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Last night in a packed theatre at the Tiff Bell Lightbox an eclectic group of film critics, the who’s who of top local film producers and filmmakers, and Tiff executives gathered to hear the unveiling of the 13th annual Canada’s Top Ten films of the year. The room buzzed with excitement with many discussing the Nyfcc winners, predicting the Board of Review winners and, of course, noting which filmmakers were in attendance (assuming that was a clear cut sign of who made the list).
A hushed silence came over the crowd when Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of Tiff, took to the podium on stage to introduce the evening’s host, beloved local comedian Steve Patterson. “As a 15 year veteran of comedy, I know what it’s like not to be recognized”, Patterson cracked, making light of Canadian gems often going overlooked on the world stage. This year, however, »
- Leora Heilbronn
Enemy, The F-Word, Sarah Prefers To Run make it on to annual list.
Enemy, The F-Word, Sarah Prefers To Run have made it on to Tiff’s annual list.
The Tiff hierarchy announced on December 3 its feature and short film selections for the 13th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.
The 10-day festival is scheduled to run from January 3-12 2014 at Tiff Bell Lightbox and features public screenings of selected films accompanied by introductions and Q&A sessions with film-makers.
“Canadian movies are global movies now, and Tiff’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival is the best opportunity to see our country’s creativity on the big »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Regular followers are probably aware that we here are at Sound on Sight are more than a little fond of an obscure British science fiction program that celebrated an anniversary of some kind last weekend. Anniversaries are always an excellent time to reflect upon and celebrate a show’s history and the lead up to last Saturday’s “The Day of the Doctor” saw the entire Whoniverse coming together to share their thoughts on everything from their favourite episodes, most beloved eras, and of course, “their” Doctor. I just love that a top ten list can be the beginning of a good conversation or a great fight, and I find that the most heat, and some of the best light, is generated when Whovians start talking about their favourite Companions. A Companion is more than just our surrogate, they’re a gateway and guide to the series who helps us »
- Derek Gladu
Music has always been important in video games. Right from the off, when the gameplay was nothing more than waggling a stick and the graphics were three-pixel sprites, music still played an important part.
Sure, it was made up of plinky-plonky tunes, synthesised with the eighties most ferocious of musical weapons, but for all the kids that spent their weekly pocket-money down in the smoky arcades that were as often frequented by rusty old two-pence machines with old, purple-haired ladies hanging off them, as they were the latest games from Japan and America, the tunes that sang out from the hallowed Space Invaders box, the Q*bert machine over in the corner, and the Donkey Kong machine which stood front and centre, those songs are as important and synonymous with childhood as a scraped knee, getting dog sh*t in the treads of your new trainers, or the smell of »
- Callum Gibson
Now, that’s how you want to celebrate an iconic show’s 50th anniversary. The son of Anthony Coburn, who wrote the very first episode of Doctor Who, claims he owns the rights to the Tardis, the iconic police call box used to travel through space and time. He claims his dad gave the BBC informal permission to use the idea but that ended with his father’s death in 1977.
The CW has ordered a full season of its new dramas — The Originals, , The Tomorrow People and Reign. That last one is a bit of a surprise, since Reign has lost a lot of The Vampire Diaries‘ viewers (apparently, its ratings are consistent with or without the Tvd lead-in and there are a lot of online viewers only The CW can measure).
Sure, the writing on The Tomorrow People has me rolling my eyes, but it also has a »
- Lyle Masaki
Marvel and Netflix are teaming up for four new superhero series. Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will each get their own 13-episode series, and “Once all four have made their Netflix debut, they will team up for a miniseries event that reimagines The Defenders, Marvel’s dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.”
Speaking of comics, The CW is developing a series based on iZombie, to be produced by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. It “centers on a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job at the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity. But with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories, and with the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves »
Welcome to EW.com’s Ya novel bracket game. The field is down to 32 young adult books in our March-Madness style tournament that will determine which you think is the best of all time. Round two begins now.
Check out the full bracket and vote in round two below. Polls close on Sunday at 1 p.m. Et.
Little Women The Hobbit
Ask any young reader to name her literary role model, »
- EW staff
It truly is the end of an era. Blockbuster is closing all their remaining stores by January. I worked at a Blockbuster in the late 90′s (didn’t we all?), and I think I’ll wear khakis and a hideous blue shirt tonight for old time’s sake.
