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Alisha Newton

Alisha Newton, actress,

B: July 22, 2001 in Vancouver, British Columbia

Alisha Newton began her acting career when she was not quite 10. She played the role of Georgie Fleming Morris in 129 episodes of Heartland between 2012 and 2019.

Also see: Katie Boland Shoots.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Wyoming Story (TV-2010)
Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale (2011, short)
Joanna Makes a Friend (2011, short)
No Place Like Home (2012, short)
Shadowplay (2012, short)
Mind Your Manners (2012, short)
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)
Heart of Dance (2013)
The Dating Journal (2014, short)
The Tree That Saved Christmas (TV-2014)
The Hollow (TV-2015)
Lucky (2016, short)
Roam (2017, short)
Scorched Earth (2018)
‘Til Ex Do Us Part (2018)

We’re All in This Together (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Heartland (2012-2019)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Supernatural (2010)
When Calls the Heart (2015)
Hudson (2019)

Debris (2020)


136 minutes – Drama
Language: English
Festival release date: September 2021 (Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF)
Release date: February 25, 2022 – Toronto, Hamilton, Saskatoon
March 11, 2022 – Vancouver, Sudbury
March 26, 2022 – St. Catharines
Production company: Compy Films
Canadian distributor: levelFILM

Scarborough is based on the award-winning book by Catherine Hernandez, which follows the lives of three young children over the course of a school year in Scarborough, once its own borough with its own local government, but in 1998 it was amalgamated into the city of Toronto. The children learn to navigate poverty, abuse, and the challenges of living in a low-income area in one of North America’s largest cities. The screenplay was written by the author in a documentary style based on her own experiences raising a child in Scarborough. It was selected to screen in the Discovery program at TIFF 2021.

Note: The majority of the cast had never acted before and this is their only credit.
Also see: Northernstars reviews Scarborough.
Also see: Scarborough named Best Motion Picture at the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards.

Scarborough, movie, poster,



Shasha Nakhai

Associate Producer:

Kenya-Jade Pinto
Sherien Barsoum (Impact producer)


Shasha Nakhai
Rich Williamson


Catherine Hernandez


Rich Williamson


Rob Teehan

Production Designer:

Nicole Simmons

Costume Designer:

Chris Jai Centeno

Cast: Roles:

Liam Diaz
Essence Fox
Anna Claire Beitel
Felix Jedi Ingram Isaac
Cherish Violet Blood
Ellie Posadas
Conor Casey
Aliya Kanani
Joshua Obra
Thao Nguyen-Duong
Kristen MacCulloch
Rhoma Spencer
Warren Greene
Crystal C. Rose
Peyton Rhys Wade
Suzanne Pratley
Mercedes Cardella
Emanuel Cappello
Alexis Hancey
Barry Aitchison
Mark Roeder
Ron Peters
Norman Alconcel
Kyisha Williams
Cate McKim
Sue Rogers
Theresa Vo
Eleanor Mclean
Vince Groulx
Ryan Maria Medeiros
Graham Wade
Sherien Barsoum
Lyndon Casey
Nadeen Alfarisi
Sheron Hibbert
Eryn Brobyn
Rowan Kelly
Deborah Perry
May Tartoussy
Rami Accoumeh
John Rathiganthan
Kingston Ayres
James Weyman
Dylan Branton
Carrianne Leung
Salma Hindy
Stephanie Bass
Stephanie Colaco
Anne Shepherd
Stevie Pike
Macomere Fifi
Alana Jones
Kenny Quammie
Cliff Knight
Frida Banks
Van Doan
Nightingale Nguyen
Le Dai Thong Do

Ms Hina
Mrs. Winsum
Ms Finnegan
Principal Sankiewicz
Officer Tyndall
Mr. George
Elder Fay
Aesthetician 1
Elderly Woman
Bandana Man
Mumuu Lady
Social Worker
Shirtless Man
Reception Nurse
Patty Shop Owner
Parker’s Mom
Mrs. Crosby
Mrs. Abdul
Mrs. Abdul’s Son
Convenience Store Owner
Dr. Hepner
Cory’s Boss
Bowling Alley Owner
Dr. Khan
Dr. Berger
Speech Therapist
Fancy White Woman
Mrs. Fitz
Winsum Family Member 1
Winsum Family Member 2
Winsum Family Member 3
Nail Salon Customer
Aesthetician 2
Aesthetician 3
Aesthetician 4

Celebrating Black History Month – Jennifer Hodge de Silva

Jennifer Hodge de Silva, director,

(February 24, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Jennifer Hodge was born in Montreal to Cullen Squire Hodge and Mairuth Vaughan Hodge Sarsfield. One of two children, she was highly influenced by the strong women around her. For example, her grandmother, Anne Packwood, was a teacher and community worker who received awards for her contribution to the Black community. Her mother’s career included broadcasting, diplomacy, and serving on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Carleton University, Ottawa. Her mother received the Chevalier de l’ordre national du Québec award in 1985. Hodge left Montréal to complete her second year of high school in Europe where she attended the L’École d’humanité in Hasliberg-Goldern, Switzerland. After completing high school, Jennifer Hodge returned to Canada to attend university in Toronto and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Arts at Glendon College, York University in 1974. She added a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Television Arts at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in 1979. She married producer Paul de Silva in 1982 and they founded Jenfilms Inc.

