National Newswatch

Eric McCormack sees ‘many parallels’ between ‘Travelers’ and today’s world

Dec 11 2018 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — As Eric McCormack sees it, the grim future in his Vancouver-shot sci-fi series "Travelers" doesn't seem so far-fetched these days. The drama, which launches its third season Friday on Netflix, stars the Toronto native as one of several time travellers from a dystopian future who go back to the 21st century via their consciousness and infiltrate the […]

Margaret Atwood writing sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Nov 28 2018 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — More than three decades after "The Handmaid's Tale" hit shelves, Canadian literary great Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to the timely dystopian tale, which she says is partly inspired by "the world we've been living in." "The Testaments" will be published "across the English-speaking world" on Sept. 10, 2019, Toronto-based publisher McClelland & Stewart […]

Willem Dafoe on embodying Vincent van Gogh for ‘At Eternity’s Gate’

Nov 20 2018 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Like one of Vincent van Gogh's paintings, Willem Dafoe's acclaimed new role as the Dutch post-impressionist artist came together with passionate brush strokes. There was also "a very bad fake beard." First came the development stage for "At Eternity's Gate" when Dafoe got involved — not to audition for the part but to help director/co-writer Julian Schnabel, who […]

The Michael Douglas method: How ‘Fatal Attraction’ changed his acting approach

Nov 15 2018 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — It wasn't until "Fatal Attraction" that Michael Douglas found his comfort zone as an actor. The two-time Oscar winner, who plays an acting coach alongside Alan Arkin as his longtime agent in Chuck Lorre's new Netflix dramedy series "The Kominsky Method," says his own start to the craft was rocky. "I was a terrible auditioner. I was a guy […]