Call it a homecoming! The Cast and Crew behind LITTLE ITALY brought it all back home for a festive bash at Scotiabank Theatre tonight in Toronto! The Romantic-Comedy directed by Donald Petrie (Miss Congeniality, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) took over the City last summer and Torontonians have been excited to see this pizza delivered!
Attending the event were Petrie himself and the Film’s stars, Emma Roberts, Hayden Christensen, Andrea Martin, Danny Aiello, Jane Seymour, Andrew Phung, Cristina Rosato, Vas Saranga, Linda Kash, Ava Preston and Nicky Cappella. Producer Vinay Virmani (also a Co-Writer) also was in attendance, as was 6Dad Norm Kelly, Olympian Donovan Bailey and Jaleel White, known best for his iconic role as Steve Urkel in ABC Series Family Matters.
Little Italy centers on a couple who must deal with their feuding, pizza restauranteur families. The Film was show and is set in Toronto.
Our Team had the pleasure of being a part of the fun and in ways it was like seeing a nephew or niece grow-up. We had the joy of visiting the set last summer and it was a blast. We even shared pizza with Roberts!More here.
We ask Director Donald Petrie what makes Little Italy‘s love story so great. He tells us, “This isn’t a singular love story. A lot of the audience are gonna look at the poster and go ‘I know the ending! These two get together!’. And they’re right, they do! But there are a lot of surprise love stories along the way that they don’t know. It’s all about the journey and that’s what makes Little Italy great”.
Our Amanda Gilmore and David Baldwin chat with the Cast and Crew of Little Italy about their roles in the Film, their experience filming here in Toronto and of course, what they love most on their pizza!
Watch our Chats below:
See some Snaps:
Hayden Christensen with Roberts and also his Nonna
Nicky Romero x Ava Preston (they play the younger versions of Christensen x Roberts)
eOne Films release LITTLE ITALYFriday, August 24, 2018.
(Photo/video credit: eOne Films/Amanda Gilmore/David Baldwin/Mr. Will Wong)
eOne Films x Mr. Will are thrilled to give Readers a chance to win Advance Passes to see the delightful Romantic-Comedy, LITTLE ITALY, filmed right here in Toronto!
Screenings take place as follows:
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 7 PM – Toronto
Thursday, August 23, 2018 7 PM – Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Halifax and Victoria.
Please note: the Toronto screening is a World Premiere.
15 years ago, best friends SAL and VINCE, makers of Little Italy’s most storied pizza, had an ugly spat and set up rival pizzerias. Today, their “Pizza Wars” rage on. Sal and Vince divide their time between sabotaging each other’s business and trading insults at the local bar. But not everyone wants war. Sal’s daughter NIKKI (Emma Roberts) (25), and Vince‘s son LEO (Hayden Christensen) (26), have fallen in love. So have Sal’s mother FRANCA (Andrea Martin) and Vince’s father CARLO (Danny Aiello). When Franca and Carlo announce their wedding, Nikki and Leo‘s secret also spills out into the open. Sal and Vince can take it no more. They lay a wager-“Team Sal” will face “Team Vince” in a pizza cookout where the loser leaves Little Italy for good. Sal and Vince succeed in pitting their children against each other. Tempers are raging hotter than wood fired pizza ovens. Little Italy is now a war zone. Who will the winner be? Team Sal or Team Vince? And what of the two couples? Will their love become the victim, or emerge victorious in this ridiculously epic food feud?
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eOne Films release LITTLE ITALYFriday, August 24, 2018.🍕
Think Romeo & Juliet… meets pizza! Those of us who saw 2014’s entertaining Toronto-made Dr. Cabbie will be thrilled to know that our friend Vinay Virmani is back again, this time as Co-Writer and Producer of LITTLE ITALY. The Rom-Com currently in production in Toronto, has taken over its namesake district these past couple weeks and suffice it to say, we can’t wait till it’s delivered! If all the buzz on publications like Just Jared, US Weekly and The Daily Mail is any indication, you are too! 🍕
Little Italy centers on two dueling pizza shops, Vince’s and Sal’s, the families that own them and a blossoming romance between Nikki (Emma Roberts) and Leo (Hayden Christensen), whose families own the competing restaurants. It is impossible not to chuckle at the signage on-set. Vince’s claims to be the best. Sal’s? It’s even better! There’s also a chalkboard sign greeting you at the door to remind you this in case you even think about going to Vince’s.
