Arts News

Uma Thurman to star in film based on Ottawa writer's book Jul 21, 2009 - 9:49 am PST
Ottawa writer Kathy Cook's non-fiction book Stolen Angels about Ugandan schoolgirls abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army will be made into a film starring Uma Thurman. CBC

Kasabian, Bat For Lashes vie for Mercury Prize Jul 21, 2009 - 9:05 am PST
Rock troupe Kasabian and solo act Bat For Lashes are among the nominees for the 2009 Mercury Prize, in a year when the field for the coveted British honour is dominated by debut albums. CBC

NAC English theatre names new managing director Jul 21, 2009 - 8:45 am PST
Nancy Webster, who has been managing director at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People and the Factory Theatre in Toronto, is a new managing director for English theatre at the National Arts centre in Ottawa. CBC

No word on refunds for cancelled Bachman concert in Yellowknife Jul 21, 2009 - 8:17 am PST
People who bought tickets for the Randy Bachman concert in Yellowknife have not received word on whether they'll receive a refund for the cancelled show. CBC

Iron Road's love story forged on Canada's railway Jul 21, 2009 - 8:05 am PST
The first Canada-China co-production film in 22 years tells the story of the Chinese workers who came to Canada in the 1880s to build the transcontinental railway. CBC

White Stripes Canadian tour doc to premiere at TIFF Jul 21, 2009 - 7:55 am PST
The world premieres of documentaries about the White Stripes cross-Canada tour and an investigation of why bees are dying will be screened as part of the Toronto International Film Festival this September. CBC

Cellphones, TV must be more accessible to blind, deaf: CRTC Jul 21, 2009 - 7:38 am PST
Cellphones and text messaging must be more accessible to Canadians with disabilities within the next year under new rules released by Canada's telecommunications regulator Tuesday. CBC

Royal Ballet dancers had swine flu in Cuba Jul 21, 2009 - 6:45 am PST
The Royal Ballet's inaugural visit to Cuba last week has been hailed a triumph, but a spokeswoman has also confirmed that a few dancers came down with swine flu during the trip. CBC

Winnipegger takes Kiss rocker on tour Jul 21, 2009 - 5:45 am PST
A Winnipegger got to be part of a private Kiss tour and played lead. CBC

Mary Walsh to create comedy pilot Jul 21, 2009 - 5:44 am PST
Newfoundland comedian Mary Walsh is creating a pilot for a new half-hour TV series called Rise Up about a punk-rocker transplanted to Toronto. CBC

Chinese films pulled from Melbourne festival Jul 21, 2009 - 5:25 am PST
Three Chinese filmmakers have withdrawn their films from the Melbourne International Film Festival after the festival refused to pull a film about a Uighur dissident. CBC

Video game sales in Canada drop in June Jul 21, 2009 - 3:40 am PST
Video game sales in Canada plummeted in June, mirroring a similar decline in the United States, according to market researcher NPD Canada. CBC

Hollywood props up for auction Jul 21, 2009 - 3:33 am PST
Stage props used in Hollywood films and TV shows from the last 40 years, including items from the film Titanic, will be going up for auction in California. CBC

Chris Brown sorry for 'inexcusable' beating of Rihanna Jul 21, 2009 - 2:59 am PST
R&B singer Chris Brown publicly apologized Monday for beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna after a pre-Grammy party in February. CBC

Indian singer Gangubai Hangal dies at 96 Jul 21, 2009 - 2:17 am PST
Indian classical singer Gangubai Hangal, who overcame gender and caste barriers to have a career spanning more than 70 years, has died in the city of Hubli at age 96. CBC