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Canadian Tatiana Maslany wins Emmy for best lead actress in a drama

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Sep 19th, 2016

Tatiana Maslany poses with the award for best lead actress in a drama at the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. FILMMAGIC/Jason LaVeris
An admittedly shocked Tatiana Maslany took home the Emmy for best lead actress in a drama on Sunday for her multiple roles in the sci-fi series “Orphan Black.”

“I should have had this written down,” said the 30-year-old Regina native, who plays several clones with different personalities and accents on the show, after receiving her trophy from fellow Canadian Kiefer Sutherland.

Maslany thanked the show’s creators for “this incredible dream job” during her acceptance speech — delivered while frantically scrolling through her phone — and also said she felt “so lucky to be on a show that puts women at the centre.”

Backstage, Maslany — who was considered an underdog against stars from “House of Cards,” “Empire,” “Homeland,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “The Americans” — told reporters she wasn’t expecting to go home a winner.

She also said it is “a real point of pride” that “Orphan Black” is held up as a series with strong and diverse female characters.

“The response after the first season was so much positivity in terms of representation and the way that young girls were seeing themselves portrayed on screen,” Maslany said.

“And the LGBT community as well really reached out and supported us. So it’s been a really connecting thing in terms of the fans and has become something we feel responsible for, continuing to tell those stories.

“And it’s also a joy. There’s an immense joy in getting to tell womens’ stories that we don’t normally see.”

It was the second Emmy nomination for Maslany, often regarded as one of the hardest-working women in TV for playing a multitude of characters on the Toronto-shot show, which airs on Space and BBC America.

The sci-fi thriller, which also netted Maslany a Golden Globe nomination in 2014 and three Canadian Screen Award wins, recently aired its fourth season and the next season will be its final one.

Fans — including some fellow TV and film stars — flooded Twitter Sunday night with messages of congratulations for Maslany.

Best actress Oscar winner Brie Larson used a crying emoji to punctuate her congratulatory tweet and Henry Winkler wrote: “You deserve every inch of that statue. I was so happy to meet you even for a second.”

This Emmy win comes after a big year in which Maslany not only had to play new clones, she also took on several other projects — from “BoJack Horseman” to “Robot Chicken” and the film “Two Lovers and a Bear.”

“I felt really creatively stimulated this year,” said Maslany in an interview in July after her nomination was announced. “The two movies I got to do over the hiatus before the fourth season were really near and dear to my heart and just reignited my excitement about acting and gave me a new perspective.

“I got to work with amazing actors and directors and that stuff just opens your mind. So as tired as I was, I guess I felt really rejuvenated and ready to play more in ‘Orphan Black.’”

FBI questions car’s occupants in Manhattan blast probe


FBI agents review the crime scene of remnants of bomb debris on 23rd St. in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood in New York City on Sept. 18, 2016. GETTY IMAGES/Stephanie Keith 

Agents with the FBI pulled over a car on a highway in Brooklyn on Sunday night and were questioning the vehicle’s occupants in connection with the investigation into the New York City bombing that injured 29 people, authorities said.

Agents stopped “a vehicle of interest in the investigation” at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, according to FBI spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser.

She wouldn’t provide further details, but a government official and a law enforcement official who were briefed on the investigation said five people in the car were being questioned at an FBI building in lower Manhattan.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the ongoing investigation.

No one has been charged with any crime and the investigation is continuing, Langmesser said.

The bomb that rocked a bustling Manhattan neighbourhood contained residue of an explosive often used for target practice that can be picked up in many sporting goods stores, a federal law enforcement official said Sunday, as authorities tried to unravel who planted the device and why.

The discovery of Tannerite in materials recovered from the Saturday night explosion may be important as authorities probe whether the blast was connected to an unexploded pressure-cooker device found by state troopers just blocks away, as well as a pipe bomb blast in a New Jersey shore town earlier in the day.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, touring the site of the blast in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood, known for its vibrant arts scene and large gay community, said there didn’t appear to be any link to international terrorism. He said the second device appeared “similar in design” to the first, but did not provide details.

“We’re going to be very careful and patient to get to the full truth here,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. “We have more work to do to be able to say what kind of motivation was behind this. Was it a political motivation? A personal motivation? What was it? We do not know that yet.”

Cellphones were discovered at the site of both bombings, but no Tannerite residue was identified in the New Jersey bomb remnants, in which a black powder was detected, said the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to comment on an ongoing investigation.

Authorities said the Manhattan bombing and the blast 11 hours earlier at the site of a 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors in Seaside Park, New Jersey, didn’t appear to be connected, though they weren’t ruling anything out. The New Jersey race was cancelled and no one was injured.