Donald Petrie (Miss Congeniality, Grumpy Old Men, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days) directs the Film, while Producers are Pauline Dhillon, Ajay Virmani and Vinay Virmani. The Film’s cast features several familiar faces including Danny Aiello, Alyssa Milano, Andrea Martin, Gary Basaraba, Adam Ferrara, Jane Seymour and more!
We had the pleasure of popping by the set to say “hi” on a couple occasions while it filmed on College St. at a showroom space transformed into the two central pizza shops for the shoot. While it filmed quietly and non-intrusively among the downtown bustle, fans would queue hours across the road with great anticipation for a taste of that star power.
We loved seeing again Christensen, whom we honestly can say is channeling full-on Italian here and this Film is him as we’ve never seen him before, having built a diverse and accomplished résumé over the years. He was just beginning a long day of work when we saw him and he was so gracious to stop for a minute to chat. Perusing Instagram, he has been more than accommodating to his still very ardent fans who were visiting the set daily.
Roberts also has been very givingtoo to fansand we were thrilled to have a quick minute to chat and goof around.We are a huge fan, especially in some of her more recent work like Scream Queens, The Blackcoat’s Daughter and Nerve, and we also follow her’s and partner Karah Preiss‘ awesome reading Blog, Belletrist.
And did you know that Alyssa Milano also stars in Little Italy? She was a vision sporting some super-vibrant colours and she’s just as awesome as we remember her back in 2010 when she made Sundays at Tiffany’s here in the City. She reminded fans that she will be doing a baseball-related signing next weekend here in Toronto. Follow her Instagram for more here.
Virmani, in perhaps his most ambitious challenge to date, tells us the Film wraps later this month and gave us a sincere thanks for our support and we promise to be there when Little Italy sees its release! We hope you’re just as excited as us about this one.
Taking place tonight at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, the fourth annual Canadian Screen Awards fêted the very best in both Television and Cinema this past year. Sweeping in the Film categories including Best Film, was Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture, ROOM, shot here in Toronto last winter and subsequently winning the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at TIFF 2015.
In addition to garnering Brie Larson her first Oscar victory last month, the American Actress won Best Film Actress tonight for her work in the Film Adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel, its screenplay also penned by the latter. Director Lenny Abrahamson and Donoghue herself also won in their respective categories.
Child Actor Jacob Tremblay stole the show, garnering a well-deserved victory for Best Film Actor for his portrayal of a child named Jack whom after living all his life isolated from the world with his Ma (Larson), is faced with the challenge of adapting to the real world after he manages to flee from his and his mother’s captor. He tells the Press Room with great pride that he will be displaying his award on his shelf alongside his Millennium Falcon. As we all know by now, he loves Star Wars.
I ask Tremblay what he has to say to Brie Larson whom he has navigated so successfully through Awards Season these past few months. He tells me, “I hope we can work together again”.
CBC Comedy Schitt’s Creek also dominated the Television categories with three wins tonight including Best TV Comedy Series, Best Actor (Eugene Levy) and Actress (Catherine O’Hara) in a TV Comedy. O’Hara and Levy both agree that the Canadian Screen Awards should be given an official nickname of the “Candies” for phonetic and sentimental reasons. The name pays tribute to their SCTV Co-Star John Candy, a Canadian icon who left us far too soon.
Orphan Black also once again was recognized tonight, its upcoming season having wrapped in Toronto just recently. Its star Tatiana Maslany won Best Actress in a TV Drama Series, but unfortunately was busy at the SXSW Festival promoting her new Film with partner Tom Cullen this weekend. Her Co-Star Ari Millen was honoured with Best Actor in a TV Drama Series.
