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NOW Toronto

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June 23, 2022 30 min

Slash/Back director Nyla Innuksuk discusses her Inuit alien invasion thriller (hint: it's a metaphor for colonization) and Obi-Wan Kenobi director Deborah Chow and actor Hayden Christensen talk about going from Toronto to a galaxy far, far away and the politics in Star Wars.

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Loot co-creators Allan Yang and Matt Hubbard explain how their series starring Maya Rudolph searches for laughs in the wealth gap. Plus: Director X (who also has a new show tackling the wealth gap) and LeSean Harris recollect movie memories for Telefilm in an initiative to celebrate the theatrical experience.

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Writer and performer Fatuma Adar discusses representing the refugee experience and the Somali-Canadian community in her moving musical Dixon Road with writer Huda Hassan and NOW What host Radheyan Simonpillai. Read more about Dixon Road, which is playing at the High Park Amphitheatre until June 19, here: https://nowtoronto.com/stage/fatuma-adar-is-reclaiming-the-narrative-on-dixon-road

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Ms. Marvel star Iman Vellani discusses her love of artsy foreign films, going to the same Markham high school as Hayden Christensen (aka Darth Vader) and reconnecting with her roots by playing Kamala Khan, the first Muslim superhero

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Old classics are returning to the streamers: a new take on Cinderella called Sneakerella co-starring Brantford's Devyn Nekoda arrives on Disney+ and The Kids In The Hall brought a new season 27 years after the last to Prime Video Canada. Nekoda (01:00) discusses flipping the glass slippers into fancy new kicks and how we could possibly realize the dream of seeing a great Toronto dance movie. NOW's former senior film wri...

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Author Andrea Werhun and photographer Nicole Bazuin discuss expanding the sex work memoir Modern Whore with stories from a Toronto strip club and even more stunning imagery. Plus, Stephanie and Rad get into the 20th anniversary of Spider-Man, the trans joke Dave Chappelle made after being attacked on stage and reactions to a leak revealing that the US Supreme Court will overturn Roe vs. Wade.

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The Wire creator David Simon joins to discuss his new series We Own This City, the dystopia created by the war on drugs and why defunding the police may be the right thing to do in some cases. Culture writer Stephanie Hinds joins to discuss Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde; Vin Diesel and Fast & Furious director Justin Lin; Elon Musk and Twitter; Freshii and Nicaragua; Toronto and Carnival. And we introduce you to Quebec filmmak...

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Angelica Lisk-Hann is nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in the Best Stunt Coordination category that she had a hand in creating. Lisk-Hann joins us to discuss her journey from performing stunts on movies like AVP to becoming the first Black woman to be a stunt coordinator. She discusses the challenges in an industry that still relies on Blackface to meet demands for diversity.

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March 30, 2022 39 min

Norm and NOW editor Radheyan Simonpillai talk to stars Alex Mallari Jr. and Rong Fu and co-creator Nathalie Younglai about what their new CBC Gem series Hello (Again) hopes to do for Asian-Canadian representation, and the challenges of creating a consistent performance when shooting a time-loop story out of sequence. 

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NOW editor Radheyan Simonpillai talks to actor turned filmmaker turned author Sarah Polley about her new book Run Towards The Danger: Confrontations With A Body Of Memory, and how after 14 years behind the camera she’s finally thinking about getting back in front of one.

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February 26, 2022 49 min

This week’s podcast was so packed we had to break it into two episodes. In this one, Norm talks to Jennifer Holness and Sudz Sutherland about their new documentary series BLK: An Origin Story, and then checks in with Last One Laughing Canada players Colin Mochrie and Andrew Phung about their experience on Prime Video’s reality endurance series. 

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For this week’s Sound Of Toronto Right Now issue, NOW editor Radheyan Simonpillai talks to TikTok rapper Akintoye about coming up, finding his voice, building a brand and being absolutely, one hundred percent himself through all of it.

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Building onto his cover story this week, Norm talks to Arnold Pinnock, Annmarie Morais, Marsha Greene, Charles Officer and RT Thorne – the creative team behind the new CBC drama The Porter – to explore the genesis of the show and what it means to them to have made it. The Porter premieres on CBC and CBC Gem Monday (February 21) at 9 pm ET. 

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With NOW’s annual Love and Sex issue on the stands this week, Norm and NOW’s managing editor Glenn Sumi invite Colin Asuncion, Haley McGee and Bee Quammie to expand on their conversations about what it’s like to be single and dating with COVID still making everything extra complicated.

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You might have heard about the trucker convoy that came to Ottawa last weekend. In fact, you probably heard so much about it that you didn’t notice the other, arguably more legitimate assemblages that happened in Toronto on Saturday and Sunday. In this episode Ahmad Jarrar of the GTA Palestinian Movement and Mskwaasin Agnew of the Salt River First Nation tell Norm why they feel their respective events were overlooked by the Canadia...

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Norm talks to Guled Abdi, Tim Blair, Vance Banzo and Franco Nguyen about the third season of their sketch series, and how they’ve levelled up the comedy and the commentary – even enlisting Paul Sun-Hyung Lee from Kim’s Convenience to confront CBC cancelling Trickster.

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This is the time of year when NOW’s Love Your Body issue comes out. But we’re not doing that any more; after seven years, the landscape of body positivity and self love has changed. Ramona Leitao and Radheyan Simonpillai talk to four of our previous Love Your Body subjects – designer and human-rights activist Biko Beauttah, author and relationship coach Leisse Wilcox, model and TV personality Mina Gerges, and musician and composer ...

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NOW’s managing editor Glenn Sumi is really feeling the loss of live comedy in this latest lockdown cycle, so he reached out to three very funny people – Tricia Black, Keith Pedro and Matt Wright – for a conversation about how their approach to making people laugh has evolved, or even changed entirely, over the last couple of years.

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January 7, 2022 43 min

It’s 2022! We’re locked down again! But if you’re looking for a new show to watch, there’s Run The Burbs, the new sitcom from Kim’s Convenience breakout Andrew Phung. In this companion podcast to his NOW cover story, Norm talks to Andrew, co-creator Scott Townend and writer/star Rakhee Morzaria about their charming new sitcom, and where they’re planning to take it in its first season.

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David Fincher: Mind Games author Adam Nayman discusses his new book, the connective tissue between films like Zodiac and Gone Girl, the genius behind Fincher’s casting when wielding Ben Affleck’s public persona, and why we can’t stop comparing the Fight Club director to Paul Thomas Anderson. Plus, thoughts on Anderson’s latest movie Licorice Pizza. 

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