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RANDALL KING: MOVIES

Arnold, not back

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, no one could open a movie like Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 38th governor of California gave us The Terminator, Commando and Predator. Apparently, those days are gone forever. The David Ayer movie Sabotage is not being released in theatres in Canada "at this time" according to a distribution rep, which is disappointing considering, hey, even The Last Action Hero got a wide theatrical release.

BRAD OSWALD: TV

Nothing Lasts Forever

Now that the mother's been met, it's time for a fond farewell to Ted and the HIMYM gang. It's an uncommon luxury for producers of TV series to be given the time and creative latitude to give a popular show and its characters a fitting end-of-the-line sendoff. CBS's How I Met Your Mother has taken full advantage of its pre-planned exit, turning its entire final season into a single-event (the Robin/Barney wedding weekend) storyline. The results have been uneven -- many fans argue that the gimmick has robbed HIMYM of some of its signature humour -- but for better or worse, it all comes to an end on Monday, March 31 (7 p.m., CBS and Citytv) with an hour-long series finale titled Last Forever.

 

KEVIN PROKOSH: ARTS

Fooling around

If it's spring break, it's time for Festival of Fools, taking place at The Forks starting March 29 and running all next week. Kids can watch the Karl's Circus Comedy act with giant balloons or see Gustavo the Impossibilist attempt feats of unrealized stupidity for their pleasure and amazement. For the more daring, there are hands-on circus workshops where participants can learn how to hula hoop, juggle and fly through the air on a trapeze. For more information about Festival of Fools, call 204-957-7618 or visit www.theforks.com.

 

BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON: BOOKS

Miriam Toews back in the 'Peg

Now based out of Toronto, lauded ex-Prairie scribe Miriam Toews returns to Manitoba in April to launch her latest novel, All My Puny Sorrows. Toews' highly anticipated new book (released April 15) tells the story of small-town sisters Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, and Yolandi, a struggling writer. Yoli, living in Toronto, returns to Winnipeg to help care for her sister and mother after Elf's suicide attempt prior to an international tour. Toews will be appearing at McNally Robinson on April 16 at 7 p.m.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 27, 2014 C2

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