National Newswatch

Judge authorizes class-action against former impresario Gilbert Rozon

May 22 2018 — — A Quebec judge has authorized a class-action lawsuit against former Just For Laughs head Gilbert Rozon for the alleged harassment and sexual assault of several women. The women sought permission last fall to file the suit against the co-founder of the popular Montreal comedy festival, seeking $10 million in punitive damages as well as additional […]

Mario Batali’s company to cut all ties over “chilling” allegations

May 21 2018 — — Embattled TV chef and restauranteur Mario Batali has lost his television show and is leaving the company he helped to found.He has apologized for his “past behavior,” admitting to “deeply inappropriate” actions with women. Some of his accusers and witnesses opened up to “60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper about what they say he did.

Jason Priestley remembers Margot Kidder as ‘a beautiful spirit’

May 15 2018 — — Canadian actor Jason Priestley is remembering the late Margot Kidder as “a beautiful spirit.” Priestley, whose series “Private Eyes” begins a new season May 27 on Global, worked with Kidder in the films “Common Ground” and “Chicks with Sticks.” He says she was “full of love and full of light and just full of empathy.” […]

Bourdain’s TV show apologizes for using ‘offensive’ nickname for Newfoundlanders

May 10 2018 — — Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s TV show has apologized for calling Newfoundlanders by a diminutive nickname many find offensive. The Twitter account for CNN’s “Parts Unknown” used the term “Newfie” in a now-deleted tweet promoting this Sunday’s hotly anticipated episode on Newfoundland and Labrador. The official “Parts Unknown” account shared an article with Newfoundland-related books and […]

Mike Myers pulls out Austin Powers song on L.A. stage with Mac DeMarco

May 9 2018 — — It was a veritable smorgasbord of Canadiana as comedian Mike Myers surprised Los Angeles concertgoers by slipping into his Austin Powers persona. The Scarborough, Ont.-native jumped onto stage on Sunday night during a set by Crowded House frontman Neil Finn and his son Liam. The backing band included British Columbia native Mac DeMarco. Myers, wearing […]

Canadian lefty James Paxton no-hits Blue Jays in 5-0 Mariners win

May 9 2018 — — When James Paxton saw all-star Josh Donaldson stepping up to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning of his no-hit bid, he knew he had to stay aggressive. That’s when Big Maple lived up to his nickname. Paxton, a six-foot-four left-hander from Ladner, B.C., got two quick strikes before reeling back for a […]

Stormy Daniels to Baldwin’s Trump: ‘Storm’s a coming, baby’

May 7 2018 — — Stormy Daniels made a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” to deliver a message to President Donald Trump: “A storm’s a coming, baby.” The porn actress, who says she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 the month before he was elected to stay silent about it, delivered the warning […]

Stormy Daniels makes ‘SNL’ cameo in Michael Cohen skit

May 6 2018 — — “A storm’s a comin,” Stormy Daniels told Alec Baldwin’s President Donald Trump directly by phone Saturday night during the opening skit of “Saturday Night Live.” Stephanie Clifford, better known by her adult film name Stormy Daniels, made a surprise cameo during an already star-studded cast of Ben Stiller, Martin Short, Scarlett Johanssen and Jimmy Fallon […]

Female singer-songwriters reign at East Coast Music Awards gala in Halifax

May 4 2018 — — Female singer-songwriters reigned at this year’s East Coast Music Awards gala Thursday, including a P.E.I. artist rewarded for an intimate music video detailing her heartbreaking story of adolescent rape. KINLEY picked up the Rising Star Recording of the Year for her debut solo album “Letters Never Sent,” and also took home the Fan Choice Video […]

Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski expelled from the academy

May 3 2018 — — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that puts on the Oscars, has voted to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski from its membership. The academy said Thursday that its board of governors met this week and voted to oust the comedian and the director “in accordance with the organization’s standards of […]