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Discovery’s Velocity Network Sets Date For Motor Trend Rebrand

  • Deadline
After months of buildup by its parent company Discovery, Velocity has announced it will flip the switch and become MotorTrend Network on November 23.

Tapping into the nearly 70-year history of the MotorTrend automotive brand, the network will double down on its vehicular focus. MotorTrend will be available in 73 million U.S. homes.

“Seven years ago, I had the privilege of working with an amazing team at Discovery to create Velocity – the only television home for fans of the car genre,” said Robert S. Scanlon, President of MotorTrend Network and Video Content, MotorTrend Group. “MotorTrend Network represents the next great content innovation for this underserved audience. With the network, the MotorTrend App and MotorTrend.com, we’re going to provide deeper, richer, more engaging experiences for consumers on any device, anytime.”

Discovery has been rearranging a fair amount of network furniture since closing its $14.4 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, parent
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Discovery Sets MotorTrend Network Relaunch for Black Friday

  • Variety
Discovery plans to flip the switch on its rebrand of the Velocity cable channel as MotorTrend Network on Nov. 23, also know as the Black Friday kickoff of the holiday shopping season.

The switch comes a little over a year after Discovery set a joint venture with the MotorTrend Group, owner of the venerable Motor Trend monthly magazine. The rebranding is part of Discovery’s larger effort to build out multiplatform services around key programming genres such as automobile enthusiasts.

The fledgling MotorTrend Network streaming subscription service has about 200,000 subscribers who pay $5 a month for news, information and long- and short-form content. Programming that airs on the linear MotorTrend Network will premiere first on the subscription app.

Robert Scanlon, president of MotorTrend Network and head of video content for MotorTrend Group, said the chance to extend the Motor Trend brand to TV is “a great chance for us to cast a
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'The Husband' Movie: Director Bruce McDonald and Maxwell McCabe-Lokos Together Again

Twenty-five years ago, director Bruce McDonald first burst onto the Canadian film scene with his debut feature, the cult classic "Roadkill." And in the years since, he and his films have become a fixture in the country's indie movie landscape, from "Hard Core Logo" to his newest feature (and McDonald's 11th in total), "The Husband." While the movie isn't quite an anniversary celebration, it does act as a reunion of sorts, bringing McDonald back together with "The Tracey Fragments" actor Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, who co-wrote the script along with another former cast member of McDonald's, Kelly Harms.

Part drama, part comedy and even part thriller, "The Husband" takes the ripped-from-the-headlines premise of a female teacher convicted of sleeping with a 14-year-old student, and instead focuses on the one left out of the scandalous love triangle. McCabe-Lokos plays Henry, who's already struggling to cope with raising the couple's young child while attempting
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Fnc '13 Review: The Grass Is Not Greener On The Other Side In Bruce McDonald's Dark Comedy 'The Husband'

Guys, what would you do if you suddenly became the husband of the wife who was guilty of having sex with a 14 year-old schoolboy? No doubt the question has been asked a thousand times at some point, and it's what makes up the basic premise of Bruce McDonald's latest feature “The Husband.” If the name sounds familiar than you're probably a “Hard Core Logo” fan. McDonald has enough television and film work under his belt to be considered a vet, dating all the way back to the mid '80s and Tiff Canadian Feature “Winner Roadkill.” In 1996, Quentin Tarantino allegedly saved one of McDonald's movies from VHS abyss and released it through his production company Rolling Thunder Pictures. So “Hard Core Logo” became an accessible cult darling for many fans of music documentaries. No shame in saying that this reviewer hasn't yet had the pleasure of getting acquainted with these hidden Canadian gems,
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The Writer And Director Of Pontypool Reunite For Cashtown Corners And Things Are Gonna Get Bloody

Back in 2008, acclaimed Canadian director Bruce McDonald - best known abroad for his gritty rock and roll road movies Hard Core Logo, Highway 61 and Roadkill - teamed up with novelist Tony Burgess and took a hard turn into genre territory with an adaptation of Burgess' unusual zombie novel Pontypool Changes Everything. The resulting film - titled simply Pontypool - became a critical hit around the world prompting McDonald - true to his wildly eclectic form - to do pretty much everything but another genre film since. He's done docs, concerts films, TV, and more since - the man likes to keep busy - but Pontypool fans have had to just sit and wait patiently, teased by the occasional rumblings of a Pontypool sequel....

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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Poster Premiere For Bruce McDonald's Hard Core Logo 2

Forming a sort of conclusion to his unofficial trilogy of road movies that began with 1989's Roadkill and continued with 1991's Highway 61, Bruce McDonald's Hard Core Logo became something of a cult sensation - one that firmly entrenched McDonald as one of Canada's most iconic indie filmmakers while also launching star Hugh Dillon's transformation from hard drinking rock singer to screen star.There had been rumblings of an in-the-works sequel for years before it actually came to be and, true to form, McDonald's Hard Core Logo 2 refused to play by the rules laid down by the original.In this long-awaited B-Side to Hard Core Logo, Bruce McDonald brings a new rock and roll persona to light: Care Failure of the band Die Mannequin, who...
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Art of Time Ensemble presents The War of the Worlds

The acclaimed Art of Time Ensemble, in association with Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage, proudly presents The War of the Worlds, a celebration of the music of Academy Award-winning film composer Bernard Herrmann to mark the centenary of his birth. Featuring some of Canada’s most outstanding artistic talents, The War of the Worlds runs Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Enwave Theatre.