Read more about Jennifer Hodge de Silva.

Celebrating Black History Month – Melanie Nicholls-King

Melanie Nicholls-King, photo,

(February 22, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Melanie Nicholls-King is a stage, film and television actor who started life in London, England. Next stop was Trinidad where both her parents had been born and then five years later it was moving day again, this time landing in Canada. It has been reported that her parents hoped she would pursue a career in medicine, but she enrolled at Vancouver’s Playhouse Acting School. She began her career on stage and in the early 1990s formed a production company, Sugar’n’Spice, with director Maxine Bailey and actor Sharon Lewis. Their first production, Sistahs, brought Nicholls-King a nomination for a DORA award in the best female performance category.

Learn more about Melanie Nicholls-King.

Celebrating Black History Month – Sylvia Hamilton

Sylvia Hamilton, film director,
Photo of Sylvia Hamilton by Nick Pearce.

(February 16, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Multi-award-winning filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton was born in the historically black community of Beechville, Nova Scotia, west of Halifax. The second youngest child of six to Gerald Hamilton, a labourer, and Marie Hamilton, a teacher. Hamilton first attended a segregated all-black primary school and then switched to a non-segregated high school outside of her community. Prior to becoming involved in the film industry, she worked in cable television, as a radio journalist and as a freelance broadcaster. She worked with the National Film Board’s Studio D in Montreal where she co-created New Initiatives in Film (NIF), the first specific program of its kind designed to provide opportunities for women of colour and First Nations women from across Canada to make films.

Read more about Sylvia Hamilton.

Celebrating Black History Month – Stephan James

Stephan James, biography, photo,
Stephan James stars as Fonny in Barry Jenkins’ IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, an Annapurna Pictures release.

(February 15, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Toronto-born actor Stephan James has come a long, long way in his relatively short career. With two hit projects early in his career, including If Beale Street Could Talk and Amazon Prime’s limited series Homecoming, his path to stardom has been a straight line from those early days playing Julian in the series Degrassi: The Next Generation.

He first came to international attention when he starred as Olympic hero Jesse Owens in the Canadian co-production Race, for which he won a Canadian Screen Award. Since then he has played a number of real people, including U.S. high school running back T.K. Kelly in When the Game Stands Tall, and American politician and one time student activist John Lewis in Ava DuVernay’s drama Selma, which was given the Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble.

Collaborating with Julia Roberts on Homecoming has been decidedly unique, according to James who said, “She’s such a great scene partner that sometimes I’m taken aback by her performance.”

Learn more about Stephan James.

Joan Miller

Joan Miller, actor, actress,

B: February 18, 1910 in Nelson, British Columbia
D: August 31, 1988 in Oxford, England

There are some things about Joan Miller’s career that you might find odd. For example, appearing in made-for-television movies in the late 1930s. Then, there is a long gap in her credits between 1939 and 1947. Joan Miller began her career on stage in Canada but moved to London, England in 1931 to work in theatre there. She landed a role on the newly created BBC television network’s first entertainment show, Picture Page Girl, where she played the role of the Switchboard Girl in 106 episodes between 1936 and 1939. The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) became the first broadcaster in the world to provide a regular ‘high definition’ television service. Programmes we would expect to see today such as drama, sports, outside broadcasts, and cartoons filed the schedule. With the outbreak of war in 1939, production of these programmes was brought to a halt. Though Miller continued to perform, primarily on-stage, she also made frequent appearances on radio, television, and in a few films during the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. She was best known for her role as Marilla Cuthbert in the 1952 BBC 6-part production of Anne of Green Gables. For her credits in ongoing “Playhouse” or “Theatre” series, we list her credits as made-for-television movies, but credit the series title after the date.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Tiger (TV-1936)
Turn Round (TV-1937)
The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden (TV-1937)
Take It from Me (1937)
Once in a Lifetime (TV-1937)
Ah, Wilderness! (TV-1938)
Whistling in the Dark (TV-1938)
On the Spot (TV-1939)

Rosmersholm (TV-1947)
The Woman in the Hall (1947)
One Touch of Venus (1948)
Cry of the City (1948)
Criss Cross (1949)
The Queen of Spades (1949)
The Great Sinner (1949)