Tennis Great James Blake Talks Race, Gender And Sexuality With Kye Allums
Zachary Quinto in a sink.
I know you may be tired of flash mob marriage proposals, but his one is truly Must See. Why? It’s set to Nena‘s “99 Luftballoons,” which automatically makes it awesome.
TV Line has two exclusive clips of Darren Criss »
The People’s Choice Award nominations were announced this morning, with Glee taking the most noms, with eight. The most intriguing category is for Favorite Comedic TV Actor, with Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jim Parsons and Neil Patrick Harris. How great is it that 4 out of 5 guys in one category are all out men?
Suzanne Somers Wants A »
Samuel L. Jackson has been cast in the film adaptation of Stephen King‘s Cell (which has been in the planning stages since the novel debuted back in 2006). My colleague Brian Juergens informs me that the character Sam is playing, Tom McCourt, is gay in the book, so it’ll be interesting to see if they keep it, or de-gay him (but hey, if he needs tips on playing a de-gayed character, he can just ask his co-star John Cusack, who’s done it twice in his career). But I really hope they don’t, because it’s been far too long since I’ve heard a gay character say “motherf*ckin.”
A few months ago I posted Man Vs. Blur: The Ten Hottest Bear Grylls Pixelations, and lamented the fact »
Welcome to EW.com’s Ya novel bracket game. We’re pitting 64 young adult books against each other in a March-Madness style game to determine which you think is the best of all time. Round one begins below.
Check out the full bracket and vote!
Ask any young reader to name her literary role model, and chances are she’ll point to Jo March a headstrong, hot-headed heroine modeled after Alcott herself. But there’s more to Little Women than Jo alone; Alcott’s domestic tale is truly absorbing, complete with one »
- EW staff
…Created By White Guys and Louise Simonson
My sincere thanks to Grace Randolph
10. Black Lightning.
Created by Tony Isabella
What can I say about Black Lightning except for the fake Afro wig (decades before Steve Harvey’s Btw… wait… y’all didn’t know that was a wig? Oops, sorry Steve, my bad) but like I was saying-except for the wig I loved this character the moment I saw him. Yeah, there were some stereotypical thing to him like his real first name, Jefferson but his last name was Pierce and Jefferson Pierce sounded so cool I can give Jefferson a pass.
Created By Todd McFarlane
Little know story: when I was the CEO of Motown Animation & Filmworks I started a comic book imprint called Machineworks. We were all set to do a publishing deal with Marvel Comics which would have given Marvel its very own Milestone like imprint. »
- Michael Davis
It's Amir here, bringing you the weekend box office report.
one more worry for the good Captain
The biggest news this week is Gravity's ridiculously small drop in sales. Anyone who has seen the film would tell you to watch it in 3D to truly experience it, and it's no surprise that with aid of those hiked up prices, Alfonso Cuaron's visual masterpiece topped the charts again by a wide margin. That's one extra problem Captain Richard Phillips didn't need to deal with, but as it turns out, Astronaut Sandra Bullock is even mightier than Muse. Although Captain Phillips's 26m opening is impressive enough, one can't help but imagine what it would have done without a direct competitor eating into its demographic.
Captain Phillips $26m
Machete Kills $3.8m
- Amir S.
It's another Friday episode of the RopeofSilicon podcast and it is a rather serious one as we received tons of questions and voicemails regarding the idea of what is the purpose of a movie if not for overall entertainment and on top of that, why have this year's movies been so dourc Additionally we discuss our thoughts on Prisoners, Thanks for Sharing and Laremy finally saw All is Lost. Also, if you are on Twitter, we have a new Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
If anyone understands the impact of pop music, it’s former ‘Nsync member-turned-solo artist Jc Chasez! Just watch his new creation, the all-girl band Girl Radical, blossom from an idea to an actual entity on his new web series for proof that he knows exactly what he’s doing. HollywoodLife.com has an Exclusive first look at the latest episode of the ‘Girl Radical’ web series!
Jc Chasez and producer/songwriter Jimmy Harry teamed up with 11 amazing vocalists from different backgrounds to assemble the pop powerhouse Girl Radical. Now you can watch Girl Radical’s amazing journey in a series of web episodes documenting all their ups and downs as they try to take over the pop world. Be sure to check out the Exclusive first look of episode 3 of the web series after the jump!
