Alita: Battle Angel hauls in $27 million at the weekend box office

Movie box office news now. For a long time, all the top talk was about how Alita: Battle Angel was going to be this huge expensive flop at the cinemas. This is despite the fact that its producer James Cameron and its director Robert Rodriguez were both involved in its making. The numbers are in…

Weather report: it’s not winter everywhere

Watching the Daytona 500 today makes me crazy and jealous. My current location is under a pile of snow (after being under extreme cold warnings for days), but it sure looks nice today in Florida. Daytona Beach is currently 26 C. Not far away in Orlando it is 29 C. Other current temperatures for popular…

We go from “big snow” head-first into “big deep freeze”!

Howdy, folks, how are you enjoying “Polar Vortex 2019?” Especially all of you in Chicago? By the way, the abominable freezing cold gripping a good chunk of the Midwest USA is actually considered “normal” for this time of year in frozen-tundra Saskatchewan. Which, by the way, is frozen solid today. (And you folks down there…

Old Man Winter is burying North America under a heap of snow!

Happy Winter 🥶, folks. It seems as if the cold and the white stuff is socking North America today. I understand Toronto is getting upwards of 15 cm of it, in fact the latest report from Pearson airport is 23 cm — reminding people of the good old days when Mayor Mel Lastman had to…

The wall comes crumbling down on top of Trump

Yesterday was a very bad day to be the President of the USA. First, the FBI takes down Trump loyalist Roger Stone and arrests him in a takedown shown exclusively on CNN (gee, how did they manage that?). After he is released on $250,000 bail, Stone then emerged from a Ft. Lauderdale court with his…

Masses take to the streets in Venezuela; Maduro struggles to hold on

I have been following what’s been happening in Venezuela with the recent coverage of all the protests in the streets, with the opposition leader Juan Guaido declaring himself President and the considerable international recognition that has followed (including Pres. Trump). Meanwhile, Pres. Nicolas Maduro continues to attempt to hold on to power, as he ordered US…

Court TV is coming back! Anchors, reporters announced today.

Last month was the big announcement that CourtTV was being revived after a decade, with Vinnie Politan signed on as their first anchor. Today, they added five more on-air people including four lawyer/journalists: Seema Iyer (out of WSYX Columbus, but also previously a TV legal analyst), Julie Grant (out of KDKA Pittsburgh), Chanley Painter (out…

Now, the last word on Rod Pedersen leaving as Voice of the Riders

All chaos broke loose in Saskatchewan during my time in Las Vegas last week. Just a day after coach/GM Chris Jones quit the Saskatchewan Roughriders to go to the Cleveland Browns, it was Rod Pedersen who resigned from Riders flagship 620 CKRM, leaving as the play-by-play “Voice of the Riders” on radio and also leaving…

Now, a few words about my latest Las Vegas getaway

Hi. This is where I was this week, in Las Vegas. Yes, right after the curling wrapped up in North Battleford I did the typical Saskatchewan thing and headed south. In fact, the Saskatoon airport was full of snowbirds on the day I left, mainly heading to Arizona. Everyone was getting away from the ice…

Media takes a hit after latest anti-Trump piece gets slammed by Mueller

Folks in the news media, next time you accuse Pres. Donald Trump of something in print, would you please get it right?! For a change? On Friday, BuzzFeed ran this story citing law enforcement people, claiming Pres. Donald Trump had ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower project in Russia. This…

Kevin Spacey has his day in court

I just found this Kevin Spacey court coverage today to be fascinating, because it reminds me of all the times I would sit in our local provincial court house as a reporter, watching the parade of accused people get hauled up before the judge. What happened here was exactly the same, EXCEPT this is big…

Tonight, Alabama and Clemson play for the title, AGAIN.

Seriously, folks, NCAA Division 1 College Football is getting to be even worse than the NBA for predictability as far as the title game is concerned. It is Alabama and Clemson, yet again! Aargh! Even a trained seal could have predicted this matchup for the title at Levi’s Stadium!! Anyway, I guess I am tuning…

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is on in the Bahamas!

Exciting stuff for poker fans as day one of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is under way at The Atlantis in the Bahamas. Today is the first day for the PokerStars Players Championship, where established pros go up against online qualifiers. One of those online qualifiers is Travis Nesbitt, an online pro from Saskatchewan, who won…

My annual Box Office Year in Review is now up!

My Cairns on Cinema column on 2018 at the box office is now up! Congrats to domestic box office champ Black Panther, $700 million, and to the worldwide champ Avengers: Infinity War, $2.05 billion! And to the year’s flops, my condolences. Onwards to 2019, movie fans.

Bad News Roundup: Mean Gene, Super Dave, Team Canada

It has been a big day for bad news. First, legendary wrestling announcer/interviewer “Mean Gene” Okerlund, Dead. Next, comedian Bob Einstein, better known as Super Dave Osborne. Dead. Finally, Canada lost at the World Junior quarters to Finland 2-1 in OT tonight in Vancouver. That result eliminates the Canadian juniors, and that means all Canadian…

$751.8 million worldwide for Aquaman as we end 2018!

Here is the story from Hollywood Reporter on the box office numbers so far for Aquaman, as it enters 2019 having grossed an incredible $751.8 million worldwide. Over $188 million of it is from the domestic market where it just finished No. 1 for the second weekend in a row, with a haul of $52…

NFL regular season ends; so do plenty of coaches’ jobs

The final Sunday of the NFL regular season is always a depressing affair for most of the league. Sure, there are a few teams who get to celebrate the thrill of victory (ie. Indianapolis), but for the other teams and their fans it’s a day of shattered dreams and lost opportunities. For players and coaches…