Caged (1950)
The Green Convertible (TV-1950, Fireside Theatre)
The Jackpot (1950)
Southside 1-1000 (1950)
Something for the Birds (1952)
The Same Sky (TV-1952, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre)
The Story of Three Loves (1953)
I Love Melvin (1953)
The Face of Love (TV-1954)
Guilt (TV-1955, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents)
The Haven (TV-1955, London Playhouse)
The Glorification of Al Toolum (TV-1955, London Playhouse)
Lady Must Sell (TV-1955, London Playhouse)
Two Letters: Yesterday’s Mail/No Other Wine (TV-1956, London Playhouse)
Jane Glegg (TV-1956, London Playhouse)
The Good Luck Kid (TV-1956, Damon Runyon Theater)
More Than Kin (TV-1956, Celebrity Playhouse)
Over-Exposed (1956)
Yield to the Night (1956)
A Question of Character (TV-1956)
Woman in a Dressing Gown (TV-1956, ITV Television Playhouse)
Fire Down Below (1957)
Face in the Night (1957)
Suspect (TV-1958)
Look in Any Window (TV-1958, ITV Television Playhouse)
The Corn is Green (TV-1958, Saturday Playhouse)
Thirty Pieces of Silver (TV-1958, Television Playwright)
No Trees in the Street (1959)

Too Young to Love (1960)
Long Distance (TV-1961)
Till the Day I Die (TV-1961, Armchair Theatre)
North City Traffic Straight Ahead (TV-1962, Armchair Theatre)
Suspect (TV-1962)
Candida (TV-1962)
The Pretender (TV-1962, BBC Sunday-Night Play)
The Shadow of Mart (TV-1963, BBC Sunday-Night Play)
Heavens Above! (1963)
The Last Word on Julie (TV-1964, Armchair Theatre)
Six Characters in Search of an Author (TV-1964, Festival)

TV Series – Cast:
Picture Page (1936-1939)

Anne of Green Gables (1952, mini-series)

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1965, mini-series)
Emergency-Ward 10 (1966)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Telecrime (1938)

I Led 3 Lives (1954)

Thirteen Against Fate (1966)

Kate (1971)
Power Without Glory (1976)
Here I Stand (1977)

Celebrating Black History Month – Amanda Brugel

Amanda Brugel, The Handmaid’s Tale, image,

(February 10, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Born in Pointe Claire, Québec, Amanda Brugel grew up near Oshawa, Ontario. A Fine Arts Talent Scholarship at York University brought a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2000. In the 20 years since, Brugel has landed roles in more than 60 productions on the big and small screens, drawing the most attention when she landed the role of Rita on the award-winning series, The Handmaid’s Tale. Brugel was the only Canadian cast member in Season 1.

Read more about Amanda Brugel.

Camille Stopps

Camille Stopps, actress,

B: in Coburg, Ontario

Camille Stopps played various roles including characters named Squash and Creepy Twin #2 in the series Guilt Free Zone. She is pictured in February 2020 just before the live read of a pilot for a series set in Nova Scotia. Another actor there was Aidan Devine. They had previously worked together on the 2018 feature 22 Chaser.

Stopps costars with Tim Rozon in the romantic comedy Beginners’s Luck It’s the story of a winning lottery ticket, two people from the opposite sides of the track who really shouldn’t be together, and both possessing a piece of the ticket that could change their lives – together or not.

Features & TV Movies:
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Jane (2013, short)
Learning to Ride (2014)
Kaleidoscope Dreams (2014, short)
The Man Who Doesn’t Sleep (2016, short)
She Came Knocking (2017, short)
22 Chaser (2018)
Alive (2019)
Home in Time (2019, short)
Fuchsia (2019, short)
Charity (2019)

Bordello (2020)
Perpetual Motion (2020)
Beginner’s Luck (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Strain (2014)
Reign (2014)
Killjoys (2015)
Murdoch Mysteries (2018)

22 Chaser, movie, poster,

Tim Rozon, Beginner's Luck, movie, poster,

Celebrating Black History Month: Vinessa Antoine

Vinessa Antoine, actress, Biography,

(February 4, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Vinessa Antoine made Canadian TV history when the first episode of Diggstown aired in 2019. She became the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, according to the CBC. But it all started when she was just four years old and began studying classical ballet at the Royal Academy of Dance in Toronto. She went on to spend three years in New York with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and six months dancing hip hop while touring with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. And then she shifted her focus from dance to acting.

Learn more about Vinessa Antoine.

Celebrating Black History Month – Sandi Ross

Sandi Ross, actress,

(February 2, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Sandi Ross studied theatre at the University of Minnesota, where she grew up, receiving a BFA Degree and going on to become a professional actor on both sides of the border performing on stage, including three years at the Stratford Festival, as well as work in front of the cameras for television and film beginning in 1984. Ten years later she became the first woman and first person of colour elected president of ACTRA Toronto.

Read more about Sandi Ross.

