David Friend

David Friend


Pop culture reporter at The Canadian Press. Arts and entertainment - music/film/TV/social media. @Variety contributor. david.friend@thecanadianpress.com

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Five musicians are being recognized at the inaugural SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards. They are @TOBIAJI_ , , , @NayaAbeshaand  . @RaahiemMusicTh @hannahwondawhate de @dylan_sinclairails :

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Canadian toymaker Spin Master completed its US$50 million acquisition of Rubik's Cube on Tuesday.

Quebec's Culture Department is offering $4.6 million worth of grants to struggling cinemas closed because of COVID-19 pandemic. The details:

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"Funny Boy" fell way short of the Oscar qualifications for international feature. The Academy requires films cross a 50% non-English threshold to be a contender, but the org says Deepa Mehta's film only came in at 37%. The details:

Cineplex is calling time on TimePlay. The big-screen movie trivia game, where moviegoers earned points through their phones, won't be returning to the country's largest cinema chain when theatres reopen. The details:

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"It started off with pneumonia in both of my lungs and three or four days later my kidneys failed...I’ve been to the point where I felt I was gonna die.” Houston rapper Scarface says he has tested positive for COVID-19 @thefader )

Happy 10th anniversary to "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," a time capsule of the Toronto we once knew...

Madonna closes her #Eurovision  performance of "Future " with a political statement. Two dancers wearing Israel and Palestine flags walk with their arms around each other into the distance.

The real star of the #Oscars  is Bong Joon-ho's translator Sharon Choi. 🥂

Swedish actor Max Von Sydow, star of some of Ingmar Bergman's greatest films, including "The Seventh Seal," has died at 90. He had a second career in Hollywood, starring in “The Exorcist,” "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Game of Thrones." (Variety)

Those pictures of Drake watching a plane get decorated with his name? Turns out it's a partnership he's signed with a Canadian overnight air cargo company...

While "Don't F*** With Cats" did a good job creating a suspenseful true-crime tale, it really failed Jun Lin, the case's one human victim, who seems almost an afterthought. Social media is talking about the animal cruelty, but I see dishearteningly little about this man.

Which track is the song of the summer for 2019? Is it... - @Billie_eilish 's "Bad Guy" @edsheeran  an @justinbieber  's "I Don't Care" @viewsfromnas  's "Old @shawnmendesad '>Town R @ShawnMendesad " @Camila_Cabello  and 's "Señorita"?

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