National Newswatch

Bill Murray debuts his Steve Bannon on ‘SNL’

Jan 14 2018 — — Steve Bannon is no longer a grim reaper on “Saturday Night Live.” Bill Murray surprised audiences on NBC’s variety show on Saturday night debuting in the show’s opening sketch as former Trump White House chief strategist, Bannon. Saturday’s episode was the first of 2018. In the past, a cast member didn’t play Bannon, instead having […]

Hall of Fame Broadcaster Keith Jackson Dies at 89

Jan 13 2018 — — Longtime ABC Sports broadcaster Keith Jackson died Friday night. He was 89. ESPN announced the news Saturday morning after confirmation from Jackson’s family. The Georgia native is best known for his coverage of college football for more than five decades from 1952 through his retirement in 2006. The last 40 years of that play-by-play work […]

Women get prominent media jobs in wake of misconduct ousters

Jan 10 2018 — — As more than two dozen men have lost media jobs or projects after sexual misconduct accusations in the last several months, their departures have opened doors for a handful of women. The wave of accusations has led to other changes as well, leading to hopes that newsroom culture is improving for women in media. Digital […]

Coffee enema touted on Paltrow’s website Goop slammed as bogus, potentially harmful

Jan 10 2018 — — Gwyneth Paltrow’s natural lifestyle website Goop, which has been widely criticized for promoting potentially dangerous products based on pseudoscience, is now recommending a do-it-yourself coffee enema to “supercharge your detox.” The US$135 Implant-O-Rama is the latest offering being touted on Goop’s website featuring health, fitness and beauty products, which the actress has said she plans […]

Canadian television actor Donnelly Rhodes dies at age 80

Jan 8 2018 — — Actor Donnelly Rhodes, best-known in Canada for his roles in “Sidestreet” and “Da Vinci’s Inquest,” died Monday of cancer. He was 80. A news release from the talent agency Northern Exposure says Rhodes died at the Baillie House Hospice in Maple Ridge, B.C. The Winnipeg-born actor received numerous accolades, including a Gemini award for his […]

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ winner dedicates Golden Globe win to Margaret Atwood

Jan 7 2018 — — Elisabeth Moss dedicated her Golden Globe Award win to Canadian literary legend Margaret Atwood. The Los Angeles-born star won the best actress in a television drama category for her role in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” an adaptation of Atwood’s best-selling novel. In her acceptance speech at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Moss read […]

Soulpepper parts ways with executive director, cancels planned production

Jan 6 2018 — — Soulpepper Theatre Company has severed ties with another key figure and cancelled an upcoming production days after its founding artistic director stepped down over sexual misconduct allegations. The Toronto-based company said Saturday in a release it has formally parted ways with executive director Leslie Lester, who took a voluntary leave of absence when four actresses […]

Jerry Van Dyke, ‘Coach’ star and brother of Dick, dead at 86

Jan 6 2018 — — Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke who struggled for decades to achieve his own stardom before clicking as the dim-witted sidekick in television’s Coach, died Friday in Arkansas, according to his manager. He was 86. John Castonia said Van Dyke died at his ranch in Hot Spring County. His wife, Shirley […]

Canada scores late to beat Sweden and capture World Juniors gold

Jan 6 2018 — — Heyyyy, baby. I wanna know if you’ll be my Gold. Taking the motto that a great team is only as strong as its weakest link to Hart, Team Canada rode a roster without any stars to gold at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship on Friday night with a 3-1 win over Team Sweden. Ooh, […]

Theatre star Albert Schultz resigns amid sex assault allegations: Soulpepper

Jan 4 2018 — — The renowned co-founder of one of the country’s leading theatre companies resigned Thursday, just days after four actresses alleged in lawsuits that he had sexually harassed them with impunity for years. In a statement, the board of directors of Soulpepper Theatre Company, which previously said it had relieved artistic director Albert Schultz of his responsibilities […]