Director Michael McGowan and the cast of Score: A Hockey Musical kicked of the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, September 9 at Roy Thomson Hall with appearances by Olivia Newton-John, Noah Reid, Allie MacDonald, Hawksley Workman, and Walter Gretzky, just to name a few.
Canada may have an unhealthy record with the Stanley Cup over the past few decades, but hockey dreams are at least coming true for the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. During a special press conference at the Hockey Hall of Fame last week, TIFF CEO and director Piers Handling and co-director Cameron Bailey announced that Michael McGowan's Score: A Hockey Musical will make its world premier as the opening night gala film for this year's 35th annual festival.
This is a fantastic week to be a movie fan as a handful of great films, made for just about any taste, arrive on DVD. There is the dark, but comic crime drama In Bruges; Ryan Reynold's romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe; the 80s dance musical Xanadu; children's fantasy tale, The Spiderwick Chronicles; and the musically grounded drama, Honeydripper. The dud of the week is 10,000 BC, which also arrives on Blu-Ray, offering vast special effects, scenic locations, and one of the worst stories so far this year.