Ah, to be a celebrity during TIFF. There are many lounges designed to showcase the newest and best to A-list celebs. I got the chance to visit one of the lounges, the Bask-it Style Lounge held at the Thompson Hotel. This lounge does things a bit differently by delivering a bag full of treats directly to the stars hotel room.
In the past celebrities gifted include: Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Colin Farrell, John Legend, Sir Elton John, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Blake Lively,Olivia Wilde, Tom Wilkinson, Rachel Weisz, Iggy Pop, Princess Charlotte of Monaco, Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and many more
I attended the preview to get a sneak peek of what’s in the bag! (more…)
TIFF is finally here! By now you’ve probably caught a few films, or maybe even bumped into a celebrity or two! I’ve been busy checking out different lounges around the city where A-listers will be gifted exclusive swag and luxe services. Here are my favourite lounges.
Bask-it Style Lounge
At the Bask-it Style lounge, celebrities don’t even need a lift a finger. A bag packed with goodies is sent directly to their hotel room. This year, the swag will be housed in bags from local designer Annie Thompson.
One of my favourite items was Studio1098’s handmade sterling silver Canada Collection jewellery line, designed to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial moment on July 1, 2017. I loved the delicate maple leaf charm necklaces and cuff links! (more…)
Visually stunning, the cinematography of The Dressmaker grabs you from the opening shot of a bus traveling along the stark Australian outback.
The film sometimes feels like a classic Western, right down to the soundtrack that goes along with the film. Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis, Sarah Snook and Hugo Weaving do an outstanding job in this film. (more…)
The TIFF schedule will be released tomorrow- have you taken a look to see what films you want to see? The film list can be overwhelming. I’ve read the entire schedule and picked my favourites, so you don’t have to.
Casual: Shifting to the episodic format after his acclaimed feature-film work, TIFF favourite Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) directs this hilarious and insightful comedy about love and sex in the modern age.
Der Nachtmahr: After a wild night out, a Berlin party girl finds herself haunted by a twisted, repellent litte creature that no one else can see.
Miss You Already: Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore star in this touching comedy-drama about two childhood friends whose relationship is put to the test when one becomes pregnant while the other receives some tragic news. (more…)
We are in full swing with TIFF Festivities! As the celebs and films roll into town, so do the exclusive swag lounges for the visiting celebrities.
I peeked in the IT Lounge Portrait Studio to give you a taste of what celebrities will be walking away with…after getting their portrait done, of course!
Skyy Vodka was on hand to provide signature movie inspired cocktails. I had the SKYY Adam’s Apple dedicated to Adam Levine’s role in “Can a Song Save Your Life?”. Sparkling golden apple juice paired with ginger ale and a sprig of Thyme bring this drink to life.
Yo Sox are Canadian (yay!) and come is a variety of delightful patterns such as anchors, Eiffel towers and cupcakes! These socks are designed in Canada and are available for men and women. They’ll be launching soon!
Guests will be treated to their choice of movie themed David’s Tea, in iced or hot form. Guests will be gifted with a Canadian favourite: Oh Canada tea. This South African Red Rooibos Tea is sweetened with Maple Syrup.
Each year, Tweezerman does a collaberation with an artist to design for their distinctive tweezers. This year, the featured paint splattered design is created by Isaac Mizrahi.
Avon showed off a funky new mascara brush, new marc makeup collection items and fall Gel finish polish.
The Colgate Slimsoft is probably the coolest toothbrush I’ve seen. It’s charcoal hued bristles are extra thin to get to tough to reach spots. (Have you seen the creative Twitter campaign?)
Of course, a swag lounge isn’t complete without a lush area to relax in, and tasty treats to consume.
Coldstone Creamery provided cool treats, and there was a beautiful candy bar featuring baked goods from PS by Pretty Sweet & LOL Candy.
Okay, so I need to have my fan girl moment here. I’m a huge Buffy, Angel, & Dollhouse nerd. So when I heard that Joss Whedon was coming to Toronto for the premiere of his new movie, Much Ado About Nothing, I was so there. (and so was the rest of Toronto. HUGE line!)
Much Ado About Nothing is a modern take on the play by Shakespeare. I’ve actually never seen the play, and know nothing about it, so I was a bit worried about seeing this. Joss had also said that he was using the original dialogue, but removing some text to make it more modern. He also filmed it in his backyard/estate in 12 days, because he’s just cool like that.
Claudio (Fran Kranz) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof ) have just returned home to Messina after a successful campaign abroad. When earnest Claudio announces his adoration for the lovely Hero (Jillian Morgese), daughter of Messina’s governor Leonato (Clark Gregg), the acid-tongued Benedick teases him mercilessly. Benedick’s scorn for love is matched by that of his long-time nemesis and verbal sparring partner Beatrice (Amy Acker), Leonato’s niece. As the lovestruck Claudio and Hero make plans to marry, Benedick and Beatrice resume the “merry war” of insults they have long waged. Yet there are many who believe that for all their antagonism — or even because of it — this pair of incessantly sniping cynics is surely meant to be a couple. As matchmaking schemes are put into play and disguises are donned, loathing and love soon prove to be close cousins.
This movie was amazing, and really, I shouldn’t have expected anything less of Joss! It was beautiful in black and white, I didn’t miss the colour at all. Beatrice and Benedick’s relationship was fascinating and hilarious. The film was very emotional, often leaping from sadness to hilarity. My favourite character was poor Claudio, and of course Beatrice and Benedick. The dialogue seemed natural after time, and the use of cars, cell phones and a modern lifestyle juxtaposed against the language was interesting. Jed Whedon did the soundtrack, and it was perfect and haunting at some points. The ending is lovely and satisfying. I hope this film gets picked up, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t…it’s Joss!
Tonight I saw one of my first TIFF picks of the festival, Picture Day! I love watching Canadian films, and was delighted to find that it was shot in Toronto!
Picture Day is written by Kate Melville, a scriptwriter for Degrassi and other shows. This is her first film.
Claire is a cheerful high school student doing her “victory lap” and failing miserably. She isn’t really going to classes, and doesn’t particularly seem to care. She also has some issues with her classmates (no one likes her, and there are some pretty nasty rumors) and things aren’t great at home either. Three weeks into school, Claire bumps into her old baby-sitting ward, Henry, is now in grade 9. She befriends him and tries to remake his image. Henry has a bit of a crush on her, but she can’t see it because she’s too busy falling for an older rocker (Jim) in his “Jesus year” and hanging out at his shows.
This film had hilarious moments juxtaposed in familiar Toronto spots. (Active Surplus, anyone?) It really captures what high school is like, and got the characters just right. Tatiana Maslany is a natural and fits right into the role of Claire. Spencer Van Wyck’s wide eyed, innocent portray of Henry was perfect. I’d also like to point out that Susan Coyne is fantastic and funny as Henry’s mom. Fun fact! Jim’s band actually exists! It’s a real Toronto band called the ElastoCitizens!
I really enjoyed the soundtrack of the film. During the Q&A, Kate told us that all of the songs from the movie can be found on the movie website, which is awesome, because I was trying to scribble down the titles of songs.
The thing that tied it all together for me was the end of the movies. As we exited the theater, we were handed a glowing LED light to add to the fence outside (tying into one of the best scenes in the film). It made for a magical ending of a memorable film. Go Canada!