Posts Tagged ‘Barry Avrich’

HOTDOCS: RICHARD HOSTS A PANEL ON “Oscar Peterson: Black + White”


Practically synonymous with Canadian jazz, Oscar Peterson is musical royalty the world over. Chart the course of his illustrious career in this righteous salute to his genius by acclaimed filmmaker Barry Avrich (Made You Look; Blurred Lines). Witness Peterson awe and uplift crowds from his birthplace in Montreal to the deep south where segregation laws were alive and well. Boogie-woogie with Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones and other music legends along the way. Featuring rare archival clips, dazzling new performances, and extraordinary interviews, this powerfully realized docu-concert makes one thing clear: Oscar Peterson was a star that continues to shine.

Live post-screening panel discussion about jazz on screen moderated by film journalist Richard Crouse (CTV, CP24) featuring:

Barry Avrich, Director, Bill King, author/host, Jazz.FM, Larnell Lewis, Musician, Snarky Puppy, Rosemary Sadlier, Social Justice Advocate and former President of the Ontario Black History Society, Mark Selby, Producer and Garvia Bailey.

More information HERE!


Richard Crouse Show Podcast EXTRA: “OSCAR PETERSON: BLACK + WHITE” DOC!

On this special Richard Crouse Show Podcast we talk to “Oscar Peterson: Black + White” director Barry Avrich. “Oscar Peterson: Black + White” is billed as a “docu-concert,” featuring rare concert footage as well as interviews with family members and musicians who performed with Peterson.

Listen to the whole thing HERE!


Check out episode five of Richard’s new web series, “In Isolation With…” It’s the talk show where we make a connection without actually making contact! Today, broadcasting directly from Isolation Studios (a.k.a. my home office), we meet Barry Avrich, director of “Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art” (airing on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service and documentary Channel). It’s a fascinating look into an eighty-million dollar art-forgery scandal that resulted in 10 lawsuits and brought with it the closure of one of New York City’s most venerated galleries. Barry talks about the scandal and how some of the leading art experts in the world were suckered by a scam artist with no background in art. Come visit with us! In isolation we are united!

Watch the whole thing HERE

ICYMI Pop Life: Full episode with Catherine Reitman from Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.

Actor, writer, producer and director Catherine Reitman speaks openly about her career, pregnancy and the importance of listening to victims coming forward. Then the Pop Life panel, actor Freya Ravensbergen, “The Social” co-host Cynthia Loyst and filmmaker Barry Avrich, speak about sexual assault and the shift that is happening in Hollywood and beyond.

Watch the whole thing HERE!

Film critic and pop culture historian Richard Crouse shares a toast with celebrity guests and entertainment pundits every week on CTV News Channel’s all-new talk show POP LIFE.

Featuring in-depth discussion and debate on pop culture and modern life, POP LIFE features sit-down interviews with celebrities from across the entertainment world, including superstar jazz musician Diana Krall, legendary rock star Meatloaf, stand-up comedian and CNN host W. Kamau Bell, actor and best-selling author Chris Colfer, celebrity chef Jeremiah Tower, and many more.

Watch all new shows every Saturday at 8:30 pm on Saturday or 2:30 pm on Sunday on the CTV NessChannel! (channel 1501 on Bell Fibe, 62 on Rogers) AND on CTV midnight on Saturday nights. Also, check your listings for airings on Bravo and Gusto.

Richard to interview “Moguls Monsters and Madmen’s” Barry Avrich!

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 4.05.57 PMRichard will interview “Moguls, Monsters and Madmen” author Barry Avrich on Monday May 30, 2016 at Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto (210 Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON). Doors open at 6:45 pm. Program starts at 7:30 pm. Get up close and personal for an exclusive look at one of the most explosive show business memoirs featuring the famous and the infamous!

Buy tickets HERE! Learn more about the book HERE!

Coming Soon: Q&A with Barry Avrich & screening of “Antony and Cleopatra.”

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 5.51.46 PMStratford Festival’s Antony and Cleopatra starring Geraint Wyn Davies and Yanna McIntosh premières May 21 in cinemas throughout Canada, U.S.

The steamy story of a midlife affair that shook the foundations of the ancient world comes to vivid life in the Stratford Festival production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, starring Geraint Wyn Davies and Yanna McIntosh as the powerful rulers whose insatiable love leads to the greatest of tragedies. Director Gary Griffin paints an unforgettable landscape depicting the devastation wrought by the heart’s transgressions.

Filmed in spectacular HD under the direction of Barry AvrichAntony and Cleopatra premières in cinemas throughout Canada and the U.S. on May 21. The Canadian encore screening is on June 7. U.S. encore dates vary. For more information visit

“Yanna McIntosh makes Cleopatra the consummate sexual manipulator, 

proud of her talents, furious when they fail her.”

Robert Cushman, National Post

“Geraint Wyn Davies offers us an Antony of boundless charm and eternal optimism.”

Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star

Antony and Cleopatra reminds us that sexuality is all too often wasted on the young. 

Its hero and heroine are old enough to know better. Nonetheless, they crash and burn

in a sea of intense, obsessive, sexual desire — before our very eyes.”

Robert Reid, The Record

Antony and Cleopatra has two of Shakespeare’s most soaring characters, 

and the kind of final love-death sequence that great art thrives on.”

Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star

Antony and Cleopatra is produced by Melbar Entertainment Group in association with the Stratford Festival, Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino, and Executive Producers Barry AvrichAnita Gaffney and Michael A. Levine.

This production is part of a massive initiative by the Stratford Festival, North America’s leading classical theatre company, to capture all of Shakespeare’s plays over the next 10 years. The series, which began with the Stratford Festival’s critically acclaimed production of King Lear in February, followed by King John in April and now Antony and Cleopatra, will ultimately create the first North American collection of the complete works of William Shakespeare.

More reviews for Richard’s new book “Elvis is King: Costello’s My Aim is True”

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 2.30.26 PMFrom Paul Myers, author of A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio:

“Everybody knows that My Aim Is True is a classic album, but now Richard Crouse makes the definitive case for Elvis Costello’s landmark debut, with a narrative that’s as fast-paced and literate as the album he celebrates. With all the toe-tapping passion of a true music fan, Crouse demystifies the man behind the mystery dance, while simultaneously allowing himself to play the enlightened fan boy. Going in, I thought I knew a lot about Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and the audaciously brilliant world of Stiff Records, but Richard’s book proved to me that I clearly knew less than zero!”

From Barry Avrich, director of The Last Mogul and Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story:

“As a film director who has chronicled the famous and infamous, Richard had me at hello with this book. Elvis pioneered a sound and style that was the alchemy of hip, attitude and talent. This book is an extraordinarily entertaining autopsy of a great career. This book is the new king of music biographies.”

From Justine Lewkowicz’s NewsTalk 1010 Bookends review:

SYNOPSIS: This is the story of how Elvis Costello got his start, and the story of the making of his critically-acclaimed debut album My Aim is True.

His real name was Declan MacManus. His mom worked at the Selfridges department store. His dad was a trumpeter and singer.

Declan worked as a computer operator.

It sounds like any bland life of a typical 9-to-5er. Except that this was a man with a talent.

Richard Crouse details how Declan MacManus convinced an indie record company to believe in him, how they created Elvis Costello, and how a hit album was recorded in just 24 hours.

MY THOUGHTS: Crouse says he loves Costello’s story. Well, he makes you, the reader, love Costello’s story.

Here was a guy with a boring day job who had dreams of something bigger. But what would have happened if he had not decided, while riding the tube one day, to call in sick and keep going an extra couple of stops to drop off a tape at this newly-opened Stiff Records? What if he knocked on the company’s door six months later?

Crouse puts it all into context and asks the “what ifs.” He not only tells Declan MacManus’ story, but also explains the 1970s environment that helped push him forward.

There’s also a personal aspect to the book. It’s a topic that Crouse is passionate about because he grew up listening to My Aim is True… in a tiny room with a shag carpet. It’s something you can relate to no matter who your musical inspiration was in your teenage years (memories of boy bands and 90s punk rock flooding back…).

MY RATING: 4 out of 5

COMING SOON! Richard hosting Hot Docs screening of The Last Mogul!

Scandal Power Corruption – a true Hollywood story

Special Presentation at Hot Docs 2015 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of director Barry Avrich’s controversial look at the Hollywood legend and one true mogul

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to introduce film, Richard Crouse to do a Q&A with director Bary Avrich following the screening. 

“Oscar worthy.” Hollywood Reporter

“Refreshingly honest… and paced with consummate skill.” Variety

TORONTO, ON – THE LAST MOGUL: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman directed by Barry Avrich will return to the big screen in Toronto as a special presentation for its 10th anniversary at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The controversial documentary about Hollywood powerhouse Lew Wasserman details his rise, and his reign, that lasted for over half a century. Only Wasserman had the power to run the movie industry, control the unions and influence politics at the highest level – mainly presidential. He was rumored to have had the mafia in his pocket as well.

Through legendary deal-making, and his well-known temper, this self-made man could achieve whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted – changing the industry forever. He worked with everyone from Spielberg to Hitchcock and as Chairman and CEO of MCA and then Universal, Wasserman was king.

Director Avrich undertook 15 years of research and dozens of interviews to craft THE LAST MOGUL and paint a truly provocative portrait of Wasserman, from the beginning of his story to the end.

“The question that now prevails and resonates today is as follows: Did the notion of having one powerful mogul rule the entertainment industry ‎die with Lew Wasserman?” says Avrich. “Ten years later, I do believe that this film still fuels the debate.”

Today, 10 years after the documentary was made, film has changed so dramatically and while the influence Wasserman had on the industry is still very evident, the conversation has evolved. With developing technology and opportunities for audiences to consume film in new ways (i.e.: Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube), is there still a place for a modern Wasserman?

“A portrait of a powerful and perplexing man, who for years was the power behind every Hollywood throne.” Roger Ebert had said about THE LAST MOGUL. “Barry Avrich has talked to just about everyone and asked all the right questions in his fascinating documentary.”

The film will have its anniversary screening on April 26 at 4 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Following the screening, there will be a special Q&A with moguls of today who will discuss the current media landscape and what it’s like to be a mogul in the modern era. Panel participants to be announced shortly. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to introduce film.

Buy tickets HERE or call the CraveTV Box Office at 416-637-5150. Single tickets are priced at $15.04.