Pop Goes The News — Was William Shakespeare getting high while writing Macbeth and Hamlet? Scientists say it’s quite possible.

According to an article in the July/August issue of the South African Journal of Science, a chemical analysis of plant residues in four pipes excavated from the playwright’s garden found cannabis residue.

Pop Goes The News — Montreal singer-songwriter Patrick Lehman is busy this month warming up for the release of his new album, Butchy’s Son.

After performing Saturday night at The Living Room in New York City, he’s back in Canada for a series of gigs — including an Aug. 15 show at The Rex in Toronto — in advance of his album launch party Aug. 28 at his hometown’s La Sala Rossa.

Pop Goes The News — It hasn’t even been screened, but already Stonewall is being slammed by LGBT activists who are calling for a boycott.

The movie, directed by Roland Emmerich last summer in Montreal, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening in cinemas on Sept. 25.

Pop Goes The News — Cameras will roll in B.C. later this year on the third movie in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise.

War of the Planet of the Apes follows last year’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Those two films — which were partly made in B.C. — grossed a combined $1.2 billion worldwide.

Pop Goes The News | Canadians Malin Akerman, Pamela Anderson and Carrie-Anne Moss are among the celebrities lending their voices to a compelling new documentary about why humans can’t seem to get along.

Unity is narrated by an unprecedented collection of 100 stars.

Pop Goes The News | U.S. cable network FX announced Friday it has renewed the made-in-Toronto series The Strain for third season.

The supernatural drama was created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan based on their trilogy of novels. It stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro and Canada’s Kevin Durand.