The superhero who lives down your street
Comic-book movies are everything
Getting cast in the lead role in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a movie set for release in 2021, has brought attention to how Simu Liu went from being a laid-off Bay Street accountant to getting Marvel Studios to provide what he wished for on Twitter.
Twisted times at the next TIFF
The latest Batman spin-off flick will get its film fest validation in Toronto, alongside other big premieres, like Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers, and several that are then destined for Netflix.
Politicians decry CBC true crime. A report from the Globe and Mail about The Fifth Estate looking to boost its ratings with a series on Paul Bernardo led to condemnation for a concept that has not been finalized. Meanwhile, a tenacious Toronto Sun reporter who covered the original case and its aftermath, Alan Cairns, has died at age 64.
Rabid remake nets best publicity
Jen and Sylvia Soska got their Twitter account reactivated following two rounds of suspension. The forced hiatus was presumed to have resulted from the twin directors posting graphic images from their update of David Cronenberg’s 1977 horror film:
Conservatives take aim at 24 Sussex Drive. The price of disrepair at the prime minister’s official residence is apparently on the mind of Andrew Scheer. Ben Mulroney, a former resident, recommends razing it to the ground.
Finally, worst newsletter ever
Graydon Carter, who fulfilled the Canadian expat media dream to the top of Vanity Fair, isn’t retired yet: Air Mail, his new venture, is a weekly email dispatch targeting “the world traveller.” But it looks like Carter is stuck on the conventions of publishing a print magazine: