The GATE http://www.thegate.ca Entertainment Magazine Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:08:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=170 Marvel announces lineup of films into 2019 with ‘Avengers’, ‘Doctor Strange’, ‘Black Panther’http://www.thegate.ca/film/022359/marvel-announces-lineup-of-films-into-2019-with-avengers-doctor-strange-black-panther/ http://www.thegate.ca/film/022359/marvel-announces-lineup-of-films-into-2019-with-avengers-doctor-strange-black-panther/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:06:23 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22359 Marvel's film universe grew by nine films yesterday as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige hosted a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood with Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, and Chadwick Boseman joining him on stage for the big movie news.

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Marvel’s film universe grew by nine films yesterday as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige hosted a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood with Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, and Chadwick Boseman joining him on stage for the big movie news.

Marvel is calling this “Phase 3” for their “Marvel Cinematic Universe”, and that next step includes returning favorites and lots of new faces.

Below is a breakdown of all the films and their premiere dates, which includes the next films for Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Avengers, plus the arrival of Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and Inhumans.

The big announcement for Marvel fans is that the Infinity War storyline will be split into two parts, which will be releases just a year apart, while the arrival of Doctor Strange signals what can only be some of the big first steps towards that plot, if the films stay true to the comic books.

Scroll down to the end of the article for photos from the event.

Previously Announced Films:

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Release Date: May 1, 2015

Ant-Man
Release Date: July 17, 2015

New Announcements:

Captain America Civil War

Captain America: Civil War
Release Date: May 6, 2016

Details from Marvel: “Chris Evans will once again reprise his role as Captain America, joined by Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man and Chadwick Boseman, who will make his big screen debut as the Black Panther in the film.”

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange
Release Date: November 4, 2016

Details: “Scott Derrickson will direct the film introducing the Master of the Mystic Arts to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

“‘It takes a while to work on these movies before they’re ready to come to you in theaters,’ said Feige. ‘Doctor Stephen Strange, brilliant neurosurgeon, bit of an arrogant fellow who gets in a car accident and ruins what he thinks are the tools of his trade: his hands.'”

“‘In the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the supernatural, that involves everything from quantum mechanics to string theory. The idea of this film is to open up a whole new corner of the cinematic universe. We want to enter, through Strange, the world of parallel dimensions.'”

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Release Date: May 5, 2017

Details: “The Guardians will now return May 5, 2017, with writer/director James Gunn also returning to helm our oddball heroes’ next adventure.”

Thor Ragnorak

Thor: Ragnarok
Release Date: July 28, 2017

Details: “The Norse End of Days will come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe… Chris Hemsworth will don the Mighty Avenger’s cape once more for the hero’s third solo adventure, and with a title as foreboding as ‘Ragnarok’ you know he’ll have to rise to his toughest challenge yet this time around!”

“‘This is a very important movie for us in Phase 3,’ said Marvel’s Kevin Feige. ‘We plan on taking Thor to another level. It picks up where we leave Thor in Avengers: Age of Ultron and impacts everything that comes after.'”

Black Panther

Black Panther
Release Date: November 3, 2017

Details: “As part of his presentation of the full slate for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has announced that Chadwick Boseman will bring the Black Panther to life beginning with his role in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, in theaters May 6, 2016, before starring in his own solo film, Marvel’s Black Panther, on November 3, 2017.”

“‘I’m blessed to be a part of this Marvel Universe, and to work with you both, and I look forward to making magic together,’ Boseman said after taking the stage with both Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) and Chris Evans (Captain America).”

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel
Release Date: July 6, 2018

Details: “Carol Danvers has set a flight path straight into the Marvel Cinematic Universe!”

“The super heroine will make her debut in Marvel’s Captain Marvel on July 6, 2018, headlining the first female-led film from Marvel Studios. ”

“‘This Captain Marvel’s name is Carol Danvers,’ said Feige. ‘This film has been in the works almost as long as Doctor Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy before it came out, and one of the key things was figuring out what we wanted to do with it. Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm.'”

Inhumans

Inhumans
Release Date: November 2, 2018

Details: “‘November 3, 2018 will introduce dozens of characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe,’ promised Feige. ‘We really do believe the Inhumans can be a franchise or a series of franchise unto themselves. They have dozens of powers and an amazing social structure. With our 20th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we wanted to continue to refine what that universe is about.'”

Avengers Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War Part I & Avengers: Infinity War Part II
Release Dates: May 4, 2018 & May 3, 2019

Details: “The Avengers have already triumphed over Loki, and next summer they’ll face Ultron… but nothing could prepare them for the menace of Thanos.”

