It was a memorable year indeed! Join me as I recall some of 2013′s brightest moments in Celebrity, Film and Music with a Toronto twist! As a true Connoisseur of Pop Culture, I certainly was spoiled with several delights this year on all three fronts. Toronto witnessed what could well be the strongest years this City ever has seen in terms of Star Power. Also, as an experienced Digital Photographer of sorts, I am sharing some of my favourite Snaps taken around the City this year too. If you’re a #NOFILTER kinda Guy or Gal, I apologize! A few of them are Horse-related, spending many of my weekends at scenic Woodbine Racetrack, my fave Place since Childhood to escape and recharge from the City. Come Wongsters, let us walk down this luminous Memory Lane together!
TOP TEN SONGS OF 2013
2013 was solid for Pop Music and I was thrilled to hear a return to great, strong melodies. What a year it was for Miley Cyrus who not only wowed us with We Can’t Stop, but slayed us hard with Wrecking Ball! Coming in like a Wrecking Ball she managed to turn all eyes her way in a year which saw Albums released from some Marquee names like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and more. Lana Del Rey put us in a state of euphoria this Spring with her chilling Ballad for The Great Gatsby, Young & Beautiful. Flawless and timeless. Mariah Carey and Miguel provided much of the Soundtrack for my early Summer with their gorgeous Collabo #Beautiful, while Robin Thicke undisputedly had the Song of Summer 2013 with Blurred Lines. His Album of the same name easily is my favourite Disc of 2013.
1. Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball 2. Lana Del Rey – Young & Beautitul 3. Mariah Carey ft. Miguel – #Beautiful 4. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors 5. Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop 6. Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines 7. Capital Cities – Safe and Sound 8. Katy Perry – Roar 9. Icona Pop – I Love It 10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love
Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
TOP TEN FILMS OF 2013
I don’t recall a year in recent memory where the Films were quite as strong as this year. It is as if Filmmakers have studied critiques, knew precisely what to avoid and owned it. Time after time I’d make it out to the morning Media Screenings and just when I thought I’d seen my favourite Film of 2013, another would come along and usurp the throne. In all, AIDS Drama Dallas Buyers Club would leave the strongest imprint with Jared Leto touching the core of my soul with his phenomenal performance. 12 Years a Slave left me shaken and speechless and made it really tough to decide a Fave. Saving Mr. Banks truly affected and inspired me, moving me to tears and I could never forget Cate Blanchett‘s empathic portrayal of a Woman battling her own demons in Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine. And yes, I really loved Spring Breakers. James Franco is just on another level.
1. Dallas Buyers Club 2. 12 Years a Slave 3. American Hustle 4. Blue Jasmine 5. Saving Mr. Banks 6. Gravity 7. 42 8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 9. Enough Said 10. Spring Breakers
Watch the Trailer for Dallas Buyers Club below:
TOP CELEBRITY MOMENTS
It was a good bloody amazing year. My experience in New York City seeing the Met Gala is unforgettable, as a revolving door of Celebrities came my direction. I didn’t even know which way to go or who to ask first for a Photo! TIFF ’13 brought me several amazing memories finally getting to meeting one of my favourite Actresses, Nicole Kidman – not to mention getting to meeting personal Heroes Seth McFarlane, Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Baz Luhrmann and several more throughout the year. My ultimate Highlight however was finally after 15 tries, getting my Lady Gaga moment in November!
As seen top to bottom, left to right in the above Collage are:
Supermodel Cara Delevingne, Shoe Visionary Christian Louboutin, Actress Mia Wasikowska, Actor Jesse Eisenberg, Actor Kit Harington, Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Singer/Songwriter Lorde, Singer/Songwriter Robin Thicke, Television Personality/Actress Kelly Ripa, Domestic Goddess Martha Stewart.
Director Baz Luhrmann, Actress Emma Thompson, Singer/Actress Ariana Grande, Actress Léa Seydoux, Actress Adèle Exarchopoulos, Actress Toni Collette, Singer/Songwriter Lady Gaga, Singer Kylie Minogue, Actress Nicole Kidman, Actress/Singer Selena Gomez.
