The inaugural Canadian Screen Awards were handed out in Toronto during two industry nights on Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28, and during a live telecast from the Sony Centre on Sunday, March 3.
The trophy doesn’t have a flashy nickname yet (I’ve been calling them the Screenies, but when I asked Richard Crouse, he thinks they should be affectionately called the “Gemininies”), but the Canadian Screen Awards represents the new honour for the best in Canadian film, television, and digital media.
There is a new emerging cinematic talent coming out of the indie scene in Toronto that I believe could end up being a force to be reckoned with. His name is Kazik Radwanski and he is a product of the film program at Ryerson University. His debut feature, called Tower, put me in mind of some of the earlier films from the late, great John Cassevettes.
The Academy Awards have given Oscar a rare makeover this year–84 makeovers, in fact–at least when it comes to a new commemorative poster that celebrates the event’s 85th year.
The Korean film Jiseul was awarded the highest award in its category, the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema at Sundance 2013. At its final screening on Sunday, January 27, at a nearly full Eccles auditorium, the largest and most coveted screening space at the festival, the film’s introducer said of the award, “The jury was unanimous, and felt it was an easy decision.” For audiences, the film is both difficult and stunning, standing out for its dramatically different look and feel.
“You’re waaaaay more commercial than me! You’re blowing up!” Jerusha Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) reported her husband and collaborator Jared Hess saying about her on the Saturday after the premiere of her directorial debut Austenland, at Sundance’s sold-out Eccles auditorium, January 18th.
On February 1, Warm Bodies delivers a brand new take on the rom-zom-com (that’s a romantic zombie comedy, in case you’re wondering) as one woman discovers a whole new sensitive side to the zombie who just saved her life. To commemorate the new film, The GATE, Yogurty’s and Jamba Juice are giving away a Warm Bodies prize pack, that includes a Warm Bodies hoodie, T-shirt and mittens, plus buttons and chapstick.
The final countdown is on for holiday shopping, so I’ve put together a few suggestions for must-have stocking stuffers and extra little gifts to make that someone in your life smile this December.
And the best part? Most of these gifts can be picked up in stores, and they’re mostly under $50.
Ready for the latest glimpse into director Sam Raimi’s Oz The Great and Powerful? Walt Disney released the latest character poster for the film, which features what one must assume is the would-be Wicked Witch, but as EW.com points out, no one really knows yet just who ends up becoming this wicked one–Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) or Glinda (Michelle Williams).
The GATE and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment want to get you in the gift-giving spirit this holiday season with a chance to win four films on Blu-ray: Ruby Sparks, Prometheus, Lola Versus, and Patton.