This staging of Orson Welles’ notorious 1938 radio drama adaptation of the 1898 novel of the same name by H.G. Wells features a powerhouse cast – Nicholas Campbell, Don McKellar and Marc Bendavid – a live 5-piece band and sound effects by foley artist John Gzowski. Art of Time Ensemble Artistic Director Andrew Burashko directs as well as conducts.

Herrmann was the musical director on Orson Welles’ radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds, originally broadcast on October 30, 1938. Aired as a hoax, it famously caused widespread panic as its news
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Ten Secret Canadian Films | Honoring Canada Day

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In honor of Canada Day, we are republishing this post -- Ranylt's first on the site -- from Canada Day 2007.

July 1 is Canada Day, so while my compatriots are busy painting themselves red and perfecting their Maenadic howls in time for tonight's fireworks, I've been tasked with offering up a list of ten nifty Canadian films that are mostly off the radar outside of this country (and I throw my arms around you in delight if you're a foreigner who's actually seen any of these--French kisses for anyone who appreciates them, to boot).

Many readers seem familiar with Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter and Denys Arcand's The Decline of the American Empire. And David Cronenberg's body of work needs no introduction thanks to The Fly, Naked Lunch, Scanners, Crash (the other Crash!) and Videodrome. As unnatural as it is to omit Egoyan, Arcand and Cronenberg from a Canadian film overview,
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"Pontypool" review. Claustrophobic creepiness replaces splatter in clever zombie thriller "Pontypool."

"Pontypool" reviewby Steve Ramos (3/5) Claustrophobic creepiness replaces splatter in clever zombie thriller "Pontypool." Filmmaker George Romero, kingpin of zombie movies, would laugh at  "Pontypool," a horror movie about attacking flesh-eaters with very little splatter. After all, horror fans have come to expect ample bloodletting with zombie thrillers, Romeros films included. Yet, if Romero, and all gore fans for that matter, would sit back and give veteran director Bruce McDonalds sci-fi drama a chance, they would discover a clever, claustrophobic, believably creepy twist on the popular horror movie menace. IFC plans a theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles on May 29; part of its IFC Midnight banner of horror films, followed by a select roll out in conjunction with IFC's VOD service. Radio DJ Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) loses his job at a big city radio station and takes the only gig available to him: hosting the early morning show
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From Pontypool to the Metaverse in 98 minutes:  A Conversation with Bruce McDonald

So, a mighty piece of genre entertainment is opening tomorrow in Toronto. Pontypool. This talkative apocalyptic nightmare in small town Ontario deserves some love in the face of the marketing juggernaut of Watchmen hitting crescendo to the point of blocking out all else. Both films feature the fabulous character actor Stephen McHattie (although Pontypool has the good sense to actually use him!) and both land in Toronto this week (with further Pontypool expansion over the ensuing weeks). At Twitch, we have been following this ‘semiotic infection’ film (don’t use the Z word, some websites get mighty testy on this) since its filming earlier in the 2008, nursing it (and viewing it often) on its journey to the multiplex because, hey, this makes us happy. Pontypool is one of several smart and entertaining pieces of genre film, one could call it a mini-renaissance of sorts coming from Canadian filmmakers, not seen
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First Look Behind the Scenes At Bruce McDonald’s Pontypool!

Yes, boys and girls, I think it is safe to say that much loved Canadian director Bruce McDonald is back where he belongs. After carving out a niche for himelf with intense road pictures like Hard Core Logo - the first major acting gig for Headstones frontman Hugh Dillon, who now plays the lead on Canuck export TV series Flashpoint - Highway 61 and Roadkill, McDonald ended up working largely in television for a number of years. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, the man worked on some of the best television to come out of this nation in recent days and certainly made Kevin Smith happy by helping to re-launch Degrassi, but McDonald has always belonged in features.

He returned to the big screen last year with The Tracey Fragments, his first feature since 2001, and now he’s back again with Pontypool. About to take its bow as
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When the English Language Becomes a Virus

Principal photography is underway in Toronto for Pontypool, a new film from director Bruce McDonald (Highway 61, Roadkill and recently, The Tracey Fragments, with Ellen Page). "It is set in a radio station in Pontypool and our morning team took reports in of extreme and bloody incidents of violence. The reason for this violence is that the English language has become infected with a virus," McDonald tells 680 News in an interview. From a script by Tony Burgess, the film stars Stephen McHattie, Daniel Fathers, Georgina Reilly and Beatriz Yuste. The great news is that Pontypool should be ready in time to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, hopefully we'll catch it if it screens.
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