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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

Big buzz films at TIFF 2014

Suzanne Ellis | posted Thursday, Sep 4th, 2014


It’s Day One of TIFF 2014, and the stars and filmmakers will soon be descending on Toronto for 10 days of films, red carpets, junkets, and parties.

The Toronto festival has become an early indicator of what films and performances will be in the running for awards show glory the following year. We’re already hearing great things about Olympic wrestling pic Foxcatcher and the performances of Steve Carell and Channing Tatum; Wild, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Reese Witherspoon, who could be headed for her second lead actress Oscar; and St. Vincent, which reportedly features a dynamic leading turn from Bill Murray.

We’ll have to see what unfolds over the next 10 days, but here are the films garnering the biggest buzz so far at TIFF 2014:

Foxcatcher – Arguably the buzziest film at this year’s festival, Foxcatcher is the disturbing and tragic true story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (portrayed by Channing Tatum), who decides to go for gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics with the financial assistance of eccentric multimillionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell). The film triumphed at Cannes, with many calling Carell a lock for an Oscar nom.

Cake — Speaking of career-changing performances, Jennifer Aniston is earning raves for her dramatic turn as an unlikable member of a chronic pain support group in this indie. Aniston’s character, Claire, decides to investigate the suicide of a fellow member (Anna Kendrick), which in turn leads to her developing a relationship with the woman’s husband, played by Sam Worthington.

Wild — Quebec’s Jean-Marc Vallée directed both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto to Oscars last year withDallas Buyers Club, and now some are saying he may do the same for Reese Witherspoon with Wild, based on the bestselling Cheryl Strayed memoir. Strayed made the bold decision to hike 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail to help rid herself of personal demons including drug addiction and a destroyed marriage.

St. Vincent — Bill Murray is guaranteed to win over audiences as the cantankerous Vincent, who begins taking care of a local boy after school when his bank account hits rock bottom. Murray is surrounded by a solid cast including Melissa McCarthy as the boy’s mom, Naomi Watts as a Russian prostitute, as well as Terrence Howard and Chris O’Dowd.

Rosewater — Jon Stewart’s feature directorial debut focuses on Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was imprisoned in his home country for five months after appearing on Stewart’s The Daily Show. Gael Garcia Bernal stars as Bahari, who was covering Iran’s elections for Newsweek prior to his appearance on Stewart’s program.

The Drop – Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini star in this film about a good-natured bartender who gets mixed up with Chechen mobsters following a robbery. Hardy plays bartender Bob Saginowski, who works at a neighbourhood establishment in Brooklyn, Cousin Marv’s. The bar happens to be a ‘drop bar’ for criminals to hide and launder their money, and when the place is robbed one night, Bob and Marv (James Gandolfini) find themselves facing the ire of the men whose money was lifted.

The Imitation Game — Benedict Cumberbatch stars as British mathmetician Alan Turing, who worked to crack the German Enigma codes during World War II. Turing was subsequently persecuted by the British government on account of his homosexuality. Rounding out the film’s terrific cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, and Charles Dance.

The Riot Club — Festival audiences loved Danish director Lone Scherfig’s An Education, the film that rocketed Carey Mulligan to stardom. Scherfig returns in 2014 with The Riot Club, about an exclusive and debaucherous club of young men at Oxford University.

Nightcrawler — First time director Dan Gilroy teams with Jake Gyllenhaal for this gritty look at the dark side of L.A. Gyllenhaal plays a thief-turned-crime scene photographer who tries to out-do his competition in order to sell footage to local TV stations.

While We’re Young — Director Noah Baumbach reteams with Ben Stiller (they worked together in 2010 on Greenberg) for this film about an aging couple seeking to reclaim a bit of their youth. Naomi Watts plays Stiller’s wife, while Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfriend play the vivacious young couple that inspires them to live life a bit more spontaneously.

What movie are you most excited about at TIFF14? Comment below, and send your reviews/photos tosubmissions@cityline.ca. We may end up using them on Cityline.ca!

Top photo: Still from The Imitation Game

The star-spotting guide to TIFF 2014

Alexandra Davies | posted Thursday, Sep 4th, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch on the red carpet for 'The Fifth Estate' on Sept. 5, 2013. CITY/Winston Sih.

As one of the most important and well-respected film festivals in the world begins, stars from all over are making their way to Canada’s biggest city for the Toronto International Film Festival. Showcasing 366 films over ten event-packed days, odds are one of your favourite actors/actresses will be gracing T.O. to support their films, dine, party, and enjoy everything the city has to offer.

Heavy-hitters such as Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Denzel Washington, Anna Kendrick, Jon Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, John Travolta, Kristen Wiig, Adam Sandler, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Murray, Keira Knightley, and Morgan Freeman will be strutting down the red carpet this year— but they will also be out and about on the town. For those who want to skip the films and get right down to the business of celeb-spotting, we have curated the top places you will likely see your favourite A-lister.

The airport:
Well, the stars need to get here somehow, and it’s usually by plane. If the hustle and bustle of peeking through the paparazzi and screaming fans only to see half of Channing Tatum’s glorious jawline sounds like a waste of time, try the airport! Stake out the terminals that have arriving planes from Air Canada or U.S carriers.

Basically, if you can think of a posh hotel in Toronto’s downtown core, there’s a good chance a star will be staying there. The Ritz-CarltonShangri-LaSoHo MetropolitanInterContinental YorkvilleHotel Le GermainTrumpFour Seasons,Windsor ArmsPark HyattThe Drake, and the Hazelton Hotel are some key players in the hotel game that will attract A-listers. Either you can try to score a room in one of these hotels, or just “casually” walk by each multiple times a day— alternately, check out the hotel’s restaurant and lobby bar for an inside look.

This year TIFF is screening films in 11 different theatres around Toronto. Do your homework to find out when and where your favourite stars are scheduled to be walking the red carpet and make sure to arrive extra early to see them hop out of their ride. If you’re in the market to see the high-profile celebs, head to the galas. Some major venues to consider areRoy Thomson Hall, the Visa Screening Room (Elgin/Winter Garden), and the Princess of Wales. There’s also the venue at the heart of the festival, the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Oh, they will be shopping. It’s a safe bet to assume stars will be hitting up luxury stores, but it’s really what they are in the market for. Yorkville is home to high-end brands and will most likely be the stomping grounds for celebs these next few days. Try out Holt Renfrew, peek into high-end label stores on Bloor, and sift through trendy boutiques along Queen West.

Restaurants and bars:
Celebs will be flooding restaurants across the city, so be sure to keep a look-out when turning corners. Some notable restaurants and bars to swing by during the festival are Hudson KitchenLa SocietéThe DrakeThe Drake One Fifty,Bar BucaBrassaiiColetteThe HoxtonCafé Boulud and BarSoho House (this one is members-only, but you might see stars if you hang out nearby!), One at the Hazelton Hotel, the rooftop bar at the Thompson Hotel, and of course the Starbucks in Yorkville will surely be swarming with caffeine-hungry stars.

We want to hear about your TIFF14 star-spotting stories! Tell us about it in the comments, tweet at us@CitylineCA, or email your story and/or photos to submissions@cityline.ca!

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