DUNE: PART TWO opens to huge numbers this weekend, with a $75 million debut from 4,071 theatres for Warner Bros. The Denis Villeneuve-directed Blockbuster garners a stellar 95% on the Tomatometer from Critics. This his almost double its 2021 predecessor’s $41 million opening.
In second is two-week champ BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE with $7.9 million for Paramount Pictures, bringing it to $83 million over three weekends.
Third spot goes to THE CHOSEN: SEASON FOUR EPISODES 7-8, pulling in $4 million for Fathom Events.
ORDINARY ANGELS gets fourth with $3.1 million, a total $11.4 million over two weekends for Lionsgate.
Rounding things out is MADAME WEB with $2.6 million for Sony Pictures, bringing it to $39.7 million.
Building on an extensive shared history and as part of the five-year partnership previously announced by CBC and Massey Hall, nine episodes from the CBC MUSIC LIVE AT MASSEY HALL concert series are now available to stream on the free CBC Gem streaming service, with additional performances to be added on March 8. Audiences from coast-to-coast-to-coast can stream dynamic performances by both emerging and established Canadian artists, recorded from the iconic Allan Slaight Stage at Massey Hall, documenting what is often considered a milestone in the careers of the performers in the historic Toronto venue.
Performances available to stream now include:
The Beaches – Praised as “one of Canada’s greatest modern rock acts,” The Beaches captivates the audience with their infectious 80s melodies, clever lyrics, and lively performance. (Recorded November 2023)
Charlotte Day Wilson – Known for her soulful, singular voice and timeless sound, Charlotte Day Wilson performs an atmospheric and textured blend of R&B, folk, electronic pop, and soul. (Recorded June 2022)
Donovan Woods – Singer-songwriter Donovan Woods takes the audience on a journey through the mesmerizing soundscape of his unique blend of folk-pop and country (Recorded May 2022).
Jeremy Dutcher – Jeremy Dutcher makes his Massey Hall stage debut with a new band and groundbreaking music, pushing the boundaries of his distinctive soundscapes. Embark on a deeply personal musical journey. (Recorded December 2023)
July Talk – July Talk’s captivating performance immerses the audience in a whirlwind of emotions, transporting audiences to a realm of sheer bliss and anguish, artfully balancing precision and chaos, which is July Talk. (Recorded March 2023)
Matt Andersen & The Big Bottle of Joy – Raw blues-rock, rollicking Americana, thoughtful folk and ecstatic gospel fill the Hall as celebrated Canadian blues guitarist Matt Andersen performs with his eight-piece band (Recorded April 2023).
OMBIIGIZI – A collaboration between Zoon (Daniel Monkman) and Status/Non Status (Adam Sturgeon), these two Anishnaabe artists explore their cultural histories through sound in this brilliant first-ever live performance (Recorded April 2023).
Wild Rivers – Indie trio Wild Rivers pulls from a spectrum of sounds, imbuing introspective lyrics and genre-fluid melodies with pop, rock, indie, and folk sensibilities (Recorded June 2022).
Polaris Music Prize 2023 – Energized performances recorded this past fall at the 2023 Polaris Music Prize Gala at Massey Hall, including Aysanabee, Begonia, Gayance, The Sadies, Dan Mangan, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and the 2023 Polaris Music Prize winner, Debby Friday. (Recorded September 2023).
Performances available to stream as of March 8:
Charlotte Cardin – Montréal-born, Paris-based artist Charlotte Cardin delivers a compelling performance, exhaling raw truths through a nocturnal haze of production. (Recorded February 2024)
Geddy Lee in conversation with special guests – Geddy Lee brings to life his memoir My Effin’ Life. Reflecting on his family, childhood and history of Rush; from the determined pursuit of music, to memories with his lifelong friends and bandmates. Joined by special guest, Rush bandmate Alex Lifeson, together on the very stage where they recorded their first live album, “All the World’s a Stage” in 1976. (Recorded December 2023).
