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Jada Pinkett Smith calls 'Red Table Talk' a 'storytelling show' Jada Pinkett Smith says her three-generation Facebook Watch show 'Red Table Talk' works because she, daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris are "immersed in it as a two-way communication experience."

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Everything feeling shipshape for Clarkson -- Kelly Clarkson says the reason she signed on to be godmother of Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, Norwegian Encore, is because it aligned with the things that are most important to her life: families, humanitarian work and live music.

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Lady Antebellum get raw new album: 'There are so many people hurting, myself included' -- Country trio's lyrics on 'Ocean' take a vulnerable turn.

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Vinay Menon: The 'Frozen 2' sequel is not a movie — it's a sadistic prison for parents -- His children have outgrown 'Frozen' and that makes Vinay Menon feel like Andy Dufresne at the end of 'The Shawshank Redemption'.

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Anosh Irani grew up surrounded by clowns in India. Now he's putting one onstage in Toronto -- Clowns 'are born with a lens that is different from how other human beings view the world,' says Irani, whose play 'Buffoon' stars Anand Rajaram at Tarragon Theatre.

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An emotional 'Dancing With the Stars' episode ends in tears and angry viewers -- With emotions running high, the judges' decision drew ire from viewers.

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Post Malone coming back to Toronto, as do reunited Doobies -- Plus: a rapper not yet 18 has a date to headline Rebel.

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Chef David Chang says his new Netflix show honours Anthony Bourdain -- Chang's "Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner" fuses food and travel much like the CNN series "Parts Unknown" hosted by Bourdain, who died last year.

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VH1 reality show slammed for including El Chapo's wife -- In a letter to VH1 president Chris McCarthy on Wednesday, Sen. John Neely Kennedy, R-La., called on him to cancel "Cartel Crew," which he slammed as "an offence to anyone, anywhere who has been affected by illegal drugs and the people who supply them."

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Golden Globes nominations predictions: Drama or comedy? It's anyone's guess -- The Elton John biopic "Rocketman" is among those competing for the comedy/musical Globe, despite being far more serious-minded than last year's best dramatic movie winner, "Bohemian Rhapsody."

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Don't judge 'Cats' film by its trailer, says Canadian music producer Greg Wells -- While some people were quick to mock the CGI effects in "Cats," saying the human actors looked ridiculous as two-legged cats, Wells feels there's a perfect opportunity to disprove the naysayers and leave an indelible mark on musical history again.

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Arrivals: Five domestic thrillers you won't be able to put down -- When you curl up with these five new domestic thrillers, including Toronto writer Samantha M. Bailey's debut "Woman on the Edge," you will be on the edge of your seat.

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Ian Williams wins $100,000 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize -- 'Reproduction' reigns in a field of six finalists in gala ceremony hosted by Jann Arden.

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In Young People's Theatre's 'Pinocchio,' the boy of wood transforms emotionally and spiritually as well as physically

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Peppa Pig, Nathaniel Rateliff and more announce Toronto shows -- Comedian Mo Gillian, the Airborne Toxic Event and more are coming to T.O.

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Never heard of painter Jean-Paul Riopelle? That's about to change -- A new foundation wants to rebuild the legacy of the Montreal-born abstract artist in his home country, in time for the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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Sterling K. Brown of 'This is Us' asks 'how does somebody love?' and takes up a new family's challenges in new film -- Brown's father role in indie film comes ahead of 'Frozen 2' and 'Mrs. Maisel.'

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'The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy' is skilful and spooky, even with the odd misstep -- One-man piece showcases the engaging talents of Eric Woolfe, who pulls the audience in even if some of his sentiments might push them away.

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Kanye West talks about serving God during visit with Osteen -- West told the parishioners about his recent conversion to Christianity and how God has been guiding him.

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Downsized Toronto Symphony upsizes musical pleasure with Vivaldi and more -- Program evokes the great outdoors in Canada, U.S.A. and Italy.

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Royal poppycock: Stargazing -- The Queen channels Don Cherry and the poppies are plentiful. Plus, the Breaking Bad crossover you crave in this week's Stargazing.