Officials haven’t revealed any details about the makeup of the pressure-cooker device, except to say it had wires and a cellphone attached to it.

Technicians in Quantico, Virginia, were examining evidence from the Manhattan bombing, described by witnesses as a deafening blast that shattered storefront windows and injured bystanders with shrapnel in the mostly residential neighbourhood on the city’s west side. All 29 of the injured people were released from the hospital by Sunday afternoon.

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On Sunday night, investigators examined a suspicious device found in a trash can near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, that forced the suspension of service on the busy Northeast Corridor line.

Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said two men called police and reported seeing wires and a pipe coming out of the package after finding it at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Earlier Sunday, a team of five FBI agents searched an Uber driver’s vehicle that had been damaged in the Manhattan blast, ripping off the door panels inside as they examined it for evidence.

The driver, MD Alam, of Brooklyn, had just picked up three passengers and was driving along 23rd Street when the explosion occurred, shattering the car’s windows and leaving gaping holes in the rear passenger-side door.

“It was so loud,” the 32-year-old Alam said. “I was so scared. There was a loud boom and then smoke and I just drove away.”

Alam said he hit the gas and tried to take his passengers to their destination in Queens, but pulled over along Madison Avenue and 39th Street. He went to a local police precinct to file a report for his insurance company and police contacted the FBI.

The explosion left many rattled in a city that had marked the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks only a week earlier and where a United Nations meeting to address the refugee crisis in Syria was scheduled on Monday.

“People didn’t know what was going on, and that’s what was scary,” said Anthony Zayas, an actor who was in the Chelsea neighbourhood Saturday night when the bomb went off. “You didn’t know if was coming from the subway beneath you, you didn’t know if there were other bombs, you didn’t know where to go.”

Tannerite, which is often used in target practice to mark a shot with a cloud of smoke and small explosion, is legal to purchase and can be found in many sporting goods stores. Experts said a large amount would be required to create a blast like the one Saturday night, as well as an accelerant or other ignitor.

Police and federal spokespeople wouldn’t comment on the presence of explosive material recovered at the scene.

The bomb in Manhattan appeared to have been placed near a large dumpster in front of a building undergoing construction, another law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, told the AP. The second device, described by the same official as a pressure cooker with wires and a cellphone attached to it, was removed early Sunday by a bomb squad robot and New York City police blew it up in a controlled explosion Sunday evening, authorities said.

Homemade pressure cooker bombs were used in the Boston Marathon attacks in 2013 that killed three people and injured more than 260.

Officials solicited tips from the public, telling reporters at a news conference in the New York Police Department’s headquarters that they didn’t know who set off the bomb or why.

An additional 1,000 state troopers and members of the National Guard were placed at transit hubs and other points throughout New York City and extra police officials were patrolling Manhattan, officials said. Members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force were investigating the blast along with New York Police Department detectives, fire marshals and other federal investigators.

Meanwhile, a law enforcement official said federal investigators had discounted a claim of responsibility on the social blogging service Tumblr. Investigators looked into it and didn’t consider it relevant to the case, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.

The Associated Press’ Alicia Caldwell reported from Washington, and writers Karen Matthews, Maria Sanminiatelli, Michael Balsamo and Dake Kang in New York, and Eric Tucker and Kevin Freking in Washington contributed to this report.

Device near New Jersey train station explodes while FBI investigates

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Monday, Sep 19th, 2016

A suspicious device found near a New Jersey train station exploded as a bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot on Sept. 19, 2016.

A suspicious device found in a trash can near a New Jersey train station exploded early Monday as a bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot, officials said.

Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said that the FBI was working to disarm one of five devices found in the same bag, which was discovered in a trash can by two men around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, near the Elizabeth train station on New Jersey Transit’s Northeast Corridor rail line.

The men had reported seeing wires and a pipe coming out of the package, Bollwage said.

There was no immediate report of injuries or damage. A message left with the FBI wasn’t immediately returned. The mayor warned that other explosions were expected.

NJ Transit service was suspended early Monday between Newark Liberty Airport and Elizabeth, and New Jersey-bound Amtrak trains were being held at New York Penn Station, officials said, while New York-bound Amtrak trains were being held in Trenton.

Train passengers reported being stuck on Amtrak and NJ Transit trains for hours Sunday night, while some trains moved in reverse to let passengers off at other stations. Amtrak said 2,400 passengers were affected and that trains were being brought into other stations for people to get other transportation. It wasn’t clear when the Elizabeth station would be open, a threat to cause major issues on the Monday morning commute into New York.

The discovery of the suspicious package comes a day after an explosion in Manhattan injured 29 people, and an unexploded pressure-cooker device was found four blocks away. Also Saturday, a pipe bomb exploded about an hour from the Elizabeth train station in Seaside Park, New Jersey, forcing the cancellation of a military charity 5K run. Officials said it didn’t appear that those two incidents were connected, though they weren’t ruling anything out.