Complete list of winners announced tonight:
Best Comedy Series Schitt’s Creek CBC (CBC)
(Not A Real Company Productions Inc.) Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, Ben Feigin, Mike Short, Kevin White, Colin Brunton
Best Dramatic Series Sponsor | Innovate By Day
19-2 Bravo! (Bell Media) (Sphere Media Plus, Echo Media) Jocelyn Deschenes, Virginia Rankin, Bruce M. Smith, Luc Chatelain, Greg Phillips, Saralo MacGregor, Jesse McKeown
Best International Drama Vikings History Channel Canada (Shaw Media) (Take 5 Productions) Sheila Hockin, John Weber, Michael Hirst, Morgan O’Sullivan, James Flynn, Alan Gasmer, Sherry Marsh, Bill Goddard
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role Schitt’s Creek – Carl’s Funeral CBC (CBC) Eugene Levy
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Orphan Black – Newer Elements of Our Defence Space (Bell Media) Ari Millen
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role Schitt’s Creek – Don’t Worry, It’s His Sister CBC (CBC) Catherine O’Hara
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Orphan Black – Certain Agony of the Battlefield Space (Bell Media) Tatiana Maslany
Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble) Sunnyside – Top Hat City (Rogers Media) Kathleen Phillips, Pat Thornton, Patrice Goodman, Kevin Vidal, Alice Moran, Rob Norman, Norm Macdonald
Best TV Movie or Limited Series Sponsor | Entertainment One The Book of Negroes CBC (CBC) (Entertainment One, Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment) Damon D’Oliveira, Clement Virgo, Margaret O’Brien, Carrie Stein, Lance Samuels, Bill Niven, Michael Levine
Achievement in Art Direction / Production Design | Meilleure direction artistique Ethan Tobman, Mary Kirkland – Room
Achievement in Costume Design | Meilleurs costumes Joanne Hansen – Beeba Boys
Achievement in Direction | Meilleure réalisation Sponsor | Commanditaire | Pinewood Toronto Studios Lenny Abrahamson – Room
Achievement in Editing | Meilleur montage Sponsor | Commanditaire | The PostMan Post-Production Studio Nathan Nugent – Room
Achievement in Make-Up | Meilleurs maquillages Sponsor | Commanditaire | M●A●C Cosmetics Sid Armour, Jennifer Gould – Room
Achievement in Music – Original Score | Meilleure musique originale Michael Brook – Brooklyn
Achievement in Music – Original Song | Meilleure chanson originale Sponsor | Commanditaire | Slaight Music Jenny Salgado, André Courcy – Scratch – A Hip-opera | Scratch – Un Hip-Opéra – “C’est aujourd’hui que je sors”
Achievement in Overall Sound | Meilleur son d’ensemble Sponsor | Commanditaire | Deluxe Toronto Lou Solakofski, Ian Rankin, Joe Morrow, Russ Dyck, Graham Rogers, James Bastable, André Azoubel, Don White, Jack Hereen – Hyena Road
Achievement in Sound Editing | Meilleur montage sonore Jane Tattersall, David McCallum, Martin Gwynn Jones, Barry Gilmore, David Evans, Dave Rose, Brennan Mercer, Ed Douglas, Kevin Banks, Goro Koyama, Andy Malcolm – Hyena Road
Achievement in Visual Effects | Meilleurs effets visuels Phil Jones, Sarah Wormsbecher, Eric Doiron, Anthony DeChellis, Lon Molnar, Geoff D.E. Scott, Nathan Larouche, Mark Fordham – Hyena Road
Adapted Screenplay | Meilleure adaptation Emma Donoghue – Room
Best Animated Short | Meilleur court métrage d’animation The Ballad Of Immortal Joe – Hector Herrera, Pazit Cahlon
Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary | Meilleures images dans un long métrage documentaire Sponsor | Commanditaire | Sony of Canada Arnaud Bouquet – Last of the Elephant Men
Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary | Meilleur montage dans un long métrage documentaire James Scott – How to Change the World
Best Live Action Short Drama | Meilleur court métrage dramatique She Stoops To Conquer – Zack Russell, Marianna Khoury
Best Motion Picture | Meilleur film Room – David Gross, Ed Guiney
Best Short Documentary | Meilleur court métrage documentaire Sponsor | Commanditaire | Hot Docs Bacon & God’s Wrath – Sol Friedman
Original Screenplay | Meilleur scénario Benjamin August – Remember
