For as long as I've been running The GATE, I've been covering the Toronto International Film Festival. It's a highlight of my year, a struggle, a challenge, and one of the best events I have the honour of attending and covering.
I'm writing this post on the 23rd floor of WestHouse Hotel in New York City on The Terrace, the hotel's beautiful patio that overlooks the city. From here I can see down Broadway, and across West 54th street. The city itself is humming all around from this vantage point, but it also gives a little clarity into what's around you from a kind of bird's-eye-view.
Okay, yes. Christopher Lloyd did an ad for the new Lego game, Lego Dimensions, and it's fun for a little bit, but never mind that. Ultimately it's a few moments of Lloyd doing his "Great Scott!" shtick (which, yes, I do love), but it doesn't feel all that interesting.
To celebrate the arrival of Showtime in Canada, Penny Dreadful star Josh Hartnett was in Toronto today, April 21, to promote season two of the series with a world premiere screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox where the star answered questions and chatted about the show.
DC Comics and Warner Bros. Pictures need their collective heads examined if they think the trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice does either character "justice". Maybe the comic book nerds of the world will celebrate the trailer and the film, but it just looks cliche and disappointing.
Roku has been working on some slick new additions to their hardware and user interface, and at the end of March I had a chance to sit down and see what was coming up next, including some timely updates for the Roku 2 and Roku 3 hardware.
March is one of those special months when everyone seems to be get sick, and since I caught a little bug myself, it got me thinking about feel-good drinks. Strong, black coffee or tea with lemon and lots of sugar are my go-to standards (strong coffee is always a go-to for me), but I've wanted to try making a hot toddy, and I've heard that some people think that whisky cures colds. Whether that's true or not, who can resist a little warm whisky with sugar and spices?
The press room at the Juno Awards is anything but glamorous, but if you're a journalist following Canadian music, it's a glimpse behind the scenes at some of the country's most popular artists. Sometimes that glimpse is fun, and sometimes--fairly rarely I might add--it's not.