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[10.31.08]

King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters


 
King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

REVENGE OF THE NERDS: King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a hilarious documentary about the video game subculture. The flick tracks a group of video gamers as they attempt to break world records. Sound dorky? It is. But you won’t believe how into you’ll get. –A.B


[10.30.08]

Original Music from Gossip Girl


 
Original Music from Gossip Girl

GREAT GOSSIP. OMG it’s OMFGG! Confused? Don’t be. OMFGG (Original Music from Gossip Girl), the official soundtrack from the first season of Gossip Girl, is finally out! It features songs from the show including hits from bands like The Kooks, Crystal Castles, The Ting Tings and more! A soundtrack this big is worth more than a regular old OMG – after all, it’s OMFGG! –Dalia Kagan


[10.29.08]

Chanel mobile museum


 
Chanel mobile museum

FOR THE LOVE OF FASHION & ART: Heading to New York, Paris, London or Moscow anytime soon? If so, you need to checkout the Chanel mobile museum produced by its main man, Karl Lagerfeld. The traveling exhibit celebrates the relationship between art and fashion with pieces by artists from around the globe. –A.B


[10.28.08]

W


 
W

MR. CONTROVERSIAL: Love him or hate him, the new George Bush film by Oliver Stone is kicking some serious butt at the US box office. I’m looking forward to checking W out this weekend. – Alexandra Breen


[10.27.08]

30 Rock


 
30 Rock

ROCK ON: You can never have too much Tina Fey in your life – the Palin-impersonator-extraordinaire is back with a third season of the Emmy award-winning 30 Rock this Thursday, October 30. This season is stacked with guest stars, including Jennifer Aniston, Steve Martin, Megan Mullally and even Oprah! I can’t wait to tune in, oh how I’ve missed Kenneth the Page. Stay tuned for an interview with Ms. Fey on flare.com – Dalia Kagan


[10.24.08]

Lunch Poems


 
Lunch Poems

LUNCH POEMS I have been re-reading one of the best poetry books of all time—Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems. Beyond the fact that it has legendary lines from poems such as “Corn Kind” and “The Day Lady Died” (about Billie Holiday), the book is pocket-sized so you can fit it small bags and pull it out while you’re on the subway or having a quick coffee. –E.I


[10.23.08]

Brandon Flowers


 
Brandon Flowers

KILLER(S) WARDROBE The video to the Killers’ new song “Human” isn’t much to look at but what lead singer Brandon Flowers is wearing in it (a fantastic Dolce & Gabbana jacket that has colourful feathers sewn right into it), makes up for its lackluster scenes. –Elio Iannacci


[10.22.08]

Synecdoche, New York


 
Synecdoche, New York

FINAL COUNTDOWN The countdown begins to the November 7th release of Synecdoche, New York. The flick, which got tons of buzz at the Toronto Film Festival, marks the directorial début for Charlie Kaufman (the Oscar winning writer of one of my all-time favorite films, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and stars Michelle Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener. Can’t wait to see it! –A.B


[10.21.08]

Roger Mooking


 
Roger Mooking

TASTY TUNES As if the title of Executive Chef wasn’t enough, Roger Mooking can also call himself a Food Network host and Juno award-winner. The Canadian culinary master-cum-musician recently released his CD, Soul Food, which includes a sultry cover of John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change.” Be sure to tune in to Canada AM on October 31st to see Roger perform his latest hit, “Umeus”, or drop by Nyood or Kultura to taste some of his savory creations. Everyday Exotic airs on the Food Network Thursdays at 12:30 and 5:30 pm ET. –Dalia Kagan


[10.20.08]

Whitley Kros


 
Whitley Kros

FAMILY AFFAIR Giovanni Ribisi (Saving Private Ryan) recently directed a video for his sister’s fashion label, Whitley Kros. You can check it out on style.com. While you’re at it, take a peak at the website for Whitley Kros. The music was compiled by the designer’s hubby a.k.a Beck. –Alexandra Breen


[10.17.08]

Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution


 
Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution

GIRL POWER Get a crash course in the relationship between art and political activism with Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution. The show features more than 120 artists from 21 countries and is running until January 11 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. —Alexandra Breen


[10.16.08]

Hot Chip


 
Hot Chip

HOT CHIP I was able to catch Hot Chip playing at the Kool Haus a few weeks ago and it was a site and sound to behold. Mixing pop with techno, house and a whole bunch of crazy-quirky kookiness, the band was, to quote failed 90s rap duo, Kriss Kross: “wickety, wickety, wak.” My favourite song of the night was “Boy From School” and if you haven’t purchased their latest album, Made In The Dark, yet, you really should invest. The singles (“Ready For The Floor”, “One Pure Thought” and “Touch Too Much” so far) keep getting better. —Elio Iannacci


[10.15.08]

Elegy


 
Elegy

MOVING PICTURE Elegy starring Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley, Dennis Hopper and Patricia Clarkson is the best movie I’ve seen in awhile. The cinematography is stunning, the acting is brilliant (you won’t be able to take your eyes off Cruz), and the storyline is told in such a realistic manner that it will have you chatting, or at least thinking about it, for days. —Alexandra Breen


[10.14.08]

Holidays on Ice


 
Holidays on Ice

HOLIDAY HILARITY The holidays are no joking matter, unless of course you live in the world of funny-man, David Sedaris. Sedaris is back with a revised version of his hilarious anthology, Holidays on Ice, which now includes six additional stories. Holidays On Ice will make you laugh so hard you’re sure to spill your egg nog, burn your latkes, and appreciate your own family a little bit more! The book is in stores now. —Dalia Kagan, Flare Intern


[10.10.08]

Disco-inspired Luxeed keyboards


 
Disco-inspired Luxeed keyboards

Disco Tech: Keep your eyes peeled for these disco-inspired Luxeed keyboards. Here’s hoping they make their way to Canada sometime soon. www.luxeed.comAlexandra Breen


[10.9.08]

Marie-Antoinette


 
Marie-Antoinette

COUTURE QUEEN: On Saturday October 18, I plan on spending my Saturday afternoon at a talk put together by the Royal Ontario Museum. They have arranged for Marie-Antoinette expert Caroline Weber to speak on the former queen of France and her royal highness’ haute couture. Weber is the author of a book called Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution and the reason the ROM is bringing her in to talk about the vixen of Versailles is because the museum will be hosting an exhibit called Out Of The Vaults which will feature a display of an authentic gown worn by Marie-Antoinette in the 1780s. For those of you who live in Toronto, tickets are only $20.00. Marie-Antoinette’s dress will be on display at the ROM’s new Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume from October 11-26. Click to www.rom.on.ca for more info. —Elio Iannacci


[10.8.08]

The Class


 
The Class

Movie Mania: Attention film buffs, Toronto’s fourth annual European Film Festival is just around the corner, running from November 16-30. This year seems to be getting more buzz than ever with the 2008 Cannes Golden Palm winner The Class (Entre les Murs) set to kick it off. Visit www.eutorontofilmfest.ca for more details. —Alexandra Breen


[10.7.08]

Death with Interruptions


 
Death with Interruptions

LIFE OR DEATH If you liked Blindness (now a movie starring our cover girl Julianne Moore), be sure to check out José Saramago’s latest novel, Death with Interruptions. In this philosophical thriller, the world is inundated with a new predicament: perpetual life. When there are no deaths on the first day of the New Year, a vicious cycle of survival is set in motion. In a world where no one dies, what becomes of life insurance, funeral homes, and doctors? Elegantly translated by Margaret Jull Costa, Death with Interruptions is a fall must-read. —Dalia Kagan


[10.6.08]

