National Newswatch

Kal Penn hopes for dialogue with new show for young voters

Sep 21 2020 — Mark Kennedy — Politics has been more than a little shouty of late. Actor and activist Kal Penn would quietly like to change that. “Today we have the blessing — or a curse — of being able to yell at somebody on your phone on Twitter, which of course feels fantastic sometimes but doesn’t necessarily do anything,” he […]

Quirky Canadian comedy ‘Schitt’s Creek’ takes Emmys by storm

Sep 20 2020 — — The Canadian comedy series “Schitt’s Creek” has taken the Emmy Awards by storm, winning the first seven trophies of the night, including best comedy series. All four leads snagged acting trophies — Hamilton-born star Eugene Levy and Toronto-born star Catherine O’Hara won for their leading roles, while Toronto-raised Daniel Levy and Ottawa-born Annie Murphy both […]

‘It was a race against time’: TIFF directors on the rush to finish films in a pandemic

Sep 14 2020 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ask a director when they finished their project for this year's Toronto International Film Festival and a nervous laugh often ensues. "Yesterday? A week ago? Seriously," Joel Bakan, co-director of the Canadian documentary "The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel," said in an interview just before TIFF began. "Oh, like a few days ago," said Dusty […]

Nick Cordero, actor who died from COVID-19, to get online memorial tribute

Sep 6 2020 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A memorial tribute to Nick Cordero, the Canadian stage icon who died from COVID-19 in July, is set to air on a new streaming platform tonight. The tribute, which is free to watch via Broadway On Demand at 7 p.m. EDT, will feature appearances from some of Cordero's former castmates, as well as commentary from his friends and […]