Raymond J. de Souza: Trump, the political wrestler, knows the value of entertainment

On Tuesday evening Donald Trump won the New Hampshire Republican primary. But the more significant news arising from the Trump phenomenon took place that morning at the New York Stock Exchange, where TKO — the merged conglomerate of United Fighting Championship (UFC) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) — rang the bell to begin trading. The occasion was the signing of a 10-year, US$5-billion deal with Netflix to become the home of WWE’s...

Five things we learned from Netflix's Sidemen documentary

The highly anticipated Netflix documentary The Sidemen Story dropped on February 14, delving into each member's journey from kids with cameras to fully-fledged productions. The Sidemen have been making YouTube videos for more than 10 years and have racked up over 100 million views in the process. Members include Ethan Payne (Behzinga), Harry Lewis ...

NBA All-Star Game halftime show reviews 2024: The best, worst reactions to Jennifer Hudson performance

Reactions poured in after Jennifer Hudson performed at halftime of the 2024 NBA All-Star Game in Indianapolis.

Acting Tips for Kids: How to Engage Your Child Through Theater

With multiple ways to learn, find something that suits your time, your level, and your budget Do you have a child who loves to “playact”? Or perhaps have a child who is shy and reserved? Maybe you know a child who fits either description, or maybe you’re a teacher with children like this in your class? Have you wondered how you can engage a child t...

Best Latine TV Shows of 2023, So Far

Latine-led TV shows have always been impactful and essential to US pop culture. In the recent past, shows like Gentefied, Vida, On My Block, and Los Espookys have delighted audiences, Latine and otherwise, both entertaining and educating viewers about the diaspora. It always has to be said: representation matters. And in 2023, Latine showrunners, actors, writers and directors are creating some of the most engaging and interesting TV shows that...

Puppetry’s next act: imagination, innovation and activism

For many of us, our first introduction to puppetry came through children's programming — but now this ancient art form is having a moment and taking centre stage.

Israeli films, TV shows win prizes and fans worldwide

A TV series about an Israeli president's rape and harassment of women wins prize in major French festival.

Improv Acting: Theater Games You Can Play With Your Family

With multiple ways to learn, find something that suits your time, your level, and your budget Improvisational acting, often shortened to “improv”, can be described in its simplest terms as acting without a script. Many actors and non-actors enjoy this highly creative and fun activity. Actors use improv exercises to help develop characterization, as...

Paramount Global to lay off about 800 employees - source

By Samrhitha A and Jaspreet Singh (Reuters) -Paramount Global is laying off about 800 employees or roughly 3% of its workforce, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, as the media company looks to cut costs and return to earnings growth this year. The affected workers who are based in the United States will be notified Tuesday, CEO Bob Bakish said in a memo to employees seen by

Universal Studios writes to UK residents about 'potential' new theme park

The Hollywood giant stressed 'there is still a long way to go'.

Spencer Burton discusses new album 'North Wind'

Music reporter Lindsay Dunn speaks with award-winning artist Spencer Burton about his new album 'North Wind.'

The sky's the limit: A brief history of in-flight entertainment

As the winter holidays draw near, many of us are already booking flights to see friends and family or vacation in warmer climates. Nowadays, air travel is synonymous with some form of in-flight entertainment, encompassing everything from the reception offered by the aircrew to the food choices and digital content. These services all add value to flying for customers. Passengers are now so familiar with in-flight entertainment that to travel...

Matisyahu to perform benefit show for hostage families in Tel Aviv

Matisyahu has performed in Israel many times, and after the war against Hamas broke out following the October 7 massacre, he criticized fellow performers who were staying silent.

Taylor Swift's 'The Eras Tour' is heading to Disney+ with 5 new songs added

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift's blockbuster concert film “The Eras Tour” will make its streaming debut on Disney+, the Walt Disney Co. announced Wednesday. The film, now titled “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor's Version)" will land on the streaming platform March 15. Five new songs will be included with the film, including “Cardigan.” “'The Eras...

This week in London: £8 Cocktails and dinner onboard the Victoria Line

This week we're exploring London's best bars on a budget, drinking away at the best rum and beer festivals and boxing 1974.

2024 Golden Globe Awards: Full list of nominees

The 2024 Golden Globe Awards nominees were presented today, Dec. 11, in Los Angeles by Cedric the Entertainer and Wilmer Valderrama, according to CBS News. This year, the unveiling of nominees includes 27 award categories in film and television with two newly introduced categories - Cinematic and Box Office Achievement in Motion Pictures and Best P...

Scarborough comedian centres Tamil community, queerness in comedy show

After performing around the world, Tamil-Canadian comedian Sunthar Vykunthanathan — known as Sunthar V — returned to his hometown in Scarborough this week, performing for his largest audience in the community to date. In a conversation with CBC’s Shannon Martin, he said he’s proud to be able to perform a show that explores the intersections of Tamil, queer, and refugee identities.

