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Russell Crowe thinks members of the Academy are a bunch of jerks, shows fondness for Ryan Gosling

Russell Crowe—actor, bad musician and sometimes surly New Zealander—has something in common with the rabid Ryan Gosling fan boys and girls: he’s not too happy about Goz’s Oscar snub. At 4 p.m. yesterday, Crowe tweeted, “Ryan Gosling didn’t get an Academy nomination? There’s some bullshit right there.” Not that his calling bullshit will matter to those stodgy types at the Academy, but having won an Oscar himself for Gladiator in 2000, we assume Crowe is somewhat of an expert on the craft. Sure, you could point to his work in L.A. Confidential, A Beautiful Mind, 3:10 to Yuma or any of his other wildly successful films, but we prefer to think of Crowe in decidedly more Canadian terms—as that guy who guest-starred on Republic of Doyle. We wait with bated breath to hear what Erin Karpluk thinks of Gosling’s snub.

(Images: Russell Crowe, screengrab from South Park; Ryan Gosling, Grey Goose Soho House)

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Being Erica recap, episode 11 (series finale): wherein Erica Strange cries a lot and says goodbye forever

Presenting: Dr. Erica

Every show comes to an end, whether we like it or not: Friends ended with crying, Will and Grace ended with crying (NBC Thursdays tend to be big cry fests) and, yep, Being Erica ended with crying—lots of it. Erica begins the episode talking about endings, and how every beginning has an end. We’ve learned that Dr. Tom will be unable to see Erica once he retires from his practice, but he has yet to tell Erica, and in this final episode, titled “Dr. Erica,” we witness Dr. Tom battling between resuming his duties as super-doctor and living out his life with Amanda. Of course, this inner battle comes as a result of Erica’s sadness, who has a constipated look on her face for almost the entire episode (we get it, she’s sad—we’re sad, too). In a moment of epiphany, which arises from a Dr. Naadiah intervention, Erica realizes that  “the only constant is change” and that convincing Dr. Tom to stick around is actually likely to hurt him. This episode is a whirlwind, as you can imagine, so look forward to the return of Leo, tears, Dr. Erica’s fabulously appointed office, more tears and an adorable pug (which is really just an excuse to include Brent and Julianne in the finale). Here, our recap of Erica’s final CBC-televised jaunt through the time-space continuum.

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Being Erica recap, episode 3: wherein gay bears go camping (with straight bear Adam) and the gals have babies on the brain

BEING ERICA Episode 3

There’s nothing quite like a baby to create drama, like when Taylor on Melrose Place fell down the stairs and learned she wasn’t pregnant, or when Ross from Friends was asked by his lesbian ex-wife to be one of two dads, or even in the movie Junior, when Arnold Schwarzenegger shook up the science world by carrying a child. In episode two of Being Erica, we learned at the last possible moment that Erica’s sister Samantha was pregnant, but what we really wanted to know was, how does everyone feel about it? In episode three, we find out that Erica is amazed, since she’s been thinking that her sister may have been getting fat, which of course sends the sisters into a public conversation about irregular periods and discoloured nipples. The whole situation spooks Adam, who isn’t sure he wants children, while Lenin, the baby’s father, is thrilled, and Gary, Erica’s dad, is overjoyed by the news that he will be getting his first grandson. It won’t come as a surprise that not everyone is as thrilled with the news—Sammy and Erica’s mother Barb is quieted by it, and no one knows why, which is why, surprise, Erica’s mom is her newest patient.

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Dear Urban Diplomat: How can I approach Erin Karpluk (a.k.a. Erica Strange) and still maintain my cool?

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Dear Urban Diplomat,
Being Erica sometimes films in my ’hood, and I have a monster crush on Erin Karpluk, the show’s star. I saw her twice last month, and I know if I don’t say hi next time, I’ll regret it. How can I talk to her without seeming like a drooling sycophant?
—Super-Fan, DOWNTOWN

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Being Erica recap, episode 1: wherein Erica reveals herself to be better than everyone else

This episode: Josh drunkenly kisses Erica in Florida (1998), Josh tells Erica he has always loved her during the Toronto blackout (2003) and we witness a smug Erica Strange remind us how far she’s come (2011)

BEING ERICA Episode 1

Being Erica returned for its fourth—and possibly final—season on Monday, and the question on every viewer’s mind was, “Who is Erica’s first sort-of patient?” ‘Sort-of patient’ because, as Dr. Tom is sure to remind Erica Strange about a billion times, she’s a “doctor-in-training.” Patient #1 wasn’t the obnoxious but lovable Julianne, whose problem childhood was outlined in a holiday special after last season’s finale, or Jenny, because, well, she’s now relegated to the past, like in last night’s time-travelling adventure to the summer of 1998 (where Jenny danced up on a gentleman named Jesus and got in a bar fight with his saucy girlfriend; why isn’t this show about Jenny, again?). Instead, the gloved hand tapping Erica on the shoulder at the end of Season 3 belonged to Josh, her sister Samantha’s ex—a man who is rude to Erica, hated by Erica and, of course, secretly in love with Erica (because every straight man who ever comes into contact with the Strange sister becomes infatuated). We track Strange-isms and discuss the drama between Erica and Josh after the jump.

