‘Sully’ tops North American weekend box office with $35.5 million

The Tom Hanks-starring, Clint Eastwood-directed biopic Sully tops the North American weekend box office, taking in an estimated $35.5 million in its debut weekend.

Sully outperformed studio estimates by more than $10 million, and generated a strong “A”-grade CinemaScore audience response.

In second place, the psychological thriller When the Bough Breaks earned $15 million in its debut weekend.

Also opening this weekend, the animated film The Wild Life, which disappointed with just $3.4 million to place fifth.

All box office figures are estimates in U.S. dollars and provided by film studios. Generally speaking, studios earn about 55 per cent of a film’s gross.

Here are the top 10 grossing films for the weekend ending Sept. 11:

Rank Title / Distributor Revenue
1 Sully $35,505,000
Warner Bros., Cume Total: $35,505,000
2 When the Bough Breaks $15,000,000
Sony, Cume Total: $15,000,000
3 Don’t Breathe $8,210,141
Sony, Cume Total: $66,833,158
4 Suicide Squad $5,650,485
Warner Bros., Cume Total: $307,407,853
5 The Wild Life $3,400,937
Lionsgate, Cume Total: $3,400,000
6 Kubo And The Two Strings $3,230,000
Focus Features, Cume Total: $40,847,680
7 Pete’s Dragon $2,938,000
Disney, Cume Total: $69,986,653
8 Bad Moms $2,830,685
STX Entertainment, Cume Total: $107,526,266
9 Hell Or High Water $2,600,000
Lionsgate, Cume Total: $19,823,734
10 Sausage Party $2,300,000
Sony, Cume Total: $93,182,579

Album Review: KT Tunstall, ‘KIN’

“I’ve finally made peace with being a pop songwriter,” KT Tunstall says in press materials for her latest album, KIN.

And you can hear the unbridled joy Tunstall brings to this collection of 11 sparkling pop-rock songs. KIN sounds like an artist finally letting loose: every track propels forward like a sonic force of nature with hook-filled verses, bridges, choruses and middle-eights.

It’s an about-turn for Tunstall, whose 2013 folk-rock collection Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon was a brilliant, but melancholy affair. KIN is like the sunny post-script to Invisible Empire, the weary traveler emerging from the road, finally at the intended destination wiser and looking forward to the future.

“Here I am,” Tunstall proudly refrains near the end of album highlight “It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am.” It’s not just a pop hook, but the truth.

KIN is a welcome return to Tunstall’s pop roots. Here she is — and she’s fabulous.

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Grade: A-

Cover shot for KT Tunstall's 2016 album, 'KIN'
Cover shot for KT Tunstall’s 2016 album, ‘KIN’

Album Tracklist

1. Hard Girls
2. Turned A Light On
3. Maybe It’s A Good Thing
4. Evil Eye
5. It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am
6. On My Star
7. Two Way (feat. James Bay)
8. Run On Home
9. KIN
10. Everything Has Its Shape
11. Love Is An Ocean

On this day in Canadian culture: September 11


A hurricane hits Newfoundland, killing 300 people.


Governor General Baron Stanley makes one of the oldest surviving audio recordings at Toronto’s Industrial Exhibition (now the Canadian National Exhibition): a greeting to U.S. President Grover Cleveland.


Canadian war hero Billy Bishop dies in Palm Beach, Florida, at age 62. Born in Owen Sound, Ontario, Bishop is credited with shooting down 72 German aircraft in the First World War, and was the first Canadian airman to win the Victoria Cross.


Canada’s first hijacking is committed by Charles Lavern Beasley of Dallas, Texas. Beasley, a self-described Black Power militant, orders an Air Canada flight bound for Toronto from Moncton, New Brunswick to divert to Cuba. He is arrested in Dorval, Quebec, when the plane is forced to refuel. He is sentenced to six years in prison.


Helen Hunley is appointed Alberta’s first solicitor general, the first woman to serve in that post.


