Celebrity

Entertainment blog - April 2009

The latest in celebrity news, cool events and pop culture


Entertainment blog
The latest in celebrity news, cool events and pop culture

[4.30.09]

Inglorious Basterds


 
Inglorious Basterds

CANNES HOOPLA
The Cannes Film Festival is just around the corner and the hype is already starting for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt. But the real hoopla is guaranteed to be surrounding Terry Gilliam’s (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus because it features Heath Ledger’s final performance. A trailer hasn’t been posted yet, but we’ll keep checking back.
—A.B


[4.29.09]

Ray Caesar


 
Ray Caesar

ART ENVY
A friend of mine has a few pieces of Ray Caesar’s work in her loft and I sit and gawk at them every time I’m there. Apparently the Material Mom is on the same page as me; she scooped up a piece of her own. Checkout his whimsical works at raycaesar.com/work
—Alexandra Breen

Interested in purchasing a piece? Contact: Belinda Chun


[4.28.09]

Lily Allen


 
Lily Allen

LILY LIVE
When Lily hit the stage in Toronto last week and sang “The Fear”, “Smile” and my favorite R-rated pop track of all time (“Fuck You”) it was a total thing of beauty to see. To witness her wit on stage and her Ren and Stimpy happy-happy/joy-joy dance moves in the flesh was like a shot of red bull straight to my heart. After the concert, I rushed home to vote on my favourite remixes and had a bit of a Lily overdose. Oh, and I thought her opening band, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, was really fun too.
—Elio Iannacci


[4.27.09]

Tiga


 
Tiga

HEAD OVER HEELS FOR TIGA
For a couple of years now, Tiga has been fooling around with his own podcast/radio show. With his silvery voice and his taste in quality ear candy, this show stole my heart from the first listen.

His hilarious new video for “Shoes” is also worth checking out; it definitely channels some Rosin Murphy and Bowie vibes. Good stuff.
—Flare Intern, Siena Piao


[4.24.09]

David Lynch


 
David Lynch

A LITTLE LYNCH TO TIE YOU OVER:
Fans of David Lynch and Moby will be pleased to know that the two have teamed up to make a music video for Moby’s single “Shot in the Back of the Head.” FYI: Lynch has a feature length animated flick called Snootworld in the works scheduled for a 2010 release date. www.moby.com
-A.B


[4.23.09]

Dutch Art


 
Dutch Art

GALLERY BUZZ:
If you’re a fan of 17th Century Dutch art, you’re not going to want to miss the Vancouver Gallery of Art’s upcoming exhibition, Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art Masterpieces from The Rijksmuseum. 128 pieces will be on display from May 10-September 13.
-A.B


[4.22.09]

Hot Docs


 
Hot Docs

THE TIME HAS COME:
One of my favorite festivals is the Hot Docs Film Festival. It’s running from April 30- May 10 this year and you can buy tickets at www.hotdocs.ca. I’m going to plan my must-see list this weekend, but I know Cat Ladies is a sure thing (maybe the recent hype around Britain’s Got Talent’s Susan Boyle and Grey Gardens has something to do with my selection).
-A.B


[4.21.09]

iPopperz


 
iPopperz

CHEAP & CHEERFUL:
Looking for something fun, girlie and cheap to splurge on? These adorable ear buds by iPopperz fit the bill ringing in at only $19.95.
-Alexandra Breen


[4.20.09]

Beckerman


 
Beckerman

SIBLING STYLE:
The Beckerman sisters are known for creating colourful, whimsical pieces to complete any downtown girl’s wardrobe. Sisters Samantha, Caillianne and Chloe dreamt about fashion in Toronto before pursuing design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. If you can’t get enough of the Beckerman look, check out their blog, www.beckermanbiteplate.blogspot.com. This design team has taken the street style blog to the next level by documenting their own outfits, with retail credits and fun facts about the way they put their individual looks together. Their blog will bring Beckerman devotees that much closer to the faces behind the brand.
-Erica Cupido, FLARE Intern


[4.16.09]

Paper Route


 
Paper Route

EN ROUTE:
Our first glimpse of Whitney Port’s MTV reality series, The City, was a fast-paced preview set to Paper Route’s “Carousel”. There were male models, DVF co-workers and lyrics that warned that some obstacles in life are out of our control. Now the indie quartet is ready to expand their audience with their first album out April 28 (Universal Motown). Absence, is a mix of electronica, ambient indie pop and expressive lyrics. Catch the boys from Nashville on tour with Copeland, This Providence and Brooke Waggoner on April 16 at the Opera House in Toronto.
—Erica Cupido, Flare Intern


[4.15.09]

Grey Gardens


 
Grey Gardens

THE BEALES OF GREY GARDENS:
The Grey Gardens gals never die, they just get remade. This is the trailer for HBO’s Grey Gardens remake (airing on April 18 at 8:00 pm), starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange. The movie follows the lives of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, relatives of Jackie O. It’s three and a half hours, so we can expect lots of wardrobe changes (keep your eyes peeled for the gorgeous vintage gems (shown) by Toronto’s Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection). And, if you haven’t already seen the 1975 documentary by the same name, it’s definitely worth checking out.
—Siena Piao, Flare Intern


