The third Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala, presented by BMO, was held last night at the Canadian National Exhibition‘s Automotive Building, the previous bash held September 2014. Sure to be a star-studded affair with blockbuster names like Jerry Seinfeld (2012) and Chris Rock (2014) having graced the stage in previous years, comedic icons Jim Gaffigan and Kevin Nealon (Saturday Night Live) headlined this edition of the black-tie affair.
Over 1,200 guests, who dined on culinary delights by restaurant mogul Susur Lee, filled the venue with proceeds of the Gala supporting the Michael Garron Hospital, known formerly as the Toronto East General Hospital. The Hospital received an historic gift of $50 million by Berna and Myron Garron in honour of their late son Michael.
In addition to the headliners in attendance, the likes of Ben & Jessica Mulroney, Sylvia & Robert Mantella, Connie & Bill Stavro, Gala Co-Chair and Invictus Games CEO Michael Burns, plus Mayor John Tory graced the red carpet.
Will Arnett hails from Toronto and still is at the top of his game with a leading role in this year’s Box Office smash The Lego Batman Movie and was named the Hospital’s first ever Honourary Doctor. Once again he filled hosting duties as Master of Ceremonies at the Gala. His father Jim, who also attended on a timely note with his mother Alix this Mother’s Day weekend, served on the Board for the Toronto East General Hospital between 2002 to 2009, serving as Chairman between 2006 to 2008.
Our Justin Waldman had the pleasure of chatting with Arnett on the Carpet and tells us about how he came to be involved with the affair. “Five years ago, they asked me to be a part of it. My dad worked with them so I was familiar with the hospital and they do such great things.”. “It started kinda small and has managed to expand over the years into the Michael Garron Hospital.”. “I’m really excited to be a part of this.”.
Among the super-rare items and experiences up for auction were a chance to have an intimate dinner with Arnett himself, the lucky bidders topping all with a $25k winning bid. Trips to anywhere on the Air Canada network with luxurious accommodations in the south of France also were up for grabs, a top bid rising eventually to $30k.
See some Snaps from the evening below. Hover cursor over left and right of album to navigate slideshow:
Toronto’s own Michael Cera is back in town. While on a break filming Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin‘s directorial debut Molly’s Game, alongside the likes of Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner, he made time today to promote his work in upcoming Animated Feature THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE. The Blockbuster has him voicing the titular character’s sidekick Robin.
The 28-year-old known best for his acclaimed work on Series Arrested Development and Films like Superbad, Juno, This is the End, Sausage Party and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, did the rounds in the City pretaping several interviews in advance of the Film’s release next week.
See a Trailer below:
While we’ve met Cera a few times before, we never got the Selfie until today. He was more than nice to stop in the cold and check-in to see how I was doing.
Celebrating the completion of an ambitious $60 million capital campaign towards the $360 million redevelopment of Toronto East General Hospital, the Laughter is the Best Medicine II Gala took place this evening at Allstream Centre. With soon-to-be-completed Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre being a primary point of focus, Stars came out to show their support for the fantastic Cause. Spotted were the likes of Comedian Gerry Dee and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Jonas Siegel, Joffrey Lupul and more.
Emceeing the Black Tie Affair a second year, Toronto Funnyman Will Arnett continues to show his commitment to the Cause, while the likes of Comedian Mario Joyner, Cancer-surviving Singer Joseph Neale and Headliner Chris Rock took to the stage. The Party moved over to Muzik Nightclub after midnight.
Arriving shortly after 9:00 PM, Rock graced an intimate Red Carpet before entertaining the Crowd, certainly not holding back with several of his bold yet daringly-funny political observations. Any Fan of Chris Rock would certainly have known exactly what to expect and he delivered the laughs.
Tonight’s visit actually was the Emmy and Grammy Award Winner’s second visit to the City this month. He received tons of acclaim for his latest Film Top Five at TIFF ’14 a couple weeks back, the Comedy sparking a bidding war before ultimately Paramount Pictures secured distribution rights in North America.
Guests tonight had the opportunity to bid on a multitude of elaborate auction items, one including a Will Arnett-signed Rob Ford Bobblehead fetching $9k. Other auctions included a trip for two to Paris with a cooking course at prestigious Le Cordon Bleu.
To learn more about the Laughter is the Best Medicine II Gala, visit here.
