. It’s time for a reboot. “Our main product used to be film,” it says in a new...
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New films added to TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced a new slate of galas and special presentations, including world premieres of films by comedian Louis C.K. and veteran writer/producer Aaron Sorkin, as...
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Shonda Rhimes signs deal with Netflix

Shonda Rhimes, the creator of popular television series such as Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, has signed a deal to make new shows for Netflix. The streaming service announced late Sunday...
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This week on Toronto screens

Ida Lupino: Independent Woman: Hollywood may continue to be plagued by gender inequities, but conditions were even harsher for female filmmakers when Ida Lupino blazed a trail back in the...
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Planet in Focus Festival honours Rob Stewart

The life, art and activism of the late Canadian documentarian Rob Stewart will be honoured by the Planet in Focus Film Festival, which has announced a new Rob Stewart Youth...
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Kathryn Bigelow's latest film, Detroit

Kathryn Bigelow hasn’t forgotten the out-of-body experience she felt when she won the best director Academy Award for her 2009 The Hurt Locker. At that moment, she became the first...
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Docs opening in Canada this week

Let’s get ready to Rumble! Canada finds its 20 Feet from Stardom in this winner of both the Audience Award and the Audience Award for Canadian film at this year’s...
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Jim Carrey receives JFL Generation Award

He's no longer the "smokin'" Hollywood commodity and catchphrase maestro, but Jim Carrey made a generation laugh with his over-the-top performances and rubbery antics. Because of which, the Newmarket, Ont.-born...
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Priyanka Chopra guest of honour TIFF 2017

The Toronto International Film Festival is getting a little Bollywood and television glamour for its annual TIFF Soirée. Priyanka Chopra will be the guest of honour at the fundraiser Sept....
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Docs opening in Canada this week

The first and only Indigenous doc musical ever comes from the brilliant mind of Marie Clements, who tells the story of the Native Brotherhood in this years-in-the-making feat that uses...
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Canadian filmmakers go abroad

Three new Canadian films take on contemporary global issues through radically different lenses. Stopping off in an Arctic Russian mining city, the ruins of Basra, Iraq and a massive thermonuclear...
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Curb Your Enthusiasm returns

On Monday, HBO announced some pretty, pretty good news for fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm: an Oct. 1 premiere date for Season 9. It will be the first episode of...
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Outdoor screenings in Toronto this week

Integral Man: One of Toronto’s most famous houses gets some close scrutiny in Integral Man, a Hot Docs festival hit that returns for an extended run. Commissioned by the late...
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"So Long, Boulder City" brought to stage

One of the most memorable scenes in “La La Land” finds the film’s heroine, Mia, staging a one-woman play to a less-than-enthusiastic California crowd. The play, “So Long, Boulder City,”...
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Docs opening in Canada this week

Get ready to tour the most beautiful house in Toronto with the theatrical release of popular Hot Docs hit Integral Man. Integral House opens its doors to director Joseph Clement,...
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Two Hawaii Five-0 stars leave show

Two of the longtime leads of “Hawaii Five-0” are reportedly leaving the show after seven seasons due to failed salary negotiations. Sources told Variety that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park sought...
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VRTO Highlights 2017

Sci-fi authors and futurologists have long dreamed of environments and entire worlds existing purely in virtuality – and for the first time in history, technology has caught up to that dream....
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Docs opening in Canada this week

Manifesto might be of the love-it-or-leave-it variety, but in our POV it’s the former. Cate Blanchett gives not one but thirteen award calibre performances in this ingenious hybrid documentary that...
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Indigenous artists use VR to reimagine Canada

How do Indigenous artists imagine the world will look 150 years from now? And what would it look like to experience those futures in virtual reality? Torontonians will find out some...
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DGC Documentary Nominees

The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) announced the nominees for its annual awards yesterday. The awards honouring the best in Canadian film acknowledged six documentaries in the categories for excellence...
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Peter Mansbridge leaving The National

It says something about the place in the Canadian imagination occupied by Peter Mansbridge that everyday Canadians know his dual origin stories: How he got his start in broadcasting and...
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Doc shorts examine Canadian identity

In the Name of All Canadians: For some Canadians, marking the 150th anniversary of the country’s founding means cruising from one national park to another and getting into bear-related hijinks...
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Docs opening this week

