There was a mob scene as the stars of The Vancouver Asahi strolled the red carpet at the Centre on Monday (September 28).

The Straight's Craig Takeuchi was there to scream along with the rest of the fans, although he got to attend the media conference inside with actors Kamenashi Kazuya and Tsumabuki Satoshi (where he continued to scream). 

The Vancouver International Film Festival presents two screenings of Boychoir, a new feature film starring Dustin Hoffman, at the Centre for Performing Arts (777 Homer Street) on October 5 at 6:30 p.m. and October 7 at 4 p.m.

The film directed by Francois Girard, of The Red Violin fame, sees newcomer Garrett Wareing go toe-to-toe with veteran actor Hoffman. Boychoir tells the story of a determined, angel-voiced loner who elicits jealousy from his fellow students while earning the respect of a strict choirmaster at the prestigious American Boychoir School.

The Indian film industry's biggest box-office draw over the past two decades, Shah Rukh Khan, brought a bevy of stars to the Pacific Coliseum last night for his global Slam tour.

King Khan, as he's known, dedicated the evening to famed director and producer Yash Chopra. Chopra would have celebrated his 82nd birthday on the evening had he not died nearly two years ago.

Chopra was instrumental in creating the phenomenon known across India as SRK through the 1990s classic films Darr and Dil To Pagal Hai.

This promo video for writer-director Kris Elgstrand's film Songs She Wrote About People She Knows exhibits an uncanny insight into my state of mind at the moment, and maybe yours, too.

"Every one of you should be set on fire"? Sing it, sister!

Songs She Wrote About People She Knows screens at the Rio Theatre on Saturday (September 27) and again at the Vancity Theatre on Tuesday (September 30).

A local lifestyle and entertainment show has ended after an 18-year run. The Rush, which was formerly called Urban Rush, will no longer be produced by Shaw TV.

Host Fiona Forbes announced over social media today (September 23) that the show’s final episode was taped in June, and a special “Farewell to the Rush” show will air on October 16 at 6 p.m.

A special 3-D presentation of Cathedrals of Culture takes place at the Vancouver International Film Festival on September 30 at 5:45 p.m. at International Village (88 West Pender Street). A 2-D encore screening will be presented October 4 at 11 a.m. at the Centre for Performing Arts (777 Homer Street).

British actor Emma Watson proudly declared her feminism as she tried to shatter gender stereotypes in a speech to the United Nations.

"I'm reaching out to you because we need your help," Watson said this morning. "We want to end gender inequality. To do this, we need everyone involved."

Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, told delegates that gender equality is also a male issue, suggesting that men also don't have the benefit of equality.

Nearly a year ago, Straight staffer and resident horror aficionado Steve Newton reported that “the world’s most reviled film director” Uwe Boll was trying to make a name for himself as a food critic.

Now, it appears that Vancouver-based Boll is taking his interest in food one step further and preparing to open a restaurant in Gastown.

King Street starts to empty. TIFF posters peel off the bulletin boards and street lamps. Foreign journalists flee town with haste. The days of the Toronto International Film Festival are coming to a close.

There are still lineups around the block and the sandwiches in the media room still have about a 15 minute shelf life before they’re devoured. But much of the buzz is fizzling out of the TIFF Bell Lightbox building. It’s been something of a blessing (actual sleep? My god!), but it’s also sad as there’s an excitement around this town during TIFF that’s unmatched. 

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Will Canada's next top Bollywood star hail from B.C. again?

It all depends on who enters the competition.

If you think you have what it takes to make it big in Bollywood, you'll have your chance to show your stuff on Season 2 of OMNI TV's reality show competition Bollywood Star.

Last year, Simran Sidhu, a 25-year-old dancer from Surrey, beat her competition and won the opportunity to perform in a role in an upcoming Bollywood film.

This talent search is open to all Canadians. 

Auditions will be held in Vancouver (September 21) and Toronto (September 28).

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