O Canada: Our Favorite Canadian Directors

Some of our most beloved comedians and actors are Canadian—John Candy, Dan Akroyd, Leslie Nielson, Anna Paquin, Ryan Gosling, Seth Rogen, Michael J. Fox—the list goes on and on! Canadians behind the camera are lesser known, and we’d like to change that. In celebration of Canada Day (Sunday, July 1st), we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Canadian directors. You may be familiar with their work, but you may not have known that they called “The True North strong and free” home! Take a spin through our list, and enjoy some of these movies and television shows on the 1st:

Patricia Rozema (born in Ontario):

Rozema first made waves in the 1980s, as part of a collective of filmmakers from Toronto known as the Toronto New Wave. Her 1987 film, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, has been included on many lists as one of Canadian cinemas most iconic films, including lists like the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time. More recently, she directed the 2009 HBO film Grey Gardens starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, HBO’s critically-acclaimed series In Treatment, and the 2015 haunting film Into the Forest, starring Westworld‘s Evan Rachel Wood and Juno‘s Ellen Page.

Dennis Villeneuve (French-Canadian, born in Québec):

Villeneuve has been making films since the late 90s, but his 2010 film Incendies, was his first film to garner critical acclaim outside of Canada. It was nominated for the 83rd Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category, and although it didn’t win it paved the way for more exciting projects for the director. In 2013, he released his first English-language film, Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Paul Dano. His film Sicario was released in 2015, and a sequel Sicario: Day of the Soldado just hit theaters today! His most well known films to date are 2016’s Arrival, and 2017’s Blade Runner 2049.

Jean-Marc Vallée (French-Canadian, born in Montréal): 

Vallée loves tackling intense subject matter, and that’s evident in the films and television projects he’s directed. From his fourth feature film C.R.A.Z.Y., that explores the story of a gay young man dealing with the homophobia of 1960s/70s Québec, to his 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club, Vallée never shies away from powerful, complicated narratives. Most recently he directed HBO’s Big Little Lies, and his latest HBO project Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams is set to debut on July 8th.

Atom Egoyan (born in Egypt, raised in British Columbia):

Though Egoyan began making films in the 1980s, his first real hit outside of Canada, was 1997’s The Sweet Hereafter, which earned him Cannes Film Festival awards, in addition to Academy Award nominations for both Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. The critically-acclaimed Ararat (2002) and Chloe (2009) soon followed, and most recently he directed Devil’s Knot, a film about the West Memphis Three starring Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, and Mireille Enos.

David Cronenberg (born in Ontario):

Cronenberg may be the most recognizable name of the bunch, for his early cult classics like Scanners, Videodrome and The Fly. He’s a national treasure, and was one of the first directors to embrace horror and Sci Fi in a way that mainstream directors hadn’t done before. His films usually stir up a good amount of controversy—case in point, his 1996 film Crash starring James Spader, Elias Koteas, and Holly Hunter. American audiences will most likely be familiar with his 2007 film, Eastern Promises, starring Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortensen, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Nikolai Luzhin.

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Top TV Streams On DIRECTV

With so many amazing shows to watch, figuring out which ones to watch and which to pass on gets harder every day! With that in mind, we wanted to make it easy for you to see which shows DIRECTV customers are going nuts for. Every week we’ll round up our Top 3 most-streamed On Demand shows, with some added info to make your watching experience even better. Enjoy this week’s roundup below:


Confession: we’re all addicted to Westworld! With some unanswered questions still lingering after the Season 2 finale, we’re absolutely willing to suffer while we wait for answers… Sigh. We know it’ll be worth the wait.


Season 2 is off to a rollicking start, and as promised by Claws star Carrie Preston things are definitely in overdrive. We talked to Preston before the Season 2 premiere—check out our interview and catch up on episodes 1 & 2 now!

FIFA World Cup

Finding the World Cup on the list this week was not a surprise! With watch parties happening daily, new fans are being made and shouts of joy can be heard on every street corner. Games are running until the 15th, so there’s plenty of time to tune in. Check out this handy guide for schedules, standings, scores and recaps!