Investigators didn’t immediately comment on whether they thought the Elizabeth incident was connected to either of the two blasts.

Bollwage said that he wasn’t willing to say that Elizabeth had become a target, and that it was possible that someone worried about the authorities was trying to get rid of the package.

“I’m extremely concerned for the residents of the community, but more importantly extremely concerned for everyone in the state and country where someone can just go and drop a backpack into a garbage can that has multiple explosives in it with no timers and then you have to wonder how many people could have been hurt,” Bollwage said.

Man in custody after pulling out a knife on TTC bus

CityNews | posted Monday, Sep 19th, 2016

One man is in custody after allegedly pulling out a knife on a southbound Dufferin bus near Bloor Street on Sept. 18, 2016. CITYNEWS

One man is in custody after pulling out a knife while on board a TTC bus late on Sunday night.

It happened on the southbound Dufferin bus near Bloor Street around 11:35 p.m.

Transit operators called Toronto police to the bus, over reports that a man had been drinking.

No one was hurt and the suspect was arrested without incident.

Police are investigating whether the suspect had been drinking.

Team North America dominates Team Finland in convincing win

STEPHEN WHYNO, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Monday, Sep 19th, 2016

Johnny Gaudreau of Team North America scores a second-period goal against Pekka Rinne #35 of Team Finland during the World Cup of Hockey at the Air Canada Center on Sept. 18, 2016. GETTY IMAGES/Gregory Shamus

The fastest team made a fast, strong first impression at the World Cup of Hockey.

With blazing speed and uncontainable skill, Team North America skated circles around Finland on the way to a 4-1 victory Sunday night at the World Cup of Hockey.

Led by goals from Jack Eichel, Johnny Gaudreau, Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon, the group of 23-and-under Americans and Canadians toyed with a proud Finnish national team that has the most Olympic medals since NHL players began participating.

“We’re here to play,” Gaudreau said. “Hopefully, teams don’t take us lightly. I think we’re a fast, speed, skilled team and hopefully we can keep proving people we belong here.”

North America doesn’t just belong in the elite tournament full of almost 200 of the best players in the world; it might be one of the most skilled from top to bottom. Four of the past five No. 1 picks were at their best Saturday night offensively and defensively.

Playing his first of what should be many games at his new home arena with the Toronto Maple Leafs, No. 1 pick Auston Matthews had an assist and showed he was ready to face NHL competition.

“I thought he was going to have a hell of a game and he did,” coach Todd McLellan said. “There was no fear of playing.”

Captain Connor McDavid, the 2015 No. 1 pick of the Edmonton Oilers, also had an assist and several nifty moves that confounded Finnish defenders.

Much like Team Europe, a collection of players from eight European countries, North America made a great first impression after plenty of criticism about being a gimmick. North America’s blazing fast play in exhibition games made it the most intriguing part of the World Cup, and that fascination is only stronger now that it showed it can thrive when it counts.

“Just because we’re younger doesn’t mean that we’re not as good or something like that,” McDavid said. “It’s just we have a little bit less experience.”

Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Matt Murray made 24 saves but mostly had an easy night as North America outshot Finland 43-25, including an 18-6 domination in the second period.

“The second period was a cold shower for us,” Finland coach Lauri Marjamaki said. “They got better, they won every battle, they skate hard, they are so impressive. … Such a great team.”

Pekka Rinne made 39 saves for Finland, struggling at times but also keeping it from turning into even more of a blowout.

Goals came in every possible way: Eichel’s greasy rebound at the side of the net, Gaudreau’s jumping, spinning deflection, Drouin’s toe drag, and MacKinnon’s backhand-forehand move after beating everyone else to the puck. North America’s apt goal song, “Opposite of Adults” blared on the Air Canada Centre speakers all night.

“I think all four lines really brought something tonight and everybody was out there kind of doing their part,” Matthews said. “We were utilizing our strengths, and I think we put them on their heels.”

Sometimes the pace was so quick that Gaudreau said players stood up on the bench in anticipation of the next fancy move. North America owned the puck against Finland, which had nine players back from the bronze-medal team in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

“They really took it to us and showed their individual skill, but also as a team, they were extremely dangerous,” Rinne said. “I’m not going to take anything away from them, but we weren’t ready to go. We made too many mistakes. We weren’t skating. That was the result.”

Valtteri Filppula scored the only goal for Finland, late in the third period after the result was decided. That lapse was something McLellan said is a good teaching moment for his team that will help as the World Cup goes on.

Russia is up next Monday night after a 2-1 loss to Sweden earlier Sunday. Despite Russia losing and North America winning, McDavid doesn’t see his team as the favourite in the game.