The Glorious Sons – The Glorious Sons’ mesmerizing live show showcases their signature energy and spirit. Their lyrically driven, unpredictable and thought-provoking music are anthems for the socially conscious. (Recorded June 2022).
William Prince – William Prince has become one of the country’s most respected and celebrated songwriters. Humble, curious, and skilled, his award-winning songwriting shines in this live performance. (Recorded February 2024).
The partnership between Massey Hall and CBC offers a range of ongoing joint programming initiatives that amplify both emerging and established Canadian artists. Additional performances from the ongoing CBC MUSIC LIVE AT MASSEY HALL concert series will be announced at a later date.
GRAMMY Award-winning, Diamond selling superstar Cardi B returns with ‘Like What (Freestyle)’. The freestyle samples the legendary Missy Elliot track ‘She’s A B**ch’. ‘Like What (Freestyle)’ is also accompanied by a high-fashion companion visual. The freestyle serves as the follow-up to last year’s iconic collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion on ‘Bongos’ (49M views). The visual takes place in Cardi B’s own sun-drenched oasis featuring an assortment of dazzling dancers surrounding the iconic duo throughout. Stay tuned for more music from the trailblazing femcee.
‘Bongos’ came on the heels of Cardi B’s breathtaking Vogue México and Latin America cover shoot for the famous September issue. The breathtaking cover shoot was accompanied by an in-depth, intimate interview that is available to read HERE. Both the single and cover shoot followed a massive string of collaborations with her fellow rap peers. Some of these include Glorilla’s Platinum-certified ‘Tomorrow 2,’ Latto’s Gold-certified “Put It On The Floor,” Offset’s “Jealousy,” and FendiDa Rappa’s “Point Me 2.”
Prior to “Bongos,” the pair released the historic and viral sensation, “WAP.” “WAP (Feat. Megan Thee Stallion)” affirmed Cardi B as one of Apple Music’s most popular artists of all time, earning the platform’s highest-ever debut by a female artist as well as the fastest song in Apple Music history by a female artist to peak at #1. It also went on to go #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #1 on rhythmic radio and peaked at #2 on urban radio. “WAP” also won Favorite Song – Rap / Hip-Hop at the American Music Awards and won Best Collaboration and Video of the Year at the BET Awards. It was also nominated for Collaboration of the Year at the American Music Awards, nominated for five categories at the MTV Video Music Awards, and nominated for Best Music Video at the iHeart Music Awards. The visual has now reached over 523M views and the audio now has over 3.2B streams.
Cardi B is among the most significant musical artists of all time, regardless of genre, gender, or generation- all accomplished in less than a decade. Some of her accolades include the most #1 singles (5) on the Billboard Hot 100, the first lead artist to top the Billboard Global 200 with an album that has sold 100M certified units, the most diamond-certified songs (3) by the RIAA, and the most songs with a billion streams on Spotify including the most-streamed female rap album. In 2023, Cardi is staying quite active with her feature in a Beats By Dre ad last May and her collaboration with Whipshots saw a new flavor release for the fall: Pumpkin Spice. Cardi and Offset also appeared in McDonald’s 2023 Super Bowl Commercial, announcing the first-ever celebrity duo meal.
Today, Disney released the exciting first look at “TRON: Ares,” the highly anticipated, new installment in the groundbreaking “TRON” franchise. The film started production in January in Vancouver and is slated for release in 2025.
“TRON: Ares” is a follow-up to Disney’s 1982 seminal science fiction film “TRON” and the 2010 sequel, “TRON: Legacy.”
Joachim Rønning directs “TRON: Ares” and says, “I’m excited to be part of the TRON franchise and bring this new film to fans around the world. ‘TRON: Ares’ builds upon the legacy of cutting-edge design, technology and storytelling. Now more than ever, it feels like the right time to return to the Grid.”
“TRON: Ares” follows a highly sophisticated Program, Ares, who is sent from the digital world into the real world on a dangerous mission, marking humankind’s first encounter with A.I. beings.
