Celebrating Mickey Mouse at 90

Gawrsh! Yesterday was Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. It’s easy to be cynical about the Walt Disney Company’s big-eared corporate icon in 2018. While new attempts are made every decade or so to reboot the mouse as a relevant, animated “property,” he’s often seen today as a symbol of American commercial excess, or pointed to as the… Read on


Ben Stiller gets real directing Escape at Dannemora

Last month in Cannes during the international TV marketplace MIPCOM I had an opportunity to take part in a round table interview session with Ben Stiller. He was there to promote Escape at Dannemore, the based-on-a-true-story prison drama premiering this Sunday on Showtime and Crave. Stiller directed the eight-hour, seven episode limited series which stars… Read on


TONIGHT: CBC mines rare gems From The Vaults

People ask if I stream a lot of TV shows but, really, I’m a threader not a streamer. As easy as it is to stream a new series on-line, I still get a kick out of threading a 16mm film onto a projector and filling a screen with images that flicker by at 24 frames… Read on



Stan Lee 1922 – 2018

I was in the Los Angeles area Sunday, heading up the 405, past the smokey, smoldering hillsides of Calabasas and deep into the San Fernando Valley when I heard the news that comic book kingpin Stan Lee had passed away. I was in a shuttle bus with a half-dozen international journalists when — as cell phones… Read on



Q&A with Gerry Dee on the finale season of Mr. D

Last July when I was in Halifax to interview the cast and producers of Pure I squeezed in a second set visit opportunity. A few kilometers away, Gerry Dee and the cast and crew of CBC’s Mr. Dee were wrapping up their eighth and final season, so I thought I’d better hurry on over before… Read on



The results are in: here’s how the networks did on election night

In an age when you can find out who won or lost instantly on Twitter, does the full-blown, all-star election night coverage still matter? There was some hubbub recently, for example, when CBC decided not to preempt their Monday night hit Murdoch Mysteries in order to provide live, municipal election night coverage on its main… Read on


RADIO REVIEW: House of Cards folds in weak finale

Does a hit TV show always fall apart with the premature  departure of its leading star? I was asked to give my two cents on that topic Monday on The Bill Kelly Show, heard daily on Hamilton’s AM900 CHML. The starting point was Kelly’s disappointment in the final season of House of Cards. Sure, main star… Read on