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Interview: Comedian Demetri Martin heads across Western Canada as part of this year's Just for Laughs tour

Posted by Paul Little | Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 11:10pm

Full disclosure upfront: the first stand-up comedy CD I ever purchased and listened to multiple times over was Demetri Martin's 2006 debut, These Are Jokes. I bought the CD while on a road trip to Minneapolis to see a concert, and listened to the album multiple times on the 8-hour drive home. It was the first time (though not the last) that I found myself laughing just as hard at jokes with repeat listens, though it wasn't a surprise given how much I had enjoyed Martin's material when I had seen it on episodes of Last Call with Carson Daly (in its very early years) and Late Night with Conan O'Brien (a show he also wrote for).

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Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Posted by Andrew Burns | Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 5:06pm

Trading in her blue body paint for a bow & arrow Jennifer Lawrence is back for her second blockbuster of the year. Returning to big screen as Katniss Everdeen, Lawrence and company reignite the phenomenon that is the Hunger Games for the final (sort of) chapter of this franchise.

Mockingjay Part 1 picks up a week or two after the dramatic conclusion in Catching Fire. After been rescued from the Games she so publicly ended, Katniss has been recovering in the underground stronghold of the thought gone District 13. Still mentally coping with the toll the Games took on her, Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and the President of District 13 Alma Coin (played by Julianne Moore) attempt to jolt Katniss out of her traumatized state to become their symbol for their rebellion; their Mockingjay. When Katniss sees the aftermath of what President Snow and the Capital have done to the many districts, in a response of her destroying the Games, Katniss doesn't need any more convincing to join the cause.

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Supernatural: Ask Jeeves

Posted by Kyle Tetarenko | Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 1:05pm

Was it the Mrs. Peacock with a knife in the kitchen or Colonel Mustard with a rope in the library? On this week's episode of Supernatural, it's a case of whodunit as he Winchesters try to find the killer before it's too late.

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Album Review: Billy Idol - Kings and Queens of the Underworld

Posted by Chris Hearn | Sunday, November 16, 2014 @ 10:50am

Does anyone really need an introduction to Bill Idol? I don't think so. When it comes to Billy Idol, I like the hits, and he has had some good ones. But, face it, when some of these artists get older, they lose their edge and have difficulty repeating the successes of earlier releases. I didn't listen to -- or even know about -- 2005's Devil's Playground until recently. Yes, I have been out of touch with Billy Idol. That's why I decided I owed it to myself to check out this new album and tell you about it. I wanted to see what a mega hit maker who helped to define 80s rock was doing in 2014.

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Supernatural: Fan Fiction

Posted by Kyle Tetarenko | Tuesday, November 11, 2014 @ 10:35pm

Supernatural's milestone 200th episode is here but does it live up to the expectations?

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Live Review: Norm Macdonald, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Posted by Chris Hearn | Tuesday, November 11, 2014 @ 2:46pm

Norm Macdonald. What can one say about this guy? Legendary? Okay, that one will do. Well, the legendary 51-year-old former Saturday Night Live star made his way onto the stage at the Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg, Manitoba last Friday night to an extremely enthusiastic audience. Clearly his popularity hasn't waned, even though he hasn't been as out front in the entertainment world over the last few years (besides touring, he sporadically hosts a video podcast, Norm Macdonald Live, and spends a lot of time tweeting about golf).

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Live Review: the smalls, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Posted by Chris Hearn | Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 2:47pm

Sold out! And for good reason, after all, it was the smalls, on their big return to Winnipeg for their (Slight Return) reunion tour, and people were excited. Well, I know I was. And so was the bass player for Black Mastiff who was the opening band for the tour. He expressed it often, using much profanity, just how excited he was to be part of this. And, so did the guy with the shaved head and Fu Manchu beard who was standing next to me. And the 4 bad bros who were at the front of the stage, already having consumed many beers were excited. Okay, basically, everyone was excited.

I last saw the smalls in 2001, I believe, at their final show before breaking up, at Red's in West Edmonton Mall. I had to be at that show, because, hey, it was their final show. Plus, I was living in Edmonton. That was a sweaty, packed, rock filled, exciting night. Fast forward to Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, in the West End Cultural Center in Winnipeg, and it was similar to that night. Hot, sweaty, packed. And loud. It was great! Oh so great. Although smelly.

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Christopher Nolan sticks with traditional film on Interstellar amid a shifting industry

Posted by Mark McLeod | Thursday, November 6, 2014 @ 9:47pm

Chances are that unless you were born in the last 10 years, the first experience you would have had in going to a movie theatre involved film. For the better part of the entire existence of the motion picture film or movie industry, movies were captured on celluloid film and projected off them as well. Growing up, it was also exciting to go to a theatre, get a popcorn and drink and watch the beam of light travel from the projection booth on to the screen -- all those dust particles projecting an image that took you to another world or place or time. The image was so much crisper and detailed than you could ever see at home on VHS or standard definition cable TV.

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Music service Spotify celebrates one month in Canada

Posted by Chris Hearn | Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 6:08pm

Spotify is now in Canada! Oh goody, goody, goody. I have been waiting for this for a long time. No longer when I find a link to a Spotify playlist do I have to get the message "We're sorry, but Spotify is not available in your country." Because now, it is available in my country.

From the perspective of a music lover, I must say that Spotify is one great little service. All the music you could possibly want, streaming over the internet, and for free. Well, basically for free. One can upgrade to Premium for $9.99 per month and get advantages like queuing music, no ads (although I have yet to hear an actual ad), and being able to make music available when you are offline. At the moment, I haven't had a glaring need to upgrade, and the service is suiting my listening needs quite nicely, indeed.

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Top Fives: Weird Horror Movies

Posted by Tony Hinds | Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 11:59am

Submitted for your approval... Five strange and horrific works of cinematic depravity, the total running time of which would make a lovely line up for a li'l Halloween film festival.

My advice? Why not lock the door, draw those pesky curtains and dig into that massive bowl of candy yourself. Kids aren't getting enough exercise these days anyway. You'll be doing them a favor! And while you're at it, why not string some razor wire around the top of your fence. This time of year, those damn teenagers and their toiler paper...

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Supernatural: Paper Moon

Posted by Kyle Tetarenko | Tuesday, October 28, 2014 @ 10:47pm

When people are dying and their hearts are torn from their chests, Sam and Dean will take a break from vacation and run into a familiar face they never though they would see again.

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