“How big of a threat does Thanos pose, you ask? Big enough to span two epic films, beginning with Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 on May 4, 2018, and concluding in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 on May 3, 2019 for one massive cinematic event.

“‘We’ve always had a plan since Nick Fury broke into Tony Stark’s house and told him he’s part of a bigger universe,’ recalled Feige. ‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is the beginning of the culmination of everything that has come before.'”

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Marvel Studios Fan Event President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans Chris Evans Marvel fans Marvel fans Marvel fans Marvel fans Kevin Feige with Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans

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Warm and historic Washington, DChttp://www.thegate.ca/blog/022357/warm-historic-washington-dc/ http://www.thegate.ca/blog/022357/warm-historic-washington-dc/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:15:37 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22357 Last week I finally made it to Washington, DC for a quick tour through America's capital, which was a fantastic introduction to the city, even if it left me wishing I had more time in the great city.

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Last week I finally made it to Washington, DC for a quick tour through America’s capital, which was a fantastic introduction to the city, even if it left me wishing I had more time in the great city.

For three days, my wife, daughter and I toured the heart of Washington, visiting some of the museums and checking out the sights, and the weather was wonderful, at least for two of the days.

The first highlight from the trip was the Palomar Hotel, which is near Dupont Circle on P Street Northwest. The property is part of the Kimpton Hotels group, and they could not have been better hosts. The staff are welcoming, and they mean it when they say they’re kid-friendly. Our daughter got real star treatment every day she was there, and I also really appreciated all the little details that were there for the adults too: coffee every morning in the lobby, complimentary wine between 5:00 and 6:00 each evening, and they will bring you almost anything you might need in your room, if it’s not there already.

The Palomar was bright, stylish, modern, and the room had an incredibly comfortable king-sized bed.

Palomar Hotel - Executive King Suite

Palomar Hotel – Executive King Suite

Otherwise, we left our car parked with the hotel and walked or took public transit around Washington. The city is car friendly, of course, but it was a lot easier for the most part to leave the car behind since the core of the city is pretty easy to get around, and parking can be expensive if there aren’t open spots on the streets.

Because we didn’t have a lot of time, we just picked a few key things to see, so we walked down to see the White House the first night, which was really quite impressive. I’ve never been to Washington before, so I didn’t realize how close the fence was to the building. Somehow I just imagined you would not be able to see the building well, so that was a great first stop.

We also checked out a couple of the Smithsonian museums, the National Mall with the Lincoln and Washington monuments, and the National Archives where the Declaration of Independence is on display.

The White House, Washington, DC

The White House, Washington, DC

What amazed me for those three short days was how warm the city was, and I don’t just mean the weather, although it was almost summer-like for one entire day. Almost everywhere we went, people were incredibly friendly and welcoming, and that was not just at the hotel or in the museums–people in Washington just seemed genuinely nice and friendly, and it took us off guard for a city that’s known as the centre of the American government. It’s probably not what most tourists would expect, and it came as a welcome surprise to us.

The city also feels incredibly safe. As the nation’s capital, the government has obviously made sure that the city is safe for everyone, and that’s a unique feeling in a major city.

Lincoln Memorial over the reflecting pool

Lincoln Memorial over the reflecting pool

We also took time to visit Arlington cemetery, which was a remarkable experience, and the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virgina, where the Discover Space Shuttle is on display, and I can say that it’s incredible to stand next to the historic ship, especially as a fan of NASA and especially since I’ve been a space nerd for as long as I can remember.

Stay tuned for my reviews from the trip, including of the Palomar Hotel, and a write-up on exploring the culture and history of Washington, DC, and all of the things to discover at the Smithsonian museums. I’ll also have a review of the Palomar’s restaurant, Urbana, which offered a very memorable dining experience.

Moon lander at the Smithsonian Museum

Moon lander at the Smithsonian Museum

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Giveaway: The Gentleman’s Expo in Torontohttp://www.thegate.ca/contests/022346/giveaway-gentlemans-expo-toronto/ http://www.thegate.ca/contests/022346/giveaway-gentlemans-expo-toronto/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:18:25 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22346 The second annual Gentleman's Expo arrives at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre November 14 to 16, and The GATE has you covered with a giveaway for a double-pass to the entire event.

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The second annual Gentleman’s Expo arrives at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre November 14 to 16, and The GATE has you covered with a giveaway for a double-pass to the entire event.

Event details: “Each year, The Gentlemen’s Expo strives to entertain and educate both men and women in everything gentlemanly by incorporating fashion, cars, food, entrepreneurship, technology, sports, music, grooming and much more. TGE is the re-invention of the consumer show, putting experience, content and entertainment at the forefront.”

