National Newswatch

Apple’s iPhone X: Face ID, no home button, US$999

Sep 12 2017 — — Ten years after the launch of the first iPhone, Apple has revealed the iPhone X. It has no home button, scans your face to log you in and costs $999. The company unveiled its anniversary edition smartphone, alongside the iPhone 8 and its bigger sibling, the iPhone 8 Plus. To introduce the iPhone X, Apple […]

Liam Neeson says his days as an action hero are over

Sep 12 2017 — — Special set of skills or not, Liam Neeson says he’s finished making thrillers. In an interview, Neeson said that he plans to stop even though it’s hard to turn down the lucrative offers he gets thanks to his box-office success in the three “Taken” films, as well as other thrillers. Neeson believes he’s simply getting […]

James Franco on first seeing ‘The Room’ in B.C. before making ‘Disaster Artist’

Sep 12 2017 — — The path to James Franco’s new film “The Disaster Artist” partly began in Vancouver. The Oscar-nominated performer directed and stars in the comedy as real-life eccentric filmmaker Tommy Wiseau. Cameras follow Wiseau and actor Greg Sestero, played by Franco’s brother Dave, as they make the 2003 cult classic “The Room” — a.k.a. “the ‘Citizen Kane’ […]

TV correspondents face danger they told others to avoid

Sep 11 2017 — — – It’s a paradox of hurricane coverage: people on television spend days warning the public to get out of harm’s way, then station their correspondents squarely in the middle of howling wind and rain and hope they don’t get hurt. That was the case throughout Sunday’s gripping coverage of Hurricane Irma’s assault on Florida. Journalists […]

TIFF film ‘Current War’ includes African-Canadian inventor Elijah McCoy

Sep 11 2017 — — Famous inventors Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla take the spotlight in “The Current War” but the period drama also includes a lesser-known Canadian genius, Elijah McCoy. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon says he went out of his way to include the prolific pioneer, best known for creating a cup that fed lubricating oil to moving […]

Donald Sutherland on his Oscar honour: ‘It’s everything’

Sep 10 2017 — — Donald Sutherland hit the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival still beaming from news of his Oscar honour, joking about how he’ll prepare for his first Academy Awards bash. “Well, I probably have to lose weight,” the legendary actor quipped Saturday as he mused on the upcoming Governors Awards. The 82-year-old screen star […]

George Clooney on hurricane Harvey legacy: ‘Houston is Syria’

Sep 10 2017 — — George Clooney says the storm devastation wrought in Houston is akin to the damage suffered in war-torn Syria. The movie star made the analogy at a press conference to promote his latest directorial effort, “Suburbicon,” at the Toronto International Film Festival. Clooney urged people to help Houston residents still reeling from the aftermath of hurricane […]

US country music singers Don Williams and Troy Gentry die

Sep 9 2017 — — US country music singer Don Williams – who enjoyed great success with his easy-going singing style – has died aged 78 after a short illness. Williams began his solo career in 1971, amassing 17 number one country hits. His songs such as Gypsy Woman and Tulsa Time, were covered by singers such as Eric Clapton […]

Bannon to appear on CBS News’ “60 Minutes”

Sep 7 2017 — — Steve Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, will appear on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday in his first television interview since leaving the White House and returning to Breitbart News. It’s the first in-depth interview Bannon has given on any platform since his departure from the White House last month. CBS News’ Charlie Rose […]

TIFF lineup has edgy works that deal with chaos and reflect uncertain times

Sep 5 2017 — — On the heels of a major summer box-office slump caused by flopping franchise sequels and under-performing tentpoles, the Toronto International Film Festival is offering up an alternative: edgy stories that have big names but don’t quite fit into the mainstream. From George Clooney’s disturbing look at a home invasion in “Suburbicon,” to Darren Aronofsky’s enigmatic […]

Richard Anderson, from Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman, dead at 91

Sep 1 2017 — — Richard Anderson, the tall, handsome actor best known for costarring simultaneously in the popular 1970s television shows The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, has died at age 91. Anderson died of natural causes on Thursday, family spokesman Jonathan Taylor told The Associated Press. The Six Million Dollar Man brought a new wave […]

Lighthouse co-founder and drummer Skip Prokop dead at 74

Aug 31 2017 — — Skip Prokop, co-founder and drummer with the Canadian rock band Lighthouse, has died. He was 74. Band manager Brenda Hoffert, wife of Lighthouse co-founder Paul Hoffert, says Prokop died Wednesday in a St. Thomas, Ont., hospital. She says Prokop had been living with a heart condition and was ill for some time. Prokop had been […]