Friday, May 27, 2011

It's gonna be a good summer... New Liquor laws take effect June 1st

Promised changes to Ontario liquor laws will take effect June 1, just in time for festival and patio season.

The changes include allowing people to walk around at festivals with drinks, instead of being confined to beer tents.

Servers will be allowed to carry drinks on public sidewalks to licensed areas such as patios.

Liquor hours for weddings and charity events are being extended until 2 a.m.

As well, customers can be given a free drink if they are celebrating a special occasion like an anniversary.

The changes include stiffer penalties for liquor offences.

The province floated the idea of looser liquor laws earlier this year, and consulted with more than 40 groups about the changes.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

GaGa goes GaGa on Letterman

There is something Lady Gaga should probably know: Madonna did crazy on Letterman in 1994, when the Queen of Pop cursed, puffed a cigar, gifted Dave with her underpants, and generally irritated the Late Show host so severely for 20 excruciating minutes, he screamed into the camera, "Ladies and gentlemen, turn down your volume... there's something wrong with her!"

Others have tried to do crazy -- Joaquin Phoenix deliberately made Letterman's show part of his I'm Not There hoax -- but nobody has matched Madonna's effortless insanity from 17 years ago. Lady Gaga certainly tried last night, though, striding out onto the Ed Sullivan Theater set dressed like a bat bikini model and chomping on a ripped-off piece of blue paper after she decided she didn't dig the questions. (When Letterman warned her the paper she'd grabbed, ripped, and chewed had been chemically treated, she briefly feigned death, then pretended to spit it out behind her chair.) Gaga also chatted about getting famous by being naked and chilling out in her egg-pod as she said the following 10 wacky things (we've helpfully included context, too):

10) "I'm Batman."
Letterman referred to the fact that Gaga was seemingly dressed for a scene in Eyes Wide Shut, noting, "You have a mask on -- does this represent something, or we don't care what it represents?"

9) "I've only put out two albums, this is my third, but I feel really blessed, I sold, I think 24 million the first two records."
Dave asked Gaga if artists can still make money selling albums these days. In his intro, Letterman noted the fact that is more likely factual: "She's sold over 15 million albums."

8) "I only liked the jacket so I decided that's all I would wear."
"What are you wearing? I mean, what aren't you wearing?"

7) "I used to flirt with everybody so I would get tips. Except it didn't work so good if they were on a date."
Gaga was explaining she was a "rather good" waitress.

6) "If you take your clothes off, it's amazing what will happen. Unbelievable."
Gaga was describing her early days performing downtown. "With my friend Lady Starlight, we used to do a variety show ... and we would wear matching bikinis and I would play my pop songs."

5) "Why are you asking me these questions?"
Letterman asked Gaga to confirm she'd once eaten a Barbie doll's head during a concert. She said yes, and when he doubted it was true she grabbed his questions, tore, and gobbled. Dave should have asked about that time she decapitated a Santa.

4) "I'm noticing that you're quite fashionable. Orange pinstripes with an orange tie."
Gaga attempted to deflect questions about her relationship status by complimenting Letterman's look. He is quite fashionable.

3) "I actually found it in the garbage on the way in."
Letterman queried Gaga about her styling, "Somebody put that little outfit together for you?"

2) "It is a place where I can meditate and experience rebirth."
Lady Gaga was of course referring to her vessel (which Letterman callously called "the egg").

1) "You could be the yolk."
Use your imagination.

Canucks make it to the Stanley Cup Finals

A scene from last night's street party in Vancouver. The last time the Canucks made it to the Stanley Cup final was 17 years ago. The last time a Canadian team reached the final was in 2007 when the Ottawa Senators lost to the Anaheim Ducks.

Beyonce Billboard Awards 2011 Performance VS Lorella Cuccarini 2010 performance

In February 2010, Lorella took the stage at the 60th Sanremo Music Festival in Italy and delivered a show before a white screen and digital accompaniments that has drawn undeniable comparisons to Beyoncé's Billboard Music Awards performance.

As Lorella danced, the backdrop was filled with computerized birds, a bouncing ball, a red staff, a set of wings, a series of drums, and an army of choreographed clones, all of which also appeared in Beyoncé's set.

The variations between the scenes in common are minimal. When watching the performances side-by-side, it feels as though Beyoncé's team used Lorella's show as a template and personalized it by merely changing out some of the details. Not only does Beyoncé use some of the same scenes Lorealla used, but they fall in the same sequence.