Oscar winner Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line) returns this week with his latest film The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Photography. Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her...
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NFB Indigenous action plan

The National Film Board of Canada announced today a new three-year plan to redefine its relationship with Indigenous filmmakers in Canada. The long-in-the-works project comes as a response to the...
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Daniel Day-Lewis retiring

Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most widely respected actors of his generation and a three-time Oscar-winner, says he’s retiring from acting. The 60-year-old actor announced Tuesday that he has shot...
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Will & Grace revival coming to Global

The return of “Will & Grace” and a dramatization of the Menendez murders are among the new series heading to Global this fall, while the Amazon hit “Transparent” is moving...
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TIFF's Summer in France

Olivier Assayas + TIFF’s Summer in France: Serving up dollops of French cinema when the weather is hot outside is something of a tradition for TIFF Bell Lightbox. The latest...
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Docs opening this week

One often doesn’t get the chance to rave about performances in a documentary film website, so Cate Blanchett makes up for missed opportunities with this week’s big opener Manifesto. Cate...
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DocNow Festival 2017

DocNow 2017 is one of Canada’s most exciting interdisciplinary documentary festivals created by the next generation of artists and activists. Now in its ninth year, DocNow features innovative work from...
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Godzilla returns at Toronto Japanese Film Fest

The giant radioactive lizard has appeared in 30 features over a span of 63 years. The latest in the series is titled Shin Godzilla. Most movie stars would seem a...
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Toronto Open Roof Festival

Toronto’s Open Roof Festival returns for another summer of good movies and good music under the stars. The popular summer escape kicks off Tuesday, June 27 with the opening night...
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Sony sells over one million headsets

Sony has sold more than one million virtual reality (VR) headsets, the company has said. President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Atsushi Morita said sales had "exceeded our expectations". The headset,...
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Documentary projects get support from Telefilm

Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds continue their ongoing assistance for Canadian documentaries by announcing their support for 18 new projects. The support totals an investment of approximately...
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Nicole Kidman talks gender inequality at Cannes

The most visible actress at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival made an impassioned pitch Wednesday as she criticized the slow pace of change in male-dominated Hollywood. Nicole Kidman, the most...
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Not More of the Same: Vice Documentary Films

Back in 2013, Jason Mojica, who headsVice Documentary Films, the recently launched new division of Vice Films, encountered Kim Jong-un. He met North Korea’s Blessed Leader during production of Vice...
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SNL cast member leaving for CBS comedy

Bobby Moynihan will depart “Saturday Night Live” following the sketch-comedy franchise’s season finale this weekend. Moynihan’s exit from the show had been expected since CBS last week picked up comedy...
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John Doyle: Master of None season 2

The first episode of the second season of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None (streaming on Netflix) is in black and white and set in Italy. Central character Dev Shah (Ansari) is...
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Docs at Cannes 2017

Cannes officially has zero documentaries in contention for the Palme d’Or this year. Again. Two of the four Nicole Kidman projects premiering at the Croisette made the Official Competition, but...
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Docs opening this week (March 31 - April 6)

The power of the arts to reflect and change the world takes the stage in the energetic dance doc Mr. Gaga. This film by POV Heymann profiles Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin...
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Upload's plans for new virtual reality hub

What do you do when you’re trying to turn a 20,000-square-foot warehouse into a coworking and incubator space for virtual and augmented reality startups? You put on your headset, of course....
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The Deed: Chicago premiers

The Deed: Chicago premiers Wednesday, March 29 at 10pm ET/PT on CNBC. Watch to find out about the do's and don'ts of house flipping. About “The Deed: Chicago” explores a...
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Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Human Rights Watch: Cinema remains a powerful tool for raising awareness of issues of human rights and social justice wherever those struggles take place in the world. But while stories...
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Docs opening this week (March 24-30)

It’s a sleepy week on the doc front. No new openers hit the screens, so doc fans have the chance to catch up on some of the non-fiction films they...
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BBC Planet Earth II finale

Toronto’s raccoons are about to get their close-up. The finale of Planet Earth II, airing Saturday at 9 p.m. on BBC Earth, will feature the homegrown critters. In the segment,...
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Filmmakers and VR's biggest problem

Last week, I outlined ways that VR can avoid failing in 2017 but with SXSW happening this week, I was inspired to delve deeper into the driving force for Virtual Reality’s...
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Sesame Street welcomes new Muppet

