January 2013

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Volkswagen have been accused of racism in their Super Bowl ad where as white man speaks in a Jamaican accent in order to cheer up co-workers.

“Don’t fret me brother. The sticky bun come soon,” he says to a co-worker struggling with a vending machine.

“You know what this room needs? A smile. Who want to come with I?” he tells his co-workers after a depressing meeting.

Barbara Lippert from Mediapost.com said: “Didn’t anyone look at this? This is so racist. It’s just saying that black people are happy.” Continue reading »

Californication2013The often controversial Californication has been renewed for another season by the Showtime network.

The series, which follows the drunken adventures of David Duchovny’s troubled novelist Hank Moody, will return for a seventh season.

Season six is currently airing in the US and is proving a fan favourite, averaging 3.1 million per episode, which is up 21 per cent on last season.

Showtime has also renewed Shameless and House of Lies for new seasons.

AliveMuchMusic is premiering the new Canadian TV special Alive on Tuesday, February 5 at 7pm ET.

The brainchild of Canadian pop sensation Shawn Desman and MuchMusic Video Award-winner RT!, this 30-minute, all-new special tells the story of love, the power of persistence, and the pursuit of one’s dreams.

Starring Shawn Desman, Kaitlyn Leeb (Heartland), Melinda Shankar (Degrassi), K.C. Collins (Lost Girl), Alive is set to the music of Desman’s upcoming album Alive, to be released by Universal Music Canada on the same day. A live stream of the special will also be available on muchmusic.com. Continue reading »

ENTOURAGE2013The green light has been given for an Entourage movie.

Vinnie Chase and his crew are returning for a one-off outing on the big screen two years after the show wrapped its eighth and final season.

Warner Bros. has given the go-ahead for the movie, which will be directed and written by the series creator Doug Ellin and executive produced by Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson.

Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven are all starting to negotiate deals to reprise their roles. Continue reading »

WalkingDeadAppIf you want to play dead, now you can.

The AMC network has released an official Walking Dead app that turns ordinary photos of you into Walker pics.

Best of all, it’s free.

HomelandCarrieOn an entertainment level, a lot of people would agree that Homeland really hits the mark but it should come as no surprise that in terms of accurately portraying the intelligence community, it appears to leave a lot to be desired.

“At the very least the show is entertaining, albeit very very unrealistic” is how one actual intelligence analyst described the drama series.

“[No TV show] really gets intelligence work right, and the reason is because intelligence work makes for boring TV. A “real” spy [show] would probably involve lots of Powerpoint presentations, and lots of people huddled over computers (still running windows xp) with empty cans of Redbull/Monster surrounding them.”

They also pointed to the character of Carrie (Claire Danes) as being highly unrealistic, given some of her actions on the show. Continue reading »

rogerslogo1Rogers Media has just announced a big new multi-year deal with the Buffalo Bills.

The deal will extend the Bills’ stay at Toronto’s Rogers Centre for another five seasons, resulting in five regular season games and three pre-season match-ups.

 

DrakeDegrassi

Drake has returned to his Degrassi roots. Well, sort of.

The rapper has re-united with a former Degrassi cast-mate in Shane Kippel, who played Gavin “Spinner” Mason on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Kippel tweeted a photo of the pair this week with the caption: “The reunion with @Drake. Congrats to @905arcane, and thanks to @ryanpvpkotd and @scottjacksonbb for the sik time. KOTD”

Drake played the role of Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi, appearing in a total of 138 episodes.

Conrad BlackFallen Canadian media mogul Conrad Black is making a comeback by hosting a new Canadian TV show.

Black, who was released from prison in May 2012 after serving time for fraud and obstruction of justice charges, will front a talkshow produced by Moses Znaimer’s ZoomerMedia.

The series will be entitled The Zoomer and its first run will consist of 26 episodes.

Black told The Globe and Mail: “I give an editorial opinion and interview somebody and there are going to be a couple of panels… I will have a lot of people that I know in this and other countries who are fairly prominent who will be happy to be interviewed. We should make it moderately interesting.”

On the show he will debate various topics, including the U.S. judicial system, prison reform and gun control, with co-host Denise Conlon presenting a round-table discussion segment. Continue reading »

30 RockVery soon you will actually be able to savour the taste of 30 Rock.

Ben & Jerry’s is set to release an ice cream flavour inspired by the comedy series to honour the show’s finale.

The flavour will be unveiled at a special finale viewing party in New York City for which revellers are urged to dress as their favourite 30 Rock character.

The company has previously modelled a flavour on a punchline Alec Baldwin gave at the end of a Saturday Night Live skit. The “Schweddy Balls” flavour was boycotted by some family groups and various supermarkets declined to carry it. Continue reading »