ANTHONY AUGUSTINE Ñ WEB
New Twitter account alert
Parody Twitter accounts are pretty lame sometimes, but this fake feed from Minneapolis' Prince of Purple is pure gold. See @PrinceTweets2U.
RANDALL KING Ñ MOVIES
Profitable Canadian films?
It can be done. And it seems to be getting done here in Manitoba, where a couple of coarse comedies have made some moolah. Sean Garrity's My Awkward Sexual Adventure got an unprecedented theatrical release earlier this year and has sold remake rights in France, South Korea and Lithuania. Next week, director Michael Dowse's Goon will receive a Golden Box Office Award as the English-Canadian film that generated the highest domestic box office of the year. It certainly proves the wisdom earned by one-time Canuck box office champ Porky's: Raunch sells.
BRAD OSWALD Ñ TV
An alternate route to music stardom
If you're among the many who think the words "rock star" and "ukulele" should never appear in the same sentence, you've probably never seen Jake Shimabukuro showcase his four-string mastery of the mostly mocked traditional instrument. The Hawaiian-born virtuoso's talents are on display -- and definitely worth seeing -- in the PBS special Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, which airs Monday, June 17 at 9 p.m. on Prairie Public TV. Rest assured that no tulips will be tiptoed through in this one.
MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS
HarperCollins signs celebrity chef
You can never be too rich or too thin, the saying goes. But in publishing, you can never release too many cookbooks. HarperCollins Canada has just announced the signing of U.K. chef and TV personality Jamie Oliver to a four-book deal. The first two titles, due this fall, are Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less and Jamie's 15-Minute Meals.
KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
It's effing time ...
It's fringe season in Canada. The London Fringe Festival is on and the 23rd Montreal edition starts Friday. Next week there will be fringathons in Ottawa and Port Alberni, B.C. That means it is less than five weeks until 169 troupes gather here for the 26th annual Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival which opens July 17. There is no overall theme again this year, other than to encourage local theatregoers to "embrace the F-word."