Tuesday, September 19, 2006

I reeeeeeally hope that Madonna is wearing a wig! Pictured in Japan at a Louis Vuitton event last night...there are only two more shows left for her Confessions tour...and now news is that the AMA's snubbed her and she received zero nominations

Sunday, September 17, 2006

They were all over Toronto...still not too sure why...anyhow, here's a random pic for no real reason.

Here is my best to worst list of the movies I saw at TIFF and the (there are another 25 I'd like to see from good word of mouth, but alas I'll have to wait until their official release)

Stranger than Fiction
Breaking and Entering
Starter for Ten
After The Wedding
Paris Je T'aime
Mon Meillieur Ami
10 Items or Less
12:08 East of Bucharest
Dixie Chicks Shut Up and Sing
Griffin and Phoenix
El Cantante
Catch a Fire
Rescue Dawn
Pan's Labyrinth
Love and Other Disasters
The Wind the Shakes the Barley
Red Road
The Killer Within
Shot in the Dark
L'Homme de sa Vie
Chacun Sa Nuit
Day Night Day Night
Sleeping Dogs Lie

Now begins the post TIFF blues...this has been my favourite festival in the 8 years I've been attending. I saw so many great movies, had so many friends at screenings, and didn't loathe even one movie (granted a couple were pretty bad, but not worthy of a walkout)

After The Wedding 8.6/10
Paris Je T'aime 8.6/10

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Thanks to my lovely cleaning lady, I've missed The Dog Problem. She has a tendancy to dust my bedside alarm clock, including the volume dial, and as such when it went off this morning it was far too faint to wake me.

L'Homme de sa Vie 6.8/10

Here are a few more pics I took during the week...the one with the three blurry women is of the Dixie Chicks (I believe if you have to explain a picture, it's likely not a very good one)

Friday, September 15, 2006

And some last minute switching some picks. Based on terrible word of mouth, I traded my Kabul Express tickets (which was reviewed in today's Toronto Star as "the sublimely worse movie at the festival") for a Saturday screening of Glue. I've also decided to not go to the screening of Un Crime. I love Emmanuelle Beart, but here horrible things about the movie and I'm attempting to avoid anything awful in the last two days. So if you want two tickets to Un Crime...they're yours!

You know I always like to see at least one movie with some substantial dirt in it...I thought Short Bus was it...so one particular scene in Red Road caught me completely off guard...talk about dirt yowza!
Red Road 7.3/10
Starter for Ten 8.8/10
10 Items or Less 8.2/10

Only a few more movies to go...can't believe how quickly it all goes...I've spent roughly 50 hours watching movies in the past week and have (mostly) loved each one of them. No true stinkers this year...yet.

I didn't get to attend a whole lot of star studded parties this year (thanks to a lack of invites), but in retrospect it would have been near impossible to top last year's partying with Gwenyth P. My one regret was not skipping the Short Bus premiere for the One X One party...ahh well, live and learn

Thursday, September 14, 2006

This is very exciting! I'm actually at home and have a full three hours before my next movie. I was fortunate to sleep in until 10:00 today and I think that was just enough sleep to help me survive the final couple of days of TIFF. Every year I'm reminded how exhausting this whole thing can be...it's 100% percent worth it though.

I just got home from Griffin and Phoenix which gave us all runny noses and red eyes from crying. A 5 kleenex movie without a doubt.

Mon Meillieur Ami 8.5/10
Day Night Day Night 5.5/10
Jindabyne 6.9/10
Breaking and Entering 8.9/10
Griffin and Phoenix 8.2/10

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I sat one row back and maybe 6 seats over from Marc and Jennifer, I'd glance over every once in a while to see what they were up to during the screening and I have to tell ya, those too are truly in love.

I have zero time to crop, zoom, or brighten these pictures...but I did want to share them with you:

Pics of Jennifer Lopez, Lance Bass, and the Dixie Chicks coming soon. (JLo is FUCKING stunning in real life...wow!)

