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Daniel Craig's overlong final outing as suave secret agent doesn't reach an all-time high

The world of James Bond is stirred, shaken and positively blown up in this fifth and final chapter of what you might call 007: The Daniel Craig Years. Craig, as most people know, will not be returning to the role of the suave superspy. → Read More

Trans playwright's new work rooted in his belief destiny is at work in the world

In early 2019, Samson Bonkeabantu Brown was actually preparing to launch his play 11:11, detailing among other things his personal journey through gender transition, as part of the Riser Project at Toronto’s Theatre Centre. In the middle of that prep, he took on a different assignment that would give him unexpected fame beyond the stage. → Read More

City bursts back into the film business

Trailers for movie productions are once again parked all over the city. The Exchange District has undergone a time warp of buildings dressed to look like businesses from a half century ago, for the David Slade-directed period thriller Dark Harvest. → Read More

Glib Suicide Squad serves up plenty of comic-book gore

Prior to making The Suicide Squad, filmmaker James Gunn was best known for injecting a lot of cheek into the Marvel universe by writing and directing both chapters of The Guardians of the Galaxy. → Read More

Animation studio suddenly closes; 100 local artists lose jobs

Tangent Animation, an animation studio with offices in Winnipeg and Toronto, made the surprise announcement to its staff of animators Tuesday morning that it is shuttering its operation.One non-artist employee of the company, who asked not to be named, said she had been informed on Wednesday morning. → Read More

Winnipeg TV journalist living her New York City dream

Alison Hall was about 19 years old when she went to New York City and found love. Now 29, Hall was a journalism student at Ryerson University in Toronto when she took an overnight Greyhound bus to New York for an interview with ABC News for a temporary internship position. → Read More

Problematic Shakespeare production blends tragedy, comedy, French and English

This production of The Winter’s Tale, often deemed one of William Shakespeare’s “problem plays,” allows for the virtual pleasure of a visit to the Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park to enjoy the work of 10 different Winnipeg actors. Even so, the filmed production, true to its categorization, is… problematic. → Read More

Dave Barber fondly remembered as fosterer of filmmakers, champion of local and Canadian cinema

Belying his gentle demeanour and a scruffy, unmade-bed personal style, Dave Barber was nothing less than a knight in shining armour to Manitoba and Canada film talent. His death Monday night at the age of 67 from complications of an ulcer at the St. Boniface Hospital sent a shockwave through the Canadian film community. → Read More

Filmed version of The Winter's Tale will appeal to both French and English speakers

There’s some ill planet reigns: I must be patient till the heavens look/ With an aspect more favourable.” So says the queen Hermione upon being wrongfully accused of adultery and banished by her jealous husband Leontes in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. → Read More

Time to take a break from honouring figureheads, Indigenous artists say

WHEN statues come down, it’s only natural to ask questions: who did they depict, what did they represent, who did they honour, who did they harm, which stories did they tell, which ones did they erase? Who decided to put them up in the first place? → Read More

Landmark opts to keep Winkler movie theatre dark for now

Manitoba movie theatres can start up their projectors this weekend. But just because cinemas can reopen amid eased COVID-19 pandemic restrictions doesn’t mean they will. → Read More

Horror projects lead way as film, TV sectors ramp up after pandemic pause

After a year-and-a-half of spotty TV and film production in Manitoba, things are ramping up in a big way in the coming months as the threat of COVID-19 recedes. → Read More

Gimli film fest expands and offers drive-in fare

The Gimli Film Festival will still be primarily an online festival, even as the threat of COVID starts to recede in the province. But the good news is that the annual fest, commencing July 12, is expanded from five days to two weeks. → Read More

Manitoba-shot The Ice Road scrambled as the last production standing with the pandemic closing in

Shot in Manitoba in early 2020, The Ice Road is a movie that pits a gathered crew against the deadly forces of nature as a ticking clock diminishes their options. And that was just behind the scenes. → Read More

Playwright's debut tackles fatherhood, future

For Ismaila Alfa, “playwright” is now the third description in a hyphenate that previous... → Read More

PTE's new season delivers a combination of digital and live productions

Theatre companies across the country, having been battered by a season and a half of cancellations, postponements and pivots, are proceeding with understandable caution as the prospect of opening up once again becomes more of a post-vaccine reality. → Read More

Porter production seeks hundreds of Black extras

As the CBC/BET TV series The Porter prepares to go before the cameras in Winnipeg next week, the need for extras remains urgent, says Kari Rieger of the local casting agency Kari Casting.“We are still in need of hundreds of Black extras, specifically men between the ages of 18 and 70 years,” Rieger says. → Read More

Manitoba's spirited energy perfect for horror films

Well, it’s confirmed: Winnipeg is inherently terrifying. It must be so. The city, and indeed the whole province of Manitoba, is filled with locations conducive to the horror genre when it comes to both TV and movie production. → Read More

Daring RMTC season proceeds with caution

You can say this about Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre artistic director Kelly Thornton: She is not afraid of Virginia Woolf. A certain amount of fear is to be expected in the theatre world just now. → Read More

Four local playwrights get online RMTC debuts

Getting a play produced at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre is a tough nut to crack for a local playwright. Four playwrights getting four RMTC debuts simultaneously feels like nothing less than a game-changer. → Read More