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Hundreds line up at Eaton Centre Apple store for new iPhones

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Sep 19th, 2014

Hundreds of people lined up outside the Eaton Centre in Toronto overnight and on Friday morning to get their hands on the new iPhones.

Friday is the day many Apple fans have had circled on their calendars, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus went on sale in Canada and the U.S. at 8 a.m.

680News reporter Carl Hanstke said it’s the longest lineup he’s seen for an iPhone launch at the Eaton Centre. He estimates around 500 people have lined up outside the store.

One Apple enthusiast named Bianca said she’s been waiting since Wednesday afternoon.

“There’s a really big ritual to this, and it’s really nice to be a part of it,” she said.

However, she is not the first in line. Others have been waiting since Monday night.

A man named Reshan was the last person in line; however, he told Breakfast Television’s Winston Sih he wouldn’t camp out for a product overnight.

There are reports a lot of people are buying them to sell online for between $3,000 to $6,000. Others are reportedly also selling their spots in line.

CityNews technology specialist Mike Yawney said the iPhones are the largest ever released. Watch a video of his review here.They are sleek with curved glass edges, and are thin and light. The devices also feature a HD retina display, which is more crisp, and an improved camera.

However, the most highly-anticipated feature will not be available to Canadians at launch. The NFC technology that Apple embedded in the phone for its Apple Pay Service, where a user taps a phone at the store to pay, will only launch in the U.S. for now.

Apple is allowing people to buy two iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, with the base models selling for $749 and $859, respectively.

The cost for an iPhone 6 starts at $264.99 (16GB) under select two-year plans at Rogers, while the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $374.99.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, around 1,000 people gathered outside Apple’s flagship store in Tokyo as sales kicked off in Japan. In Hong Kong, hundreds lined up to score their pre-ordered iPhones.

The launch has been delayed in mainland China, which has sparked scalpers in Hong Kong to make a pretty profit.

Rogers is the parent company of this website.

With files from CityNews.ca and Carl Hanstke/680News.

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EXCLUSIVE: iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus review

Mike Yawney | posted Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014

On Friday, Apple will begin selling the highly anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Canada. CityNews technology specialist Mike Yawney was the only Canadian broadcast journalist to get his hands on the devices early to put them through their paces. Here is his exclusive review.

Week of Sep. 15, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Sep 14th, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

From signed jerseys to street signs, and Stanley Cup replicas, we’re launching the Shopping Channel’s highly anticipated NHL merchandise on Monday!

Former professional wrestler and fitness guru Trish Stratus is in on Wednesday.

Plus, on Friday, Canadian rock band Simple Plan stops by the BT studios.

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!

Road & TTC closures in Toronto for events & construction: Sept. 12-14

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Sep 12th, 2014

Below is a list of road and TTC closures in Toronto for events and construction Sept. 12-14, as well as upcoming and ongoing closures due to road work.

Events

TIFF 2014
King Street will be partially closed in each direction between John and Duncan streets Sept. 8-11, and will reopen on Sept. 12. Streetcars will be on diversion in the area.

Click here for full coverage of TIFF.

Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival
Bloor Street, from Jane Street to Glendonwynne Road, will be closed from Sept. 12 at 9:30 a.m. to Sept. 14 at 11:59 p.m. Some road closures will take place on local roads.

Polish Festival
Roncesvalles Avenue, from Grafton to Boustead avenues, will be closed in both directions from Sept. 13 at 6 a.m. to Sept. 14 at 11 p.m.

Toronto 5K Race
Road closures will be in effect in the area bounded by St. Clair Avenue, Christie Street, Davenport Road, and Russell Hill Road/Macpherson Avenue Sept. 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Ukrainian Festival and Parade
Bloor Street West, from Jane Street and Glendonwynne Road, will be closed from Sept. 12 at 9:30 a.m. to Sept. 14 at 11:59 p.m.

Construction projects

York Street watermain work
York Street, between Queens Quay and Harbour Street, will be closed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 3 for watermain construction work.

Parkside Drive road & sidewalk repairs
Only one lane of Parkside Drive, between Bloor Street to Lake Shore Boulevard, will be closed for around eight weeks for road resurfacing and sidewalk repairs.

Adelaide Street West road, watermain & TTC work
Adelaide Street West, from Simcoe to York streets, will be partially closed starting on Sept. 15 for watermain work, TTC track removal and road reconstruction. The work is expected to be completed by mid-November.

Don Mills Road closure for watermain work
The southbound curb lane of Don Mills Road, from York Mills Road to Lawrence Avenue, will be closed from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 for watermain relining.

An additional southbound lane on Don Mills will be closed from Mallard Avenue to Bond Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day.

Bridge repair on York Mills Road
One eastbound lane and one westbound lane on York Mills Road, from Lesmill to Scarsdale roads, will be closed for bridge repair.

The work started on Aug. 11 and will continue for around 11 weeks.

Watermain projects on Richmond Street
Richmond Street will be reduced to two lanes between Church and York streets for watermain work. The work started on Aug. 11 and will run through to October.

Utility cut repairs on Yonge Street
One lane on Yonge Street from The Esplanade to Bloor Street will be closed in each direction during non-rush hours for utility repairs. The work began on Aug. 13 and will run until mid-September.

TTC work

Weekend subway closure
Subways won’t be running between St. Andrew and Union stations on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) on Sept. 13-14 for platform construction.