Long-running children’s television show Sesame Street is welcoming a new kid to the block – a Muppet with autism called Julia. A redhead who loves to sing and remembers the...
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Canadian Film Fest

Hot Docs will feature two politically provocative new films, a Korean thriller will get your heart pumping and Macbeth is back with a vengeance. Canadian Film Fest: What with the...
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Docs opening in Canada (March 17-23)

Spring is in the air! The Gardener opens in theatres this week and takes audiences on a refreshing stroll through the exquisite English-style gardens of Les Quatre-Vents where the late...
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HGTV Canada greenlights two new series

HGTV Canada Greenlights Two New Original Series Introducing Three New Experts  Sebastian Clovis Stars in Save My Reno Alongside DIY Design Guru Sabrina Smelko Contractor Brian McCourt and Designer Sarah...
vimeo

360-degree videos on Vimeo

Available on the web and mobile, with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive support ‘coming soon’ Vimeo is adding support for 360-degree videos today, making the content available on the web,...
CSA2017

Canadian Screen Awards 2017 Winners

Best Movie: It's Only the End of the World Best Director: Xavier Dolan, It's Only the End of the World Best Actress: Tatiana Maslany, The Other Half Best Actor: Stephan James, Race Best Original Screenplay: Daniel MacIvor, Weirdos...
SC

Schitt's Creek Renewed for Season 4

Ahead of Schitt’s Creek‘s Season 3 finale on Pop on April 5, the cable network has renewed the Canadian comedy series for a fourth season. Co-creators and father-son team Eugene...
TheNational

The National is being redeveloped

In a memo distributed to staff on Tuesday, editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire said digital will now be a part of everything CBC News does and “not a stand-alone pillar” of its...
TheDeed

CNBC's all-new real estate series, The Deed

CNBC today announced the network is expanding its primetime lineup with the new original series "The Deed," debuting Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT. The series features two savvy...
OffKilter

Off Kilter Teaser

OFF KILTER is a mockumentary series about a disgraced choreographer’s comeback and an aging dancer’s last hurrah. [embed]https://youtu.be/FuZ6dAx4aTk[/embed] This teaser is competing for the Independent Production Fund. All your views...
GigiGorgeous

Gigi Gorgeous: This is Everything

Gigi Gorgeous has more than 2.5 million YouTube subscribers and a supportive family who helped her transition. Canadian transgender YouTube star Gigi Lazzarato has been extremely candid in sharing the...
Marc3

Doc highlights in Canada this week

We’re doing something a little different for this week. March 3rd kicks off a week of irregular and specialty programming on screens around Toronto and across the country. Here’s a...
DIY

DIY Virtual Reality

I HAVE ZERO virtual-reality skills. I don’t know how to work in Unity, the graphics software engine often used to make immersive worlds. I have little sense for 3-D design....
Melrose

Benedict Cumberbatch to star in 'Melrose'

The British actor is set to portray Patrick Melrose in the five-episode Showtime series adapted from the Edward St. Aubyn novels. Benedict Cumberbatch is expanding his literary excursion into television....
Actra

Toronto Actra Awards 2017

The CBC-TV comedy series Kim’s Convenience won major awards from Canada’s performers union on Saturday. The show, about a Korean-Canadian family that runs a convenience store, won the members’ choice...
Oscars2017

Oscars 2017

The 2017 Oscars had everything: delightful moments, predictable wins, notable firsts, and, as the viewing audience saw play out on live television, one major surprise milestone. La La Land —...
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No progress for female directors in Hollywood

Once again, there are no women in the best director category at the Oscars this year. But change is in the wind. There isn’t a woman among the five contenders...
BakingShow

The Great Canadian Baking Show

CBC-TV is hoping to tempt Canadian palates as it prepares to deliver its own sweet version of the smash U.K. hit The Great British Bake Off. A Canuck take on the massively...
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Canada 150

Hot Docs and TIFF celebrate Canada 150 Six short documentaries and National Canadian Film Day added to 150th birthday slate. Toronto’s two largest film festivals have each launched projects to...
FloydNorman

Docs opening this week

Cat people, rejoice! A purrrfect documentary prowls into theatres this week at Kedi hits the screen. This ‘catumentary’ profiles the street cats of Istanbul, Turkey and the surrogate owners who...
PrincessDiana

