Once an essential guilty pleasure, Frank magazine has been in an appalling nosedive since mercurial founder Michael Bates sold the pesky pub to a pile of Report On Business bores. It used to inform and offend in equal parts, but now the ink-soaked rag is simply irrelevant. Latest proof of Frank's imminent demise is publisher Fabrice Taylor's use of the escape hatch as he follows editor Kim Honey scurrying out the door.
“I don't think it's a good idea to lie to the press. Believe me, I've paid a price for it.”
Forsaking the moral epiphany, disgraced right-wing wacko Tom Jakobek clarifies his contemplation of honesty. Lying is bad - because you get caught.
Someone should send Greece a few thousand crates of Tylenol for its deep Olympic hangover. As the nation's economy buckles under the weight of lavish Olympic spending, let's all celebrate the loudmouths and party-poopers who helped keep T.O. from hosting the glamourized TV show. Let's just fix the waterfront - and the city - and forget about justifying government spending on an absurd, bloated megaproject.
Puck off as a nation mourns
The eyes of a nation are focused on the apocalyptic negotiations that will define the mood of the country for ages. No, we're not talking about the First Ministers' conference on health care - we're talking hockey. After the glee of Canada's win at the World Cup tournament, the NHL lockout is poised to cause more national angst than long waiting times in emerge and delays for MRI testing. It's a battle of billionaires versus millionaires, and as usual, the regular folk are going to be the losers. Puck them.
Class act, that Robert Lantos. At the screening of the producer's so-so flick Being Julia that kicked off the Toronto film fest, fest director Piers Handling gave the honcho a blushingly effusive intro. We're talking words kind enough to embarrass your own mother. But when Lantos got his chance to respond in front of a packed Roy Thomson Hall house, he boorishly corrected the fest chief for giving him credit for films he didn't actually produce. Like, who cares? He should have thanked Handling for not including films he did make, like Men With Brooms, The Statement and TV series Beast Wars.