What worked and what wowed the mostly virtual TIFF 2020 film fest
News/Entertainment: How do you mark the ceremonial closing of a film festival that was mainly digital — sweep the popcorn off your lap and close the tab? CBC journalists Eli Glasner and Jackson Weaver explore the digital delights and frustrations of TIFF 2020.
Out-of-work film and TV companies want Ottawa's help getting COVID-19 insurance
News/Canada: Hundreds of productions and thousands of entertainment jobs are on hold because the federal government has yet to intervene and help them get COVID-19 insurance, say two Canadian film and television organizations.
Star of Netflix series Cheer arrested on child pornography charges
News/Entertainment: Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series Cheer, was arrested Thursday and charged with producing child pornography, three days after twin boys filed a lawsuit alleging he sent them sexually explicit photos of himself and cornered one of them in a bathroom and begged for oral sex.
TIFF trailblazer Michelle Latimer leads group of Indigenous filmmakers telling their own stories
News/Entertainment: With Inconvenient Indian and Trickster, filmmaker Michelle Latimer is doing double duty at TIFF. Now, the Indigenous director is working to "decolonize" the set and helping the next generation of storytellers.
Taylor Swift stalker sentenced to prison for 30 months
News/Entertainment: A federal judge has sentenced an Austin, Texas, man to 30 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to stalking and sending threatening letters and emails to pop star Taylor Swift's former record label.
Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett tie for top prize Academy of Country Music Awards
News/Entertainment: In surprise twist that fit an unexpected year of firsts, Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett tied for entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the first time the top prize has been split between two artists.
Celebs freeze Facebook, Instagram accounts to protest hate speech
News/Entertainment: Celebrities including Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lawrence and Sacha Baron Cohen and others are to freezing their Facebook and Instagram accounts on Wednesday, in a campaign urging the world's biggest social media company to curb the spread of hate and propaganda.
The extraordinary inner world of Charles R. Saunders, father of Black 'sword and soul'
News/Canada/Nova Scotia: Those who knew Charles R. Saunders from the outside never would have guessed at the vast universes contained within him. The prominent Black journalist in Nova Scotia was also a literary giant to legions of fantasy fans.
Netflix film Cuties becomes target of politicized backlash
News/Entertainment: The backlash to the French film Cuties started before it had even been released, because of a poster that went viral for its provocative depiction of its young female actors. But the spotlight has intensified since the film became available on Netflix, becoming the target of politicized outrage.