Category Archives: Entertainment

Why we need to stop taking the Handmaid’s Tale and other dystopian novels so literally

I never thought I’d be sick of talking about The Handmaid’s Tale. And 1984. And Brave New World. Yet, here I am. Not because they aren’t amazing works of fiction. But because a sort of intellectual cottage industry has sprung up attempting to figure out just how these imagined dystopias fit into our present idea of reality. It’s as if

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The important lessons: How the Industrial Revolution brought an end to the free market

This week’s non-fiction book of the week is Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk About It), by Elizabeth Anderson. Lesson #1: Out of sight, out of mind Elizabeth Anderson, a professor of philosophy and women’s studies at the University of Michigan, asks a simple question: why do we allow employers control over our lives – even our

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Javier Bardem gets his bad on again in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

LOS ANGELES — Javier Bardem doesn’t specialize in psycho killers but he resigns himself to a few memorable links to them. He won an Oscar for his maniac assassin Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men and he earned great reviews for the twisted Bond villain Raoul Silva in Skyfall. “I’ve played bad guy roles in very powerful movies,�

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Support and grumbling as handful of women-only screenings planned for ‘Wonder Woman’

NEW YORK — Take a seat, “Thor.� Scattered plans among Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas to host women-only screenings of the upcoming “Wonder Woman� movie have produced both support and some grumbling about gender discrimination. Various locations have taken to social media in response, including the operators of the Brooklyn theatre promising on Twitter to funnel proceeds from women-only screenings in early

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Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dead at age 69

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Music legend Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom and spawn Southern rock, died Saturday, a publicist said. He was 69. Allman died Saturday at his home in Savannah, Georgia, publicist Ken Weinstein said. Allman had cancelled some 2016 tour dates, announcing on Aug.

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‘The clues exist in the work’: The American pop artist behind the most celebrated album cover in history

The cover of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, The Beatles’ best-selling album, has etched itself into British pop culture. Five decades on, the brightly coloured line-up of John, Ringo, Paul and George surrounded by a celebrity motley crew remains instantly recognisable. This record sleeve is still, despite his 60-year-career, Peter Blake’s most famous work – something his representatives say

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With House of Names, Colm Toibin moves on to ‘daunting terrain,’ but remains engaging as ever

House of Names By Colm Tóibín McClelland Stewart 272 pp, $29.95 Colm Toibin may well be the most versatile and adventurous novelist alive. A few years ago, he wrote The Master, about Henry James, possibly the best novel ever written on the subject of a novelist. He wrote Brooklyn, a romantic immigration story about an Irish Catholic girl making her

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Katy Perry will earn a whopping $25 million as an American Idol judge, surpassing Jennifer Lopez

Someone out there really, really, really wants American Idol to come back bigger than ever, and that someone may just be making the orders at ABC, which just handed Katy Perry a whopping $25 million to play judge for its upcoming season. Perry, who was also being heavily pitched by Idol rival The Voice, last turned down an offer from American Idol for $20

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Katherena Vermette wins Amazon.ca First Novel Award, honours ‘priceless legacy of Indigenous lit’ in Canada

Katherena Vermette, a Métis writer from Treaty One territory in Winnipeg, was announced Thursday as the winner of the 41st annual First Novel Award, presented by Amazon.ca and The Walrus Foundation, for her novel The Break (House of Anansi Press). In his National Post review of The Break, Michael Melgaard said, “With adeptness and sensitivity, Vermette puts a human face

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