Piers Handling

Guests and programming announced for TIFF Asian Film Summit Guests and programming announced for TIFF Asian Film Summit

TIFF has confirmed the programming (and guests) for its Asian Film Summit, which will be held on September 10 at the Shangri-La. In addition to the previously announced guest of honour, the triple-threat actor, producer and director Jackie Chan, and former U.S. senator Chris Dodd, festival regular Harvey Weinstein was announced in the role of Master of Ceremonies… Read more »

TIFF 2012: 17 galas, 45 special presentations and a lot of star power at this ye... TIFF 2012: 17 galas, 45 special presentations and a lot of star power at this year’s festival

This morning, TIFF CEO Piers Handling and Artistic Director Cameron Bailey announced TIFF 2012’s opening night gala, galas and special presentations. The big surprise? Genre film Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, is opening the festival, and not Midnight’s Children as some had hoped. It appears that TIFF is continuing to have fun by… Read more »

TIFF 2012: Looper, a time travel thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruc... TIFF 2012: Looper, a time travel thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, set to open the festival

At a press conference at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this morning, Piers Handling, TIFF’s CEO, and Cameron Bailey, its artistic director, announced this year’s opening gala: Looper, an action thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a time-travelling assassin whose bosses hire his older self (Bruce Willis) to assassinate him. In other words: Inception + yippee-ki-yay + a little flux… Read more »

Gallery: David Miller, Jully Black and others share the one thing you should kno... Gallery: David Miller, Jully Black and others share the one thing you should know before you die at the Top Ten Event

Here’s the concept: nine notable Torontonians (chef David Rocco couldn’t make it)—or honorary Torontonians for the night—each get 10 minutes to share the one thing they think everybody should know before they die. Last Thursday, former Toronto mayor David Miller, singer Jully Black, TIFF CEO Piers Handling and others showed up at the Winter Garden… Read more »

Camera: Toronto’s peerage class gets dolled up for a royal visit at the TIFF L... Camera: Toronto’s peerage class gets dolled up for a royal visit at the TIFF Lightbox

By Fraser Abe | Photography by George Pimentel November 2, TIFF Lightbox. It’s not often that royalty comes to town (not that we’re bitter, Will and Kate). So when Prince Albert Grimaldi, ruler of Monaco, arrived with his new wife, the South African former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, Toronto’s peerage class got all dolled up…. Read more »

Camera: the $1,500-a-plate fundraiser celebrating the new Marc Chagall exhibit a... Camera: the $1,500-a-plate fundraiser celebrating the new Marc Chagall exhibit at the AGO

By Fraser Abe | Photography by George Pimentel Photography October 15, AGO. If ever there were an event to rouse the city’s tastemaking, power-brokering elite, the $1,500-a-plate fundraiser celebrating the new Marc Chagall exhibit at the AGO was it. Outside, at least nine valets parked Beemers and Bentleys. Inside, ladies dazzled in sequins and feathers… Read more »

The Loaded List: we catalogue the astronomical salaries of Toronto’s ruling cl... The Loaded List: we catalogue the astronomical salaries of Toronto’s ruling class

It’s not particularly polite to ask rich people what they earn. But tact is overrated, and we wanted to know, so we asked anyway. When they told us to get lost, we got sneaky. We dug up disclosure documents, annual reports and the tax filings of charitable organizations. When those trails went dry, we surveyed… Read more »

Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now? wins the Cadillac People’s Choice Award... Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now? wins the Cadillac People’s Choice Award—but will it be Oscar bait?

And that’s a wrap. The official closing ceremony for the 36th annual Toronto International Film Festival took place at the Four Seasons Hotel yesterday. TIFF 2011 co-directors Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling hosted the affair, and the attendees sipped mimosas and munched on egg souffle, spinach-and-flower petal salad, roast potatoes and crème brûlée (note: festival… Read more »

Festival Music House’s second night is a bluesy, country, rock ’n’ roll af... Festival Music House’s second night is a bluesy, country, rock ’n’ roll affair, with Sam Roberts and more

Yesterday we gave you a play by play of night one at Festival Music House, and last night we were back, ogling the good-looking crowd and dancing to the incredible bands. While night one drew limited numbers until K’naan’s headlining set, night two filled the house early. Perhaps it was the promise of the open… Read more »

Apparently, TIFF co-director and CEO Piers Handling isn’t too excited about th... Apparently, TIFF co-director and CEO Piers Handling isn’t too excited about the state of post-9/11 cinema

We’re pretty sure most of the city is having a good time taking in the hype and hoopla surrounding the 10-day celebrity bonanza that is the Toronto International Film Festival. But apparently, TIFF co-director and CEO Piers Handling isn’t nearly as excited about the state of global cinema as the city is about the film… Read more »

Kathleen Turner got people talking at this year’s annual George Christy lunche... Kathleen Turner got people talking at this year’s annual George Christy luncheon

Famed Hollywood reporter George Christy’s annual Four Seasons cocktail party and luncheon saw Toronto’s upper-crustiest hanging with celebs in the Avenue Bar. The ground-floor space felt a bit like a fishbowl, as passers-by leaned on the glass to ogle anyone inside. The tweenyboppers camped outside were probably disappointed that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez didn’t… Read more »

Secrets of a society photographer: George Pimentel shares his favourite shots Secrets of a society photographer: George Pimentel shares his favourite shots

Galen Weston Jr.’s Bieber haircut, a commando mission to shoot Conrad Black, and the never-ending battle for fashion supremacy—George Pimentel has seen, done and documented it all. Tonight, the celebrity photographer shares 300 of his favourite Toronto society snaps at a VIP-filled bash at the Carlu. In case you didn’t get an invite, here’s a… Read more »

TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Harvey Keitel and company walk out on producer’s speec... TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Harvey Keitel and company walk out on producer’s speech at gala for A Beginner’s Guide to Endings

No one likes to sit through a thank-you speech that lasts more than 30 seconds, so when the cast and director of A Beginner’s Guide to Endings had to stand on the stage while producer Nicholas Tabarrok went off on his second tangent behind the podium, Harvey Keitel threw his hands in the air and… Read more »

TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Olivia Newton-John, Nelly Furtado and the rest of the cast w... TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Olivia Newton-John, Nelly Furtado and the rest of the cast walk the red carpet at the Score gala

Reaction to the movie itself may have been mixed, but excitement was universal as TIFF kicked off with the gala premiere of Score: A Hockey Musical. We were there to catch shots of the diverse guest list: Olivia Newton-John, Nelly Furtado, Hawksley Workman and many more. See our gallery below.

TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Dan Aykroyd, Jason Reitman at the dedication of Reitman Squa... TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Dan Aykroyd, Jason Reitman at the dedication of Reitman Square

Yesterday wasn’t quite TIFF, but it was the perfect occasion to get some buzz for a homegrown project before the celebrities arrive. Piers Handling, Dan Aykroyd and Adam Vaughan were on hand for the dedication of Reitman Square, named after Leslie and Clara Reitman, the parents of Ivan (and grandparents of Jason), who once owned… Read more »