RANDALL KING / MOVIES
The TV Remake Affair
It was rumoured to be a possible project for Quentin Tarantino, but it is Guy Ritchie (Rocknrolla, Sherlock Holmes) who is accepting the challenge of making a movie of the '60s TV spy spoof The Man from U.N.C.L.E., with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as, respectively, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, and Hugh Grant, of all people, as spymaster Mr. Waverly. If Hammer's participation sets off bad-movie alarm bells (The Lone Ranger, Mirror Mirror), the good news is that Ritchie had the sense to set the movie in the early '60s.
BRAD OSWALD Ñ TV
Not, it's not that Halifax -- but it's worth watching anyway
Don't let the title fool you -- the new PBS drama Last Tango in Halifax (which premieres Sunday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m.) is neither set in a Canadian Maritime city nor concerned in any way with R-rated misbehaviour. Instead, this BBC import -- perhaps the most blissfully charming of this fall's new prime-time arrivals -- stars Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as a pair of widowed 70-something seniors who once had feelings for each other and now, fully six decades later, have been given a chance to rekindle that affection. It really is quite a lovely tale.
MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS
Pizza kept him from being No. 1
Memoirs by tennis stars come along every season, but it's rare that you get one that is a diet book. In Serve to Win, which hit shelves to coincide with the U.S. Open, the world's No. 1 seed, Serbia's Novak Djokovic, reveals that he broke through a physical impasse in 2010 when he eliminated gluten from his diet. The short book, which is heavy on Djokovic's inspirational "can-do" message, even contains 30 pages of recipes, not to mention a foreword by Wheat Belly author Dr. William Davis.
KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
Laugh until it hurts
50 Shades! The Musical kicks off its Canadian tour tonight at the Centennial Concert Hall, promising to be more fun and satisfying than a night in Christian Grey's red room of pain. The American production sends up E L James's erotic Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and the women who made them the fastest-selling books ever. Think of the stage parody as a steamy warmup for the upcoming movie version.
JILL WILSON / DOCUMENTARIES
Sept. 5 is your last chance to catch the feel-good music doc Charles Bradley: Soul of America at Cinematheque. The film by director Poull Brien follows the New York-based singer as he prepares to release his debut R&B album at an age when most people are thinking about retirement. At times in his life, it seemed unlikely the raspy-voiced Bradley would make it to age 30, let alone 62, so his story is equal parts inspiration and perspiration.