Movies & TV

Cameron Whitcomb passes his American Idol audition in Austin, Tex., to advance to the show’s Hollywood Week. (Photo courtesy ABC/Eric McCandless)

B.C. singer passes audition, gets ‘American Idol’ golden ticket

Cameron Whitcomb, 19, impresses celebrity judges with Waylon Jennings song

 

Ken Schley, left, and John Briolo, co-owners of the SS Minnow, with actor Dawn Wells. (Submitted photo)

PODCAST: Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale – of the iconic SS Minnow

Today in B.C.: A chat with B.C.’s Ken Schley, co-owner of the legendary ‘Gilligan’s Island’ boat

 

Bret Hart makes his entrance to a WWF ring in Birmingham, England. Photo by Mandy Coombes https://www.flickr.com/people/42014225@N08, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

How 3 B.C. brothers convinced wrestling legend ‘The Hitman’ to star in their movie

Crowd-funded project to be third commercial release for Sewell brothers of Aldergrove

 

Bob Saget. (Wikimedia Commons)

Full House star Bob Saget found dead at 65: Orange Country Sheriff’s Office

Saget was found dead in a hotel room, authorities confirmed

Bob Saget. (Wikimedia Commons)
Moviegoers sit in a theatre at a Cineplex in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Canadians hoping to continue their long tradition of heading to the movies on Christmas Day will have to mask up and check their local restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

‘Tis the season for Christmas at the movies, but check local COVID-19 restrictions

Most provinces have introduced tighter measures for large gathering spaces due to Omicron

Moviegoers sit in a theatre at a Cineplex in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Canadians hoping to continue their long tradition of heading to the movies on Christmas Day will have to mask up and check their local restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
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With eggnog only: Terrible Christmas movies you’ll want to avoid this season

North Island Gazette editor Tyson Whitney watched these ‘classics’ so you don’t have to

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Student Okanagan Film Fest returns April 29. Photo: Pixabay

Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes crews vote to authorize strike

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees authorize first strike in its history

Student Okanagan Film Fest returns April 29. Photo: Pixabay
Lashana Lynch, from left, Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux and Cary Joji Fukunaga pose for photographers upon arrival for the World premiere of the new film from the James Bond franchise ‘No Time To Die’, in London Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Reaching pre-pandemic levels, ‘Venom’ debuts with $90.1M

The result constituted the best news for movie theaters in more than 18 months

Lashana Lynch, from left, Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux and Cary Joji Fukunaga pose for photographers upon arrival for the World premiere of the new film from the James Bond franchise ‘No Time To Die’, in London Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Zuma (voiced by Shayle Simons), left to right, Rocky (voiced by Callum Shoniker), Skye (voiced by Lilly Bartlam), Chase (voiced by Iain Armitage), Marshall (voiced by Kingsley Marshall), and Rubble (voiced by Keegan Hedley) are seen in a handout still image for the film "Paw Patrol: The Movie" from Paramount Pictures. Many parents will be having a tough talk with their kids to explain why "Paw Patrol: The Movie" isn't available to watch at home in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Spin Master, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Parents confused as ‘Paw Patrol: The Movie’ skips streaming option in Canada

The problem arises from complications around the film’s ownership, which varies by territory

Zuma (voiced by Shayle Simons), left to right, Rocky (voiced by Callum Shoniker), Skye (voiced by Lilly Bartlam), Chase (voiced by Iain Armitage), Marshall (voiced by Kingsley Marshall), and Rubble (voiced by Keegan Hedley) are seen in a handout still image for the film "Paw Patrol: The Movie" from Paramount Pictures. Many parents will be having a tough talk with their kids to explain why "Paw Patrol: The Movie" isn't available to watch at home in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Spin Master, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
This image provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Margot Robbie, from left, Daniela Melchior, Idris Elba and David Dastmalchian in a scene from “The Suicide Squad.” (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Director James Gunn assembles his perfect ‘Suicide Squad’

Guardians of the Galaxy director offers up a mash-up of genres that pays homage to 1960s war capers

