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“The Predator” explodes back into action as a comedic Halloween gore fest

posted Saturday, September 15, 2018

by: in Art, Celebrity, Comedy, Entertaining, Film, Queer, Television, Toronto

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is in full swing, and some of the year’s most buzzworthy films are being debuted all across Canada’s largest city. As award season inches closer, the majority of these hot new motion pictures are in hopes of impressing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Bradley Cooper […]

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The Conjuring Universe delivers us some box office evil with “The Nun”

posted Monday, September 10, 2018

by: in Art, Celebrity, Entertaining, Film

For movie makers, shakers, lovers, and celebs, September is one of the busiest months of the year, especially here in Toronto. From the hustle and bustle of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), to the onslaught of horror/thrillers being released in time for Halloween  – Searching (out now,) Peppermint (out now), A Simple Favour (Sept. […]

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“Searching” is a refreshing new thriller with sleeper hit potential

posted Thursday, September 6, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Film

So far, 2018 has given us some major record-breaking summer movie magic: both Avengers: Infinity War and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom rose to the top of the crop, joining the billion-dollar club and the domestic and worldwide top-ten movies of all time list! As August rolled around, critics anticipated a slower than average month at the box […]

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“The Happytime Murders” is a playful (Muppet) mess of adult humour and childhood nostalgia

posted Wednesday, August 29, 2018

by: in Art, Celebrity, Entertaining, Film, Television

One thing that many people do not know (mostly because of the failed advertising campaign), is that the latest unofficially official Muppet-centric film, The Happytime Murders, is written, directed, and produced by Jim Henson’s third and youngest child, Brian Henson. Despite this lack of clarification, the film still opened in the number three spot at the box […]

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It’s a crazy rich opening weekend for “Crazy Rich Asians”

posted Monday, August 20, 2018

by: in Art, Books, Celebrity, Comedy, Entertaining, Film

Crazy Rich Asians had a stellar opening week, snatching the top spot at the domestic box office! The posh comedy grossed an impressive $34 million in its opening weekend, knocking The Meg down a peg to number two (with just over $21 million). The top two movies in North America are not only fun summer […]

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“The Meg” takes a larger than expected shark bite out of the box office

posted Friday, August 17, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Entertaining, Film, Lesbian

When it comes to summer blockbusters, we don’t usually expect them to bask in critical acclaim or become awards contenders, but somehow, they nearly always impress at the box office. These big-budget adventures may never make it to a prestigious film festival but they attract moviegoers like no other! Ultimately, summer blockbusters aren’t meant to be […]

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Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is a sophisticated fable for all ages

posted Friday, August 3, 2018

by: in Film

When the trailer for a live-action “Winnie the Pooh” movie titled Christopher Robin was released by Disney earlier this year, fans of the adorably disgruntled teddy were delighted. At first, some were skeptical of a live-action Pooh Bear (myself included), as it would be the first time Pooh would be depicted outside of a 2D […]

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“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is the #1 adventure in the world

posted Saturday, July 7, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Events, Featured Events, Film

Three full years have passed since Jurassic World opened to nostalgic audiences across the globe. Written and directed by Colin Trevorrow, the adventurous reboot earned $1.67 billion worldwide in the summer of 2015, and it currently sits at the number five spot on the list of top grossing movies of all time, behind Avatar (at […]

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Blockorama’s Nik Red talks 20 years at Pride, “Black Is Magic,” and SWV

posted Thursday, June 21, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Lesbian, Music, Outdoors, Toronto, Trans

For two decades, Blockorama has been an unstoppable force of queer liberation at Pride in Toronto. “Blocko,” as it’s been nicknamed, is curated by Blackness YES!, a community-based committee, and is officially known as the longest-running stage at Pride Toronto; 2018 marks their 20th anniversary.  This year’s theme is “Black Is Magic,” so it’s no […]

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Critically-acclaimed “Potted Potter” returns to Toronto’s CAA Theatre by magical demand

posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018

by: in Art, Entertaining, Events, Family, Featured Events, Theatre, Toronto

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is an imaginative universe with eventful plots, unique characters, and spellbinding magic. When the Hollywood film adaptations rolled out from 2001 – 2011, the series separated the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, into two films, although that probably relates to Warner Bros. Studios’ plan […]

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