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RANDALL KING: MOVIES

Good news and bad news

On March 18, Pixar announced that it is at work on a sequel to The Incredibles with that film's director Brad Bird attached in a major creative capacity. For the movie's legion of fans, great news. Alas, to prove that show business is a business, they simultaneously announced another sequel to the least of their properties, Cars, which is just kind of depressing. Even Pixar must go to the well, evidently.

 

BRAD OSWALD: TV

March: for sports-TV fans, it's all about the Madness

Pound for pound, minute for minute, dunk for dunk and heartbreak for heartbreak, it is, quite simply, the best 48 hours of televised sports every year. I'm referring, of course, to the annual NCAA Basketball Tournament, which tips off on Thursday, March 20, at 11 a.m. on CBS and TSN2. Every game is sudden death, and every kid on every team plays as if it's the last high-stakes hoops game they'll ever play (and it many cases, it is), which means there's more passion poured into March Madness than into any other sporting event you'll watch on TV. It's wall-to-wall, heart-pounding, buzzer-beater action as the field is reduced from 64 to 32 by Friday night and from 32 to the Sweet Sixteen by Sunday.

KEVIN PROKOSH: THEATRE

Family man

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee gives one of the most enjoyable performances of the season as the spirited patriarch in Kim's Convenience, currently playing the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. As a proud Korean-Canadian convenience store-owner, Lee is funny, controlling, stubborn and ultimately moving. Kim's deadpan explanation of which customers steal and those who "no steal" is a showstopper.

 

ANTHONY AUGUSTINE: WEB

House of Drake

If you haven't finished your marathon session of Netflix's breakthrough political drama House of Cards, this new Tumblr that mashes up images from the show with lyrics from Canadian rapper Drake should probably be avoided because of some possible spoilers. But if you have already put in your time with Frank Underwood and the second season of the show, houseofdrake.tumblr.com may be the best new site you see all week. Language warning if you're easily offended or if you're checking this out from work.

BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON: WINE

Winnipeg Wine Festival goes Down Under

For the second time in its 13-year history, the theme region for the Winnipeg Wine Festival will be the country that brought Shiraz to the masses and ushered in the trend of sticking critters on labels. Australia will be front and centre at this year's festival, which runs from April 29 to May 3. Over 100 wines from more than two dozen Aussie wineries will be poured, with a handful of winemakers on-site to enlighten festival-goers. The full list of wineries, as well as the just-announced ancillary events, is available at www.winnipegwinefestival.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 20, 2014 C2

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