#SPOTTED: IN TORONTO – DEEPIKA PADUKONE, RICKY WHITTLE, MICHAEL BISPING, DYLAN BRUCE, WES CHATHAM + DOMINIQUE TIPPER
It was a crazy weekend for star-spotting in Toronto – but with temperatures rising to 20°C, you’d be silly to stay in and not enjoy this well-deserved weather if you were a Celeb! We spotted cast members from xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, The Expanse, American Gods and Orphan Black. ALL IN THE SPAN OF 90 MINUTES!
xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE
With much of filming taking place in Hamilton of late for this Blockbuster starring Vin Diesel, we’re still seeing additions to the Cast roll into the City. With MMA star Conor McGregor dropping out last month to focus on training, fellow Brit and middleweight fighter Michael Bisping more than ably fills the role of Hawk, arriving recently to begin work from L.A. He was amazingly nice to stop today for a Snap while heading out to run errands. No jacket required, indeed. We love that he even “liked” our Selfie!
This next sighting we know you’ll be REALLY excited about. We basically made the news allover the papers in India back in February when spotting her boyfriend and fellow Bollywood megastar Ranveer Singh, who flew-in to spend Valentine’s Day with her and also enjoy he NBA All Star Weekend! Deepika Padukone needs no introduction in her native India, but soon she will garner fans all around the world with her starring role as Serena in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage in which she stars opposite Diesel. She was out and about with her parents today and after we spotted her arriving back at her place, she was more than nice to stop for Selfies with her Mom giving her the “okay”! It was quick though as she head back into her building after a few snaps only, giving a gracious wave. We love her. Read about that time we met Ranveer here. We’ve had pretty good luck with most of the Cast, although we’re still holding out on that Selfie with Diesel! January 2017, guys!! Can’t wait.
We adore Brit import Ricky Whittle and are thrilled that things are on the up-and-up for him after his sudden exit from The CW‘s The 100. He begins work on Starz‘s American Gods and although we hear he just found himself a house for his stay while filming the upcoming series, he was really nice to stop today and spend a good 10 minutes with Fans, doing Snaps, Selfies and Autographs, genuinely absorbing all the love. We love the Snap he did with us, which he Tweeted to his amazing Fans!
You definitely recognize him from The Hunger Games and The Help, and Georgia native Wes Chatham is back in town to film the second season of SyFy’s The Expanse in the role of Amos Burton. He was spotted doing a quick read-through with British Co-Star Dominique Tipper (Vampire Academy) over lunch. The latter stars as Naomi Nagata and the series has a pretty stacked Cast including Thomas Jane, Shohreh Aghdashloo and more.
Although he’s no longer on internationally-acclaimed Orphan Black as Paul Dierden, which just wrapped recently in the City, Dylan Bruce was spotted around town on some down time. It appears that he’s next working on a TV Film called Midnight, Texas. Despite being caught off guard a bit, he was awesome to accommodate Selfies! We met him a couple years back at Soho House and remember him being just as cool!
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#SPOTTED: MAJOR STARS IN TORONTO FOR NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND
NBA All-Star Weekend has taken over Toronto for the first time ever. Kicking-off the festivities tonight at Ricoh Coliseum on CNE grounds was the much-buzzed Canada vs U.S. Mountain Dew 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, headed by captains Drake and Kevin Hart respectively. Drake tonight was given the honours of holding the key to the City based on his outstanding contributions locally.
Team Canada alas would prevail under Drake‘s guidance with a score of 74-64 with Win Butler and Tracy McGrady leading the pack.
Spotted in the audience tonight were some huge names like Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and more. The three were on the set of XXX: The Return of Xander Cage filming at the penthouse of one of the City’s most historic hotels. Wrapping just before 7, they head-on over quickly to Ricoh Coliseum, making it in time despite Fans waiting in the cold for them. It is said during halftime show, Diesel stopped to pose for Selfies with several Fans who clamoured for him, soaking-up all the adoration.
Olivia Wilde also was seen cheering Jason Sudeikis who is here promoting Jesse Owens Biopic RACE, alongside Co-Star Stephan James who played for Team Canada.
Rapper Snoop Dogg also is in-town too, leaving a trail of heartbreak this morning after no-showing at appearances on Breakfast Television and The Morning Show after a night of partying Thursday!
Meanwhile not far from the Celebrity Game, Gwen Stefani and Usher would headline an Afterparty at a specially-constructed for the occasion True North Lounge sponsored by Bell. Stefani quietly head to the venue around 9 with bodyguard picking her up from the underground of her Hotel and a trunk full of luggage. She is to appear in the first ever Live Music Video to be filmed Grammys night for her single Make Me Like You, dedicated to boyfriend and The Voice Co-Star Blake Shelton. Earlier in the day she had an Album Listening Party for upcoming Disc, This Is What the Truth Feels Like.
Other parties taking place in the City tonight included Kevin Hart‘s bash at Roy Thomson Hall, Shaquille O’Neal and Snoop Dogg are expected at Muzik Nighclub and also Amber Rose and Blac Chyna at Stadium Nightclub.
See our Snaps with NBA Megastar Chris Paul and man of the hour Kevin Hart!
The main event, the All-Star Game takes place Sunday night at Air Canada Centre, 7 PM. Watch on TSN.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#SPOTTED: RUBY ROSE + RANVEER SINGH IN TORONTO FOR “XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE”
As XXX: The Return of Xander Cage continues throughout the City, with star Vin Diesel spotted filming around St. Lawrence Market today, we caught-up with some related arrivals. Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose, who stars in this Franchise’s upcoming third installment was spotted flying-in on little rest after wrapping the Sequel to John Wick yesterday in Rome.
After an extended two-hour wait after landing, the Model/Actress wasn’t in best spirits understandably, covering her face with a scarf and sunglasses, also covering her face. Despite being a huge fan of hers and even offering a gift which I thought she would’ve loved, she replied “No, I’m good.” before shielding her face from Paparazzi. We hear some wonderful things about the Australian beauty from other Fans who met her at TIFF ’15. Perhaps it just wasn’t the right time?
Earlier in the day, we also spotted Ranveer Singh, boyfriend of Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, who has settled-in already beginning work on XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, after arriving last week. Tipped off right away by Flight Attendants queueing for Selfies with him after he arrived in Toronto, we joined-in on the Fun! The 30-year-old Indiana University graduate is a huge star in his own right in his native India sweeping multiple Awards since his debut in 2011. He also is closely-related to the powerful Kapoor Family. To be honest, he was amazingly-nice and hope he enjoys his quality time with his dear Deepika Valentine’s Day weekend!
XXX: The Return of Xander Cage films through May in Toronto.
See our Snap:
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)