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How exciting! Auditions are open for the second season of BB Canada.  I don’t know about you but I can’t wait! If you think you’ve got what it takes to have the entire country watch your every move for a couple of months then get your application completed and filed now!

Hot on the heels of the epic first season of Big Brother Canada, the country’s biggest specialty reality series of the year, Shaw Media and Insight Productions announced today that the national casting call for season two is now open. Canadians 19 years and older are invited to apply online at www.bigbrothercanada.ca and this fall in person at open casting calls in select cities across Canada. The submission deadline is October 25, 2013. Continue reading »

Global Saskatoon’s Lisa Dutton has done it again.  This time she’s inadvertently performed fellatio on air.  Using the words “the big, fat rubber end of my vibrating” and “Oh yeah, that feels good. That hits the spot” make this clip hilarious viewing.

http://youtu.be/vrGg7xFW6Ys

And in case you missed it last time, here is her charming “pick a dick” blooper. Continue reading »

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Social Media really is the focus for so many brands these days as they try to connect with their customers.  Intel and Toshiba have a novel idea and that is to give the audience the chance to play the lead role in a film.  The concept makes it pretty easy as the character wakes up as a different person every day so there are countless numbers of people and stories this film could take.

Here is some info on the film itself and check out the video and facebook links for more additional information.

The Beauty Inside is an interactive social film, presented by Intel and Toshiba, directed by Drake Doremus, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Topher Grace, and all of YOU.

A story that will come alive on the film’s Facebook timeline, The Beauty Inside will consist of six filmed episodes, audience-created content and many online conversations over the course of 6 weeks.

If you haven’t already auditioned, please do! Go to the “Audition Now” tab on the Facebook page where the instructions are waiting for you.

Episode 1 premieres on August 16, at 3pm PST.

Welcome to The Beauty Inside. And welcome to Social Hollywood.


This post is sponsored by Intel & Toshiba

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Shaw Media introduces an unprecedented line-up of exceptional programming across its key brands. This includes Global’s powerful mini-series Titanic, penned by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes, and week-long Global National coverage leading up to the anniversary. From National Geographic Channel’s 100th Anniversary Titanic Week featuring leading Titanic experts Bob Ballard and James Cameron, to History Television’s exploration of one of the most peculiar chapters in Titanic history, Shaw Media offers the most comprehensive roster of programming examining this historic landmark beginning Wednesday, March 21.

“The glamourous voyage promised by the Titanic and the tragedy of its ultimate demise have ignited the curiosity of explorers and scientists, and captured the imagination of the public for a century,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. “From a gripping and emotional drama, to fascinating documentaries, the all-encompassing perspective of Shaw Media’s programming covers the past, present and future of the Titanic.”

 

GLOBAL TELEVISION

Shaw Media, along with ABC, ITV Studios and Lookout Point, unveils the epic mini-series Titanic on Global TV over four consecutive Wednesdays beginning March 21 at 10 PM. Created by BAFTA-winning producer Nigel Stafford-Clark (Warriors; The Way We Live Now; Bleak House) and written by Oscar® and Emmy® winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park; Downton Abbey), Titanic takes viewers on a heart wrenching journey through its last hours. Told through the perspective of characters ranging from steerage passengers to upper class guests, the story unravels under the shadow of the ship’s looming fate. Each episode culminates in a cliff-hanger as the ship falters, building to an explosive conclusion that draws each story together and reveals who survives…and who doesn’t.

Linus Roache (Law & Order, Batman Begins) and Geraldine Somerville (The Harry Potter films, Survivors) lead a talented cast that includes Canadians Noah Reid (Score: The Hockey Musical, Jane and the Dragon), Linda Kash (Cinderella Man, Best in Show) and David Eisner (Flashpoint). For a full cast list and production notes, please visit www.shawmediatv.com

In anticipation of the March 21st premiere, a dedicated website for the original four-part series has been created, bringing history and drama to life in one fascinating interactive experience. Viewers will be able to visit www.globaltv.com/titanic to learn more about the show and the Titanic. The site will provide users with a tour of the production’s authentic sets and a chance to peruse the passenger list that includes the personal stories and information on the real people who survived or perished. In addition, fans can follow a timeline that charts the tragic maiden voyage alongside the timeline of the events taking place in the miniseries.

