D Films and Mr. Will Wong are thrilled to give Readers a chance to win the eagerly-awaited WINNIE on DVD/Blu-ray! See for yourself Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson‘s stellar performance which drew raves at TIFF ’12!
WINNIE is inspired by the life of Winnie Mandela, one of the World’s most captivating and inspiring Women. Darrell Roodt, Paul Johnson & André Pieterse wrote this heartfelt screenplay based on the Book Winnie Mandela – A Life by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob. The Film was subsequently produced by Michael Mosca of Equinoxe Films and by André Pieterse of Ma-Afrika Films.
This intimate, in-depth and unbiased Film takes the Audience on a remarkable journey of understanding Winnie Mandela, exploring both her personal and political life. Through her fierce determination and dauntless courage, Winnie Mandela survived her Husband’s imprisonment, continuous harassment by the security police, banishment to a small Free State town, betrayal by friends and allies, and more than a year in solitary confinement – all the while keeping the name of Nelson Mandela alive. A sensitive and balanced portrayal, the Film nevertheless thoroughly investigates and honestly examines the controversies that dogged Winnie Mandela in recent years.
This actually looks pretty awesome! If the Cast of Sabotage is any indication of how great it could be, then expect this Action Flick to be amazing! David Ayer (End of Watch) directs and co-writes.
The head of an elite DEA Task Force (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leads his Agents in a drug bust that yields millions of dollars. But he then turns on his own Men when he suspects that one of them is behind a vicious string of murders haunting his Unit following the Cartel take-down.
Sabotage also stars Terrence Howard, Olivia Williams, Joe Manganiello, Mireille Enos, Harold Perrineau and Sam Worthington! Where in the World has Sam Worthington been of late? Welcome back!
Watch the Trailer:
VVS Films releases Sabotage on Friday, April 11, 2014.
Earlier tonight I was humming and hawing about where to have Dinner with my Nephew Ken who drove-in from out-of-town to visit the City. Being the trendy Uncle always comes with a bit of added pressure but alas, I would not disappoint, bang-on picking pretty much the hottest spot in Toronto – La Carnita.
A self-proclaimed “celebration of Street Art and Street Food”, the College Street It-Spot boasted an hour-plus wait tonight but dare I say it was well worth it? Service was exceptionally quick in the cramped venue, our Server quick to ensure we got the last of the Special of the Day, Beef Cheek Empanadas. Done!
One-by-one at an electric pace, our Tastebuds were shocked and scintillated by the Hipster-veering Taco-centric Mexican Fare. Tostada de Ceviche (acid-cooked swordfish, guacamole, coconut milk, habanero tomato, cucumber) was remarkably fresh and citrusy – impressive. Pollo Frito (fried chicken, peanut mole sauce, pickled green cabbage & salsa fresca) was recommended highly by our Server and was indeed decent. Carnita (slow-cooked Pork) was almost a mandatory eat although it could’ve used a bit more sauce. The Beef Cheek Empanadas were a hearty and flavourful delight – I’ll even ignore the fact that I saw several others after me receiving their orders at their tables despite the claim we got the last of them (!). The absolute Centerpiece however was In Cod We Trust (deep-fried cod, Voltron sauce, lime crema, pickled red cabbage, green apple & cilantro) – every bite was textured heaven.
Unfortunately there was not much room left for tempting Dessert offerings likeChurros and Tres Leche Cake. Perhaps next time!
Prices are super-reasonable, serving sizes appear small to the eye but magically are filling, the ambiance festive and the taste immense. Easily one of my best meals in recent memory and deserving of the feverish buzz. Daniel Radcliffe and Terrence Howard couldn’t possibly be wrong in their adoration.
La Carnita is situated at 501 College Street (west of Bathurst).
At long last the TIFF ’13 Guest List has been announced and among the Marquee names we can expect to see in Toronto in two weeks are phenomenal! Although speak of Brad Pitt and George Clooney making appearances here didn’t amount to much more than rumour, this year the Female Contingent shines brightest with several of Hollywood’s A-List set to present their latest Oscar Vehicles here.
Among the Celebrities expected this year are:
Emilia Clarke, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Tom Felton, Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew McConaughey, Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Sarah Gadon, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Mike Myers, Emma Thompson, Kristen Wiig, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Amy Poehler, Keanu Reeves, Kate Winslet, Adam Driver, Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Owen Wilson, Ralph Fiennes, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Gyllenhaal, JudeLaw, Jessica Chastain, Jai Courtney, Mila Kunis, Pierce Brosnan, Sandra Bullock, Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth, Idris Elba, Ed Harris, Michael C. Hall, Annette Benning, James McAvoy, Liam Neeson, Steven Soderbergh, Ben Foster, Anton Yelchin, Maria Bello, Jennifer Garner, Nicolas Cage, Daniel Brühl, Tom Hiddleston, Jack Huston, Hugh Jackman, Jessica Lange, Melissa Leo, Adam Levine, Catherine O’Hara, Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Berenger, Tom Wilkinson, Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Clive Owen, Zach Galifianakis, Emily Watson, John Hawkes, Alan Rickman, Toni Collette, Josh Brolin, Alice Cooper, Tiger Chen, Rebecca Hall, Will Forte, Kevin Zegers, Taylor Kitsch, Juliette Binoche, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Thandie Newton, Terrence Howard, James Hetfield, Thomas Haden Church, Tim Robbins, Glenn Close, Dakota Fanning, Philip Glass and several more!
Keep checking back here as the Toronto International Film Festival makes additions as we get closer to Thursday, September 5, 2013 when TIFF ’13 kicks-off! The Festival runs till Sunday, September 15, 2013.
The official Schedule has been announced and you can now start planning your Festival right here. Download the Official Schedule right here!
