TIFF delivers promising TV lineup in second year of Primetime

For its 40th anniversary last year, the Toronto International Film Festival offered something completely different. Instead of focusing solely on cinema, TIFF expanded its programming to television, or at least the type of auteur-driven television that the festival believed was sparking an “artistic renaissance” – Peak TV, essentially. “Most of the filmmakers we love are … [Read more…]

Anna Paquin joins cast of Netflix and CBC’s ‘Alias Grace’ adaptation

“True Blood” star Anna Paquin has joined the small-screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s historical novel “Alias Grace.” The Winnipeg-born Oscar-winner will play the doomed Nancy Montgomery opposite Sarah Gadon, who plays her maid Grace Marks. The six-hour miniseries is inspired by the true story of a poor Irish immigrant who was convicted of killing her … [Read more…]

Shad being replaced as host of CBC’s q

CBC Radio’s flagship arts show q is changing hosts once again, swapping out the rapper-turned-broadcaster Shad after less than 16 months in the job and replacing him with CBC Radio 2 host Tom Power. The public broadcaster made the announcement shortly after noon on Monday. Shad’s final show will be Tuesday. Power will take over … [Read more…]

‘Making a Murderer’ subject Brendan Dassey has conviction overturned

A federal court in Wisconsin on Friday overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of helping his uncle kill Teresa Halbach in a case profiled in the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.” The U.S. District Court in Milwaukee overturned Brendan Dassey’s conviction and ordered him freed within 90 days unless prosecutors decide to retry … [Read more…]