Stana Katic

Stana Katic, actress,

B: April 26, 1978 in Hamilton, Ontario

Known for her role as Kate Beckett in the long-running series Castle, which starred fellow Canadian Nathan Fillion in the title role, Stana Katic began life in Hamilton, Ontario. She moved with her Croatian-born parents to Aurora, Illinois and graduated high school there in 1996. She returned to Canada to study at the University of Toronto and went on to the DePaul University Goodman School of Drama, where she studied acting. She also studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school. Stana Katic plays the role of Emily Byrne in the 2018 US-Israeli co-pro series Absentia.

Features & TV Movies:

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Acid Freaks (1999, short)

Shut-Eye (VR-2003)
Pit Fighter (2005)
Faceless (TV-2006)
Dragon Dynasty (TV-2006)
Company Man (TV-2007)
Feast of Love (2007)
Stiletto (2008)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
The Librarian III: The Curse of the Judas Chalice (TV-2008)
The Spirit (2008)

Truth About Kerry (2010)
For Lovers Only (2011)
The Double (2011)
Big Sur (2013)
Superman: Unbound (voice, VR-2013)
CBGB (2013)
Sister Cities (TV-2016)
The Rendezvous (2016)
Lost in Florence (2017)
The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018)
A Call to Spy (2019)

Justice Society: World War II (voice, 2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Would Be Kings (2008, mini-series)
Castle (2009-2016)

Absentia (2018-2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Handler (2004)
Alias (2004)
Dragnet (2004)
The Shield (2004)
JAG (2004)
The Closer (2005)
ER (2005)
24 (2006)
Brothers & Sisters (2006)
Heroes (2007)
CSI: Miami (2007)
The Unit (2007)

Fletcher Drive (2012)

Terril Calder

Terril Calder, director,

B: in Fort Francis, Ontario

Terril Calder attended The University of Manitoba’s Fine Art Program as a Drawing major with a focus on Performance Art & Film Studies. While in Winnipeg she was a member of Video Pool where she was awarded training in video production. In 2000 Calder received training in 3-D Computer Animation. Compelled by the love of Hybrid Media and Fusion Art she currently experiments with the amalgamation in her Stop Frame Animated films that she writes, directs, crafts and animates. Her films screen Nationally and Internationally and have received attention, most notably an Honourable Mention at The Sundance Film Festival and at Berlinale as well as a Canadian Genie Nomination as well as landing on one of TIFF’s top ten list in 2011 for her short Choke, which she animated and co-created with Michelle Latimer. In 2016 she was awarded the Ontario Arts Council’s K.M Hunter award for her work in Media Arts. 9-minute stop-motion film will be presented in competition in the festival’s Generation 14plus program, which gives young audiences an opportunity to watch a diverse offering of powerful, relevant stories that are cinematically innovative and unconventional. Her award-winning NFB animated short Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics will have its international premiere at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 10 to 20, 2022) in competition in the festival’s Generation 14plus program. Calder’s 2016 independent animated short SNIP was also featured in the 14Plus program.

Also see: CDN Films at TIFF 2021 – Take 2.

Features & TV Movies:
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Canned Meat (2009, short, mixed media animation)
Choke (2011, short, animation)
The “Gift” (2011, short, animation)
Vessel (2013, short, animation)
Repercussions (2013, short, animation)
Traveling Medicine Show 3: Trasformation (2014, short, animation)
The Lodge (2014, animation)
Snip (2015, short, animation)
Keewaydah (2017, short, animation)

Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics (2021, stop-motion animation)

Le torrent

153 minutes, Drama
Langauge: French
Release date: October 26, 2012
DVD release date: November 27, 2012
Canadian distributor: Remstar

Enfant, François vit seul avec sa mère Claudine sur une ferme reculée. Le labeur quotidien est exigeant, mais l’étude des lettres, menée par Claudine, l’est encore plus. C’est que François est destiné à devenir prêtre. Après des années de collège, il décide cependant de s’opposer à sa mère, qui le frappe à la tête. Dorénavant, François sera sourd, il n’entendra plus que le bruit du torrent. Après la mort de sa mère, François s’aventure sur la route, où il croise des vagabonds. Il achète Amica, une jeune femme, et l’accueille chez lui.

Based on a short story by renowned Québec writer Anne Hébert, Le Torrent is set in 1922 in rural Québec. François, a young boy, lives alone with his mother Claudine on a remote farm. The daily chores are demanding, but his studies, led by his mother’s wish that he become a priest are even more demanding. After years of college he decides the priesthood is not for him. His mother attacks him, hitting him so severely in the head that he becomes deaf. He can hear nothing but the roar of a nearby waterfall, the titled torrent. After his mother dies, François ventures out onto the road, where he meets some travellers. He buys Amica, a young woman, and welcomes her into his home, into his life.

