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Showbizzers seem to flock to reliable haunts during the Toronto festival, and the city’s dynamic hospitality scene means attendees can check out new places and updated spaces without straying too far from the action.
Executive Lunch: Café Boulud at the Four Seasons Hotel
Speed is of the essence during Tiff. At Café Boulud, from restaurateur-chef Daniel Boulud, the lunch menu is designed for those who need to be in and out in 45 to 60 minutes. The rotisserie chicken salad is new to the menu; a labor-intensive Foie Gras au Torchon is a recent addition to the charcuterie list. Past guests are a who’s who of show business: Taylor Schilling, hometown hero Drake, Idris Elba, and Gwyneth Paltrow have all settled into one of Café Boulud’s wraparound banquettes at some time.
60 Yorkville Ave., 416-963-6000, cafeboulud.com/Toronto
Modern Italian: Figo
Figo’s pastel-on-white interiors are an attractive background »
- Kathy A. McDonald
Deadline brings word that Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson have inked a deal to reunite with the filmmaker, joining a preliminary cast that already boasts Frances McDormand. Setting up its stall over at Fox Searchlight and Film4, Three Billboards will revolve around McDormand’s grieving 50-year-old mother who, after experiencing the loss of her daughter to murder, sets sights on the local police force.
In her eyes, the town’s precinct are more preoccupied with torturing the local black community rather than, you know, hunting down real justice. A timely and button-pressing topic for McDonagh to tackle, then, who has more than proven his talents across In Bruges, Six Shooter and London stage play, The Hangman.
Beyond that, no further plot details were released at this point. There is, »
- Michael Briers
It’s rare for any actor to have as big of a year as Irish breakout Domhnall Gleeson had in 2015. The 32-year-old actor, whose father is longtime character actor Brendan Gleeson, had an unprecedented year by any standard, appearing in four Oscar-nominated films last year (Ex Machina, Star Wars: Episode VII, Brooklyn, and The Revenant) two of which are nominated for best picture, Brooklyn and The Revenant.
Until his meteoric rise in 2015, Gleeson was perhaps best known for his small supporting role as the eldest of the Weasley brothers in the Harry Potter series, but now, with supporting roles of varying degrees in two best picture nominated films and a lead credit in Ex Machina, it can safely be said that Gleeson is among the top stars to watch in 2016.
While his father has been appearing in films for nearly three decades, Domhnall’s »
- Patrick Shanley
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