Showing posts from January, 2014


FIRST COMEDY FOR TORONTO’S FILM AND OPERA DIRECTOR By Stephen Weir  (from Huffington Post ) Photographs by Stephen Weir and George Socka It is night-time in downtown Toronto. The opera,  Cosi Fan Tutte , has just ended and the subway platform is crowded. Amongst the post show murmur two names are overheard -- Atom Egoyan and Superman. The Canadian director of movies and tonight's opera is juxtaposed with the Man of Steel. “ Egoyan takes a Superman view on facial recognition,” one 20-something woman lectures her group of friends.   “ When Superman puts on glasses everyone thinks he is Clark Kent – they just aren’t able to see the Man of Steel behind those horn rims.” In Egoyan’s COC production of Cosi Fan Tutte, the movie producer turned opera director admits that the big challenge for this Mozart opera buffa is to make the audience forget some of the silliness of th


Three Major Cultural Events Staged On Just One (Very Cold) Day In Toronto (Culled From Popular Weir Social Media Posts) MORNING, JANUARY 21st. Carlton Theatres, downtown Toronto Fabienne Colas Colas' advice to Toronto? Buy tickets early (like today) Award winning-actress, director, producer and film festival founder Fabienne Colas advises film lovers to buy tickets to her Toronto Black Film Festival as soon as possible.  " Like today! Don't be disappointed, these are great films and will sell out fast" Colas hosted a morning press briefing at the Carlton Cinema to introduce the line up to this year's festival.  33 films from around the world will be shown at the Festival between February 11th and 16th at the downtown Toronto Carlton Cinemas, the TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre and the Al Green Theatre. Keynote films include From Above (starring Danny Glover), Grigris (Chad's choice for the Oscar's Best Foreign Film category) and director Chris Eska