RANDALL KING / MOVIES
Zero Blonde Thirty
Jessica Chastain may be playing Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming movie Blonde, an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates's Monroe roman clef of the same name, to be adapted by director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Me Softly). If you don't think Chastain can play a zaftig blond, see The Help. And if you protest that she's a redhead, well, so was Norma Jeane Baker, originally.
BRAD OSWALD / TV
Alpine retreat the site of spooky French import
If you've been watching the ABC series Resurrection but feel it's lacking a certain je ne sais quoi, you might want to tune into Canada's sci-fi specialty net, Space, for the première of an acclaimed Euro-drama that gives the same storyline a decidedly international feel. The Returned (Les Revenants), which debuts Saturday, April 26, on Space, tells the story of an idyllic village in the French Alps whose residents awaken one day to find their long-deceased friends and relations have suddenly returned. The series, which will air in its original French with English subtitles, won an International Emmy for best drama series.
Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson / WINE
Wine festival on pace
If you don't have tickets for the Winnipeg Wine Festival's main public tastings on May 2 or 3 at the RBC Convention Centre, you'd best rectify that soon. According to Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries event co-ordinator Peter Wilk, tickets are selling briskly for both the Friday and Saturday evenings. And while each evening has a capacity of around 3,400 people, Saturday night regularly sells out and Friday night is usually close. Tickets are $49.95 via www.winnipegwinefestival.com and Manitoba Liquor Marts. Hot tip: there are fewer people at the Saturday matinee tasting (1-4 p.m.), offering plenty of elbow room for swirling, sniffing and sipping.
ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / MUSIC
Best known for his work as Venetian Snares, Winnipegger Aaron Funk has recently collaborated with Toronto-based electronic artist Joanne Pollock to form Poemss. A striking departure from Funk's previous exploration of drums and sound, Poemss exists in a weird, textured, dream-like world that is the soundtrack to insomnia. The duo will perform live in Winnipeg for the first time on April 25 at the Purple Room at Frame Arts Warehouse, 318 Ross Ave. Admission is $10. Glass Random and Ghost Twin are also on the bill.
JILL WILSON / BOOKS
Music from the ether
Sean Michaels, Montreal-based co-creator of the MP3 blog Said the Gramophone, recently released his first novel. Us Conductors (Random House) is a fictionalized biography of Russian scientist Leon Theremin, the inventor of the electronic instrument that bears his name. The book is a vivid portrait of Theremin's imagined life in the U.S. during the Roaring '20s and the Depression, and the gulag labour camps of Stalin-era Soviet Union, as well as a tale of unrequited love between the inventor and his protegé, Clara Rockmore.