At the red-carpet premiere of his new romantic comedy The F Word, which happened last night at the Scotiabank Theatre on Richmond Street, Daniel Radcliffe identified The Burger’s Priest as his favourite Toronto restaurant. (Or, possibly, the only one he’s eaten at? This isn’t the first time he’s spoken publicly about the place.) “In terms of places I like, Burger’s Priest, I just recommended it to somebody. Like, it’s amazing,” he told a reporter for Now. He was also quick to point out that he’s totally in the loop about the Priest’s well-publicized “secret” menu. When asked if he’d ever heard of it: “Yes, of course. What, you think I’m ordering off the normal menu? Come on!”
Directors shoot all kinds of movies in Toronto, but if the movie actually has to be set here, seemingly only one genre will do: romantic comedy. The F Word, a soon-to-be-released movie starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as a cute couple trapped in an awkwardly sexless friendship (in the U.S., it will be released under the tamer name What If), is the latest film to bring a complicated romance to town. The official trailer just landed on YouTube today. It’s embedded above, but here, for convenience’s sake, are some screenshots of all the Toronto locations in it we could identify. Because it’s always nice to see the hometown getting its due.
Feel free to let us know in the comments if you spot any locations we missed. (If you saw the movie when it debuted at TIFF last year and are totally over it, feel free to keep that to yourself.)
Girls will go see it and boyfriends will come and won’t want to throw up in their own mouths.
–Canadian director Michael Dowse on the delicate balance
he hit with The F Word, his new film starring ex-Potterite Daniel Radcliffe and Ruby Sparks actress Zoe Kazan. Another reason to see the When Harry Met Sally–style romance: it stars Toronto as its beautiful self, complete with Beck taxis, Leslieville shopping trips and sunbathing sessions at Ashbridges Bay. [CBC]
Two different film festivals, two different party looks from Daniel Radcliffe. At the Kill Your Darlings bash in Venice, the Harry Potter star went eccentric yachtsman in a double-breasted ASOS blazer and bright chinos (maybe he was planning to go gallivanting in a gondola?). Radcliffe looked much more sombre at the TIFF Horns after-party, following the Severus Snape Guide To Fashion in a black suit and a navy shirt with a black collar. Which out-on-the-town look do you prefer?
Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe may well have been wearing a cloak of invisibility for how often he was spotted at the after-party for his supernatural flick Horns. Though the diminutive star posed for the obligatory photo ops, he also disappeared frequently during the two-hour bash at Grey Goose Soho House. One theory: since the club’s patio is located on Simcoe in full view of autograph seekers, rumour has it that stars needing fresh air are being whisked away to a hidden area away from prying eyes. Conversely, Radcliffe’s co-star Juno Temple, clad in black and toting a covetable sequinned clutch, did hit the streetfront terrace for a chat about poetry with a colleague. We suppose the hordes of gawking muggles don’t bother her as much.
Single tickets for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival go on sale this Sunday, September 1. The schedule, packed with hundreds of films, can make choosing what to see a rather daunting task. The solution: our guide to the 50 most talked-about movies at the festival this year, in which we scrutinize the advance hype (and the buzz from Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and Venice) to separate the must-sees from the flicks that only a mother could love.
Malin Akerman of, um, 27 Dresses and Couples Retreat, is confirmed to play Debbie Harry in Randall Miller’s CBGB musical biopic. As pretty and blonde as Akerman is, the transition from rom-com slapstick to being queen of the dirtiest decade of all time seems overly ambitious. (Perhaps Miller was confused by Akerman’s upcoming role in Rock of Ages, in which she plays a rather square journalist? Or maybe he was a super-big fan of her role outfit in Watchmen? Rupert Grint (a.k.a. Ron Weasley) has also been cast, and is set to play Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome, while Alan Rickman (a.k.a. Snape) will play the well-suited role of Hilly Kristal, legendary owner of CBGB. No word yet on who Emma Watson (a.k.a. Hermione Grainger) and Daniel Radcliffe (a.k.a. Harry Potter) will play.
Fans of Harry Potter or of a naked Daniel Radcliffe riding a horse will be happy to learn that the boy wizard himself will be in town this month to promote his film The Woman in Black. He’ll be walking the red carpet for a premiere at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Thursday, January 26 at 6 p.m. Anyone who wants to capture him in a blurry cellphone picture should get there early to avoid a pileup, because, well, it’s Harry Potter.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits Toronto with a premiere and a Hogwarts-themed party at Casa Loma
It may be surprising to some (no one) that Harry Potter is a big deal for small children, teens, adults and the elderly. It was quite clear to us at last night’s premiere, where we saw a lineup of caped youngsters waiting in anticipation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the last chapter of J.K. Rowling’s famed series about a Jesus figure named Harry who sacrifices everything for the good of the witch and wizard (and everything fantasy—goblins, giants, ogres, dragons) community. Unfortunately for the ragtag group of wand-bearing wannabe wizards, a representative of the movie told us that the chances of the waiting-since-6-a.m. diehards getting access to the premiere was impossible, since even big media outlets had to be turned away.
Rumour had it (and perhaps this was the reason for many non-fans filling the seats at Scotiabank Theatre) that Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell would be in attendance, but not one graced the plush seats of Scotiabank Theatre or the rock walls of Casa Loma with their presence (the latter three of whom just happen to be among the biggest celebrities in the city). Check out which celebrities made a splash at the premiere and on the “black carpet” in a gallery after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
Read the rest of this entry »