Filmmaker Eran Riklis admits that while "films can't change the world, they can make you think." At a moment when we are wondering just what people are capable of when enraged by a YouTube video, Zaytoun is the antidote to the poison of violence.
There are times when you know -- you just know -- that someone is lip-syncing. So imagine my immense surprise at the Toronto Film Festival screening of Jeff Buckley biopic Greetings From Tim Buckley, when Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley opened his mouth to sing, and it was his voice, and it was good. Not just actor-good, but good-good.
As film-festival days go, this was a good one, with five films that I could recommend to anyone. Well, OK, so I would have to think about who my audience was before sending them off to see Martin McDonagh's bloody funny Seven Psychopaths -- and particularly The Iceman.
4:35 p.m. -- Jockeying for the Lindt chocolates backstage with John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy after the Q&A for The Sessions. 9:35 p.m. -- Everyone is here...and by everyone I mean Jackie Chan and his entourage of actresses from his new film, CZ12. One more week to go!
6:26PM -- Snoop Lion is in the house. Time to get Reincarnated. 8:56PM -- "Is that Snoop Dogg?": Overheard from a young boy in the lounge at TIFF Bell Lightbox as we ushered Snoop and the team into the freight elevator.
Before you scroll down to the comments to register your disgust at Stewart's latest attempt to lead the nation's youth into a ditch of vice and vulgarity, try to imagine any of her fellow Millennial über-celebrities giving this performance.
2:30AM -- Finally leaving the office to sneak in a few hours sleep before the show begins! 7:23AM -- Alarm did not go off as planned, ominous start. Jumped in the shower, threw on some heels and squeezed into a packed streetcar headed towards TIFF Bell Lightbox, my home away from home. 12:10PM -- Caught up with one of my favourite people, Director of the Sydney Film Festival.
What Ben Affleck has done with his career is quite remarkable. I mean, sure, there have been reclamation projects before -- even George Burns foun...
While the Toronto International Film Festival is a time for celebrating the best in film (and fashion!), it is also a time for artists and others within the industry to come together and show their support for causes that matter to them. For me, that cause is Artists for Peace and Justice -- a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world.
The day before the festival always sneaks up on you, the office buzzing with equal measures anticipation and anxiety. Now it's time to take care of all those last minute details: fighting with the printer, stuffing guest mailboxes and trying to squeeze in a quick pedicure, a pre-fest must.
As it turns out, "Looper" isn't the "Drive" of 2012. It's better. Rian Johnson's twisty sci-fi thriller (which premieres at the Toronto International ...
For all the glamour and glitz of the Trump Toronto, it's the simplest gestures that resonate most about a $500-million property that is fully poised to steal the show when TIFF 2012 arrives this week. For TIFF 2012, the Trump will host at least six "A-list celebrities," according to director of marketing John Bullock.
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