What kind of legacy are you leaving in your wake?

The message of It’s a Wonderful Life rings true because it speaks of powerful universal truths that will never change

What kind of legacy are you leaving in your wake?Celebrated American filmmaker Steven Spielberg said, “It’s a Wonderful Life shows that every human being on this Earth matters – and that’s a very powerful message.” Released in December 1946 (the same month Spielberg was born) and set in the first half of the 20th century, this film has been a Christmas favourite for generations.…

The last Blockbuster in America

The free market only sustains a faltering enterprise for so long. Consumer demands rapidly change, new products are always waiting

The last Blockbuster in AmericaJust about every year before Christmas, I sit down next to my wonderfully decorated tree, often with a beverage in hand, and clean up my computer files. Inevitably, I’ll unearth a few column ideas I didn’t get around to writing. This year, I found one older topic that I’ve decided was still intriguing enough to…

Cineplex to open adults-only theatre in University District

VIP Cinemas is intended as a premium entertainment experience where food and beverage orders are delivered right to seats

Cineplex to open adults-only theatre in University DistrictThe massive, master-planned, mixed-use University District in northwest Calgary will be home to an exclusive adults-only VIP Cinemas theatre scheduled to open in late 2021. Cineplex announced on Thursday the location will be a standalone building and it will be one of only two of the company’s theatres in the country dedicated exclusively to adult…

Does Canadian culture warrant widespread taxpayer support?

Protecting cultural industries from competition and propping them up with public money is just wasteful

Does Canadian culture warrant widespread taxpayer support?Many advocates for cultural diversity have a sudden change of heart when the topic turns to Canada's ‘cultural industries.’ As they say in Argentina, for money, the monkey will dance. What constitutes Canadian heritage, given its complex milieu, tends to be in the eye of the beholder. However, the heritage is so weak that, supposedly,…

Fred Jung’s incredible journey from Calgary to Hollywood

The Shatner Universe executive talks about developing entertainment projects and working with an icon, William Shatner

Fred Jung’s incredible journey from Calgary to HollywoodFred Jung is president of acquisitions and development of Shatner Universe LLC in North Hollywood. Can you explain your journey on how you got from Calgary to Los Angeles in your career? Jung: Boy, it really has been an incredible journey! Growing up in Calgary in the early ’70s, I was always intrigued with the entertainment…

The many voices of Doug de Nance

Voice artist, skybox announcer and on-the-floor host of live events across the globe

The many voices of Doug de NanceDoug de Nance is a voice artist, skybox announcer and on-the-floor host of live events across the globe. Tell me what you do and the range of services you’ve been hired to do over the years? Doug: My brand – When he speaks, it’s an event – really covers what I do. I call it voice…

Stan Lee, left-wing culture warrior

Under his leadership, Marvel directly challenged societal norms on race, religion, war, gender and sexuality

Stan Lee, left-wing culture warriorStan Lee passed away on Nov. 12. The larger-than-life personality of Marvel Comics for seven decades, he helped create some of the world’s most beloved superheroes, including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and Black Panther. The 95-year-old son of Romanian-Jewish immigrants, Lee was a genius and great innovator in the comic book industry –…

The subsidy table is set, and actors and writers will dine

The CRTC has backed away from a 21st-century funding model for the creation of Canadian content. We'll all be poorer as a result

The subsidy table is set, and actors and writers will dineThe leaders of Canada’s creative rebellion have emerged victorious after two years of struggle. That means consumers will almost certainly pay more for years to come for their much-loved Canadian television content. The news came just prior to the Labour Day weekend. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued a decision confirming that it…

Behind the extraordinary art of the ‘Walt Disney of Japan’

Hayao Miyazaki is brilliant, inspired, outspoken and unconventional. It's a combination that makes for remarkable films

Behind the extraordinary art of the ‘Walt Disney of Japan’The summer months are an enjoyable time for professional writers. Political leaders are moving at a slower pace, which gives us an opportunity to tackle some more creative topics. Such as Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki is a legendary figure in anime, or Japanese animation. Often described as the “Walt Disney of Japan,” the 77-year-old has continually…

New ‘hyper-reality’ to entertain Cineplex Rec Room visitors

West Edmonton Mall location to be among the first to feature state-of-the-art virtual reality technology

New ‘hyper-reality’ to entertain Cineplex Rec Room visitorsCineplex is teaming up with The VOID, to launch new VOID Experience Centers in communities across Canada. One of the first will be in the West Edmonton Mall. The companies said in a news release that The VOID combines state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) technology, physical stages and multi-sensory effects, including touch and smell for “a new…