Enter our giveaway to win a pair of weekend passes to The Gentlemen’s Expo, which includes 15 drink tokens per ticket, for a total of 5 drinks per day.

The GATE’s readers can also get a discount to attend the show. Just use the code “GATETGE” on the website at www.gentlemensexpo.com to get 10% off your tickets.

Enter the giveaway below:

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Giveaway Details: The GATE’s Gentleman’s Expo pass giveaway is open to residents of Toronto, where local laws permit, who are over the age of 19. Total value of the giveaway is approximately $130. Contest closes on October 31, 2014 at 11:59 AM (ET). Chance of winning depends on total number of entries.

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Jayma Mays talks ‘The Millers’ season 2, television family and ‘Glee’http://www.thegate.ca/television/022230/jayma-mays-talks-the-millers-season-2-her-television-family-and-glee/ http://www.thegate.ca/television/022230/jayma-mays-talks-the-millers-season-2-her-television-family-and-glee/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:00:37 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22230 Jayma Mays is as friendly in person as you would expect. Mays is inviting and it seems like she is always smiling, and despite having a long day of interviews while she was visiting Toronto, she was in a great mood when I met her to talk about the second season of The Millers.

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Jayma Mays is as friendly in person as you would expect. Mays is inviting and it seems like she is always smiling, and despite having a long day of interviews while she was visiting Toronto, she was in a great mood when I met her to talk about the second season of The Millers.

Watch the video interview below, and read on to find out what she had to say about working on The Millers with her very funny co-stars.

The Millers airs Thursdays at 8:30 PM (ET) on CTV and stars Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges, Jayma Mays, Nelson Franklin, and Lulu Wilson.


Question: I love your cast. The people you work with seem like so much fun. What’s it like when you are all on set together?

Jayma Mays: “They are the best, and thank-you for saying that because I love my cast too–our cast–I shouldn’t say mine like I own it. They’re great on set.”

“First of all, they’re so talented–I’m surrounded by incredibly talented people. But, also, I feel like we’re becoming a little family too, and it’s so cliche to say that–and you hear actors say that a lot about the cast that they’re with–but it’s so true. You spend a lot of time together and we’re playing the roles of mom, dad, sister, brother, and I inevitably think that’s kind of happening on set too.”

“I definitely am sure that I’m the annoying little sister on set–I’m sure.”

Q: When you and Will Arnett are acting together, did you find that the brother and sister relationship come easily to you, or did you have to work on it?

Mays: “Sometimes I think things are easier than others, or there’s chemistry, or there’s not, and I feel like we fell into brother/sister mode pretty quickly. Mainly because he’s incredibly annoying [laughs]. No, he’s amazing, obviously.”

“But, yeah, I think for some reason we kind of pick on each other, you know, and I do kind of think that he’s that golden boy older brother sometimes that everyone loves. And I think that we’ve stepped into those roles maybe a little bit–a little bit.”

Q: I could see that in the first season. The chemistry between you two–it seemed to me like it was a good fit early on.

Mays: “Yeah. I don’t know what his family is like, so I can’t speak for him, but my family is like that. We pick on each other because we like you, you know? I pick on my brother because I like him–I love him. You know, he’s my brother. So I think that if you come from a family like that, and that’s your background, maybe it comes a little bit easier, to kind of step into those roles. But those roles are written that way, and they’re written so well that way that it lends itself to that, so it’s fun.”

Q: Other actors have always said that each season tends to feel different from the last because so much changes. What has the second season of The Millers been like?

Mays: “For me, I was incredibly nervous the whole first season, because this is a new genre for me. Doing a live audience [comedy], it was kind of like theatre in a way, and I hadn’t done a lot of theatre, so, for me, I was incredibly nervous. I was having fun, but I was nervous and feeling like I was learning a skill. I still feel like I’m learning this new skill–it’s something I don’t have in my back pocket–but I feel a little bit more comfortable and it was exciting to come back with a cast that you enjoy so much to work with.”

“But also, we’ve added a new cast member. We have Sean Hayes in the show now, and he’s so fun and wonderful, and the set was from before, but it’s even more jovial that it was. He’s just a light. He’s just a wonderful talent and a light, and such a generous, kind person that he’s added this whole other wonderful element to the show.”