Beyoncé's set opens with the roaring head of a tiger. Then like Lorealla's, an entry way appears. Next, both ladies receive a set of flapping wings. Beyoncé dances in front of an array of random, abstract images before a sea of birds descend from the top of the frame. As she continues to dance, she is eventually joined by background dancers made in her likeness. She catches a set of virtual drumsticks and plays the snares that materialize onto the projection in the same spiral fashion as in Lorealla's video.

Kenzo Digital, who spent a month creating Beyoncé's interactive video, said Lorealla concert footage is only part of the inspiration for Beyoncé's show. "[The Cuccarini artists] are awesome and do incredible work as well, but there are a lot of different inspirations for where our piece came from."

And the next Raptor to leave town is...

Andrea Bargnani's recent comments to Italy's Sky Sports, where the former number one pick answered a question about which NBA city he would choose to play for if given the chance to rub a magic lamp and have his wish granted.

"I want to stay in Toronto, at least this is the politically correct answer," Bargnani told Sky Sports in Italian. "If [I am] to go somewhere else, I'd like a warm climate city and a team where I can actually play my role."

After shining the spotlight on Bargnani's comments, Toronto Star columnist Dave Feschuk joined Cybulski and Company on TSN RADIO 1050 on Tuesday afternoon to elaborate.

"The thing about translations is you can interpret what he said in Italian a number of different ways," explained Feschuk. "Speaking to different people around the NBA today, there was some feeling, and I interpret most of it as damage control, that what he said hadn't been all that inflammatory."

In his column on Tuesday, Feschuk stated that the translation was confirmed by the journalist who did the original interview with Bargnani, Alessandro Mamoli.

Bargani suggesting that he may be interested in leaving for a warmer climate isn't exactly a new script for the Raptors, who have watched one star after another leave the team. The most recent example came during last year's off-season when Chris Bosh joined the Miami Heat.

Feschuk told Cybulski and Company that he spoke with Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo on Tuesday, and that Colangelo wasn't happy about the comments.

This comes on the heels of Colangelo's season-ending press conference, where he openly discussed Bargnani's skills.

"I don't know if he's ever going to be a better defensive player than he is," asked Colangelo at the news conference. "Can he be a better rebounder? Absolutely.

"We know he can rebound, but he doesn't focus on it... That's a desire thing. And that's something he's going to have to come to grips with."

Bargnani addressed Colangelo's critiques in his Sky Sports interview, saying that "[Colangelo] had made some unfortunate and not very courageous comments about me."

Bargnani is coming off a season where he averaged a career-high 21.4 points per game, while adding 5.2 rebounds per game, but the Raptors (22-60) finished the year with the third worst record in the NBA.

"The Raptors did quietly open the door to trading Bargnani this year," said Feschuk. "That was a non-starter in previous years with Bryan Colangelo, because he had a lot at stake with Bargnani, because basically picking Bargnani was his first real, official act as Toronto's general manager or certainly his most significant act as Toronto's general manager in the early days.

"You've always got the sense that Colangelo really wants Bargnani to work out in Toronto and he's been very adamant about not trading him, but that's changed."

Bargnani has five years left on his contract, which will pay him an average of $10-million per season.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's Not Gay in a 3-Way - Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga (SNL Digital Short)

Avril Lavigne - Smile

Beyoncé Live In Billboard Music Awards 2011... AMAZINGGGGGG

Toronto Parents decide to keep child's gender secret

“So it’s a boy, right?” a neighbour calls out as Kathy Witterick walks by, her four month old baby, Storm, strapped to her chest in a carrier.

Each week the woman asks the same question about the baby with the squishy cheeks and feathery blond hair.

Witterick smiles, opens her arms wide, comments on the sunny spring day, and keeps walking.

She’s used to it. The neighbours know Witterick and her husband, David Stocker, are raising a genderless baby. But they don’t pretend to understand it.

While there’s nothing ambiguous about Storm’s genitalia, they aren’t telling anyone whether their third child is a boy or a girl.

The only people who know are Storm’s brothers, Jazz, 5, and Kio, 2, a close family friend and the two midwives who helped deliver the baby in a birthing pool at their Toronto home on New Year’s Day.

“When the baby comes out, even the people who love you the most and know you so intimately, the first question they ask is, ‘Is it a girl or a boy?’” says Witterick, bouncing Storm, dressed in a red-fleece jumper, on her lap at the kitchen table.

“If you really want to get to know someone, you don’t ask what’s between their legs,” says Stocker.

When Storm was born, the couple sent an email to friends and family: “We've decided not to share Storm's sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm's lifetime (a more progressive place? ...).”

Their announcement was met with stony silence. Then the deluge of criticisms began. Not just about Storm, but about how they were parenting their other two children.

