Maybe it’s the altitude, but there’s a kind of giddiness to the Whistler Film Festival that you’re not likely to experience elsewhere. And so it is that you might find yourself being amiably heckled in the lobby of the Fairmont hotel by a passing Richard Dreyfuss (this actually happened to me), or you find yourself getting an earful from Melissa Leo.
"The Abs•Tract" is one of the stranger things we’ve been pitched at the Straight recently. When I sent an email to local writer-director-actor Brent Cooper describing the 35-minute film as “nuts,” he promptly replied, “I take that as a great compliment.”
It was a compliment, for the record. I thought "The Abs•Tract" was great; a sharp, wildly imaginative work of satire. That’s assuming I actually grok what Cooper is getting at with his self-financed film, which is largely made to look like an infomercial for the “philosophical fitness program” of the title.
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.
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.
We used a long lens and got right in Jason Priestley's face at the red carpet opening gala of the 13th annual Whistler Film Festival.
The local actor-director was at the mountain festival last night (December 4) to premiere his theatrical directing debut, Cas & Dylan.
Priestley was accompanied by iconic American actor Richard Dreyfuss, who receives a special hour-long tribute at the festival on Friday.
The 13th Whistler Film Festival kicked off its annual cinematic celebration of screens on the slopes on December 4 with celebrity style.
Hollywood stars Richard Dreyfuss and Jason Priestley walked the red carpet for the Western Canadian premiere of the comedy-drama Cas & Dylan. Priestley’s crowd-pleasing directorial debut stars Dreyfuss as a terminally ill doctor who embarks upon a cross-Canada roadtrip to Vancouver Island with a 22-year-old chatterbox of a hitchhiker (Tatiana Maslany).
The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled the top 10 Canadian features and short films for the 13th annual Canada's Top Ten Film Festival.
HBO Home Entertainment showcased its 2014 schedule at Gastown restaurant the Diamond, last night (December 2).
Not surprisingly, the cocktail parlour was decorated with Game of Thrones-themed items. Since the first episode aired back in April 2011, the bloody fantasy drama has taken its place at the very pinnacle of HBO’s roster.
Hence, there were two White Walkers posing for photo ops and a small candlelit room where you could have your runes read by a local psychic.
Each of the GoT houses, meanwhile, was represented by a themed drink. I went with the House Stark which featured a mix of three rums, orange, lime, winter spice, and amontillado sherry. That’s why I’m writing this drunk.
Here's a roundup of LGBT news from around the world.
Croatians vote to support same-sex marriage ban On December 1, two-thirds of voters in a Croatian referendum voted to change the constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Also, 104 out of 151 members of Croatia's parliament voted for maintaining a ban on same-sex marriage. Croatia became a member of the European Union on July 1; LGBT rights are protected under EU treaties and laws, but marriage and adoption rights differ in various EU states.