Princess Diana documentary in production

Princess Diana will be the subject of a four-hour documentary miniseries airing on ABC this August. A joint project of ABC and People magazine, the program, to be telecast over...
VRRetail

The Virtual Future of Retail

Virtual Reality immerses you in a different world, Augmented Reality changes and alters the world you are in. That is the easiest way I can describe the difference between these two...
TBFF

Toronto Black Film Festival

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black College and Universities opens fest. Toronto Black Film Festival: A year after #OscarsSoWhite, issues of race, representation and diversity —...
Rise

Michelle Latimer talks VICE series 'Rise'

RISE is an extraordinary documentary series, which explores the lives and politics of Indigenous people in Brazil, Canada and the United States. Told with verve and compassion, the show addresses...
HiddenFigures

Hidden Figures a Hollywood success

Hidden Figures, a period movie about three black female mathematicians, is not the kind of movie Hollywood looks to for lavish box-office returns. Yet the modestly budgeted $25-million drama has...
Titanic

Victor Garber reflects on Titanic

The first time Canadian actor Victor Garber met director James Cameron on the set of Titanic, the Canuck filmmaker lived up to his reputation for being intensely committed to the...
GoodBehaviour

Good Behaviour premieres in Canada

Want a look at what Michelle Dockery, a.k.a. Lady Mary, has been up to since the end of Downton Abbey? Her new TV series, Good Behavior, will premiere in Canada...
RobStewart

Remembering Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart

The family of Toronto filmmaker Rob Stewart says his body was "found peacefully in the ocean" Friday after he disappeared Tuesday while diving in the Florida Keys. "There are no...
Dune

Denis Veilleneuve to direct 'Dune'

Hollywood is set to take another crack at translating the world's bestselling sci-fi novel into a big-screen hit. “In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final...
Tree

Tree

“An Interactive and Realistic Amazon Environment”: Directors Milica Zec and Winslow Porter During its development, production or eventual distribution, what specific challenge of communication did, or will your film, face?...
RESET

Docs Opening Jan 27 - Feb 2

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened Dir. Lonny Price | USA | 96 min. -Cobourg, ON: Cobourg Loft – Fri, Jan. 27 – Sat, Jan. 28; Mon, Jan....
POV

5 Short Docs Directed by Women

Inspired by this past weekend’s Women’s March? Whether you were on the streets or moved by the pictures of rallies held around the world, it’s hard to deny the power...
NBS

Nirvanna the Band the Show Premieres Feb 2

“I just got caught in some kind of performance art project downstairs,” says NOW music editor Carla Gillis. She begins to describe the scenario: a handful of guys rushed into...
Forbes

Hugo Barra to Head Facebook Virtual Reality

Facebook FB +1.62% has found a new leader for its virtual reality endeavors. Facebook said on Wednesday that it hired former Google GOOGL +1.04% executive Hugo Barra to lead the company's virtual reality...
HotDocs

Hot Docs 2017: Maya Gallus and Tony Palmer

Directors Maya Gallus and Tony Palmer are in the spotlight at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. The directors will receive the Focus On retrospective and Outstanding Achievement...
AA

2017 Oscar Nominations

Oscar voters showered the neo-musical “La La Land” with 14 nominations on Tuesday, a tie with “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the most in Academy Award history. But the...
CSA

Spectres of the Shoah Nominated for 4 CSAs

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah has been nominated in the craft categories Best Direction, Best Music, Best Editing and Best Visual Research for the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards. Congratulations...
CBC

Myth or Science: The Secrets of Our Senses

The latest Myth or Science documentary, Myth or Science: The Secrets of Our Senses, will be airing Thursday, January 26 at 8pm on CBC. For a preview, click here. Dr....
RCAF

Against All Odds Nominated for CSA

Against All Odds: The RCAF Flyers has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in the Best Sports Program category. This award recognizes everyone behind the project. Congratulations to Infield Fly...
Nosedive

Will VR Take Away our Privacy?

