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Quoted: Keanu Reeves on air guitar, Bill and Ted 3 and growing up in Toronto

(Image: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

(Image: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

There was a really great hamburger place called Licks. I really used to love hanging out by the grade school I used to go to, I played a lot of street hockey and basketball there. We had wonderful parks, Ramsden Park, we had chestnut fights running around Ramsden Park.

Homegrown celeb Keanu Reeves revealed some of his favourite Toronto haunts on Monday’s AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) fan chat on Reddit. Along with his love for parks, conker fights and the city’s reportedly floundering burger chain, Keanu dished on potential upcoming movie sequels (Speed: no; Bill and Ted 3: yes, there’s even a script); his thoughts on the Sad Keanu meme (“I think that a picture can tell a thousand words, and none of them can be right”); his fondness for high-falutin’ literature (Dostoyevsky, Proust, Updike); his propensity for rockin’ out sans instrument (“Once in a while, the air guitar comes out”); and his preternaturally youthful complexion (“Yeah, for me that’s something inherited I guess”). He also shared this Point Break–worthy nugget of wisdom on getting by in the biz/life: “it’s easy to stay grounded. The ground is very close. And we walk on it every day.” Amen to that. [Reddit]

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TIFF 2013 Trend: Stars getting friendly with fans

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It felt like the celebs at this year’s festival were engaged in a no-holds-barred competition to be the sweetest star at TIFF. Everywhere we looked, we saw actors obliging autograph seekers, grinning for iPhone photos and emitting powerful aw-shucks vibes. Perhaps the current crop of A-listers is just especially nice—or perhaps they heard Canadians were polite and were trying to fit in. Either way, we liked it. (We imagine the fans did too.)

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TIFF Red Carpet: first-time director Keanu Reeves talks villainy at the premiere for Man of Tai Chi

TIFF Red Carpet: Man of Tai Chi Keanu Reeves has embarked on a whole new kind of excellent adventure, making his directorial debut at TIFF with yesterday’s opening of Man of Tai Chi. The kung fu flick stars Matrix stuntman and martial artist extraordinaire Tiger Chen (who, even in his red carpet best, showed off his stock-in-trade) as a tai chi master lured into the high-stakes world of underground fighting. A scruffy-faced Reeves hit the Ryerson Theatre to talk about playing the film’s big baddie. “I enjoy playing bad guys,” he said. “Bad guys have a really uncomplicated passion. They just need, want, give. It’s fun.” And this from an actor who has made “vacant” a patented emotional pose. At any rate, we bet the fight scenes are stirring.

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SPOTTED: Pierce Brosnan eats eggs at Stock in the Trump Tower

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Stock—the pricy eatery on the 31st floor of the Trump Tower—is one of the better spots to happen upon celebs during TIFF. Keanu Reeves and Glenn Close have both been seen having lunch there in recent days, and, this morning, Peirce Brosnan had a quick breakfast of eggs at the resto. No word if the former James Bond asked for them scrambled, not fried.

 Find this story on our Star Spotting Map, where we plot the locations of celebrities spotted around Toronto. Seen a celebrity? Let us know at tips@torontolife.com

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A new mixed-raced generation is transforming the city: Will Toronto be the world’s first post-racial metropolis?

I used to be the only biracial kid in the room. Now, my exponentially expanding cohort promises a future where everyone is mixed.

Mixe Me | By Nicholas Hune-Brown

Click on the image for 10 interviews with mixed-race Toronto children

Last fall, I was in Amsterdam with my parents and sister on a family trip, our first in more than a decade. Because travelling with your family as an adult can be taxing on everyone involved, we had agreed we would split up in galleries, culturally enrich ourselves independently, and then reconvene later to resume fighting about how to read the map. I was in a dimly lit hall looking at a painting of yet another apple-cheeked peasant when my younger sister, Julia, tugged at my sleeve. “Mixie,” she whispered, gesturing down the hall.

“Mixie” is a sibling word, a term my sister and I adopted to describe people like ourselves—those indeterminately ethnic people whom, if you have an expert eye and a particular interest in these things, you can spot from across a crowded room. We used the word because as kids we didn’t know another one. By high school, it was a badge of honour, a term we would insist on when asked the unavoidable “Where are you from?” question that every mixed-race person is subjected to the moment a conversation with a new acquaintance reaches the very minimum level of familiarity. For the record, my current answer, at 30 years old, is: “My mom’s Chinese, but born in Canada, and my dad’s a white guy from England.” If I’m peeved for some reason—if the question comes too early or with too much “I have to ask” eagerness—the answer is “Toronto” followed by a dull stare.

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The Weekender: The Penelopiad, Canada’s Top Ten and five more events on our to-do list

Megan Follows stars in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad (Image: Robert Popkin)

1. THE PENELOPIAD
Following last year’s acclaimed run, Nightwood Theatre’s production of The Penelopiad is back at Buddies in Bad Times. Written by Margaret Atwood as a response to Homer’s The Odyssey, this play’s all-female cast is led by Megan Follows (yes, of Anne of Green Gables fame), who stars as Odysseus’s wife Penelope as she waits for her husband to return home (an absence that stretches decades). Joining Follows is her Anne co-star, Patricia Hamilton, as well as a flock of actresses who form a dazzling Greek chorus. January 8–February 10. $37–$45. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com

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TIFF 2012 Insider’s Guide: top 10 spots for boozing and schmoozing with stars

TIFF 2012 Insider’s Guide: where to party

TIFF can be the most exhausting event of the year—10 days of near constant drinking, schmoozing and stargazing, all, ostensibly, in the name of movies. Choosing the best parties requires insider intelligence and expert planning. Here, a highly discerning look at the festival’s hottest hot spots.

