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Our favourite best supporting actress looks through the years
  1. Catherine Zeta-Jones – 2003
    While many actresses might shy away from the spotlight while expecting, Zeta-Jones set the new standard for maternity wear when she collected her Oscar for Chicago, looking luminous and ultra-chic in Versace.
  2. Renée Zellweger– 2004
    It was the dramatic, origami-style back of Renée Zellweger’s white Carolina Herrera gown that grabbed all the attention for the actress, who on that night won for her role in Cold Mountain.
  3. Cate Blanchett – 2005
    It’s hard to think of Cate Blanchett wearing anything but the most daring ensemble on the red carpet, but in 2005 – when she won for her turn in The Aviator – the fashion-forward star channelled old Hollywood glamour in a bustled Valentino gown.
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If used effectively, a wood-burning stove can be a smart choice to heat your home. These six European models are both stylish and efficient.
  1. The RAIS Rondo 120, from Denmark
    This convection stove comes with air-cooled handles, and because the operating ventilator is on the top of the device, the windows stay clean for a better view of the flames. ca.rais.com
  2. The Morso 7970, from Denmark
    This wall-mounted stove offers multiple views of the fire through front and side panels of glass. Added bonus: the high-quality cast iron is made of 98-per-cent recycled material. morsona.com
  3. The Jotul F370, from Norway
    A winner of multiple design awards, including the German Red Dot best-of-the-best, Norway’s Design Excellence and the U.S. Vesta. jotul.com/ca
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Looking for gift ideas or just want to treat yourself? Check these out
  1. Rimowa Topas Series Carry On
    With a shell made from aluminum and featuring a TSA lock that can be opened without damage by security plus 44 litres of capacity, this is a sleek, sturdy companion for business travelers or anyone with a burning case of wanderlust. $1,020 at rimowa.com
  2. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
    George Clooney and two of his longtime friends founded Casamigos with the mission to make the best-tasting, smoothest tequila there is, and no one knows smooth better than George Clooney. $69.85 at lcbo.com
  3. Crosley Executive USB Portable Turntable
    Kick it old school and new school (plus totally rad school) with this charmingly throwback-looking turntable that converts vinyl records to digital files while still playing your tunes. $159.99 at thesource.ca
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Four cultural happenings worth your time this week. (Read the full story here: http://trib.al/eI0rCKA)
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    Thirty minutes: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
    A lot has been made of the fact that Samantha Bee is set to become the first female host of a late-night satirical news show. Rightly so. We should also be making much of the fact that Samantha Bee is hilarious. Let’s hope her show is, too. Premieres Monday. (thecomedynetwork.ca)
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    Three minutes, fifty-four seconds: Encore#
    Graham Nash told Rolling Stone that writing songs for his coming album, This Path Tonight, due out in April, was heavily influenced by the split from his wife of 38 years – which explains the sad, reflective vibe of this newly released song from the album. (soundcloud.com)
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    Ten minutes: The Walter White of Wichita
    If that headline doesn’t grab you, the first few paragraphs of this story about a former science fair champion who figured out how to make an opiate that is 50 times stronger than heroin surely will. (fusion.net)
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    Two minutes, eighteen seconds: Me Before You
    The adaptation of Jojo Moyes novel about a young woman who gets a job caring for a rich, disabled young man looks completely engineered to make you weep. Judging by the new trailer, you’re going to need a crying towel. (http://mebeforeyoumovie.com/)
U.S. home improvement giant Lowe’s Cos. has struck a $3.2-billion deal to acquire Quebec-based Rona Inc., following an unsuccessful takeover attempt in 2012. Here's what you need to know about the deal. (For the full story: http://trib.al/yZZmpV5)
  1. The deal
    Lowe’s is offering Rona’s investors $24 in cash per share, and $20 for each preferred share. The deal is valued at $3.2-billion, or $2.3-billion (U.S.), a 104-per-cent premium to the closing share price Tuesday. So far, the deal has been unanimously approved by Rona’s board, and its largest shareholder, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, said it would tender its shares. Quebec Minister of the Economy, Sciences and Innovation, Dominique Anglade, saw no immediate reason to block the deal.
  2. What happened last time
    In 2012, Rona offered $14.50 per share for a deal value of $1.8-billion, or $1.86-billion (U.S.). This represented a premium of 36.7 per cent. The offer was rejected by Rona’s board, shareholders balked and the threat of a takeover provoked a political outcry during Quebec’s election campaign. Lowe’s walked away and Rona’s largest investors put pressure on the company to restructure. The CEO left shortly after.
  3. The history
    Lowe’s grew from a small hardware store in North Carolina in 1946 to a U.S. retail giant; it began operating in Canada in 2007. Rona was founded in Quebec in 1939 when a group of small hardware stores banded together.
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