The F Word Red Carpet Premiere With Daniel Radcliffe

Red carpets are always a fun affair. As a journalist, they’re not as glamorous as instagram pictures may make it seem (try waiting an hour or two for talent who never arrive on time, therefore making you miss the first ten minutes of the movie screening and having to sit in the first row… or third, if you’re lucky).

But it’s always a great experience and incredible opportunity I could never pass up. I mean, the other day I had the chance to meet Daniel Radcliffe. Harry Potter IN DA FLESH. Who might I add, is a lot shorter than I pegged him to be.

Post Harry Potter, this talented actor starred in an Irish-Canadian rom-com that was filmed here in Toronto two years ago, The F Word (or What If? for American audiences) a movie that is not about the actual F word that first popped into your head and is instead referencing FRIEND. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September, but had an official premiere this month before its theatre release on August 22nd.

Mother Nature gifted us with perfect, sunny weather for an outdoor premiere and eOne really pulled out all the stops for this red carpet.

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I’ve seen Daniel Radcliffe many times before. On the big screen while watching Harry Potter, on my laptop screen while watching Harry Potter, on my television while watching Harry Potter, and oh and in my dreams, while I dreamt that I was Harry, Hermione and Ron’s fourth best friend living the life at Hogwarts. (In reality, I’m still waiting for my acceptance letter or at least Hagrid to come barging into my house to tell me my parents have been hiding those owl-delivered letters all along). But nothing compares to seeing Dan in real life. Of course, as a journalist, the number one rule is that your fan-girl can never show. No screaming, no jumping around. Just very subtle eyeball bulging at the sight of one of your favourite actors IN DA FLESH.

Just take a look at how close he was while he was being interviewed by the media outlet before me, with this blurry photo taken on my phone WITH NO ZOOM:

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While Daniel was definitely a huge highlight, the premiere actually had a majority of its talented cast in attendance including Meghan Park (Secret Life of the American Teenager), director Michael Dowse, screenwriter Elan Mastai and co-star Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks).

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For more pictures and the actual interviews, you’ll have to keep a look out on faze.ca.

As for the film itself, it’s definitely something you should check out when it’s released in theatres in August. The big screen has been lacking rom-coms in the recent years and this is one that isn’t afraid to poke fun at it’s genre. It’s realistic, it’s funny, it’s dirty (in a make-you-laugh way) and Daniel Radcliffe got to keep his British accent. 4 out of 5 stars!

-@Naomi_ML

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Red Carpet Premiere

The Canadian red carpet premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was not your regular night at the movies. As soon as I walked into the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto I found myself face to face with a fully uniformed peacekeeper who stood his ground, unmoving, as I gawked at what I was seeing. Ten seconds later it finally clued in that there were loud “boom” “boom” boom” sounds constantly playing over the loud chatter of excited Hunger Games fans. As I made my way up the stairs (which were of course lined with even more peacekeepers) I finally saw the source of the sounds: men dressed in “district” gear banging on bongos. It was definitely an experience in itself.

I was fortunate enough to snag a spot on the red carpet thanks to my amazing internship, with stars Jena Malone who plays Johanna Mason and Sam Clafin who takes on the role of Finnick Odair. Look below for the pictures I took on the red carpet!

As for the film itself, the critics are right, “The good news is that the new edition is a better crafted film than its predecessor.” I’ve been a fan of the books long before a film was announced, and to be honest the first film did not meet my standards. I thought the characters were well cast and Jennifer Lawrence needs to be my best friend, but overall the film felt like it had a Twilight-like feel to it. Which is in no way a good thing. With a completely new director for the sequel, Catching Fire blew away my expectations and I’m glad Francis Lawrence is here to stay for the remaining two movies. Expect a lot of action, adventure, more developments in the love triangle that involves Katniss, Peeta and Gale and of course a huge cliffhanger ending that’ll make you want to invent a time machine and fast forward to November 2014.

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I would love to hear your thoughts/comments on Catching Fire! Let me know what you’re looking forward to seeing in the movie, or what you loved/hated!

@Naomi_ML

 

 

 

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Red Carpet Premiere

Harry Potter fans will understand me. Lord of the Rings fans will understand me. Twilight fans will understand me. Hunger Games fans will understand me.

Nothing compares to the mixture of pure excitement and utter nervousness of seeing one of your most beloved books come to life on the big screen.

…At least that’s what I thought until I found out I was going to have the chance to attend the red carpet premiere of one my favorite books’ film adaption. Oh, and I would get to interview the stars which included the gorgeous and talented Lily Collins and the most hilarious Irish actor I’ve ever  watched Robert Sheehan (aka Nathan from Misfits aka the best character known to television).

