There's great news for Victoria's queer community and cinephiles.
The Victoria Film Festival announced on May 23 that it will be launching the inaugural Reel Queer Film Festival, to be held June 28 to 30. The festival will be presented in partnership with Out in Schools, the Camosun College Student Society, and the Victoria Pride Society. All proceeds will benefit the programming of these organizations.
Films will include a number of documentaries, including two by Vancouver filmmakers: Gwen Haworth's chronicle of her gender transition, She's a Boy I Knew, and Bob Christie's documentary Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride; and A Jihad For Love, about homosexuality and Islam.
When Metallica played Vancouver last August, the Bay Area metal masters made a big deal about how they were going to be filming the show for an upcoming 3-D concert film.
Well, today the band released a trailer for the flick, Metallica Through the Never, which will be released exclusively on IMAX on Sept. 27, before hitting regular theatres on October 4.
It's pretty kick-ass.
... is that there's no news about the Arrested Development movie.
According to one of the hundreds if not thousands of entertainment news websites that Twitter is always sending me to, AD executive producer Ron Howard confided to TIME Magazine that, while he and series creator Mitch Hurwitz are still eager to take their cult comedy series to the big screen—once the much ballyhoo'd Hail Mary new season is broadcast all at once on Netflix on Sunday (May 26)—their studio (Fox) "was reluctant to make that kind of commitment."
So there you go. It's not happening. Just like it always wasn't. Yet. Or possibly ever.
I'm sure the Internet will keep us posted.
This Saturday (May 25), the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre will be awash in space cowboys as the eighth annual Can't Stop the Serenity fundraiser touches down.
Held at select locations around the world, Can't Stop the Serenity raises awareness and money for Equality Now, an organization dedicated to improving the civil, political, economic, and social rights of girls and women. The Vancouver event also helps out B.C. Women's Hospital & Health Centre Foundation and Avalon Recovery Society.
Monsanto has become a global villain to many farmers for allegedly trying to corner the market on seeds.
It's led some of them, like Canada's Percy Schmeiser, to wage campaigns lasting for years against the U.S.-based corporation.
Schmeiser went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada to fight Monsanto's demand that he had to buy seeds from the company every year in return for purchasing Roundup Ready canola.
Earlier this year, the Texas Observer published a feature article about an organic farmer in that state who was also taking on Monsanto.
Magnet Releasing revealed the line-up for its The ABCs of Death sequel at Cannes today, and Vancouver's Jen and Sylvia Soska—currently riding a big wave with American Mary—are among those who have signed on to direct a segment in the newest anthology.
Released just in time for this weekend's Star Trek Into Darkness premiere, this video shows you just how easy it is to speak Klingon. Through the unlikely medium of karaoke, you too can perfect the language of the traditionally stoic, bumpy-foreheaded Worf. And if you need even more practice, this article has a series of six easy steps that will have you saying tlhIngan HemtaHghach! in no time.
“Pilgrims” and “This Bleeding Heart”—produced by the insurgent local film company Tabula Dada—have been selected to screen at this year’s Short Film Corner showcase at the Cannes Film Festival (which starts today). Although slated for broadcast on Bravo in the coming months, their inclusion at Cannes puts both films in front of a considerably larger global market.
Either one is an impressive achievement. Made by Métis playwright Marie Clements, “Pilgrims” is the fractured and unsettling tale of a German tourist whose hunger for West Coast aboriginal culture takes him out of his depth—literally.
Angelina Jolie was already a role model for many women for her humanitarian work in the developing world.
Not long ago, the film star was visiting Syrian refugees who had crossed the border to flee a civil war.
Now, she's gaining praise around the world for her courageous decision to go public with her preventive double mastectomy.
In an article in today's New York Times, Jolie writes that her doctors estimated her breast-cancer risk at 87 percent and her risk of ovarian cancer at 50 percent.
Mira Nair's latest film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, opens on Friday, May 17, but the Straight is giving away double movie passes to an exclusive advance screening on Wednesday (May 15) at 7 p.m. at Fifth Avenue Cinemas (2110 Burrard Street).
Taking place in New York, Lahore, and Istanbul, The Reluctant Fundamentalist centres on Changez (Riz Ahmed), a Pakistani man who recounts a story to Bobby (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States.
Once a Princeton grad seeking his fortune on Wall Street with artist girlfriend (Kate Hudson) in tow, the attack on the Twin Towers and ensuing cultural divide turns Changez's life upside down.