Virtual reality has the potential to enable so many amazing utopian futures, but it also has the potential to become one of the most intimate surveillance technologies that could create...
Netflix

Netflix Reaches All-Time High

If you’ve been noticing an especially strong showing from Netflix over the past few months, the streaming content provider has the numbers to back it up. Ahead of its earnings call on...
Bollywood

Bollywood films to watch in 2017

Sequels, biopics, history lessons, fantasies and a prequel - that is what Bollywood has lined up for movie buffs in 2017, a year in which the Indian film industry will...
OnceAnImmigrant

Peter Keleghan on 'Once An Immigrant'

Peter Keleghan, one of Canada’s busier actors, is the creator and narrator of a highly personal documentary called Once an Immigrant, which will have its premiere Thursday on CBC’s documentary...
thestairspov

'The Stairs' Wins Best Canadian Feature from TFCA

Hugh Gibson’s The Stairs is this year’s winner for Best Canadian Feature from the Toronto Film Critics Association. The award was announced at tonight’s TFCA gala at the Carlu. Gibson...
alexa

CES: Amazon's Alexa

You can't walk the sprawling floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center without tripping over a speaker, an appliance, or even a robot or two that supports Alexa. Amazon’s voice assistant...
goldenglobes

Golden Globes 2017 Winners

Movies Best picture, drama: “Moonlight” Best picture, comedy or musical: “La La Land” Actress, drama: Isabelle Huppert, “Elle” Actor, drama: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” Actress, comedy or musical:...
vr_art

Communication through Art in Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality as a platform for Artists As an artist I am always looking at creating new ways to share my experiences with other people. I have personally found that art...
magicschoolbus

Netflix reboots 'The Magic School Bus'

Netflix is launching a new children’s TV series based on the classic 1990s science show “The Magic School Bus.” The new CG-animated series from Scholastic Media — titled “The Magic...
billmarshall

TIFF co-founder remembered

Bill Marshall was not the first to envision a thriving film industry in Canada. Nor was he the only artist who yearned for more prestige than documentaries and B-movies could...
danish

Why 2016 was a disastrous year for the Danish film industry

The past 12 months have been terrible for Denmark’s film industry. Just 2.8 million tickets were sold to Danish-produced films in 2016, both Berlingske and Politiken newspapers reported this week....
bbc

BBC's virtual reality efforts

For about a year, the BBC has been experimenting with virtual reality and its more accessible cousin, 360-degree video. Zillah Watson, editor of BBC research and development lab, has called this...
kc

Kim's Convenience gets renewed

CBC today announced the renewal of its breakout hit comedy series KIM’S CONVENIENCE, following an acclaimed first season (13 x 30) that is drawing an average audience of 933,000 per episode to...
cornergas

Corner Gas gets animated reboot

Sick of the Gas shortage in this cold, cold winter? Brent Butt finally decided to get animated about it. Corner Gas, one of the most popular sitcoms in the history...
csa

Howie Mendel to Host 2017 CSA

Toronto native Howie Mandel is returning home to host the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards. The show, which will air live on CBC -TV on March 12, 2017, honours the best...
tfca

TFCA Finalists 2016

Carol, the swooning tale of a life-changing love affair, won two top prizes at the 2015 awards of the Toronto Film Critics Association. Todd Haynes’ 1950s melodrama was named Best...
amazonprime

Amazon Prime launches in Canada

Amazon.com has expanded its Amazon Prime video streaming service to Canada and some 200 other markets, presenting fresh competition to Netflix and Bell's CraveTV. The streaming service carries original series, including...
social_vr

Who Is Going to Get It Right First?

Virtual Reality is quickly moving beyond novelty experiences and showing its potential for enabling new types of social interaction. But which platform(s) will be the one to make that happen?...
vr

VR Growth

Never mind that consumers are actually starting to buy into all the virtual reality hype. An industry isn't an official industry until it has its own acronym-ready association. Enter the...
reign

'Reign' Ending After Season 4

“Reign” will no longer be reigning over the CW — after next season, that is. Sources tell Variety that Season 4 of the historical fantasy series, which begins in Feb. 2017,...
bbc_earth

BCC Earth Coming to Canada

Toronto-based Blue Ant Media Inc., the privately held television and media distributor, is partnering with BBC Worldwide North America to launch the British public broadcaster’s factual channel BBC Earth in Canada next month. Beginning...
beforethestreets

Before the Streets wins at Whistler Film Festival

The Whistler Film Festival said goodbye for another year with its usual round of awards on Sunday (December 4). Thanks to a jury composed of filmmaker Deepa Mehta, actor Tzi...
banff2017

