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The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is returning to the Malaspina Theatre next year and submissions are now open. (Stock photo)

Vancouver Island Short Film Festival accepting submissions for next year

Local filmmakers can submit work for free, with two spaces reserved for Island-made films

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is returning to the Malaspina Theatre next year and submissions are now open. (Stock photo)
Stanley Tucci, left, and Clive Davis attend the world premiere of "Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody" at AMC Lincoln Square on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Stanley Tucci, left, and Clive Davis attend the world premiere of "Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody" at AMC Lincoln Square on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
In August, actor and director Jonah Hill deleted his Instagram account as he penned a letter to Deadline saying he would be stepping back from the public eye to help him cope with anxiety attacks. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)

Celebrities on the mental-health toll of fame in the social media age

‘We’ve stopped relating to each other because now we’re in our own bubble of what our device is’

In August, actor and director Jonah Hill deleted his Instagram account as he penned a letter to Deadline saying he would be stepping back from the public eye to help him cope with anxiety attacks. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)
This image released by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment shows Gabriel LaBelle in a scene from “The Fabelmans.” (Merie Weismiller Wallace/Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment via AP)
This image released by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment shows Gabriel LaBelle in a scene from “The Fabelmans.” (Merie Weismiller Wallace/Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment via AP)
Two people watch a screening of A Letter From the Ocean, an 11-minute looped video that plays on a large screen in Comox Valley Art Gallery’s southern window facing Duncan Avenue. Photo supplied

Comox Valley arts community members get government grants

The Comox Valley Art Gallery is one of more than 250 groups…

  • Dec 21, 2022
Two people watch a screening of A Letter From the Ocean, an 11-minute looped video that plays on a large screen in Comox Valley Art Gallery’s southern window facing Duncan Avenue. Photo supplied
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows director Damien Chazelle, left, and director of photography Linus Sandgren on the set of “Babylon.” (Scott Garfield/Paramount Pictures via AP)

Review: The silent film era roars again in ‘Babylon’

Overcooked and not quite rooted, but at its best a mad moviemaking nirvana

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows director Damien Chazelle, left, and director of photography Linus Sandgren on the set of “Babylon.” (Scott Garfield/Paramount Pictures via AP)
Actors Rooney Mara, left to right, Judith Ivey, Claire Foy and director Sarah Polley talk on the set of their film “Women Talking” in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Michael Gibson

Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley on making ‘Women Talking’ a cinematic epic

‘Why not a conversation amongst women … feel seismic, and as though it’s the only thing that matters?’

Actors Rooney Mara, left to right, Judith Ivey, Claire Foy and director Sarah Polley talk on the set of their film “Women Talking” in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Michael Gibson
FILE - Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appears in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 4 2022. Weinstein’s defense team has rested its case and closing arguments will soon begin at the Los Angeles trial of the former movie magnate. (Etienne Laurent/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Harvey Weinstein found guilty of rape in Los Angeles trial

Former movie mogul 2 years into a 23-year sentence for an earlier rape conviction

FILE - Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appears in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 4 2022. Weinstein’s defense team has rested its case and closing arguments will soon begin at the Los Angeles trial of the former movie magnate. (Etienne Laurent/Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - This combination of photos shows actor Johnny Depp testifying at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., on April 21, 2022, left, and actor Amber Heard testifying in the same courtroom on May 26, 2022. Depp won the defamation suit against Heard last month in a high-profile civil trial. (AP Photo, File)

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard settle defamation appeals

Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have settled their defamation lawsuits following…

FILE - This combination of photos shows actor Johnny Depp testifying at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., on April 21, 2022, left, and actor Amber Heard testifying in the same courtroom on May 26, 2022. Depp won the defamation suit against Heard last month in a high-profile civil trial. (AP Photo, File)
Competitors, including eventual winner Yi Yi Wang, front centre, dance during the Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant, in Richmond, B.C., on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. The popularity of the 27-year-old pageant is testament to both the ongoing lure of celebrity in Hong Kong and Chinese show business, and what one expert calls the “aura” surrounding Canadian Chinese entertainers across the Pacific. Vancouver has long served as a source of talent for the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese entertainment scenes, and the mutual attraction persists in spite of recent political tensions between Canada and Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Dreams of Chinese fame persist at Vancouver pageant, where stars are born

Pageant helps discover talent for Chinese-language show business

Competitors, including eventual winner Yi Yi Wang, front centre, dance during the Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant, in Richmond, B.C., on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. The popularity of the 27-year-old pageant is testament to both the ongoing lure of celebrity in Hong Kong and Chinese show business, and what one expert calls the “aura” surrounding Canadian Chinese entertainers across the Pacific. Vancouver has long served as a source of talent for the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese entertainment scenes, and the mutual attraction persists in spite of recent political tensions between Canada and Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
This image released by 20th Century Studios shows Jake Sully, portrayed by Sam Worthington, in “Avatar: The Way of Water.” (20th Century Studios via AP)

Can James Cameron’s striking ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ pull off a box-office smash?

