David Bowie Film Photoshoot – TIFF Flashback

MoVernie was part of an awesome group of talented people that participate in the making of the David Bowie Film Photoshoot at The Ritz Carlton.

The photoshoot was conducted by a professional team that are well-respected in the industry. The photographer is Barbar Khan and the creative producer is Jackie Gideon.

Jackie Gideon is one of Canada’s most sought-after bridal, beauty, editorial and red-carpet make-up artists and creative producers. 

Jackie’s star clientele have included Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Coco Rocha, Andie McDowell, Sophia Coppola, Julia Roberts, Monica Bellucci, Shalom Harlowe, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Martin Sheen, Malin Ackerman, Atom Egoyan, Karen Kain and more.

Her work has appeared nationally and internationally in Elle, In Style, Martha Stewart, Cosmopolitan, Tatler, Vogue, Sposa, Sposabella, Wedluxe, Oceana, Donna, Flare, Arena and Time, to name a few. Her commercial and advertising clients include Cover Girl, Holt Renfrew, Cargo Cosmetics, Franco Mirabelli, Marcelle, Oil Of Olay, Shoppers Drug Mart, The Bay, AcuVue, American Express, Jones New York, Missoni and Hermes.

It was a great photoshoot experience for me and I look forward to seeing Jackie’s amazing work very soon!

Check out Jackie Gideon’s website here –http://jackiegideon.com/

Stay tuned to MoVernie Adventurous Experience!

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OFFICIAL Hello Canada TIFF Party Photos – TIFF 13 Flashback

It’s been a while and as I cleaned my room, I found a printed copy of the Hello Canada photos we posed during the awesome party during TIFF 13.

But the printed photo also indicated the location of the facebook page to see more photos.

To my SURPRISE, I didn’t know I took so many photos. In fact, I don’t even remember most of these photos. Beer in hand, funky poses, red glasses or shades, Wow! It happens when you are out with your solid crew!

Good times! Thanks Hello Canada! See you next year!

PHOTO CREDITS: Hello Canada Official Facebook Page

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TIFF13 World Premiere Screening of the film “1982” by Tommy Oliver

The day before the film screening of “1982“, I met the director, Tommy Oliver at the Hello Canada party. We chatted about films and my interviews with various directors and actors in the industry. We had a great conversation and Tommy personally invited me to his premiere screening. I was delighted and took on the offer to cover the event and watched his film at TIFF. In “1982”, the cast included Wayne Brady, Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, Ruby Dee, Bokeem Woodbine, Troi Zee, Lala Anthony and Quinton Aaron.

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The moment I arrived at Isabel Bader Theatre, I was impressed with the turnout, there were large crowd of people everywhere waiting to enter for the screening. I had done a number of interviews at Isabel Bader Theatre and I like this building alot. It’s a modern, stylish building located in the heart of the University of Toronto but also closed to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). They formed a great artistic community around the area.

As I walked on the red carpet, I was greeted by the PR of the film and I immediately saw Tommy Oliver. I thanked him for the invitation. As I walked through the crowd, I realized that Tommy had assigned my seat to be sitting with the rest of the casting crew. Honestly, I totally didn’t expect this coming but 3 rows of seats were reserved for the cast so we had a great view of the stage and the screen. A few minutes later, the cast began to make their way and sat around me. I saw a little girl who had a big role in this film. Her name is Troi Zee, who played the daughter in this film (you got to remember her name because this girl can act and will have a bright future). Some of the casts were here at the premiere to support the film as well as providing their insights during the Q & A session. Hill Harper, Sharon Leal and Lala Anthony were on hand.

As you all know, I am a huge Raptors and NBA fan. For a second, I couldn’t believe my eyes, in came a tall, 6’9 man who wore a nice blue, stylish suit and sat one row in front of me. Guess who? That was Knicks Superstar, Carmelo Anthony. I tapped his shoulder and said, “Carmelo, welcome to Toronto but what are you doing here at TIFF?” Anthony replied, “I am here at TIFF because my wife, Lala is part of the film and I am here to support my wife and the film”. I think that was very sweet of him and just think of a second for me to be able to watch the entire 90 minutes of the film with a superstar that was sitting so close to me. That was unbelievable!

Before the screening began, TIFF Artistic Director, Cameron Bailey began his opening speech, greeting the audience and then introduced Director Tommy and his film 1982. Tommy greeted the audience and then introduced some of the casts that were also on hand. Tommy briefly describe the film to the audience but without further adieu, he said the film speaks for itself and he would let the audience enjoy the story.

