So last night (December 5), the paparazzi all showed up to click shots of Oscar-winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls), and Emily Hampshire (My Awkard Sexual Adventure), who were being honoured in a special spotlight.
Unfortunately, Leo was delayed after shooting in Vancouver and wasn't able to make it for the red carpet. (She will be making a special appearance today at the WFF screening of Prisoners at 9:30 p.m. instead.)
Liebert and Hampshire did (more on that in a forthcoming report).
While we whittled away our time, here's what waiting for the stars to arrive looks like: lots of cameras. Lots.
Gotta run but more to come soon...
Available from the Etsy shop Knitrocious, this handmade acrylic facehugger from Alien can be yours for only 165 bones.
As temperatures in Vancouver plunge below zero, it's less goofy-looking item than a balaclava, while the sensation of an acrylic delivery tube dropping little woollen eggs into your chest becomes almost pleasant eventually.
And anyway, nobody's saying you can only wear it on your face.
Simon Fraser University student Kurt Mehnert captured this self-portrait at the book tower in a Prague library.
Mehnert won the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s third annual photo contest with this shot, taken during a Capilano University field school.
In an SFU news release, Mehnert states: “While the photograph of the Book Tower looks like it is a never-ending hole of books, it is in fact an illusion viewed from the mirror below.”
In any case, it's an impressive selfie.
There were several politicians at Langara yesterday to turn the sod on the college's futuristic-looking Science and Technology Building.
The 12,000-square-metre structure will aim for a LEED Gold certification and is expected to open in 2016.
It will eventually be home for students studying biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, nursing, and kinesiology, as well as computing-science labs.
Teeple Architects along with Proscenium Architects designed the structure, which is estimated to cost nearly $50 million.
Earlier this week, I blogged about an analysis by Samara of MPs' websites. While the Toronto-based organization found some bright spots, including the sites of local MPs Hedy Fry, Libby Davies, and John Weston, it concluded that MPs tend to "perform poorly at offering ways for Canadians to engage with politics or have input on decisions and policy".
The good news is Samara has put together a list of ways that MPs and other elected politicians can improve their sites. These tips are found in the following infographic:
Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed Canadian folk singer-songwriter Basia Bulat reducing the audience at the Rio Theatre to tears—in a good way. Lise Monique Oakley was there and caught a moment on Twitter. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Basia Bulat at the Rio Theatre on December 5, 2013. Thanks Lise.
James Franco fans lined up from the early hours of the morning to meet the actor and writer at a book signing event in downtown Vancouver Thursday (December 5).
After camping out in a morning line-up that stretched down the block from Chapters to get wristbands, fans filled the aisles of the bookstore in the evening to get copies of Franco's new novel Actors Anonymous signed.
Before starting the autograph session, the actor spoke positively of Vancouver, where he's filming The Interview, directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Above we have “Mr. Invisible”.
He was panhandling in his own fashion Tuesday morning in front of the McDonalds on West Broadway, near Granville Street.
Last we saw him, he was about two kilometres east on Broadway in front of the Michaels Arts & Crafts store; he was cocooned in a sleeping bag with the word “invisible” written on a slip of paper pinned to the bag. He was panhandling then, also.
His technique apparently works—Tuesday morning I watched his inert form suddenly come to life and pop up like a slice of toast when a woman offered him a $20 bill. ‘Tis the Season to be a panhandler!
In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death today, many tributes mention how the South African anti-apartheid visionary served as a source of inspiration or as a role model.
In a July 2011 satellite-phone interview with the Straight from the bridge of the Steve Irwin in the Shetland Islands’ Lerwick harbour, Paul Watson, the founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, invoked Mandela when asked how he remained positive in his decades-long struggle against the whaling industry and in his defence of the world’s oceans.
J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic gets just a little more catty with this video mashup that combines The Hobbit with 2004 Lindsay Lohan vehicle Mean Girls. Surprisingly, the two works actually complement each other fairly well.
And if this isn't enough Hobbit hype for you (the next film is released December 13), Denny's has resurrected its Middle-earth-inspired food and beverage offerings. From what I've seen of the menu, it's at least as gut-bombingly mediocre as the restaurant's previous attempt.