WEDNESDAY: Corus puts the U.S. in “USfronts”

Time to give some credit where credit is due. Last year’s Corus upfront, I whinged here, seemed a tad awkward. There were super short interview opportunities and a great gulf, in the the group I was in at least, between the talent and the reporters. This Wednesday, things were greatly improved. For starters, this year’s… Read on


Dining out at Fran’s with Howie, Coates & Grier

Rogers brought the stars out for their 2018 Upfront Tuesday and treated them to a true slice of Toronto. One by one, Howie Mandel, David Alan Grier, Kim Coates and others were ushered into humble eaterie Fran’s Restaurant. The diner ended up being an unconventional — yet appetizing — place to grab eight minutes with… Read on


Rogers kicks off Canadian Upfront Week

Boy, those kids in the Rogers PR department are sharp. Want journalists to show up to your 2018-19 press launch? Hold it at licensed restaurant. Or two. as was the case Tuesday in Toronto. First came breakfast with the execs at vintage eatery The Senator; followed by talent interviews a short walk away at a… Read on



“Ferris’s Room” is a Suite treat for Bueller fans

Did you know that June 5 was the day Ferris Beuller took off in the 1986 John Hughes film “Ferris Beuller’s Day off”? It makes sense, then, that this Tuesday, June 5, Hollywood Suite premieres their new documentary “Ferris’s Room.” The film, by director Ryan Mains, features Toronto artist Sarah Keenlyside as she recreates the… Read on


Dog Tales Rescue helps Fido find a forever home

How often have you been checking your Facebook feed when you get derailed by videos of obedient dogs with snacks on their snout or sleepy dogs cuddling with cats or bad dogs getting caught doing a no-no? You stop to look for a minute and before you know it, a dog year has gone by.… Read on


Roseanne: not even Trump can save her now

Count me among those feeling let down and disgusted today by Roseanne Barr. Here was a good news story destroyed by a stupid, selfish act. Kudos to ABC/Disney for spiking the show within three hours of her racist and offensive Twitter implosion. The network knew who they were hiring when they got back into business… Read on



Great Scotts! Drew & Jonathan back for more Bro vs. Bro

Given how housing markets have shifted the past couple of years, it’s a bit daring for the Scott twins — Drew and Jonathan — to choose pricey San Francisco as their turf for Season 6 of Brother vs. Brother. The first new episode premieres Monday, May 28 on HGTV Canada. Then again, Drew is just… Read on


Cinevent 50 star Leonard Maltin tells how he got Hooked on Movies

COLUMBUS, Ohio — One of the film collector friends I used to run into at Cinefest in Syracuse every year was Leonard Maltin. This week, the author, film historian and frequent TCM contributor is a very active participant in Cinevent 50. Maltin told me Friday that he hadn’t attended this classic film fan gathering since… Read on