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Tabloids: Torturing Brad Pitt is fun -- This week, has Brad already broken up with his new gal? Plus, the search for the UNsexiest man alive gets underway.

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'Frozen 2' stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel assure fans it's more of what they loved in the first one -- Latest films arrives with much bigger expectations then instant Disney classic original.

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Peter Howell: Matt Damon, Christian Bale talk cars, competing and the 'feminine idea' at heart of 'Ford v Ferrari' -- 'You have all these ingredients and you can still f--k up the soufflé,' marvels Damon, about the talent and goodwill behind the superstars' first collaboration on screen.

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Peter Howell: 'Star Wars' meant physical, emotional pain for Anthony 'C-3PO' Daniels -- The pain of being excitable droid C-3PO was real, actor Anthony Daniels details in his book, but so was the pleasure of creating a character with a long story arc.

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In escalating dispute with Scooter Braun, Taylor Swift uses social media to ask fans, investment firm to help secure ownership of her past hits - The singer-songwriter tweeted an impassioned plea asking U.S. asset management firm Carlyle Group and her fans to help her in efforts to secure ownership of six albums she previously recorded under Big Machine Label Group.

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Michael Buble becomes latest Canadian star to get waxed at Madame Tussauds -- The Canadian pop crooner's duplicate will makes its debut in December at the wax museum in London.

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Tafelmusik unearths obscure composer and scores -- Program also includes fine new work by Toronto's James Rolfe.

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Death, disorder and a DJ: memoir chronicles the rise and fall of raves in Toronto -- The man once known as Anabolic Frolic has time for one last (sedate) party next week while touting his book "Requiem for My Rave: The Story of Anabolic Frolic, Happy Hardcore and Hullabaloo!"

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Why many country fans are furious that Garth Brooks won CMA Awards entertainer of the year -- The anger was mostly about who didn't get the prize. The first enraged fandom? Longtime co-host Carrie Underwood's.

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'Two Odysseys' operas tackle life and death in Indigenous tongues -- Soundstreams' Cree work excels at immersing us in a culture's ethos, but the Sami creation takes an old legend and makes it speak to our times, writes John Terauds.

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Meet the man who kept Bob Dylan's thunder rolling -- In the middle of it all was bassist Rob Stoner, Dylan's designate as musical director, the guy who kept the menagerie on beat while all around the party raged.

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Disney Plus gets wobbly launch thanks to cropping, timing issues -- Meanwhile, Dolly Parton tunes tug at the 'Heartstrings' in new Netflix series.

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'The Mandalorian' review: A gunslinger in a galaxy far, far away -- The highly entertaining new "Star Wars" series, the marquee attraction of the Disney Plus originals, is a test of the limits of franchise extension.

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Tobias Menzies may just be the 'secret weapon' Netflix series 'The Crown' needed -- On Sunday, Tobias Menzies, 45, will be front and centre of Netflix's much-anticipated third season of "The Crown," in which he takes over the role of Prince Philip from Matt Smith, who played the part for the show's first two seasons.

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Is 'Days of our Lives' about to be cancelled? -- Negotiations place show in jeopardy as one of the remaining soap operas, after 55 years on the air.

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After one 'Survivor' contestant accuses another of sexual harassment, the alleged victim is voted off -- Viewers at first praised the show for seriously handling the allegation on air, but, as the episode drew on, many were left horrified.

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Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen relish active roles in 'The Good Liar' — 'It doesn't all stop when you're 50' -- Stars, director love film about mature characters with 'nothing about mortality.'

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Peter Howell: 'Charlie's Angels' is no fun — and it's still sexist at the core -- Writer/director Elizabeth Banks can't fix the problematic core of this property, or film an action sequence, writes Peter Howell. At least Kristen Stewart seems to be having fun.

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Peter Howell: 'Ford v Ferrari,' Christian Bale and Matt Damon will have your heart racing -- The gas is high-octane and so's the testosterone as movie thrillingly tells the tale of Ford Motor Co. taking on Italy's Ferrari for racing glory.

