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Luke Stalker-Switzer won Emmy and Leo awards for his work on the film, Aliens Stole My Body. (Contributed)

Shuswap-raised artist wins Emmy, Leo awards sculpting creative creatures for film

Luke Stalker-Switzer recognized as part of team working on characters for Aliens Stole My Body

Luke Stalker-Switzer won Emmy and Leo awards for his work on the film, Aliens Stole My Body. (Contributed)
The Kelowna Taiwnaese Cultural Society and the Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival will be hosting the first annual Okanagan Taiwanese Film Festival from Sept. 10 to Sept. 19. (Contributed)

Virtual Taiwanese film festival coming to the Okanagan

The festival will feature eight films that participants can view from home

The Kelowna Taiwnaese Cultural Society and the Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival will be hosting the first annual Okanagan Taiwanese Film Festival from Sept. 10 to Sept. 19. (Contributed)
Is the O’Keefe Ranch milkmaid a victim? Or is she the killer? Help solve the crime as the historic ranch hosts its popular Murder Mystery: Murder Comes to Noggin Valley on Sept. 23 and 24. (Yana Crane Photography)

Life at Spallumcheen ranch can be ‘murder’

Historic O’Keefe Ranch brings back popular murder mystery Sept. 23 and 24, and the public can help solve the dastardly crime

Is the O’Keefe Ranch milkmaid a victim? Or is she the killer? Help solve the crime as the historic ranch hosts its popular Murder Mystery: Murder Comes to Noggin Valley on Sept. 23 and 24. (Yana Crane Photography)
In this video image provided by NATAS and the Daytime Emmys, executive producer Mike Richards accepts the award for outstanding game show for “Jeopardy!” during the 48th Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday, June 25, 2021. (NATAS/Daytime Emmys via AP)

Mike Richards is out as producer of ‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Richards had been tapped to replace Alex Trebek before past misogynistic and other comments surfaced

In this video image provided by NATAS and the Daytime Emmys, executive producer Mike Richards accepts the award for outstanding game show for “Jeopardy!” during the 48th Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday, June 25, 2021. (NATAS/Daytime Emmys via AP)
Toronto actor D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai is shown in this undated handout image. Five years ago, Canadian actor Woon-A-Tai never would’ve expected to see a series like “Reservation Dogs” south of the border.But with it and several other fellow Indigenous-led projects finally getting bigger platforms in the U.S., change is afoot when it comes to such mainstream Hollywood representation, he says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jeff Vespa *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Canadian ‘Reservation Dogs’ star on increasing Indigenous representation in the U.S.

D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai stars in the buzzy half-hour FX comedy as one of four Indigenous teens in rural Oklahoma

Toronto actor D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai is shown in this undated handout image. Five years ago, Canadian actor Woon-A-Tai never would’ve expected to see a series like “Reservation Dogs” south of the border.But with it and several other fellow Indigenous-led projects finally getting bigger platforms in the U.S., change is afoot when it comes to such mainstream Hollywood representation, he says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jeff Vespa *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Director Neill Blomkamp, who managed to produce a feature-length film without anyone finding out (iMDB)

Okanagan director releases horror movie shot entirely during pandemic

Blomkamp says he enjoyed shooting the low-budget horror film

Director Neill Blomkamp, who managed to produce a feature-length film without anyone finding out (iMDB)
Prospera Place in Kelowna. (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

Proof of COVID-19 vaccine required to enter Kelowna’s Prospera Place

Starting Sept. 17, all guests, staff and employees are required to provide proof of full vaccination

Prospera Place in Kelowna. (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
Kelowna’s One Peak Creative has produced another ad for a Ryan Reynolds-owned company — this time, using audio technology to digitally reconstruct his voice. (One Peak Creative/Instagram)

Kelowna production company digitally recreates Ryan Reynolds’s voice for ad

One Peak Creative was previously lauded by Reynolds for their ad for his Aviation American Gin

Kelowna’s One Peak Creative has produced another ad for a Ryan Reynolds-owned company — this time, using audio technology to digitally reconstruct his voice. (One Peak Creative/Instagram)
The Myrtle Sisters are a family-friendly band out of East Vancouver (Myrtle Sisters/File)
The Myrtle Sisters are a family-friendly band out of East Vancouver (Myrtle Sisters/File)
The wine competition will be held on Sept. 8 to 11. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