BetMGM turns profitable in second-half of 2023

(Reuters) - U.S. sports-betting service BetMGM turned a profit for the first time in the second half of 2023, as the joint venture between MGM Resorts and Entain saw strong demand from punters cashing in on sporting events. Ladbrokes-owner Entain said on Thursday the venture posted a core loss of about $67 million for the year and its net revenue from operations grew 36% to $1.96 billion. The

Ghostly bingo and dinner in a crypt: 8 of the best Halloween events in London in 2023

Want some Halloween scares? You'll be spoiled for choice in London.

LVMH launches entertainment venture led by Arnault heir and US boss

PARIS (Reuters) - Luxury goods giant LVMH is launching an entertainment venture to boost the marketing of its labels, overseen by a committee of executives led by LVMH heir Antoine Arnault and Anish Melwani, CEO of the group's North America operations. The new venture, called "22 Montaigne Entertainment" - a reference to LVMH group headquarters in Paris on Avenue Montaigne, is a partnership with

Factbox-Grammys 2024: Winners at Sunday's televised ceremony

By Danielle Broadway LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Grammy Awards, the highest honors in the music industry, were handed out at a ceremony on Sunday, broadcast on CBS and hosted by Trevor Noah. Following is a list of the winners in the categories at the televised ceremony: ALBUM OF THE YEAR "Midnights," Taylor Swift RECORD OF THE YEAR "Flowers," Miley Cyrus SONG OF THE YEAR "What Was I Made

Popular art experience undergoes expansion

A multi-sensory art experience is preparing to welcome visitors after undergoing an expansion. The OUTERverse walk through fantasy at Wake The Tiger in Bristol will open on February 2 having taken a year to build. It is adding an extra 1,000 square metres’ experience to the current site, which has attracted almost 300,000 visitors since launching n...

From exclusive events to concerts: Stars and athletes plan to flock Las Vegas for Super Bowl events

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Las Vegas will be flooded with so many pre- Super Bowl events that Shaquille O'Neal lowered the prices to his popular carnival-themed “ Shaq's Fun House. ” Instead of raising the rate, O'Neal decided to offer potential attendees more bang for their buck to the NBA legend's sixth annual event planned for Friday in Sin City. He mad...

WWE smashes social media record with return of CM Punk

WWE crushed its social media record with the return of wrestler CM Punk at Survivor Series, which garnered more than 71 million views.

Lilly Singh and Trish Stratus on upcoming Canada's Got Talent season

CityNews' Sports and Music Reporter Lindsay Dunn speaks with the judges and host of Canada's Got Talent about the upcoming million-dollar season.

The future of Xbox could be TV and movie streaming - Reader’s Feature

A reader predicts that Microsoft will begin to take on Apple TV and Netflix, as it starts to make films and TV as well as games.

Mavka's magic. How Ukrainian cartoon fascinated the whole world and why this is just the beginning

A big sensation of 2023 was the animated movie “Mavka: The Forest Song” by Animagrad Studio, based on Lesya Ukrainka's poetic play “The Forest Song” and inspired by the images of Ukrainian folk mythology. RBC-Ukraine describes how this outstanding 3D animated fantasy movie became not only one of the most successful movie projects in our country but...

University Challenge host Amol Rajan praises 'creative brilliance' behind ‘we need jungle’ meme

is one of those shows – like Only Connect – where we pray we’ll correctly guess an answer to a question that’s asked on it, but this week, the popular quiz show has provided entertainment in a rather unusual form.Last week, Amol Rajan (who replaced Jeremy Paxman as host last year) put students from Sheffield and Aberdeen to the test on the programm...

Biden to meet Black entertainment figures in Los Angeles -Deadline Hollywood

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden plans to meet with Black entertainment industry leadership in Los Angeles on Saturday, Deadline Hollywood reported on Friday, citing a source. Biden will travel to Los Angeles on Saturday, according to a White House news release. Deadline Hollywood reported that Biden plans to speak with the Black industry leaders about election issues and how to

NHL announces Tate McRae as headliner for All-Star Game entertainment

The NHL has announced that Canadian singer Tate McRae will be the headliner for the 2024 All-Star Game entertainment. McRae is set to perform during the second intermission of the 2024 All-Star Game in Toronto.

7 worst Marvel films after Madame Web’s brutal Rotten Tomatoes score

Israeli artists give their all to console, entertain amid Hamas war

The office of Culture and Sport Minister Miki Zohar announced earlier this week that it has allocated NIS 15 million to finance performances and cultural and sporting events.