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Being Am-Erica! Canada’s favourite TV time traveller is getting an American adaptation, so let’s cast it

This week has been an emotional rollercoaster for Being Erica fans (such as ourselves). First, we had to say so long to season three, with no definite plans from the CBC for season four (who knows if we’ll ever get to see who that mysterious glove belongs to). And then we find out that Temple Street Productions, the Toronto company that produces BE, has made a deal with ABC to develop an American Erica. Try saying that 10 times fast.

Word is the Canadian scripts will be adapted by American script doctor Maggie Friedman—she of the amazing Dawson’s Creek and the less amazing Eastwick—and as far as casting goes, the jury is still out on who will play everyone’s favourite time-travelling ginge, Erica Strange. Our picks after the jump.

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From Michael J. to Justin Biebs: a brief history of Canadian teen heartthrobs

Glee star Cory Monteith will host the Geminis

Homegrown teen heartthrob Cory Monteith (better known as Finn from Glee) is hosting this year’s Gemini Awards (November 13), we assume in the hopes of giving the ceremony a ratings boost among 11- to 16-year-old girls. But adorable as Monteith is, he’s not the first Canadian lad to make girls the world over swoon. Here’s a little retrospective of all the boys we’ve loved before, from Michael J. to Justin Biebs.

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Food memes: Sad Keanu edition

At TIFF this year, we were perplexed as to why some photographers were so hell-bent on getting a photo of Keanu Reeves smiling. That is, until they told us about a meme that has apparently been going on for a while. Sad Keanu started a few months ago when a paparazzi photo of the Toronto actor appeared on-line, showing him eating a sandwich alone on a park bench. Internet users then took the image of Keanu and Photoshopped him into various settings, such as an M.C. Escher sketch, a scene from Inception and on the Starship Enterprise. It was a fun food-celeb meme that joined previous on-line edible sensations bacon (in all its forms) and thisiswhyyourefat.com.

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Keanu Reeves bears witness to TIFF’s most awkward moment yet

Actor Keanu Reeves at the press conference for Henry's Crime at the Hyatt Regency (Image: Karon Liu)

What was possibly the most awkward hour of TIFF so far took place yesterday at the press conference for the new Keanu Reeves vehicle Henry’s Crime, a rom-com about an average Joe who robs a bank after spending three years in jail after being falsely accused of robbing said bank. The room was packed full of photographers and reporters, yet for nearly 30 minutes, moderator Robert Gray was met with nothing but shutter clicks every time he asked if anyone had any questions to ask the movie’s cast and director.

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TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Keanu Reeves dodges traffic and Vera Farmiga shows off baby bump at gala screening of Henry’s Crime

Actor Vera Farmiga walks the red carpet at the world premiere of Henry's Crime at the Elgin Theatre (Image: Karon Liu)

Today’s lesson in red carpet photography is that photos of pregnant actresses sell very well. As a result, all the photographers in the media pit at the Elgin Theatre kept shouting, “Show off that belly!” when Vera Farmiga stepped on to the red carpet. Bonus points: her husband, Renn Hawkey, showed up and rubbed her belly for the cameras. The couple knows how to work it.

Speaking of knowing how work a photo-op, Keanu Reeves dodged traffic to get to the other side of Yonge Street, where fans stood behind barricades waving copies of The Matrix on DVD. This is the first time we’ve seen a celebrity pull a Frogger for his fans. All this hometown boy needs to do to win us over now is shave that patchy beard.

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Official TIFF guest list released: Jon Hamm, James Franco, Javier Bardem, Marion Cotillard, Will Ferrell and more

The young, the old and the fugly

Woot! Woot! The exhaustive official guest list for TIFF has been released (James Franco! Jon Hamm! Uma Thurman!), meaning we can finally provide a definitive stargazing guide to the fest. Here’s a quick primer. See the full list after the jump.

The acclaimed
Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Robert De Niro, Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Woody Allen, Catherine Deneuve, Harvey Keitel, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Martin Sheen, William H. Macy, Catherine Keener

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TIFF announces 50 films starring awesome famous people who might come to Toronto

Robin Wright, shown here at TIFF last year, stars in Robert Redford's The Conspirator (Image: James Helmer)

Today’s edition of TIFF celebrity stalking is a little meatier, as co-directors Piers Handling and Cameron Bailey announced 50 films (15 galas, 35 special presentations, including 25 world premieres) and the whackitude of celebrities associated with them. We’ve got two Friends (Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer), the Gilmore Girls (Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel), the Mad Men man himself (Jon Hamm), Office favourite Rainn Wilson, the ever-intriguing Winona Ryder, plus Robert Redford, Woody Allen, Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem and more. This year might just top 2009’s Oprah-Clooney juggernaut appearances. Too lazy to go through the list? The lowdown, after the jump.

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RED CARPET INTERVIEW: We talk to Rebecca Miller, Robin Wright Penn and Keanu Reeves at The Private Lives of Pippa Lee premiere


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