BANFF Company of Distinction 2017

The organizers of the 38th edition of the Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) proudly announce Disney|ABC Television Group (Disney|ABC) as its esteemed Company of Distinction for the annual event, taking...
docawards

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril honoured with DOC award

Canadian documentarians honoured their own at the annual Documentary Organization of Canada’s Institute Honours on Thursday night. The DOC event, designed to celebrate the best of work within the homegrown...
thebachelorcanada

'The Bachelor Canada' Coming to W Network

Now that Canada has watched Jasmine Lorimer complete her journey to finding romance on the inaugural season of “The Bachelorette Canada”, the W Network is announcing there’s more love to...
fayekellerman

Thunderbird to develop 'Decker-Lazarus' TV series

Salzman and Canada's Thunderbird Films plan to bring Faye Kellerman's best-selling crime fiction series to the small screen. MADtv producer David Salzman is teaming with Canada's Thunderbird Films to bring...
letterkenny

Letterkenny Returns Christmas Day

CraveTV releases six new episodes of Jared Keeso comedy. Deck the halls with darts and donnybrooks. CraveTV has a Christmas gift for fans of the irreverent comedyLetterkenny: Season 2 will...
celticsoul2

The Dark Studio at Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema: Celtic Soul

The Dark Studio had a wonderful time at the premier of Celtic Soul this past Friday evening, November 25. We are very appreciative of the opportunity and look forward to...
solguy

Bell Media Partners with Sol Guy's DAIS

Sol Guy, former Rascalz and K'Naan manager, and ex-creative director of Tribeca Enterprises, has entered into a partnership with Bell Media with his talent incubator DAIS. Dedicated to digital storytelling via content...
vr

Create & Publish Your Own VR Content with VUSR

Secret Location has revealed VUSR, a content management platform that enables creators to easily publish, distribute and monetise content for virtual reality (VR) platforms. VUSR’s first application is the result...
telefilm

Telefilm Canada Announces Gender Parity Plan

Following its announcement of September 8, 2016—to build, by 2020, a representative and diversified feature film portfolio that better reflects Canada’s population—Telefilm Canada, as a first step, is pleased to...
thestairs

The Stairs

The title of Hugh Gibson’s new documentary The Stairs refers to a stairwell that once served as a makeshift living space for Martin Thompson, a habitual drug user who’s diligently...
kimcoates

Kim Coates to Receive ACTRA Award

Former “Sons of Anarchy” star Kim Coates will receive the 2017 ACTRA National Award of Excellence from the union representing Canadian performers. The Gemini Award-nominated Saskatoon native will get the honour...
lionsofthesea

Lions of the Sea

Salman Khan Films and First Take Entertainment Ltd. announced they will be jointly producing "Lions of the Sea", a film based on the true story surrounding the voyage from India...
socialvr

Social Virtual Reality

VR isn’t just for recreation right now, it is becoming massively popular thanks to sense of being immersed in time and space. No matter where you are, you can enter...
davematthews

Entertainment One Teams Up with Dave Matthews for New Travel Series

Dave Matthews will expose the music scenes of conflict zones around the world in a new travel TV series. Inspired by a recent U.S. cultural mission to Cuba, the show...
cbc

CBC launches new film fund for diverse filmmakers

CBC to invest at least $7.5 million dollars into the fund over the next three years Long before #OscarsSoWhite was a hashtag, the lack of diversity in film has been...
mollysgame

Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba to make ‘Molly’s Game’ in Toronto

Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba will be back in Toronto this fall to star opposite each other in Molly’s Game, the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. The movie...
nofilmschool

4 Things You Can Do to Stay Productive When You're Not Making Films

What should a filmmaker's downtime look like? Even though a lot of us would like to be making films nonstop, there is always going to be a period of time...
360

The New York Times 360 Degree News

The New York Times has teamed up with Samsung to launch a new first-of-its-kind visual digital journalism project called The Daily 360. Produced by The Times newsroom, using Gear 360...
movienight

Movie Nights Across Canada Launches

Movie Nights Across Canada launched Tuesday evening, November 1, in conjunction with Canada 150 celebrations. The year-long event will bring premiere screenings of homegrown feature films on a cross-country tour....
littlecritter

9 Story Media Group to Produce Little Critter Series

Canadian production company 9 Story Media Group has joined forces with Little Critter, LLC to produce a new animated series based on Mercer Mayer’s popular literary characters. The 80 x...
daydream

Daydream View Headsets Coming to Stores

From Google VR, Daydream View headsets will be available to purchase with any Daydream-ready phone this November 10: Last month, we announced Daydream View, a comfortable and easy-to-use virtual reality headset...
beforetheflood

Before the Flood

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9xFFyUOpXo[/embed] Producer, Leonardo DiCaprio, and director, Fisher Stevens, released their feature-length documentary this past Sunday, October 31. "Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring...
halloween

Happy Halloween!

