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An accidental war movie from writer-producer-director-actor Paul Gross

Hyena Road, which premieres at TIFF, explores what constitutes victory in a land of unwinnable wars

In my next life I'd like to talk like this

In my next life I’d like to talk like this

Noël Coward truly knew how to live

Cattrall vs Gross in the gilded cage match of ‘Private Lives’

When a battle of the sexes becomes an acting duel, a film critic finds it impossible to review the “moving target” of live theatre

Merde, as the minister sees it

Which attitude ultimately seems more healthy and likely to encourage improvement—Lindsay Blackett’s, or Kirstine Stewart’s?

Paul Gross, Laureen Harper and a pack of Twizzlers

Heritage Minister James Moore hosted Ottawa’s premiere of Gunless, starring Paul Gross, at the Museum of Civilization. Below (left to right): Laureen Harper, Heritage Minister James Moore and Paul Gross.


Mr. Nice gets naked in Hollywood

Tireless CanCon advocate Paul Gross plays a lecherous devil in the new series ‘Eastwick’


How I spent my summer vacation

What do famous Canadians—including Harper, Layton and Crosby—do when it gets hot? They don their shorts and hit the dock.

Speaker hosts Paul Gross and GG winners

Speaker Peter Milliken held a reception in his dining room for the recipients of the 2009 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards.


Film Reviews: Handling the truth in ‘W,’ ‘Passchendaele,’ ‘Battle in Seattle’ and ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’

It never rains, it pours. This week the big screen is teeming with history and politics. From America, fairly recent events are mythologized in two docudramas: Oliver Stone spins an instant-replay of George W. Bush’s life and times in W., which could be subtitled Attack of the White House Clones. And Stuart Townsend dramatizes the anti-globalization movement’s 1999 baptism of fire in Battle in Seattle, which conjures a pre-9/11 era of uncomplicated protest. In Canada, meanwhile, Paul Gross launches Passchendaele, his strained but valiant attempt to honour Canadian heroism in the First World War. These three films are radically different in tone and substance, but they are message movies—movies on a mission. And they all attempt to fuse entertainment with politics with mixed results.


The passion and politics of opening night

Start your engines, and let the madness begin. For the next ten days, TIFF turns Toronto into the Cannes of North America, but rather than promenading down the Croisette by the beaches of the Côte d’Azur, those rushing to premieres will be sidestepping construction sites along Bloor St. in a city so thoroughly excavated it’s beginning to look like a Designer Walk war zone. Never mind. For those on their annual fall search for the cinematic grail, that’s just another obstacle. Navigating a major film festival is always an extreme sport. Scrambling t score a tough ticket or uncover a hidden gem is the name of the game. At TIFF, the stakes are high: no film festival in the world has a richer program. Which doesn’t mean all the films are great, or even good. No, with 312 films—including 249 features—from 64 countries, TIFF can seem like a motion picture paradise, or the industrial outlet mall of world cinema. The trick is to be at the right film at the right time.


What can I say – I seem to have started a trend.

And a big thanks to the committee for indulging my nameplate kleptomania, of course.