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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.

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!

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