#SPOTTED: DAMIAN LEWIS IN TORONTO FOR “RUN THIS TOWN”
He’s the talk of the town! Playing late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in upcoming Ricky Tollmam Feature RUN THIS TOWN, Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Damian Lewis has just wrapped production on the highly-buzzed Film.
Run This Town follows a young journalist (Ben Platt), desperate to prove himself, who catches wind of a scandal involving a flashy, unpredictable politician with no filter (Damian Lewis). Political aides (Mena Massoud and Nina Dobrev) attempt to keep their boss in check – and the story under wraps – in order to save their jobs. The Film tells the story of the Millennial generation while spotlighting the power dynamics operating in today’s workplace.
The English Actor known best for his work on Series Billions and Homeland, has been in the City for the past week hard at work filming into the wee hours, generating a lot of conversation about his drastic transformation into the controversial politician.
We are thrilled to have met the incredibly-kind Lewis right before his wrap as he is England-bound.
See our Snap:
See Snaps of Lewis as Ford:
Lewis next can be seen in OCEAN’S EIGHT this Summer!
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong/Showtime)
#SPOTTED: BEN PLATT + MENA MASOUD IN TORONTO FOR “RUN THIS TOWN”
TONY and GRAMMY Award Winner Ben Platt is a star on the rise. Originating the titular role in widely-acclaimed and Toronto-bound DEAR EVAN HANSEN on Broadway, he is getting plenty of buzz for his starring role in Writer/Director Ricky Tollman‘s RUN THIS TOWN. He also has starred in the successful PITCH PERFECT Franchise and also THE BOOK OF MORMON.
RUN THIS TOWN stars Damian Lewis (Billions, Homeland) as Rob Ford and also Nina Dobrev and Mena Massoud, the latter who recently wrapped Disney‘s upcoming live-action adaptation of Aladdin in which he stars in the title role.
Run This Town follows a young journalist (Platt), desperate to prove himself, who catches wind of a scandal involving a flashy, unpredictable politician with no filter (Lewis). Political aides (Massoud and Dobrev) attempt to keep their boss in check – and the story under wraps – in order to save their jobs. The Film tells the story of the Millennial generation while spotlighting the power dynamics operating in today’s workplace.
Platt has drummed-up a bit of controversy being targeted with criticism online from some who have mistakened the Film as being a biographical account of Ford‘s life, not crediting the outstanding investigative journalism of Robyn Dolittle. It has been confirmed that the Film is in fact fictional, set against the backdrop of a Ford-run Toronto.
We spotted Platt after a day of hard work in what is a compressed filming schedule, set to complete in under one month. He was awesome to stop for a Snap, as was Massoud, who just arrived from Los Angeles, greeted by hoards of fans and autograph seekers upon arrival. A hero’s welcome home for the Toronto talent.
See our Snaps:
It is believed this Film is targetting a premiere at TIFF ’18 and we need to see this! Elevation Pictures will be handling its release in Canada.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#FIRSTLOOK: BEN PLATT, DAMIAN LEWIS, NINA DOBREV AND MENA MASSOUD TORONTO-BOUND FOR “RUN THIS TOWN”
While Toronto has been Pilot and TV Series-heavy in terms of filming, something interesting is on the horizon. We are hearing through a source that a new Film titled RUN THIS TOWN will be filming in the City around April. It will star TONY winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) and Toronto’s Mena Massoud who will play the titular role in Disney’s upcoming live-action Aladdin Film. While not yet confirmed on IMDb, Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), the latter also of Toronto, are likely to star also.
Ricky Tollman writes and directs this, his first Feature Film. Tollman attended OMDC’s 2016 International Financing Forum for the Film, which finally is set to take off.
The plot follows a young journalist (Platt), desperate to prove himself, who catches wind of a scandal involving a flashy, unpredictable politician with no filter (Lewis). Political aides (Massoud and Dobrev) attempt to keep their boss in check – and the story under wraps – in order to save their jobs.
The Shoot is estimated to take approximately one month in Toronto. Pretty timely with Doug Ford‘s recent naming as the Ontario PC Leader?
More to come. The Film is said to have its sights on a TIFF ’18 Premiere.
(Photo credit: Universal Pictures)
#GIVEAWAY: ENTER TO WIN “ROMEO & JULIET” STARRING DOUGLAS BOOTH AND HAILEE STEINFELD ON DVD/BLU-RAY
You’ve seen or read it before, but not like this! Right in-time for Valentine’s Day, D Films and Mr. Will Wong want to give Readers a chance to win Carlo Carlei‘s ROMEO & JULIET on DVD/Blu-ray.
The ageless Story from the World’s most renowned Author is re-imagined for the 21st Century by Julian Fellowes and Director Carlo Carlei. This Adaptation is told in the lush traditional setting it was written, but gives a new generation the chance to fall in love with the enduring legend. In addition to Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth, the all-star Cast includes Academy Award-nominated Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Emmy winner Damian Lewis (Homeland), Stellan Skarsgård (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End) and Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl).
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Canadian Readers only, please.
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D Films release ROMEO & JULIET on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
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#SPOTTED: MANDY PATINKIN IN TORONTO FOR “HOMELAND”
Success definitely just happen overnight for Mandy Patinkin. The Veteran Actor/Singer has the Awards to match the Accolades and although he just lost-out at the Golden Globes for his superb work on Showtime‘s Homeland as CIA Division Chief Saul Berenson this year, he has a TONY Award and a Primetime EMMY Award to his name. You might know him for his work in The Princess Bride, Yentl and Chicago Hope.
Patinkin currently is in-town promoting of the multiple Golden Globe and Primetime EMMY Award-winning Series starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, which premieres in Canada for the first time Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:00 PM EST on Bravo. In addition to a morning-full of Press at the Bell Media Building today, he later today will be recording Interviews at CBC for George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and Q Radio. An appearance on Entertainment Tonight Canada also is scheduled.
Right before heading the lunch, Patinkin and his Handler were amazing to have his Driver pull-over and he roll-down the window of his Mercedes Benz to pose for a Photo, going above and beyond the call of duty. Thrilled to have met this Acting Legend, who was more than gracious!
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)