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Mark the date: On June 8, 2013, Toronto's Broken Social Scene will reunite with Feist to celebrate record label Arts and Crafts' tenth anniversary.

To be held at Fort York and Garrison Common, the Field Trip Music and Arts Festival will also feature Bloc Party, Timbre Timbre, Hayden, Cold Specks, Ra Ra Riot, Trust, the Darcys, Jason Collett, Zeus, Gold and Youth, Still Life Still, and others.

"In addition to world-class musical performances, the festival will incorporate local art, gourmet food, and unique elements of Toronto’s proud culture,” said Arts and Craft president Jefferey Remedios in a statement. "Field Trip is a celebration, not just of Arts and Crafts’ 10-year anniversary and our artists, but of Toronto, of community, and perhaps above all else, of the collaborative spirit."

A series of other events, including photography exhibits, album releases, and a fiction contest, will also roll out through 2013 in celebration of the anniversary.

Arts and Crafts is one of the most important musical institutions to come out of Toronto and has been essential to the city's rise as a world music capital. Its artists have won a combined 20 Juno awards and 8 Polaris Prize shortlist nominations.

Related >> Talking To: Broken Social Scene | In Pictures: Broken Social Scene at the Sound Academy

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Amour is a movie about old people. Golden Girls is a television show about old people. That is absolutely the only thing those two masterpieces have in common.

However.

In the most disrespectful act since you made out with your best friend's wife, some evil genius decided to mash-up scenes from Amour with the theme song from The Golden Girls.

Watch as Michael Haneke's brilliant film is completely degraded of meaning and purpose in just 48 seconds

Old people dying has never been so charming. It's a veritable existential dick dilemma. Now punish yourself for laughing by reading our Amour review.

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For your consideration: Two and a half hours of crap blowing up and a green Mark Ruffalo screaming.

As expected, The Avengers was nominated for a Best Visual Effects Oscar yesterday. Industrial Light and Magic, the company founded by George Lucas to create Star Wars, has released an online Avengers reel as a final pitch to both the Academy and the public. You can watch it below.

Here's what ILM had to say about the video:

"We are proud to present this video which showcases some of ILM's Oscar nominated effects work for the 2012 hit film, Marvel's The Avengers. This reel represents a small fraction of the work created by over 200 ILM artists, scientists, and engineers backed up by a world class production team. The stop motion animations which open and close the reel were done the old fashioned way, by hand, one frame at a time. They were crafted by ILM's stop motion guru, Erik Dillinger specifically for this reel. Enjoy!"

Related >> Daily TORO: Here Are the 2013 Oscar Nominations | Film: TORO Reviews The Avengers

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Ke$ha (yes, we just spelt it that way) is either the trashiest bit of run-off to come out of a trailer park or the smartest person in pop music today. We really don't know.

Exhibit A: Witness below her new video for "C'Mon" from her sophomore album Warrior. Like all her work, this song is about having sex with random dudes, getting wasted, and just being a general waste of skin. Also, she grinds a bunch of people in animal costumes.

Ke$ha is truly baffling. Is she being ironic? Is she self-aware? Is she a man?

Liking Ke$ha is like having a crush on your attractive cousin. It's disturbing, it cannot be brought up in public, but it's ultimately satisfying. 

Please don't judge us. You clicked this link, after all.

Related >> TORO Reviews Ke$ha's Warrior

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After three microfracture surgeries in five years, and 1,132 days since his last game, former number one overall draft pick centre Greg Oden wants to return to the NBA.

According to ESPN, multiple teams have expressed interest in signing Oden to a multi-year deal that would allow him to continue his rehab and get paid. The Miami Heat — a reigning champion that could nevertheless use size — have been the most curious about the 7-footer.

However with a projected 2013-2014 salary of $90 million, the Heat will already be $24 million over the cap, and might not be able to afford Oden, even at a minimal salary.

Oden represents one of the greatest tragedies in NBA history. With his impressive size and skill, he was projected to be a superstar until he met the injury bug, and his first NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers, gave up on him in 2011.

Now 25, Oden takes classes at Ohio State when he's not rehabbing. Sure, he still has the mass and the will, but he's also battered and inexperienced. Who knows what he can bring?

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Although the BlackBerry 10 is not ready to officially liftoff until January 30, TORO got a chance to sneak a glance at the alpha version of the potentially company-saving device. Whether iPhone converts will drop their devices and return "home" remains to be seen but one thing is pretty much certain, BlackBerry loyalists are bound to be impressed.

RIM has done the right thing in developing the BB10 by making design choices that cater to its true demographic – the businessperson – while still having the sense to come out with some interesting tricks that will undoubtedly garner attention from a wider audience.

