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The Weekender: James Bond, Kimbra and six other events on our to-do list

The TIFF Bell Lightbox debuts its James Bond exhibit this week; Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice (Image: UA/Photofest)

1. DESIGNING 007: 50 YEARS OF BOND STYLE
The TIFF Bell Lightbox exhibits all things 007 to celebrate 50 years of the martini-swilling secret agent. The show will feature signature Bond paraphernalia, including the titular golden gun, Daniel Craig’s tiny bathing suit from Casino Royale and never-before-seen props from the upcoming Bond film Skyfall. Extremists should be sure to check out a marathon of six 007 movies screened back-to-back during the first 18 hours of the exhibit, including Sean Connery classics like From Russia With Love and Thunderball. October 26–January 20. $15. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., 416-599-8433, tiff.net.

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The Weekender: Soupstock, Cat Power and six other events on our to-do list

The Normal Heart returns to Buddies in Bad Times this week (Image: John Karastamatis)

1. SOUPSTOCK
In the wake of last year’s wildly successful Foodstock, over 200 chefs from across Canada—among them, Susur Lee, Anthony Walsh, J.P. Challet and Jamie Kennedy, Aaron Joseph Bear Robe and just about every other famous Toronto chef you’ve ever heard of—are gathering, spoon held high, at Woodbine Park to protest the Melancthon Mega-Quarry. The event is BYOBAS (bring your own bowl and spoon) and will take place rain or shine, so come prepared—though a poncho might be a good idea anyway if you’re prone to spills. All funds go to the Canadian Chefs’ Congress and the David Suzuki Foundation. October 21. $10 for 3 servings. Woodbine Park, Lake Shore Blvd. E. and Coxwell Ave., soupstock.ca

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Three cheers for Cineplex Odeon, which is launching a trio of new, licensed VIP theatres in Toronto

Inside the VIP theatre at SilverCity Coquitlam (Image: Cineplex Entertainment)

Cineplex Odeon is expanding its adult entertainment offerings. No, not that kind. The chain is launching three new 19+ “VIP” concepts in Toronto: one at Silvercity Yonge and Eglinton, with three screens, another at the Queensway Cineplex (of Justin Bieber–spotting fame) and an all-new, five-screen VIP-only theatre at the Shops at Don Mills. Cineplex’s VIP theatres offer bigger, plusher seats, a full menu service with appetizers and entrées (or just popcorn, if that’s your thing), and, of course, booze (oh yes: and higher ticket prices). The concept has quietly resided at the Varsity Cinema at Bay and Bloor for some time, allowing patrons to buy a drink instead of sneaking one in (something we’d never advocate, of course). With last month’s licensing of the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, and this new announcement, it’s a good time to be a cinephile who enjoys a glass of white wine with his Wes Anderson (or a bottle of Bud with his Michael Bay). Expect the Queensway expansion to open late next year, and the Yonge and Eg and Don Mills VIPs in late 2014.

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Three cheers for the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, which is now licensed to serve booze

(Image: Daniel Neuhaus)

At long last, Cineplex’s Varsity VIP Cinema no longer stands alone in its fight against watching movies sober. The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema announced last week that it had secured approval for a liquor licence (which, unlike the one at the Scotiabank Theatre, say, extends to the theatre seating itself). Several tall cans from local microbreweries are available (they seem to be all the rage these days), along with vodka cocktails, whisky and two selections of red and white wine. Sure beats sneaking in a flask or a Nalgene filled with white wine (something we’d never advocate, of course).

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Today at TIFF (Sunday, Sept. 16th): Last day, last chance to catch TIFF

Our daily roundup of opening galas, parties, screenings and more.

• 9 a.m. Love, Marilyn at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

• 9 a.m. It Was the Son (formerly The Son Did It) special presentation at the Cineplex Odeon Yonge and Dundas Cinemas

• 9:15 a.m. Disconnect special presentation at Scotiabank Theatre

• 9:15 a.m. Lore special presentation at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

• 11:30 a.m. Imogene special presentation at Ryerson Theatre

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Today at TIFF (Saturday, Sept. 15): Bad 25 North American premiere, Song for Marion and more

Our daily roundup of opening galas, parties, screenings and more.

• 9 a.m. Venus and Serena special presentation at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

• 9 a.m. Laurence Anyways special presentation at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

• 9:15 a.m. Emperor gala presentation at Scotiabank Theatre

• 9:45 a.m. Do Not Disturb special presentation at Scotiabank Theatre

• 11 a.m. Cloud Atlas special presentation at the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre)

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Today at TIFF (Thursday, Sept. 13): Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Twice Born and more

Our daily roundup of opening galas, parties, screenings and more.

• 12 p.m. Love, Marilyn screening at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

• 12:45 p.m. Rhino Season at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

• 1:30 p.m. Twice Born press conference at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

• 3:30 p.m. Caught in the Web special presentation at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

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Today at TIFF (Wednesday, Sept. 12): Love, Marilyn gala, A Royal Affair, and more

Our daily roundup of opening galas, parties, screenings and more.

