Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Entertainment News as of 3 P.M. Monday, March 19

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Entertainment News as of 3 P.M. Monday, March 19

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Entertainment News Advisory

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Good afternoon from the Canadian Press entertainment department!

Advisories will typically hit the wire around 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET and will also be sent to editors by email. If you'd like to be added to the email list please contact senior editor Julie Scott at julie.scott or assistant editor Melita Kuburas .

What we're talking about today:

-FILM-Gordon-Pinsent: Growing up in Grand Falls, N.L., actor Gordon Pinsent never heard the word "depression."While those around him talked about a dreamlike, folklore entity that "came into your being and stopped you from succeeding in life," they referred to it as "the Hagge," says the award-winning stage and screen star. PHOTO. 650 words. By Victoria Ahearn.

-Junos-Video-Game-Music: When orchestral percussionist Kristofer Maddigan began his years-long journey composing the soundtrack for a video game his friends were creating, he mostly kept the passion project to himself. As a genre, video game music doesn't get a lot of respect. 550 words. By Michael Oliveira. PHOTO.

-GAMES-God-Of-War: The upcoming "God of War" game opens with the protagonist Kratos, slayer of gods and ultimate fighting machine, in the decidedly pedestrian act of cutting down a tree. The act of swinging his axe threatens to overtake him and send him into a warrior's rage, but the moment passes and he continues his mundane task. It's a small moment, but a telling one. The creators of the "God of War" franchise have grown up, and so too has Kratos. 800 words. By Curtis Withers.

-US-Governor's-Race-Cynthia-Nixon: Former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon says she'll challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York's Democratic primary in September.Her announcement Monday sets up a race pitting an openly gay liberal activist against a two-term incumbent with a $30 million war chest and possible presidential ambitions.

-US-Fashion-Eva-Longoria: Eva Longoria is a master of multitasking.The 43-year-old actress is producing a new pilot, continuing her work with the Time's Up initiative, launching her clothing line on HSN and preparing to welcome her first child with husband Jose "Pepe" Baston. PHOTO.

-John Cena's abiding love for children shows in his work and his philanthropy. Workwise, he's hosting the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday on Nickelodeon, where he has two other shows in the works, and he's set to publish his first children's book this fall. Away from the cameras, he's active with the Make a Wish Foundation, granting more wishes than any other star. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. PHOTOS.

ICYMI yesterday:

-OBIT-Mike-MacDonald: Mike MacDonald, a pioneer of the Canadian standup comedy scene, has died.The longtime comedian died on Saturday afternoon from heart complications at the Ottawa Heart Institute, his brother J.P. MacDonald said Sunday. PHOTO.

-Cirque-Soleil-Death: A 38-year-old Cirque du Soleil performer died after falling during a Saturday evening performance in Tampa, Fla., the Canadian entertainment company announced Sunday.The Montreal-based entertainment group said that French aerialist Yann Arnaud fell to the stage while performing an aerial straps number during a performance of the company's VOLTA show. PHOTO. Moved National and Entertainment.

-TV-SNL-Canada-Me-Too: Saturday Night Live poked fun at Canadians this week with a sketch about a harassment scandal where everyone, including Montreal band Arcade Fire, says they're sorry.In addition to the musical guest, the sketch featured former SNL cast member Bill Hader, who played a fictional movie producer accused of being the "Canadian Harvey Weinstein. …

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