Global News is also providing comprehensive broadcast and online coverage leading up to the April 15th anniversary. Throughout the week of April 2nd, Global National will air a series of timely and poignant features looking back at this tragic event. Foreign Editor Stuart Greer visits Southampton, England, and looks at how the Titanic’s port of departure was affected by the sinking. Greer also travels to Belfast, Northern Ireland, the soon-to-be home of the world’s largest Titanic Museum. Atlantic Correspondent Ross Lord looks at the Canadian stories associated with the sinking. As the closest major city with direct rail and steamship connections, Halifax was the base for ships recovering bodies from the disaster, and became the final resting place for many of the Titanic’s victims.

GlobalNews.ca offers comprehensive online features regarding the Titanic sinking. Beginning early April, the popular website launches a comprehensive special webpage focusing on the untold Canadian stories related to the disaster. With the ‘Titanic Stories’ feature, GlobalNews.ca is asking Canadians to share what the sinking of the Titanic means to them, with some submissions posted online or read on-air. Interactive maps showing the route of the Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage and the locations in and around Halifax that have a connection to the Titanic will also be made available online.

 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

National Geographic Channel recognizes the anniversary of the Titanic starting Monday, April 9 at 8 PM with a week-long exploration of the sinking of the ship. National Geographic Channel’s schedule is highlighted by brand-new specials from two National Geographic Explorer-In-Residences, Oscar® winning filmmaker James Cameron and the man best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic shipwreck, Bob Ballard. National Geographic’s 100th Anniversary Titanic Week promises to give viewers the most in-depth and complete examination of this heartbreaking disaster.

On Monday, April 9 at 9 PM, Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron brings James Cameron together with a passionate group of some of the world’s leading Titanic experts – including naval architects, engineers, historians and artists – as they solve the lingering mystery of why and how an “unsinkable” ship sank. Working backwards from the shipwreck on the ocean floor and using a never-seen-before stress model, the animation created under Cameron’s supervision provides an accurate picture of how the ship broke apart. Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron repeats Thursday, April 12 at 9 PM.

Airing Tuesday, April 10 at 9 PM, Titanic: Case Closed presents a revolutionary new theory that the Titanic sailed straight into an unlikely combination of atmospheric conditions that were ultimately responsible for its demise. In this two-hour special, historian and author Tim Maltin examines the ship’s ill-fated voyage and tragic final hours. Using vivid computer generated images and a series of experiments to bring to life the exceptional conditions that preceded the ship’s demise, Maltin answers one of the greatest mysteries surrounding the Titanic: how two expert lookouts missed a giant iceberg lying straight ahead.

In Save the Titanic with Bob Ballard, airing Wednesday, April 11 at 10 PM, Bob Ballard shares his quest to protect Titanic’s massive underwater graveyard from treasure hunters and tourists. Already, crucial pieces of Titanic’s history are gone, including the crow’s nest where lookouts spotted the doomed iceberg. With the support of the descendants of Titanic’s passengers, Ballard struggles to salvage what’s left of the legendary ship.

Rebuilding Titanic, airing every night at 8 PM, is a five-part series showcasing a determined team of experts as they bring the Titanic back to life. These experts use 100 year-old methods to rebuild iconic sections of history’s most famous ship, including a piece of the steel bow, the anchor, and some of the Titanic’s most luxurious interior fixtures. Walking in the footsteps of the mechanics who originally built the Titanic, the experts uncover the lives of those who built it before them and reveal secrets about a ship that was once thought to be unsinkable. Rebuilding Titanic airs Monday through Friday for the week of April 9.

 

HISTORY TELEVISION

Sunday, April 15 marks the official 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and History Television is observing the occasion with a full day of Titanic programming, featuring the Canadian broadcast premiere of a new and illuminating special.

Revealing one of the most bizarre and unknown stories of WWII history is Nazi Titanic, airing at 7 PM. Inspired by his fascination with the Titanic, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels made a documentary movie based on the sinking of the ship. This epic movie was so large in scale that the Nazis were forced to divert men, material and ships from their war effort in order to complete the film. Although this was the most epic movie the Nazis ever produced, the film did not receive the large premiere that Goebbels intended and only surfaced in Nazi-occupied Paris and 1950’s Hollywood. Nazi Titanic investigates this little known story by investigating the making of the film, as well as the fate of the German ship Cap Arcona, which was used as the double for the Titanic in the film.

