And an unapolo­getic Ri­hanna

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HONOURABLE MEN­TION: Life of Pi ( Nov. 21). This movie is about a boy ship­wrecked on a lifeboat in the Pa­cific Ocean with a Ben­gal tiger. When I first heard the premise, I thought we were fi­nally get­ting the un­told Char­lie Sheen ori­gin story. The tiger blood? The as­sas­sin skills? All ex­plained by Char­lie’s four- legged men­tor from child­hood! The truth is this Ang Lee film is based on the award- win­ning novel by Canada’s Yann Mar­tel. It’s the touch­ing story of the son of a zookeeper stranded in the open sea and fight­ing for sur­vival along­side a highly un­likely com­pan­ion. BIG EVENT: BAD 25 ( Nov. 22, CTV Two, 8: 30 p. m. BIG PIC­TURE: Spike Lee pays trib­ute to Michael Jack­son’s iconic al­bum on its 25th an­niver­sary. And he doesn’t do it alone. The di­rec­tor in­ter­views Jack­son’s col­lab­o­ra­tors like Quincy Jones and Ste­vie Won­der, as well as mod­ern su­per­stars who were in­spired by Jack­son such as Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Cee Lo Green. Con­fes­sion: Jack­son’s Bad al­bum in­spired me to wear a black leather jacket with sil­ver buckles as my “go to” date jacket dur­ing high school. It was sadly in­ef­fec­tive at con­vinc­ing any girl I was “bad.” Michael could pull it off, but he should have warned the rest of us. FORE­CAST: BAD 25 pre­miered at TIFF but this is the doc’s Cana­dian tele­vi­sion pre­miere. With archival footage from stu­dio ses­sions and video mu­sic shoots, the film of­fers a unique glimpse into the mak­ings of one of the most trea­sured pop al­bums of all- time. ( I’m still wait­ing for Justin Bieber to em­u­late MJ and come out with his “Rad” al­bum.) HONOURABLE MEN­TION: Mankind: The Story of All of Us ( Nov. 19, His­tory, 8 p. m. This 12- part se­ries tells the his­tory of the hu­man race — the epic tale of how we went from prim­i­tive hunter- gath­er­ers to so­phis­ti­cated hunter- gath­er­ers of home­made an­i­mal videos and sex tapes on the In­ter­net. Mankind will cover our species ma­jor mile­stones, in­clud­ing the fall of Rome, the dis­cov­ery of the New World, the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion... and, pre­sum­ably, the dis­cov­ery of Chan­ning Ta­tum’s abs.


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