So yeah, nothing compares to the mixture of pure excitement and utter nervousness of attending the red carpet premiere of one of your most beloved books’ screen adaption.

If you haven’t heard of The Mortal Instruments, it’s a series of YA fiction following the adventures of teenager Clary as she dives deep into this world full of Shadowhunters (half angel, half human demon hunters), vampires, werewolves and even faeries.
Author Cassandra Clare (who’s also a major inspiration having worked in the entertainmnet journalism field at places like The Hollywood Reporter only to go on to write one of the most captivating and best selling stories ever) brings readers into this new fantasy world that has so many unexpected twists and turns and revelations, that you can’t help but turn the page.

Check out below for my pictures from the red carpet, and scroll down to the end of the Q&A with the stars!

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Q&A with the stars:

LILY COLLINS
There are many great book heroines coming to life on the big screen, from the Hunger Games’ Katniss to Tris Prior in Divergent, so what makes Clary stand out?
I think what sets her apart is that she’s funny. She’s comedic. She is already a Shadowhunter, it’s not like she’s choosing something else. She’s already in this world, she’s just figuring it out. I think what makes her a great heroine is the fact that even though she’s a Shadowhunter, she still human, she’s vulnerable, she’s scared, she cries, she’s having an identity crisis, she’s confused. Which is what everyone is as a teenage girl but at the same time she has these superpowers. So I think she’s more relatable in that sense.

You’ve been attached to this project for three years, which is quite a long time, how does it feel now that the first film is wrapped up?
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Oh my gosh, it’s crazy. It’s been like a three year process and this time last year I was bowling down [the street] and no one knew what we were doing, who we were and now we’re shooting the sequel next month and this is the premiere. It’s absolutely insane and I’m so excited.

JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER
If your character could create any rune what would it be any why?
It would be the power to be in three different places at once so then I could do everything better.

If you weren’t a Shadowhunter, which type of downworlder would you be?
A faerie because they just seem cool, they seem to like water and I like water. I definitely want to be one.

KEVIN ZEGERS
If your character could create any rune what would it be any why?
I’d create a rune that would allow me to never get on an airplane, because I hate flying. A teleporting device.

What was it like filming the movie back here in your home country?
It was great, I loved it. The fans were great here too, they’d ask us to sign their books and bring us stuff like coffee. It was such a crazy experience just filming here and I can’t wait to come back later this year to film the sequel.

HARALD  ZWART
You recently tweeted that you’re working on storyboard for the sequel, which is exciting, what made you guys finalize the decision to produce a sequel before the first film even came out?
I have very gutsy producers who are believing in this movie tremendously and I’m very very grateful that they decided to do it.

As you can see behind us, The Mortal Instruments has thousands of dedicated fans, did you feel any pressure when making the film?
Well I make sure that I respect them. And I’ve been lucky that I’ve been able to work really closely with Cassandra Clare. Actually I had her on speed dial so whenever I needed something I could call her up and say, ‘how do you think about this and that?’ But that’s how I think we respected the fans all along.

What was your biggest challenge when creating the film?
The biggest challenge is to make sure that the stuff you keep and the stuff you have to let go is right. What do you keep and what do you let go? You can take big chunks out, which you have to do when you have a big book like that, but [you have to] make sure all the stuff that you have remaining still make sense.

ROBERT SHEEHAN
Obviously film adaptions don’t follow novels word for word, but why was the decision made to keep your character Simon human in the movie instead of turning into a rat like in the book?
That’s a good point, I think because in the books the characters are between 15 and 17 but in the film they raised the age of the characters so they can explore the love story a little bit more. Harald is a very dark minded man and his adaptation is very dark in ways, so to keep Simon as a human I think he kept it more life threatening and less kind of kidsy.
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Such a great experience, I highly recommend you see the movie, though reading the books should be a priority! Be sure to take a look at the full gallery on faze.ca.

Shawn Desman “Alive” Movie Premiere

On February 1, I had the opportunity to attend the red carpet premiere for Shawn Desman’s movie Alive.

Scored with songs from his new record, Alive follows the ups and downs of a small town dancer who moves to the big city to pursue her dreams.

It was a short and sweet film, that had an inspirational theme, amazing dance scenes and of course a great soundtrack.

Read my full movie review on faze.ca here.

Check out the pictures I was able to capture on the red carpet:

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Shawn Desman and lead Kaitlyn Leeb.

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The cast.

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The cast with director RT! and producer Katrina.

You can catch the film airing on MuchMusic at 7pm on Tuesday, February 5 (the day Shawn’s studio album also comes out!)

Look out for my review of the film on faze.ca

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