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Fall in Pennsylvania, on the road to Washingtonhttp://www.thegate.ca/blog/022340/fall-in-pennsylvania-on-the-road-to-washington/ http://www.thegate.ca/blog/022340/fall-in-pennsylvania-on-the-road-to-washington/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:01:15 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22340 This week I'm on the road with my wife and little one for a little trip from Toronto down to Washington, D.C., and on the way we passed a farm that had more pumpkins out than I think I've ever seen.

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This week I’m on the road with my wife and little one for a little trip from Toronto down to Washington, D.C., and on the way we passed a farm that had more pumpkins out than I think I’ve ever seen.

The farm was on route 219 South in Pennsylvania, not long after leaving New York state, and it was a beautiful drive. In places, a lot of the leaves were still on the trees, and it was golden hour when we were passing through, which really lit up all of the colours.

The best part was not just all of the pumpkins out for sale, but they were also selling pies and baked goods, apples, and other tasty treats. It was one of the nicest road-side fruit stand I’ve seen in a while.

We’re now on the road again to Washington, after leaving Punxsutawney, and it’s still been a bright trip, even if the weather has been pretty cold.

More from the trip soon. We’re staying at one of the Kimpton Hotels in Washington, going around to see the sights and Smithsonian museums, and visiting Arlington cemetery before we head home. If we can find time we’re also planning to grab a treat from Georgetown Cupcake, better known as DC Cupcakes on television.

Pumpkin lane

Pumpkin lane

Fall colours

Fall colours

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Third season of ‘Orphan Black’ starts filming in Torontohttp://www.thegate.ca/television/022324/third-season-orphan-black-starts-filming-toronto/ http://www.thegate.ca/television/022324/third-season-orphan-black-starts-filming-toronto/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:03:28 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22324 The Clone Club can rejoice, because Space, Temple Street Productions, and BBC America announced yesterday that Orphan Black has started shooting the third season of the series in Toronto, which will premiere in spring 2015.

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The Clone Club can rejoice, because Space, Temple Street Productions, and BBC America announced yesterday that Orphan Black has started shooting the third season of the series in Toronto, which will premiere in spring 2015.

Filming of the ten episodes for season three will go until March 2015.

Tatiana Maslany returns as, well, Sarah Manning and the host of other clones, while Ari Millens also returns as Mark Rollins. The rest of the returning cast members include Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dylan Bruce, Kevin Hanchard, Ari Millen, and Kristian Bruun, with guest-star Michiel Huisman also coming back once more.

“We are incredibly proud and delighted to be commencing production on Season 3 of Orphan Black,” David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers of Orphan Black and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions said in the press release. “We’ve been fortunate to work with one of the best cast and crews in the business for the last two seasons. We could not be happier about the success of the show, and how it continues to be embraced by audiences around the world.”

For anyone who didn’t finish the second season yet, there were a couple of spoilers in the announcement, specifically in terms of characters and returning actors, so stop reading now if you’re not prepared:

“Season 3 sees the return of the phenomenal, Golden Globe-nominated Tatiana Maslany, who has portrayed an astonishing, nine, distinct ‘Leda’ clones to date, as well as the male ‘Castor’ clones revealed in the Season 2 finale, played by series regular Ari Millen.”

“Returning in a lead role is Ari Millen, who plays the newly discovered male clones; Mark, the Prolethean cult follower and Rudy, a prisoner of war. Also back this season is Jordan Gavaris as Sarah’s fiery foster brother Felix; Dylan Bruce as Paul; an army officer working for secret forces in the clone world; Maria Doyle Kennedy as Sarah and Felix’s duplicitous foster mother Mrs. S; Evelyne Brochu as a Dyad scientist and Cosima’s lover Delphine; Kevin Hanchard as Art, a detective caught in the clone trap; Zoé De Grand Maison as Gracie, a Prolethean escapee, and Michiel Huisman as Cal, father to Sarah’s daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler).”

Orphan Black’s second season brought new, more treacherous, enemies to light, culminating in a shocking finale with the reveal of the new male ‘Castor’ clones. Season 3 plunges the clone sisterhood into unexpected territory with the realization that they’re not alone. Just when they thought they knew their enemies and allies, Season 3 reveals our clones are more vulnerable than ever before with the highly trained, identical male-soldiers complicating matters. And though Sarah, Cosima, Alison and Helena realize they are stronger together than they are apart, this season will put that bond to the test.”

Season two of Orphan Black is available now on Blu-ray and DVD in Canada, or on iTunes.

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Nolan Gerard Funk at the Montblanc opening at Yorkdale Mallhttp://www.thegate.ca/blog/022322/nolan-gerard-funk-montblanc-opening-yorkdale-mall/ http://www.thegate.ca/blog/022322/nolan-gerard-funk-montblanc-opening-yorkdale-mall/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:01:55 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22322 Last night I was at Yorkdale Shopping Centre for the opening of the Montblanc store, which had a special guest: Canadian actor, Versace model, and all-around nice guy, Nolan Gerard Funk.

