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POLL: White carpet style, Rachel McAdams edition POLL: White carpet style, Rachel McAdams edition

Remember when we told you about The Vow? You know, that movie where Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams play a married couple who get into a car accident, then suffer through a painstaking adjustment period where the wife has amnesia and the husband can’t handle it? It premiered in L.A. this week, and we noticed McAdams… Read more »

The people versus the athletes: are Toronto fans incessant boo-birds? The people versus the athletes: are Toronto fans incessant boo-birds?

When former Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay returned to town this weekend, the sold-out crowd at the Rogers Centre showered him with cheers. That reaction probably came as a shock to another former Jay, Lyle Overbay, who didn’t mince his words when he was in Toronto last week, saying that he expected “the normal”… Read more »

Mark Wahlberg purchases an exclusive penthouse property in the city that saved h... Mark Wahlberg purchases an exclusive penthouse property in the city that saved his life

TIFF is still a few months away, but the celebrity sightings are already starting. In the last week alone, Robert Pattinson made an appearance at Goodnight, Martha Stewart dined at O&B Canteen and Rihanna proclaimed her love for the T-dot on Twitter. Then, yesterday, the Toronto Star reported that Mark Wahlberg, the man who would’ve… Read more »

The art of self-defence: the unbearable anxiety of being Ken Finkleman The art of self-defence: the unbearable anxiety of being Ken Finkleman

His shows are nasty, sophisticated, hilarious—and often dismissed as derivative. The unbearable anxiety of being Ken Finkleman by John Semley To everyone’s surprise, Toronto television is having a big moment. Shows like Flashpoint, Being Erica, Rookie Blue and Lost Girl are addictive appointment viewing. They get high ratings, ones that are competitive with their American… Read more »

Think you’re a food snob? Wait until you see the pilot of Foodies, a new Web s... Think you’re a food snob? Wait until you see the pilot of Foodies, a new Web series

Are you worried that your food obsession is turning your friends off? Foodies, a new Web TV series that launched yesterday, will probably make you feel better about yourself. The show follows a group of L.A. “culinary enthusiasts” who run a weekly dinner club. Rivalries and food snobbery ensue, no doubt. The first episode falls… Read more »

We try to find five top Canadian Oscar moments from Sunday’s Academy Awards sn... We try to find five top Canadian Oscar moments from Sunday’s Academy Awards snoozefest

Well, there you have it. Awards season is over, but the hangover—or, in the case of The Social Network gang, the lingering feelings of resentment—has now set in. The biggest buzz out of Oscar night was the totality of James Franco lameness. As far as hosts go, he may go down as the worst of… Read more »

Oscar watch: 10 questions about the Academy Awards with Canada’s gossip girl L... Oscar watch: 10 questions about the Academy Awards with Canada’s gossip girl Lainey

Elaine Lui is Canada’s gossipmonger extraordinaire, with a master’s in Gaga and a black belt in Brangelina. This week, the blogger (find her at laineygossip.com) and eTalk correspondent is in L.A. covering the movie biz’s night of nights. Any news outlet can dish on Oscar outcomes, but only Lainey can tell you if Nicole Kidman… Read more »

Captain Canuck goes Hollywood: possible movie in the works, with Justin Bieber a... Captain Canuck goes Hollywood: possible movie in the works, with Justin Bieber as the red-caped crime fighter

Move over, Captain America. According to the L.A. Times, Richard Comely, creator of the comic book character Captain Canuck, is in talks with an unnamed Canadian production company for a $15-million live-action cinematic adaptation of the maple leaf-adorned superhero. But what Canadian super-talent has the gravitas, popularity charm and politeness to represent the True North’s… Read more »

Battle of the big-screen porn stars: Toronto’s Malin Akerman on replacing Lind... Battle of the big-screen porn stars: Toronto’s Malin Akerman on replacing Lindsay Lohan

Late last year, we found out that North Toronto C.I.’s own Malin Akerman would be starring as Linda Lovelace in Inferno, a big-screen, big-budget adaptation of the porn star’s life. The announcement (a big career boost for Akerman, who has thus far played mostly best friends and/or babe sister roles) came hot on the three-inch… Read more »

Rob Ford wants to make Toronto “world class” by bringing NFL to the city Rob Ford wants to make Toronto “world class” by bringing NFL to the city

We woke this morning to the news that Rob Ford and his brother and colleague on council Doug Ford have their eyes on a new prize: bringing an NFL team to Toronto. Sure, such business giants as Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey and the late Ted Rogers tried to bring the NFL to Toronto for years,… Read more »

Toronto road tolls go from abhorrent to approved: how’d that happen? Toronto road tolls go from abhorrent to approved: how’d that happen?

The Star reported on Saturday, and other papers have followed since, that the Toronto City Summit Alliance has released a new report calling for a bunch of new measures to control traffic and improve transit spending in Toronto. The recommendations read like an urban planner’s dream: tolls on the freeways coming into the city, parking… Read more »

Toronto named one of the world’s “emerging” destinations Toronto named one of the world’s “emerging” destinations

In this weekend’s New York Times Style Magazine, Toronto was singled out as an up-and-coming travel destination, along with Barbados, Munich, Bahrain and Acrra, Ghana. The proof: Virgin Airlines is beginning flights to the city from L.A. and San Francisco starting in June to cater to “players in the new Hollywood North—studio heads and their… Read more »

Programmer responsible for The Tudors, Being Erica quits CBC Programmer responsible for The Tudors, Being Erica quits CBC

At a time when CBC recruiters are in L.A. trying to lure back Canadian writing talent, CBC programming chief Fred Fuchs, who’s credited with bringing Being Erica, The Border and The Tudors to the Ceeb, is leaving the broadcaster for a job with U.S. channel Starz. His new gig is that of executive producer of… Read more »

CBC execs head to L.A. to poach Canadian writers CBC execs head to L.A. to poach Canadian writers

Much like a man trying to woo back a girlfriend who left him for a hunky rich guy, the CBC is going to Los Angeles this week to try to win back Canadian writers who left the true north for the greener Hollywood hills. Despite such hits as Being Erica, Death Comes to Town, The… Read more »

The inn crowd: Toronto’s five new luxury hotels The inn crowd: Toronto’s five new luxury hotels

Over the next couple of years, this city will get five new luxury hotels. It starts with the Thompson, which opens its high-concept doors this month and promises to be ground zero for the beautiful people By Maryam Sanati Lately, King West is an urban cloud nine: designer condos, old brick studio spaces, fantastic carpaccio…. Read more »