RANDALL KING: MOVIES
Peter Warren may not be a Winnipeg household name anymore, but back in the day, he was a talk-show host to be reckoned with as the voice behind CJOB's Action Line. Filmmaker Ryan McKenna pays homage, after a fashion, with his short film Controversies, featuring authentic '80s-era Action Line calls (with Warren's voice edited out), creating an oddball portrait of the 'Peg at its crankiest. It screens at Cannes this week in a program of 45 short films showcasing Canadian talent, before it debuts on MTS Stories from Home on May 19.
BRAD OSWALD: TV
Participant Plimpton gave readers an insider's view
He traded punches with light-heavyweight champ Archie Moore. He played quarterback for the Detroit Lions. He strapped on the pads and stood between the pipes in a Boston Bruins uniform. He took the mound at Yankee Stadium and threw a pitch that lured Willie Mays into an easy-out pop fly. And it was all in the pursuit of a good story. The life of one of America's unique literary voices is examined in the new American Masters profile Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself, which airs Friday, May 16, at 8:30 p.m. on PBS. Plimpton, who also rubbed elbows with the Kennedys and performed with the New York Philharmonic, turned "participatory journalism" into one of the 20th century's most fascinating careers.
KEVIN PROKOSH: THEATRE
Reviving Anne Frank
There is intense global interest in a new play about Holocaust icon Anne Frank that opened in a specially-built theatre in Amsterdam last Thursday. Anne is only the second production given permission to quote directly from the teenage girl's diaries -- the first being The Diary of Anne Frank, which premièred on Broadway in 1955 and was last seen at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in 2004. With the copyright on the diaries ending on some countries in 2016, there is some urgency to create a permanent production that can tour the world. It is reported it will need to sell out the 1,100-seat theatre for a year to break even.
BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON: BOOKS
Cronenberg's debut novel coming this fall
Director of such films as A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and Crash, David Cronenberg has made a name for himself as one of Hollywood's most provocative minds. He'll make his foray into the literary world with the release of Consumed, his debut novel being published in late September by imprint Hamish Hamilton. Advance info from the publisher calls it a "sexually charged novel of dark impulses and appetites" -- in other words, classic Cronenberg.
ALAN SMALL: MUSIC
Not your father's Dylan
Bob Dylan changes musical gears once again with Full Moon & Empty Arms, a song written by Buddy Kaye and Ted Mossman in 1945. It'll be part of a new album, Shadows in the Night, slated to hit store shelves in the fall. The growl of 21st-century Dylan is gone. Instead, Bob is in luau mode, crooning and accompanied by a Hawaiian-sounding steel guitar. Check it out on bobdylan.com and judge for yourself.