The grandparents were supportive, but resented explaining the gender-free baby to friends and co-workers. They worried the children would be ridiculed. Friends said they were imposing their political and ideological values on a newborn. Most of all, people said they were setting their kids up for a life of bullying in a world that can be cruel to outsiders.

Witterick and Stocker believe they are giving their children the freedom to choose who they want to be, unconstrained by social norms about males and females. Some say their choice is alienating.

In an age where helicopter parents hover nervously over their kids micromanaging their lives, and tiger moms ferociously push their progeny to get into Harvard, Stocker, 39, and Witterick, 38, believe kids can make meaningful decisions for themselves from a very early age.

“What we noticed is that parents make so many choices for their children. It’s obnoxious,” says Stocker.

Jazz and Kio have picked out their own clothes in the boys and girls sections of stores since they were 18 months old. Just this week, Jazz unearthed a pink dress at Value Village, which he loves because it “really poofs out at the bottom. It feels so nice.” The boys decide whether to cut their hair or let it grow.

Like all mothers and fathers, Witterick and Stocker struggle with parenting decisions. The boys are encouraged to challenge how they’re expected to look and act based on their sex.

“We thought that if we delayed sharing that information, in this case hopefully, we might knock off a couple million of those messages by the time that Storm decides Storm would like to share,” says Witterick.

They don’t want to isolate their kids from the world, but, when it’s meaningful, talk about gender.

This past winter, the family took a vacation to Cuba with Witterick’s parents. Since they weren’t fluent in Spanish, they flipped a coin at the airport to decide what to tell people. It landed on heads, so for the next week, everyone who asked was told Storm was a boy. The language changed immediately. “What a big, strong boy,” people said.

The moment a child’s sex is announced, so begins the parade of pink and barrage of blue. Tutus and toy trucks aren’t far behind. The couple says it only intensifies with age.

“In fact, in not telling the gender of my precious baby, I am saying to the world, ‘Please can you just let Storm discover for him/herself what s (he) wants to be?!.” Witterick writes in an email.


Trailer - Green With Envy (Muppets)

Beyonce - Till The End Of Time

'Dark Knight Rises' Already Showing Us Tom Hardy as Bane

Just yesterday shooting began on Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, and already a mysterious viral campaign has been revealed--and immediately sorted out--at, giving us a first peek at a sulky Bane.

Trailer - Conan O`Brian Can`t Stop

Beyonce - Runs the World

Wrestlemania VII Victims

Over one-quarter of the performers who took part in 1991's Wrestlemania VII have died, a wrestling website noted in the wake of the death of "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

The Wrestling Observer newsletter discovered that 14 of the 51 performers at the event have died in the past 20 years, with many of the deaths attributed to drug use.

The list of wrestlers who have died since 1991 include some of the biggest stars in the sport like Savage, Andre the Giant, Miss Elizabeth and The British Bulldog. Causes of death include suicides, murder and heart attacks, some the result of years of anabolic steroid use. Savage died last week after suffering an apparent heart attack behind the wheel of his truck. His ex-wife, Miss Elizabeth, passed away after overdosing on a variety of drugs in 2003.

As points out, none of the 44 starters from the Super Bowl played in 1991 have passed away and only two of 44 boxers who held a championship belt that year are gone.

At 58, Savage made it nearly a decade longer than some of his deceased colleagues.

Hottest Event Tickets

The BBC reports that one million people applied to see an event that will last less than 10 seconds.

We're talking about the men's 100-meter final in London next August. The sprint is always the marquee event of the Summer Olympics, but this is likely the most anticipated Olympic event ever, because of one man.

Every sports fan in the world, let alone the million who applied for a seat at the Olympic Stadium next year, wants to watch Usain Bolt try to beat his unfathomable world record Olympic time of 9.69 seconds, set at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Kills - Satellite

New Era Commercial - One Hitter

Alec Baldwin is a die-hard Yankees fan. John Krasinski pledges his allegiance to Red Sox Nation.

Loves it!

Girl crying over In-N-Out Burger

Gwyneth Paltrow Raps "Straight Outta Compton"

Buffy returns in the new fall CW show, The Ringer

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as Bridget, who is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado (Nestor Carbonell), Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm. In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan (also Gellar). Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin (Ioan Gruffudd), Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life — a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship, until Siobhan disappears mysteriously, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister’s identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan’s best friend, Gemma (Tara Summers), and Gemma’s husband, Henry (Kristoffer Polaha). And when someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister’s penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself.