Here’s the official video that the copyright owners won’t be taking offline of Admiral Aladeen spilling Kim Jong Il’s ashes over Ryan Seacrest at the 84th Academy Awards.

The rave reviews are in and the stage is set for the highly anticipated new musical drama SMASH, premiering Monday, Feb. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, following the lead-in of a two-hour episode of the hit competition series THE VOICE at 8 p.m. ET/PT (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

In advance of opening night, cast members revealed today Broadway memories exclusively for Canadians.

From an award-winning producing team led by Academy Award®-winner Steven Spielberg, powerhouse award-winning musical team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), and rounded out by some of the biggest names from stage and screen, SMASH hits all the right notes as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all want to be a “SMASH” hit on Broadway.

Airing Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, the series also airs on Bravo! beginning Friday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. ET.

Without a doubt the most buzzed-about show of the season, SMASH is receiving “universal praise from TV Critics” (Winnipeg Free Press), who are touting it as “creatively strong” (Entertainment Weekly), and “wildly anticipated” (Los Angeles Times), with a “knock-out cast” (Postmedia News).

And, to feed the excitement surrounding the series, Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc. will release the songs performed each week in the series by stars Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty and others – a mixture of pop, Broadway standards and original music. Starting Feb. 6, every Monday morning Sony Music will release digitally 2-3 songs that are featured in that night’s episode to consumers and radio stations across the country.

So many artists have dreams of making it big on Broadway. SMASH gives viewers a glimpse into the highlights and the lowlights of what it takes to make it on “The Great White Way.” The stellar cast of SMASH have all been inspired by Broadway in some way or another. Below are a few of their favourite memories.

Debra Messing, who portrays celebrated Broadway writer Julia Houston – “The first Broadway show I saw was Annie and it was life changing. I nearly levitated out of my seat I was so amazed. All I could say to my parents afterwards was ‘I want to do that!’”

Anjelica Huston, who portrays established Broadway producer Eileen Rand – “The first time I came to Broadway was in 1969, as an understudy for Ophelia, in Tony Richardson’s production of Hamlet at the Lunt-Fontanne. I had understudied Marianne Faithfull at the Roundhouse in London, and gone onstage quite a few times. But Francesca Annis replaced Marianne when the production travelled to New York City, and Francesca was not an understudy’s dream …much to my disappointment, she never missed a performance!”

Katharine McPhee, who portrays talented Broadway new-comer Karen Cartwright – “I remember seeing Les Miserables on my first trip to New York. It’s such an iconic show and so powerful. It was an incredible night and something I will never forget.”

Megan Hilty, who portrays seasoned Broadway triple-threat Ivy Lynn – “My very first Broadway experience was watching the famous videotape recording of Into the Woods with the original cast. I instantly fell in love with the stories and the music – and that’s when I became a huge fan of Bernadette Peters. Her performance was thrilling and ultimately inspired me to seriously consider a career in the performing arts.”

Jack Davenport, who portrays bad-boy Broadway director Derek Wills – “My first Broadway experience was technically speaking off-Broadway, but extremely memorable nonetheless. Twenty years ago, I found myself in the audience for one of the very first performances of The Blue Man Group. I wish I could say I’d been to a profound production of The Iceman Cometh, but it was blue men and drumming for me.”

Christian Borle, who portrays composer Tom Levitt – “When I first moved to New York City to try to get a job on Broadway, I would fork over my savings to see shows at theatres like The Shubert, The Richard Rodgers, The Music Box and The Palace. Sitting in the cheap, nose-bleed seats in historic old houses, watching performers the size of ants, I felt happy. Sepia-toned, toe-tapping, childhood happy.”

