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Tara Thorne is neither an outstanding meteorologist nor a gentleman.


You know how near and dear the CTV Evening News is to us, so it's only our duty to report that weather dude Peter Coade has defected to CBC. (Man it's like we work for Frank all of a sudden. Insert "Frisky Frisko" jokes at will.)

"Nova Scotians have come to count on Peter's forecasting ability over the past 17 years," says the Ceeb's new regional director Andrew Cochran. "He is both an outstanding meteorologist and a gentleman. We're thrilled he's returning to the CBC."

Coade's first job in TV was close to 50 years ago shadowing Rube Hornstein (ask your Nan). "Rube Hornstein has been my role model ever since those days," says Coade. "It's a dream come true to take over his old spot on the CBC supper-hour program. I am very, very happy to be here."

Coade starts September 24. His replacement at CTV is Cindy Day, to whom we don't know what to say. Maybe Maria Panopalis, who's been filling in for Coade's vacation for the past little while, will shuffle to Dartmouth to take Day's Global spot? Also, does Coade get to take his "Atlantic Canada's Most Accurate Weather Forecaster" title with him to the Ceeb? (And finally, whoever called him that, and what statistics were used to determine such a thing?)

Notes to chew on, from all over

This is the week of bites, so here goes: In the wake of the feature-film debut last year, Trailer Park Boys' seventh season was rumoured to be its last on the TV, but shooting has begun on season eight so we guess that was a bunch of lies.

The Atlantic Film Festival has replaced its original closing gala, Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton, with Kenneth Branagh's Sleuth, starring Jude Law and Michael Caine. Is it just us or is that like watching one guy play the other in some weird kind of flashback of life?

If you're of the eagle-eyed variety, keep your gaze on downtown Halifax for film fest guests including Gordon Pinsent, Deborah Kara Unger and Roger Spottiswoode from Shake Hands with the Devil, Rossif "brother of Kiefer" Sutherland, Laura "sister of Nancy" Regan and Tonya Lee "Olivia Winters from Y&R" Williams from Poor Boy's Game, plus directors Bruce MacDonald (The Tracey Fragments), Kari Skogland (The Stone Angel), Peter Greenaway (Nightwatching) and Clement Virgo (Poor Boy's Game).

Zuppa Circus Theatre Company's annual Zuppa Soupa fundraiser, which was originally scheduled for September 21, has been pushed back to November.

The Atlantic Filmmakers' Cooperative has announced a call for entries for its annual Film 5 program. Four writer-producer teams create a five-minute film each, receiving $7,000 in cash and close to $25,000 in services over 10 months. "FILM 5 provides participants with fantastic training and production opportunities," says AFCOOP's Erin Oakes. "The production resources that we provide for emerging filmmakers are unmatched by any other program in our region." The deadline is October 15; an information session will be held on October 3 in the Radio Room in the CBC Radio building (5600 Sackville). Applications can be found at

The deadline for Metamorphic Theatre's script call is September 21. The upstart theatre troupe is looking for new first-draft plays, one of which it will develop for performance. Hit for deets.

And Eastern Front Theatre, rebranding the On the Waterfront festival as SuperNova next year, is looking for original works for both adult and youth audiences. To submit, put together a proposal, cast list, script, any press or exisiting video recordings and send it to Scott Burke, Eastern Front Theatre PO Box 11 DMPS Dartmouth NS B2Y 3Y2. The deadline is October 15.

A nice cup of blog

If you've been following our Toronto adventures—Jodie! Humidity! Stars!—and are all a-twitter over film festival goings-on, don't be sad just because TIFF is all over. (We're not.)

Carsten Knox and Sue Carter Flinn hit the local red carpets and try to see some movies while avoiding getting quoted out-of-context by major Canadian film distributors. It's pee-your-pants awesome, here.

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