National Newswatch

‘Titans’ crew member dead after accident at Toronto special effects facility

Jul 19 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — Toronto special effects co-ordinator Warren Appleby brought a measured approach to his work, always finding a balance between delivering something spectacular and doing it safely, says his longtime filmmaker friend and collaborator J. Miles Dale. So as news spread of Appleby's death on Thursday from an accident during a special effects test for the series "Titans," it […]

Canadian Apollo 11 surgeon readies for ‘last hurrah’ of 50th landing anniversary

Jul 11 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Dr. William Carpentier has celebrated several milestone moon-landing anniversaries, but this year feels different, he says. The Edmonton native, who grew up in Lake Cowichan, B.C., was the flight surgeon for the historical Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969 and appears in the Canadian special "Make It To The Moon," airing Sunday on Discovery and Discovery Science. […]

Quebecois films need better marketing, distribution, say directors

Jul 8 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Montreal filmmaker Genevieve Dulude-De Celles' coming-of-age drama "A Colony" won best picture at this year's Canadian Screen Awards, has played at international festivals, and will screen in about 20 theatres in Sweden. But in Canada, its presence outside of its home province has been largely kept to the festival circuit and screenings through special events and […]

‘Stranger Things’ star Finn Wolfhard wants to direct and ‘soak up the world’

Jul 4 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Like his "Stranger Things 3" character, Canadian actor Finn Wolfhard is at a crucial point in adolescence. At 16, the shaggy-haired Vancouver star is trying to finish high school while juggling international fame, looming adulthood and goals for his career and garage-rock band, Calpurnia. "I don't know if I'll go right off the bat to post-secondary, […]

Kiefer Sutherland gets vulnerable and personal with ‘Reckless & Me’ tour

Jul 3 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — When Kiefer Sutherland starts touring Canada for his country-rock album "Reckless & Me" this week, audiences will see a vulnerable side that he admits took some getting used to sharing. The Toronto-raised "24" and "Designated Survivor" star says the highlight for him on the tour, which hits Winnipeg on Thursday after performances in Europe and the […]

Controversial anti-abortion film ‘Unplanned’ to hit more than 24 Canadian theatres

Jul 3 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests. More than 24 cinemas across the country are due to screen "Unplanned" for a week starting July 12, after stirring up intense debate during its U.S. release from Christian production studio Pure Flix. Ashley Bratcher stars as […]