Entertainment briefs – December 9

The Sundance Channel is coming to Canada on March 1, 2010. Robert Redford’s film and lifestyle channel is set to debut in March, and focuses on independent film, world cinema, documentaries and original series.

Sundance Channel coming to Canada

TORONTO — The Sundance Channel is coming to Canada on March 1, 2010.

Robert Redford’s film and lifestyle channel is set to debut in March, and focuses on independent film, world cinema, documentaries and original series.

Corus Entertainment and Rainbow Media say the Sundance Channel will replace existing channel Drive In Classics.

Programming will include the 1984 John Sayles urban fantasy “The Brother from Another Planet,’’ Dae-wung Lim’s horror picture Bloody Reunion and Errol Morris’s look at pet cemeteries in the 1978 documentary, Gates of Heaven.

Original series will include Isabella Rossellini’s critically acclaimed Green Porno, which looks at the reproductive habits of marine animals and The Lazy Environmentalist, a guide to easy green living.


Harry Potter exhibit venturing north

TORONTO — Canadians will get to walk through Harry Potter’s wizard world next spring.

The Ontario Science Centre will host the exclusive Canadian premiere of Harry Potter: The Exhibition from April 9 to August 22, 2010.

The international touring exhibition is inspired by the Harry Potter film sets, including the Great Hall, Hagrid’s hut and the Gryffindor common room.

Visitors will learn about the craftsmanship behind more than 200 costumes and props from the boy-wizard movie franchise that stems from J. K. Rowling’s bestselling book series.

Tickets to the Toronto exhibit are now on sale.


Bachman & Turner hitting the road

WINNIPEG — Two of the musicians who made up the ‘70s rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive think fans ain’t seen nothing yet.

So Randy Bachman and Fred Turner are going on the road again as Bachman & Turner, and plan to launch their world tour in Sweden next summer.

Bachman says going back on tour is just like getting on a bicycle.

He says the duo will be playing a mix of old favourites and songs from their new album.

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