Writer/Actor Mike Myers, Comedian, Writer/Actor Seth MacFarlane, Writer/Actor Seth Meyers, Writer/Actor Jim Carrey, Actress Dakota Fanning, Actress Taylor Schilling, Singer/Songwriter/Fashion Mogul Pharrell, Television Personality/Actress Rosie O’Donnell, Kentucky Derby-winning Jockey Joel Rosario, Breeders Cup Classic-winning Jockey/Actor Gary Stevens.
Spice Girl/Actress Mel B., Actor Armie Hammer, Actress Kerry Washington, Actor Sam Rockwell, Actor Nicholas Hoult, Actor Tom Hiddleston, Actor Adam Driver, Actor Josh Brolin, Actor Daniel Radcliffe, Actress Dakota Fanning, Actor Sam Claflin, Actress Jena Malone.
And now the ten best Photos of 2013 snapped through my lenses (Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Olympus E-PL5):
Clarence Square Park
My Balcony – Yorkville
My Balcony – Yorkville
I truly am blessed and can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for us here in this sight-filled City of Tastemakers!
Toronto received a huge treat today as Funnyman Jim Carrey received a Hero’s welcome home with a late-announced Book Signing at Indigo Yorkdale earlier this afternoon after flying-in on his private jet from New York City.
Meeting over 200 lucky Fans who queued as early as midnight last night, enduring a sprinkling of rain even, Carrey arrived around 12:30 PM to do a bit of Press before taking his time, greeting each and every one of his Fans who were speedy enough to score a Wristband. Not only did he sign the requisite copies of his debut Children’s Book How Roland Rolls, he posed for goofy Photos and genuinely made an effort to get to know his Toronto Supporters. Carrey even read the entire book in animated spirit, drawing big laughs from Attendees, big and small.
“I know on appearances I’m a perfect specimen of manhood, and I’m absorbing millions on millions frigabytes of info on a daily basis growing all the time – but on the inside I’m a Child filled with wonder”, says Carrey on why he decided to write a Children’s Book. For those unaware, How Roland Rolls tells the Tale of a Wave named Roland who must face the eventual end of his life as soon as he hits the sand. Little does he realize though that he has a greater purpose in life. Read more about it here.
See my Snaps with Carrey below:
See a quick Clip of Carrey interacting with the Audience today:
It was an incredible experience I will never forget! For someone of Carrey‘s stature humbly to make the effort to connect with us says a lot about him as a Person and anyone in attendance today was rewarded handsomely for their loyalty.
Indigo Bookstore must also be commended for making the Event a smooth success as few walked away disappointed with the intimate access they had to Carrey!
The Stars just keep coming to Toronto! Funnyman Jim Carrey will be in-town this weekend to promote his new Children’s Book, How Roland Rolls. It was just a year ago that the Newmarket-born Actor was in the City filming Kick-Ass 2 and who would’ve known he had this up his sleeve?
HOW ROLAND ROLLS is a story about a wave named Roland who’s afraid that, one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over. But when he gets deep, he’s struck by the notion that he’s not just a wave he’s the whole big, wide ocean! The story shows humanity’s interconnectedness through the metaphor of a wave in the ocean.
The Book is lavishly illustrated by Rob Nason, who won a Golden Reel award for his work as Art Director on the film Anastasia, as well as an Annie Awards nomination. His work on Thumbelina garnered the Hans Christian Andersen award. His Cover for the inspiring grass-roots Children’s Book, Saltwater Taffy, was nominated as Cover of the Year and was a Finalist for the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award.
You can see Carrey in-person this Sunday at Indigo Yorkdale (3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON) at 1:00 PM EST as he’ll be signing copies of How Roland Rolls. Wristbands will be handed-out at 10:00 AM to those who buy the Book in-store that day. He will be signing copies of the Book only and there will be a maximum 1-2 copies signed per Customer.