So, what did they do?  Obviously, BlackBerry users have remained so, for the most part, because of the practicality of the keyboard. For those RIM followers who refuse to buy into the adage ‘adapt or die,’ there will be a version of the BlackBerry 10 with a keyboard – a design similar to the Bold but with the new operating system. But the keyboard on the real pièce de résistance – the touchscreen version – has some features that could sway a keyboard devotee into the new millennium.

1. Mimicking the look of a regular computer keyboard , RIM developers have input three silver “frets” (wide lines) separating the four rows of keys, which exist to create an imaginary barrier between the rows.

2. Instead of autocorrect the 10 has a kind of individualized correct, with the ability to remember each user’s repeated mistakes. For example if you often type “f” instead of “g,” the 10 eventually starts fixing it for you. ( A personal assistant!)

3. A simple swipe from right to left deletes a whole word instantly, obliterating the need for repeated backspace presses and negotiating for the busy person a hair more time.

The BB10’s interface is also interesting, bypassing the typical homescreen retreat with what the developers call “Blackberry Flow” — users move around screens by swiping in from all four edges of the phone.

The coolest feature of the phone, however, has got to be … wait for it … THE CAMERA. Although the specs of the device have yet to be released, its main feature — time shifting — is killer. Basically if you have the camera on time shift when you take a picture, the function allows you to go back once you’ve taken it and “redo” the pic. For example, if your eyes are closed when the shutter goes off, you can find the second when they weren’t and capture that moment instead. It’s really a great feature for group photos because you can pick out anyone — and there’s always one —who may have messed it up and fix only him/her. What?!

Anyhow, so far this smartphone, seems, you guessed it, smart. Will public opinion match-up? That, my friends, remains to be seen.

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Nixon meets Mao. Ali vs. Frazier. Joanie Loves Chachi. Sometimes there are collisions so massive, so wildly awesome, that they fundamentally rearrange our cultural perceptions and captivate generations of inquisitive minds.

And so it is with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Anthony Bourdain. You can watch the encounter below.

When he's not enlightening humanity, astrophysicist deGrasse Tyson hosts a show called StarTalk in which he uses his scientific know-how and boyish sense of wonder to interview interesting people. In this episode, deGrasse Tyson speaks with Bourdain about food, cooking, science and cultural differences.

Interestingly, deGrasse Tyson invites a professor of nutrition, post-interview, to see if Bourdain's beliefs hold up to science. It's a lot of fun and highly educational.

P.S. How does DeGrasse Tyson get away with dressing like that on camera?

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Get your acid ready: Witness below a terrifyingly awesome mutation of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" and Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."

The mash-up is respectful of both original songs and may incite fits of brilliance in your ear holes.

It's been said by music snobs that "Helter Skelter," the song that one-upped Pete Townshend on the Richter scale and drove Charles Manson bonkers, is the first heavy metal song ever. It's only fitting then that the song be mashed with the band that laser-beamed heavy metal into a new age.

If only the Beatles and Zeppelin had survived long enough to play together in real life. Oh, what could have been.

(This blog post should be played loud!)

Related >> TORO Reviews Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day

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A 16-year-old dressed in a chicken suit was allegedly punched in the head, tackled, and covered in at least 11 herbs and spices while protesting outside a KFC in England. Seriously, we did not make that up.

Olly Tyler suffered no injuries thanks to his fortified poultry armour, but was shocked the incident even happened. "People threw sauce and chicken wings at me, as well as chicken nuggets," said Tyler. "When I left the ground, I was covered in them."

The vegetarian activist who has been given an award from PETA was protesting KFC's allegedly horrific factory conditions for hens.

Crispy fried and battered to perfection, Tyler gave up his protest after the attack out of fear of more beatings. "I decided not to return the next day. When you are in a chicken costume, you can't do anything to defend yourself."

Oh, we've been down that round before, Olly.

Tyler did not press charges because he had little evidence, and when you're dressed like a chicken, cops tend to think you're an idiot.

TORO's all for animal rights. Olly, we honour your bravery with a video of the Thompson Diner's Robert Mills's famous Fried Chicken and Mash!

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Beyonce and Justin Timberlake are cooking up something fierce.

After proving that she's still hot like nobody's business on the new cover of GQ, and announcing she will headline the Super Bowl halftime show, Beyonce is now ready to release a new album. Rumour has it the work will feature hubby and Emperor of the Music World Jay-Z, Kanye West, Miguel, Timbaland, Hit-Boy, Ryan Tedder, and ("Single Ladies" scribe) The-Dream. The album marks Beyonce's return to R&B after her artistically fulfilling but commercially disappointing 4.

And then this morning on Twitter, Timberlake posted this ominous message: "Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am PST..." According to Pitchfork, this means the dropping of a new song featuring Beyonce and Jay-Z, and possibly the announcement of a new album produced by Timbaland.