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role | Interprétation masculine dans un premier rôle Jacob Tremblay – Room
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role | Interprétation masculine dans un rôle de soutien Nick Serino – Sleeping Giant
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role | Interprétation féminine dans un premier rôle Brie Larson – Room
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role | Interprétation féminine dans un rôle de soutien Joan Allen – Room
Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary | Meilleur long métrage documentaire Ted Rogers Hurt – Peter Gentile, Alan Zweig
See our Snaps of the Talent on the Red Carpet tonight:
Canadian Screen Week capped-off in a huge way tonight with the third annual Canadian Screen Awards taking place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The Ceremony honouring the finest in Canadian Film and Television, is meant to recognize and celebrate the Hotbed of talent in our Country and also, on an international scale.
Hosted by SCTV Alumni Andrea Martin, the laughter kept coming with her referencing everything from the fresh Internet debate of the White vs. Blue Dress, to a hilarious introduction which saw her falling out of her SUV, full of censored pixilation, which later would be turned into a YouTube Video complete with Autotune. She revealed before the Press Room that her jokes tonight with a result of a collaboration between friends Steve Martin, Martin Short and a couple Writers from Late Show with David Letterman.
128 Screen Awards were handed-out this week, with 45 being handed tonight during the live Broadcast, airing first in the Atlantic region. Among the top Winners tonight was ORPHAN BLACK, which for a second consecutive year won Best Dramatic Series, along with its Star Tatiana Maslany nabbing againBest Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. Maslany arrived dressed in Canadian Designers Greta Constantine, with her Boyfriend, Downton Abbey Star, Tom Cullen.
French-language Drama MOMMY – fresh off a César Award in France – from Quebec Filmmaker/Actor Xavier Dolan would go on to win major accolades tonight including Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Editing, Achievement in Make-Up, Original Screenplay, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Antoine Olivier Pilon), Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Anne Dorval) and Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Suzanne Clément).
POMPEII also would go-on to score big, winning Achievement in Art Direction, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Costume Design, Achievement in Visual Effects, Achievement in Sound Editing and Achievement in Visual Effects. It earlier was awarded the Cineplex Golden Reel Award as top-grossing Canadian Film. Mega-Producer Don Carmody accepted the Award tonight, while one of its Stars, Kiefer Sutherland walked the Red Carpet, making a return to his Hometown.
Several would dazzle the Red Carpet tonight including recent Oscar Winner Julianne Moore, smart in a Pantsuit, graciously accepting a warm round of applause as she came to present. The Actress was nominated for her work in David Cronenberg‘s acclaimed MAPS TO THE STARS, which eventually saw her Co-Star John Cusack go-on to win for Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Others who dazzled included Meaghan Rath of BEING HUMAN, Sarah Gadon of MAPS TO THE STARS, Julia Voth of PACKAGE DEAL, Patrick J. Adams of SUITS, a pregnant A.J. Cook of CRIMINAL MINDS and a tearful Missy Peregrym who commended ROOKIE BLUE Fans for being “fierce”; the latter Series won Golden Screen Award for Best Dramatic Television Series.
Amidst all the pre-Festival bustle, the Stars of brand-new Comedy DR. CABBIE kicked-off what surely will be a Parade of Stars in Toronto these next couple weeks! Drawing a large crowd of Supporters tonight along Richmond Street at Scotiabank Theatre, the new Film produced by Bollywood Legend Salman Khan and made in Toronto, is set to hit theatres late September.