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Last night I was at Yorkdale Shopping Centre for the opening of the Montblanc store, which had a special guest: Canadian actor, Versace model, and all-around nice guy, Nolan Gerard Funk.

Funk, who has the coolest last name ever, was a gentleman and spoke about his love of Montblanc and the charities they represent, his fans, and he spoke briefly about his upcoming appearance on Arrow, which he of course can’t really talk about. And, obviously, he was dressed like a star in a Versace suit, while sporting the Montblanc Extreme watch and tie bar.

Montblanc’s Extreme collection is classy, sharp, while still looking ruggedly modern, and among the many things I was admiring, the Montblanc Extreme Cover for Galaxy Note 4 is one of the many standouts.

Watch for my interview with Funk on Monday, but if you follow The GATE on YouTube you might see it a little sooner. Until then, check out my very popular Instagram photo from last night’s carpet.

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Highlights from the Samsung Galaxy S5http://www.thegate.ca/blog/022260/highlights-samsung-galaxy-s5/ http://www.thegate.ca/blog/022260/highlights-samsung-galaxy-s5/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:19:21 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22260 For the last few weeks I've been testing out the Samsung Galaxy S5, a beautiful update to the Galaxy S line of phones that has an upgrade that I really appreciate the most: the camera.

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For the last few weeks I’ve been testing out the Samsung Galaxy S5, a beautiful update to the Galaxy S line of phones that has an upgrade that I really appreciate the most: the camera.

Like pretty much every new device in the lineup, the camera is ever-evolving, and so is the software behind it. With the Galaxy S5, the camera has evolved to meet the customers, and how they likely use it the most, especially when it comes to social media.

When I was using the Galaxy Note 3, the big screen is fantastic, and I love a lot of the features, but I used the camera on the phone multiple times a day, either of stuff with my family, or covering events and products for The GATE.

Where the Galaxy S5 improves on the camera the most is the general light sensitivity, which was painful at times on the Note 3, making photos in darker spaces much easier now. The options under the camera have also been paired down to just a few shooting modes–and you can download any that you might be missing–but the big ones are all there, including panorama.

For what I like to shoot, including food and products, the Galaxy S5 also has a new feature that can make almost anything look great and just a tad artsy. Selective focus can be turned on, and when the camera is just the right distance from the subject, it will take two photos and merge them, focusing on the main object and leaving the background blurry. This feature, that replicates a good lens on a regular still camera, really makes images pop, and while it is based on software, rather than the lens, it actually works quite well overall.

If you like shooting video, and don’t mind big files, the S5 also can shoot video in 4K resolution, which is vibrant and incredible on any new television or screen. It works best in bright conditions, so outdoor videos look exceptionally good over indoor locations.

There are lots of other features on the Galaxy S5, including HDR, a vibrant display, better power saving modes, and the fact that it’s dust and water resistant, but for what I do, the camera is generally solid and versatile enough to allow me to leave my still camera at home, depending on what I’m doing.

Here are some of the photos I shot on the Samsung Galaxy S5:

The Producers Ball TIFF Festival Street Eddie Izzard at TIFF Piloti shoes Danier leather Oven Smores New Brunswick Moon rising Alvvays Me and Jayma Mays Canadian Club tasting Apples At the pumpkin patch Filet Mignon Home made apple crisp

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Interview: Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe on ‘The Guest’http://www.thegate.ca/film/022317/dan-stevens-maika-monroe-guest/ http://www.thegate.ca/film/022317/dan-stevens-maika-monroe-guest/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:06:38 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22317 One of the hits of Midnight Madness this year, during the Toronto International Film Festival, was director Adam Wingard's, and writer Simon Barrett's The Guest, a twisted, funny, clever action and horror hybrid that stars Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe.

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One of the hits of Midnight Madness this year, during the Toronto International Film Festival, was director Adam Wingard’s, and writer Simon Barrett’s The Guest, a twisted, funny, clever action and horror hybrid that stars Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe.

Stevens plays David, a former soldier who appears on the doorstep of the Peterson family, who are still grieving the death of their son, Caleb. David tells the Peterson’s that he promised Caleb that he would come and check up on them, so he’s in town to pass on Caleb’s final words to them, and help them any way that he can. Anna, played by Monroe, is skeptical of David, but he continues trying to prove himself. The trouble is that David really is hiding something, and it won’t be long before the family finds out the truth about their friendly stranger.