In short, if you're a pop music fan, have a change of pants at the ready.

Related >> TORO Talks to Miguel | TORO Reviews Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne

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This year lacks a clear front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar. That probably means the safest bet is Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s biggest critical success since Saving Private Ryan (1998). The historical drama joins seven other good-to-great titles (plus Les Misérables - ugh) including TORO favourites Zero Dark Thirty and, in the biggest coup for film nerds, Michael Haneke’s uncompromising saga of aging Amour. The notoriously iconoclastic Haneke also scored a Best Director nom.

Some more surprises: not a lot of love for The Master outside acting categories (notices were given for Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams), or Moonrise Kingdom save for the expected Best Original Screenplay category - interesting, given it was Wes Anderson’s much-loved return to commercial success. Benh Zeitlin’s festival favourite Beasts of the Southern Wild maintained its early-year buzz to score four major noms, including Best Director, Best Actress (for nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, who now holds the record for the youngest nomination in that category), Picture and Adapted Screenplay. Naomi Watts’ role in The Impossible, easily one of the most impressive performances of 2012, deservedly earned that movie’s sole nom.

You can check out major category noms below, and scan a full list here.

Best Picture:

Amour
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
(no TORO review)
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor:

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress:

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Best Supporting Actor:

Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions (no TORO review)
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director:

Michael Haneke, Amour
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

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Love him or hate him, you have to respect Brian Burke for being consistent. Although, his consistently gruff style clearly didn't go over well with corporate brass — which might have been fine had they not taken over control of the Toronto Maple Leaf franchise this past year.

As speculation continues in the many media outlets that cover the perennial losers moribund franchise after yesterday's surprise firing of Burke as president and general manager, Damien Cox of the Toronto Star is reporting Bell boss George Cope that was behind the move.

According to Cox in today's column: "Cope didn’t like Burke’s style, his manners, his profanity, his lifestyle."

Burke is definitely not a corporate guy. He's also not one to compromise. If he had been, he'd have wavered on his rule of never inking a player to a ludicrously long contract. And he probably would have mortgaged the future to acquire aging goalie Roberto Luongo — which, let's be honest, would have likely been a mistake.

And while the timing was questionable, if new ownership wasn't happy with the man in charge it would have made for an awkward season that, no doubt, would have featured a lot of public airing of dirty laundry. The good part being, of course, that we'd only have to endure 48 games of it.

So let the rebuilding begin, Maple Leafs fans. The Brian Burke era has been a forgettable one. We'll see if the new corporate led Bell-Rogers PC regime will do any better.

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It’s becoming an all too familiar story. Junior Seau, the dominant NFL linebacker who committed suicide last May, had signs of degenerative brain disease.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) examined Seau’s brain, revealing to The Associated Press that it showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which are consistent in autopsies of people exposed to repetitive head injuries.

Seau, who friends and family say suffered from depression, irritability, mood swings, insomnia and memory loss before he died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound, played 20 seasons with San Diego, Miami and New England.

Boston University researchers found similar results after examining the brain former NHL enforcer Bob Probert. According to BU’s centre for study, the brains of 34 former pro football showed signs of CTE.

All these not-too-surprising findings continue to call attention to the long-term damage caused by concussions in pro sports. More than 3,800 former players are currently involved in a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming the league withheld information about the harmful effects of concussions.

And while that may have been the case for past players, the information of today is perfectly clear. What can be done about is much less cut and dried. How can you take hitting out of football?

UFC president Dana White, speaking at the New Media Expo conference in Last Vegas this week, was clear about his organization’s concussion policy.

“If you get a concussion, if you get knocked out or you get hurt whatsoever in the UFC, three months suspension,” said White. “You're on suspension for three months and you cannot come back until you are cleared by a doctor."

The truth is that today’s gladiators in every sport have access to way more information than their forebearers. Are their risks greater? Probably not. But the rewards certainly are. The gamble, then, is up to them.

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Our friend Jimmy Kimmy runs this bit called Celebrities Read Mean Tweets in which celebrities, well, read mean tweets. Watch below for a cathartic release not experienced since the Nuremberg Trials! (Sorry, Eichmann.)

Tweeting used to be "something only birds did," says Kimmel, "and now it is our number one way to insult celebrities."

Royally ripped in this episode are Selena Gomez, Larry King, Dr. Phil, Simon Cowell, Jessica Biel, David Arquette, Kirstie Alley, Adam Scott, Tom Arnold, Hayden Panettiere, Anderson Cooper, Eric Stonestreet, Christina Applegate, Tenacious D, Bryan Cranston.