The story of 1982 took place in Philadelphia, it was also the hometown of where Director, Tommy spend his early childhood life. This story, apparently was based on a true story and some part of the  plot was experienced by Tommy himself.  Hill Harper plays Tim, a devoted husband to Shenae (Sharon Leal), and a responsible father of the ten-year- old Maya (Troi Zee). Lala Anthony plays a good friend of Shenae. When Maya realized a rocking rift in her parents’ relationship, she thought her mother is having an affair. What Maya didn’t know was that Shenae has fallen too deep into the addiction of drugs and was controlled by a dangerous local pusher (Wayne Brady). So Shenae left her husband and daughter behind and only came in periodically to get money for more drugs. A devastated Tim, meanwhile, trying to stay calm, shielding Maya from the reality of her mother’s addiction, continue to be a good father to Maya, while trying to cope and find ways to save Shenae from falling deeper into the addiction.

This film touched on lots of sensitive topics and I admired and applauded the performance by the casts. Troi Zee, in particular, impressed me because at such a young age, I was impressed with the way she act and the way she handled the touchy topics in the film. It isn’t easy but as she summed it up during the Q &A session, Maya is a deep person. In alot of films, directors would normally take the easy way out and portrait the husband as being mentally breakdown, turning into a crazy person and turned into negative character, especially after seeing how his wife turned into an addict. Not in 1982, Tommy chose to show the stronger side of Tim in this film. Despite dealing with his wife’s strong drug addict, shielding Maya from the negatives stuff and to confront the local pusher isn’t an easy task. Yet, Tim was calm and have a strong mental toughness to deal with everything that comes at him. I applaud the character development by Tommy.

All-in-all, this is a great film and I highly recommend it. The setting and the technology being shown in the film clearly showed the large amount of research Tommy did to portrait what a Philadelphia neighbourhood was like. If you want to know the ending, you got to watch 1982. After the film, there was Q & A session to allow the audience to interact and ask the cast questions. It was a worthwhile session to get to know the cast as well as their mindset when they played those characters in the film.

I thank Tommy for personally invited me to see his premiere film, 1982! It was worthwhile and an eye opener to his amazing directing skills at his young age in his film, 1982. I look forward to seeing more great projects from Tommy in the near future! After the film, I got to chat a bit with Carmelo and took a photo with him. That was awesome experience! Watching 1982 was actually my top 3 TIFF experience this year at TIFF13.

Cool TIFF Moments at 1982:

– Watching 1982 with Knicks superstar, Carmelo Anthony sitting one row in front of me was quite an unbelievable experience

– Hill Harper, sitting along the stairs aisle near me for the entire film was interesting. There was a seat in one of the rows but he didn’t want to cause a scene and distract the audience, he decided to sit along the aisle instead. That’s how calm and down-to-earth he is, never use the “do you know who i am card”. I appreciate that.

– Having Director, Tommy sitting near me at the aisle before his name was called to the stage for the Q & A session was cool as well

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MoVernie with Knicks Carmelo Anthony

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TIFF 1982 Premiere

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Director, Tommy Oliver

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The Casts

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LaLa Anthony, Troi Zee & Tommy Oliver

Hello Canada Party – TIFF13 Flashback

Now that TIFF 13 has come to a close, I had a great time, meeting industry people and interesting people who works in the industry. It was great for me to cover TIFF exclusive VIP parties and events, as well attending various film screening and being able to talk to directors and actors about their TIFF experiences and their films.

One particular event that I got invited into was the well-known magazine called “Hello Canada”. As I went in there, I bumped into many familiar faces. Kardinal Offishall, as he was about to leave the party to go to the next one, I wanted to take a photo with him. His PR told him to get going. Kardy said “No! No! I got to chat and take photo with this guy, he is dope!” I thank Kardy for that. In fact, we bumped into each other for 3 straight evenings in a roll. He teased me and said “Man, we are seeing each other so often!” I replied, “well, that’s because we both know where the great parties at!” We both laughed out loud.

I also saw many Degrassi actors, in particular, Luke Bilyk, whom I interviewed him at last year’s American Next Top Model Convention. I also bumped into the boyband, Neverest, which I interviewed before, they opened for the Backstreet Boys in their previous tour.

I saw Olympians Patrick Chan and Tessa Virtue. I also bump into Russell Peters, he was the most popular one there and he made funny facial expressions in everyone’s photos. He was busy chatting but the moment I walked up to him and complimented his pink blazer, he stopped his chat and started chatting with me and complimented my orange bowtie and blazer as well.