On the last Saturday of the film festival, I sat down to interview Stevens and Monroe about the film, their favorite moments, and everything else that they wanted to share about working on this intense film. What is hard to capture in an article was the way that Stevens and Monroe bantered back and forth during the interview. They had a wonderful chemistry that was funny, playful, and friendly.

The Guest opens at the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto today, October 17. Watch the trailer here.

One warning, however, is that the interview does contain spoilers, so read on with caution.


Question: My first question is, have you seen their films before…

Dan Stevens: “Yeah.”

Q: My second question is, once you’re working with them, what’s it like delving into their very unique style of filmmaking?

Dan: “Their twisted little minds.”

“Yeah, it’s delightful. I think they’re very, very special filmmakers, if only for their playfulness. I mean, there’s a lot of other things that I think they can be commended for, but I really enjoy witty filmmaking and films that entertain an audience–don’t patronize them but kind of play with them a little bit, and leave them asking questions–and I think that keeps you engaged.”

“You think you’re watching a particular kind of genre, and they’ll always throw something that kind of flips that expectation a bit.”

Maika Monroe: “I mean, yeah, you covered it.”

Dan: “Thanks.”

Q: One of the things that we just talked about, with Adam and Simon, is that they were looking for people who could get their brand of humour. What’s it like working within the parameters of following the script, but you have to make it believably funny without going over the top with it… unless you’re carrying kegs, in which case…

Maika: [Laughs] “Then, you don’t have to do much. You just hold the kegs.”

Dan: “What do you think, Maika?”

Maika: “Yeah, what do I think?”

“Going into the audition process, I mean, we both read the scripts, finding it very humorous, and seeing their past work–kind of understanding what they wanted to do with it–and they have such a specific style, which is so cool. Very unique and refreshing. So, for me, I just saw this girl as having a very dry sense of humour that I think would play very well off of this very charming guy.”

“So we had so much fun on set with Adam and Simon, and Simon has a very dry sense of humour too, and both of them are hysterical. They bring in a huge aspect of it, and just playing around, having a good time on set, I think it just kind of came to life.”

Dan: “I think a lot of the humour comes from context, as well. I think there’s not so many gags and kind of jokes in the movie as there is this kind of delightful surprises, or these weird beats and moments that just made me smile just reading [the script] and shooting it.”

“A lot of the time we’re playing things pretty straight, but in the context of the film and maybe with the soundtrack that’s laid over it, it becomes a lot more humorous, and so that’s all really part of the playfulness really of it I think.”

Q: What is Adam’s style of directing and how did he get you from being a nice, polite guy to being an action badass?

Dan: “That was the arc we wanted to earn, and I think the ridiculousness of the ending, you know, we tried to earn that by rooting the character–and a lot of the characters are family, really in one or two realities at the beginning–and have this start from a relatively calm, pleasant and real space, and then take it somewhere batshit crazy.”

“I don’t think we wanted to start in this zany universe. We wanted to get there by increments. A lot of it was sitting down with Adam beforehand, really, and kind of establishing what those realities were.”

“David is an excellent soldier. He was, before his military conditioning, a very, very charming, nice man, and also a great friend to Caleb–the family’s son–and that he was genuinely back to honour a promise that he would look after the family, check-in on them, and help them out. Now, of course, he goes about that in a slightly unorthodox way, but that was the premise from which we wanted to start.”

“Here are the rules for this family: this family is in mourning, this guy is here to help, and go, you know? That’s sort of how we started. So we worked on that with Adam very much beforehand so that, by the time we got on set, we could have a little play-around and certainly towards the end there was a certain dial in terms of how insane and how straight we played things, and we did a few takes that were a little more–you know, there was a kind of Shining mode, I think, that we sort of, we got in to. Probably by the Halloween maze stage, there’s some pretty crazy takes that ended up making it into the movie.”

Maika: “Yep.”

Q: Maika, do you want to expand on what Dan said?

Maika: “I’m sorry, what else can I say?”

Dan: “I’m sorry, I’m talking too much. I had too much coffee. I’m sorry.”

Maika: “No, it’s good, it’s good.”

Dan: “Just say, ‘What Dan just said.'”

Maika: “Yeah, everything that he said.”

Dan Stevens in The Guest

Dan Stevens in The Guest

Q: The family dynamic is very interesting, and they all have a very different reaction to your character as a person, which is very believable. So, what’s it like playing that from both sides?