Click on the links above to stream everything you’ve been missing! Don’t have the DIRECTV App? Get it now to start streaming your favorite channels or recorded shows—anytime, anywhere, on any screen.

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Nike Announces $9.8 Billion Q4 Revenue & $15 Billion Share Repurchase Program

Today Nike announced its fiscal 2018 fourth quarter and full year reports. Along with a planned $15 billion share repurchase program, the Swoosh made public a 13 percent fourth quarter revenue increase, which saw the sportswear giant ring in $9.8 billion.

The big increase in revenue was reportedly down to double-digit increases in NIKE Direct, international geographies, Sportswear, Global Football and growth in North America, a market they were previously falling behind competitors in.

Converse on the other hand, saw revenue fall 14 percent to $512 million.

Total revenue for Nike during fiscal 2018 increased 6 percent, totalling $36.4 billion

According to Nike, “strong revenue growth, gross margin expansion, a lower tax rate and a lower average share count” were behind diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter rising 15 percent to $0.69.

“Our new innovation is winning with consumers, driving significant momentum in our international geographies and a return to growth in North America,” said Mark Parker. “Fueled by a complete digital transformation of our company end-to-end, this year set the foundation for Nike’s next wave of long-term, sustainable growth and profitability.”

The aforementioned share repurchase program will run over four years and start after the current $12 billion repurchase program is completed within fiscal 2019.

For further details, check out the full Nike report here.

‘The Purge’ Is Getting Its Own TV Series

Following the theatrical release of The First Purge on July 4, USA Network is scheduled to premiere its TV adaptation of the famed franchise. Today, we get our first look at what to expect from the upcoming show.

The Purge is set in an altered America where a totalitarian political party rules. Each year, there is one 12-hour time period when all crime, including murder, is legal.

The series will follow a number of seemingly unrelated small town characters as they try to maneuver during The Purge. Along the way, they will find out more about themselves than they could have ever imagined, ultimately learning how far they will go to survive.

Written and executive produced by film franchise creator James DeMonaco, and led by Jason Blum, The Purge‘s first of 10 episodes premieres on USA September 4. Let us know if you’re looking forward to the TV series.

In other television news, ‘BoJack Horseman’ season five is arriving in September.

Savage x Fenty Debuts Kinky Sex Accessories

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Following the launch of Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie collection last month, the imprint has now announced the launch of Savage Xccessories.

Encompassing a 10-piece collection consisting of eye masks, marabou handcuffs, whips, silky satin restraints to kink it up a notch, chiffon and lace garters, satin pasties and more, the provocative lineup of pieces leave just enough of sexual imagination for you and your partner in the bedroom.

With prices ranging from $18 USD to $24 USD, the bold and playful Savage Xccessories collection is now available to purchase online.

Up next, take a look at the SS19 Dior accessories featuring KAWS’ designs here.

Finn Wolfhard’s Band Calpurnia Just Dropped a New Video for “Greyhound”

Not only does Finn Wolfhard star as Mike Wheeler in Netflix original series Stranger Things, but the 15-year-old entertainer is also in a kickass rock band called Calpurnia. Following the release of their debut EP, Scout, earlier this month, the Canadian crew is back in support of the effort to unleash the official music video for “Greyhound.”

In the aesthetic, we find each member of the group walking the streets alone, before ultimately meeting up on the top of a parking garage. Press play above to check it out, then see below to stream Calpurnia’s Scout.

In other music news, Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ will be a double album.

Instagram Finally Adds Music to Soundtrack Your Stories

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Instagram continues to be subject to multiple updates. Following the launch of IGTV, as well as a new four-way video chat feature, the social media app is now introducing music to Stories.

For the first time, you’ll finally be able to further liven up your Stories by soundtracking uploads with your favorite tunes. You can search for a specific song or artist, or browse by genre, mood, and what’s popular. Once you choose a track, you can then fast-forward or rewind to find the exact part that you want in your Story.

To add music, simply tap the sticker icon and select the music option, once you’ve captured a photo or video. On iOS, you can even choose a song before shooting photo or video by scrolling to the music option on the Instagram camera. When followers watch your Story, they’ll hear the selected tune automatically, and then be able to tap the sticker to see the song title and artist.

