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Remake Mary Poppins!

Julie Andrews says "it's time" for the 'Mary Poppins' movie to be remade.

The 80-year-old actress earned the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as the titular nanny who uses magic and an umbrella to fly in the beloved 1964 Disney film.

Julie has given her blessing to the film studio to re-imagine the tale so a new generation of kids can enjoy Mary's adventures with the Tomlinson kids - based on the book series by P.L. Travers - over 50 years on.

Asked who could take on the mantle of stepping into her shoes, Julie said: "I've got a lot (of theories) actually but I'm not sure which one they'll go for or how they'll shape it. I really don't know. But look, it's 50 years since (the original) came out, so I think it's time."

But the actress is pleased the plot of the new movie will tell a different story to her film.

Julie told the 'TODAY' show: "Well, what I do know about it is it's not the original piece. I think there were seven 'Mary Poppins' books, because that was a series also. I think there were seven left in the Disney archives or vaults, and so those seven books are being developed as a movie."

Elsewhere, the 'Sound of Music' actress has released her seventh children's book titled 'The Very Fairy Princess: A Spooky, Sparkly, Halloween' that's inspired by her granddaughter Hope, and Julie has revealed the books are being adapted into an animated TV series.

Current Swell at the KCT

Canada’s Current Swell announce a cross Canada tour starting in Hamilton, ON on November 3 at Casbah and wrapping on December 12 in Edmonton, AB. In addition, the tour is joined by trombone and trumpet duo the Dope Soda Horns, which provides a boost in the overall live show performance and take the fan experience to the next level.

You can see this awesome show at the Kelowna Community Theatre on Saturday December 5th.

Current Swell’s latest album Ulysses took their native Canada by storm, landing the band a #1 on the iTunes Rock Chart, #10 on the Alternative Album Chart and a career high Top 50 debut on the Top 200 chart. The band’s latest single “Young & Able” off their new EP Home Is Where You Make It, recently hit Top 50 at Alternative Rock Radio in Canada.

Current Swell’s raucous live show has earned the band scores of fans across the Americas, Australia and Europe. Whether along the festival circuit or on the road as support for such acts as Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Dispatch, Xavier Rudd, K’Naan, and The Tragically Hip, Current Swell never fail to get audiences on their feet.

Tickets: $25 advance / $30 doors and advance tickets are available online at

Britney's 'comedy chops'

Britney Spears has "comedy chops".

The 'Piece of Me' hitmaker guest-starred on 'Jane the Virgin' and the television show's lead actress Gina Rodriguez has revealed the star did a great job.

She said: "Incredible! Incredible woman, super sweet, super kind. She loves the show, that's how [it] actually ended up happening.

"She definitely got comedy chops like nobody's business, and to go head-to-head with Jaime [Camil] is like, the ultimate challenge for a comedic actress because he's so incredible. She held her own and more. She was very, very good!"

And the 31-year-old actress admits she's always been a huge fan of the 33-year-old singer.

Speaking on HuffPost Live, she said: "Britney Spears was my pop star! I remember just being 16 and wishing I was Britney.

"I get to dance with her! I won't tell you how or what capacity, but I got to dance with her! I'm just a better person because of it. There's a lot of my childhood that was complete yesterday."

Meanwhile, the Golden Globe Award winner recently revealed the show's boss kept Britney's guest appearance secret from her in fear she would spill the beans.

She said: "I don't know anything. Jennie [Snyder, series creator] doesn't tell me anything, because she knows I would tell you guys everything."


Ellen launches new game

Ellen DeGeneres has launched a new gaming app, 'Psych! Outwit Your Friends'.

The chat show host has teamed up with Warner Bros. Games to release her second game - the follow up to 'Heads Up! Psych!'- where players make up false answers to real trivia questions and have to compete by guessing who is lying.

Each player then wins points for every friend they 'psych!' into thinking their answer is correct.

Talking about the title, Ellen, 57, promised it will be the "most fun" you will have with pals and joked that everyone who downloads it will be invited to her house for a game.

She said: "I can't wait for everyone to play this new game. It's going to be the most fun you ever had with your friends. I'm so excited for you to try it, everyone who downloads it is invited to dinner at my house. "Psych! I'm sorry. I couldn't resist, since that's the name of the game. It was also the name of my great uncle's cockatiel. Psych! I'm kidding again. The cockatiel was named Camille."