Mr. Will Wong and Paramount Pictures want you to enter for a chance to win Advance Screening Passes to see something dear to the hearts of many of us who grew-up in the ’80s and ’90s… TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES! Screenings take place Wednesday, August 6, 2014 in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters Created by PETER LAIRD and KEVIN EASTMAN with a Screenplay by JOSH APPELBAUM & ANDRÉ NEMEC and EVAN DAUGHERTY, Producer MICHAEL BAY (the blockbuster Transformers franchise) and director JONATHAN LIEBESMAN (Wrath of the Titans) bring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the popular franchise that has captivated audiences of all ages for decades, into the 21st century.
Watch the “power”ful Trailer:
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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Mr. Will want to give Readers across North America a chance to win THE LEGO® MOVIE on DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack! We saw the Film back in February and it holds a special place in our heart and now we want you to experiencing how after seeing it, EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!! Read our Review here.
The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO® minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president’s powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.
Starring as Emmet’s fellow travelers are Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Emmy nominee for 30 Rock), as tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett (Emmy nominee, 30 Rock), as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO® minifigure with whom Lucy shares a history; Nick Offerman (NBC‘s Parks and Recreation) as a craggy, swaggering pirate, obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Alison Brie (Community) as a sweet, loveable member of the team, with a powerful secret.
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After raising over $3 million for the Toronto East General Hospital with Jerry Seinfeld, the Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala soon will be returning for a second time. Returning as Master of Ceremonies is Will Arnett, who hosted the inaugural Event in April 2012. More on that here. The Hospital of course holds a dear place to Toronto’s Arnett. His Father, Jim Arnett, served on the Board of the Hospital from 2002 through 2009.
Headlining Laughter is the Best Medicine II is EMMY and GRAMMY Award-winning Actor/Comedian Chris Rock, who has the distinction of being called “The Funniest Person in America”by Entertainment Weekly. For Event details, click here. The Gala takes place on Saturday,March 29, 2014 at Allstream Centre on Canadian National Exhibition Grounds.
Proceeds from the Event will be going towards the establishment of the Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre which will provide greater access to critical inpatient and outpatient care for up to half a billion people in theGTA.
Admit it. When you heard that a The LEGO Movie was in production you too were like, “What? How!??!”. In about three months’ time, we’re gonna see exactly how but for now here’s a taste and I must admit, it’s pretty darn adorable in this first official Trailer released today!
Directed by Chris Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), this 3-D Animated Feature boasts a stellar Cast which includes the likes of Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Charlie Day and Morgan Freeman.
Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an uptight CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Neeson (Taken) voices the President’s powerful Henchman, known as Bad Cop/Good Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.
Starring as Emmet’s fellow Travelers are Oscar® Winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), as tough-as-nails Wyldstyle, who mistakes Emmet for the Savior of the World and guides him on his quest; Arnett (30 Rock), as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO Minifigure with whom Wyldstyle shares a history; Offerman (Parks and Recreation) as a craggy, swaggering pirate obsessed with revenge on President Business; Alison Brie (Community) as a sweet, loveable member of the Team, with a powerful secret, and Day as the spaceman Benny.
Brand-new Official Trailer below:
While we’re at it? Have you created your own personalized LEGO SigFig yet? Do it here!
See mine below:
Warner Bros. Pictures Canada and Village Roadshow Pictures releases The LEGO Movie on Friday, February 7, 2014.
I smell a new Film Franchise!
(Photo/video credit: Warner Bros. Pictures Canada)
I cannot count the number of funny One-Liners in this brand new Trailer for Arrested Development Season Four. Here we see some the Bluth Family up to their old antics and if anything this season looks to take it one more notch over-the-top! Kitty Sanchez (Judy Greer) returning and flipping-out (yet again!) just makes this for me! Must watch.
See the Trailer in full below:
Netflix releases the fourth season of Arrested Development on Sunday, May 26, 2013.
Avril Lavigne covers this week’s issue of Hello! Canada, featuring their 50 Most Beautiful Canadians. Set to return with her current single Here’s to Never Growing Up, Editor-in-Chief Alison Eastwood released a statement saying, “Unveiling our annual Most Beautiful issue is as thrilling as giving a close friend a big, beautiful birthday present. And this year is especially exciting. Avril and her Fiancé Chad Kroeger have been great friends to HELLO! Canada, their Wedding is just around the corner, and our exclusive (and rare) Photo Shoot, on the eve of Avril’s return to the pop charts, was nothing short of magical.”.
The List ranges from Media, Ballerinas, Singers to Movie Stars with some surprises and some names you have to do a quick Google Image search for. Selected this year by the Magazine are:
Actor: Arrow, CTV
Actor: Arrested Development, Netflix