Music in Instagram Stories is now available in select countries. Be on the lookout for new songs to be added daily.

In related news, Instagram just launched a new space-saving version of the app.

The 25 Richest Families in the World Are Worth More Than $1 Trillion

Wealth is often times passed down from generation to generation, further proving that some people are simply blessed by being born into certain homes. This week Bloomberg has shared its latest breakdown of family fortunes, disclosing that the world’s 25 richest families are worth more than $1 trillion USD.

When it comes to individual family sums, Bloomberg points out, however, that some calculations are likely lowballed, seeing as a number of fortunes are too diffuse to value.

“The nature of many dynastic fortunes — backed by decades and sometimes centuries of assets and dividends — can obfuscate the true extent of their holdings,” says Bloomberg. “Clans whose source of wealth is currently unverifiable or derives primarily from the state, such as the sprawling House of Saud, are also absent.”

In addition, first-generation fortunes are excluded, as well as those with a lone heir. Nonetheless, below you can find the top 10 richest families in the world, then follow on over to Bloomberg for a more detailed look, including the remaining clans.

1. Walton of Walmart, $151.5 billion USD
2. Koch of Koch Industries, $98.7 billion USD
3. Mars of Mars, $89.7 billion USD
4. Van Damme, De Spoelberch, De Mevius of Anheuser-Busch InBev, $54.1 billion USD
5. Dumas of Hermes, $49.2 billion USD
6. Wertheimer of Chanel, $45.6 billion USD
7. Ambani of Reliance Industries, $43.4 billion USD
8. Quandt of BMW, $42.7 billion USD
9. Cargill, Macmillan of Cargill, $42.3 billion USD
10. Boehringer, Von Baumbach of Boehringer Ingelheim, $42.2 billion USD

In other global news, Canada has voted to legalize recreational marijuana use.

Ed Sheeran Sued for $100 Million for Allegedly Copying Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On”

Ed Sheeran is facing a $100 million lawsuit alleging that the singer-songwriter plagiarized Marvin Gaye‘s 1973 bedroom classic, “Let’s Get It On,” with his 2014 hit song “Thinking Out Loud,” TMZ reports.

The suit was filed by Structured Asset Sales, a company that owns one-third of the copyright to “Let’s Get It On,” and according to the lawsuit, Sheeran’s song incorporates the same melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bassline, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping as “Let’s Get it On.”

Marvin Gaye’s song was written by Edward Townsend and Gaye in 1973, and when Townsend passed away in 2003, Structured Asset Sales bought one third of the copyright. Sheeran’s song went on to become a huge hit in 2016 and nominated for a Grammy for Best Record, Best Performance and Song of the Year.

Additionally, Sheeran was also sued over “Thinking Out Loud” in 2016. The family of Ed Townsend argued that “Thinking Out Loud” lifted the melody and other rhythmic components from Gaye’s track. Sheeran responded and claimed that the chord progressions and drum patterns of both songs are “extremely commonplace,” and that elements in “Let’s Get It On” are in the public domain and unprotectable.

For the full story, head on over to TMZ. Also, you can listen to both tracks below and judge for yourself.

In other music news, Drake reveals his forthcoming ‘Scorpion’ double album tracklist.

LEGO Debuts 2,321-Piece ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Set

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With an IKEA LEGO collaboration already in the works, LEGO has officially confirmed that it will be adding Voltron to its range of fan-petitioned LEGO Ideas products.

Based on the design first seen in the classic 1984 animated series, rather than the modernized update with Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender, this truly collectible toy is composed of a whopping 2,321 pieces, and the kit is one of the biggest mech-based sets LEGO has ever produced, measuring in at 15 inches tall.

Featuring buildable and highly posable black, blue, yellow, red and green lions with specially designed, extra-strong joints to combine them all and create the Voltron super robot, Voltron’s huge sword and shield will also be included, and can attach firmly to the hands.

Priced at $179.99 USD, availability is scheduled for August 1, according to LEGO’s website.

In related news, you can now build a LEGO Bugatti Chiron that’s almost as awesome as the real deal.