If you're looking for something to celebrate the weekend with, don't miss out on all these classic films! The Royal lives large with a Laser Blast presentation of kiddie-horror TV...
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Because It's 2016: The Canadian Film Industry's Gender Gap

In 2016, Canada's film industry continues to lag far behind in addressing the gender gap. Women At the Helm, TIFF's dialogue session, included representatives from around the world to discuss...
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Making VR Movies You’d Actually Want to Watch

Reposting via MIT Technology Review: The key to making a compelling virtual-reality movie: forget about storytelling and focus on creating immersive worlds. So says Google’s VR filmmaker, Jessica Brillhart, who...
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The Spine-Tingling, Eye-Opening Thrill of Morgan Spurlock's Rats

Readers of POV get an exciting and detailed review of Morgan Spurlock's latest film. Tune in to Discover Channel this Saturday to see the excitement for yourself! - It’s rare...
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Savvy Producer: Real Financing

This Wednesday, DOC Toronto has organized another exciting event for filmmakers: An Honest & Candid Conversation about Financing In the wake of several sobering analyses on the state of documentary, having...
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Vancouver's Very First Film Commissioner

After two consecutive years of record activity in the film and television industry, the city of Vancouver, BC, has appointed its first film commissioner. David Shepheard, who has led film...
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Planet in Focus

Today marks the first day of the 17th annual Environmental Film Festival, organized by Planet in Focus. Planet in Focus is Canada’s leading not-for-profit environmental media arts organization. Their aim is...
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imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Running from October 19-23, imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival will be returning for their 17th year! In just two days, Toronto will have the opportunity to see their selection...
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Master Series Class with Thomas Wallner

Yesterday evening, the Dark Studio had the pleasure of attending the Master Series Class event, organized by DOC Toronto. Thomas Wallner made a special guest appearance to discuss cinematic virtual...
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Bloor Hot Docs Cinema: Celtic Soul

This November, Celtic Soul, directed by Michael McNamara, will be premiering at the Bloor Cinema. This utterly enjoyable and globe-spanning jaunt follows Canadian actor and comedian Jay Baruchel on an epic...
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Bateman's Race Team X Mix My Film

Things we like: environmentally friendly modes of transportation, the outdoors & exercise. Don't get us wrong, though, we like sitting on the couch and fast food just as much as...
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ProFusion Expo 2016

This past week in Toronto, the ProFusion Expo took place at the Metro Convention Centre to showcase and celebrate the pro imaging industry in Canada. At the two-day tradeshow, on October...
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VR Games Growing In Popularity

Focusing on cross-headset support, Valve aims to make Steam the go-to place for virtual reality content distribution. Now touting more than 600 VR titles, the platform’s VR apps are steadily...
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Road To Mercy

Road To Mercy, directed by Nadine Pequeneza, is a deeply moving documentary film that follows Canada's journey into the furthest ethical frontier, where doctors are allowed to take a life and...
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Dark Studio at TIFF: Twisted

This past festival, director Jay Cheel debuted his 14-minute short film at the Scotiabank Theatre, among eight other films selected for the Short Cuts Programme 07. Twisted at TIFF Twisted delves...
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Dark Studio at Hot Docs : How to Prepare for Prison

At Dark Studios we’re really looking forward to the premiere of this provocative documentary that gripped each one of us at many turns during the post process. How to Prepare...
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Dark Studio at Hot Docs : How to Build a Time Machine

Check out another great HotDocs 2016 film for which Dark Studio provided the post production audio. In the wake of much anticipated buzz, How to Build a Time Machine is already...
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Dark Studio at Hot Docs : Spaceship Earth

We’re pretty excited for HotDocs this year! We at Dark Studio provided post audio for several awesome films in this year’s HotDocs festival! Check out Spaceship Earth in the 2016 line...