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There’s more to the real Anna, says descendant of woman who inspired The King and I

What most theatregoers saw Sunday night when they watched an English governess and the King of Siam dance across the stage is a tale of romance and culture clash — but in the audience, Newmarket’s Peter Saegert was one of a few who know the real story of Anna Leonowens. Peter Saegert is a descendant […]

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This week in Toronto: the Danforth laughs again, and Taylor Swift takes Toronto

Watch this if: You’re keen for a mini Parks and Recreation reunion. Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, who starred on that beloved NBC comedy, reunite for this competition series in which people paint, draw or craft things out of wood, metal, fabric or whatever feeds their passion. Poehler told late-night host Seth Meyers it’s meant […]

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Fallout? Fallen Kingdom? Why a sequel’s name means nothing

By Travis M. AndrewsThe Washington Post Sun., July 29, 2018 What’s in a name? Would a sequel by any other name rake in the same amount of dough? This weekend brings us Mission: Impossible — Fallout, and while there is considerable excitement to see Tom Cruise don his Ethan Hunt skills once again, there is […]

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Ed the Sock wants to disrupt television — again

This is the second instalment of On Location, a series about art that thrives in creative spaces. Ed the Sock is giving a tour of his Thornhill, Ont., bungalow. The cosy home is filled with an immense toy collection, and also houses a dusty cabinet that is essentially the Ed The Sock museum. It features […]

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Pitt of the past is plenty pretty: Stargazing

It’s rare that a movie sells me on the basis of a good wig alone, but darned if Quentin Tarantino isn’t pulling it off … or someone is, presumably, once Brad Pitt is done filming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood each day, and doesn’t want to strut around looking like the Love God of […]

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Christina Aguilera’s new album Liberation has her feeling ‘like a brand new artist’

In the 20 years since Christina Aguilera’s arrival helped usher in a new era of pop, the performer has shown she’s unafraid of transformation. Aguilera famously torched the bubble-gum teen-pop image crafted for her with a pair of leather chaps and edgier genre-blending music that announced a young woman in full control of her agency. […]

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Caitlin Moran’s rollicking trip from slut-shaming ’90s to #metoo era

She’s back. The irrepressible Dolly Wilde has rebounded into our lives with all her teenage wit, angst and lust. How To Be Famous is the second novel in the planned trilogy by British author and funnywoman Caitlin Moran, a sequel to the 2014 bestselling How To Build a Girl. Dolly has reinvented herself, from a […]

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New horror books to make you break out in a cold sweat on a hot summer’s day

Fri., July 6, 2018 The Cabin at the End of the World By Paul Tremblay The Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay, William Morrow, 270 pages, $33.50 cloth  (William Morrow) Unseen Figures: Selected Stories, by Steve Rasnic Tem, Valancourt Books, 340 pages, $23 paper.  (Valancourt Books) The Outsider, by Stephen King, Simon and […]

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Location, location, location: in these new books, where you are matters

Picturing yourself somewhere else is easy with these new titles where location is key. On the Up, Shilo Jones, McClelland & Stewart Bearskin, James A. McLaughlin, Ecco  (Ecco) On the Java Ridge, Jock Serong, Text  (Text Publishing) On the Up, Shilo Jones, McClelland & Stewart  (McClelland and Stewart) The Bleeds, Dimitri Nasrallah, Esplanade  (Esplanade Books) The Crossing, Jason Mott, […]

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Toronto Star bestsellers for the week ending July 7

5. Then She Was Gone, Lisa Jewell, Atria/37 Ink (11) 6. The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware, Simon & Schuster (5) 7. The Outsider, Stephen King, Scribner (6) 8. When Life Gives You Lululemons, Lauren Weisberger, Simon & Schuster (4) 9. The Home for Unwanted Girls, Joanna Goodman, HarperPaperbacks (11) 1. Educated, Tara Westover, […]