Single Tickets go on sale on Sunday, September 1, 2013 on TIFF‘s Website here.
Things are about to get real exciting around here! Happy TIFF, indeed!
ALl I have to say is that it’s about time Maria Bello got cast in Movies again! One of the Films entering TIFF ’13 with the most buzz is Thriller,Prisoners, which centers around an investigation in the disappearance of two girls. Hugh Jackman stars as a Boston Man who takes matters into his own hands when he thinks he’s found the Man behind the disappearance of his Daughter and her Best Friend.
Directed by our v. own Denis Villeneuve (Incendies), Prisoners also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano,Viola Davis and of course, Maria Bello. Phenomenal Cast.
Watch the Trailer below:
Warner Bros. releases Prisoners on September 20, 2013. It debuts at TIFF ’13 on Saturday, September 7. 2013.
One Man, eight Presidents. The Butler tells the True Story of Cecil Gains (played by both Aml Ameen, Forest Whitaker), who served eight Presidents between 1952 and 1986, having a front-row seat as political and racial History was made in the United States. The Film marks Oprah Winfrey‘s big return to the Big Screen, playing the pivotal role of Gloria Gaines, his Wife.
Lee Daniels (Precious, The Paperboy) features an All-Star Cast including Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams, Mariah Carey, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Alan Rickman, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Cusack, Melissa Leo, Lenny Kravitz, Minka Kelly, James Marsden and several more.
Seen widely as a Contender at the Oscars, the The Weinstein Co. Film originally was to get an October release, but gets pushed-back to August 16, 2013, meaning no TIFF Premiere unfortunately!
Veteran is a fit word to describe Harold Perrineau, whom I spotted today on a walk with Billy through Yorkville! Along with his lovely Wife Brittany and two of Daughters, Wynter and Holiday. Being the cool Parents they are, their four-year-old Daughter Wynter wasspotted rocking an iPad even! And while we’re on the topic of Holidays, that also would be the exact reason the Actor is here in Toronto.
Perrineau is known for his superb Body of Work which includes Lost, Oz, Sons of Anarchy, Zero Dark Thirty, Romeo + Juliet (Director Baz Luhrmann was just in town this week!) and tells me he’s in-town filming Follow-up to Malcolm Lee‘s 1999 Comedy,The Best Man Holiday alongside Morris Chestnut, Eddie Cibrian and Terrence Howard. Howard in fact was spotted last night on Queen Street West supporting a great cause along with Rachel McAdams at Our Future Without Aids, a Benefit organized by the CANFAR Young Professional Council. Meanwhile, Cibrian and Wife LeAnn Rimes were spotted out at Whole Foods earlier in the week before flying back to Los Angeles.
Both Perrineau and his Wife were super-nice to stop and snap a Photo, as he reached over rocker in one hand, handshake with the other. I am actually looking forward to his portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in Inferno, one of two Biopics about Adult Film Actress Linda Lovelace coming soon.
See our Snap below:
The Best Man Holiday hits theatres this November via Universal Pictures, wrapping in the City late May.
I honestly don’t believe my luck! Anyone who knows me well will know about my v. public J-Hud Obsession phase, which had me seeing Dreamgirls at the theatre seven times, not to mention the giant Poster on my wall, Fridge Magnets, Postcards, Deluxe Edition Soundtrack, Three-Disc Limited Edition DVD. The Mania went even further as I went on a mission to snatch-up every Magazine Cover featuring her during her Oscar Campaign. You name it, I had it. Things got so bad for a while that I stopped supporting Beyoncé (we’re okay again), her on-screen Nemesis. Jennifer Hudson for a good 18 months was my Female Alter-ego.
And you can just imagine how devastated I was last year when she couldn’t make her Premiere at TIFF 2011 for WINNIE, which has her portraying Winnie Mandela! It still was v. cool however, meeting her Co-Star Terrence Howard!
Today was my lucky day as I took Billy on a stroll through Yorkville at Lunchtime to notice an Escalade parked uncharacteristically right in-front of Nervosa Trattoria. Noticing the window was rolled a third-down, right before my eyes I saw the Oscar and GRAMMY Winner. Within moments, she came out of the Car with her Handler, amazingly nice to come over to stop for a Photo. Even in casual mode, she looked stunning – proudly sporting that amazing improved physique!
Hudson is in-town for two reasons: she appears tomorrow at Air Canada Centre, performing at We Day – celebrating inspiration and global change among Youth – and on Saturday, she makes her way to historic Fort York to perform at Bliss Ball, in support of SickKids‘ Patient Amenities Fund. A big Heart to match that big Voice.
Make no mistake though, the Chicago Native actually knows Toronto real well. She Tweeted yesterday, “On my way to Canada !! Toronto is my old stomping ground. It’s like home. I’m excited.”.
And while we’re on the topic, WINNIE also happens to open in theatres on Friday, October 5, 2012. I am hosting a Giveaway for Tickets along with D Films and District PR for Passes across Canada. Enter here.
D Films, Distict PR & Mr. Will Wong want to give Readers a chance to see an Advance Screening of WINNIE, on Thursday, October 4, 2012 across Canada. Screenings will take place in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
With its Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, Academy Award®-Winner Jennifer Hudson and Academy Award®-Nominee Terrence Howard star in WINNIE, the untold love story of Winnie and Nelson Mandela. Acclaimed Director Darrell J. Roodt (Cry, The Beloved Country and Yesterday) reveals Winnie Mandela‘s remarkable Journey amidst the turbulent decades of her Husband Nelson‘s Imprisonment. Notwithstanding her own incarceration and torture, her fierce courage in the face of personal and political turmoil show her unfaltering commitment to her Husband’s dream of equality for their people. WINNIE is an epic, often heart-wrenching voyage toward understanding one of the World’s most remarkable and enigmatic Women.
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