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Burt Reynolds 1936 - 2018 * Burt Reynolds, leading man and sex symbol with oodles of charm, was much more than a centerfold with a killer moustache. A talented actor with a great sense of comedic timing, Reynolds' wry wit and ironic presentation (somewhat) mitigated the hyper-masculinity of his 1970s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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The Toronto International Film Festival is on from September 6 - 16. Torontonians are avid readers - and fierce filmgoers. Check out the best of both worlds with these great reads available at the Toronto Public Library - and a sneak peek at their film adaptations now premiering at TIFF.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
Thank you for sharing the history and legacy of Bromley Armstrong. His legacy lives on Canada's civil rights and labour movements. Excellent post.
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Childish Gambino's "This is America" directed by Hiro Murai [heads up: includes graphic violence and disturbing scenes] On May 5, Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) released "This is America," now trending with upwards of 65 million views. This hypnotic, multi-layered project alternates between enthralling and shocking its viewers. Shifts in... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Medal designed by Erik Lindberg, Wikipedia Creative Commons The Swedish Academy has postponed the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature amid shocking #MeToo allegations. The details have been widely covered in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Toronto Star and The New Yorker. Jean-Claude Arnault, a French photographer married to... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
Glad you found some good reads on the list, Jocelyn. The New York Times review of Brazen interesting -it laments the English version's use of typeface in lieu of Bagieu's handwritten captions. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/20/books/review/brazen-penelope-bagieu.html Enjoy your Spring reading!
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Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian, prefers the term 'verity' over 'non-fiction.' "Why should an entire rich field of human endeavor — factual narrative — be defined by a negative?" He has a point. Here is a recommended list of new verity available at the Toronto Public Library. Heart... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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The Man Booker International Prize 2018 longlist is here. Since 2016, this prize is awarded annually to a single work translated into English. This year's judges include Lisa Appignanesi (Chair), Michael Hoffmann, Hari Kunzru, Tim Martin and Helen Oyeyemi. Last year's winner was A Horse Walks Into A Bar by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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On March 4, the 90th Academy Awards ceremony takes place - where glamour and gowns share the spotlight (very uneasily) with the political issues of the day. This year will be no different. Challenges to the systemic under-representation of disenfranchised people will continue to grow - the joy and affirmation... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
Just finished "We Were Eight Years in Power" - highly recommended. I [ahem] am old enough to remember the first issue featuring The Black Panther - awesome that he's a lead now in the Marvel universe. Great recommendations, Andrea!
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2018 on Wakanda Forever! at The Buzz...About Books
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The Swedish art of döstädning, or 'death cleaning', is the latest trend in keeping less than the Joneses. Deal with your belongings before you die – so your family (or a cleaning company) doesn't have to. In her slim book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, Margareta Magnusson asks... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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The longlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2017 has been announced. Thirteen titles from 144 entries published in the United Kingdom in English between October 2016 and September 2017 have been selected. The 2017 judges are Baroness Lola Young (Chair), literary critic Lila Azam Zanganeh, novelist Sarah Hall,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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"Wait – what? No!!" said my middle-schooler, staring at his phone with dismay. George Romero had died at the age of 77, leaving legions of fans mourning across social media. As the undisputed King of the Zombie Film, Romero wrote the playbook on the modern zombie. From World War Z... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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"Grip-Lit" is certainly the fiction of choice for 2016 (as if this year wasn't tense enough). Psychological thrillers aren't new. However, these popular women-in-peril novels focus on domestic horrors: abuse, accidents, memory loss, missing children and (really) bad romance. Mix in unreliable narrators and huuge surprises -- and you have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
Thanks, Sean - good catch. I've added Chronicles - how could I forget :)
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(photo: Rowland Scherman on assignment from The US Information Agency, 1963) The legendary Bob Dylan is the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Dylan is the first musician to win this illustrious prize -- and it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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Graphic: Wikipedia Creative Commons, logo designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, 1912 If controversy was an Olympic event, the Olympic Games would certainly place. Boycotts, cheating, corruption, discrimination, doping, human rights violations, terrorism, and violence have taken a place on the podium for decades. Nevertheless, millions will be watching as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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[Photo: Ring Magazine, Getty Images] Muhammad Ali, considered to be the best boxer of all time, died on June 3 at the age of 74. Ali was a seismic force both inside and outside the ring -- outspoken, principled and fearless -- his fight for racial equality and his adamant... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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[photograph by Charlie Gray, Shortlist Media Inc] The only thing better than a photo of Tom Hiddleston staring into your soul while sporting an elegant suit, is a photo of him doing this while holding a cat. Hiddleston, a British actor with a Cambridge and RADA pedigree, glides from the... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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Sue Klebold's A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy comes 16 years after the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado. Klebold's youngest child was one of the shooters who murdered 12 students, one teacher and injured 24 others before killing himself. On April 20, 1999, Klebold's husband... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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Photo: Wikipedia / Columbia Records Beyoncé's halftime performance during the Super Bowl and the debut of "Formation" (warning: explicit lyrics and extremely forthright dinner invitations) created quite a stir among politicians, pundits, academics and activists -- seemingly based on Queen Bee's visual and lyrical references to her Southern US heritage,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
Thanks, John. Pegg's book (which I included above) has some interesting background on possible inspirations for this title.
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Photo: Creative Commons Canada woke up on Monday to hear that the legendary David Bowie had died of cancer - two days after releasing his album, Blackstar. And indeed - the stars look very different today. We are left to marvel at Bowie's incalculable influence on music, art, and style.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
Thanks, Pat. Yes - I was going to add Suspiria - highly regarded classic and a truly strange film. The Omen - I added a link to it under The Exorcist entry. Very spooky. Videodrome - yes! It can be found under my link to Cronenberg's films. I must admit - I haven't seen "Henry..." (shiver) or Carnival of Souls - will definitely check it out. And you are right - the 60s Japanese horror films are quite fun to watch! Thanks for your list.
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Thanks, Stan. We are continually on the lookout for re-releases of Cronenberg on DVD. The Dead Zone (my all-time favourite) has been out-of-print for quite some time. So is The Brood. So frustrating! We are currently looking to get Scanners and Rabid. And, of course, there is Shivers - sometimes it was known as They Came From Within.
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