Letterman: Oprah Winfrey Broke My Heart

Hangover 2 - New Clips

Ashton joins Two and a Half Men

The “actor, producer and social media mogul” was officially introduced by CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler today at the network’s upfront presentation in New York. Kutcher — wearing a very casual beige jacket and slacks – said it was “awesome to be there” and “for some reason they are letting us talk.”

Kutcher, as well as Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones (both of whom showed up in conservative, dark suits) came out on stage while snapping to the comedy’s theme song. But when Kutcher didn’t get the “men men men” lyrics just right, he quipped, “I’m still learning my lines.”

Then he got serious. “In my 13 years in show business, I’ve never received more emails and phone calls from people congratulating me for this job. You almost think I’ve won the lotto … which I kind of did,” the actor said, in a not-so-veiled reference to his $1 million per episode salary. “I got the best job in show business and I’m excited about that.”

Then it was Cryer’s turn. Turning to Tassler and CBS Corp. topper Leslie Moonves in the audience, he asked, ”Did you have to get a tall guy? Really, was that necessary? It’s [now] One and Two Half Men.”

Evan Longoria saves a reporter’s life


Movie Trailer Proposal

Made in the USA

You've seen President Barack Obama's birth certificate. Now you can wear it.

The Obama campaign is selling T-shirts on its website that show Obama's face on the front along with the words "Made in the USA."

On the back is an image of the president's long-form birth certificate from Hawaii — the one the White House finally produced in April in an attempt to squelch the "birthers" who claim Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen, and therefore ineligible to be president.

The campaign advertised the T-shirts Wednesday, along with birth certificate mugs, in an email to supporters describing a new book by birther Jerome Corsi, a longtime Obama attacker. Corsi has a new publication out titled "Where's the Birth Certificate?" in which he makes false claims about Obama's purported ineligibility for the presidency.

In the email Obama deputy campaign manager Julianna Smoot writes, "There's really no way to make this stuff completely go away. The only thing we can do is laugh at it — and make sure as many other people as possible are in on the joke." She then suggests supporters purchase a birth certificate mug (starting price $15) or T-shirt (starting price $25).

"If the facts can't make these ridiculous smears go away, we can at least have a little fun with it," she writes.

Did you see the boob?

Everyone’s talking about Wednesday night’s Vancouver Canucks game.

Not the fact that the Canucks won 7-3 to take a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference final, but rather everyone’s talking about what happened at the end of the game.

With 2:33 left in the third period, San Jose Shark Ben Eager skated to the penalty box for his fourth penalty of the night.

Then a woman wearing a Henrik Sedin jersey pressed herself against the glass and lifted up her top. She pressed her breasts against the glass of the penalty box and wriggled them around for six seconds before putting her top back down.

CBC aired everything — breasts and all — on its Hockey Night in Canada telecast.

Versus, which airs the NHL in the United States, did not broadcast the flashing, Meier Raivich, vice-president of communications for Versus, confirmed to the Star. (A censored version of the video is embedded above.)

Jeff Keay, head of media relations for CBC, said the breasts were captured by an in-house camera.

“All broadcasters have access to it. We don’t control it,” he said.

So far the CBC has received “several” emails about the incident, which is “a pretty small response for us,” according to Keay.

Typically, complaints from the public about something that aired on television or radio stations would go through the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. However, since the CBC is a crown corporation, anything complaints directed at them will go through the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

The Green Men, who typically sit in the seats by the penalty box to agitate opposing players, tweeted earlier Wednesday that they would not be attending that evening’s game.

“Sorry folks, no game for us tonight. Tix are a little too pricey and Nashville put us in debt,” they tweeted.

After the game, even they had fun with the events, tweeting: “I know we couldn’t be there but I hope we sent a suitable replacement (or is it replacements?)”

The NHL had announced they would be cracking down on the Green Men, saying the two Vancouver fans would not be allowed to touch the glass of the penalty box or do handstands.

Talking to the hockey blog Puck Daddy last month, Sully, one of the Green Men, said a Canucks official told them about the crackdown.

“It’s a liability thing,” Sully told the blog. “Even though I’ve been doing them for a year and a half, and I’m sort of an expert on them.”

Keay said going forward, the CBC hopes fans will act appropriately at games.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm of hockey fans and trust they'll use their best judgment with regard to proper decorum at games.”

The NHL has yet to comment on the events at last night’s game. It’s unknown if this mystery woman will face any penalty.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Simpsons' Uses Chalkboard Gag to Apologize For Spelling Guest-Star Kristen Schaal's Name Wrong Last Week

Everyone knows each episode of "The Simpsons" takes like five and a half years to make, but luckily for last week's guest-star (and "Bob's Burgers" voice) Kristen Schaal, the show's classic chalkboard gags, which change in the show's opening credits from week to week, can be turned around quickly.

