RANDALL KING / MOVIES
What's in a name?
The reason the movie The Butler is being released into theatres as Lee Daniels' The Butler is not owing to directorial vanity but because Warner Bros. took issue with the Weinstein Co.'s use of the title The Butler, based on their ownership of the name stemming from a 1916 silent film. It's all pretty bizarre when you consider how frequently titles are reused in Hollywood films. Consider the 1995 Warner Bros. release Heat, which shared the same title as the 1986 Burt Reynolds movie, the 1972 movie produced by Andy Warhol, next year's remake of the Reynolds film starring Jason Statham, and the recent comedy The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Weird.
BRAD OSWALD / TV
A very appealing Orphan gets a fancy new home
Since it premiered last March on the sci-fi-flavoured Space network, Orphan Black has become something of a cable-TV sensation, thanks in large part to the performance of Saskatchewan-born star Tatiana Maslany in a clone-mystery storyline that required her to play a dozen different versions of the same character. Fans were outraged when she was passed over in this year's Emmy nominations, but the Regina native recently won the Television Critics Association Award for individual achievement in drama. This week, Maslany's work will reach a broader Canadian audience when Orphan Black has its broadcast-network debut on CTV on Friday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m.
MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS
That winning lottery ticket was in the womb with you
Simon & Schuster has announced that Rhonda Byrne, author of the preposterous 2007 bestseller The Secret, has a new inspirational tome coming in late November. Hero purports to gather the wisdom of 12 of the world's most successful people to prove that "each of us was born with everything we need to live our greatest dream."
ALAN SMALL / MUSIC
Both the ribs and the lyrics are saucy
Someone at the Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival at the Red River Exhibition grounds will undoubtedly serve up a barbecue sauce that is "sweet 'n' sassy." That term could also apply to several of the weekend's blues acts, especially Sunday's mainstage lineup (Aug. 18, 4 p.m.), which includes Winnipeg's Brent Parkin, Big Dave McLean and Montreal's David Wilcox, whose songs like Layin' Pipe and Hot, Hot Papa have sassy lyrics to match his sweet guitar licks.