National Newswatch

‘No excuse’: Bryan Adams apologizes for coronavirus rant slammed as racist

May 12 2020 — — Canadian rock star Bryan Adams has apologized to “any and all” who were offended by his expletive-laden rant blaming “bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards” for the global coronavirus epidemic. “No excuse, I just wanted to have a rant about the horrible animal cruelty in these wet-markets being the possible source […]

Jerry Stiller, ‘Seinfeld’ actor and Ben Stiller’s father, dies at 92

May 11 2020 — — Comedy veteran Jerry Stiller, who launched his career opposite wife Anne Meara in the 1950s and reemerged four decades later as the hysterically high-strung Frank Costanza on the smash television show “Seinfeld,” died at 92, his son Ben Stiller announced Monday. He died of natural causes, his son — a comedy star himself — said […]

CFL, CFLPA resume talks on potential contingency plans for 2020 season

May 8 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — In Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Brian Jones' mind, the CFL and CFL Players' Association are at a crossroads. The two sides were scheduled to meet Friday to continue talks on potential contingency plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was first gathering after CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie's admission Thursday night the most likely scenario for the league is a cancelled […]

Mirvish tells ticket-holders it aims to reopen ‘Hamilton’ within 18 months

May 7 2020 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Mirvish Productions says it expects "Hamilton" will return to Toronto after the much-hyped musical's Canadian run was cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The theatre company sent an email to ticket-holders who requested refunds for cancelled performances Thursday asking them to reconsider, offering priority access to seats should the production resume at a yet-to-be-determined date. Mirvish says they're aiming […]

Series starring Jim Gaffigan as Rob Ford in development, says AMC

May 7 2020 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A dark comedy TV series about late former Toronto mayor Rob Ford is in development at AMC. A spokesperson for the network confirmed the news, which was first reported by Variety. AMC says comedy star Jim Gaffigan would play Ford in the project, and Jesse McKeown of Toronto would write it and co-executive […]

Tom Cruise will be launched into space to make a movie on the ISS

May 5 2020 — — Tom Cruise wants to fly into outer space in the name of filmmaking, and NASA says it’s happening. The head of NASA confirmed Tuesday that the space agency is working with actor Tom Cruise to make a movie on the International Space Station. A NASA spokesperson also confirmed to CNN Business that Cruise will launch […]

Netflix/Canadian Film Centre announce four films for development initiative

May 4 2020 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — "Firecrackers" director Jasmin Mozaffari is among the filmmakers selected for the inaugural Project Development Accelerator initiative from the Canadian Film Centre and Netflix. The three-month initiative announced in 2018 offers advanced project development and workshopping support for the selected creators/projects. A total four upcoming feature projects — two French and two English-language — were chosen […]

CNN’s Anderson Cooper announces he’s a father

May 1 2020 — — CNN’s Anderson Cooper delivered some news of his own on Thursday evening: He’s a father. Cooper, 52, said on the network that he is eternally grateful for the surrogate who carried, cared for and gave birth to Wyatt Cooper, who was born Monday at 7.2 pounds.

CFL players’ union decries league’s request for federal bailout

Apr 30 2020 — Simon Houpt — The union representing CFL players blasted the league’s request for a multimillion-dollar bailout from the federal government on Wednesday, saying it wasn’t consulted on the proposal and that the focus should be on “all the workers” who keep the game running, from the players to the parking lot attendants, rather than on a select group […]

Trudeau: Discussions ongoing with CFL as league seeks government assistance

Apr 29 2020 — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is in discussions with the CFL, which is seeking financial support to help with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trudeau told reporters Wednesday that support for the 62-year-old league is an “important issue” for the CFL and its fans. “We are currently looking at how we […]