Ottawa-born actor Lorne Greene dies in Santa Monica, California at the age of 72. He’s best known for starring as Ben Cartwright on TV’s Bonanza and as a CBC Radio newscaster during the Second World War.


Hijackers crash two airplanes into the twin towers of New York City’s World Trade Centre, resulting in their destruction. Soon after, another hijacked plane crashes into the Pentagon, and another plane crashes in Pennsylvania after passengers fight with the hijackers. About 3,000 people were killed in the four crashes, including two dozen Canadians. Osama bin Laden is deemed responsible for the attacks, and in 2011, he is found and killed by United States Navy SEALs in Pakistan.


Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, archbishop of Montreal, renounces his Order of Canada in protest of pro-choice and abortion rights advocate Dr. Henry Morgentaler’s appointment to the Order.

On this day in Canadian culture: September 10


The First World War ends as the “Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye” is signed in France.


Canada declares war on Germany. A total of almost 42,000 Canadian service personnel died in the Second World War.


Halifax International Airport opens.


The federal government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, announces steps to strengthen Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic — including increased military surveillance flights.


Tiger Woods wins the Canadian Open golf championship at Glen Abbey golf course in Oakville, Ontario. Woods becomes the second golfer to win all three of the oldest national open golf championships — the U.S. Open, the British Open and the Canadian Open — in the same year.


BCE announces that it is buying the remaining stake of the CTV TV network for $1.3 billion, and sells a majority stake of The Globe and Mail newspaper to the Thomson family, but holds on to 15 per cent stake.

'Designated Survivor' actor Kiefer Sutherland travels Toronto's hot, hot subway

Toronto’s TTC subway system has been under fire this summer for their hot as hell commutes — especially on subway cars without air conditioning. Now, actor Kiefer Sutherland has become the latest victim of the TTC heat wave.

Twitter user Safiah took a photo of the actor, sweltering alongside the standing, cramped masses on the TTC.

“It’s really hot on this train,” Sutherland told Safiah, according to her tweet.

Sutherland is filming an upcoming ABC TV series Designated Survivor in Toronto.

Toronto Mayor takes “super-hot” subway ride

Earlier this week, Toronto Mayor John Tory responded to a Twitter challenge from user Bianca Spence to take the TTC’s Line 2 from start to finish.

He exited the car, late for his news conference due to typical subway delays, with a new resolve to repair the air condition system.

“It was a perfect storm that came about to experience not only the discomfort, which was considerable, of being in a hot car, but also the experience of a transit system that was experiencing on that particular day and that particular time delays,” Tory told reporters once he exited the last stop of Line 2.

@SafiahC’s tweet

Sept. 9 Tarot Card: The Judgement

Trusting Inner Wisdom

Another major arcana card. Following on yesterday’s card, The Judgement says that there’s a major decision being made, and it’s for the better.

You know you’ve been struggling with how to go forward. This card tells me that something fundamental has stepped in, some deeper part of yourself, and it’s going to create a big change, one that you’re not even aware of yet.

Your confusion has blinded you to what you really need. Now, something is intervening to show you the way. If you can let go of your fears and need to control, it will click into motion. When we can’t seem to make decisions, sometimes our own wisdom steps out of the shadows and shows us the way.

If you can be still and quiet enough to hear your inner voice, you’ll soon be on your way, laughing about how hard you fought to figure it all out when the answer was there all along.

Relax and relinquish the need to be in constant motion and control. If you don’t, you’ll become stuck in the grasp of indecision. Let go, let your spirit speak to you, and the way will become clear.

Watch a pug dressed as all of the 'Stranger Things' characters

If you’ve already binge-watched Netflix’s amazing retro sci-fi series Stranger Things, it’s time to check out Stranger Pugs before season two arrives.

Stranger Pugs features Doug the Pug dressed as every character in Stranger Things — and the video has already been viewed 10 million times.

Go on, press play: you know you want to see Doug dressed as Eleven next to a pile of Eggo waffles.