Developed by Sequence, 'Psych!' will be Free to Play with three free category decks available at launch, including Word Up! , Is That a Fact? and Movie Bluff! Nine additional decks will be available for purchase at £0.79.

Ellen's game is available today for free on the App Store and on Google Play.

Psychedelic music at RCA

KeyNote Productions is excited to present a night of psychedelic folk music by the eminent and hirsute Steeltown reprobate, LeE HARVeY OsMOND; aka Tom Wilson; aka One of Three Rodeo Kings; aka that large, melodic growling man from the former Junkhouse. 

Invading Kelowna for an intimate concert at the Mary Irwin Theatre on Wednesday, November 18, tickets go on sale Friday, October 9th at 10:00am and can be purchased online at, by phone at 250.762.5050 or in person at the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office. 

A veteran of the Canadian music scene, Tom Wilson is no stranger to the music scene in both writing circles and among performers.  Wilson, known for his eclectic musical style, has ranged from the psychobilly / R&B sounds of the Florida Razors, to the western/roots style of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and the funk/blues inspired rock of Junkhouse.  His most recent project is LeE HARVeY OsMOND, which is a collaborative effort with members of Cowboy Junkies and Skydiggers.
This year, Tom Wilson has put on his LeE HARVeY OsMOND guise again,  and is currently on tour promoting his newest record, “Beautiful Scars,” as in: “Man, that scar is beautiful,” or “She has a beautiful scar right here...” or “My scar is beautiful.  It reminds me of that time I didn’t die.”  The humanity of the album-- produced by Michael Timmins in the intimacy of his Toronto Roncesvalle studio-- is like the warmth of blood that rushes to the cut: a sudden alive jolt in the middle of peril and uncertainty; a suspension of possibility that anything can happen next.  Redolent with swooning horns and guitars that bob and weave, LHO’s voice-- forever the hallmark of his sound, which spans over three decades of work-- sounds, here, like a warm hand to the forehead, an arm on the arm of the stricken, a comforting growl at the heart of a screaming world. 

KeyNote Productions and Power 104 are excited to present LeE HARVeY OsMOND; LIVE at the Mary Irwin Theatre on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 8:00pm.  Tickets go on sale Friday, October 9th at 10:00am and can be purchased online at, by phone at 250.762.5050 or in person at the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office.

Blue Rodeo at Prospera

Iconic Canadian band, Blue Rodeo announces the dates of their upcoming cross-Canada tour. The tour kicks off on January 12 and sees the band crisscrossing the country before wrapping in St. John’s, NL on February 27. 

You can see them live in Kelowna on Monday January 25, 2016 at Prospera Place.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, October 16 at 10am, coinciding with the release of the band’s Live At Massey Hall album. Complete tour listing below.

With every ticket purchase, fans are invited to choose a digital download of any studio album in the Blue Rodeo catalogue including their upcoming release Live at Massey Hall.

In 2014 Blue Rodeo hit the road and showcased their In Our Nature album with a lengthy tour across the country featuring two sets and almost three hours of music.  Fans and critics alike were astounded by the muscle and passion the band continues to possess 27 years after the release of their debut, Outskirts, in 1987.  Playing to full houses and standing ovations, the band came home to play Toronto’s historic Massey Hall on February 19 & 20, 2014.  Live At Massey Hall, recorded on February 20, captures the magic of that evening. 

Tickets will be available at the Prospera Place box office, by phone at 250-762-5050 or online at starting Friday October 16th at 10am.

Minaj and Cyrus' not friends

Nicki Minaj thinks Miley Cyrus was disrespectful to her at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The 'Anaconda' rapper branded the 'Wrecking Ball' singer a "bitch" at the MTV VMAs and challenged her use of African/American culture to promote her pop career.

Nicki thinks Miley is wrong to embrace black culture but not be prepared to concern herself with what "bothers" people of color.

Discussing her remarks at the VMAs, Nicki told the New York Times newspaper: "I saw [Miley] just looking at me, with her face screwed up, and I thought, 'What the?'

"The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls.

"You're in videos with black men, and you're bringing out black women on your stages, but you don't want to know how black women feel about something that's so important?

"Come on, you can't want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn't not want to know that."

Nicki had previously been engaged in a war of words with Taylor Swift after she was snubbed in the Video of the Year category at the VMAs.

