Although Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin probably isn't anyone's first pick as a wedding planner, you do have to admit he does dream up very memorable events.

Now, can someone pass me some wine? This poultry pie is really dry.

Filmmaker David Lynch shows the twisted artistic genius that came before films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive in his first major art exhibition this fall in Philadelphia.

David Lynch: The Unified Field, it's just been announced, will open September 15 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where the master of the dark and allegorical once studied in advanced painting in the late 1960s. It will feature about 90 paintings and drawings from 1965 to the present, many of which have rarely been seen in public. Many stem from his time in Philadelphia, others from his more recent studio work, which includes painting, prints, photography, and drawing.

A hand-drawn animated feature from Belgium captured both of the major jury prizes at this year’s Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth.

Approved for Adoption received both the Youth Jury Award for Best Picture (ages 13 and up) and the Adult Jury Award for Best Picture as the 16th edition of the festival wrapped up at the Vancity Theatre on Thursday (April 10).

Jung Henin and Laurent Boileau’s sepia-tinged but jagged memoir tells Jung’s own story as a Korean orphan adopted into a Belgian family. The film has won numerous awards since its release in 2012, including last year’s Grand Prix at the Zagreb Animafest.

The CBC's Battle of the Blades is hanging up its skates.

The Canadian TV ice-dance competition is the latest series to face the axe as the national broadcaster announced on April 10 that it would be eliminating 657 jobs and budget cuts of $130 million due to declining ad revenues and TV ratings, and a loss of $115 million in federal funding.

Battle of the Blades was similar to Dancing With the Stars, in which celebrities were paired with professional dancers. In this case, hockey players were paired with figure skaters to compete in figure-skating routines to raise funds for charities.

A week after David Letterman announced that he would retire from the Late Show, CBS has found his successor. Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, has signed a five-year agreement to take over the Late Show, CBS announced today (April 10).

"Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," Les Moonves, CBS chairman and CEO, stated in a news release. "David Letterman's legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today's announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night."

Mistaken for Strangers, Tom Berninger’s documentary about his brother Matt’s band, the National, opens in Vancouver this week. (See our story and Ken Eisner’s review.) The Georgia Straight interviewed both Berningers in a recent conference call. Here is the full transcript of that conversation.

Georgia Straight: Tom, be honest: how much did you hate Brandon [Reid, the National’s tour manager]?

A documentary film about veganism is about to have its Vancouver premiere.

On Tuesday (April 15), Live and Let Live will be screened in the Fletcher Challenge Theatre at SFU Harbour Centre. German filmmaker Marc Pierschel will be on hand to do a Q&A. 

Here's how the Live and Let Live website describes the 80-minute film (featuring Peter Singer, Tom Regan, Gary Francione, T. Colin Campbell, and Jonathan Balcombe):

Hollywood star Mickey Rooney is reported to have died on April 6 at age 93.

Rooney (who was born Joseph Yule, Jr. on September 23, 1920) was with his family at his North Hollywood home when he died.

His career, an almost unparalleled example of longevity, spanned over 80 years. He got his start in the short silent film "Not to be Trusted" in 1926. He continued to work to the present day, even starring in recent films such as The Muppets (2011). He had recently worked on Night at the Museum 3 (shot here in Vancouver), and he was filming Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the time of his death.

Note to bigots: resistance is futile.

In the past, companies and networks often bowed to complaints from the public about the depiction of LGBT people, interracial marriage, and anything that was basically normal life but certain people with not enough bran in their diet (or something like that) didn't want to see.

The tide has turned.

If you watch Game of Thrones (Season 4 is almost here), you might appreciate this social-media-themed video, made by the TV show's fans at HootSuite.

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