We're not asking you to make fun of the above celebrities, but if you want to, we've provided the links to their accounts. Happy sadism!

And feel free to insult TORO here.

Related >> Jimmy Kimmel Ruins Kids' First Day of School

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And God said — or is that Bergman? — "she will be called, Blue Jasmine." Yep, that's the name of Woody Allen's next film, and Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired its North American rights.

Currently in post-production, the movie stars Louis C.K. (woah!), Andrew Dice Clay (holy shit!), and less surprising but equally awesome actors Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg.

In true Allen form, the film follows "the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife."

Sony Pictures Classics has produced Allen's last four pictures which includes (gem) Midnight in Paris, (dud) To Rome with Love, and (the satisfactory) Whatever Works. Where the roulette ball will land with Blue Jasmine is anyone's guess.

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Nothing gets our appetites (or dicks) wet like the thought of beautiful women covered in steaming diarrhea. Still here? Good. Do we ever have the treat for you! Witness the 2013 Ladies of Manure Calendar.

Yes, a calendar of hot girls covered in poo actually exists. It is the brainchild of the Miami-based Fertile Earth Foundation, an enviro-cult that encourages you to grow things using your own waste. And since perverts seem to have the biggest wallets, FEF decided to spend seven months making this piece of crap.

The calendar's promotional video does the foundation no favours. It begins by asking, "How did we get so far removed from our poop?" We don't know, cholera, maybe? Humanity's exit from the Dark Ages? Two Girls One Cup?

And the video goes on: "Before you write me off as a crazy, poop-loving hippie—" stop, it's too late. 

Miraculously, FEF has already surpassed its goal of raising $5,000, and they're not even based in Germany!

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Guillermo del TORO magazine turned down the opportunity to direct the forthcoming Star Wars film. The hobbit-looking director claims someone at Lucasfilm called his agent and asked if he was interested in helming Episode VII. "It was very nice to be asked," said del Toro, "but believe it or not, I'm busy enough." 

Indeed, del Toro is currently finishing his monsters vs. robots film Pacific Rim and has at least seven other directing or producing gigs from now until 2016. The new Star Wars movie is scheduled for a 2015 release.

Still, del Toro's love of monsters and aliens, his sense of humour, and fantastical camera style would have suited Star Wars well.

So does any good director even want to direct these films? Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird, Quentin Tarantino, and Colin Trevorrow have already passed. Jon Favreau and Edgar Wright are still available but the clock is ticking.

Don't screw this up Disney! We've already had to sit through 6 years of this.

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According to something called the New York Times, a Japanese restaranteur has bought a bluefin tuna in Tokyo for $1.76 million US, or about $3,600 per pound.

Don't you love it when rich people make you feel poor?

Captain Ahab Kiyoshi Kimura (pictured above), president of the Sushi Zanmai chain, bought the 488-pound fish yesterday, setting a record for the most expensive bluefin purchase in history. Kimura set the previous record last year when he purchased a bluefin for around $647,000.

Japan consumes half of the world's bluefiin product every year, despite the fish's mounting cost and endangered status. According to the advocacy group Oceana, the bluefin population has fallen 82%. But it's so damn delicious so you can cram it with walnuts, Mother Nature!

At TORO, we eat our sins whole with a side of wanton disregard wontons.

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A hospital in China has opened a "Sex Room" to help couples that have difficulties getting pregnant. Songziniao Hospital in Wuhan city, Hubei province hopes the room will "encourage pregnancy by inspiring sexual passion in the patients." Because when we think of great sex, we think of hospitals.

The room comes with dim red lighting, a round bed, penis-shaped pillows, and a Tickle Trunk full of sex toys, porn, and kinky outfits. "Experts" are also on hand to watch and jerk it offer advice.

Customers must pay 880 yuan (that's about 141 Canadian) per night. Shame and embarassment are free, however.

We don't know about you, but having sex in a porn dungeon sandwiched between a room with some dude pooping himself and the hospital's burn ward wouldn't turn us on. And since when does "passion" help couples get pregnant? Maybe they just need a good turkey baster.

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Award-winning Langdon Hall chef Jonathan Gushue has been missing for over a week. Gushue was last seen in the downtown Toronto area on New Year's Eve.

The 41-year-old chef is described as white, about five feet, 10 inches tall, and weighs 180 pounds. He has short, dark hair and blue eyes.

Gushue is married with three children. His family reported his absence to the Waterloo Regional Police and are concerned for his well being.

Originally from Newfoundland, Gushue is executive chef at Cambridge's Langdon Hall, which in 2010, was named one of the world's 100 best restaurants by San Pelligrino.

Anyone with information on Gushue’s whereabouts is asked to call Waterloo Regional Police at 519-650-8500 ext. 2299.

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