At the time Nicki claimed she would have been nominated if she was a "different kind of artist" and said: "Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it (sic)".

The comments sparked a response from Taylor, who was nominated in the Video of the Year category, and felt Nicki was taking aim at her.

And later, Miley, who fronted the ceremony, slammed the 'Starships' hitmaker for her comments.

She said: "What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It's not very polite.

"I think there's a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don't have to start this pop star against pop star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn't even on what you wanted it to be about."

Jennifer Lopez to host AMAs

Jennifer Lopez will host the American Music Awards (AMAs).

The 'On the Floor' hitmaker will take the helm of an awards show for the first time on November 22, and she will also perform material from her upcoming Las Vegas residency at the ceremony, which will take place at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater.

Award nominees, who are selected based on album sales, radio airplay, touring and social media, will be announced by singers Joe Jonas and Charlie Puth on October 13.

Meanwhile, Jennifer has compared her preparations for live shows to "training like a fighter" because she has to be in peak physical condition to combine singing with tough choreography.

She told DigitalSpy: "For me it was building up the stamina to do it. I knew I could. It's just one of those things: you really have to train. You have to see where you're going to do everything and how you're going to do it.

"OK, I'm not going to sing on this chorus because the choreography is too demanding - it's different things like that.

"You have to plan and plot it out so the audience gets the best experience.

"You train like a fighter for a fight; you build yourself up to be able to physically handle it."


Rosie 'threw daughter out'

Rosie O'Donnell's daughter insists she was thrown out of home by the star.

Chelsea O'Donnell was reported missing by the former 'View' presenter in August, who claimed she had run away and was mentally ill, but the teenager has alleged her adoptive mother ordered her to leave the family home on August 11, two weeks before her 18th birthday.

Chelsea said: "She told me to leave and take my dog.

"Rosie said that I was almost 18, and she got all this c**p from work, and she didn't want to have to deal with that at home too.

"Rosie knew I was planning to leave, that's why I think she kicked me out.

"She asked me to talk about what was going on and I didn't want to. So she asked for my phone and my computer. I gave them to her. A few hours later, she told me to leave. I wasn't planning to go until I turned 18 on the 24th."

On August 18, Rosie made social media pleas and issued a statement appealing for her daughter to return home as she was "in need of medical attention", claiming she was suffering from a mental illness, which Chelsea found "really hurtful".

She added in an interview with MailOnline: "I think she did that because people started asking questions and she didn't want to seem like this bad parent that had kicked her daughter out.

"Putting out there that I am mentally ill was really hurtful. "People think I'm this crazy person and as I've said, I have depression and bad anxiety - but it's been something that's gotten a lot better. But these were personal things and I didn't want anyone to know them about me.

"I wouldn't say I'm mentally ill - I would say lots of people struggle with what I have."

Chelsea was picked up by "nice" police at the New Jersey home of her boyfriend Steven Sheerer and returned to Rosie's house, but claims there wasn't a happy reunion waiting for her.

Chelsea said: "She had two of my bags packed with clothes. Literally 10 minutes after the police had dropped me off at the house, I got in a car and went to a friend's house"

Bumbershoot's big fall show

The first Bumbershoot Theatre production of the fall will shoot for fun with an all star cast performing ‘Beauty and the Beast’ opening on October 22. Artistic Director Tracy Ross noted that it will not be the Disney version, but a creative adaptation by English Playwright Mike Kenny with Music by Julian Butler, the same team that created the Red Riding Hood production that was toured through area schools earlier this year.

The cast of four will feature Sarah Goddard (last seen in Ivy and Bean) as Beauty; Arlene Irwin who is new to the Bumbershoot stage playing the cook and godmother; Neville Bowman in the roles of the bootboy and the Beast; and Vince Walzak as the butler and father.

'Beauty and the Beast’ will be presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6.30pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm from October 22 to 25 and 29 to Nov. 1st at Bumbershoot Theatre at #125- 1295 Cannery Lane. Tickets are available at the Bumbershoot Box Office, online or by calling 778-478-0142.

Full information on the Bumbershoot season as well as its other activities can be found on their website: www bumbershoottheatre com.

Getting 'too old' for Bond?

Daniel Craig thinks he's getting too old to play James Bond.

The 47-year-old actor will portray the British spy for the fourth time in 'Spectre' and is contracted for one more movie but doesn't think he would be "physically able" to do more than that.