The SMASH ensemble cast includes many familiar award-winning actors, but just like Broadway, there is always new talent to discover. They may not yet be household names, but it won’t take long for viewers to fall in love with SMASH stars Jack Davenport who plays seductive bad boy Derek Wills, one of Broadway’s most brilliant director-choreographers, and Megan Hilty, who plays Ivy Lynn, an ensemble performer who has spent years pursuing stardom only to be bumped back into the chorus again and again. The two actors share some of their favourite things exclusively with CTV:

Jack Davenport – While shooting SMASH in New York City, Davenport’s go-to spot is Prospect Park. When asked to name his favourite Canadian, Davenport is quick to name the “absurdly brilliant” actress Molly Parker. His character on SMASH may be a villain, but when Davenport wants to hear his favourite Broadway tune, it’s “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy that pulls on his heart strings. 

Megan Hilty – In SMASH there are two Marilyns but there is only one Megan. Having starred on Broadway, Hilty is no stranger to the bustling streets of New York, and escapes to Central Park as “it’s the perfect peaceful getaway whenever the city starts to feel overwhelming.” When asked about a favourite Canadian, Hilty has two – her two Jack Russell Terriers that she adopted in Toronto while she was on tour with Wicked.

In real life and in SMASH, there’s nothing more exciting than the opening night of a hit Broadway musical – except maybe what it takes to get there. When Julia (Emmy® Award-winner Debra Messing, WILL & GRACE) and Tom (Tony Award-nominee Christian Borle, Legally Blonde: The Musical), a successful songwriting team, begin work on a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, a determined producer, Eileen (Academy Award®-winner Anjelica Huston), jumps on board, and so begins the difficult task of casting the silver screen icon. Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty, 9 to 5: The Musical), a tough Broadway veteran determined to leave the chorus line behind, seems like the obvious choice, but a rivalry develops when Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee, AMERICAN IDOL), a young girl from Iowa with the dream of making it on Broadway, blows everyone away during her audition. So who will get the part and begin a journey that will change their lives? It’s an age-old story, but a star will be born once again.

SMASH also stars Raza Jaffrey (Sex and the City 2) as Karen’s boyfriend Dev, and Jaime Cepero (Porgy and Bess) as Tom’s eager assistant Ellis. Guest stars this season include Golden Globe®-winner and Academy Award®-nominee Uma Thurman (Kill Bill: Vol. 2), teen heartthrob Joe Jonas (JONAS), and Tony Award®-winner Bernadette Peters (Gypsy).    

In the series premiere “Pilot” (Monday, Feb. 6 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV), Julia (Messing) and her husband Frank (Tony Award®-nominee Brian d’Arcy James, Shrek The Musical) recently began the process of adopting a child, but her focus is torn when she decides to write another Broadway hit with her writing partner Tom (Borle). As the audition process for the lead role begins, Eileen’s (Huston) husband begins divorce proceedings which could threaten the finances of the show, and the brilliant but womanizing director Derek (Jack Davenport, Pirates of the Caribbean) could derail the entire project if he puts one of the young stars in a compromising position.

Here is the full list of Nominees from the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards which air today at live at 7pm on CTV.

The awards will be again hosted by Ricky Gervais.

Winners are listed below in bold.

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Boss
Game of Thrones
Homeland

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY

Enlightened
Episodes
Glee
Modern Family
New Girl

BEST TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Hour
Mildred Pierce
Too Big to Fail

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias 
Damian Lewis, Homeland

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Idris Elba, Luther
William Hurt, Too Big to Fail
Bill Nighy, Page Eight
Dominic West, The Hour

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Romola Garai, The Hour
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern, Downtown Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big To Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce 
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

50/50
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn

BEST DIRECTOR

Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA

George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain , The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

BEST SCREENPLAY

Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
The Ides of March, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Moneyball, Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Flowers of War
In The Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid WIth The Bike
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

The Artist, Ludovic Bource
W.E., Abel Korzeniowski
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Hugo, Howard Shore
War Horse, John Williams

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Lay Your Head Down,” Albert Nobbs
“Hello Hello,” Gnomeo and Juliet
“The Living Proof,” The Help
“The Keeper,” Machine Gun Preacher
“Masterpiece,” W.E.

Toronto comedians Kyle Humphrey and Graydon Sheppard have amassed more than 3.5m views in the last 3 days with their new hit web series Shit Girls Say.

In a similar case to what happened to the Shit My Dad Says, the SGS Twitter account has been bought to life and been bought to your computer screen. 

The first episode stars Sheppard and TV actress Juliette Lewis who is currently filming The Firm.