Movies and TV

The cast of “Bullet Train” pose on the red carpet at the film’s premiere on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles. Pictured from left is Logan Lerman, Masi Oka, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tyree Henry, Bad Bunny, Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Zazie Beetz and director David Leitch. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Brad Pitt’s ‘Bullet Train’ pulls into station with $30.1M

Comeback season pushed box office receipts close to pre-pandemic levels, but quiet looms in cinemas

 

This image released by Universal Pictures shows writer/director Jordan Peele on the set of “Nope.” (Glen Wilson/Universal Pictures via AP)

QA: director Jordan Peele on the dreams and nightmares of ‘Nope’

Film is a flying saucer horror that digs into the nature of spectacle and the desire to document it

 

Actor and friend Jackson Davies posted this image as part of a Facebook tribute to his friend Pat John July 14 in the wake of John’s death at age 69. Facebook

Pat John, Indigenous actor on long-running TV show ‘The Beachcombers,’ dies at 69

John played Jesse Jim one of the first contemporary Indigenous characters on Canadian TV

 

This image released by Hulu shows, from left, Selena Gomez, Martin Short and Steve Martin in a scene from “Only Murders In The Building.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu via AP

Martin Short, Sandra Oh, Norm Macdonald among Canadians picking up Emmy nominations

TV industry awards nominating talent from north of the border

This image released by Hulu shows, from left, Selena Gomez, Martin Short and Steve Martin in a scene from “Only Murders In The Building.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu via AP
Comox Valley farmer Dave Semmelink will soon be featured as ‘Farmer Dave’ on CTV’s upcoming reality TV show, Farming For Love. Photo by Farming for Love/CTV

Vancouver Island’s ‘Farmer Dave’ hoping to sow seeds of love with new reality show

Farming for Love set to film in September and feature Comox Valley man

Comox Valley farmer Dave Semmelink will soon be featured as ‘Farmer Dave’ on CTV’s upcoming reality TV show, Farming For Love. Photo by Farming for Love/CTV
This image released by Marvel Studios shows Natalie Portman, left, and Chris Hemsworth in a scene from “Thor: Love and Thunder.” (Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)

Review: ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ is pure bonkers filmmaking

Fourth edition of Marvel’s god of thunder is even more bananas than part 3

This image released by Marvel Studios shows Natalie Portman, left, and Chris Hemsworth in a scene from “Thor: Love and Thunder.” (Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)
Minion characters Kevin, left, and Bob pose on the 86th floor observatory deck at the Empire State Building to celebrate the upcoming film “Minions: The Rise of Gru” on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

‘Minions’ set box office on fire with $108.5-million debut

Film on track to be one of the biggest-ever July 4 weekend openings

Minion characters Kevin, left, and Bob pose on the 86th floor observatory deck at the Empire State Building to celebrate the upcoming film “Minions: The Rise of Gru” on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Otto the Minion in a scene from "Minions: The Rise of Gru." (Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures via AP)

Review: In ‘Rise of Gru,’ Minion mayhem reigns and will make fans happy

5th instalment of the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise delivers what the audience wants

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Otto the Minion in a scene from "Minions: The Rise of Gru." (Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures via AP)
Jeopardy host Mayim Bialik, left, and contestant Whitney Wood, a VIU professor, on the Alex Trebek Stage at Sony Pictures Studios at Culver City, Calif. (Photo courtesy Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

B.C. university prof happy with runner-up finish on Jeopardy

Vancouver Island’s Whitney Wood appeared on the episode that aired Thursday, June 23

Jeopardy host Mayim Bialik, left, and contestant Whitney Wood, a VIU professor, on the Alex Trebek Stage at Sony Pictures Studios at Culver City, Calif. (Photo courtesy Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)
FILE - Boston Pops Conductor John Williams conducting the orchestra in Boston in 1980. Williams, 90, is devoting himself to composing concert music, including a piano concerto he’s writing for Emanuel X. This spring, he and cellist Yo-Yo Ma released the album “A Gathering of Friends,” recorded with the New York Philharmonic. (AP Photo, File)

Movie music maestro John Williams, 90, steps away from film, but not music

After more than six decades of making bicycles soar, sending panicked swimmers…

FILE - Boston Pops Conductor John Williams conducting the orchestra in Boston in 1980. Williams, 90, is devoting himself to composing concert music, including a piano concerto he’s writing for Emanuel X. This spring, he and cellist Yo-Yo Ma released the album “A Gathering of Friends,” recorded with the New York Philharmonic. (AP Photo, File)
R&B singer Jully Black is photographed in Toronto on Friday January 17, 2020. Black is hitting the road – to compete on the next edition of “The Amazing Race Canada.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Jully Black hits the road for this summer’s edition of ‘The Amazing Race Canada’

Singer-songwriter, producer and actress racing on latest edition of the show, set to launch July 5