Disney’s new film opens across North America this weekend to massive expectations

This image released by 20th Century Studios shows Jake Sully, portrayed by Sam Worthington, in “Avatar: The Way of Water.” (20th Century Studios via AP)
Catherine Babault releases Vancouver Island Marmot, The World’s Rarest Marmot, on Dec. 21. Catherine Babault photo

Courtenay photographer releases book about Vancouver Island marmot

As an “ethical photographer,” Catherine Babault is not as concerned about getting…

Catherine Babault releases Vancouver Island Marmot, The World’s Rarest Marmot, on Dec. 21. Catherine Babault photo
The Weeknd performs in Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. The Canadian pop superstar has received the 2022 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Weeknd performs in Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. The Canadian pop superstar has received the 2022 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
This image released by Grapevine Public Relations shows Stark Sands, center, and the cast during a performance of “& Juliet.” (Matthew Murphy/Grapevine Public Relations via AP)
This image released by Grapevine Public Relations shows Stark Sands, center, and the cast during a performance of “& Juliet.” (Matthew Murphy/Grapevine Public Relations via AP)

Broadway writer of ‘ Juliet’ builds show with huge pop hits

Original story uses ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as launch pad, mixes in biggest pop hits of past few decades

This image released by Grapevine Public Relations shows Stark Sands, center, and the cast during a performance of “& Juliet.” (Matthew Murphy/Grapevine Public Relations via AP)
This image released by Grapevine Public Relations shows Stark Sands, center, and the cast during a performance of “& Juliet.” (Matthew Murphy/Grapevine Public Relations via AP)
FILE _ Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry meet members of the public at Windsor Castle, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, in Windsor, England, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are expected to vent their grievances against the monarchy when Netflix releases the final episodes of a series about the couple’s decision to step away from royal duties and make a new start in America. (Kirsty O’Connor/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Harry, Meghan vent grievances in final Netflix episodes

Conclusion of six-part series ‘Harry & Meghan’ released Thursday

FILE _ Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry meet members of the public at Windsor Castle, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, in Windsor, England, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are expected to vent their grievances against the monarchy when Netflix releases the final episodes of a series about the couple’s decision to step away from royal duties and make a new start in America. (Kirsty O’Connor/Pool Photo via AP, File)
Craigflower bridge is the site where Reena Virk was murdered by a pack of teenagers in 1997. (Dunc Malcolm/News staff)

Reena Virk murder TV series production underway in B.C.

Hulu producing TV show about 1997 death of teen at the hands of other teens titled Under The Bridge

Craigflower bridge is the site where Reena Virk was murdered by a pack of teenagers in 1997. (Dunc Malcolm/News staff)
FILE - Adam Sandler and wife, Jackie Sandler, appear at the Governors Awards on Nov. 19, 2022 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Comedian and actor Adam Sandler to get 2023 Mark Twain Prize

‘Adam has created characters that have made us laugh, cry, and cry from laughing’

FILE - Adam Sandler and wife, Jackie Sandler, appear at the Governors Awards on Nov. 19, 2022 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
The Comox Valley Food Bank has moved to 1255 McPhee Avenue in Courtenay - just two doors down from its previous location. Photo by Terry Farrell

Christmas concert doubles as Comox Valley Food Bank fundraiser

The Georgia Straight Jazz Society’s final show of 2022 will be a…

  • Dec 14, 2022
The Comox Valley Food Bank has moved to 1255 McPhee Avenue in Courtenay - just two doors down from its previous location. Photo by Terry Farrell
The Festive Brass will perform at Comox United Church on Dec. 16. (Submitted photo)

Festive Brass to play Christmas show at Comox United Church

The Festive Brass is bringing its big, brassy, bold and jazzy show…

  • Dec 14, 2022
The Festive Brass will perform at Comox United Church on Dec. 16. (Submitted photo)
Beyoncé’s “Cuff It” track captures the spirit of fun, romance and infatuation. (AP Photo)

AP Top Songs of 2022: ‘Bad Habit,’ ‘Unholy,’ ‘Cuff It’

From Harry Styles to the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, here are 10 top songs from the past year

Beyoncé’s “Cuff It” track captures the spirit of fun, romance and infatuation. (AP Photo)
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