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Outrage Watch: 'SNL' may be paying dearly for that Prophet Muhammad sketch

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Outrage Watch: 'SNL' may be paying dearly for that Prophet Muhammad sketch
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. "SNL" may be facing more than just chatter over its alleged plagiarism of a sketch aired by Canadian comedy series "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" -- it may actually be looking at a lawsuit. "I think lawyers are talking right now," "22 Minutes" writer and cast member Mark Critch -- who appeared in the Muhammad sketch in question -- told CBC's "St. John's Morning Show" during an interview Wednesday. "You can't do that," he continued. "I mean people have ripped people off before, millions of times, but this is word for word and Dhx Media — which owns own '22 Minutes' — said they want to protect their intellectual property." The "22 Minutes" sketch, which aired in January, centers on a "Win, Lose
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‘The Grand Seduction’ is a charmer that’s fishing for quirky bait

The Grand Seduction

Starring Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent, Mark Critch

Directed by Don McKellar

Written by Michael Dowse and Ken Scott

Canada, 2014

One has to acquire a taste for eccentric dramedies that are populated by infectious quirky characters, a far-fetching premise, gentle-minded absurdity and an appreciation for the small-scale cinema experience to embrace the giddy gumption of director Don McKellar’s odd yet highly-spirited The Grand Seduction. Breezy, mildly confusing and charmingly off-kilter The Grand Seduction is an English-language Canadian film that tickles the funnybone in its cheeky conviction detailing the desperate economical times of a financially-strapped Newfoundland fishing village.

Now American television audiences in particular may inevitably view the witty Seduction as a knockoff to the critically-acclaimed early 1990′s series Northern Exposure where the off-base, fish-out-of-the-water quirks and kooky culture shock of revolving personalities co-existing in a quaint scenic hamlet may seem grudgingly familiar. Well
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Chicago – In the latest Hookup: Film, we have 75 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new comedy “The Grand Seduction” starring Taylor Kitsch and Brendan Gleeson!

The Grand Seduction,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens in Chicago on June 13, 2014, also stars Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent, Anna Hopkins, Rhonda Rodgers, Carly Boone, Mark Critch, Steve O’Connell and Matt Watts from director Don McKellar and writers Michael Dowse and Ken Scott.

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Director Don McKellar Talks The Grand Seduction, Drawing on the Amazing Landscape, Authenticity of the Locals, and What the Cast Brought to the Film

In Don McKellar’s charming character-driven comedy, The Grand Seduction, a small Newfoundland fishing village facing hard times pulls out all the stops to find a town doctor needed to land a lucrative factory contract that would mean jobs for everyone. Long-time resident Murray French (Brendan Gleeson) comes up with a scheme to seduce a big city doctor (Taylor Kitsch) into staying after he arrives for his one month trial residence. Opening May 30th, the film is directed from a screenplay by Mike Dowse and Ken Scott and features a terrific cast that includes Gordon Pinsent, Mark Critch and Mary Walsh. In an exclusive interview, McKellar talked about the appeal of the script, what the cast brought to the film, the challenge of finding the right tone, how D.P. Doug Koch and Production Designer Guy Lalande drew on the amazing landscape to create the distinct look of the film,
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‘The Grand Seduction’, with Brendan Gleeson, releases its first trailer

Over the course of a 25 year career, actor Brendan Gleeson has made a name for himself with a number of strong supporting and leading turns in movies such as The General, Gangs of New York, Kingdom of Heaven, the Harry Potter series, and In Bruges. Many fans of the performer were interested to see what he would do next, which raised the profile of his next project. Titled The Grand Seduction, the film is directed by Don McKellar, who works from a script by Michael Dowse and Ken Scott. Gleeson stars alongside Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent, and Mark Critch. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.

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The Toronto International Film Festival Rolls Out Its Red-Hot Carpet

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival has released an incredible guest list of celebrated talent from around the globe. Filmmakers expected to present their world premieres in Toronto include: Catherine Breillat, Nicole Garcia, Pawel Pawlikowski, Bertrand Tavernier, Steve McQueen, Godfrey Reggio, Denis Villeneuve, Bill Condon, Jean-Marc Vallée, John Wells, Ralph Fiennes, Richard Ayoade, Atom Egoyan, Matthew Weiner, John Carney, Jason Reitman, Jason Bateman, Yorgos Servetas, Liza Johnson, Megan Griffiths, Fernando Eimbcke, Alexey Uchitel, Johnny Ma, Biyi Bandele, Rashid Masharawi, Paul Haggis, Ron Howard, Eli Roth, Álex de la Iglesia, Bruce McDonald, Jennifer Baichwal, John Ridley, and Justin Chadwick.