Le torrent, movie, poster,



Jacques Blain
Sylvain Corbeil

Associate Producer:

Nancy Grant


Simon Lavoie


Simon Lavoie


Nicolas Roy


Normand Corbeil

Production Designer:

Eric Barbeau

Cast: Roles:

Victor Trelles Turgeon
Laurence Leboeuf
Dominique Quesnel
Anthony Therrien
Marco Bacon
Roger Blay
Normand Canac-Marquis
Aubert Pallascio
Martin Desgagné
Alain Gabriel
David Noël
Mario Genest
Pierre Bédard
Manon Payeur
Milan Martineau
Ludovic Martineau
Gin Bergeron
Danièle Ledoux
Tommy Chouinard
Fernand Mongeau
Nicole Blackburn
Johanne Loiselle
Micheline Poitras

Amica / Claudine (young)
François (as a child)
Vieil instituteur
Jeune instituteur
Jeune homme du dortoir
Homme violent
Femme protectrice
Femmes hostiles
Femmes hostiles

10 of the Top Christmas Movies at the Box Office

Top 10 Christmas Movies at the Box Office, image,

10 of the Top Christmas Movies at the Box Office

By Staff

(December 20, 2021 – Toronto, ON) Should the topic of Top 10 Christmas Movies erupt in your home this holiday season, you might be able to avoid family disputes over by leaving the film choices to science this year. Crystal Ski has done the research and allowed us to share it with you. The following list, created in 2019, is based on research and how these 10 films performed at the all-important U.S. box office. 

1. Home Alone 
This American comedy follows eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) on his mission to protect his home from the burglars nicknamed the “Wet Bandits” after his family accidentally leave him home alone while they travel to Paris.  Costars included Canadian actor (and Schitt’s Creek costar) Catherine O’Hara. Home Alone made $285,7611,243 in Box Office sales and has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 65%, which isn’t the highest of the films that placed in the top 10.
2. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)
Based on Dr Seuss’ book How The Grinch Stole Christmas, this 3D adaptation shows the adventures of the Grinch as he plans to spoil Christmas for Whoville. With the help of six-year-old Cindy Lou Who, the Who’s discover the true meaning of Christmas which is far more than receiving presents. The international cast of actors providing voices includes Benedict Cumberbatch as The Grinch, Jennifer Garner as Betty Lou Who, Bill Hader as Whobris and Canadian Michael Cera providing the voice of Drew Lou Who. This version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas is the highest-grossing Dr Suess adaptation with sales that totalled $270,620,950 and a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 59%.

3. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
The second animated screenplay adaptation featuring the Grinch stars Jim Carrey. This film reveals the Grinch’s tragic past after Cindy Lou Who becomes fascinated by him after meeting him in the post office. After stealing Whoville’s presents, the Whos sing Christmas carols around the Christmas tree together. The sight of this grows the Grinch’s heart by three sizes, who later joins them in their festivities. The movie had a total box office gross of $260,044,825 and a Rotten Tomatoes rating of just 51%.
4. Elf
Buddy was brought up in the North Pole as an Elf after crawling into Santa’s sack as a baby. Now an adult Buddy (Will Ferrel) has to learn how to live like a New Yorker while building a relationship with his biological father. He spreads much-needed Christmas cheer to everyone he meets causing some chaos along the way.  Elf ticket sales total $173,840,591 and received a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 78%.
5. Polar Express
Based on the 1985 children’s book, this film used live-action motion capture animation that follows the story of a young boy who was beginning to doubt Santa’s existence. On Christmas Eve, he boards a train called The Polar Express towards the North Pole. Through this journey, the boy learns about the spirit of Christmas, friendship and bravery. The Polar Express made $187,224,490 in box office sales and a 56% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own. The cast of this 1993 animated feature written by Tim Burton included Catherine O’Hara providing the voices of Sally and Shock. Danny Elfman was the voice behind Jack Skellington. The Nightmare Before Christmas made $75,082,668 in box office sales and a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
7. The Santa Clause
When a down on his luck dad Scott (Tim Allen) accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, him and his son are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. While Scott tries to ignore the whole situation, a rapidly growing belly and white beard show this certainly wasn’t just a dream. Released in 1994, Wendy Crewson played Laura Miller and Jayne Eastwood played a waitress in the movie that starred Tim Allen. The Santa Clause made $144,833,357 at the box office and scored 65% on Rotten Tomatoes.
8. Arthur Christmas
Everyone knows that Father Christmas delivers presents to everyone on Christmas eve but nobody knows how. However, when Father Christmas’ high-tech solution fails and he misses one poor individual out, someone has to come to the rescue. They turn to Arthur (James McAvoy), Father Christmas’ youngest son, to deliver the present to this missed child before they wake up on Christmas morning. Arthur Christmas made $46,462,469 in box office sales and a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
9. The Santa Clause 2
Following on from the success of The Santa Clause, this follow-up see’s Scott (Tim Allen) face the awful news that his own son is on the naughty list! Turning his world upside down and into further chaos, Scott has to find himself a wife before Christmas Eve or he will no longer be Father Christmas. Wendy Crewson returned to play Laura Miller for the second time. The Santa Clause 2 made $139,236,327 at the box office and scored 55% on Rotten Tomatoes.
10. A Christmas Carol (2009)
Some will argue that nothing will ever top the dramatic effect of the black and white 1951 version of this Charles Dickens classic story, which starred Alastair Sim in the role of Scrooge, but in the 2009 animated remake Scrooge is portrayed by Jim Carrey. In a remarkable feat of performance, Carrey is also the voice of Scrooge as a Teenage Boy, Scrooge as a Young Man, Scrooge as a Middle Aged Man, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. As in all versions, the story follows the mean Scrooge as he treats those around him miserably. Until, one night he is visited by the ghost of a recently deceased friend and then the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future that endeavour to make him change his bitter “humbug” ways for good. The 2009 version of A Christmas Carol made $137,855,863 at the box office and scored 53% on Rotten Tomatoes. It should be noted that its take worldwide came to a very respectable $325,286,646.