R&B singer Jully Black is photographed in Toronto on Friday January 17, 2020. Black is hitting the road – to compete on the next edition of “The Amazing Race Canada.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., on Sept. 25, 2018. Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday, June 21, 2022, that Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., on Sept. 25, 2018. Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday, June 21, 2022, that Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
This Aug. 13, 2020, photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix is launching a development program exclusively for diverse Canadian writers in film and television. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)

Netflix launches development program for diverse Canadian writers

Writers from underrepresented groups get paid mentorship and consultation sessions

This Aug. 13, 2020, photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix is launching a development program exclusively for diverse Canadian writers in film and television. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)
This image released by Disney/Pixar shows character Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Chris Evans, in a scene from the animated film “Lightyear,” releasing June 17. (Disney/Pixar via AP)

Review: Sorry, Pixar’s movie ‘Lightyear’ is a buzzkill

Buzz tries to skate by on name recognition

This image released by Disney/Pixar shows character Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Chris Evans, in a scene from the animated film “Lightyear,” releasing June 17. (Disney/Pixar via AP)
FILE - This image released by Disney/Pixar shows character Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Chris Evans, left, and Alisha Hawthorne, voiced by Uzo Aduba, in a scene from the animated film “Lightyear,” releasing June 17. The United Arab Emirates on Monday, June 13, 2022, banned the upcoming Pixar animated feature “Lightyear” from showing in movie theaters amid reports that the film includes a kiss between two female characters. (Disney/Pixar via AP, File)

United Arab Emirates bans Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ from showing

Animated Disney movie includes a female character kissing her female partner

FILE - This image released by Disney/Pixar shows character Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Chris Evans, left, and Alisha Hawthorne, voiced by Uzo Aduba, in a scene from the animated film “Lightyear,” releasing June 17. The United Arab Emirates on Monday, June 13, 2022, banned the upcoming Pixar animated feature “Lightyear” from showing in movie theaters amid reports that the film includes a kiss between two female characters. (Disney/Pixar via AP, File)
FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., on Sept. 25, 2018. Eleven months after he was freed from prison, 85-year-old Cosby will again be the defendant in a sexual assault proceeding, this time a civil case in California. Judy Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Bill Cosby, in video testimony, denies sex abuse of teen in 1970s

Trial represents one of the last remaining legal claims against 85-year-old

FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., on Sept. 25, 2018. Eleven months after he was freed from prison, 85-year-old Cosby will again be the defendant in a sexual assault proceeding, this time a civil case in California. Judy Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Jacksun Fryer, left and Carlow Rush, Funkanometry, performed on America’s Got Talent the night of June 7. (News Bulletin file photo)

Vancouver Island’s Funkanometry nails audition at America’s Got Talent

Two-minute audition grabs unanimous ‘yes’ from judges

Jacksun Fryer, left and Carlow Rush, Funkanometry, performed on America’s Got Talent the night of June 7. (News Bulletin file photo)
In this undated photo provided by Buckingham Palace/ Studio Canal / BBC Studios / Heyday Films on Saturday, June 4, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear have cream tea at Buckingham Palace, in London, taken from a film that was shown at the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace. (Buckingham Palace/ Studio Canal / BBC Studios / Heyday Films via AP)

Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee celebration takes a ratings bow

Monarchy still has a hold on its former colony’s heart

In this undated photo provided by Buckingham Palace/ Studio Canal / BBC Studios / Heyday Films on Saturday, June 4, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear have cream tea at Buckingham Palace, in London, taken from a film that was shown at the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace. (Buckingham Palace/ Studio Canal / BBC Studios / Heyday Films via AP)
Actor Amber Heard waits before the verdict was read at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va, Wednesday, June 1, 2022. The jury awarded Johnny Depp more than $10 million in his libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard. It vindicates his stance that Heard fabricated claims that she was abused by Depp before and during their brief marriage. But the jury also found in favor of Heard, who said she was defamed by a lawyer for Depp.(Evelyn Hockstein/Pool via AP)

Depp-Heard trial: Advocates fear case will prevent survivors from speaking up

‘People do not want to give the most intimate details of their personal life then be called a liar’

Actor Amber Heard waits before the verdict was read at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va, Wednesday, June 1, 2022. The jury awarded Johnny Depp more than $10 million in his libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard. It vindicates his stance that Heard fabricated claims that she was abused by Depp before and during their brief marriage. But the jury also found in favor of Heard, who said she was defamed by a lawyer for Depp.(Evelyn Hockstein/Pool via AP)
Kevin Costner arrives for a rally with Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Milford, N.H.	American western star Kevin Costner has been named parade marshal at this year’s Calgary Stampede. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

‘Yellowstone’ actor Kevin Costner picked as Calgary Stampede parade marshal

Actor says he has fond memories of shooting cowboy movies in Alberta

Kevin Costner arrives for a rally with Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Milford, N.H.	American western star Kevin Costner has been named parade marshal at this year’s Calgary Stampede. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)