On this day in Canadian culture: September 9


Toronto-born baseball player Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics pitches a no-hitter, becoming the only Canadian to ever do so (a record that holds today).

Marilyn Bell on the front page of the Globe and Mail on Sept. 10, 1954.
Marilyn Bell on the front page of the Globe and Mail on Sept. 10, 1954.


Marilyn Bell, 16, becomes the first person to swim across Lake Ontario, swimming from from Youngstown, New York to Toronto. She swims for 20 hours and 57 minutes and 300,000 people are on hand to see her arrive ashore.


Edwin “Honest Ed” Mirvish reopens Toronto’s historic Royal Alexandra Theatre. Mirvish spends $500,000 (nearly $4 million in 2016) on restoring the theatre which was originally built in 1907.


Canada announces a complete ban on the use of chemical pesticide DDT, effective Jan. 1, 1971.


Pope John Paul II becomes the first Pope to visit Canada, beginning a 12-day national tour in Quebec City, where he performs his first mass to 250,000 people at Laval Stadium.


About 100,000 federal civil servants walk off the job in Canada’s largest-ever strike. The Public Service Alliance calls off the strike after nine days once the Treasury Board agrees to return to the bargaining table.


Canadian Airlines agrees to merge with Air Canada.


Montreal’s Dorval Airport is renamed Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport after the former Canadian prime minister.


Canadian Blood Services is legally allowed to ban men who have sex with men from donating blood. An Ontario Superior Court judge rules that it could do so because the organization is not a government entity, therefore the Charter does not apply to its policies.


Queen Elizabeth II becomes the the longest-reigning British monarch in history, surpassing Queen Victoria who served for over 63 years. Elizabeth II has reigned since the death of her father King George VI on Feb. 6, 1952.

Kevin Newman named host of CTV's newsmagazine 'W5'

Veteran Canadian journalist Kevin Newman has been named the new host and managing editor of CTV’s newsmagazine, W5.

Newman has been a correspondent on the show for four years and takes over from Lloyd Robertson, who will continue to appear on the program and other CTV News properties as a special correspondent.

Robertson was the long-time anchor of CTV National News until he retired in 2011.

A one-hour W5 50th anniversary retrospective special featuring Robertson will air on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Newman is best known as the former anchor of Global National, which he helped launch in 2001. He also hosted CBC’s Midday from 1992-1994 and co-hosted ABC’s Good Morning America from 1998-1999.

Reimagining Lisa Patterson's 'Need Each Other'

Both Lisa Patterson and I were off on separate vacations, which delayed the delivery of the audio stems needed to remix her song “Need Each Other.”

However, a week later, Lisa sent her vocals, synth pads and piano all timed at 134 beats-per-minute (BPM).

Here’s her suggested mix:

While Lisa was recording, she felt that changing the key of the composition helped improve the song. I was a little hesitant, and once I received the mix, I do feel that switching the track’s key from D-flat to F-sharp detracts from the original’s pop sunniness.

Here’s the original mix for comparison:

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When producing the club-oriented remix, I struggled with the pace of the vocals. Closing the gap between verses was the solution. However, since it was recorded in double-time at a much slower pace, I had to edit the vocal phrasing to land on the tempo.

My demo mix is rough on the vocal edits and timing — I have a lot more work to do there — but I think the overall intent works for the mix. I also slightly slowed down the track to a more club-palatable 128 BPM.

The biggest changes I’ve made from Lisa’s demo is taking out the bridge, and replacing it with one of Lisa’s ad-libs, a sexy spoken word moment where she goes, “I’m tired / Of being / Alone.” The Al Green reference (“Just like that Al Green song / I’m tired of being alone”) felt a bit old fashioned and didn’t compel me as much as the ad-lib.

I also created a drop moment — a high-impact instrumental break — following the chorus. I went with a softer, melodic synth as opposed to a hard electro drop.

Here’s my work-in-progress:

I sent my mix to Lisa last night. We’ll see what she thinks of it!