This article was originally published on December 20, 2019, with additional information provided by Northernstars. We thank Crystalski for providing this information and the images used above.

Danny Waugh

Danny Waugh, actor,

B: -

Danny Waugh began his career in 2000 playing a role set in a hospital in an episode of Da Vinci’s Inquest. He next played a paramedic in two episodes of Mysterious Ways. He played a paramedic again in 2005 in two episodes of Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye and a doctor in 2009 in an episode of The Listener. It seems natural that he would have been cast in the 2010 mini-series Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures and he was, as an orderly. Verging on being classically typecast, he played a doctor in 2014 in an episode of Sensitive Skin, a paramedic in a 2017 episode of Saving Hope and he was a surgeon in the 2019 feature The Kindness of Strangers. He plays a piano player in the 2021 feature Nightmare Alley.

strong>Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Bones (2001)
DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (TV-2003)
Long Island Confidential (TV-2008)

The Pickpocket (2010, short)
Come Here Go Away (2010, short)
Mulroney: The Opera (2011)
Parasite (2011, short)
Total Recall (2012)
Mr. Viral (2012)
A Dark Matter (2013)
The Trip to Bountiful (TV-2014)
Sound of Tears (2014, short)
Crimson Peak (2015)
Shimmer Lake (2017)
The Shape of Water (2017)
The Kindness of Strangers (2019)

Possessor (2020)
The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel (TV-2020)
Nightmare Alley (2021)
Firestarter (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures (2010, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Da Vinci’s Inquest (2000)
Mysterious Ways (2000, 2001)
Street Time (2002)
The Eleventh Hour (2005)
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye (2005)
Queer as Folk (2005)
Jeff Ltd (2006)
Little Mosque on the Prairie (2007)
Love You to Death (2007)
The Listener (2009)
Warehouse 13 (2009)

Covert Affairs (2010)
Rookie Blue (2010)
Alphas (2012)
Lost Girl (2013)
Beauty and the Beast (2013)
Sensitive Skin (2014)
The Strain (2015)
Killjoys (2016)
Conviction (2016)
Designated Survivor (2016)
The Rick Mercer Report (2016, 2017)
Murdoch Mysteries (2017)
Saving Hope (2017)
Frankie Drake Mysteries (2017)
In the Dark (2019)

Good Witch (2020)
Snowpiercer (2020)
The Expanse (2020)
Star Trek: Discovery (2020)
Hudson & Rex (2021)
Departure (2021)
Titans (2021)

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Nightmare Alley, movie, poster,

Irene Angelico

Irene Lilienheim Angelico, filmmaker, documentarian,

B: Dec 9, 1946 in Munich, Germany

Irene Angelico is an acclaimed film director, producer and writer. Born in Germany after the war, her parents were concentration camp survivors who miraculously found each other and emigrated to the United States. She grew up in New York and Chicago, became a civil rights activist who demonstrated in Washington DC in support of the Selma March, and moved to Canada in 1969. Her father wrote an extraordinary book about his and his wife’s Holocaust experiences titled The Aftermath. Angelico is the recipient of numerous international awards for directing and producing, as well as a Gemini for best writing in a documentary. Her work was included in The Fifty Greatest Documentaries of all Times at the NFB’s international Salute to the Documentary, and selected to represent the best of the NFB’s Studio D at retrospectives in London and France. She was the first woman from Québec selected for Women in the Director’s Chair in Banff and is the founding chair of CIFC-Montreal (now DOC Québec). As of late 2021, her production company, DLI Productions, had completed work on First to Stand, a POV feature documentary against the erosion of human rights that focuses on the work of Irwin Cotler, founder and chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, an Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and an international human rights lawyer. The film follows Cotler and his team of young activists as they battle the world’s most repressive regimes to liberate political prisoners. Unless otherwise credited, we list Irene Angelico’s documentary credits as a Producer first.

