By Emily Landau | Photography by Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao
A woman in a leather miniskirt and stilettos staggers down a darkened corridor and rings the buzzer beside a bolted door. The man inside interrupts his bare-chested boxing workout to let her in. “I’m busy,” he grumbles. “Please,” she pants through gritted teeth. Then she jumps him. They square off in a round of violent yet balletic sex. He hoists her off the ground and onto a counter; she retaliates by slamming him into a wall. He paws at her breasts while she claws at the tattoos on his back. Off comes her shirt, and he stealthily peels off her underwear. Soon they’re naked on the bed and she’s straddling him. They growl, groan and grunt like the Williams sisters at Wimbledon. As they arch together in one final thrust, the whites of her eyes turn solid black.
Last night’s episode started with some reflections from the chefs back at their, um, glamorous condo. Xavier Lacaze was amazed that he’d made it so far. Ryan Gallagher thought that Curtis Luk had been sent home too early. Carl Heinrich missed his girlfriend (it was her birthday). And Jimmy Stewart? He revealed that he still lived with his mom. “A lot of people might find that embarrassing,” he said. “Home will always be there. This will not.” Was that a sly forshadowing by the producers of things to come? Read on to find out.
The campy new TV series Lost Girl makes succubi sexy
After Buffy and Lord of the Rings and Lost, we are all nerds, hungry for the allegorical escapist pleasures that were once solely the domain of basement dwellers and fan convention addicts. So bring on Showcase’s campy fantasy series Lost Girl. The show unpacks the mythology of the Fae, a fractious underworld of folkloric creatures—banshees and goblins and morraghs!—that can pass above-world, too, but are mostly interested in humans when feeling peckish.
Cast members from So You Think You Can Dance Canada at the TIFF opening party at Liberty Grand (Image: Karon Liu)
By all accounts, the official TIFF opening night party was a Canad-a-thon, mostly featuring TV actors, singers, filmmakers and movie stars from the Great White North. Our red carpet gallery captures the mood of the opening night of the festival as the party-goes arrive for their night at the Liberty Grand.