Maika: “Like Dan said, we wanted to create a believable family, a family that’s grieving–I lost my brother–and so for him coming in, I’m not going to like him. He’s trying to take the place of someone that’s gone, so creating that frustration–that comes from a very real place that is definitely believable because, you know, you want the audience to be drawn in from the beginning; you want them on your side–so, I think that’s where we started. That’s where the base was.”

Dan: “And from my perspective, obviously David moves very much at his own tempo, but another thing that we wanted to establish–that I did establish with Adam–was this kind of mission-by-mission guy. He goes into every situation, analyzes exactly what’s going on, checks all his exits, and works out who he, if anybody, needs to kill.”

“Every scene has that going on. And most of the scenes he doesn’t need to kill anyone, but sometimes he does. He’s going to get this mission completed. So he’s there to help Luke with the bullies–he goes about that very efficiently. He help’s the father get the promotion in a very twisted way. And also, he fills a hole in the mother’s life really, and she’s obviously grieving, and he offers some strange comfort to her.”

“Anna is his toughest challenge, I think that is really what drives a lot of the intrigue for a lot of the film really. Really, how is he going to get this girl on-side? He tries a number of different tacks, and so that was really a great challenge in itself. Each one of these characters, working out David’s most efficient way of getting these people on-side. Luke was pretty easy. He seems to go along…”

Maika: “With anything.”

Q: Well, everyone else, aside from Maika’s character, has something you can offer them, but she seems independent enough that there’s not much you could offer her.

Maika: “What can I say?”

Dan: “Maybe. Maybe. But ultimately, something I think we were talking about earlier, Anna’s at an interesting point in her life. That adolescent tipping point. A difficult age. A phase.”

Maika: “That phase, you know, that teens go through.”

Dan: “She’s got way more potential than [her boyfriend] has, and she’s going places, and she’s bright, and he’s not. She’s just at that point where a young girl really needs to be empowered, and in a very weird and twisted way, that’s sort of what David does. Anna is empowered by the end of this movie.”

“But I’m not saying this is a right-on feminist film, necessarily, but sisters are doing it for themselves in this film.”

Maika: “That is true.”

Q: Did you have a favorite scene in the film? Considering the range of action and drama, was there one in particular that was fun or different?

Dan: “I enjoyed the scene in the truck with Anna after the party. I think that is almost mission complete for David, in terms of winning her around a little bit and especially after the sort of weirdness of that party–the kind of strange turn that party takes. It’s kind of a sweet scene really.”

Maika: “It’s one of the only sweet scenes. [Laughs]”

Dan: “Anna kind of opens up a little bit, and they talk about music and the mixed tape, which becomes a key part of the story. It’s such a curiously sweet scene in such an insane film.”

Maika: “For the first time you’re kind of seeing a different side of Anna too. She’s finally opening up just that little bit to David. It’s quite a nice scene. The only. [Laughs]”

Dan: “The calm before the storm. [Laughs]”

Brendan Meyer and Maika Monroe

Brendan Meyer and Maika Monroe

Q: So if that was the best scene, what about the worst?

Dan: “Well. [Laughs]”

Maika: “Oh, I have mine. I have mine like that. [Laughs]”

“Well, you know. The clowns.”

“The maze scenes were shot in a real… a family there, year round, has this haunted maze–bit odd, when you think about it. Middle of the desert; disturbing.”

“So we’re shooting in this. All these different sections–there’s a clown area, where you have to walk through really disturbing looking clowns. Everyone on set knew that I hated clowns–hated them. Like, I’m terrified. Now everyone’s going to know. Anyway, they decide to put people dressed as clowns that are going to be moving robotically, but they didn’t tell me. They recorded it too.”

Dan: “It’s going to be on the DVD extras; I sincerely hope that it will.”

Maika: [Laughs] “And, anyway, clowns jumped out at me and I just go running. ‘Get me out of here! Get me out of here!’ It was honestly terrifying, and now I can kind of laugh about it, but oh my God, I was honestly scared.”

Q: So no clown horror for you down the road?

Maika: “Absolutely not.”

Dan: “No remake of [Stephen King's] It?”

Q: What about you, Dan?

Dan: “Weirdly one of the toughest scenes to shoot, kind of because of when we shot it more than anything else, was just the opening shot of David running on the road. Which they just seemed to want to shoot endlessly. Over and over again, with this rucksack on, and they were just in this little buggy running along this dirt road, and they’re like ‘Keep running!'”

“Yeah, thankfully you never see my face in that shot because I was pretty pissed off by that stage.”

Q: Dan, what was it like coming from Downton Abbey to The Guest, and Maika, what comes next?

Dan: “How was Downton Abbey for you, Maika? Did you enjoy being on Downton Abbey?”

