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Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick dodge autograph hounds outside Weslodge

Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick dodge autograph hounds outside Weslodge

Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick and director Marjane Satrapi. (Images: Sonia Recchia/Getty Images for GREY GOOSE Vodka)

Remember when we said that by Tuesday most of the craziest autograph hounds had all but disappeared? Well, maybe they were just resting up for the weekend. Thursday’s party for The Voices at King West hotspot Weslodge saw stars Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick dodging collectors as they left the building. Kendrick managed to escape rather unscathed, but Reynolds, despite politely pausing for fans, even hugging a few, had a group actually race to their car to follow his SUV. Before the chase scene, Reynolds spent his time at the party chatting with Jian Ghomeshi. Kendrick, meanwhile, only had eyes for her new boyfriend, cinematographer Ben Richardson. The two were spotted kissing more than once, and they sat together the entire night.

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Atom Egoyan taps fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds for new film Queen of the Night

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Atom Egoyan has an eye for gorgeously rendered depravity and kink, so we can’t help our befuddlement at his latest casting choice: fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds, who seems about as vanilla as they come in Hollywood. Egoyan’s newest project, Queen of the Night, will feature Reynolds as a father who’s determined to find his daughter after realizing her abduction eight years ago may not have ended as tragically as he thought. Given Egoyan’s penchant for fanciful visuals and Reynolds’ action-ready torso, this just might be the happy marriage between avant garde and blockbuster we’ve been looking for. [Vulture]

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Six things we learned about Ryan Gosling, including that he has a shy bladder

In this month’s Esquire cover story, writer Tom Chiarella followed Ryan Gosling as he travelled around New York, stopping in Brooklyn, Coney Island and Manhattan’s East Village. Gosling collaborated on the cover with photographer Perou, and in the magazine, the pair recreated interpretations of Gosling’s recent dreams involving ghostly apparitions. And that’s not even the most interesting stuff we discovered about Canada’s dreamiest movie star (sorry Ryan Reynolds). Here, six more things we learned about Gosling.

1. He doesn’t talk about Breaker High.
Though Gosling says “I went through puberty in a theme park,” referring to his time spent as a Mouseketeer at Orlando’s Disney World, both he and Chiarella neglect to mention the show all Canadians under 30 first saw Gosling on: Breaker High. Is there a rider in his contract somewhere that says the subject is verboten or something? Really, why on earth would Gosling be embarrassed of playing Sean Stanley Hanlon, the wannabe ladies’ man with a penchant for silk shirts? The rest, after the jump.

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Dream casting: Minds Eye Entertainment announces it has obtained rights to the Captain Canuck comic book

Back in January, we heard whisperings that Canada may be getting its own superhero on the big screen. Now, Toronto-based Minds Eye Entertainment announced yesterday that it has picked up the rights to the Captain Canuck comic book from creator Richard Comley, and it’s shopping for a writer and director to bring the great Canuck to the big screen. After the jump, more about the plans to make the movie and who we’ve selected as the perfect gentlemen to play the role of our axe-wielding crusader.

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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 has really lightened up on the Botox and whether James Franco and Anne Hathaway are secretly getting it on backstage. (They won’t be—but if they do, Lainey will know). We talked with her about Hollywood’s top dressers, celeb PDA and, of course, all things Oscar.

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The five best Canadian Grammy performances

With a bumper crop of Canadian artists set to perform at next week’s Grammy Awards—the Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber and Drake—we thought this was a fitting moment to reflect on memorable Canuck Grammy performances of yesteryear. Given our country’s track record at producing international divas, it should come as no surprise that the list is heavy on acts known principally by their first name. Here, five performers who prove that Canada’s got talent, and that Canadians probably give their costume designers too much creative freedom.

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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 true hero? For Comely, the name that comes to mind is none other than Justin Bieber.

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With glowing hearts: our nine favourite CanCon couples

Alison Pill and Jay Baruchel

Because there’s nothing we love more than canoodling Canucks, we’re thrilled to report a budding romance between Alison Pill and Jay Baruchel. OK, so they’re not quite at the McGosling fame level yet, but you do know them. Pill is the moon-faced young thesp who played the lone lesbian in Milk and currently stars as Princess Maud in Pillars of the Earth. And Baruchel played the really stoned guy who kind of looks like a hamster in Knocked Up. To mark the new match, we embark in search of our favourite true patriot pairings from now and the long, long ago.

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(Images: Pill, Gage Skidmore; Baruchel, gdcgraphics)

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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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TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Talking with Ryan Reynolds about snakes, the Green Lantern, and inviting viewers into his box in Buried

Actor Ryan Reynolds at the press conference for Buried at the Hyatt Regency. (Image: Karon Liu)

We can all name a scene from a movie or TV show in which someone gets buried alive and escapes just in the nick of time—Kill Bill, CSI, a weekly subplot on Days of Our Lives—but Ryan Reynolds one-ups all of them. He spends the duration of his newest flick, Buried, trapped in a coffin. Reynolds plays Paul, an American contractor in Iraq who is kidnapped and wakes up to find himself buried in a coffin with just a lighter, a cellphone and about 90 minutes to live. During Monday’s press conference, the actor and the film’s director and screenwriter talked about the challenges of setting the entire 90-minute movie six feet under.

Our pictures and interview, below.

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50 Buzziest TIFF Films: what to see, what to skip and how to slice through the hype

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for all the screenings at TIFF 2010, but with over 300 titles, guessing at what film is worth the money (and queuing) is as challenging as ever. Well, fear not: our guide cuts through the hype surrounding the 50 most anticipated flicks to reveal which films are likely to give the most bang for your buck.

See our picks and rejects »

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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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The other, other Boleyn girl: Rachel McAdams is morphing into Scar-Jo

McAdams at TIFF back in 2007 (Image: Attit Patel)

Rachel McAdams has been Toronto’s most promising talent for years, but despite starring in some pretty good movies and making high-profile pals—hell, she and her ex-beau earned their own amalgamated nickname, McGosling—Hollywood doesn’t quite know what to do with the girl. And so, after years of trying to carve out her own niche, the Notebook beauty has reverted to a less original but well-proven Plan B. Or, perhaps better put, a Plan S, as in the ultimate sexspian Scarlett Johansson. How McAdams has been pulling pages from the Scar-Jo playbook after the jump. 

Step 1: Land a Vogue cover
Johansson earned Vogue’s top honour in April 2007; McAdams scored the coveted cover girl spot in the January 2010 issue. Johansson looked like Marilyn Monroe; McAdams more closely resembled one of the gals from Designing Women. But hey, it’s the thought (i.e., the approval of Anna Wintour) that counts.

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