The Killer Within 7.3/10
Catch a Fire 8/10
Dixie Chicks Shut Up and Sing 8.2/10
El Cantante 8.5/10

Monday, September 11, 2006

As I sat down to watch Shortbus last night I got a call to let me know that there would be a ticket waiting for me at the One X One event. Shortbus started late and I had too little time to go home and change and make my way to the event at the Carlu...only to find out that Brad Pitt was there. ARGHHHH!!!!!!!

Reichen and Lance Bass sat a few rows behind me at the Shortbus Premiere...I debated taking a picture for Mykeywood, but in the end decided even Mykeywood has some standards :-)

I will blog some more in the morning (give me a break I've spent only one waking hour over the last two days at home!)

For now some more ratings...

Shortbus 8.2/10
Rescue Dawn 8/10
Stranger than Fiction 9.2/10
Sleeping Dogs Lie 4/10

Sunday, September 10, 2006

No time to blog right now so I'm just giving you a quick Mykeywood rating for now:

Shot in the Dark 7.1/10
Love and Other Disasters 7.8/10
Chacun Sa Nuit 6.8/10
Confetti 8/10
Pan's Labyrinth 7.9/10

I will blog all about yesterday a little later on. But for now here are some of the pics of yesterdays star sightings and events etc...

Friday, September 08, 2006

Candy...could easily be passed off as a say NO to drugs movie. Quite graphic, quite sad, quite good. If you thought Heath Ledger was good in Brokeback, well he completely tops himself with this one. Broken down into three parts, Heaven, Earth, and Hell, Candy is essentially a love story of two heroin addicts.
This apparent new rule, coming down from the TIFF head honchos, is no photo's allowed in the theatre...which stinks. And as a result my pic of Heath equally sucks.

On the way home I hoped to catch a glimpse of my favourite designer (right now) Christopher Bailey at the Holt's party...but I felt a bit loserish watching people going in, rather than being one of the people going in, so I left before any major action occurred. Note to Holt's, add me to next years guest list, please and thanks!

Can Brad Pitt be any more perfect? News today from the AP is that I'm one step closer to becoming Mykeywood Pitt.
"Brad Pitt, ever the social activist, says he won't be marrying Angelina Jolie until the restrictions on who can marry whom are dropped. "Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able,""

Just got in from film # 2...12:08 East of Bucharest
It certainly exceeded my nonexistent expectations. A simple story about whether or not a revolution that ousted the country's communist regime had actually occurred. Great performances, and surprisingly funny...no actors or directors in attendance...oh and makes me never want to visit Romania in the winter time.

Since I'm seeing movies that may be up for some awards come Oscar time...this news seems appropriate:
Ellen DeGeneres will host February's Oscars ceremony, her first time ever emceeing the telecast, the Motion Picture Academy has announced.

1 down...30 more to go!

Oh...and on Saturday night I get to go to the Alliance Atlantis TIFF party. Yippee!!!

The Wind that Shakes the Barley...
In all fairness political movement pictures are certainly not my favourite film genre...yet I found this quite captivating/ moving. The Irish accents were very strong so I was forced to concentrate to understand each work spoken for the first 1/3 of the movie. Cillian Murphy is an extremely talented actor and was very convincing in his role as the Irish rabal rouser during the 1920's. A bit shocking that this was the big winner at Cannes (but then again I thought last years L'Enfant was not even close to worthy of that title).

Thursday, September 07, 2006

If you have tickets to see The Hottest State, you may want to trade or burn them:

Hollywood Reporter: " If actor-writer-director Ethan Hawke spent more time watching television he might discover that his tale of a 20-year-old man learning about love, "The Hottest State," has been covered with deeper understanding and far greater wit in just about everything from "Dawson's Creek" to "The O.C."

Variety: "Adapted by actor-helmer Ethan Hawke from his own novel of the same name, "The Hottest State" takes a good deal of time to heat up and fails to generate much more than a lukewarm empathy for its petulant main characters... Mixed reception on Venice's Lido forecasts mild to cool box office"

I only have 15 minutes to get from Rescue Dawn to Stranger than Fiction...but I might not have too much to worry about.

