Hello, Hollywood! It’s been a while, and it’s great to be back for a few days. Hamilton Watch invited me down for the Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards, which are tonight in LA, and it’s going to be a lot of fun, especially once I can talk about the celebrities who are coming to the event.
Some things are essential, and for me and my family, travel is one of those necessities that makes our hearts warm, and our minds happy. Even my daughter, who is only 3-years-old has said how much she likes flying and staying at hotels.
Hong Kong. For nearly a week I’ve been exploring the city, and taking in the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix, and it’s been a truly incredible place to discover, and there’s no simple way to sum up the experience.
Walt Disney World is almost like nothing I could have expected. My wife and family had prepared for our trip, and we had watched some videos on YouTube even to get ready, but the experience is something else entirely. It’s almost everything you could ask for in a vacation.
There’s no way to prepare for it–not really–but that’s always what makes TIFF so much fun if you ask me. Before the festival started I saw nine films, I went to two gift lounges, and I had two pre-interviews with filmmakers. Then the real fun started on September 8, with a couple of days filled with interviews and events.
Happy Day 3, TIFFers! It’s one of my favorite times of year in Toronto, and the film festival is in full swing. For press and publicists, mind you, it’s more like week three, because of all of the pre-festival screenings, but it’s hard to complain about that when it makes the front-end of TIFF so much more productive. I rarely get time to screen much in the first few days of TIFF, but that’s usually because I’m interviewing, and there have been some good ones already.
The streets are steamier than ever for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. In the 16 years that I’ve covered the “Festival of Festivals” I don’t recall it ever being quite this hot before, but there’s a first for everything at TIFF. And TIFF is always changing.
Welcome to September, and wow, is it busy. I’ve certainly noticed that I’m busier than usual, but you really know you’re especially busy when publicists start responding to your schedule by telling you, ‘Wow, you’re busy’. There’s busy, and then there’s a level of busy that even a publicist can appreciate.
Don’t look now, but summer seems to be waning even though it feels like it just started. That’s the usual story this time of year, and it’s why I always try to make the most of things. That’s probably my mantra, come to think of it–and at least I’ve had some great things to work with these last couple of weeks.
My earliest memories of my mother, Marilyn, are when I was three or four and my parents and I were living in a basement apartment in Saint John. We would later move to a little village an hour’s drive away, to be with my grandparents, but in Saint John my mother was naturally the centre of my universe, and I still remember how she helped build up my love for things that would always be important to me. She was nurturing and caring, and she loved her family and friends deeply.