The feature film stars Jared Leto, Greta Lee, Evan Peters, Hasan Minhaj, Jodie Turner-Smith, Arturo Castro, Cameron Monaghan, with Gillian Anderson.
Sean Bailey, Jeffrey Silver, Justin Springer, Jared Leto, Emma Ludbrook and Steven Lisberger are the producers, with Russell Allen serving as executive producer.
Toronto Comicon, presented by FAN EXPO Canada returns on March 15-17, 2024 with a stellar line-up of celebrity guests that are out of this world!
Superheroes, cosmic explorers, and supernatural beings will assemble for three days of unparalleled entertainment from the frontiers of sci-fi, fantasy, comic, anime, gaming and horror. Fans of all ages can enjoy a variety of attractions with over 400 exhibitors, celebrity Q & A’s, autograph and photo opportunities, Community Zone fan meet-ups, cosplay competitions and special family programming to keep those little Grogus busy.
“From beloved icons to spine-tingling villains, and heroes even the tiniest fans adore, this year’s Toronto Comicon line-up is truly exceptional,” said Andrew Moyes, Vice President of FAN EXPO HQ. “We’re proud to spotlight our local industry, showcasing the incredible creative talent right here in our city and those currently filming locally. This year’s Toronto Comicon promises an unforgettable experience for everyone this March break.”
Special guests appearing at Toronto Comicon 2024 include, Canadian Golden Globe nominee and speed force enthusiast Tom Cavanagh (The Flash, Ed), two-time Oscar® nominated actor Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica), the ultimate wingman, ‘Rogue Leader’ Denis Lawson (Star Wars Trilogy), stunt woman and martial arts legend Diana Lee Inosanto (Ahsoka), actor and Jedi rebel Eman Esfandi (Ahsoka), 2024 Critic Choice Awards nominee Harvey Guilen (What We Do in the Shadows), comedian Natasia Demetriou (What We Do in the Shadows), actor/pirate captain Jeff Ward (One Piece, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) and Wolverine himself, Canadian Cal Dodd along with several members of the original cast of the X-Men animated series.
Toronto Comicon will converge again this year in the North Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street during March 15-17, 2024.
Information and pricing for the Toronto Comicon are available at fanexpohq.com/comicontoronto.
TORONTO COMICON 2022 HIGHLIGHTED GUESTS INCLUDE:
TOM CAVANAGH (The Flash, Ed)
DENIS LAWSON (Star Wars Trilogy)
MARY MCDONNELL (Battlestar Galactica, The Fall of the House of Usher)
EMAN ESFANDI (Ahsoka)
DIANA LEE INOSANTO (Ahsoka)
JEFF WARD (One Piece, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)
HARVEY GUILLEN (What We Do in the Shadows)
NATASIA DEMETRIOU (What We Do in the Shadows)
ANSON MOUNT (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds)
CHRISTINA CHONG (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds)
ETHAN PECK (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Star Trek: Discovery)
CAST FROM THE X-MEN ORIGINAL ANIMATED SERIES
For a complete list of guests, info and tickets, visit: fanexpohq.com/comicontoronto
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMMING INCLUDE:
AUTOGRAPHS & PHOTO OPS
COMIC CREATOR PANELS
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROGRAMMING
Follow @FANEXPOCanada for more guest and programming updates over the coming weeks.
Charli XCX today releases ‘Von dutch’ – the first single taken from her highly anticipated forthcoming new album ‘BRAT’. You can watch the video HERE.
Produced by EASYFUN, ‘Von dutch’ is a brash and synth heavy return from the avant-pop superstar and an exciting indication of her new era. The accompanying video, directed by Torso, was shot at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport and features Schwarzkopf as the official hair partner.
Charli’s impending sixth studio album ‘BRAT’ is the eagerly awaited follow up to 2022’s ‘CRASH’, which reached number 1 on the UK’s official album chart, and promises to be an exhilarating club record built around high art references and social commentary: a new era both musically and visually.