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Drivers can stay up-to-date on construction details and updates by visiting the City of Toronto website.

Upcoming construction can also be viewed on the T.O. INview map.

Entertainment City: TIFF 2014

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014

Follow along with our TIFF correspondents below:

See below for an interactive map of the red carpets, theatres, venues, and hottest locations to spot the stars!

Click here to watch a live stream from the Toronto International Film Festival red carpets. For a full list and schedule, see the list below.

Date Time Movie Red carpet host
Sept. 4 5 pm – 6:15 pm The Humbling Susie Wall
Sept. 4 7 pm – 8:15 pm The Judge Tracy Moore
Sept. 5 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Boychoir Melanie Ng
Sept. 5 8 pm – 9:15 pm Nightcrawler Colin & Justin
Sept. 5 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Ruth and Alex Susie Wall
Sept. 6 2 pm – 3:15 pm Black & White Brad Smith
Sept. 6 3:45 pm – 5 pm Manglehorn Kevin Frankish
Sept. 6 5 pm – 6:15 pm Men, Women & Children Tracy Moore
Sept. 6 6 pm – 7:15 pm While We’re Young Melanie Ng
Sept. 7 2 pm – 3:15 pm The Good Lie Brad Smith
Sept. 7 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Time Out of Mind Melanie Ng
Sept. 7 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm This is Where I Leave You Melanie Ng
Sept. 7 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm The Equalizer Tracy Moore
Sept. 8 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Cake Brad Smith
Sept. 8 4 pm – 5:15 pm Still Alice Susie Wall
Sept. 8 5 pm – 6:15 pm Fox Catcher Melanie Ng
Sept. 8 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Rosewater Tracy Moore
Sept. 8 8 pm – 9:15 pm Wild Melanie Ng
Sept. 8 9 pm – 10:15 pm 99 Homes Colin & Justin
Sept. 9 5 pm – 6:15 pm Imitation Game Melanie Ng
Sept. 9 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm Maps to the Stars Colin & Justin
Sept. 10 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Polar Bear Susie Wall
Sept. 10 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm Laggies Susie Wall
Sept. 11 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Pawn Sacrifices Melanie Ng
Sept. 11 8 pm – 9:15 pm The Cobbler Brad Smith
Sept. 11 8 pm – 9:15 pm The Voices Melanie Ng
Sept. 12 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm The Forger Brad Smith
Sept. 13 7 pm – 8:15 pm A Little Chaos Brad Smith

Fall fashions from The Style Mogul: Modern Day Blair Waldorf

Christina Cravero | posted Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014

Frugal fashionista Christina Cravero, The Style Mogul, has the freshest fall fashion trends to rock right now.

“This look completely reminds me of Gossip Girls’ Blair Waldorf,” Cravero says. “It’s such a great pre-fall outfit when pairing it with booties, but in these warmer temps, get away with a cute pair of flats!”

Click the pinpoints below to read more about the look.

Modern Day Blair Waldorf

TIFF day 7: Keira Knightley returns to red carpet for ‘Laggies’ premiere

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014

Day seven of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) kicks off on Wednesday, with Keira Knightley set to return to Toronto’s red carpet for the world premiere of Laggies.

Laggies, a romantic comedy, also stars Sam Rockwell, Chloë Grace Moretz, Gretchen Mol, Ellie Kemper, and Jeff Garlin. The movie debuts at Roy Thomson Hall at 9:30 p.m.

Knightley’s first appearance at this year’s TIFF was for Canadian premiere of The Imitation Game on Tuesday, along with co-star Benedict Cumberbatch.

Infinitely Polar Bear also has its Canadian premiere at TIFF at 6:30 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall. The movie stars Mark Ruffalo, who is expected on the red carpet; however, it’s not yet known if fellow co-stars Zoe Saldana, Beth Dixon, and others will be there as well.

The red carpet arrivals for Laggies and Infinitely Polar Bear will be streamed live on this website.

Also, the Scotiabank Theatre will be showing the international premiere of Cut Bank at 5 p.m. The film stars John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thorton and Liam Hemsworth.

At the premiere of The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch arrived at the Princess of Wales Theatre and went directly into the crowd to pose for photos and sign autographs.

David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, starring John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore, also had its North American premiere at Roy Thomson Hall.

Also on Tuesday, hockey stars like Wayne Gretzky and Toronto Maple Leafs’ James van Riemsdyk showed their support for the film Red Army — which explores the rise and fall of Soviet hockey in the ’80s — at the movie’s after-party. Ron MacLean was also spotted at the event following the screening of the documentary.

The stars of Good Kill greeted fans before the screening of their film, which is about an Air Force officer, played by Ethan Hawke, tasked will ordering drone strikes in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, actor and comedian Chris Rock has reportedly made a major sale during TIFF.

Rock’s film, Top Five, may have received top bids during the film fest, according to a report in the Toronto Star. The film’s rights reportedly sold for $12.5 million to Paramount, breaking the record for a sale at TIFF.

While there hasn’t been an official announcement, TIFF says the deal is expected to close.

The previous record for a TIFF sale was set in 2013 when Harvey Weinstein bought Can a Song Save Your Life? for $7 million. The film was released this year with the title Begin Again.

More films at this year’s TIFF are likely to make major sales, including Cake with Jennifer Aniston and Still Alice starring Julianne Moore.

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

Click here for a schedule of the film screenings.

The film festival runs until Sept. 14.

With files from Eva Fragiskatos

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.

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