Get To Know Girl Radical
If you’re unfamiliar with Girl Radical, here’s »
- Russ Weakland
The top stories of the week from Toh!Awards:Why George Clooney Is Skipping Early Awards Circuit with "The Monuments Men": See New PosterBox Office:Top Ten Highest Grossing Woody Allen Movies vs. "Blue Jasmine"Features:toh! Ranks the Best Films of Wong Kar-Wai, with an Intro by David Chute (Audio Interview)Your Week in Streaming: A Bad Teacher, Zac Efron in Tighty Whities, Pasolini's Marxist Jesus and MoreFestivals:Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: Frears' 'Philomena' is a TriumphVenice Film Festival 2013 Review: Reichardt's 'Night Moves'Telluride Film Festival, Diary One: Big Anticipation for the 40th AnniversaryTelluride Review: Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" Is a Suspenseful Romantic Heart-TuggerTelluride Update: Buyers Lining Up for Divisive "Under the Skin," Strong Debut "Palo Alto" and Provocative "Starred Up" (Trailer)Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: "Gravity"Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: "Joe," Starring Nicolas CageVenice Film Festival 2013 Review: "Tracks," Starring Mia...
The top stories of the week from Toh!Awards:Why George Clooney Is Skipping Early Awards Circuit with "The Monuments Men": See New PosterBox Office:Top Ten Highest Grossing Woody Allen Movies vs. "Blue Jasmine"Features:toh! Ranks the Best Films of Wong Kar-Wai, with an Intro by David Chute (Audio Interview)Your Week in Streaming: A Bad Teacher, Zac Efron in Tighty Whities, Pasolini's Marxist Jesus and MoreFestivals:Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: Frears' 'Philomena' is a TriumphVenice Film Festival 2013 Review: Reichardt's 'Night Moves'Telluride Film Festival, Diary One: Big Anticipation for the 40th AnniversaryTelluride Review: Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" Is a Suspenseful Romantic Heart-TuggerTelluride Update: Buyers Lining Up for Divisive "Under the Skin," Strong Debut "Palo Alto" and Provocative "Starred Up" (Trailer)Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: "Gravity"Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: "Joe," Starring Nicolas CageVenice Film Festival 2013 Review: "Tracks," Starring Mia »
As Summer 2013 whimpers to a close, this is traditionally one of those ‘who cares?’ domestic box office weekends not really worth my time or effort on analysis. It’s only a $90M weekend, on par with last year’s. The Weinstein Company’s Lee Daniels’ The Butler is a holdover for #1 while Warner Bros/New Line’s raunchy comedy We’re The Millers stays #2 and creeps up on $100M. Woody Allen’s critical tour-de-farce Blue Jasmine starring Cate Blanchett widens its release to wiggle into #10 . Among newcomers, Sony Pictures/Screen Gems’ pickup from Constantin is the demonic fantasy The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones which opened Wednesday. It ends the weekend #3 and Focus Features/Working Title’ sci-fi comedy The World’s End reteaming Simon Pegg and Nick Frost finished #4. Both pics earned ’B+’ CinemaScores. Lionsgate’s horror flick You’re Next is #6 and only managed »
- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief
Glenn here. Can I talk a little bit more about Alfred Hitchcock? After all, he was born on this day 114 years ago and it's pretty astounding that his works are still being mimicked, adapted and homaged to this day. So few classic directors can be spoken about in this day and age and still have new and interesting things to be said. My personal favourite is Psycho (1960), but then I've always had a softer spot for his more pulpy work. Think of others like The Birds (1963) and The 39 Steps (1935) for instance. He's known for refined, classy, adult thrillers, the likes of which are barely made today, but it was his embrace of genre that continues to impress me the most. He supposedly hated horror movies and wanted to go about reinventing them. It's hard to deny he succeeded.
Several sequels followed, including Psycho II, which is actually quite impressive if »
- Glenn Dunks
I think we have a pretty great episode for you today as not only do we bring a listener on to put a final nail in the Pacific Rim conversation by offering a viewpoint from the other side of the fence, I asked Edgar Wright. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost some question just for you during my interview with the The World's End stars. On top of that we have your traditional bit of questions, comments, games and new DVDs and Blu-ray, but overall this episode may be short, but it moves quite well. Hope you enjoy! Also, if you are on Twitter, we have a new Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave »
- Brad Brevet
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