The Festival also welcomes thousands of producers and other industry professionals bringing films to us.

The following filmmakers and artists are expected to attend the Toronto International Film Festival:

Ahmad Abdalla, Hany Abu-Assad, Yuval Adler, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Alexandre Aja, Bruce Alcock, Gianni Amelio, Thanos Anastopoulos, Madeline Anderson, Nimród Antal, Louise Archambault,
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New Images from The Double, Felony, The Grand Seduction, Half Of A Yellow Sun, The Invisible Woman

Yesterday, the Toronto International Film Festival announced its 2013 line-up for the Galas and Special Presentation programs. Among the film with new images and synopses are: The Double (Directed by Richard Ayoade) Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, and Noah Taylor. Felony (Directed by Matthew Saville) Starring Tom Wilkinson, Joel Edgerton, Jai Courtney, and Melissa George. The Grand Seduction (Directed by Don McKellar) Starring Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Gordon Pinsent, Liane Balaban, and Mark Critch. Half of a Yellow Sun (Directed by Biyi Bandele) Starring Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Boyega, and Anika Noni Rose. The Invisible Woman (Directed by Ralph Fiennes) Starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, and Joanna Scanlan. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th. Via Tiff. The Double Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world.
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Toronto International Film Festival Line-Up Announced, Led By 12 Years a Slave, Mandela & More

With each passing year, Tiff is becoming more and more prominent on the film festival circuit, with more and more Oscar-primed films making their debut out in Canada. And with the initial line-up announced for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the trend is definitely continuing.

Amongst the many, many films making their presence felt out in Toronto will be Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated 12 Years a Slave, which launched a powerful first trailer earlier in the month. The film sees Chiwetel Ejiofor lead a fantastic cast, with Michael Fassbender returning to work for his Hunger / Shame director, alongside the likes of Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti, and many more.

Opening the festival will be Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, alongside Daniel Brühl, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, and Stanley Tucci.

And closing it will be Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime,
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Nominees at the 26th Gemini Awards

Yesterday, the Canadian Academy released its list of nominees for the 26th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards.

Best Animated Program or Series

* Glenn Martin Dds

* Hot Wheels - Battle Force Five

* Jimmy Two Shoes

* Kids vs. Kat

* March of the Dinosaurs

Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series

* Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock

* Degrassi: The Next Generation

* How to be Indie

* That's So Weird

* Vacation with Derek

Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program Series

* Artzooka!

* In Real Life

* Spelling Night in Canada: Canspell 2011

* Survive This

* TVOKids - Mark's Moments

Best Comedy Program or Series

* This Hour Has 22 Minutes

* Call Me Fitz

* Good Dog

* Halifax Comedy Fest 2010

* Living in Your Car

* Rick Mercer Report

Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie

* Fakers

* The Kennedys

* My Babysitter's a Vampire.

* The Pillars of the Earth

* Sleepyhead

Best Dramatic Series

* The Borgias

* Endgame

* Flashpoint

* Skins

* The Tudors
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Winners at the 25th Gemini Awards

Yesterday, the winners at the 25th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards, were revealed as Corey Monteith (Glee) was hosting that night. Moreover, Degrassi Junior High/Degrassi: The Next Generation was crowned by the public as the best Canadian TV series of the last 25 years.

Without further ado, here's the list of winners.

