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RANDALL KING / MOVIES

All that glitters is not golden

The Golden Globes have announced that the prestigious presenters on this Sunday's broadcast will include Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Downey Jr. and Colin Farrell, in addition to hilarious hostesses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. But it would always be wise to remember that the hectoring tone of the event, established by erstwhile host Ricky Gervais, is completely appropriate, given that the voting body -- the Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- remains an anonymous and mysterious group of dubious award-distributing merit.

 

BRAD OSWALD / TV

Back-room politics propel local actor to front-row role

They say politics makes strange bedfellows, but politics, when transformed into offbeat TV drama, can also result in on-screen casting magic. For proof, look no further than the delightful parry-and-thrust between Winnipeg-born actor Jonas Chernick (right) and Canadian film/TV institution Kenneth Welsh in the CBC miniseries Best Laid Plans (which airs Mondays at 9 p.m.), which stars Chernick as a former Ottawa insider who's coerced by his erstwhile opposition-party bosses to recruit a candidate (Welsh) to run against a heavily favoured incumbent in a fictional federal election. They're a charming pair.

 

BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON / BOOKS

Heaven knows Morrissey's busy now

Who else but enigmatic former Smiths frontman Morrissey could insist Autobiography, his first book, be released under the legendary Penguin Classics imprint? Now, according to a Q&A on Morrissey fan site true-to-you.net, the love-him-or-hate-him singer is at work on his first novel; he notes Autobiography was "more successful than any record I have ever released." Details are still scant on the subject matter of his debut novel. And fear not, Moz fans -- according to the Q&A, he and his bandmates are also set to record a new album.

 

ALAN SMALL / MUSIC

We all have High Hopes

Bruce Springsteen -- or at least his management team -- must have seen the critical and monetary success Bob Dylan has had in repackaging discarded material. So there are high hopes that the Boss's latest album, High Hopes, can match the success that Dylan's Bootleg Series has had. The big question is whether the vast legion of Springsteen's fans will accept the heavy dose of Tom Morello's guitar heroism that has significantly altered the traditional E Street Band sound. You can decide for yourself when the album is released on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Before then, it is being streamed online in a special preview at smarturl.it/highhopesstream.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 9, 2014 C2

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