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Old September 22nd, 2011, 07:17 AM   #941
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Toronto Star's Toronto.com online article:

How Total Recall saved Toronto’s film industry

By Tony Wong
STAFF REPORTER
Sep 21, 2011


...In fact, Total Recall, a remake of the 1990 sci-fi action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is set to be the most expensive movie in Toronto history. With a budget estimated at anywhere from $130 million to as much as $200 million, once marketing costs are added, the production is a behemoth.

It is also a watershed moment for Toronto moviemaking. As the cast, including Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale, wrapped the shoot here Thursday after more than six months of production and filming, it may well be remembered as the movie that saved the Toronto film industry....




...“This has been a total game changer,” says Paul Bronfman, chair of Pinewood Toronto Studios, in an interview. “We have come through some dark days to get here.”

Because of Total Recall, the city is on track to hit close to a billion dollars in production value this year, a record.

That’s compared with $726 million in 2010. The peak year, according to Toronto Film and Television Office figures, was 2001, when production hit $928 million, before a soaring Canadian dollar and SARS crippled the once high-flying industry. (Adjusted for inflation, 2001’s figures equal $1.135 billion in today’s dollars.)

Peter Finestone, the city’s film commissioner, calls Total Recall the first big “tentpole” to hit the city.

“This was equivalent to the big top, or the whole circus moving to town and taking over,” says Finestone. “This movie has had an enormous impact to everyone, from people who put the cones on the street to protect parking spaces, to lighting, to sound and camera people to guys who run the catering trucks.”

Monty Montgomerie, business manager for IATSE local 873, which represents film industry workers, says the movie will have paid its members a significant $25 million in wages alone since production first started in March — that’s equivalent to the entire budget of some Hollywood movies.

During peak production, the project employed up to 600 workers from one local. There were more than 300 carpenters on set — more than most housing developments — on some days.

“These are good quality, well-paying jobs,” said Montgomerie. “This has had a massive impact.”

The previous record holder for a movie filmed in the city was 2007’s The Incredible Hulk, starring Ed Norton, with a budget estimated to be anywhere from $100 to $150 million. But unlike Hulk, virtually every scene of Total Recall was shot in Toronto on Pinewood’s soundstages or on location at buildings such as Commerce Court in the financial district, or at the University of Toronto, so much more of the money stays here....



...Already booked for this fall is Spanish director Guillermo del Toro’s special effects-laden monster movie Pacific Rim, also known as Still Seas. The six-month shoot is rumoured to have a budget of more than $150 million.

And in October, another installment of the sci-fi horror series Resident Evil is set to roll.

The city is also seeing a lot of television production shoots, including Flashpoint, Combat Hospital, Nikita and Covert Affairs.

Meanwhile, Bronfman says he is cash-flow positive on his studio for the first time since he’s owned it. He’s also upwardly revised his projections three times this year.

“It feels really good to say this. We’re back in business. The city is back in business.”...


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Fantastic news!!
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 06:05 AM   #943
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This is the first time all of my friends and former coworkers are all employed. Big features like this help keep the smaller production houses and VFX studios like mine busy as work is shifted and shared around town to meet deadlines. My studio just doubled it's staff in the last to weeks to keep up with demand. the downside is I'm too busy to surf the net at work.

One of the shows I do the FX on, lol it's so campy it's awesome.

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Old September 23rd, 2011, 06:07 AM   #944
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Arc Entertainment, formally Starz (Gnomeo) are about to start work on The Wizard of Oz CG animated film.
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Oh wow, you worked on that? Love that show. Might you have the inside scoop as to when the second season will start airing?
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 06:43 AM   #946
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October 23rd. Just in time for Halloween. This season is going to be funny.
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 08:20 AM   #947
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I am TOTALLY going to have to check that out! LOVED that little promo!!
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Old September 25th, 2011, 06:14 PM   #948
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A fluff piece, but good city tourism promo from The Evening Standard of London:
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifest...r-to-cannes.do

Bravo Toronto, Canada's answer to Cannes
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London got a sense of the power of TIFF (as the Toronto International Film Festival is known locally) when The King's Speech won the People's Choice award last year, before sweeping the board at the Oscars six months later. Voted for by ordinary film buffs at the festival, the award has long been seen by industry insiders as a reliable forecaster for Best Picture, picking out winners from American Beauty to Slumdog Millionaire..........


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Most film festivals aren't accessible to the public, but Toronto loves film. It's a city whose glittering skyline is frequently passed off as Manhattan, and it's the largest film production centre in North America, outside LA and New York.

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For shopping or just to soak up the atmosphere, Queen Street West is a must. The area's hipness was kickstarted by The Drake Hotel, a former doss house, which opened in 2004 (these days it's the perfect spot for a Bloody Mary after a late night of festival larks), and the area is the setting for Sarah Polley's new film Take This Waltz - which showed at TIFF, naturally
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Those spoilt by Cannes and Venice might say that it's not a film festival without a beach and, even in September, Toronto can answer that need. A boat from Toronto harbour to the nature reserve of Centre Island, a little way out into Lake Ontario, takes half an hour, passing lagoons and yacht clubs and giving you an excellent view of the city skyline. Once there, you can sunbathe on the spotlessly clean and quiet Chelsea Beach, or visit the tiny and very innocent children's amusement park.
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It's not hard to see why Toronto consistently tops polls of the happiest cities to live in.
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More good tourism PR from The Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dwight..._b_972660.html

Toronto: So Much More Than The International Film Festival
Posted: 9/21/11 12:00 PM ET

Anyone connected to the film industry will tell you that the Toronto International Film Festival is the best film festival in the world. What they fail to mention is that it's also the perfect attraction for a lively vacation.