After last week's show credited her as "Kristen Schall," (a fact the comedian and actress mentioned forgivingly on her Twitter only after fans pointed it out ad infinitum), the show corrected the mistake in a most dramatic fashion, above left. Last night Schaal took to Twitter again to express gratitude for the gesture: "Wow! Simpsons, thank you for the chalkboard correction. I can't stop smiling. No one's ever been that nice." Classy, "Simpsons"!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Lady Gaga - Judas

Trailer - Immortals

Beyonce Dances With NYC School Children

Beyonce surprises students at PS 161 as they participate in a "Let's Move" flash workout. Exclusive video provided by "WAT-AAH!, which sponsored Beyonce's 'Move Your Body' event.

Trailer - Conan the Barbarian Trailer

Jennifer Lopez - I'm Into You ft. Lil Wayne

Toronto is ready to host more than one Bills game a year. It wants its own NFL team.

Councillor Doug Ford told that Toronto will push to bring an NFL franchise to town after the league puts a team back in Los Angeles.

"They have to take care of the problem in Los Angeles first," Ford said. "Two teams are kind of in play here: Jacksonville's number one; New Orleans the other. So there's two teams."

Ford said Toronto would give commissioner Roger Goodell its pitch after the NFL puts a team in L.A.

The Bills play an annual game in Toronto's Rogers Centre. This year's game is slated to be the Bills against the Redskins on Oct. 30.

X-Men:First Class - Character Trailers

The next King of England will be a Wiggly Worm

In the official family photograph from Prince William and Kate Middleton's lavish royal wedding, the little girl can be seen clutching a fuzzy, neon-pink "wiggly worm."

It stands out in stark contrast to her white silk dress but, according to her grandmother, Duchess of Cornwall (a.k.a. Camilla Parker Bowles), people have only just noticed it—and it's too late to do the photos over.

Drive Clip

If you want to see a car-heist film that doesn’t completely trample the laws of physics, the upcoming indie thriller Drive might just be the movie you’ve been waiting for. Directed by Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn — the auteur behind muscular films like Valhalla Rising and Bronson — Drive stars Ryan Gosling as a stuntman with a side-career as a Transporter-ish criminal driver. The film debuts at Cannes, and a two-minute clip just released on the Internet looks appropriately moody, filled with noir-ish visuals, a slow-burn soundtrack, and meaningful Gosling grimaces.

Nicki Minaj - Super Bass

Monday, May 2, 2011

HIMYM - Will we meet the mother in the season finale?

As any regular viewer of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother well knows, the show’s May 16 season finale includes a wedding. Yes, these are the nuptials that were teased in this season’s premiere back in September, but we still don’t know who’s getting married — it could be Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) or Robin (Cobie Smulders) or even Ted’s (Josh Radnor) pal Punchy (Chris Romano). Alas, there’s a bigger question that stems from the impending nuptials, one that has been bouncing around the rumor mill: Are we also going to meet the mother in the season finale’s wedding on May 16? Well, here’s your answer:

Despite what you’ve heard, the short answer is… no. You won’t be meeting the mother on May 16 because we don’t actually see much of the wedding — viewers will actually just see a brief, wedding-prep scene that reveals one half of who is tying the knot. Then, cameras will quickly cut to black for the summer. But this is the wedding where we will indeed meet the mother, as was promised in the season premiere.

Confused yet? Here’s the explanation: This wedding, as you probably guessed, is set a year ahead of the show’s present, meaning we’re at least one full season (but very likely more) away from meeting the girl with the yellow umbrella. This final scene, however, does set things into motion for the series’ eventual endgame. “We can’t really talk about how long that endgame is going to play out, but this finale sets the ducks in a row for everything we’re going to see after it,” HIMYM creator Carter Bays explains, “leading up to Ted meeting the mother.”

Says star Jason Segel of the long route to the wedding: “I think what people will be most curious about is how did we get from A to B.” In fact, that journey — from May 16′s season-finale peek at who’s getting married to the TBD ceremony itself — is what will make up the bulk of the show’s seventh season. Beyond that, Bays is tight-lipped about when we’ll actually meet Ted’s wife. As usual.

The road to the finale begins tonight, as the first of the show’s last three episodes for this season airs at 8 p.m.


Transformers 3 - Dark of the Moon - Official Trailer 2

Seth Meyers Slams Donald Trump At White House Correspondents' Dinner!

President Obama Roasts Donald Trump At White House Correspondents' Dinner!