B.C. wine festival comes back to Kelowna

The B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards will be held at the Manteo Resort in September

The wine competition will be held on Sept. 8 to 11. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
FILE - Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts performs at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. Watts died in London on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 at age 80. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
FILE - Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts performs at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. Watts died in London on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 at age 80. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
Margot Robbie in, 'Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.' (DC Entertainment/TNS)

Opinion: Hollywood’s superheroes not feeling so super

No one is calling on Polka Dot Man, and hopefully Hollywood is taking notice.

Margot Robbie in, 'Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.' (DC Entertainment/TNS)
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‘Contagiously happy dude’: Kelowna film crew follows life of man born without arms or legs

The documentary called Chris Koch: Make Life Happen, premieres on Aug. 25 on AMI-tv

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The Headstones had been set to be joined by Moist, Sloan and Tea Party in Penticton Nov. 6. (Headstones)

Saints and Sinners tour and Penticton stop cancelled

The concerts ran into ‘immovable’ issues due to the pandemic

The Headstones had been set to be joined by Moist, Sloan and Tea Party in Penticton Nov. 6. (Headstones)
This combination photo shows Mike Richards, left, in the pressroom at the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles and Mayim Bialik at a Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Israel on June 10, 2018, in Los Angeles

Mike Richards out as ‘Jeopardy!’ host after past scrutinized

Richards made comments about women, the homeless and others on a 2013-14 podcast

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This combination photo shows Mike Richards, left, in the pressroom at the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles and Mayim Bialik at a Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Israel on June 10, 2018, in Los Angeles
In this Sept. 29, 2003, file photo, Japanese actor Sonny Chiba arrives for the premiere of the film “Kill Bill: Volume 1” at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Chiba, known in Japan as Shinichi Chiba, who wowed the world with his martial arts skills, acting in more than 100 films, including “Kill Bill,” has died late Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. He was 82. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Japanese martial artist film star Sonny Chiba dies at 82

Chiba gained popularity in the 1970s with the movie “The Street Fighter”

In this Sept. 29, 2003, file photo, Japanese actor Sonny Chiba arrives for the premiere of the film “Kill Bill: Volume 1” at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Chiba, known in Japan as Shinichi Chiba, who wowed the world with his martial arts skills, acting in more than 100 films, including “Kill Bill,” has died late Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. He was 82. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
Currently being refurbished, the Playland Wooden Coaster won’t be giving thrill rides at this year’s PNE Fair in Vancouver. (Photo: pne.ca)

PNE Fair reopens with news about iconic wooden coaster, Challenger Map

Advance tickets are required for the Vancouver fair this year

Currently being refurbished, the Playland Wooden Coaster won’t be giving thrill rides at this year’s PNE Fair in Vancouver. (Photo: pne.ca)
Okanagan musician Andrew Allen filming his 2020 Christmas concert at the currently closed Dream Cafe in Penticton. The festive concert was streamed on Dec. 20 with proceeds going to support the Dream Cafe co-op and further streaming concerts. (Hazel Bennett photo)
Okanagan musician Andrew Allen filming his 2020 Christmas concert at the currently closed Dream Cafe in Penticton. The festive concert was streamed on Dec. 20 with proceeds going to support the Dream Cafe co-op and further streaming concerts. (Hazel Bennett photo)
The Arts Rising Festival returns after a 1-year COVID-19 hiatus (File/Penticton & District Community Arts Council)

Penticton’s Arts Rising Festival returns after COVID-19 hiatus

The festival will run a hybrid model from Sept. 22 to 26

The Arts Rising Festival returns after a 1-year COVID-19 hiatus (File/Penticton & District Community Arts Council)
People social distance as Haviah Mighty opens up for the Arkells concert at the Budwieser Stage in Toronto on August 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Live Nation Canada to require vaccination proof or negative test at concerts

Live concerts are already being held across the country under varying COVID-19 measures

People social distance as Haviah Mighty opens up for the Arkells concert at the Budwieser Stage in Toronto on August 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin