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Vogue names West Queen West world’s 2nd coolest neighbourhood

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014

The people who live there already know this, and now, so does the rest of the world.

In its September issue, Vogue Magazine named Toronto’s trendy West Queen West area the second coolest neighbourhood in the world.

Vogue said it has all the “hallmarks of hipness … a verifiable artery of indie patisseries, homegrown labels and hidden-from-view galleries.”

The magazine also mentions The Drake and the Gladstone hotels, as well as Soho House and Grafitti Alley.

Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa neighbourhood took the No. 1 spot on the top 15 list.

Other neighbourhoods on the list include Sodermalm in Stockholm, Centro in Sao Paulo, Bushwich area in north Brooklyn, Milan’s Brera district, and Hackney in London, England.

What’s the coolest neighbourhood in Toronto? Let us know in comments.

TIFF day 6: Red carpets continue to roll out

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014

The Toronto International Film Festival is past the halfway mark, but there are still a number of big stars trickling in for their premieres on Tuesday.

The premiere most fans will be looking forward to is The Imitation Game. The movie stars fan favorite Benedict Cumberbatch along with Keira Knightley. Cumberbatch plays English mathematician Alan Turing who helps crack the enigma code during the Second World War.

David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars will have its North American premiere at Roy Thomson Hall. John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore are all expected to attend.

The red carpet arrivals for The Imitation Game and Maps to the Stars will be streamed live on this website.

Viggo Mortensen will be at the Winter Garden Theatre for his filmFar from Men while Quebec director Xavier Dolan will premiere his Cannes Jury Prize-winning film Mommy.

Ethan Hawke is also expected to premiere his latest, Good Kill.

A Second Chance and Three Hearts are two other films rolling out the red carpet on Tuesday night.

On Monday, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Steve Carell, and other stars walked the red carpets for the premieres of their films.

Click here for a list of the gala presentations.

Click here for a list of all the films being shown at TIFF.

Click here for a schedule of the film screenings.

Kate Middleton pregnant with 2nd child, Clarence House says

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Sep 8th, 2014

Clarence House says Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant with her and Prince William’s second child.

The couple broke the news with a tweet from the Clarence House official Twitter account on Monday.

In a statement, the palace said “as with her first pregnancy, the Duchess is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum” — a severe form of morning sickness that afflicts 0.5 to two per cent of pregnant women.

Palace officials also said she is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace and won’t accompany the Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford.

The couple welcomed their first child, Prince George, on July 22, 2013.

The new royal baby is fourth in line to the throne.

Congratulations rolled in from around the world, including from Prime Minister Harper.

TIFF day 5: Star-studded premieres continue Monday

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Sep 8th, 2014

Day five of the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off on Monday, on the heels of some star-studded world premieres, including the ensemble comedy, This is Where I Leave You.

Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda were greeted by a big crowd at Roy Thomson Hall on Sunday evening for the screening of their new film, which is about a dysfunctional family that reunites for a funeral.

Montreal-born director, Shawn Levy, is behind the project, which is set for wide-release next week.

The Equalizer also made its world premiere at TIFF on Sunday, in which Denzel Washington plays an ex-CIA agent in the crime-thriller. As Tracy Moore learned on the red carpet, Washington has a long history with Toronto.

On Saturday, Al Pacino attended the screening of his new film,Manglehorn — his second movie to hit the big screen at TIFF this year.

“I worked here a lot, I did movies here,” Pacino said.

Salma Hayek stunned the crowd with her beauty on the red carpet for her film The Prophet on Saturday, adding that Toronto is the perfect place for the world premiere.

“Toronto, you know, the Canadian people are lovely, they are profound,” explaining why Toronto is the perfect place for the world premiere.

There’s plenty of star-power on tap for Monday, including the world premiere of Cake starring Jennifer Aniston. It debuts at the Elgin Theatre at 2:30 p.m.

Still Alice, starring Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Julianne Moore, has its world premiere at the Winter Garden Theatre at 5 p.m.

Other movies set to debut on Monday include:

  • Fox Catcher (Canadian premiere at Roy Thomson Hall, 6 p.m.) — film stars Anthony Michael Hall, Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Vanessa Redgrave, Mark Ruffalo and Sienna Miller
  • Rosewater (world premiere at Princess of Wales Theatre, 6:30 p.m.) – the film is the directorial debut of Jon Stewart and stars Gael Garcia Bernal
  • Wild (gala and world premiere at Roy Thomson Hall, 9 p.m.) – directed by Canadian Jean-Marc Vallée, the film stars Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, and Gaby Hoffman
  • 99 Holmes (Canadian premier at Princess of Wales Theatre, 10 p.m.) – film starts Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, and Michael Shannon

The red carpet arrivals for all six movies will be streamed live on this website.