Janet Jackson


 
Janet Jackson

MS. JACKSON IF YOU’RE CRAFTY: Having seen Janet a few times, I can honestly say, she has never moved or sounded better. 35 hits in the matter of 3 hours! She nailed every song and really brought a force of energy to her repertoire (even the songs off her last two not-so-great albums) that I have never experienced before. When I heard that she was rushed to the hospital during her Montreal sound check the next day, I wasn’t too shocked…I felt exhausted by just watching her move for three hours. I hope she gets better because this tour was exceptional and people need to see her do her thang. —Elio Iannacci


Man of the Moment
Flare caught up with Gael García Bernal at the Toronto International Film Festival to discuss his role in Blindness, upcoming projects, and the recently released news that he’s about to become a father.
By Alexandra Breen

Gael García Bernal in Blindness


 
Gael García Bernal in Blindness

Mexican actor Gael García Bernal has been burning up the screen with his smoldering good looks and critically acclaimed talent since breaking onto the international scene in Alejandro González Inárritu’s Amores Perros in 2000. Since then, he’s not only had a long-term relationship with Natalie Portman, but also starred in Y tu Mamá También, The Motor Cycle Diaries, Bad Education, The Science of Sleep, and Babel.

If the 29 year-old still hasn’t landed on your radar that is about to change with his most recent role in Blindness. García Bernal plays the evil King of Ward Three in this disturbing drama opposite Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Danny Glover.

Q: Was it difficult for you to get into the frame of mind of such a dark and evil character for Blindness?

Gael García Bernal: It’s not a political career where you feel you have to be liked, but it was hard to identify with a character like this. All you can do is interpret and empathize with their journey and tell a story.

Q: What was it like playing a blind character?

GGB: For an actor it was quite beautiful and liberating to eliminate eyesight. It was a great acting lesson. Time and space become one and it’s about what you feel. The world becomes bigger in a way.

Q: You have such a diverse body of work. What do you look for in a script?

GGB: It’s a case-by-case situation. Most of the time luck and destiny play a big part. Something inside of you drives you because it just feels necessary.

Q: What are you currently working on?

GGB: I’m happily unemployed right now. I have The Limits of Control [with Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray] and Mammoth [with Michelle Williams] coming out next year.

Q: There’s sort of a Latin Renaissance happening in film right now with a lot of amazing actors and directors coming out of the region. Are you actively trying to keep this momentum going?

GGB: As much as I can, yes. It’s interesting because there’s constantly a debate in Latin America about how to build a country and society. There’s a very strong bond and [sense of] community. We have a great future.

Q: You’re becoming a father in the New Year. Has this influenced your career choices?

GGB: As an actor I’m drawn to the necessities of the moment. I’m not a father yet so [it’s hard to say] how things will be different.


[10.3.08]

Kim Dorland


 
Kim Dorland

ART CRAWL: Angell Gallery on Queen St W is one of my favourite galleries in the city and I haven’t been there in ages. I’m looking forward to checking out Kim Dorland’s “4 Portraits and a Landscape” show this weekend. —Alexandra Breen


[10.2.08]

Roisin Murphy


 
Roisin Murphy

ROISIN ARRIVES: Stylista site Whowhatwear.com picked their girl of the month and it is Roisin Murphy. I have been writing about this U.K. singer’s style and sound in FLARE for about a year and a half now (I interviewed her in this month’s story on the influence of music on fashion—it’s on page 165, btw) so I am thrilled she is taking off. She’s been doing a few fashion week shows around the world and the fashionistas are finally catching on. Her music is totally fresh nü-disco (look out for the release of her new single “Movie Star” and its superb b-side “Slave To Love”) and her style is 100% stylist-free. Best thing of all? She doesn’t worship or follow trends—she makes and breaks them. If only Madonna would watch and learn! —Elio Iannacci


[10.1.08]

Dawoud Bey


 
Dawoud Bey

Badatsports.com: Need help trying to figure out the who’s who and what’s what of the art world? Try badatsports.com—a site that is run by witty writers who give you the full scoop and poop on all the fabulous artists, dealers and galleries around the globe. The site’s podcast is terrific, too. The picture above is a piece by an artist I found out about on the site. His name is Dawoud Bey and the piece is part of a collection in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago. —Elio Iannacci


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