Oscar hopefuls such as "Volver," "Babel," "Little Children," "The Last King of Scotland," "Infamous" and "Fur" had movie fans buzzing at the 33rd annual Telluride Film Festival, which wrapped in the Colorado Rockies resort Monday.

One invited film never made it to Telluride: Werner Herzog's recently completed feature "Rescue Dawn," starring Christian Bale as Deiter Dengler, an American pilot whose story was told in Herzog's 1997 documentary "Little Dieter Needs to Fly."
Herzog said he couldn't get the money to free the print from the lab. In Telluride, one distributor reported that he had screened and liked the movie, but the film was so tied up with multiple producers and accounting issues that it would be difficult to negotiate a sale. There is still a question as to whether "Rescue Dawn" will make its scheduled dates at the Toronto International Film Festival, which opens Thursday

Yay! It's finally the first day for the Toronto International Film Festival!!!
After way too much switching and swapping of tickets, my final schedule is as follows:

Thursday 7th
-The Wind That Shakes The Barley - Ryerson - 6:00 pm

Friday 8th
-12:08 East Of Bucharest - Paramount 2 - 9:00 am
-Candy - Varsity 8 - 8:30pm

Saturday 9th
-Shot In The Dark - Paramount 3 - 2:15pm
-Love And Other Disasters - Ryerson - 6:30pm
-Chacun Sa Nuit - Paramount 1 - 9:00pm

Sunday 10th
-Confetti - Paramount 2 - 10:30 am
-Pan's Labyrinth - Visa Screening Room - 3:00pm
-Shortbus - Ryerson - 9:00pm

Monday 11th
-Rescue Dawn - Paramount 2 - 10:15am
-Stranger Than Fiction - Ryerson - 12:30pm
-Dark Blue Almost Black - Cumberland 2 - 6:15pm
-Sleeping Dogs Lie - Paramount 2 - 9:45pm

Tuesday 12th
-The Killer Within - ROM - 12:00pm
-Catch A Fire - Ryerson - 3:00pm
-Dixie Chicks: Shut Up - Roy Thomson -6:30pm
-El Cantante - Visa Screening Room - 9:00pm

Wednesday 13th
-The Bubble - Paramount 2 - 9:00am
-Mon Meillieur Ami - Visa Screening Room - 12:00pm
-Day Night Day Night - Paramount 4 - 6:30pm
-Jindabyne - Ryerson - 9:00pm

Thursday 14th
-Breaking And Entering - Visa Screening Room - 12:00pm
-Griffin And Phoenix - Paramount 1 - 3:15pm
-Red Road - Isabel Bader - 9:30pm

Friday 15th
-Starter For Ten - Paramount 2 - 11:30am
-10 Items Or Less - Varsity 8 - 2:45pm
-Kabul Express - Visa Screening Room - 6:00pm
-L'Homme De Sa Vie - Isabel Bader - 9:45pm

Saturday 16th
-The Dog Problem - Paramount 2 - 8:45am
-Un Crime - Cumberland 2 - 3:00pm
-Paris Je T'aime - Ryerson - 6:00pm

from Canoe...
Paris Hilton was arrested early Thursday for investigation of driving under the influence, police said.

Hilton was arrested shortly before 12:30 a.m. after being pulled over in Hollywood, said police Officer I. Isabella, who declined to give his first name.

Police stopped Hilton because she was "driving erraticly," he said.

"The officers observed that Hilton exhibited the symptoms of intoxication. A field sobriety test was conducted at scene, and the officers determined she was driving under the influence," Isabella said, reading a police statement.

Hilton was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI and released, he said.

Her spokesman, Elliot Mintz, confirmed the arrest and said police detected the minimum blood-alcohol level to warrant an arrest. The legal limit in California is 0.08 percent

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

1st Suri pics

I break from the festival updates to present baby Cruise (at least that's what he claims)

Maybe it's good I didn't get this in the end...