Last week saw Charli throw a momentous Boiler Room in New York’s Brooklyn to launch her new campaign with A. G. Cook, George Daniel, EASYFUN and Doss. The show broke the record for the most ever RSVPs to a Boiler Room event, with over 40k people registering to attend. Featuring special guest appearances from the likes of Addison Rae and Julia Fox, the show has easily become one of the viral moments of the year and found the likes of PAPER Magazine lavishing praise on the “sweaty, floor-rattling rave we’ll be referencing for years to come”.
Alongside her new album, Charli has been working on multiple film & TV projects following the breakout success of her Barbie soundtrack contribution ‘Speed Drive’ last year. She is co-executive producing the score for the A24 film ‘Mother Mary’ with Jack Antonoff and also producing original music for Benito Skinner’s series ‘Overcompensating’ on Prime Video. In addition, Charli will star in the Daniel Goldhaber remake of 1978 cult horror film ‘Faces of Death’.
Avant-pop and electronic superstar Charli XCX has become an iconic figure in the arts, having helped expand the landscape of popular music over the last decade by seamlessly traversing the underground and mainstream with her artistic output. Over the course of a trailblazing career, the multi-hyphenate creative has earned critical acclaim for her innovative style and entrepreneurial spirit and seen her forward-thinking approach reshape pop culture in the process.
Her lasting impact was cemented last year when Charli was honoured with the Visionary Award at the annual Ivor Novellos in London, while she will also receive the Powerhouse Award at Billboard’s Women In Music ceremony next week in Los Angeles.
Paramount+ today announced a new series order for the next chapter in the NCIS franchise, starring Cote de Pablo and Michael Weatherly, who will reprise their roles as fan-favorite characters Ziva David and Tony DiNozzo. Slated to start production later this year, the 10-episode order of the all-new NCIS spinoff – the title of which will be announced at a later date – reunites de Pablo and Weatherly on screen for the first time in 10 years. The two also will serve as executive producers alongside John McNamara (Trumbo, The Magicians), who wrote the premiere episode and will serve as showrunner. Laurie Lieser, Christina Strain and Shelley Meals also will executive produce and the series will be distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.
After Ziva’s supposed death, Tony left the NCIS team to go raise their daughter. Years later, Ziva was discovered alive, leading her to complete one final mission with NCIS before she was reunited with Tony and their daughter in Paris. Since then – and where we find them in the new Paramount+ original series – Tony and Ziva have been raising their daughter, Tali, together. When Tony’s security company is attacked, they must go on the run across Europe, try to figure out who is after them and maybe even learn to trust each other again so that they can finally have their unconventional happily ever after.
“We’ve been talking about this story for many years, and now with John McNamara at the helm, we are ready,” said Weatherly and de Pablo. “The world of Tony and Ziva (and daughter Tali) promises to be an action-packed roller coaster fueled by love, danger, tears and laughter. We also want to acknowledge and thank the fans from around the world who supported the ‘TIVA’ movement for years. To this day, they say hello in grocery stores and on the street to tell us how much these characters mean to them and ask what Tony and Ziva are up to now. This is for you!”
“I’m incredibly excited to step into the NCIS universe with Cote and Michael and thrilled to explore it from a few new angles,” said showrunner and executive producer John McNamara. “Given that the franchise is such a global sensation, I think it’s phenomenal that CBS Studios and Paramount+ have given us the greenlight to shoot in Europe. As to the title of this series, if I told you what it is, I’d be violating the Espionage Act.”
NCIS is the world’s most successful television franchise; in the 2022-2023 TV season, it’s estimated that the franchise had more than 300 million viewers around the world across all platforms, including broadcast, cable, streaming and syndication (according to Nielsen and internal data). Since the launch of Paramount+, the NCIS Franchise consistently has ranked among the top-five franchises on the service, in terms of hours consumed. In spring 2024, NCIS will celebrate its 1,000th episode across the franchise.
