Calgary International Film Festival announces Gala Events

With the Calgary International Film Festival right around the corner (Sept 18 - 28), it's time to start planning your 10 days of non-stop film going. CIFF has just announced the gala events complete with special guests, so here's your chance to see some amazing films, and possibly hob-nob with some film people!

The galas begin with the opening of the festival on September 18 with The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, with actors Callum Keith Rennie, Kyle Catlett, Jakob Davies and Niamh Wilson in attendance at the Jubilee Auditorium.

Next up is the Green Carpet Gala which will feature filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jennifer Rustemeyer attending a screening of their documentary, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story Sept 22 at The Globe … Read More

Add comment      more in Film Features     |     posted Aug 28th, 2014 at 3:46pm

Reel Talk — week of August 28

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People just can’t get enough of The Trailer Park Boys. (I can’t front; I still find the shows and movies mostly hilarious. Oh, rural Canadian upbringing...) The gang’s latest movie, Swearnet, isn’t a Trailer Park Boys entry per se – this one gets all meta, with the boys playing themselves. There’s also some sort of plot, probably, not that it’ll really matter – a movie called Swearnet will be filled with swearing, which is a shortcut to comedy gold.



If you haven’t seen Ghostbusters enough to last a lifetime (and who has?) the action comedy classic is returning to theatres in a new 4K restoration. This is probably the best the film will ever look, and to see it, you’ll have to hit the theatre. (Nerd aside: the 4K Blu-ray hits home video in a couple of weeks, yes, but … Read More

Add comment      more in Reel Talk     |     posted Aug 28th, 2014 at 10:37am

The Tremendous and Curious World of Beakerhead

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This post is sponsored by Beakerhead.

With flying bionic creatures, dance that melds technology and movement in a mind-bending way, stand-up comedian robots and super nerdy songs about string theory and the periodic table, just to name a few, The Tremendous and Curious World of Beakerhead certainly lives up to its name.

Now entering its second year, Beakerhead is a unique festival seeking to bridge art, engineering and technology in a way that utterly defies comparisons. 

At Tremendous and Curious World, hosted by Jay Ingram, audience members at the Jack Singer will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety show style evening of performances and talks, including Japanese dancer and choreographer Hiroaki Umeda. For those … Read More

Add comment      more in Advertising     |     posted Aug 27th, 2014 at 2:38pm

Snack Talk — Do Me A Flavour

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Hello! Welcome to another edition of Snack Talk. I hope you’ve all been snacking hard in the last week. I know I have, and it’s been a real treat.

This is a more popular snack to be talking about, because these are the limited edition finalists for the Lay’s Do Us A Flavour competition. People around the country got to submit a flavour of chip to Lay’s, and the best four go into production for a limited time. Consumers can vote on which flavor they like best, and that flavour of chip gets to continue being sold, with the contestant getting a percentage of the profits. I obviously love this idea, because it lets me try chip flavours I wouldn’t think of. I was trying to think of funny ones to post during the initial contest, but they wouldn’t let me … Read More

Add comment      more in Food     |     posted Aug 27th, 2014 at 10am

Reel Talk — week of August 21

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Now that we’re heading into the dregs of summer, the multiplex offers a few last-minute delights and a chance to catch up on the tent-pole flicks you didn’t see back in July. (Popcorn entertainment didn’t get any better than the new Planet of the Apes and Edge of Tomorrow. See ‘em if you haven’t.)

Me, I hope that we get a chance to see Ira Sachs’s latest film, Love Is Strange, about two older gay men (John Lithgow and Alfred Molina) finally getting married after a decades-long relationship, and the chaos that follows. Early reviews say this one’s fantastic. Somebody please book it.



Horror fans won’t want to miss Burning Moon Video’s presentation of Burial Ground (on 35mm no less; print courtesy of local cinephile Greg Sonier) at the Globe, this … Read More

Add comment      more in Screen     |     posted Aug 21st, 2014 at 11:05am

Snack Talk — Zagnut

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Hello. My name is Jeremy Curry and this is my first blog entry for Snack Talk! Snack Talk is a weekly feature about various snacks. I will tell you about which snacks are delicious, and what to avoid. I will also share some simple recipes with you to make in the comfort of your own home. I’ll be dipping into the refreshing world of beverages as well, because you will need something delicious to wash down those tasty treats.

I believe snacking is an important thing to do. You can’t eat salad all day, every day and expect to be happy. Sometimes you have to live a little, and chomp down on a King Size Mr. Big bar or something along those lines. Being healthy is important I guess…. But I don’t really care that much. I would rather indulge in sweet and/or … Read More

Add comment      more in Food     |     posted Aug 20th, 2014 at 11:15am

Gary Numan! Here! October!

Hey guys! Yeah yeah, I've been a little M.I.A. lately, but get this! Gary Numan with guests at Flames Central on October 30! You may know him best from his early 80's hit "Cars," but did you know that he has been putting out music consistently over the years, and still is totally awesome? Buy tickets ($30 plus s/c) on Friday, August 22 at 10am (here) and see for yourself! Although, having said that, now I want to listen to this...

 

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Comments (5)      more in Music Previews     |     posted Aug 19th, 2014 at 1:51pm

Betty Mitchell Award winners 2014

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The winners of the annual Betty Mitchell Awards were revealed on Monday, August 18, with Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP), Theatre Calgary (TC) and Vertigo Theatre (VT) picking up most of the trophies, which were redesigned by Bee Kingdom for 2014, but The Shakespeare Company taking home an award for Outstanding Production of a Play.

The Fast Forward Readers' Choice Award goes to Legend Has It, a partially improvised Dungeons and Dragons-style fantasy, where one audience member is singled out as the hero of the performance. The play, which debuted as part of ATP's final playRites festival, changed tone depending on who was the hero, and what path they chose to follow.

The other winners are:

Outstanding Production of a PlayTwelfth … Read More

Add comment      more in Arts     |     posted Aug 19th, 2014 at 9:28am

Reel Talk — week of August 14

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If you’re watching anything this weekend, I’m guessing that it’s a memorial Robin Williams flick. The actor and comedian died this past Monday.

It isn’t a surprise that people are upset and angry. Social media is littered with tributes and homilies, offering homage to favourite roles and movies, many of which (The Birdcage, Patch Adams) were rightly maligned in the first place.

Now, before you get angry and call me insensitive, try and defend Hook, or describe how great he was in The Fisher King, despite it being an otherwise mess of a movie, hear me out. Williams was a talented man, often hilarious, and justly acclaimed for his dramatic work. Yes, there are some great films — Good Will Hunting and World’s Greatest Dad (pictured), among others … Read More

Add comment      more in Screen     |     posted Aug 14th, 2014 at 9:53am

Movie Magic: what's opening on August 8

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Cowabunga thirtysomethings! Tonight’s the night. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans have been waiting months to eviscerate Michael Bay’s big budget take on the beloved pizza-slingin’, penis-shaped critters. The vitriol is undeserved. What did anyone really expect?

 

Like many franchises, TMNT is subject to the George Lucas Affect: rabid fans who feel betrayed by anything other than the original film, comic, toy, whatever. Don’t trust your inner child: Pound Puppies and Rainbow Brite suck. Jem and the Holograms is, however, totally awesome, and I’m ready to hate the big screen version when it hits theatres next year.



For fan-boys and girls, nothing will ever match the fantasy you’ve nurtured since childhood. This is why the Tim Burton … Read More

Add comment      more in Screen     |     posted Aug 8th, 2014 at 4:40pm

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