RANDALL KING Ñ MOVIES
Belieb it ... or not
When the Justin Bieber concert doc Never Say Never premiered in 2011, it opened in four theatres in town. It's probably illustrative of the Beeb's career slide that his new concert film only opens in one theatre -- Polo Park Silver City -- on Christmas Day. It's debatable how the new film captures Bieber in his current state of wild-child hubris: it's rated G. All that considered, the title-- Justin Bieber's Believe -- carries a whiff of desperation as pungent as pee in a mop pail.
BRAD OSWALD / TV
How do you solve a problem like a remake?
Why, by airing the original, that's how! Critics of NBC's recent live-broadcast reboot of The Sound of Music (which also aired on CTV), with country star Carrie Underwood in the starring role, declared the American Idol alumna simply couldn't carry the guitar case of the real Maria, Julie Andrews. Well, here's your chance to compare: the Oscar-winning 1965 version makes its annual holiday-season appearance on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. on ABC and CTV.
ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / WEB
Story Time With Diplo
One of the standout features of the Grantland website is the animated short-story series called Story Time with Jalen Rose. Playing off that concept, Grantland put together a one-off Story Time With Diplo segment, using the in-demand producer's experience at an after-party with Canadian superstar Justin Bieber. Taking place before Bieber was in full-blown meltdown mode, the story suggests that Biebs is a lot more self-aware than most of us think and maybe not as materialistic as we would expect. Watch the animated short at bit.ly/diplo_story.
KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
Putting the ho-ho-ho in holidays
Santa Claus is coming to town but before he does, Al Simmons will rock your jingle bells this weekend with his Christmas-themed one-man vaudeville show Home for the Holidays at Manitoba Theatre for Young People. Simmons is a local treasure who will light up your yuletide with laughter and wonder as he re-enacts 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and pimps out his one-of-a-kind horsecycle into Santa's sleigh. MTYP gets the gift of the proceeds.
JEN ZORATTI / MUSIC
In the spirit of the season
We're nearing the end of holiday concert season, but you can spread some holiday cheer at two more charitable gigs this weekend. On Dec. 20, local country crooners Jason Petric and Bryce Pallister (right) will be teaming up for a concert at Cowboy's in support of Siloam Mission. Tickets are just $5 and 100 per cent of proceeds will go to the organization. Celebrate the first day of winter the following night with Juno-nominated singer/songwriter Don Amero, who will be hosting his popular annual holiday show, Amero Little Christmas, at the West End Cultural Centre. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door and partial proceeds go to Winnipeg Harvest.