Indeed, it appears Alanis Morissette once again gets the last laugh. Her first big breakup resulted in a massive breakout album and a bunch of Grammys. And after watching Reynolds run off to one of the most beautiful woman in the land, Morissette is decorating her baby-to-be’s nursery while his marriage falls apart.
The couple put out a joint statement through a rep, who said:
“After long and careful consideration on both our parts, we’ve decided to end our marriage. We entered our relationship with love and it’s with love and kindness we leave it. While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”
Beloved Canadian actor Leslie Nielsen has died at 84 from complications due to pneumonia, according to various news reports.
Nielsen, who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, but was raised in the Northwest Territories, might be best known for his spoof comedies that started with “Airplane” in 1980 and continued with “The Naked Gun” series as well as other oddball comedies. These earned him the nickname “the Olivier of Spoof,” as Roger Ebert once pegged him.
Nielsen’s signature timing and double entendres were unforgettable and he’ll be sorely missed. According to Wikipedia, work had begun on a fourth installment of “The Naked Gun,” which was supposed to be released in 2012. Nielsen told the BBC in May that he’s “heard about” plans for the fourth film in the franchise but that he was “not involved in it.”
Nielsen began acting in the 1950s and has more dramatic roles in “Forbidden Planet” and “The Poseidon Adventure” before turning to comedy.
He remained active until very recently, performing on stage and voicing animated characters.
“I’m afraid if I don’t keep moving, they’re going to catch me … I am 81 years old and I want to see what’s around the corner, and I don’t see any reason in the world not to keep working,” Nielsen told the Vancouver Sun in 2007 (according to Wikipedia). “But I am starting to value my down time a great deal because I am realizing there might be other things to do that I am overlooking.”
Here are a couple of our favorite Nielsen moments:
The highly anticipated first trailer for “Green Lantern,” Ryan Reynolds’ upcoming action-hero flick, came out Thursday and you can see it here. This is a big week for Reynolds, who was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive on Wednesday.
Without further ado, here’s the trailer. “Green Lantern” is slated to hit theaters in June:
We here at Canadian of the Week might have fallen a bit behind on our one-time promise to resurface the classic Canadian Heritage Minutes, but we still love them.
And it appears we’re not alone. “Scara,” the venerable founder and editor of GhoulsonFilm.net and good friend of Canadian of the Week, ran into Seth Rogen’s longtime buddy and co-writer Evan Goldberg, who beamed with excitement at the mention of CanadianoftheWeek.com and our mutual love of the renowned Heritage Minutes.
“I contacted the government and asked if we could make new ones like three years ago,” Evan said. “Me, Michael Cera and Seth wanted to go up there and make new ones. We wanted to do part of our future heritage and try to do a thing where we get like Pamela Anderson, Jim Carrey, Mike Myers and Seth and Michael Cera — just get, like, every famous Canadian we can to do something like that. I’m still kind of into doing it.”
Scara and her morbid mind went straight to Dr. Wilder Penfield’s infamous “I smell burnt toast” bit.
“Burnt toast! Burnt toast?” Evan repeated. “I lived on Penfield Drive in Montreal. I lived outside the building of the man who came up with that. We’ve got a Chinese railroad worker episode … there’s more, burnt toast, the hockey mask one. Ah, those are the best.”
Our favorite on-screen pregnant teen and upstart roller derby gals Ellen Page is taking a serious and possibly surprising turn in her next role.
The 23-year-old Nova Scotian will be playing a lesbian car mechanic in a film based on the Oscar-winning short documentary, “Freeheld,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The short doc won in 2008 and tells the story of “New Jersey car mechanic Stacie Andree, who’ll be played by Page, and her police detective girlfriend Laurel Hester, who both battled to secure Hester’s pension benefits after she was diagnosed with a terminal illness,” THR reports.
The script is being written by Ron Nyswaner, who was nominated for an Oscar for writing “Philadelphia,” in which Tom Hanks played a gay lawyer who was fired by his conservative law firm after he was diagnosed with AIDS.
Hanks’ daring portrayal earned him his first Oscar win. Could Ellen’s be far behind?
A couple of weeks ago, we told you about Olivia Newton-John’s unlikely hockey connection as the Australian starlet has signed up to take part in “Score: A Hockey Musical.”
This bit of casting news makes a little more sense. WENN.com is reporting that Canadian Nelly Furtado is set to make her big-screen debut, playing a woman obsessed with the game, in the movie musical that is set to begin filming soon in Toronto.
Director Michael McGowan says, “Nelly is an incredible entertainer and, after speaking with her, I realized that she fully relished embracing her inner hockey fanatic.”
Real time be damned — especially when there’s a chance to make some real cash.
Kiefer Sutherland has reportedly received the green light to bring his tick-tock drama “24″ to the big screen, although it isn’t clear exactly when a film version of Jack Bauer’s escapades might be released.
The show is currently in its eighth season and is set in New York City for the first time. Last season, it went from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., marking the first location change in the show’s history.
“24″ has been down the movie route before, but only in a made-for-TV sense. “24: Redemption” was a two-hour film that served as a bridge between Seasons 6 and 7.
According to many reports, “State of Play” writer Bill Ray is lined up to write Jack’s big-screen endeavor, which would still reportedly take place over the course of one day, but would obviously not be in real time — because, well, that would make for a hell of a day at the movie theater.
The directorial showdown is complete, but Canadians are looking at one other than the highly reported one between “Avatar” director James Cameron and his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow, who directed “The Hurt Locker.”
Canadians might be a little more drawn to Cameron’s head-to-head matchup with Jason Reitman, who was nominated for directing “Up in the Air.” It makes for the first time since 1997 that two Canadian directors are nominated in the same year. Cameron was also part of that mix, with “Titanic,” and went against Atom Egoyan, who directed “The Sweet Hereafter.”
Other Canadian nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards include: writer-director Neil Blomkamp, who was born in South Africa but grew up in Vancouver, who was nominated for best adapted screenplay for “District 9,” which was also nominated for Best Picture.
Set decorator Gordon Sim of Toronto is also part of the team nominated for Best Art Direction for “Nine.”
Canadians did manage to escape the Razzie nominations that were announced a day earlier, and will be handed out the day before the Oscars.