“Russia’s a hockey giant and they’re one of the best hockey nations in the world,” McDavid said. “It’s going to be a good test for us.”

Politics take centre stage at Emmys in variety of ways

LYNN ELBER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Monday, Sep 19th, 2016

(Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Jeffrey Tambor captured his second consecutive best comedy actor trophy for “Transparent,” in which he plays a transgender character.

He called for Hollywood to make him the last non-transgender actor to get such a role.

A shaking Louis-Dreyfus ended her speech by dedicating the trophy to her father, who she said died Friday. Before that, she honed in on GOP contender Donald Trump’s campaign.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to apologize for the current political climate,” she said. “I think that ‘Veep’ has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire but it now feels like a sobering documentary.”

She promised to “rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it.”

Her victory gave her six best comedy wins, five for “Veep,” one for “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and broke her tie with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore.

Louie Anderson was honoured as best supporting actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of a loving but tough mom in “Baskets.”

“Mom, we did it!,” Anderson shouted, hoisting his trophy and dedicating the award to his late mother, Ora Zella Anderson. “I have not always been a good man but I play one hell of a woman.”

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Kate McKinnon won the trophy for best supporting actress in a comedy for, officially, playing various characters. But she knew who to credit.

“Thank you, Ellen DeGeneres, thank you, Hillary Clinton,” she said, naming two of the famous people she’s caricatured on the show.

The ceremony started out with an political edge. In a video bit, Jimmy Kimmel was shown trying to get to the ceremony and encountering former GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush as a limo driver.

“Did you know you could make $12 an hour working for Uber?” a game Bush said, smiling. He advised Kimmel that “if you run a positive campaign, the voters will ultimately make the right choice,” then told Kimmel curtly it was a joke.

On the red carpet, Judith Light was being fully transparent when she told bleacher fans how difficult it is to walk a red carpet in heels.

“I can’t walk, but thanks,” the actress, nominated for her role in a comedy series for Amazon’s “Transparent,” said as she responded to shouts and cheers from fans in the red-carpet bleachers.

Jeffrey Tambor, who plays her transgender ex-spouse and is vying to repeat as best comedy actor, shared serious words about the series.

It’s “changing the landscape of television. I think it’s changing the landscape, period,” he said.

If the stars looked especially hot this year, the mercury was involved: Temperatures were in the 90s. Fans who waited hours for celebrities to arrive had the worst of it, with one women requiring treatment by paramedics.

For this year’s awards, Golden Globe-winning “Mr. Robot,” a conspiracy thriller about a troubled hacker, is vying for the top drama series award and best actor honours for star Rami Malek.

Biting political satire “Veep” is seeking its second consecutive best comedy series award, and bleak political drama “House of Cards” is looking for its first major win, as are its stars, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

A sitcom that has aggressively taken on issues including use of the “N-word” and police brutality, “black-ish” is up against “Veep” for top comedy honours in a field that also includes “Master of None,” ”Modern Family,“ ”Silicon Valley,“ ”Transparent“ and ”Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.“

La La Land’ named TIFF people’s choice award winner

News staff | posted Sunday, Sep 18th, 2016

‘La La Land’, which stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, has won the people’s choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film beat out Garth Davis’s ‘Lion’ and Mira Nair’s ‘Queen of Katwe’ for the honour.

‘La La Land’ is the story of Mia (Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

The selection is traditionally a good indicator of which movies will do well at the Oscars next year.

“The King’s Speech”, “Slumdog Millionaire” and “12 Years A Slave” are among past winners of the award which have gone on to win Best Picture honours at the Academy Awards.

There will be a free screening of the ‘La La Land’ at Roy Thomson Hall Sunday night starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Close to 400 films were screened at this this year’s festival, which wraps up Sunday.

Explosion reported in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, 25 injured

The Associated Press | posted Saturday, Sep 17th, 2016

Police and firefighters are at the scene of an explosion in New York City, and authorities say 25 people suffered minor injuries.

Police spokesman J. Peter Donald said on Twitter that the explosion happened at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday on West 23rd Street in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.

Donald said several people were taken to hospitals with injuries. The Fire Department tweeted that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

No detail about the extent of damage was immediately available.

Numerous emergency vehicles are in the area, which is a major thoroughfare with many restaurants.

City Councilman Corey Johnson, who represents the area, told cable news station New York 1 that FBI and federal Homeland Security officials were on the scene, in addition to New York City police.

Chris Gonzalez, visiting from Dallas, was having dinner with friends at a restaurant. The 26-year-old says she heard and felt a blast. She said the restaurant went quiet.

The reports of a possible blast comes hours after a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, shortly before thousands of runners participated in a charity 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors.

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