National Newswatch

Production to begin on ‘Mr. Dressup’ documentary, Prime Video says

Sep 29 2022 — — Prime Video is pulling a new documentary out of its tickle trunk. The Amazon-owned streaming service says production begins this fall on the feature-length look at the legacy of Canadian children’s entertainer Ernie Coombs, better known as Mr. Dressup. The as-yet-untitled project will trace the origins of “Mr. Dressup,” which saw Coombs draw on an […]

Coolio, ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper, dead at 59

Sep 28 2022 — — Coolio, the rapper who was among hip-hop’s biggest names of the 1990s with hits including “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” died Wednesday at age 59, his manager said. Coolio, whose legal name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., died at the Los Angeles home of a friend, longtime manager Jarez Posey told The Associated Press. The […]

Canadian actor Robert Cormier dead at 33

Sep 28 2022 — — Canadian actor Robert Cormier, who appeared in shows like “Heartland” and “American Gods,” has died at age 33. An employee at Ridley Funeral Home confirmed the death to CTV News Toronto, but did not reveal the cause and declined to comment further. According to an obituary on the funeral home’s website, Cormier died on Sept. […]

Rick Mercer wins the Leacock Medal for Humour for memoir ‘Talking to Canadians’

Sep 18 2022 — — Political satirist and TV personality Rick Mercer has won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. The CBC star captured the $25,000 prize for his memoir “Talking to Canadians,” published by DoubleDay Canada. The book charts the Newfoundland and Labrador native’s rise to TV stardom and details behind-the-scenes moments from small-screen hits including “Rick Mercer […]