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

‘Dracula Untold’ pushed to October 14, 2014

Universal is shifting the release date of Dracula Untold one more time. Now, the film is expected to debut on October 17, 2014 – a slot formerly filled by Fox’s Frankenstein, before that film moved to January 2015. That’s a two-week push back for ol’ Drac which was going to bow on October 3rd.

Directed by Gary Shore, Dracula Untold stars Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson.

When we spoke to star Evans earlier this year about his role as Dracula, he explained: “It’s the origin story, not the old Dracula story we’re used to seeing, which is great and incredible. But this is about the origin, Vlad the Impaler who lived in the 1400s – this man whose family and people are under threat, the decision that he makes and the outcome of the decision that he makes which changes his life and the life of his family and people he’s king over. It’s an interesting tug of war because he’s turning himself into this dark, dark creature, essentially, that will never be able to turn around and go back.”

Source: Shock Till You Drop

New September 2012 event photos

Gallery links:
Toronto International Film Festival: “American Beauty” Live Table Read – September 6, 2012
Toronto International Film Festival: Rising Stars Party – September 7, 2012
Toronto International Film Festival: “My Awkward Sexual Adventure” Screening – September 9, 2012
Toronto International Film Festival: Grey Goose Party – September 10, 2012
Toronto International Film Festival: “Antiviral” Premiere – September 10, 2012
Toronto International Film Festival: Guess Portrait Studio – September 11, 2012
Toronto International Film Festival: Variety Studio – September 11, 2012

New June-August 2012 event photos

Gallery links:
“Cosmopolis” Photocall (Toronto) – June 4, 2012
“Cosmopolis” Press Conference (Toronto) – June 4, 2012
“Cosmopolis” Premiere (Toronto) – June 4, 2012
“The Dark Knight Rises” Premiere (Toronto) – July 18, 2012
“The Dark Knight Rises” Premiere After Party (Toronto) – July 18, 2012
RIMOWA JU52 Event – August 8, 2012
“Cosmopolis” Premiere (NY) – August 13, 2012

Sarah set to star in ‘Dracula’

After appearing in several for David Cronenberg pics, Sarah Gadon is now ready to be wooed by the Prince of Darkness as she is in negotiations for the female lead in Universal’s “Dracula.”

Pic stars “Fast & Furious 6” thesp Luke Evans with Gary Shore directing and Michael De Luca producing.

The story is a mix of mythology and history as it follows the story of Prince Vlad, the inspiration for the Dracula character popularized by the Bram Stoker novel.

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the latest draft of the script and Alissa Phillips will serve as exec producer.. VP of production Anikah McLaren and creative executive Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for Universal.

The film is moving fast with Universal giving it the greenlight and slating it for an Aug. 8, 2014, release.

Gadon worked with Cronenberg on “A Dangerous Method,” “Cosmopolis” and the upcoming “Map to the Stars.” She can be seen next opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in “An Enemy.”

Source: Variety