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Fictional bio of Romantic-era composer Saint-Saëns features Liberace-like opulence and adventures - The ornate prose in Chris Eaton's "Symphony No. 3" induces sensory overload.

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Embrace the life force in these latest collections of poetry

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'Rebent Sinner' a must-read collection of true stories -- Ivan Coyote is a perceptive female-assigned, masculine-presenting thinker.

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The refugee and immigrant experience put to the page -- Displacement, exclusion and how Western culture treats newcomers are the themes coursing through both works of fiction and non-fiction by the likes of Andrea Gunraj, Dina Nayeri and Amitay Ghosh.

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Douglas Gary Freeman takes readers on his journey through exile in 'Exile Blues' -- 'Exile Blues' is a pseudo-memoir that documents the gradual understanding of the nature of race relations in the United States.

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Small Print: The Star's top picks for young readers -- Titles for young readers and teens, including "What is a Refugee?" by Elise Gravel.

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Graphic novels that range from satisfying to superb -- The creators of "Pass Me By: Gone Fishin' " aren't well-known, but they deserve widespread recognition for their "perfectly paced" book.

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'The Wager' broaches the current environmental crisis but doesn't go deep enough

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A Toronto play about climate change fits the bill for an ecologically conscious U.K. theatre -- Alanna Mitchell's 'Sea Sick' will be seen at London's National Theatre in 2020.

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'Copy That' made me angry but not in the way it probably intended -- Jason Sherman's play would have been more provocative 10 or 15 years ago, when it was a novel concept that inequality permeates every branch of our society, especially the stories we disseminate through popular entertainment, writes Carly Maga.

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After the MMIWG report 'Tapwewin: Her Inquiry' tries to fill in 500 years of blanks -- "The inquiry as it was constructed was not looking far enough back," said Yvette Nolan. "It doesn't talk about why or how we got to this moment."

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Besbouss: Autopsy of a Revolt speaks to both present and political history -- Production based on 2010's Arab Spring appreciates the sacrifices happening around the world to attain what many Canadians already have.

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Jaber Ramezani's 'Swim Team' keeps its head above water but the story could use expanding

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Get a rare glimpse of this Picasso or own a piece of Steve Martin's art collection -- Visit the Heffel fine art auction preview that features an important Emily Carr work, a first-ever-in-Canada Picasso and a Lawren Harris owned by comedian Steve Martin.

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Everything's coming up Yayoi Kusama, including a Macy's parade balloon -- There is undeniable poetry — or perhaps poetic justice — in what is happening to Kusama's career, given that she recently turned 90.

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You can look at Hito Steyerl's art, but don't get comfortable -- Hito Steyerl, named the most influential contemporary artist in the world in 2017, draws attention to pressing issues in her AGO exhibit.

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Five must-see installations at Toronto's Biennial art extravaganza -- You've got a lot of options and a lot of time to take in the city's new art festival. Here are some suggestions about where to start.

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What to see at Nuit Blanche Toronto? We asked the artists -- Artists told us what else they're excited to see at this weekend's art festival

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'Age of You' show at MOCA ponders what's become of our individual identities -- Show co-curated by Douglas Coupland brings in 70 artists to figure out what's become of our sense of self in the digital age.

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Stratford Festival enhances theatre-going experience with Forum events

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Choose your musical: Stratford's Little Shop of Horrors vs. Billy Elliot - What would you rather fight: societal norms or a man-eating Venus flytrap? See how the Stratford Festival's two marquee musicals match up

5 months ago

Get more from a visit to the Stratford Festival with fun, thought-provoking Forum events

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Actor Dan Chameroy tackles two roles at Stratford Festival - Dan Chameroy, the Stratford Festival's Dr. Frank-N-Furter from last year's The Rocky Horror Show, returns as another screamingly funny eccentric in Little Shop of Horrors. But it's his role as a father in Billy Elliot the Musical that he relates to the most.

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Stratford Direct bus adds return trips from Vaughan and Kitchener-Waterloo

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