TIFF leads the pack for three key reasons. First, selection: Their programmers present the world's best films. Second, timing: Distribution companies release Oscar-caliber films in the fall for awards consideration. Third, location: The 36-year-old, public-friendly festival infuses the entire multi-cultural city with verve for 10 exciting days every September. If you love urban meccas, lively tourist sites, fine dining and top-notch movies too, TIFF gives you a good reason to visit Toronto............



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Today, Toronto is a sprawling metropolis of tall buildings, historic brownstones and suburbs. It's a financial, culinary and cultural hub.
Most of the festivities take place in downtown Toronto, where luxury condos are being built next to office buildings, performing arts centers, museums and tony restaurants. Citizens, who are Native Americans or people with heritages from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East, walk the streets with a cool, easygoing, cosmopolitan vibe that is simply exhilarating.
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Put on your walking shoes and the fun begins. The Royal Ontario Museum, at 100 Queen's Park, founded in 1912 and one of the world's leading museums of world culture and natural history, exhibits more than six million treasures in forty gallerie
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Arguably the most surprising and appealing tourist attraction are the Toronto Islands.
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the ending was hysterical!
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http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10...ess-is-hiring/

Zombie extra or carpenter, the film business is hiring
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Blake Steels, general manager of Pinewood Toronto Studios, poses in Toronto Thursday, October 20, 2011.



Peter Kuitenbrouwer Oct 22, 2011 – 8:30 AM ET | Last Updated: Oct 21, 2011 6:42 PM ET

If you can swing a hammer or heft a paint brush, Peter Dwyer may have a job for you. The pay is not bad: $25 an hour.

Mr. Dwyer is studio construction supervisor on Mama, a supernatural thriller that has taken over Stage 3, a 15,000 square foot sound stage, with 12-metre ceilings, at Pinewood Toronto Studios. Men with rollers attached to poles are painting cement on a replica of a cliff built from styrofoam blocks, spread out on the floor, while others hang wall-sized photographs onto steel racks. A drill whirrs and the smell of sawdust hangs in the air.

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Old October 26th, 2011, 05:10 AM   #953
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Pop Up Video is back, Toronto.com online article:

‘Pop Up Video’ Returns After 10 Years

By Andrea Baillie
The Canadian Press
Oct 25, 2011

New episodes of Pop Up Video will hit Canadian airwaves next week after a decade-long hiatus, and creator Woody Thompson says there’s one artist he was particularly keen to tackle.

“I think Lady Gaga has had a big impact on people being interested in music videos again,” Thompson said in a recent telephone interview from Los Angeles.

“The last two years, three years, Lady Gaga has actually created some interest in the genre again.”

Thompson’s enthusiasm is clear as he talks about the return of Pop Up Video, which he created with Tad Low in 1996. Known for its unique brand of trivia and snark, the show featured hit videos adorned with comic booklike bubbles containing obscure factoids about the making of the clips and the musicians who starred in them.

The creative format proved a winning one: Pop Up Video aired 209 episodes from 1996-2002.

By the end of its run, however, the Internet was beginning to drastically change the way music was consumed. Instantly available online, music videos — such a huge TV draw in the ‘80s — were no longer destination viewing.

Some artists began to tailor their videos for computer screens, while many music TV stations shifted their focus.

But when VH1 called Thompson about new episodes, the Gaga factor, plus 10 years of unpopped videos, proved too tempting to resist.

Thompson — who has produced various other shows during his time away from Pop Up Video — says he’s been gratified by viewer response in the United States, where new episodes are already airing.

“There have been a lot of nostalgic people who knew what it was who are commenting that they’ve kind of been put back in this place 10 years ago,” he said.

“(People) get put into this zone that they can’t get out of. ... They want to change the channel but they can’t and they suddenly are sitting through a Jordan Knight video that they never would have watched, and before they know it they are on a Sheryl Crow video that they never would have watched.”

When he started work on the new version, however, there were a few obstacles. Thompson had relocated from New York to Los Angeles. His team of original Pop Up writers who created the show’s trademark snide tone had dispersed....


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Does pop up video have something to do with Toronto? (love the show though)
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Old October 26th, 2011, 07:55 AM   #955
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I think it was a local thing.
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The worst made-in-Toronto horror films of all time:
http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/...ou-look-at-it/

It is truly scary watching the trailers....
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Report from Toronto
By Edward Champion
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http://www.edrants.com/report-from-toronto/

Toronto is the first city in a long while in which the locals haven’t asked me for directions. Perhaps the Canadians know the true me: the jocular jake who walks into a room and who somehow gets involved in some sprightly banter in which some questionable expertise is detected. Maybe it’s the cold knife that carves your face into redcheeked conviviality whenever you step into the cold outside. The moon is noticeably lower up here at night....

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Toronto: A vintage heaven
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For the true aficionado of vintage there is only one destination right now: Toronto. Stephanie Plentl finds out what makes it second-hand heaven.

BY Stephanie Plentl | 11 December 2011

http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-...ge-heaven.html


There it was, casually draped over the contours of a mannequin: the cream silk blouse for which I'd spent months scouring London. I'd unsuccessfully trawled all of the reputable high-street retailers in search of what I'd assumed was a staple item, but it had proved exasperatingly elusive. Trust a Toronto vintage shop to come up trumps....

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Who knew?

re: the guy from New Yawk. Why is it that people who come from cities that are slightly milder than here drone on and on about how cold it is, and people who come from tropical countries don't complain at all!? By the way he goes on you'd think New York was sweltering hot, instead of the 1c - 3c it was yesterday.
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Because it's been pretty consistently in the high 50s in New York (at least up until now).
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