BRAD OSWALD / TV
Funny Canuck gets another sitcom shot
Calgary-born comedian/actor Ryan Belleville has been one of the country's top standups for the better part of a decade, but he's still searching for the perfect vehicle to carry him from club stages to TV and movie screens. His best shot so far was the clever but underappreciated Showcase comedy Almost Heroes (which he co-created with his brother, Jason), which lasted only a season. Belleville's back, this time co-starring alongside Luke Macfarlane (Brothers and Sisters) and Leah Renee (The Playboy Club) in an intriguing new CTV sitcom called Satisfaction that premieres Monday, June 24, at 7 p.m.
RANDALL KING Ñ MOVIES
How Brad won the war
Any resemblance between the Max Brooks novel World War Z and the movie of the same name is strictly coincidental. Brooks patterned his book of fictional interviews with dozens of survivors after Studs Terkel's oral history The Good War. In the movie, it all comes down to Brad Pitt's character, a reluctant UN investigator assigned to find the cause and cure for a devastating zombie holocaust. It only goes to show: the problems of seven billion people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world... at least not while Brad Pitt walks the earth.
JILL WILSON Ñ MUSIC
The reissue of R.E.M.'s 1988 album Green is probably not among the Athens, Ga., band's most anticipated. When it originally came out, longtime fans were disdainful of the band's perceived new direction (imagine a time when a group actually appearing in a video -- for the poppy Stand-- could be perceived as "selling out"), but the album is worth revisiting. It contains some of vocalist Michael Stipe's most deeply felt vocal performances and some of the band's most unabashedly pretty moments (You Are the Everything, Hairshirt), but it is laced with bitterness and rage. Spring for the deluxe edition, which includes a bonus disc containing a concert recorded in Greensboro, N.C., with a set list that contains incendiary versions of Turn You Inside Out, I Believe and These Days.
KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
En franßais, s'il vous plait
The only Manitoban performing at the Montreal Fringe Festival is former St. Boniface actor Micheline Marchildon, who this week was the subject of a feature article in the Montreal Gazette. Intime et Incomfortable is her fourth fringe show, including Dork: One Woman's Sexual Journey, and first that she has brought to Montreal in French. Marchildon got her start in theatre at the Cercle Moli®re and the Ligue d'improvisation du Manitoba before moving to Toronto a decade ago, where she has appeared in eight TV series in six years.