Best Animated Program or Series:

Glen Martin, Dds

Best Children or Youth Fiction Program or Series:


Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series:

Canada's Super Speller

Best Comedy Program or Series:

Less Than Kind

Best Cross-Platform Project - Children’s and Youth:

Taste Buds

Best Cross-Platform Project - Fiction:

Being Erica Webisodes

Best Cross-Platform Project - Non-Fiction:

Kraft Hockeyville 2010

Best Documentary Series:

Licence To Drill

Best Dramatic Mini-Series:

The Summit

Best Dramatic Series:

The Tudors

Best General/Human Interest Series:

Tosca: Flexing at 49

Best History Documentary Program:

Paris 1919

Best Original Program or
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Gordon Pinsent Reads Quotes of Justin Bieber's Memoirs

In a sketch of the show This Hour Has 22 Minutes, actor Gordon Pinsent poked some fun at singer Justin Bieber by reading some passage of Bieber's memoirs. Apparently, Bieber said on his Twitter page that he liked the sketch.

As of now, the video has gone viral on the web site YouTube, because it has 87,247 views.

This Hour Has 22 Minutes is broadcasted on Tuesday nights at 8:30 Pm on the Canadian TV network CBC. It stars Mark Critch, Gavin Crawford, Geri Hall and Cathy Jones, who cover news stories with a humouristic touch.
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Nominations for the 2010 Gemini Awards

Today, the Canadian Academy revealed the nominees for the 25th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards. So without further ado, let's reveal those who have graced our land of television in fall 2009 and winter 2010.

1. Best Animated Program or Series:

* Glenn Martin, Dds

* Guess With Jess

* Johnny Test

* Kid Vs Kat

* Wapos Bay

2. Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series:

* Degrassi: The Next Generation

* Overruled!

* Pillars of Freedom

* That's So Weird!

* Total Drama Action

3. Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series:

* A World of Wonders

* Canada's Super Speller

* Survive This

* Tvokids: Mark's Moments

4. Best Comedy Program or Series:

* Dan for Mayor

* Less Than Kind

* Little Mosque on the Prairie

* Pure Pwnage

* The Rick Mercer Report

5. Best Dramatic Miniseries:

* Alice

* The Phantom

* The Summit

6. Best Dramatic Series:

* Durham County

* Flashpoint

* Republic of Doyle

* Stargate Universe

* The Tudors

7. Best Music, Variety Program or Series

* 2009 Much Music Video Awards
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Winners at the 14th Wgc Awards

Yesterday, the ceremony of the Writers Guild of Canada Awards was hosted by comedian Debra Digiovanni. During that night, the winners, who work either in the film or television industry, were revealed.

Dishing out the awards were special guest presenters including Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries), Kristin Booth (Crackie, Young People Fucking), Inga Cadranel (The Bridge, Rent-a-Goalie), Enrico Colantoni (Flashpoint), and screenwriters Mark Farrell (Corner Gas, Dan for Mayor), Michael McGowan (Saint Ralph, One Week), Jennifer Pertsch (6Teen, Total Drama Island), Christin Simms (Captain Flamingo, Dino Dan), Shelley Eriksen (ReGenesis) and Leila Basen & David Preston (Heartland).

Now, without further ado, let's present the winners.


Total Drama Action - “The Sand Witch Project”

Written by Shelley Scarrow

Children & Preschool:

Max and Ruby - “Max Says Goodbye”

Written by Kate Barris


The Royal Winnipeg Ballet – 40 Years of One Night Stands

Narration written by Robert Lower

Episodic half-hour:

Less Than Kind -
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Finalists at the 2010 Wgc Screenwriting Award

The Writers Guild of Canada (Wgc) just announced the finalists for the Wgc Screenwriting Awards. Those finalists come from the industry of television, filmmaking and web series. Besides, comedian Debra Digiovanni will host the 14th Annual Wgc Screenwriting Awards on April 19, 2010.

So, the finalists are...


* Grossology - "New Recruits." Written by Richard Clark.

* Total Drama Action - "Crouching Courtney, Hidden Owen." Written by Alex Ganetakos.

* League of Super Evil - “Glory Hog." Written by Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee and Davila LeBlanc

* Total Drama Action - "The Sand Witch Project." Written by Shelley Scarrow.

Children & Preschool

* Max and Ruby - "Max Says Goodbye." Written by Kate Barris.

* Max and Ruby - "Ruby's Good Neighbor Report." Written by Shelley Hoffman & Robert Pincombe.

* Zigby - "Zigby's Collection." Written by Louise Moon


* Malls R Us (Feature Version). Written by Helene Klodawsky.

* The Royal Winnipeg Ballet - 40 Years of One Night Stands. Narration Written by Robert Lower.
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