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Time Travelling 101 on the set of Being Erica

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It has been nine long months without time-travel therapy, Erin Karpluk’s perfect hair, excessive gay bear jokes and even more excessive Toronto-centric references. But after a long, dry summer, Being Erica is back for its fourth and possibly final season. Over the past four years, we’ve seen it all on the CBC’s beloved comedy: Erica’s meteoric (and totally realistic) rise to the top of the publishing industry, her dramatic relationships with Ethan, Kai and Adam, Julianne evolving from bitchy overlord to gal pal, and even Erica overcoming her hard luck to become a doctor (in training) herself—a doctor, of course, that helps patients by transporting them back in time to relive the moments that haunt them. Until now, we had never seen what happens when the cameras are off, but the good folks at Being Erica invited us to an all-access trip behind the scenes. Here’s a look at the set and costume department, and a few of the things we learned about cast members Karpluk, Adam Fergus and Sebastian Pigott. Season four of Being Erica airs tonight on CBC at 9 p.m.

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What we found in Erin Karpluk’s bag on the set of Being Erica

Erin Karpluk’s purse (Image: David Pike)

There are certain things we always imagined Erica Strange’s purse would contain: wigs for time-travel sleuthing, an Epipen for her hazelnut allergy, a copy of The Secret of Now. But it turns out the real-life Erica, Erin Karpluk, sticks to the necessities. Check out what we found while rifling through her handbag.

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RED CARPET POLL: Bono, Mia Wasikowska and more from TIFF 2011’s opening night

Last night was the premiere of Gus Van Sant’s Restless and Davis Guggenheim’s From the Sky Down, and Astral even found the time to celebrate its 50th anniversary at Roy Thomson Hall. We spotted Bono, The Edge and Mia Wasikowska at their respective premieres, and Erin Karpluk was seen vamping at Astral. Who do you think shone on TIFF’s opening night?

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TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Hugh Dillon, a Bono lookalike and Canada’s pretty young things in waiting on the red carpet for the official TIFF opening night party

A dead ringer for U2’s lead singer (with a little more chest hair on display)

Whispers of “Bono” filled the air at the red carpet outside the TIFF opening night bash at a spotlit Liberty Grand. Would he show? A hunky cop in the know told us yes. In the meantime, Flashpoint star Hugh Dillon arrived in a T-shirt and blazer, in sharp contrast to crooner Matt Dusk, who couldn’t have been more done up in head-to-toe white. Caroline Rhea and former Dragon’s Den dragon Brett Wilson took their time hamming it up for the cameras (they even kissed—on the lips!). Then it was time for the contingent of TIFF rising stars, Canada’s pretty young things in waiting: Sarah Allen, Katie Boland, Sarah Gadon and Keon Mohajeri. Can they act? Who knows, but they sure as heck looked fabulous. Click through to see the gallery.

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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 12

So there we were, basking in the afterglow of Ma and Pa Strange belting out Buffy Saint Marie on karaoke (we knew we were in for a good episode when we got goosebumps), when all of a sudden…whaaaaaaa??? We have paused this week’s episode halfway through so that we can weigh in before we find out what in the name of Goblins is going on. Question 1: Are we the only ones having a Bobby Ewing flashback? Question 2: What does all this mean? Have the past two years—the time travel, the multiple failed relationships, the publishing career, that horrible outfit at Pride—been nothing more than two weeks’ worth of coma dreams? And, for that matter, what is a Code White? OK, back to the show.

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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 11

The whole season has been building up to it. On some level, we always knew it was going to happen (we even know what it looks like, thanks to Erica’s graphic sex fantasies). And now finally it has. Erica and Adam are together. Like real-life together, not “let’s hook up on a desert island in an alternate reality” together. Apparently he cares about her more than he’s ever cared about any woman in his life. Now—sigh—if only we cared about them.

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Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 10

Call us curmudgeons, but even in the realm of the supernatural, we here at the BEBSD appreciate rules of governance. (Like on Today’s Special, Jeff can only come alive with his hat, or in Twilight, vampires never age…no matter what.) Without these rules, anything is possible, and thus, nothing is special. Which brings us to this week’s Being Erica episode, where Erica and Adam met on a non-time-specific desert island to complete a challenge. If you’re wondering when BE decided to borrow from the Survivor play book, you’re not the only one.

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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 9

Based on last week’s comments, some of you aren’t so fond of Ivan and Dave, the two bearish owners of Goblins coffee shop who have been getting a lot of play in season 3. We’ve got to say that for the most part, we agree. Why must these characters be so cartoonish? We still haven’t recovered from that scene a few weeks back where Ivan leers at the two dudes making out in the supply closet like he’s looking for supper. Because, of course, that’s what gay dudes like to do. Come on, Being Erica! A little dimension would be nice.

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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 8

This week, the student became the teacher, or rather, the teacher became the student, as BE dug deep into Dr. Tom’s totally depressing past. Let’s be clear here: we like our Erica epies fun and frothy. Need we point out the obvious? An almost entirely Julianne-free hour is like a prom without spiked punch. Last week’s Jenny drama was so promising, and now here we are again, back at suicide central. And back to having way too many storylines, though we must admit that perfect Judith’s marital distress has piqued our interest. More on that, please.

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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 6

TV time travel is great (see Lost, Quantum Leap, Doctor Who and episodes of Saved by the Bell when Zack would freeze time to speak directly with the audience). With that in mind, we ask you, Being Erica writers, why mess with a winning formula? Once again, this week’s episode involved zero time travel and way too much of everything else. We get that most good shows require a B plot, but this week we counted five different storylines. (Erica + Cassidy, Erica + Adam, Mom + Dad, Ivan + Julianne, Sam + Lenin). The Young and the Restless has more focus.

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