Maika: “I was going to answer it for you. [Laughs]”

Dan: “No, I was very much looking for different challenges when I moved to the States. Kind of reconnecting with something that I always believed in as a young actor, which is that idea, and that ability, to leap into other landscapes, and really explore a totally different character, and physique, and voice, and all the rest. So this was a real fulfillment of that. It was really just plugging back into something that fired me up as a kid.”

Maika: “To be honest… it’s so unknown. You can’t plan really anything. You read good scripts, and they come, and it’s like, ‘Okay, this is what I need to do.’ And so, for me, you have to keep challenging yourself, and pushing yourself. That’s why we do it, and so, something completely different.”

“I have a film [The Fifth Wave] coming up where it’s Hunger Games-esque. It’s a young adult novel with Chloë [Grace] Moretz, and I get to play this really badass chick. We’re in training right now, doing army training, and I’m quite excited about that.”

Q: So now you’re army training.

Maika: “I am! I saw [Dan] and I fucking want to do this.”

Dan: “Get me some abs.”

Maika: “Some serious abs.”

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Sampling Canadian Club’s new Chairman’s Select 100% Ryehttp://www.thegate.ca/blog/022242/canadian-club-100-rye/ http://www.thegate.ca/blog/022242/canadian-club-100-rye/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:55:15 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22242 Canadian Club knows how to host a whisky event, and of course, that shouldn't surprise anyone. They have an award-winning brand centre in Walkerville, and they have been hosting events like this for a while, but after a tasting for their new Chairman's Select 100% Rye earlier this month, I thought it was worth mentioning.

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Canadian Club knows how to host a whisky event, and of course, that shouldn’t surprise anyone. They have an award-winning brand centre in Walkerville, and they have been hosting whisky lovers at events for a long time, but after a tasting for their new Chairman’s Select 100% Rye earlier this month, I thought it was worth mentioning.

I have been to numerous events over the years, and it’s worth mentioning here because I was not disappointed. The focus of the night was simply enjoying Canadian Club’s new Chairman’s Select 100% Rye, whether you drink whisky neat, in a cocktail, or even if you like too cook with it.

The event took over a cozy space at the Spoke Club on King Street where media–especially whisky-loving media–were assembled for cocktails, a tasting, followed by a themed menu that included 100% Rye in the recipes.

Before the tasting we were treated to cocktails–a Dry Rye Manhattan made with 100% Rye–which were fantastic, especially for someone who doesn’t normally drink Manhattans. The flavours were subtle, and the alcohol complemented the bitters and the vermouth.

After being seated, Tish Harcus, Canadian Club’s brand ambassador, led the tasting, which included squares of cheese and chocolate which were paired to one of the four whiskies we were sampling. Some of those pairings worked better than others, particularly for the cheeses, but I was surprised at the flavours that the samples brought out, and some of the chocolate worked magic with the whisky. If you want to explore whisky flavour, I definitely recommend at least one tasting with chocolate.

If you wanted to try the sampling yourself, here’s what we sampled: Canadian Club Premium was paired with aged cheddar and dark chocolate; Canadian Club Classic had gouda and milk chocolate; Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye paired with aged cheddar and dark chocolate; and Canadian Club Sherry Cask was paired with gouda and milk chocolate.

For my tastebuds, the 100% Rye and the Sherry Cask were the best pairings, but I think you could safely try chocolate with almost any whisky, and some of the cheeses worked with alternate whiskies. It was the cheese, however, that left me more dubious at times, but I think it will depend on each individual pallet to some degree.

The tasting revealed a few things about the 100% Rye, and the big thing I noticed was that the whisky is incredibly smooth and silky, with a very clean finish that just lightly warms the throat. I think that makes it more ideal for cocktails than some of the other Canadian Club whiskies, which can be overpowering in some cases, but it also makes it a great aperitif or digestif served neat, or on the rocks for whisky lovers who want a lighter finish.

Once the tasting wrapped up, we moved back to the bar where they served up a number of dishes with Canadian Club connections, made by Spoke Club Chef Robert Klunder. There was dessert, and a number of finger foods, but the highlight for me was the 12-hour slow roasted pork shoulder served with Canadian Club BBQ sauce. Delicious.

Check out my photos from the event below, and scroll to the bottom for Canadian Club’s video promoting the new Rye whisky. The new whisky is priced at what I consider a remarkable price of $27 for a 750 ml bottle, so it’s worth sampling as fall sets in ever so slowly this year, and into the winter months when I will have to see if I can make it work in coffee or hot apple cider.

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