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Top Films Of 2017

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, and with it, some new films to add to our favourites list. Sure there were some duds (did Transformers really need another film?), but there were plenty of good ones as well.  In no particular order, here are our favourite films of 2017.

Call Me By Your Name – This love story will be front and centre come awards season. It’s all ready appeared on several best-of lists for 2017, and even won a few awards. It takes place in 1983, and stars Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer as two men who unexpectedly fall in love in Italy.

Baby Driver – Director Edgar Wright knows a thing or two about making a sleeper hit, and this film about a heist gone wrong definitely fits the bill of a cult classic. It’s funny, has action and has an incredible cast. If you missed it earlier this year, you should go back and check it out.

Blade Runner 2049 – This sequel to the 1982 film may not have done so well at the box office, but it’s a visual feast that you don’t want to miss. If you remember Blade Runner didn’t do so well in 1982 either, but grew into a classic over time. If you haven’t seen it, give it a chance, and if you have, watch it again, it’s worth the time.

Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan may very well earn his first Oscar for this WW2 epic. It’s avoids the pratfall so many WW2 films fall into, in that it’s not too long. It’s a visual stunning film, with great acting and amazing storytelling. Everything the Academy looks for in a film.

Get Out – And the best horror film of the year isn’t It, even though It was the box office champ in the genre. Get Out shocked audiences early this year, and easily was the most terrifying film on the screen. The most shocking thing?  It came from the mind of Jordan Peele who is well known for his comedy skills, not horror.

The Post – Haven’t seen it yet? Well join the crowd, as the film won’t make its wide release until the new year. Still, thanks to a limited run it is eligible for next year’s awards. Steven Spielberg’s latest tells the true story of Kay Graham, who exposed a cover-up running through four presidential terms.

I, Tonya – Think you know disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding’s story? Think again. Margot Robbie shows off her range in this biopic that might very well earn her an Oscar.

The Disaster Artist – Whoever decided to make a movie about the making of the worst movie in history is a genius. The Franco brothers (James and Dave) steal the show in this film that will have people rushing out to see the film The Room that they are talking about. And then wishing they had just stuck to watching this one. 

The Shape of Water – Director Guillermo del Toro has been making amazing movies for awhile now, and it’s about time he starts getting more recognition for it. The Shape of Water, a movie about a mute janitor who forms a unique bond with an aquatic creature, may be just the film to make him a household name.

Lady Bird – Saoirse Ronan may be great in this film, but it is Laurie Metcalf who is getting all the attention. It’s a coming of age story that looks at a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, with high ambitions. Actress Greta Gerwig takes her first swing at directing, and does an amazing job of it.

 

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2018 Junos: Arcade Fire & Gord Downie Win Big, A Barenaked Reunion and Michael Buble Hosts

Last year’s Juno Awards had problems even before it began, when host Michael Buble had to step down as the host after family issues arose, but this year he was front and centre of the show, and even started the night off with some good news. The singer announced early on that he and his wife were expecting their third child. And that wasn’t the end of the positivity showcased throughout the evening. 

When Arcade Fire’s Win Butler took the stage to claim the Album of the Year Award for Everything News, he stated “I just hope that we can all rise above negativity in our lives and just do what we believe in. Speak your truth and don’t be afraid to just do whatever the hell you want.”

Gord Downie’s brothers Mike and Patrick continued the inspiring words when they accepted his posthumous Artist of the Year award.  “If we’ve learned anything from Gord it was the value of taking care of each other,” Patrick said. “This is Gord’s award. It’s artist of the year, but he was our man of a lifetime. I’d like to believe we’re all better artists and people because of him. We love you Gord and we’re all taking good care of each other.” The love towards Downie was also felt earlier on during a special tribute to the late singer, which was led by Sarah Harmer and Dallas Green, alongside Barenaked Ladies keyboardist Kevin Hearn.

The other big highlight of the evening was of course the induction of the Backnaked Ladies into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The group reunited with former bandmate Steven Page to accept the award, and even closed out the broadcast with a montage of their hits One Week and If I Had $1,000,000. Page left the group to pursue a solo career back in 2009. Before they could finish their montage though, Jann Arden, Jim Cuddy, The Jerry Cans and the Northern Touch All-Stars joined them sing-along.

The other winners for the evening were: RB/Soul Recording of the Year: Freudian by Daniel Caesar,  Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Jessie Reyez, Rap Recording of the Year: Shooters by Tory Lanez and Juno Fan Choice: Shawn Mendes.

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Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin And More Set To Return For Once Upon A Time Finale

You have to give it to the Once Upon A Time producers, they tried to continue the popular series after regulars Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin and Emilie de Ravin decided to call it quits after 6 seasons. Unfortunately the ratings continues to fall, and earlier this year ABC decided to pull the plug on it and announced the season finale would also be the series finale. And now it’s been announced that the actors who left the series, are returning for the final episode.

Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis said in a released statement that “Seven years after we set off on this magical journey, we prepare to say goodbye to the cast, crew and writers that made the ‘happily ever after’ that is Once Upon a Time possible. We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to say farewell than by reuniting so many of the characters that our fiercely loyal fans spent years with on their adventures. We hope everyone joins our Once family, old and new, for what we hope will be the sendoff of a lifetime befitting this stellar cast and its incomparable fans.”

Once Upon A Time was rebooted for season 7, with few cast members from the previous seasons returning. One was Lana Parrilla, who plays Regina Mills, and who we interviewed for our October 2017 issue. The season also featured several new characters, including Robin, the daughter of Zelena and Robin Hood, played by Tiera Skovbye. We spoke with Tiera in our current, March issue

ABC recently announced that the season ending episode would feature several returning stars, including Jared Gilmore (Henry Mills), Bev Elliott (Granny), Lee Arenberg (Grumpy), Tony Amendola (Geppetto), Keegan Connor Tracy (Blue Fairy), JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Ariel), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Victoria Smurfit (Cruella de Vil) and Rebecca Mader (Zelena/Wicked Witch). With Morrison (Emma Swan), Dallas (Prince Charming), Goodwin (Snow White) and de Ravin (Belle) returning, the finale should play out the nostalgia factor and draw in fans who had stopped watching. Morrison, Dallas and Goodwin had been with the series since it began, while de Ravin joined part way through season one before becoming a series regular in season 2. 

The Once Upon A Time finale will air over the course of two weeks, on Fridays May 11 and May 18, at 8 P.M. The returning actors aren’t expected to appear until the season part. 

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Indiana Jones 5 Will Start Production In 2019

Even though Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Ready Player One, isn’t set to hit theatres until next week, people have already started talking about the Oscar winning director’s upcoming films; including the fifth film of the long running Indiana Jones franchise.

While making an appearance at the Rakuten Empire Awards in London this weekend, Spielberg not only praised the Time’s Up movement, but he also started discussing the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 film during his acceptance speech for the Legend of Our Lifetime award. “It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the UK,” he said. “The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers — everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie right here.”

Originally the fifth movie was due out in 2019, but that was switched to July 10, 2020 last April by Disney. What we know is that Harrison Ford will once again star in the film, but Shia LaBeouf, who was one of the stars of the fourth installment The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, won’t be in it at all. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will once again produce the film, and David Koepp is currently writing the script. Other than that the film, including the plot and co-stars, is a complete mystery.

Before getting to the unnamed Indiana Jones sequel however, Spielberg is filming West Side Story and The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara first. 

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