This image provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Margot Robbie, from left, Daniela Melchior, Idris Elba and David Dastmalchian in a scene from “The Suicide Squad.” (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
Stephen Chbosky’s “Dear Evan Hansen,” based on the smash stage musical, will be the opening night gala presentation at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matthew Murphy

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ to open Toronto International Film Festival

Steven Levenson adapted his hit Tony Award-winning stage show with Ben Platt reprising his acclaimed leading role

Stephen Chbosky’s “Dear Evan Hansen,” based on the smash stage musical, will be the opening night gala presentation at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matthew Murphy
On Tuesday, July 20, 2021 the streaming giant announced plans to begin adding video games to its existing subscription plans at no extra cost. (AP/Jenny Kane)

Netflix confirms move into video games as its growth slows

The streaming platform reported its worst slowdown in subscriber growth in 8 years

On Tuesday, July 20, 2021 the streaming giant announced plans to begin adding video games to its existing subscription plans at no extra cost. (AP/Jenny Kane)
This image released by Focus Features shows Anthony Bourdain in Morgan Neville’s documentary “Roadrunner.” (Focus Features/AP)

Why the Anthony Bourdain voice cloning in documentary ‘Roadrunner’ creeps people out

A documentary filmmaker used voice-cloning software to make the late chef Anthony Bourdain say words he never spoke

This image released by Focus Features shows Anthony Bourdain in Morgan Neville’s documentary “Roadrunner.” (Focus Features/AP)
Joe Exotic in a still from Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” a true-crime documentary series. (Netflix)

Court orders shorter prison sentence for ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic

The former zookeeper will serve up to 22 years rather anywhere from 22 to 27

Joe Exotic in a still from Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” a true-crime documentary series. (Netflix)
This image released by Marvel Studios shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from “Black Widow.” (Jay Maidment/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)

For Johansson, fans, ‘Black Widow’ is a decade in the making

Star wanted Black Widow standalone film to be unexpected

This image released by Marvel Studios shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from “Black Widow.” (Jay Maidment/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)
Members of the public walk in front of the Palais des Festival prior to the 74th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, July 5, 2021. The Cannes film festival runs from July 6 - July 17, 2021. (AP Photo/ Brynn Anderson)

Cannes reawakens, pins hopes on film festival’s return

For 12 days, COVID-19 will take a back seat to glamour, intrigue and drama onscreen and off

Members of the public walk in front of the Palais des Festival prior to the 74th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, July 5, 2021. The Cannes film festival runs from July 6 - July 17, 2021. (AP Photo/ Brynn Anderson)
Landmark Grand 10 Cinemas in Kelowna. (Black Press Media files)

Landmark Cinemas’ 13 movie theatres opening next week in B.C.

Movies will be back on the big screens Tuesday, as part of the province’s COVID restart plan

Landmark Grand 10 Cinemas in Kelowna. (Black Press Media files)
Jimmy Smits arrives at a special screening of “In the Heights” during the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Friday, June 4, 2021. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

‘In the Heights’ lifts hopes for a Latino film breakthrough

Hype for summer blockbuster has brought great expectation for Latinos in the United States

Jimmy Smits arrives at a special screening of “In the Heights” during the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Friday, June 4, 2021. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Emma Stone as Cruella in Disney’s live-action CRUELLA. (Laurie Sparham/Disney Enterprises Inc.)

Disney’s ‘Cruella’ with Emma Stone comes to Disney Plus this weekend

Imagine ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ on steroids, set in ’70s London, with Anne Hathaway’s character vengeful rather than sweet

  • May 28, 2021
Emma Stone as Cruella in Disney’s live-action CRUELLA. (Laurie Sparham/Disney Enterprises Inc.)
Olympia Dukakis as seen on Netflix’s “Tales of The City” (2019). (Hand-out photo: Alison Cohn Rosa / ©Netflix / Courtesy: Everett Collection via CP Images)

Oscar-winning ‘Moonstruck’ star Olympia Dukakis dies at 89

The veteran stage and screen actor’s flair for maternal roles helped her win and Cher’s mother in the romantic comedy

Olympia Dukakis as seen on Netflix’s “Tales of The City” (2019). (Hand-out photo: Alison Cohn Rosa / ©Netflix / Courtesy: Everett Collection via CP Images)