Most importantly, I met this amazing young director named Thomas E. Oliver, who had a TIFF screening the next night, his film is called “1982”, starring Hill Harper, LaLa Anthony (Knicks Player, Carmelo Anthony’s wife) and other actors.  Thomas and I chatted a bit and we talked about TIFF and everything in life. And he invited me to his screening. Trust me, it was a screening to remember. I will tell you more later on my experience at his film 1982 at a later blog. Stay tuned!

All-in-all, it was a great night! Open bar, free food, great backdrop! It’s all fun and games and good time with the celebrities and athletes.

MoVernie with Russell Peters

MoVernie with Russell Peters

MoVernie with Kardinal Offishall

MoVernie with Kardinal Offishall

MoVernie with Tessa Virtue & Patrick Chan

MoVernie with Tessa Virtue & Patrick Chan

MoVernie with Degrassi Luke Bilyk

MoVernie with Degrassi Luke Bilyk

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Great Party at Hello Canada

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MoVernie with the Neverest (Paul & Spee)

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Hello Canada!

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DJ spinning awesome “live” music!

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MoVernie with Director, whose film “1982” was at TIFF screening the night after

Pagani Huayra Italian Super Car at TIFF

TIFF FLASHBACK

One of the special night, as I was attending the party that happened at the Ritz Carlton during TIFF13, I happened to saw a rare super car on display. It was located at the front patio of the Bowie Table. It was the Italian Super Car, Pagani Huayra, that is priced at $1.8M. Pagani Huayra is the newest model replacing the long-running Pagani Zonda. Huayra is powered by a twin-turbo V12 AMG engine that produces 730hp, topping 230 mph.

The gull-wing, hand-made interior, carbon-fiber car was there on display! I got to sat in it too, the moment I gripped the special shaped steering wheel, I just imagined what’s it like to drive it on the AutoBahn of Germany. LOL.

Such a beautiful piece of machine. It was a memorable great night at the party with friends. One of my favourite memories at TIFF.

Check out the amazing photos below.

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Toronto Life Magazine – TIFF13 Flashback

TIFF was a busy time for me and my crew to cover various TIFF events and parties for my show called “MoVernie on the MOVE”. I guess my show summed it all up, “we are always on the move” LOL. In addition to the interviews that we do with the film makers and actors, my show also covered Gala/Parties. We took many photos of the fashionable people, the venue and all the amazing display of food and amazing decorations the event planner had done with the venue.

Toronto Life Magazine, as always, was one of my favourite TIFF parties. The party was held at the Shangri-la hotel. I love the stylish backdrop for the attendees to showcase their catwalk and model skills. As you walked into the main room, it was decorated with fashionable people. There were posters of real people everywhere wearing fashionable clothes across the entire room, it was actually quite a cool concept. Tons of food, cute and delicious cupcakes and dessert tables for the attendees. The DJ spinning great music at the patio terrace and the vibe just pushed the party to the next level. I bumped into many great fashion designers and industry people.

One of my favourite artists, Kardinal Offishall, whom I interviewed at the F*ck Cancer event a few months ago, recognized me and we chilled a bit. I love Kardy’s standout red suit. It fits his image for sure! He pulled it off big time! It was also great to meet Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul, who got clothes and styled by “GotStyle”, which is an amazing clothing store in downtown Toronto.

It was definitely a great night! Who doesn’t love gift bags? Toronto Life Magazine gave out a nice gift bag as well. Thank you Toronto Life Magazine for throwing such a great party during the Toronto International Film Festival. See you next year!

Check out the photos for some of the happenings at the Toronto Life Magazine Party – TIFF13

MoVernie with Leafs Joffrey Lupul

MoVernie with Leafs Joffrey Lupul

Beautiful patio terrence

Beautiful patio terrence

Dessert table

Dessert table

Fashionable People Billboards

Fashionable People Billboards

Lots of goodies

Lots of goodies

Welcome to Toronto Life Magazine VIP Party

Welcome to Toronto Life Magazine VIP Party

DJ spinning great music

DJ spinning great music

MoVernie with Kardinal Offishall

MoVernie with Kardinal Offishall

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Nice lineup of McLaren outside Shangri-la

Nice lineup of McLaren outside Shangri-la

TIFF on Pinterest

The power of social media. For a few years now, TIFF has been using Pinterest to showcase the list of Celebrities and Guests who will be attending its Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It actually is quite an effective way to see the pictures of the stars and their bios. I very much love the concept.

Check out the list of strong famous people who will be attending TIFF 2013: I want to see Joseph Levitt & Olivia Wilde in particular. What’s your picks?

Click here to see the list of celebrities on Pinterest (provided by TIFF website)

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