Asked how long Bond can keep going, he said: "He's old now - 47. He'll keep going for as long as he's physically able, which isn't that long.

"I'm contracted for one more film, which seems to be a fair number, but I'm not going to make predictions."

And though Daniel thinks it would be possible to remake some of the classic Bond movies, he's ruled himself out of any such project because of his age.

He said: "I don't think [I'd remake one]. I guess you could because all the movies come from the books in which there are so many characters and stories and different angles to explore. But no, I'm too old."

And Daniel admitted it is getting more and more difficult to get into the shape required for the action films.

Asked how he prepares, he told Britain's HELLO! magazine: "Nothing special - the usual exercising, working myself to death. No secret method involved, just sheer hard graft that I'm used to. It's getting harder I will admit but such is life."

Ballet Kelowna's new home

Ballet Kelowna is moving into a new home. Artistic Director and CEO Simone Orlando is thrilled about the new space and the endless possibilities that it will present for the future of Ballet Kelowna.
Orlando is eager to see the completion of the studio and facility and welcome community members to become a part of the growing organization.
“The new studio will be equipped with a state-of-the-art sprung dance floor which will provide an optimal environment for our professional dancers to train and rehearse,” said Orlando. “Our new facility will also serve as a movement centre for the community to engage in classes and events hosted by Ballet Kelowna.”
Since 2003, Ballet Kelowna has been housed at The Canadian School of Ballet. With the growth of both organizations, Ballet Kelowna will remain on Leckie Road just a few doors away from its original home. 
The large studio at 2283 Leckie Road will allow Ballet Kelowna to offer private viewings of rehearsals, sneak previews of performances, unique dance training opportunities, and outreach programs.
Support from an anonymous donor jump-started the Company’s move into the new home. Ballet Kelowna will continue to fundraise to pay for equipment and improvements needed for the studio.
“This year we have incredible programs lined up and our new home will allow us to bring our performances to a new level,” said Orlando. “I believe this is a positive step for Ballet Kelowna and we look forward to welcoming our supporters and the community into our new home.”

Will Smith plans world tour

Will Smith is planning to do a world tour next year.

The 47-year-old rapper, who has just released his first song in over a decade, is keen to reunite with his former partner DJ Jazzy Jeff for a number of gigs around the globe.

Speaking to Zane Lowe for Beats 1 Radio, he said: ''Jeff and I actually have never done a full tour. I was always on 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' or making a movie.''

He added: ''I'm looking this summer to be the first time we go out on a full world tour. I'm terrified.''

The handsome actor, who has three children Trey, 22, Jaden, 17, and Willow, 14, from two different marriages, was inspired to return to music while shooting his forthcoming thriller 'Suicide Squad' and has admitted he's penned around 30 new songs recently following his 10-year hiatus.

He explained: ''I've been away doing some other stuff. Making kids and stuff. You know, it takes a little bit of your attention away. I'm at the beginning of this process. Shaking the rust off, knocking the dust off.''

Meanwhile, Will - who has four Grammy awards under his belt - released his remix of the Bomba Estéreo's 'Fiesta', which sees him rap in English and Spanish, last week.

Big fan of Cyrus' new album

John Mayer thinks Miley Cyrus' new album is a ''masterwork of whack genius.''

The 37-year-old singer-songwriter has praised the 'Wrecking Ball' hitmaker's new album 'Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz', which has received mixed reviews since it dropped, and admitted he's ''totally transfixed'' by the experimental sound.

Taking to his Twitter account last night (04.10.15), he said: ''I'm totally transfixed by this Miley Cyrus album.''

He added: ''This is why I love music. You can be one artist one year and the next discover some crazy light inside yourself and shine it everywhere.''

But his praise for the eccentric star, 22, didn't stop there as he referred to it as ''amazing'' before he was forced to calm himself down and ''stop tweeting'' about the new album.

He wrote: ''This Miley album is amazing. You can't try to make something like this. You just tap the vein and don't question a single instinct.

''Okay. I'll stop tweeting about it now. Comes down to this: This is a masterwork of whack genius.''

Miley - the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus - screen shot John's tweets and uploaded the photo to her Instagram account.

She said: ''''F**k yeah 2 dis John [Mayer] f**kin tweetinnnn spreeeee! (sic).''

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