[4.14.09]

Cirque du Soleil


 
Cirque du Soleil

CIRQUE TIME:
Cirque du Soleil is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a new touring show coming to Montreal May 1-30; Quebec City August 2-23; and Toronto September 2-October 4. If want to incorporate it into a weekend getaway, Hotel le Germain in Toronto and Montreal and Hotel Dominion in Quebec are offering special hotel/show packages. www.hotelgermain.com
—A.B


[4.13.09]

DoitinParis.com


 
DoitinParis.com

PARIS, JE T’AIME:
If you have a thing for all things French, you need to checkout DoitinParis.com. With sections like “Where to go, What to buy,” “Recipe of the Week,” and “Practical Guide,” it has all of your bases covered. Unfortunately, I won’t be heading to this dreamy city anytime soon so in the meantime I’ll continue to frequent this site, and perhaps re-visit one of my favorite flicks, Amélie.
Alexandra Breen


[4.10.09]

Sebastien Tellier


 
Sebastien Tellier

I HEART SEBASTIEN:
Last night I attended the Sebastien Tellier show in Toronto at the MOD club. It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. His whacky stage antics (something he’s apparently well known for) got more and more interesting as the night went on which isn’t surprising since he was swigging a bottle of wine. He saved his most popular tune “La Ritournelle” for last and the crowed went wild. I picked up a copy of his most recent album, Sexuality, and have been listening to it all morning. Love it. Checkout the video for “Divine”, it’s hilarious!
Alexandra Breen


[4.09.09]

theartofgo.ca


 
theartofgo.ca

INTERPRETIVE ART:
I love this idea. VISA asked 3 artists (Vancouver based Jill Anholt, Shayne Dark of Toronto, and Montreal’s Benny Nemerofsky) to interpret the word “go”. Their progress has been tracked at www.theartofgo.ca since March 31 and their final finished pieces will be showcased beginning on April 6.
A.B


[4.08.09]

Christian Loubarkin


 
Christian Loubarkin

HEEL BOY:
If shoes and your pooch are your two obsessions, you’ll love this Christian Loubarkin toy by Diggity Dog. Let’s just hope your little buddy doesn’t decide to chew on the real deal.
A.B


[4.07.09]

Alabama Chanin


 
Alabama Chanin

GET INTO CHARACTER:
Have you heard of Alabama Chanin? It’s a lifestyle company devoted to creating one-of-a-kind sustainable pieces for you and your home. Their most recent collaboration is with HBO and will entail re-working graphic T-shirts from shows such as Sex and the City and True Blood by adding their signature embellishments. If you happen to be in NY, you can checkout their stuff at the HBO store on 42nd Street. Otherwise, get a feel for their aesthetic at www.alabamachanin.com
Alexandra Breen


[4.06.09]


 

Clockwise from top left: MTV Canada’s Jessi Cruickshank, John and Yoko reinacted, Corner Gas’ Tara Spencer Nairn, and artists exploring the “uprising” theme. Photography by George Pimentel

Peace, love, and art
The Art Gallery of Ontario’s Massive party – themed as Uprising this year – was yet another big hit for the province’s prized gallery. An annual fundraiser for the AGO, Massive took on new life in its newly renovated home and the division of space in Gehry’s redesign made for an interesting division of characters. Essentially one party became three: the first floor opened up to drinks and musical entertainment, the second floor took on a more relaxed vibe with live art unfolding to the perfect selection of tunes (both courtesy of gifted Toronto artist, Justin Broadbent), and the third floor dominated as the true party place with a very active dance floor, despite the fact that the room was dedicated to John and Yoko’s infamous bed-in. Maybe it’s true what they say about the arts booming despite the recession—this party was certainly alive and well.
Laura Lanktree


[4.03.09]

DOC ON THE ROCKS


 
DOC ON THE ROCKS

DOC ON THE ROCKS:
Abel Ferrara’s latest doc Chelsea On The Rocks combines drama, interviews and archival footage to reveal the lives of those influential artists (including Dylan and Warhol) who have called the Chelsea Hotel home. For fashion inspiration look no further than Grace Jones, who not only stars alongside Ethan Hawke and Bijou Phillips, but also inspired the androgynous edge found on Pink Tartan’s Fall/Winter 09 runway.
 
  Erica Cupido, Flare Intern


[4.02.09]

must read


 
must read

BACKSTAGE PASS:
If you happen to be traveling through Terminal 1 at Pearson Airport in Toronto, be sure to check out the Behind the Scenes exhibit. It’s a stunning peak at the inner workings of the National Ballet of Canada, featuring photographs from rehearsals and items such as costumes and shoes. And, it was currated by University of Toronto museum studies students.
 
  A.B


[4.01.09]

must read


 
must read

WEB TV:
Josh Schwartz, the man behind Gossip Girl, Chuck and The O.C has taken his talents to the online realm with the web-based series Rockville,CA. The show takes place in a nightclub and goes heavy on the themes of music and love. And, as expected, the cast is super hot. Unfortunately, it’s airing on theWB.com and only available in the U.S. But you can watch the trailer and eagerly await its Canadian arrival. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrQ9UxkYIgA
 
  A.B


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