For those who think that the weather in Vancouver is unpredictable, here’s the forecast I woke up to on my second morning in Toronto: “Highs of 30 degrees Celsius with severe thunderstorms”.
Uhhh, what? In bringing back the '90s with my raincoat and shorts combo (the unsightly duo still had me at least in the top third of best-dressed reporters at TIFF), the weather has proven to be even tougher to plan for than my schedule. With a horde of films to see and interviews to do, the first two days of TIFF had me literally running from movie theatres to hotels and back.
With caustic comedian Joan Rivers, there were never any fence sitters in the audience because there was never any fence to begin with.
With her defiant, foul-mouthed, and acid-tongued delivery, nothing was ever off-limits for Rivers, which prompted people to either revel in her fearlessness or despise her aggressive brand of humour.
Unfortunately, the world lost the legendary performer when she died of complications from minor surgery in New York City on September 4. She was 81 years old.
She had stopped breathing and slipped into cardiac arrest during a surgical procedure on her vocal chords on August 28.
Riversborn Joan Molinsky made her mark as a trailblazer in a male-dominated world of comedy and is credited for opening up doors for women in standup.
"Aboriginal women are 3.5 times more likely than non-aboriginal women to be victims of violence."
This statistic is shown on screen near the start of Decolonizing Praxis: Supporting Survivors After Sexual Assault.
It's a new short film from Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre that's meant to be a resource for WAVAW's fellow service providers.
Although Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may have come under fire for breaking their pledge that they wouldn't get married until all same-sex couples could marry in the U.S., one of Jolie's former lovers is hearing same-sex wedding bells.
Japanese American model and actor Jenny Shimizu, who once had a relationship with Jolie (who costarred with her in the 1996 film Foxfire), is engaged to her partner Michelle Harper.
Jolie is quoted as saying of Shimizu: "I fell in love with her the first second I saw her. I would probably have married Jenny if I hadn't married my [first] husband."
Shimizu also lists Madonna as one of her former lovers.
Female filmmakers are getting increased support from the Whistler Film Festival (which runs from December 3 to 7) with a trio of initiatives that will help address the gender imbalance in the industry.
The WFF and the Creative Women Workshops Association are joining forces to offer, for the first time, the Women in the Directors Chair WFF Industry Immersion, a practicum for eight mid-career female directors for fiction feature film and web series.
The three-part immersion will include workshopping scripts with professional actors, meetings with industry experts, and mentorship.
The director application deadline is September 15 and the actor application deadline is October 31.
The Bachelor Canada is returning to TV screens for a second season starting September 18. Twenty-five women from across the country will compete to win the heart of 28-year-old Tim Warmels. The Ontario-born tech entrepreneur is also a part-time model and furniture designer. He follows in the footsteps of CFL player Brad Smith, who played the part of Canada’s most eligible bachelor on the first season.
Of the 25 women—aged 23 to 42—competing on the show, six reside in B.C.
On Friday (August 22), at Mercer Stadium in New Westminster, Matt Frame chained himself to a coconut and embarked on a 24-hour, 109.2km walk.
The stunt—described in the filmmaker’s own media release as “absurd”, “moronic”, and “stupid”—was designed to raise funds for Camp Death III: The Final Summer, a movie currently in the final days of an Indiegogo campaign.
Quoted in the media release, co-producer Shawn Bordoff described Frame’s “Walk 4 Death” as “a little sad.”
The Oscar-winning director of Gandhi, Lord Richard Attenborough, has passed away at the age of 90.
When he accepted his award in 1983, he said he was "totally bowled over". The film, which starred Ben Kingsley in the title role, also won the Oscar for best picture.
"When he gave me the part of Gandhi it was with great grace and joy," Kingsley told the BBC. "He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolute trust in him and grew to love him."
Attenborough's best-known acting roles were as John Hammond in Jurassic Park and as a leader of Allied prisoners in The Great Escape.
Tonight, the Rio Theatre will give Vancouverites an opportunity to see Robin Williams on the big screen.
At 6:30 p.m., the East Vancouver movie house will screen The Birdcage, in which Williams plays a gay cabaret owner in South Miami Beach opposite his drag queen lover (Nathan Lane).
That will be followed at 9 p.m. by The Fisher King. Williams stars as a delusional homeless man alongside Jeff Bridges, who plays a despondent former radio shock jock.
In an interview with the Straight's Dan McLeod after the release of The Fisher King in 1991, Williams said his character was on a quixotic quest for the Holy Grail in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Toronto-based Hiltz Squared Media bills itself as "a ground-breaking production and distribution company that continues to push the boundaries of television and film".
But when it produced a documentary about alleged serial killer Luka Magnotta, it likely never expected that it would be pulled from a film festival because of a court-ordered publication ban.
Sex, Fame & Murder: The Luka Magnotta Story was scheduled to be shown today and tomorrow (August 23 and 24) at the Montreal World Film Festival.
Magnotta's trial for the murder of Chinese immigrant Jun Lin, who was openly gay, is scheduled to begin in Montreal on September 8.