“Girls” still equals pink. That was my first impression of the well-organized and equally inspired Girl Talk Empowerment Day at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre last Tuesday. Their 5th annual, the event ran from from morning to mid-day with more than 1000 girls ages 11-18 in attendance.
The Toronto International Film Festival is just over three months away, and select TIFF members can start planning their adventures for September starting today with advanced purchases of TIFF ticket packages. Visa cardholders can purchase ticket packages starting on June 14, and open to the public as of June 21.
It’s not every day that you get invited to a Canadian icon’s home. Last Saturday, before he went to the ACTRA Awards, I dropped by Yannick Bisson’s house to talk about his career, Murdoch Mysteries, and a special new project that he’s working on with his wife. It was really a relaxed chat with one of Canada’s most recognized stars.
Until very recently I had never participated in or experienced one of those roll playing games–the escape rooms–not because I am in any way adverse to them, I just simply haven’t. My first experience at such a game was the brand new evolution in the format based on the highly successful TV detective series Murdoch Mysteries—The Secret of Station House No. 4: A Secret City Adventure–and I enjoyed the whole experience most mightily.
Beauty and the Beast opens in theatres on March 17, but well ahead of the premiere, Walt Disney has created a special sneak peek of the film at Casa Loma in Toronto, and it’s open all Family Day long weekend for fans to get in the spirit of the new live action film.
Thank-you, 2016. Yes, it was a tough year, both personally and as a fan of popular culture and its icons, but it was also one of The GATE’s best years. It’s worth taking a moment now at the end of 2016 to look back on some of the awesome that came our way over the last 365 days.
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.
It’s here! The Toronto International Film Festival announced their star-studded list of stars, filmmakers, guests, and talent expected at the festival, and as with other years, it’s impressive. Expected guests include Brie Larson, Jeffrey Tambor, Bruce McDonald, Amma Asante, Oliver Stone, Mira Nair, Bryan Cranston, Ewan McGregor, Gerard Butler, Sara Canning, Dakota Fanning, Deepa Mehta, Emma Stone, Kim Sung-soo, Mijke de Jong, Zachary Quinto, Jonathan Demme, Claudia Sainte-Luce, Gemma Arterton, Sigourney Weaver, Rachel Weisz, Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, and hundreds more.
Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven will make it’s world premiere this September at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival, Piers Handling, director and CEO of TIFF announced this morning during the first press conference for the TIFF 2016.