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Laurels and morals

It's hard to ignore the Winnipeg premi®re of a little-known play that carries the endorsement of a New York Times theatre critic, who labelled Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero the best new American drama of the first decade of this century. Two menial security guards and a couple local beat cops stir up all sorts of questions about balancing truth-telling with survival in often hostile work environments. Lonergan is the award-winning writer of the films Gangs of New York and You Can Count on Me. Lobby Hero opens May 22 at the Forest Nickerson Theatre, 285 Pembina Hwy.


Motive makes a move -- southbound

After a successful post-Super Bowl launch and a solid first season on CTV, the Canadian-made cop drama Motive is following in the footsteps of Flashpoint and Global's Rookie Blue and heading south of the border to try its luck on U.S. network TV. The series will be part of ABC's summer lineup, debuting stateside on Monday, May 20, at 9 p.m. before moving to its regular timeslot on Thursday, May 23, at 8 p.m. CTV, which has already renewed Motive for a second season, will simulcast the series' summer run.


Summer drought

Between Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness, it's safe to say the summer movie season has begun. Ironically, this translates to fewer movies in the city's cineplexes. For example, Silver City Polo Park has 14 cinemas, but as of tomorrow, is only screening eight movies, and two of those (The Croods and The Big Wedding) are sharing a single screen. On the plus side, you have the option of watching Star Trek Into Darkness in 3D, 2D, Imax and D-Box formats.


Maybe he just needed wavier hair

Self-flagellating Liberals will be lined up to read Michael Ignatieff's new tome, Fire and Ashes, when it is released in September. The prominent author and public intellectual will provide his take on exactly what went wrong during his brief time as leader of the federal Opposition.


Chris Hadfield sings David Bowie's Space Oddity

Canadian Chris Hadfield is a lot of things: an astronaut, a former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, a role model, a music lover, the first commander of the International Space Station (ISS) -- and now he can add viral video star to his already impressive list of accomplishments. Hadfield's fragile and breathtaking rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity, filmed during the final days on the ISS, has been quickly climbing up the charts as one of YouTube's most watched videos, with nearly seven million views in just two days. The Sarnia-born astronaut is also one of the most social-media-savvy people ever to be blasted into space, with nearly one million followers on Twitter, a busy Tumblr blog and one of the most popular threads ever created as part of Reddit's Ask Me Anything section.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 16, 2013 C2

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