Company website.
Note: Northernstars Québec Correspondent Maurie Alioff was co-writer on the documentary Reaching for Zion.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Dark Lullabies (1985)
The Burning Times (Associate Producer, 1990)
Between the Solitudes (1992)
The Love Prophet and the Children of God (1998)
The Cola Conquest (Co-producer,1998)

The Journey Home: a Romanian Adoption (2000)
She Got Game (2003)
Unbreakable MInds (2004)
Vendetta Song (2005)
Canadaville, USA (TV-2006)
Inside the Great Magazines (TV-2007)

Shekinah: The Intimate Life of Hasidic Women (2013)
Beyond Earth: The Beginning of NewSpace (2016)
Shekinah Rising (2018)

Shared Legacies (Creative Consulting Producer, 2020)
Reaching for Zion (2021)
First to Stand (2021)

Credits as a Director:
…and They Lived Happily Ever After (1975, short)
Meditation in Motion (1978, short)

Dark Lullabies (1985)

The Cola Conquest (1998)

Mockstars (TV-2002)
Black Coffee (TV-2007)
Inside the Great Magazines (Co-director, 2007)

Reaching for Zion (2021)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Meditation in Motion (1978, short)

Dark Lullabies (1985)

Between the Solitudes (1992)
The Cola Conquest (1998)

The Journey Home: a Romanian Adoption (2000)
Unbreakable Minds (2004)
Vendetta Song (2005)
Black Coffee (TV-2007)
Inside the Great Magazines (TV-2007)

Shekinah: The Intimate Life of Hasidic Women (2013)
Big Wind (TV-2015)
Beyond Earth: The Beginning of NewSpace (2016)
Shekinah Rising (2018)

Reaching for Zion (2021)
First to Stand (2021)

Reaching for Zion, movie, poster,

ACTRA Honours Art Hindle

ACTRA Honours Art Hindle
by Staff Editors

(December 16, 2021 – Toronto) Art Hindle, an actor described by his colleagues as Canadian film royalty, will be presented with ACTRA Toronto’s 2022 Award of Excellence at the 20th anniversary of the ACTRA Awards in Toronto in an online ceremony to be streamed at 8 p.m. on March 6, 2022.

Porky's, movie, poster,
This poster for Porky’s was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.
Hindle started out in the film and TV business in 1968 after a successful but brief career as a stockbroker. He credits Method acting coach Eli Rill with teaching him his craft. Hindle shot to instant stardom playing the hockey player Billy Duke in Face-Off (also released as Winter Comes Early). Moving to Los Angeles, he landed roles in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Starsky and Hutch, and Law and Order, among many other film and TV titles. He was a regular on Kingston Confidential and Dallas. Back in Canada, he was in the iconic Canadian film Porky’s and won a Gemini for the role of Mike Fennell on the award-winning series ENG as well as beginning his career as a director. He starred as Peter Braga on Paradise Falls for three seasons and directed a number of episodes. He continues to be in demand and has won awards in recent years for his performances in The Big Fat Stone (2014) and Robbery (2018). He voiced Mr. Sherman on the animated children’s series DOT. His guest spots on both sides of the border are legion.

“In my almost 54 years as an actor, I have received awards and compliments, but nothing surpasses being recognized by one’s peers for what has evolved into a career,” said Hindle. “Joining the list of past winners of the Award of Excellence is an incredible honour and one I never expected. Thank you, ACTRA Toronto!”

For 16 years, Mr. Hindle has volunteered his time and celebrity to ACTRA. He has been on ACTRA Toronto Council, ACTRA National Council and was for 10 years a V.P. on ACTRA Toronto’s Executive. He has volunteered for ACTRA Toronto’s Editorial Committee and never missed marching in the Labour Day parade, encouraging new councillors to “Just show up.” He encouraged other Canadian stars to run for Council. He was a favourite with politicians when he lobbied with ACTRA for better protections, consistent tax credits and more work opportunities for performers. For years he has played in the AFC’s fundraising golf tournament, a charity providing support to entertainment professionals. Over the years, as many emerging filmmakers wanted Hindle in their first films, he organized countless new producers to “Go ACTRA.” In addition to his star power, his ACTRA council colleagues unanimously praised his humility and generosity.

“Art Hindle is a rare individual,” said ACTRA Toronto President David Gale. “Not only is he a consummate actor and director with credits longer than both arms, he’s also a mentor and an activist. Over the years, he has taken countless up-and-coming performers and directors under his wing and guided their careers. And I’ve seen Art many times use his star power and march, flag in hand, fighting for the rights of his ACTRA siblings.”

