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Spotlight on actress Sarah Gadon

Actress Sarah Gadon has been added to the final lineup for the 2014 Whistler Film Festival (WFF).

Gadon, 27, has starred in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and David Cronenberg films A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis.

She is the the “Spotlight On” honouree presented by Elle Canada, an honour dedicated to rising female talent in the film industry, and will talk about her work on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The film festival runs from Wednesday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 7.

Born in Toronto, Gadon has also worked extensively in television, with roles in Being Erica and Murdoch Mysteries.

“Sarah Gadon is an award-winning actress with 57 (film and television) credits to her name. She is definitely a talent on the Canadian landscape. Her work today points to a long and accomplished career,” says WFF executive director Shauna Mishaw Hardy.

“One of the things we are doing is putting Canadian talent at the heart of our festival… we want to really help shine the light on our Canadian talent and raise the brand of our talent.

“She is a great fit. It is being preceded by the Elle Canada fashion film finalists (Hannah Louise Clarke, Zachary Spence and Erika Houle, and Julie Hong). We will also be introducing our Rising Stars formally at this event.

The new Rising Stars program highlights four Western Canadian actors who are poised to explode into the film world. The first selectees are Niall Matter, Dustin Milligan, Camille Sullivan and Sara Canning.

Gadon now joins actress Kim Cattrall (Sex in the City), How to Train Your Dragon director and animator Dean DeBlois and producer Don Carmody (Chicago, Good Will Hunting) as honourees this year.

“We’ve got prolific talent and it’s really exciting,” Hardy Mishaw says. “The thing about the people we are honouring is that they are all working, they’re not coming here for a vacation. They are busy, working actors and actresses.”

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Canada Reads competition attracts star-studded panel

Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee, sprinter Donovan Bailey and former UN ambassador Stephen Lewis have signed on to the CBC Canada Reads competition.

Actress Sarah Gadon and journalist/hip-hop artist Wab Kinew round out the new panel for the annual CBC Radio event, in which each celebrity debates the merits of a different novel.

The field is whittled down until a winner is declared.

The theme of the 2014 debates, which kick off in March, is inspiring social change in Canada.

Comic and author Bee will go to bat for Cockroach by Rawi Hage while two-time Olympic champion Bailey backs Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan, which won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Author, diplomat and humanitarian Lewis will defend The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, Gadon has Annabel by Kathleen Winter and Kinew will push The Orenda by Joseph Boyden.

The panellists chose the books from a short list of 10, which was determined by fans.

The debates will air March 3 to March 6 on CBC Radio and CBC-TV, and will be streamed online on CBC Books.

Source: The Province