I had my reservations about this, but actually found it very enjoyable. SELENA + CHEF debuted August 2020 on HBO Max (and on Crave in Canada with the HBO add-on), the Series taking the highly-likable Selena Gomez on a new journey each episode as she gets mentored by a top chef virtually.
While we didn’t expect a second season this soon, it’s already here before us and though we’re waiting on some of the heavier hitters to begin production again amidst this Pandemic, this serves as lighthearted educational fun in the meantime.
International superstar Gomez‘s cooking knowledge self-admittedly isn’t very advanced and that’s fine as she often asks honest questions and shows her limitations, which get corrected on-screen, i.e. her chopping skills are anxiety-inducing at times. There’s something to take away here every episode no matter if you’re a novice or a pro in the kitchen as these celebrity Chefs open-up and give us some real pro tips. Not every creation lands like it should, but we learn how to do it better next time and that’s a refreshing way to present cooking.
See a Highlight Reel of her knifing skills. You’ll see!
At the end of each episode, Gomez ties-in each episode with a charitable donation on her part to a charity of the Chef’s choice and sometimes genuinely is overcome with emotion hearing why the charity is important. An example of this is Chefs Jon & Vinny supporting the NAACP, an organization which is doing work that is relevant especially in a post-#BlackLivesMatter landscape. This any many other genuine moments where Gomez is being her authentic self.
The Series is filled with many little joys and unscripted surprises. We get to make Tacos with Roy Choi and Taylor Swift appears on the phone! OMG. Some Asparagus literally catches on fire in the oven. Terrifying. One Chef, Angelo Sosa insists she mix white chocolate into her Guacamole. “This isn’t my vibe”, she apologizes and she is honest she didn’t like it. Good for her.
Part of what makes the dynamic fun is that Gomez is quarantining with her maternal grandparents, her grandpa or “Papa” as she calls him, is unrelentingly tough on her. Her best friends Liz and Raquelle also are rooming with her and are her Taste Testers and ad-hoc Sous Chefs, who sometimes make matters worse, but it’s all in good fun!
A diverse array of upcoming guests on Season 2 of the Series include Curtis Stone, Kelis (yes, “Milkshake” Kelis!) and more.
See the Trailer below:
We’re actually excited to continue with this and definitely have time in our day for this. New episodes to arrive weekly on Thursday.
Elevation Pictures x Mr. Will want to give Readers a chance to win a Pizza Movie Night with THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY! One winner will win a $40 PANAGO Gift Card and Digital Download of the Film, directed by Natalie Krinsky and produced by Selena Gomez. There will be runner-up prizes where you also could win a free Digital Download as well!
What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you’ve ever been in? THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY follows the always unique Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan), a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder. After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The Broken Heart Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics out there, including Lucy herself.
We adored this Film. Our Review can be found here.
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With some movie theatres set to open as soon as this Friday, one Toronto-made production is set to ring-in a return to the cinemas!
What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you’ve ever been in? The Broken Hearts Gallery follows the always unique Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan), a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder. After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The Broken Heart Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics out there, including Lucy herself.
The romantic comedy stars Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon, Phillipa Soo, Suki Waterhouse, Arturo Castro and Bernadette Peters. The film is produced and financed by No Trace Camping’s David Gross and executive produced by Selena Gomez, Mandy Teefey, Jesse Shapira,Jeff Arkuss, Josh Clay Phillips, Mason Novick and Michelle Knudsen. The film was shot in 2019 in Toronto and New York City, produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and Ontario Creates. Sony Pictures will release in the US.
Visionary Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, Paterson) brings us his latest effort, THE DEAD DON’T DIE featuring one or the most eclectic Casts ever!
Synopsis: THE DEAD DON’T DIE – the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane, Austin Butler, Luka Sabbat and Tom Waits. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch.
See the Trailer:
Universal Pictures Canada release THE DEAD DON’T DIEFriday, June 14, 2019.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Canada x Mr. Will want to give Readers a chance to win HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION on Blu-Ray Combo Pack!
Synopsis: Hotel Transylvania owner Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) realizes he is lonely and decides it might be time for him to try and find love again after spending the last hundred years working non-stop. He attempts online dating but has no luck finding someone special. His daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) recognizes how tired and lonely her father is and takes it upon herself to both give him both a vacation and a chance at finding love.