ACTRA Toronto’s Award of Excellence recognizes a distinguished ACTRA Toronto performer whose outstanding career achievements as a performer are matched by a significant volunteer contribution to the industry and ongoing work of ACTRA Toronto to improve the lives of its members.

Also see: Art Hindle’s filmography.

ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada’s 27,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada. An advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers

Nightmare Alley

150 minutes – Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Noir
Language: English
Release date: December 1, 2021 (World Premiere, New York City)
Release date: December 17, 2021 (General release)
Production companies: TSG Entertainment, Double Dare You Productions
Distributor: Searchlight Pictures

Based on the 1946 William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley is not a remake of the 1947 noir film but a retelling of the original book in a screenplay by director Guillermo del Toro and Kim Morgan. The film focuses on Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), an ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words. He hooks up with a corrupt psychiatrist, Dr. Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett), who proves to be as dangerous as he is. Shot in and around Toronto and Buffalo, New York, principal photography began in January 2020 in Toronto, but was shut down in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed in September 2020 and concluded that December.

NOTE: We are not sure if this is technically a “Canadian movie,” but we’ve included it in the database based on its shooting location, the large number of Canadian actors and its Canadian co-producer, J. Miles Dale, who described the film as being about “The importance of truth and the danger of believing our own lies. Pretty relevant to what’s going on around us these days.”

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Guillermo del Toro
J. Miles Dale
Bradley Cooper


Guillermo del Toro


Guillermo del Toro
Kim Morgan


Dan Laustsen


Cam McLauchlin


Nathan Johnson

Production Designer:

Tamara Deverell

Art Director:

Brandt Gordon
Shane Vieau (Set Decoration)

Costume Designer:

Luis Sequeira

Cast: Roles:

Bradley Cooper
Cate Blanchett
Toni Collette
Willem Dafoe
Richard Jenkins
Rooney Mara
Ron Perlman
Mary Steenburgen
David Strathairn
Mark Povinelli
Peter MacNeill
Holt McCallany
Paul Anderson
Lara Jean Chorostecki
Jim Beaver
Clifton Collins Jr.
Tim Blake Nelson
David Hewlett
Sarah Mennell
Caleb Ellsworth-Clark
Mike Hill
Dian Bachar
Troy James
Matthew MacCallum
Samantha Rodes
Jesse Buck
Perry Mucci
Bill MacDonald
Dan Lett
Catherine McGregor
Martin Julien
Natalie Brown
Daniel Falk
Tim Post
Will Conlon
Stephen McHattie
James Collins
Lili Connor
Danny Waugh
Walter Rinaldi
Andrew Locke
Calvin Desautels
Derrick Moore
Linden Porco
Grant Bradley
Danielle Klupsch
Vikki Ring
Vanessa Botbyl
Michael Bridgeman
Charles Langille
Paul Taylor
Clyde Whitham

Stanton Carlisle
Dr. Lilith Ritter
Zeena the Seer
Clem Hoatley
Ezra Grindle
Molly Cahill
Mrs. Kimball
The Major
Judge Kimball
Geek #1
Louise Hoatley
Sheriff Jedediah Judd
Funhouse Jack
Carny Boss
Dr. Elrood
Drunk #1
Dogboy Jojo
Fee Fee the Birdgirl
The Snake Man
Human Skeleton
Zizi the Pinhead
Geek #2
Hotel Manager
Stanton’s Dad
Deputy #1
Copa Woman
Bus Station Shaving Man
Lilith’s Receptionist
Patron #1
Armed Guard#1
Armed Guard #2
Hobo #1
Train Yard Man
Woman in Floral Dress
Piano Player
Train Worker
Brofo the Small
Deputy #2
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Yvette Thuot

Yvette Thuot, actress,

B: October 13, 1918 in Iberville, Québec
D: December 5, 2021

Born Marie Rose Yvette Pauline Thuot, the Québec actress was known for her work in features like La revanche de Madame Beauchamp in which she played the title character and 1995’s feature Liste noire. She was 94 when she appeared in her last film, Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways. Yvette Thuot was 103 when she died.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Un cri qui vient de loin (TV-1965)

Kamouraska (1973)
O.K. … Laliberté (1973)
Parlez-nous d’amour (1976)

La revanche de Madame Beauchamp (1980)

La Florida (1993)
Liste noire (1995)
Pretty Poison (TV-1996)
Remue-ménage (1996)

Les invasions barbares (2003)
Suzie (2009)

Route 132 (2010)
Laurence Anyways (2012)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Le paradis terrestre (1968)
Les forges de Saint-Maurice (1973)
Jamais deux sans toi (1977)
Drôle de monde (1978)
Les Brillant (1981)
Épopée rock (1984)
Semi-détaché (1987)
Jamais Deux Sans Toi (1990)
Watatatow (1993)
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (2000)
Les détestables (2011)

Yvette Thuot, actress, poster,

Liste Noir, movie, poster,