Barrage of boos for Weisz's new film at Venice Festival
By Jonathan Brown
Published: 05 September 2006
It may have been six years in the making, commanding a budget of £18m and even featuring his fiancée Rachel Weisz in the starring role, but the director Darren Aronofsky's long-awaited new film The Fountain was nevertheless roundly booed when it previewed at the Venice Film Festival.
The reception will prove particularly hard to take for Weisz, who, since she won an Oscar for her role in The Constant Gardener, has become one of Hollywood's hottest properties. However, she was putting a brave face on it when she told reporters: "I think it's wonderful that this film is so different. I would love to work with Darren again."
Weisz, 35, was making her first major public appearance since the birth of the couple's son, Henry Chance, in May. She waved for photographers as she arrived on the Lido by motorboat with Aronofsky.
But those in the audience were left perplexed by her latest film's sweeping ambition, racing across history and 600 years in to the future as one man, played by Hugh Jackman, goes in search of a cure for the cancer that threatens to kill his wife - Weisz's role.
His mercy dash takes him from the conquistadores of South America, via three parallel storylines, into the realms of science fiction as a 26th-century astronaut.
The film was originally due to star Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, but was rescued with the new cast by Warner Brothers after being repeatedly rejected by other studios.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

D.O.A.P controversy...TIFF press release

Regarding the film D.O.A.P (DEATH OF A PRESIDENT) by UK filmmaker Gabriel Range:

D.O.A.P was chosen to screen as a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Festival's Visions programme. Visions spotlights films which challenge our notions of mainstream cinema and explore new cinematic territory. D.O.A.P by Gabriel Range is fictional drama told in the style of a documentary. Range, in concert with some of the finest special effects professionals, mixes archival footage with narrative elements to construct a highly original film; a falsified history on what would be a tragic event. D.O.A.P addresses a wide array of contemporary issues including the loss of civil liberties, the ramifications of war, and ultimately critiques the overwhelming influence and manipulation of mass media. For more information on the film, please see the Festival programme note, available online or in the Festival Programme Book.

The Toronto International Film Festival is committed to the free expression of ideas and to engaging audiences in thoughtful discussion about issues of the day. D.O.A.P contributes meaningfully to the public discourse surrounding current social issues, demonstrates highly original storytelling techniques and utilizes innovative digital effects. The film is not exploitative in any way and treats what would certainly be a great tragedy respectfully and un-cynically. In the tradition of great cautionary tales, a terrible and horrifying event unveils certain aspects of society's current fears and future trends. The perspectives and / or opinions expressed in films presented at the Festival are those of the filmmakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the Toronto International Film Festival Group.

The box # pulled was 22...I'm box 13. What this likely means is that I won't get all of my first picks...which also means I'll be in line Monday morning to make some ticket exchanges. And so the craziness of TIFF begins
Movies that I probably won't get:
Little Children
Stranger Than Fiction
The Last Kiss
The Fountain
The Hottest State

I'll know tomorrow when I get the TIFF e-mail with my ticketing info.

Friday, September 01, 2006

If all goes according to plan (meaning I get a lucky box in the advanced ticketing process)...I'll be seeing these 30 movies during the film fest: I'll be updating Mykeywood daily once the festival begins, and I should make it to at least 1 industry party with some gossip to share.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Shot in the Dark
Stranger than Fiction
Chacun sa nuit
The Last Kiss
Little Children
The Killer Within
The Fountain
Griffin & Phoenix
The Bubble
Sleeping Dogs Lie
The Hottest State
Breaking and Entering
El Cantante
Red Road
Starter for Ten
10 Items or Less
L' Homme de sa vie
The Dog Problem
Love and Other Disasters
Un Crime
Paris, je t'aime

Fortunately for me I have a friend sending me tapes of Project Runway form the U.S. airing (which means I’m not 6 weeks behind). But still, better late than never: