Tonight, the Rio Theatre will give Vancouverites an opportunity to see Robin Williams on the big screen.

At 6:30 p.m., the East Vancouver movie house will screen The Birdcage, in which Williams plays a gay cabaret owner in South Miami Beach opposite his drag queen lover (Nathan Lane).

That will be followed at 9 p.m. by The Fisher King. Williams stars as a delusional homeless man alongside Jeff Bridges, who plays a despondent former radio shock jock.

In an interview with the Straight's Dan McLeod after the release of The Fisher King in 1991, Williams said his character was on a quixotic quest for the Holy Grail in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Toronto-based Hiltz Squared Media bills itself as "a ground-breaking production and distribution company that continues to push the boundaries of television and film".

But when it produced a documentary about alleged serial killer Luka Magnotta, it likely never expected that it would be pulled from a film festival because of a court-ordered publication ban.

Sex, Fame & Murder: The Luka Magnotta Story was scheduled to be shown today and tomorrow (August 23 and 24) at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Magnotta's trial for the murder of Chinese immigrant Jun Lin, who was openly gay, is scheduled to begin in Montreal on September 8.

One of the many fine memories from my 13-year stint as Vancouver correspondent for New York horror mag Fangoria involved interviewing screen legend Pam Grier when I was covering the Snoop Dogg flick Bones.

I was expecting good things from Bones because I loved director Ernest Dickerson’s previous fright flick, Demon Knight, but it turned out to be no great shakes. It was still worth it to chat with Foxy Brown herself, though, even if I had to go through some makeup FX artists and secondary actors first.

Do we now have Hollywood's first gay male action hero couple?

Apparently we do, according to Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes.

Amid the testosterone sausage fest, a homo-affectionate scene, between characters played by the Governator and one of China's top martial arts movie stars, aroused speculation on the internet.

Trench Mauser (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Yin Yang (Jet Li) are shown cuddling up with each other toward the end of the film.

Expendables leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) tells the dynamic duo to get a room while the pair laugh it off.

"We don't need a room!" Mauser replies. "So jealous!" 

People with good taste generally wish the whole Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon would just go away; not because there is anything inherently wrong with erotic fiction in general or BDSM themes in particular, but because E.L. James's writing is so painfully—one might even say torturously, but not in a hot way—awful.

It's not going anywhere, though. The Hollywood adaptation is scheduled for release next February. If nothing else, it should be fun spotting all the Vancouver locations in the movie, which was shot locally (although the story is actually set in that other Vancouver).

Local refugee, immigrant, and aboriginal youth get a chance to speak out in the East Vancouver hip-hop, steampunk cabaret show POWER.

Their stories run the gamut from being abandoned by parents or having toxic boyfriends to awaiting deportation as a refugee or having Asperger's Syndrome. They addressed themes such as racism, sexism, mental health, gangs, addiction, immigration experiences, and more.

The show (by Miscellaneous Productions) arose out of workshops, dance bootcamp, and rehearsals, and was first performed in 2009 at the now-defunct Rhizome Café, with a sequel, POWER 2.

The show was dedicated to the late Cass Thompson, an Indigineous youth victims support worker at the Broadway Youth Resource Centre. 

The 12th annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival takes place August 28 to September 7 at various Vancouver venues, includes The Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street), SFU’s Goldcorp Centre of the Arts (149 West Hastings Street), and Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street).

This year’s festival will feature over 70 films, with a focus on cinema from Chile. The festival will be attended by six Chilean filmmakers, and VLAFF will host a retrospective on Chilean actor Manuela Martelli, who will also be in attendance.

Argentinian romantic comedy Lion’s Heart, directed by Marco Carnevale, will open the festival. Anina, an animated film from Uraguay, will close the festival.

Yes, the multi-titled celebrity—former Star Trek star, activist, LGBT icon, internet sensation, self-effacing goofball—otherwise known as George Takei is beaming up to our Canadian metropolis to share his words of wisdom, inspiration, and humour.

Takei publicly came out as gay in 2005 in response to then California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's rejection of a same-sex marriage bill. Since that time, he has gone on to enjoy a new and unexpected career as an online celebrity, combining activism and humour for LGBT causes and also raising awareness about the Japanese American internment experience.

Takei himself was an internee during the Second World War, and he went from living with his family on skid row to becoming a Hollywood star.

Yesterday (August 19), American television network ABC closed a deal to create a pilot based on Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s best-selling 2013 memoir, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.

Justin Halpern—creator of the sitcoms $#*! My Dad Says and Surviving Jack, both based on books he wrote—will executive produce and write the show. Hadfield will act as consulting producer.

Billed as a family comedy, the show will deal with the challenges an astronaut faces as he returns to earth and his family. No word on casting as of yet, but the main role will obviously require a healthy mustache.

Saturday Night Live alum Rob Schneider is bringing the laughs to Vancouver—to help a friend in need.

Canadian screenwriter Boon Collins had an emergency liver transplant at Vancouver General Hospital on July 7, due to an undiagnosed case of hepatitis C. Collins and his wife Carol have had to unexpectedly relocate to Vancouver for Boon's recovery.

When Schneider (best known for comedies like Deuce Bigalow, Grown Ups, and The Hot Chick) found out, he offered to help out with a fundraiser show.

Schneider and Collins met in Hollywood and Collins cowrote Schneider's 2010 film The Chosen One.