Bell hopes new deal will stir up Crave-ings

How to get Canadians to Crave more? That’s clearly the goal at Bell Media, which Thursday announced it will be offering more ways for audiences to subscribe to the streaming service. For one thing, The Movie Network, or TMN, will merge with and be re-branded as Crave, giving cable subscribers a linear window on Bell’s… Read on



Jane Fonda: “I am so disappointed with your prime minister”

“Don’t trust good lookin’ liberals.” That’s Jane Fonda’s advice, especially when it comes to Canada’s prime minister. The two-time Best Actress Oscar winner and activist was at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last July to promote “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” director Susan Lacy’s compelling look at the 80-year-old Hollywood legend. The documentary premieres… Read on


NBC looks to Jost and Che to “Update” The Emmys

You get some idea as to where awards shows rank these days when The Emmys get bumped to a Monday night just because NBC won’t surrender Sunday Night Football. Fact is, the NFL primetime showcase is the No. 1 show on their schedule. The Dallas/NY Giants game averaged around 19 million viewers this Sunday. The… Read on


Jane Fonda, John Oliver highlight a two day TCA

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — You don’t have to stay the full two weeks-plus to get a lot out of the summer TCA press tour. A quick two days was good enough for me this July. Here’s how it went. First, it had been four summers since I had been on the summer tour. They’d built… Read on



Pacino goes deep in portrayal of HBO’s Paterno

Getting under somebody else’s skin is nothing new for Al Pacino. He did it in “Serpico,” and several times in HBO projects, including searing portrayals of Jack Kevorkian and Phil Spector. He plays another controversial and complex real life character this month on HBO and HBO Canada in Paterno. This is, of course, a movie about… Read on


REVIEW: The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

Here’s what really surprised me about The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. It’s too long. Judd Apatow’s new documentary about his close friend and mentor, the late, great comedian Garry Shandling, premieres over two nights Monday March 26 and Tuesday 27 on HBO and HBO Canada. Eat early and set a long evening aside if you… Read on


Plepler says HBO will continue to “curate excellence”

CANNES — Richard Plepler just looks like money. He always appears as if he just stepped off one of the 200-foot yachts docked in the harbour surrounding the main pavilion here at MIPCOM. He looks like Thurston Howell the Fourth or Fifth. HBO’s Chairman and CEO was presented with the “Hey, he showed up” award Monday… Read on


No love for Love as Emmy noms announced

What?! No love for Love? That was my first reaction upon hearing the list of nominations for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards. Actually, I would have been surprised to see the Judd Apatow-produced Netflix gem (pictured above with leads Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust) among the shows listed in the Best Comedy category. It is such… Read on