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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

UberX launches in Toronto & Mississauga

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014

A new ride-sharing program has landed in Toronto but the city could try to slam the brakes on it before it even picks up speed.

With the swipe of a finger, anyone can be taken for ride thanks to a new service launched this week in Toronto and Mississauga called UberX.

The ride-share program allows people to use their personal vehicles to provide rides to folks who request it through the Uber app.

The ride reportedly costs about 40 per cent less than a typical taxi fare.

Bill Vrebosch signed up as a driver for the service so one day he can put down an offer on a house.

“I’ve been looking at the housing pricing and I’ve been noticing that I will probably need a little extra cash to get out to that housing market,” he told CityNews.

Vrebosch said he pulled in about $150 in a single day with the program.

However, some are warning the service could pose a public safety risk.

One of the big differences between UberX and a taxi is that drivers do not have commercial insurance, which leaves some wondering – if something were to happen would passengers be covered under insurance?

“The likelihood is that their claim would be denied,” Peter Karageorgos with the Insurance Bureau of Canada explained. “When you turn your vehicle into a commercial venture, your insurance requirements definitely change.”

UberX also has many in the taxi industry angry because UberX drivers don’t have to pay sky-high licensing fees and insurance rates like the city requires of licensed taxi drivers.

“It’s taxi drivers, professional licensed taxi drivers, who are charging the regulated rates, protecting the people who are using it, getting people where they need to go,” Beck Taxi’s Kristine Hubbard said. “They’ve built this industry and it’s a slap in the face. It’s an insult, from a regulator that has done nothing to protect them.”

However, the city is also not hopping on board with UberX, citing safety concerns.

“The City has significant concerns that UBER has launched a service, identified as UBERX, which may be in contravention of the City’s bylaws, including those governing private transportation providers,” city officials said in a statement released Tuesday. “We have engaged the expertise of the City’s Legal department, and are reviewing every legal option available to us to address any potential breaches of law, with the objective of ensuring the protection of the public.”

Uber says the public and its drivers are protected through $5 million of insurance on every UberX ride.

That’s two and a half times the insurance that Toronto taxi and limousine rides have.

The city has already handed UberX 35 bylaw infractions but those won’t be heard in court until October.

Uber says it is confident it will work out a deal with the city between now and then.

With files from CityNews.ca

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

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour hits 25 communities

Sportsnet | posted Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014

This hockey season, Canadians across the country will get to experience the game they love with the ones they love, along with one of Canada’s favourites – Ron MacLean – as Rogers today unveiled the 25 communities that will be part of the inaugural Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour presented by Scotiabank and Chrysler.

Each week during the 2014-15 NHL season, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will roll into a different community across the country with a weekend of free outdoor hockey festivities for all ages, culminating in an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast every Sunday, with MacLean hosting live onsite from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio (see full list of locations below).


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“The passion for hockey in this country is unrivaled. Every Canadian has a connection to the game – it is part of our DNA, it is part of our communities,” said MacLean. “We’re excited to share in this season-long celebration of Canada’s favourite pastime, help grow the game and bring to life those great hockey stories every Sunday.”

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour Locations

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Each Weekend of the Tour
Kicking off in London, Ont., on Oct. 11 and 12, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will bring together a community with deep hockey roots and deliver a jam-packed weekend of interactive games, activities and entertainment for the whole family, celebrating all things hockey in the heart of each town, including:

· Meet and greets with NHL Alumni, local hockey heroes, and celebrities
· Family outdoor viewing parties on both Saturday (Hockey Night in Canada) and Sunday (Rogers Hometown Hockey)
· KidsZone filled with hockey-themed games and activities for all ages
· Interactive experiences inside the Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE Tech Truck
· Skills and drills competitions
· Winter Market showcasing local culinary culture and hometown food trucks
· Local bands and entertainment from main stage throughout weekend
· Ticket and merchandise giveaways
· Other onsite Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour partner activations from Scotiabank, Chrysler, Samsung, Xbox, McDonald’s

Rogers Hometown Hockey – Sunday Night Broadcast
· Each Sunday – the newest national night for hockey – City will air a half-hour pre-game show hosted by Ron MacLean live from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio, leading into an NHL game broadcast. MacLean, along with other Sportsnet personalities, will also make appearances during the intermission and post-game show
· The broadcast will include interviews with celebrities, NHL alumni, and special guests with connections to the community, including features on local NHL players and grassroots stories
· The first Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast will feature the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. N.Y. Rangers on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET/ 3:30 p.m. PT on City

This season, the NHL on Sportsnet will deliver more than 500 national and regional regular-season NHL games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada.

Sportsnet has exclusive Canadian broadcast coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft Lottery, NHL Draft, and the NHL Awards. Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVEwill deliver more than 1,000 regular-season games on tablet and smartphones for the upcoming season.

Sportsnet is also the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs (including radio rights on Sportsnet 590 The FAN) and Calgary Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

Apple unveils 2 iPhones & Apple Watch at launch event

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014

Apple has unveiled two new iPhones and the Apple Watch at its launch event in California.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be 50 per cent more energy-efficient than the previous iPhones, the technology giant says, and will be available on September 19. The two phones are the thinnest iPhones ever made.

CityNews technology specialist Mike Yawney was at the event in Cupertino, Calif., where Apple has its headquarters.

See the transcript of Yawney’s coverage below.

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.

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