She convinces Dracula to accompany her and the rest of their monster family on a luxury cruise so he can take a break from making everyone else’s vacations so perfect and take one himself for once. Although he’s initially reluctant, Dracula eventually agrees.
The group indulges in all the amenities and activities the luxurious ship has to offer. Dracula finds himself attracted to the ship’s beautiful cruise director, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), who reciprocates his feelings. However, as it turns out, she is the great-granddaughter of vampire-hunter Van Helsing, which leads Mavis to question Ericka‘s intentions.
Right in-time for summer break comes what surely will be a big hit for the Family! Check-out the new Trailer for HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION!
Synopsis: Sony Pictures Animation‘s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.
Genndy Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers
Adam Sandler (Dracula)
Andy Samberg (Johnny)
Selena Gomez (Mavis)
Kevin James (Frank)
David Spade (Griffin)
Steve Buscemi (Wayne)
Keegan-Michael Key (Murray)
Molly Shannon (Wanda)
Fran Drescher (Eunice)
Kathryn Hahn (Ericka)
Jim Gaffigan (Van Helsing)
Mel Brooks (Vlad)
See the Trailer:
Sony Pictures Canada release HOTELTRANSYLVANIA 3Friday, July 13, 2018.
You loved the first two, now here’s a third! The new Trailer for HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION has just surfaced.
In Sony Pictures Animation‘s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.
Hotel Transylvania 3: SUMMER VACATION stars Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Molly Shannon, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Keegan-Michael Key and Mel Brooks!
See the Trailer:
Sony Pictures Canada release HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATIONFriday, July 13, 2018.
They’ve got us all talking! Selena Gomez after a few blissful days in Toronto which included renting out a VIP Theatre to watch a Movie, Ripley’s Aquarium, grub at The Diner (Thompson Hotel) and shopping in Yorkville with boyfriend, Toronto’s pride and joy The Weeknd, quietly left the City this evening with her bodyguard by her side. Checking-in quietly at the Toronto Pearson International Airport – she flies first-class of course – she quietly queued the Nexus line.
One female fan who noticed her asked Gomez for a photo while her bodyguard declined quietly. A pair of fans who got a bit closer behind her could be heard saying “That’s gonna be a good Snap!”.
More Gomez and The Weeknd in Toronto these past few days:
Holy frack! T-Swift delivers her A-Game in the eagerly-awaited Music Video for Bad Blood! She brings out her BFFs in a star-studded Girlfight Action Fest which premiered tonight during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards! Thought originally to be inspired by some tension between Swift and Katy Perry, it’s clear who has the former’s back on the matter.
Selena Gomez! Zendaya! Lena Dunham! Cara Delevingne! Hayley Williams! Hailee Steinfeld! Gigi Hadid!The hotness won’t quit. Director Joseph Kahn known best for Britney Spears’ Toxic Music Video achieves a new career best.
It ain’t even Summer yet, but everyone knows that the Campaign for coveted SONG OF THE SUMMER usually begins well in advance. The culmination of some masterful Publicity and Promotion by the Record Label for complete Airwave Domination! We’ve kept our ears open and we love that Pop Music is making a return back to proper melodies and although bugs terrify us, we certainly aren’t afraid of an Earworm.
We’re noticing the Europeans completely are winning the Pop Music Game right now with several Transatlantic Imports like Ellie Goulding, zedd and Tove Lo having a major presence on-air, but longtime veterans like Flo Rida and Maroon 5 also are showing incredible longevity. New names like Andy Grammer, Echosmith and Tori Kelly are bringing that sunny West Coast vibe across the continent. Canadians Walk Off the Earth have a mighty-catchy Tune in Rule the World which could find success across the Border! It’s tough to say who will come out on-top but there surely are some worth Contenders!
Have a listen! Which of these Tracks will be Song of Summer 2015?
TOVE LO – TALKING BODY
TORI KELLY – NOBODY LOVE
MAROON 5 – SUGAR
ARIANA GRANDE – ONE LAST TIME
ANDY GRAMMER – HONEY, I’M GOOD
ECHOSMITH – BRIGHT
NICK JONAS – CHAINS
ELLIE GOULDING – LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO
FLO RIDA – GDFR
ZEDD FT. SELENA GOMEZ – I WANT YOU TO KNOW
WALK OFF THE EARTH – RULE THE WORLD
LUNCHMONEY LEWIS – MAMA
(Photo/video credit: Sony Music/Universal Music/Warner Music)