Click here for a list of the gala presentations.

Click here for a list of all the films being shown at TIFF.

Click here for a schedule of the film screenings.

With files from Eva Fragiskatos

TIFF Day 4: Witherspoon, Bateman & Washington walk red carpet

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Sep 8th, 2014

More Hollywood stars walked the red carpet for the premieres of their films on Day 4 of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Reese Witherspoon, who has two films at TIFF this year, stars inThe Good Lie directed by Canadian Philippe Falardeau whose 2011 film, Monsieur Lazhar, was nominated for best foreign language film at the Oscars.

In The Good Lie, Witherspoon plays a reluctant employment agency officer tasked with finding work for three Sudanese refugees, part of a group of displaced youths who fled the civil war in their country and later resettled in America and known as the Lost Boys of Sudan.

On playing her character, Witherspoon said, “I feel like it was an opportunity for me to learn about the Lost Boys of Sudan and really learn a perspective about America from outsiders. There’s a lot of things that we take for granted, a lot of freedoms that we have that a lot of people don’t have, and I think it’s a great opportunity also to make a film that you can show your kids.”

Two of the actors, Ger Duany and Emmanuel Jal, who themselves are former refugees now living in Toronto and play Lost Boys in the film, said they were excited and thrilled to work with a director who took a chance on them as first-time actors.

Jal, a musician with an album coming out featuring Nellie Furtado, credited Falardeau with giving inexperienced actors an opportunity to act in a Hollywood film. Duany said the night belonged to all of them and that the film was a product of teamwork.

This Is Where I Leave You

Fans also got a glimpse of the cast of This Is Where I leave You who were on the red carpet at Roy Thomson Hall for the world premiere of their film.

Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda star in the comedy about a patriarch who dies and his four adult children must live under the same roof for a week during Shiva.

In the film Fey throws a mean punch and when asked on the red carpet if she could take Bateman, she joked, “I could beat him up ‘cause he only has actor strength. They’re very weak.”

Bateman went along.

“I bet she could as long as she wears the ring that she wore in this movie. It’ll leave a groove in you.”

The Equalizer

Actor Denzel Washington stars in The Equalizer, an action thriller about an ex-black ops commando who fakes his death to lead a normal life in Boston only to go back to what he knows to rescue a girl.

It wasn’t the first time in Toronto for the Oscar winner who made two films here: John Q andThe Hurricane.

“I first came to Toronto years ago to see my wife sing in a show called All Night Strut,” he told CityNews. “It ran for about a year.”

He said to his wife Pauletta who was on the red carpet with him at Roy Thomson Hall that he was really here again for her because she was singing this Friday at the Church of the Holy Trinity.

“So that’s why I’m here,” he joked. “It just happens that there’s a film festival going on.”

His Equalizer co-star Marton Csokas said it was a “great pleasure” to work with Washington and the film’s director, Antoine Fuqua.

“Denzel is methodical and very intense and studious,” he said. “And Antoine is the same although his role is different as the director but we all got on very well.”

The 11-day TIFF festival runs until Sept. 14.

Click here for full coverage of TIFF 2014.

Click here for a list of the gala presentations.

Click here for a schedule of the film screenings.

Week of Sep. 8, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Sep 7th, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

It’s another star-studded week as our coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival continues!

We are LIVE from the red carpet at Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, featuring a look at what the celeb treatment get when they come to town and a chat with Canada’s go-to star photographer George Pimentel.

On Wednesday, comedian Russell Peters stops by to share some laughs.

Plus, our friends Hedley will be in studio on Friday.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

TIFF Day 3: Fans get glimpse of Garner, Stiller & Pacino

BT Toronto | posted Saturday, Sep 6th, 2014

Fans got a glimpse of the stars of While We’re Young, Manglehorn and Men, Women & Children, which were three of the many films making their premieres on Day 3 of the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday.

Men, Women & Children is Jason Reitman’s latest film, starring an ensemble cast, including Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and new Hollywood heartthrob, Ansel Elgort, who was in The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent.

Reitman’s film focuses on the power that digital technology has on the intimate relationships between family members, friends, lovers and spouses.

Garner, Sandler and Elgort all walked the red carpet on Saturday ahead of their film’s world premiere at Ryerson Theatre.

On having worked with both Jason and his father, Ivan Reitman, Garner said, “I love the Reitman boys. I would be so happy if I could just ping pong back and forth between the two of them…I feel like I had a lucky year.”

Sandler, who has been in Toronto for several months filming his own movie, said he loves the city.

“Everybody’s been going way out of their way for me. Everyone here in Toronto, whenever there was traffic because of the movie, I apologize!”

“But we had the best time,” he said, adding he loved the restaurants, the Ripley’s museum and the Bata Shoe Museum, where he donated a pair of his own shoes.

Ben Stiller, who stars in While We’re Young about an uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife, had similarly nice things to say about Toronto and TIFF.

“This rivals any Hollywood Boulevard premiere,” he said. “It’s so cool. I wasn’t expecting this.”

His co-star Naomi Watts, who also stars in St. Vincent that premiered on Friday at the festival, said it was amazing to work with Stiller.

“I’ve had an incredible year in terms of working with great comedians and he’s another one. Last night we were here talking about Bill [Murray] and tonight Ben Stiller is incredibly talented. It’s just wonderful being in his presence. He’s so understated and so wonderfully talented.”

She also gave shout outs to While We’re Young’s director,  Noah Baumbach, and the young kids in the film too.

Other co-star Amanda Seyfried said, “It was a different kind of challenge for me, working with Noah. You know he’s going to make something insanely thought provoking and awesome.”

Breakfast Television’s Kevin Frankish ran into Al Pacino in the lobby of a hotel earlier Saturday, and on the red carpet of the North American premiere of Pacino’s film, Manglehorn, the two had a fun moment acting like they were old friends.

But on a more serious note, Pacino agreed that it was getting harder to sell films these days saying there are 400 films alone at TIFF.

But he wouldn’t plug his own film when Frankish told him to say. “This is Al Pacino. So I really need you to go see…”

Pacino said, “I hope you see Manglehorn. It’s an interesting film. David Gordon Green. He’s a great director . It was a joy working on this film.”

Click here for full coverage of TIFF 2014.

Click here for a list of the gala presentations.

Click here for a schedule of the film screenings.

TIFF day 2: Happy Bill Murray Day

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Sep 5th, 2014

The carpets are rolled out and the star sightings have started, as the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) gets going for another year.

The 11-day festival officially kicked off Thursday night with premieres for Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., and Juliette Binoche.

Speaking on the red carpet from his premiere for The Humbling, Pacino said he is enjoying his time in Toronto.

“I like the feel of this town,” said Pacino, who added he spent some time living in Toronto and shot a few movies in town.

Juliette Binoche walked the red carpet for her Clouds of Sils Maria premiere. Co-star Kristen Stewart pulled out at the last-minute due to a scheduling conflict.

Friday marks Bill Murray Day ahead of the world premiere for his latest film, St. Vincent.

Fans of the star can take in a free triple bill at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, featuring StripesGroundhog Day, and Ghostbusters.

Tickets for the shows are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8 a.m. at the Lightbox.

Fans can also win a ticket to the St. Vincent premiere by donning their best Bill Murray costumes and dressing like a character Murray played in any of his famous films.

More glitz and glamour is on tap for Friday night. Watch red carpet live streams for Boychoir, starring Dustin Hoffman,Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and Alex and Ruth, starring Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman starting at 5:30 p.m. on our website.

Click here to watch red carpet live streams.

Click here for more details on Bill Murray Day.

Click here for full coverage of TIFF 2014.

Some of actresses who will grace the 11-day film bash include: Reese Witherspoon, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, Kristen Wiig, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Octavia Spencer, Julianne Moore and Greta Gerwig.

The actors include: Benedict Cumberbatch, Denzel Washington, Michael Douglas, John Travolta, Mark Ruffalo, Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, Bill Murray, Channing Tatum, Christopher Plummer, Chris Rock, Morgan Freeman and Adam Sandler.

The festival will also attract some major Canadian talent, including actor Colm Feore and Olympic gold medalist Tessa Virtue.

Meanwhile, a stretch of King Street West is closed during TIFF, and streetcars will be diverted in the area.

King Street from Peter Street to University Avenue is closed until 6 a.m. on Monday. King will also be partially closed in each direction between John and Duncan streets Sept. 8-11, and will reopen on Sept. 12.

The closure turns the area into a pedestrian-friendly zone, so fans can get a little closer to the action.

Three-hundred films from 79 countries will be screened at the 39th annual festival, which runs until Sept. 14.

Some of the other TIFF galas include:

  • Black and White, starring Kevin Costner and Spencer.
  • The Equalizer, starring Washington and Melissa Leo.
  • Foxcatcher, starring Anthony Michael Hall, Tatum, and Sienna Miller.
  • Haemoo, starring Kim Yoon-seok and Park Yoo-chun.

Click here for a list of the gala presentations.

Click here for a list of all the films being shown at TIFF.

Click here for a schedule of the film screenings.

With files from Eva Fragiskatos

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