In support of the night, several of the Cast and Crew graced the festive Red Carpet including Star/Writer Vinay Virmani, Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory) and his lovely Wife Neha Kapur, Singer Karl Wolf, Rizwan Manji (Privileged), Newcomer Isabelle Kaif, Sangita Patel (Entertainment Tonight Canada), Rapper Kardinal Offishall, Viral Sensational Lilly “Wonderwoman” Singh, Executive Producer Ajay Virmani, Writers Manu Chopra & Ron Kennell, Director Jean-François Pouliot and several more.
Arriving fittingly in a Co-Op Cab, the Film’s three Leads Virmani, Nayyar and Kaif arrived to a warm reception from Fans, stopping to greet Fans along the barricades, a repeat of the fanfare seen outside Brampton SilverCity on Saturday night as a rumoured number of Fans in the thousands crowded for a glimpse of the Film’s Stars, namely its Megastar Producer Khan. Virmani was kind enough to greet the entire Red Carpet and especially took a moment out to thank us personally for our support for the Film. We’ve been keeping a tab on it since it began production here!
DR. CABBIE centers on a certified Physician named Dr. Deepak Chopra (Virmani) who moves to Canada, settling to make a living as a Cab Driver. After successfully delivering a baby in the back of his Cab, he decidedly turns it into a mobile Clinic.
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eOne Films release DR. CABBIE on Friday, September 19, 2014.
We’ve been pumped for DR. CABBIE since hearing of it being in production in Toronto last Spring and now eOne Films and Mr. Will want to take Readers in Toronto (August 31st), Calgary (September 10th) and Surrey (September 11th) to see it first! Star Vinay Virmani will be in attendance at all Screenings mentioned! The Toronto Screening will be the World Premiere of the Comedy!
An unemployed Doctor-turned-Cab Driver becomes a local Hero when he converts his taxi into a mobile clinic. DR.CABBIE is a heartwarming Comedy about a young Indian Doctor who immigrates to Canada and faces roadblocks in his effort to heal others but discovers his true purpose, and true love, along the way.
DR. CABBIE stars Vinay Virmani, Adrianne Palicki, Kunal Nayyar and Chris Diamantopoulous.
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We’ve been pumped for DR. CABBIE since hearing of it being in production in Toronto last Spring. Well finally, an extended Trailer has surfaced for the Comedy which could well get a premiere at TIFF ’14! Yahoo! Movies got the first look back in April and now here’s a more extensive look at what we can expect from Bollywood Heavyweight Salman Khan‘s first international Flick!
An unemployed Doctor turned Cab Driver (Vinay Virmani) becomes a local Hero when he converts his Taxi into a Mobile Clinic. Dr. CABBIE is the heart warming journey of a young Indian Doctor who immigrates to Canada with the selfless ambition of healing others while beginning a new life in the land of opportunity. DR. CABBIE discovers his true purpose and true love when he embarks upon this journey of a Doctor turned Cabbie.
Although filming has wrapped for hilarious-looking new Comedy Dr. Cabbie (formerly Dr. Cabbie’s Meter’s Running) one of its Stars was still spotted in-town earlier today after a grueling week which saw lengthy overnight shoots. The stunning Adrianne Palicki was spotted walking her adorable Dog, Olly earlier today, casual and gorgeous in Tank Top and Sunglasses. Ever kind, the Rising Star stopped for a quick Snap and was absolutely lovely and gracious.
Television audiences will remember Palicki for her fantastic work as Tyra Collette on NBC‘s Friday Night Lights. Like many of her Co-Stars, her profile has been boosted significantly of late including a starring role in this year’s Box Office Hit G.I. Joe: Retaliation from Paramount Pictures.
Palicki stars in the Jean Francois Pouliot Film as the Love Interest of Deepak (Vinay Virmani), a young Indian Doctor who ventures to Canada, becoming a Local Hero merging both his Cab Driving and Medical Skills! There is even some Bollywood-style dancing in the Film. Amaze.