UNIVERSAL PICTURES CANADA and MR. WILL WONG are thrilled for the first time to give you the chance to win one of 5 Admit Two Passes to the Advance Promo Screening of KICK-ASS 2 on Wednesday, August 14th 7:00PM at SilverCity Yonge & Eglinton.
We were there on-set last Fall as Kick-Ass 2 filmed in our City and we couldn’t be happier to take you to see the Action-Comedy first! Read about it all here.
Official Synopsis below:
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our Hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur Superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) — reborn as The Mother F %&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.
When we last saw junior Assassin Hit Girl and young Vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal Teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first Superhero Team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire — leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school Mean Girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-Mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes.
Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil League and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his Dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.
Kick-Ass 2 stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Morris Chestnut,
John Leguizamo, Donald Faison and Jim Carrey.
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See for yourself the Red-Band Trailer (NSFW) which is dropping jaws everywhere:
For the Safe-for-Work Trailer, look below:
Official Artwork below:
Universal Pictures Canada releases the amazing Kick-Ass 2 on Friday, August 16, 2013.
Paramount Pictures are giving Anchorman 2 their full confidence with a Christmas release date to compete with some real heavyweights. Just released is this brand new Trailer for the long-awaited Sequel to the 2001 Box Office Hit. The antics continue once again as San Diego’s favourite Newsman gets himself into more trouble here!
Watch the Trailer below:
Anchorman 2 boasts an All-Star Cast chalk full of Cameos including Nicole Kidman, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig, Jim Carrey, Kirsten Dunst, Meagan Good, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kanye West, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, plus returning Cast Members Paul Rudd, Vince Vaughn, David Koechner and of course, Will Ferrell in the Titular Role of Ron Burgundy.
This looks absolutely hilarious! Shot in Toronto, this brand new Red Band Trailer for Kick-Ass 2 has just surfaced! We were among the first to spot casting addition Jim Carrey(Colonel Stars and Stripes) filming in Toronto and here we can finally see him in all his sadistic glory! See Hit-Girl (Chloë Moretz) really kick some ass!
Watch the Trailer below:
Universal Pictures releases Kick-Ass 2 in Canada on August 16, 2013.
We all need campy fun now and then. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone stars Steve Carell in the Titular Role as a Magician who splits with his Partner after a guerilla Street Magician steals their thunder. After spending time with his childhood Idol, Burt realizes what it is that made him love Magic so much in the first place! Think Zoolander, but with Magicians and Tricks instead of Runways!
Directed by Don Scardino (30 Rock, Royal Pains), The Incredible Burt Wonderstone also stars Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Brad Garrett and James Gandolfini.
Watch the Trailer below:
See the amazing new Character Posters below:
Warner Bros. releases The Incredible Burt Wonderstone on March 15, 2013.
With filming set to wrap in a couple days for Kick-Ass 2, traffic came to a standstill this evening as filming blocked-off one of Toronto’s busiest strips between Eaton Centre and Yonge x Gould. Onlookers gave Canadian Funnyman Jim Carrey a Hero’s Welcome Home as he appeared barely recognizable as Colonel Stars, filming scenes with Co-Star Aaron Johnson who stars as the titular Protagonist. Also on- set tonight were Robert Emms who stars as Insect Man and Oakville’s Lindy Booth as Night Bitch.
Click here to read about my experience with Johnson, who was out and about at TIFF for Anna Karenina with his Wife, Sam Taylor-Wood.
Kick-Ass 2 promises to continue the epic Feud between Kick-Ass and Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) as the latter vows to torture everyone associated with Kick-Ass in this Sequel. Stars John Leguizamo and Chloë Moretz (who has been here all Summer filming Carrie) just wrapped the other day, already having head home.
Watch a couple short Snippets I took of Carrey and Johnson interacting earlier:
Universal Pictures will be releasing Kick-Ass 2 in Canada on August 16, 2013.