ESPN Bet, a rebranded sports gambling app from Penn Entertainment, is here

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN Bet, a sports-gambling service rebranded with the name of the Disney-owned sports channel, launched Tuesday in 17 U.S. states. Penn Entertainment, which owns the service, signed a $1.5 billion deal with ESPN for rights to the sports media giant's name in August. Under the agreement, Penn will operate ESPN Bet while ESPN promote...

Netflix shares first engagement report revealing most popular shows and movies

Netflix has released detailed viewer data for 99% of its content for the first time, revealing insights into the popularity of its shows and movies. This move addresses longstanding criticism about the streaming giant's lack of transparency in content performance. This comprehensive report, titled "What We Watched," ranks 18,000 titles based on hou...

Generations Reading Theatre shares stories and helps seniors

The Generations Reading Theatre is ready to entertain with famous stories and tales of the history of Grande Prairie. Former elementary and post-secondary teacher Bethe Goldie knew that reading theatres were successful in elementary schools. But she says she also saw it as an opportunity for seniors to clear their throats and read a passage from a ...

Gallery invites visitors to watch performers rehearse for an upcoming show

It is rare for a viewer to be offered a glimpse behind the curtain when it comes to the world of performing arts. The fear of shattering the magic, or ruining the illusion, ensures the wall between performer and viewer is consistently raised. But there is much that can be gained from breaking down those barriers, argues Brandon Lee Alley and Rachea...

India's Zee Entertainment seeks to revive $10 billion merger with Sony, ET reports

BENGALURU (Reuters) -India's Zee Entertainment is making a final attempt to restart discussions with Japan's Sony Group to revive their $10 billion merger deal that was scrapped on Jan. 22, Indian business daily Economic Times reported on Tuesday, citing people aware of the matter. Representatives from both parties have been working to salvage the deal, with efforts to revive the merger gaining

Movie discounts for soldiers and a new Israeli Cinema Day coming up

Israel is doing all it can to support soldiers and keep them entertained during wartime.

Nelly Furtado and artists discuss 2024 Juno Nominations

CityNews' Music Reporter Lindsay Dunn speaks with artists including Nelly Furtado, The Beaches, Crown Lands and more about their 2024 Juno Award nominations.

Star Trek actor Mickey Cottrell dies aged 79 after Parkinson's diagnosis

'He was just so fun, full of life, entertaining.'

Comedian Rick Mercer answers 8 questions in 2 minutes

Comedian, author and TV personality Rick Mercer answers eight questions from viewers about his 15 years hosting the Rick Mercer Report on CBC.

Hit Netflix show watched by more than 15 million people in its first two weeks

Pacers' Tyrese Haliburton thrives in the spotlight of a busy NBA All-Star weekend

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton found himself playing a new role on NBA All-Star weekend — host. He served as Indianapolis' unofficial ambassador. He became a part-time concierge, offering suggestions for restaurant choices and places to visit. He promoted the NBA's 2K esports league, even doubled as a ticket broker. He m...

Fort St. John to host 2024 Performing Arts BC festival

Fort St. John will host the 2024 Performing Arts BC festival this summer from June 2 to 6, inviting talented musicians and performers to take part in special master classes, lectures, coaching, workshops, technique classes, and adjudications. Performing Arts BC was established as a non-profit charity in 1964, and acts as the umbrella organization f...

Top 10 most awaited movies of 2024

2024 is full of highly expected movies, from new ones to sequels and prequels of already popular cinematic masterpieces. Have a sneak peek at films that are set to captivate audiences throughout the year, according to Business Insider. Argylle (February 2) Director Matthew Vaughn, a Kingsman creator, brings a spy action comedy to life, starring Bry...

Byron Allen seeks television assets in Paramount bid - sources

By Dawn Chmielewski (Reuters) - Media mogul Byron Allen is focused on acquiring Paramount Global's television networks and stations, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, as part of a $14 billion offer to buy the company. He envisions selling off key assets including the studio lot in Los Angeles, the film studio, Paramount Pictures, and popular franchises, such as "Top Gun," "The

WWE WrestleMania 40 gets major overhaul with 'first of its kind experience'

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’ movie: How and when you can stream in Canada

To celebrate her birthday, Taylor Swift announced the at-home release of her 'Eras Tour' concert film, which will be available to rent on Dec. 13, 2023.

Fan Expo Canada is back and more women are driving its fandom

Canada's biggest comic and entertainment convention is back in Toronto and its fandom is increasingly being led by women. While these industries have historically been seen as male-dominated, Fan Expo reported that 49 per cent of attendees identified as women last year.

Where is the Saltburn mansion located?

has been a huge talking point, from the dark comedy and psychological thriller's graphic scenes to the Sophie Ellis-Bextor hit Murder on the Dancefloor returning to the chart after being used for the soundtrack.There is also much interest in where the filming took place, as viral videos from Rhian Williams (@be_better_known) on how to see the epony...