Quebec native and award-winning visionary director Denis Villeneuve brought the highly anticipated Dune: Part Two celebrations home to Montreal on February 28, 2024, delighting fans with an exclusive red-carpet screening event of the epic sci-fi adventure!
Hundreds of fans gathered in anticipation at the downtown Cineplex Cinéma Banque Scotia Montréal for the Canadian stop of the global publicity tour for Dune: Part Two. Presented by Audi Canada and The Ritz-Carlton Montreal, the evening was a grandiose heartwarming homecoming for Denis as well as fellow filmmakers Producer Tanya Lapointe and Academy Award® Winning Production Designer Patrice Vermette.
The screening was introduced by one of Quebec’s top comedians and television personalities, Jay Du Temple. Jay and Denis thrilled audiences by awarding multiple trips to Hollywood as exclusive prizing to celebrate the night.
Beyond early access to watch the film in IMAX®, fans were treated to immersive photo moments, gift bags, and spice-infused takeaways courtesy of David’s Tea and Kanel.
Dune: Part Two hits theatres across Canada on March 1. Tickets are on sale now!
Celebrating its milestone 25th anniversary, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is permanently moving its fall festival to June just in time for Indigenous Peoples’ Month. Postponing the 2024 event, the new dates run from June 3-8, 2025 in Toronto and June 9-15, 2025 for the online festival.
“Our goal at imagineNATIVE is to better serve our community and deliver a better festival every year,” said Naomi Johnson, Executive Director of imagineNATIVE. “From fresh programming ideas and themes to expanding our programming to outdoor events, the June 2025 date gives us more time to support our festival’s growth.”
Leading up to the festival, imagineNATIVE will host events including extending the imagineNATIVE Tour to the end of November 2024 to help strengthen the organization and enhance the festival experience for creators and guests next year. Further programming will be announced later in the year.
This new date will also allow film submissions from 2023-2025 productions that are looking to be included in the largest Indigenous film festival in North America.
“A festival in June means we’re in a month of increased awareness about Indigenous stories, allowing us to put our filmmakers front and centre,” said Lindsay Monture, Festival Director at imagineNATIVE. “We couldn’t be more excited to see what organizations and talent imagineNATIVE gets the chance to elevate to a bigger audience in our 25th year.”
imagineNATIVE looks forward to hosting festival-goers in Toronto June 3-8, 2025, for the milestone 25th anniversary of the Film + Media Arts Festival. For additional information, please visit: imagineNATIVE.org/faq
Netflix has just released a new Trailer for ULTRAMAN: RISING! Premieres globally on Netflix June 14, 2024.
Director: Shannon Tindle Co-director: John Aoshima Written by: Shannon Tindle, Marc Haimes Produced by: Tom Knott, Lisa M. Poole Cast: Christopher Sean (You, Hawaii Five-O), Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles), Tamlyn Tomita (Avatar: The Last Airbender) Keone Young (Men in Black 3, Star Wars Rebels), Julia Harriman (Camp Rock)
Director Shannon Tindle and Co-Director John Aoshima state:”Our team has worked hard to craft a story that fans and non-fans of this iconic character can enjoy. ULTRAMAN: RISING is a film for everyone. It’s a funny, action-packed, popcorn movie that tackles family, identity, and the struggle to maintain balance in an insane world. This June, we hope you’ll gather ‘round with the folks you love to see what happens when a titanic superhero rediscovers the power of family thanks to an unlikely ally- a sweet, 35-foot-tall, fire-breathing baby kaiju.”
Synopsis: With Tokyo under siege from rising monster attacks, baseball star Ken Sato reluctantly returns home to take on the mantle of Ultraman. But the titanic superhero meets his match when he is forced to adopt a 35-foot-tall, fire-breathing baby kaiju. Sato must rise above his ego to balance work and parenthood while protecting the baby from forces bent on exploiting her for their own dark plans. In partnership with Netflix, Tsuburaya Productions, and Industrial Light & Magic, Ultraman: Rising is written by Shannon Tindle and Marc Haimes, directed by Shannon Tindle, and co-directed by John Aoshima.