RANDALL KING / MOVIES
God, the Devil and their respective release dates
The Manitoba-lensed movie Heaven Is for Real (starring Greg Kinnear, right) was timed to open on Easter long weekend to lure in devoutly minded audiences primed for a religious experience at the multiplex. Ironically, another shot-in-Canada film, Trailer Park Boys 3: Don't Legalize It, opens this weekend synched to 4/20 -- Easter Sunday, April 20 -- the annual date assigned to the campaign to relax stupidly antiquated laws against marijuana consumption. Making a double-bill of both movies is not advised.
BRAD OSWALD / TV
Hollywood A-listers lend voices to PBS enviro-documentary
PBS' American Masters -- which usually offers in-depth profiles of entertainers and artists -- heads in a very different direction this week, but that doesn't mean there are no stars on the U.S. public broadcaster's screen. In fact, several high-profile actors, including Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Ashley Judd, contribute to the narration of A Fierce Green Fire (Tuesday, April 22, at 8 p.m. on PBS), an award-winning examination of the history of the environmental movement.
KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
Winnipeg improv troupe Outside Joke, right, are challenging Rapid Fire Theatre from Edmonton to a Theatresports grudge match at the Gas Station Arts Centre April 19. Both companies are top-end talents when it comes to making it up on the spot and the winner will be the audiences who get to laugh at the spontaneous ingenuity. Saturday's 8 p.m. program also brings the two supergroups together to whip up an off-the-cuff musical. See it to believe it.
BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON / BOOKS
Macleans political editor Paul Wells has won the $10,000 John Wesley Dafoe prize for his book The Longer I'm Prime Minister. The award, administered by Winnipeg's J.W. Dafoe Foundation, goes to "the best book on Canada, Canadians and/or Canada's place in the world published the previous calendar year." Wells' portrait of Prime Minister Stephen Harper beat out books by Toronto Star writer Susan Delacourt, P. Whitney Lackenbauer, David O'Keefe and John L. Riley for the award, named after the former editor of the Manitoba Free Press (which became the Winnipeg Free Press).