• 12 p.m. Disconnect special presentation at Ryerson Theatre

• 12:45 p.m. Still special presentation at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

• 2 p.m. Dreams for Sale special presentation at the Cineplex Odeon Yonge and Dundas Cinemas

• 2:30 p.m. Venus and Serena special presentation at the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre)

• 2:45 p.m. Antiviral special presentation at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

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Today at TIFF (Monday, Sept. 10): Antiviral, Hyde Park on Hudson and more

Our daily roundup of opening galas, parties, screenings and more.

10 a.m. Alternative Africa: Filmmakers in Markets Without Infrastructure industry dialogue at the Filmmakers’ Lounge

• 11 a.m. Thanks for Sharing special presentation at the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre)

• 11:15 a.m. The Company You Keep gala presentation at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

• 12 p.m. At Any Price special presentation at Ryerson Theatre

• 12:30 p.m. Quartet special presentation at the Winter Garden Theatre

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Today at TIFF (Sunday, Sept. 9): Silver Linings Playbook gala, The Sapphires special presentation and more

Our daily roundup of opening galas, parties, screenings and more.

9 a.m. The Sessions press conference at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

9:45 a.m. The Deep special presentation at Cineplex Odeon Yonge and Dundas

10 a.m. The Social Network: Marketing Indie Films Online moderated by Ira Deutchman, panel including Marc Schiller (BOND Strategy and Influence) and Christine Vachon (Killer Films) at the Filmmakers’ Lounge

• 11 a.m. Silver Linings Playbook gala presentation at the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre)

• 11:30 a.m. Silver Linings Playbook press conference at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

• 11:30 a.m. Cloud Atlas special presentation at the Winter Garden Theatre

• 11:45 a.m. The Reluctant Fundamentalist gala presentation at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

• 12 p.m. Ginger and Rosa special presentation at Cineplex Odeon Yonge and Dundas Cinemas

• 12 p.m. VoD Killed the DVD Star: The Future of Independent Distribution industry dialogue including Edward Burns (The Fitzgerald Family Christmas) and Jonathan Sehring (President, IFC Entertainment and Sundance Selects) at the Filmmakers’ Lounge

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Today at TIFF (Saturday, Sept. 8): Cloud Atlas world premiere, Argo gala and much, much more

Our daily roundup of opening galas, parties, screenings and more

• 10 a.m. Back to the Drawing Board: Digital Cinema and Film History lecture featuring historian and film scholar David Bordwell at the Filmmakers’ Lounge

• 10:30 a.m. West of Memphis press conference at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

• 11 a.m. Argo gala presentation at the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre)

• 11 a.m. The Place Beyond the Pines special presentation at Ryerson Theatre

• 11:45 a.m. Stories We Tell special presentation at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

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Today at TIFF (Friday, Sept. 7): Argo World Premiere, What Maisie Knew gala and more

Our daily roundup of opening galas, parties, screenings and more.

10 a.m. TIFF Nexus Mini-Arcade interactive installation at Metro Hall Rotunda

• 10 a.m. It’s Easy Being Green panel including Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Aliens) and Lydia Dean Pilcher (The Reluctant Fundamentalist) at the Filmmakers Lounge

• 11:30 a.m. On the Road special presentation at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

• 12 p.m. Rust and Bone special presentation at Ryerson Theatre

• 12 p.m. Spring Breakers press conference at TIFF Bell Lightbox

• 3 p.m. Imogene special presentation at Ryerson Theatre

• 3 p.m. Reincarnated press conference at TIFF Bell Lightbox

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TIFF 2012 Film Schedule: Friday, September 7

TIFF 2012 Film Schedule: Friday, September 7

On the Road, 11:30 a.m. at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (137 minutes)

Rust and Bone, 12 p.m. at Ryerson Theatre (120 minutes)

Children of Sarajevo, 2 p.m. at Cineplex Yonge and Dundas 3 (90 minutes)

Ship of Theseus, 2:30 p.m. at Cineplex Yonge and Dundas 7 (139 minutes)

Imogene, 3 p.m. at Ryerson Theatre (103 minutes)

The Gatekeepers, 3 p.m. at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (95 minutes)

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TIFF 2012 Film Schedule: Saturday, September 8

TIFF 2012 Film Schedule: Saturday, September 8

Reincarnated, 9:00 a.m. at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (98 minutes)

Out in the Dark, 9:00 a.m. at Cineplex Yonge and Dundas 6 (96 minutes )

Paradise: Love, 9:15 a.m. at Isabel Bader Theatre (120 minutes )

Me and You, 9:30 a.m. at Cineplex Yonge and Dundas 2 (103 minutes)

Shanghai, 9:30 a.m. at Cineplex Yonge and Dundas 7 (110 minutes)

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TIFF 2012 Film Schedule: Sunday, September 9

TIFF 2012 Film Schedule: Sunday, September 9

Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, 9:00 a.m. at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (90 minutes)

Short Cuts Canada: Programme #2, 9:00 a.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 (86 minutes)

Like Someone in Love, 9:00 a.m. at Cineplex Yonge and Dundas 6 (109 minutes)

90 Minutes, 9:00 a.m. at Cineplex Yonge and Dundas 10 (92 minutes)

Watchtower, 9:15 a.m. at Cineplex Yonge and Dundas 2 (100 minutes)

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