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Watch New Episodes of The Mindy Project on Citytv.com!

Alicia Cox Thomson, FLARE.com | posted Wednesday, Sep 16th, 2015

We were all shocked when FOX announced that it wouldn’t be renewing The Mindy Project for season 4, leaving us with the following questions: Would we never meet Mindy’s parents? Are Mindy and Danny going to get engaged? What’s Mindy like as a mom? Streaming service Hulu quickly jumped to the rescue, picking up the new season…for its American viewers. Boo.

Thank goodness for the smartypants at City, who know a good thing when they see one. The new, 26 (!) episode season kicks off in full Thursday, November 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT! But that’s not all. Starting today, Wednesday, September 16, you can watch new episodes from season 4 online exclusively at citytv.com and the City TV Video app. The first seven episodes will be posted, one a week, every Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET.

What are you anticipating the most? The clothes? The baby? The engagement? Is it wrong if we say the clothes? Mindy’s Insta feed is full of little tidbits, like this Westwood + Marant pairing Dr. Lahiri wears home from the hospital. Slay!

‘Dislike’ this? Facebook working on button to express empathy

The Associated Press | posted Wednesday, Sep 16th, 2015

Facebook may finally be getting a button that lets you quickly express something beyond a “like.”

Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday that people have been asking for a “dislike” button on the social media site for years.

Speaking at an event at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters that was streamed live online, Zuckerberg acknowledged that “like” isn’t always appropriate for some posts – about a tragic news event, for example – when people might want to express empathy.

Zuckerberg said the company, however, has veered away from making a “dislike” button, which could be used to vote down other people’s posts. He said the new button is ready to be tested soon and could be rolled out broadly depending on how it does.

TIFF 2015: Five things you need to know

Justin Piercy | posted Thursday, Sep 10th, 2015

The change of season may be subtle in Toronto, but the signs are apparent that summer is drawing to a close.

The leaves haven’t yet begun to change colour, and the birds haven’t yet started flying south — but red carpets have sprung up across the city and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars have begun to flock north.

That’s right, the 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) kicks off Thursday, and we’re here to get you ready for all the festivities. No matter if you’re a TIFF rookie, a seasoned vet, or just looking to avoid the entire thing, this list of FAQs will have you prepared until it wraps on Sept. 20.

Who’s heading to “Hollywood North?”

There are simply too many to list, but here are a few of the stars you can see walking the red carpet — or possibly getting a late-night bite at Fran’s after the screening of their films (in parenthesis):

  • Sandra Bullock (Our Brand Is Crisis)
  • Johnny Depp (Black Mass)
  • Matt Damon (The Martian)
  • Ellen Page and Julianne Moore (Freeheld)
  • Tom Hardy (Legend)
  • Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren (Trumbo)
  • Emily Blunt (Sicario)
  • Brie Larson (Room)
  • Rachel McAdams (Spotlight)

Which films are generating the most buzz and how do I score tickets?

Here are five are the most talked-about films — to save you from any potential spoilers, click on the link to get the full scoop from IMDB:

As for assuring your seat, new tickets are released each day at 7 a.m. Barring your ability to snag them here, you’re next best bet is the line for rush tickets. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis 10 minutes before the start of the movie. Some must-haves for the rush line: Water, an umbrella and good shoes.

What venues are the films being shown at?

All of the galas will happen at Roy Thomson Hall, but films will also be shown at the Princess of Wales Theatre, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Ryerson Theatre, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, Scotiabank Theatre, and the Isabel Bader Theatre.

For a full venue map, click here.

Where is the best place to see and interact with the stars?

TIFF is a selfie-friendly festival. The best place for a fan to see their favourite actors is at the Roy Thomson Hall galas. When the stars get out of their limos they typically go to sign autographs with the fans, who can wait behind the barrier.

Also, check out Princess of Wales Theatre, which also offers great access for selfies and autograph opportunities.

If you’re looking for non-opening night opportunities, a lot of of the actors will be doing sit-down interviews (which you can see on Entertainment City) at places like the Intercontinental on Front Street, The Shangri-La, and the Park Hyatt.

How do I live my life without TIFF interfering?

Well, that will be a tall order, especially if you live downtown. The best advice we can give you is to avoid King Street West between Spadina and University avenues for the next 10 days. Click here for the full details, and TTC disruption, during that major road closure.

Tanya Kim joins Rogers as entertainment host

Entertainment City | posted Thursday, Sep 10th, 2015

Rogers welcomes pop culture aficionado, and one of Canada’s most trusted entertainment news personalities, Tanya Kim, to the family beginning September 10 – just in time for TIFF!

Tanya is the new face of Entertainment City and Rogers Your World This Week alongside new co-host Adam Wylde of KiSS 92.5 fame. Kim is also joined by veteran entertainment reporter Teri Hart, another recent addition to the Entertainment City team in the role of reporter and senior producer. Beginning today, Tanya, Adam and the Entertainment City team will be interviewing the most buzz-worthy stars on every red carpet and at our City TIFF interview suite, giving viewers exclusive access from this year’s festival.

An entertainment and pop culture guru, Tanya is a respected part of Canada’s entertainment community with a career spanning more than 14 years.

“Tanya Kim is synonymous with entertainment news in Canada,” said Jordan Schwartz, Vice President of In-House Productions, Rogers. “Over the past 14 years, Tanya has cultivated a strong personal brand that resonates with fans from coast-to-coast. She’s a great addition to our Rogers family.”

Entertainment City is Canada’s first source for entertainment news, airing every weekday morning on Breakfast Television in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, as well as Wheeler in the Morning in Winnipeg. Entertainment City is also available in the evenings on Dinner Television in Edmonton, CityNews in Toronto, or anytime on Twitter @EntCityRogers Your World This Week airs on Rogers Channel 1.

Follow Tanya Kim @Tanya_Kim

Follow Adam Wylde @AdamWylde

Police focusing on distracted drivers, school zone safety

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Sep 8th, 2015

The lunches are packed, pencil cases are labelled, and new outfits are ready to go as thousands of students across the GTA mark the the first day of school.

But along with the return to class comes the return to heavier traffic. Motorists are reminded to slow down to 40 km/h in school zones and be on the lookout for children.

Toronto police, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), will be launching a back-to-school campaign focusing on traffic safety.

The week-long “Are you focused on school?” campaign starts on Tuesday and ends on Friday. It will kick off at Forest Manor Public School, near Don Mills Road and Sheppard Avenue East, at 7 a.m.

Officers will be focusing on “road-users who jeopardize the safety of the public through their poor decisions and behaviours.”

Police will be targeting distracted and aggressive drivers, those making prohibited turns, and not adhering to “No Stopping” and “No Parking” restrictions within school zones.

During the campaign, police will also be paying close attention to drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians in school zones, pedestrian crossovers, crosswalks, intersections and high-risk mid-block crossing.

Last week, heftier fines for distracted driving and rules to help protect cyclists and students went into effect, as part of the province’s new rules of the road.

Penalties for distracted driving include an increased set fine of $490 and three demerit points upon conviction. However, a judge could further increase the amount up to $1,000, if the case goes to court. Drivers without a full license will receive a 30-day suspension for the first conviction for distracted driving.

Drivers also face a steep fine for not stopping for a school bus that has stopped and activated its flashing red lights. Vehicles behind or approaching the bus must come to a full stop before reaching the bus. Failure to do so will result in a minimum $400 fine and six demerit points for a first offence.

Similar campaigns are also being held in York and Peel Regions with a focus on distracted driving and pedestrian safety in school zones.

Coun. Norm Kelly is also asking pedestrians to extend their arms and point in the direction they want to walk when using crosswalks.

“Three per cent of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in Toronto occur at marked crosswalks,” Kelly said. “Getting the attention of motorists before crossing the street eliminates the possibility of a collision.”

Parents are also being asked to review the pedestrian safety rules with their children. Click here for some back-to-school safety tips.

Week of Sep. 8, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Sep 4th, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Tuesday on BT, we’re getting you back to school and back in your routine.  Give us 90 seconds and we’ll tell you what you need to know with your #1 source for breaking news, weather, and traffic every morning.

On Thursday, Frankie Flowers returns talking about lawn care.

We’re live at the Ritz-Carlton Friday chatting all things Toronto International Film Festival and what to expect this year.

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!

 

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