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Sudden Dismissal: Tanya Kim Laid Off From eTalk
Juice Factor: 5/10
Former eTalk host Tanya Kim was on the wrong side of the chopping block in Bell Media’s latest spending cuts. Although Kim went on to thank her fans in a press release sent out yesterday by her PR team, she graciously announced her departure: “As of November 10th, 2014, my relationship with Bell Media has come to an end. I would like to thank the network and especially ETALK for a wonderful 10 years that has granted me so many opportunities. I am forever grateful to have worked with such an incredibly talented team who I called my second family. I love you guys.” We’re guessing likeability wasn’t a major factor in the choice to cut Kim over Ben Mulroney. Hey Tanya, we hear there’s an opening over at CBC…
On the Street: Drew Barrymore is in Toronto, so channel your inner flower child…
Juice Factor: 7/10
Drew Barrymore is in Toronto today for the Canadian launch of her beauty line, Flower, which has been making waves stateside and now includes three new fragrances: Cherished, Radiant, and Sultry. Although we wish she’d dubbed the perfumes “Drew, Cameron, and Lucy,” we’re excited to meet the Charlie’s Angels star today (whaaaat?). Did you say she might be around the King West area later today? You didn’t hear it from us…
What a Party! Spray Painted Fur Coats & Crotch Flashers at Fashion DX Intersection
Juice Factor: 8/10
The Design Exchange hosted DX Intersection 2014 last Friday — the annual party celebrating creativity in Canada (this year’s honouree: Frank Toskan, co-founder of MAC Cosmetics). It’s always a killer party with a fashionable crowd bringing their style A-game, but this year’s theme proved that some will do anything to be the spotlight — even if it means exposing their crotch. Exhibit A below… Our best-dressed pick of the night was definitely Now Magazine’s Sabrina Maddeaux, who slayed it in Denis Gagnon. And we’ve also gotta give props to Victoria Webster for the most creative ensemble: a fur coat with Morrissey-inspired ‘Meat is Murder’ painted on the back in red. Despite the high fashion, things still got wild enough for the crotch flasher to make out with a famous fashionisto.
Spotted: Robert Pattinson digs Toronto’s west end
Juice Factor: 5/10
Robert Pattinson practically winters in Toronto these days, thanks to ongoing collaborations with director David Cronenberg and Hollywood’s penchant for cheap filming locations. The honourary local was in town last week to start filming Idols with Robert DeNiro, which got cancelled last-minute due to funding issues. Before he got the news, Pattinson dined with girlfriend FKA Twigs at Luna café, an old haunt of his good friend Emily Haines from Metric. Once his crime drama got canned, the actor left for New York where his so-cool-we-bow-down girlfriend was busy performing sold-out shows.
CBC wants you to focus on picking the new host of Q (and not the old host of Q)
Juice Factor: 3/10
CBC’s trying to put a positive spin on the Jian Ghomeshi bidness with the recent launch of the network’s Twitter campaign — #Qthefuture — which invites Canadians to help pick a new host to replace Ghomeshi. Norm MacDonald is currently the No. 1 choice, but the network’s website clearly wants us to know that they’re considering female replacements too, stating: “You’ve shared your thoughts on guest hosts who’ve already driven the Q mobile — including Piya Chattopadhyay, Tom Power, Brent Bambury, Jann Arden — as well as talented and culturally-savvy Canadians like Wab Kinew, Shad, Sandra Oh and Kathleen Edwards.” What, is Naomi Klein not available?
Jennifer Aniston makes a bid for an Oscar by going makeup-free
Juice Factor: 4/10
Ever since Charlize Theron gained Monster weight and Nicole Kidman werked a prosthetic nose en route to their Oscars, Hollywood’s been hip to the Academy’s love of rewarding beautiful actors willing to get ugly for art. Not to be left out, rom-com queen Jennifer Aniston is going makeup-free for her latest role, playing a pill addict in Cake, which comes out in the Oscar-bid month of December. The move makes career sense for Aniston who’s been the target of rumours since she hit her 40s that she finances her own frame-by-frame retouching.
Even Vogue can’t save Queen West store from closing
Juice Factor: 6/10
Despite a shout-out in Vogue Magazine’s trendy neighbourhoods feature this fall, Queen Street West women’s wear boutique Bicyclette is closing down as of February 2015. In fact, the trendiness of the neighbourhood might be partly to blame. Oh irony — why must you be so poetically harsh? Owner Paige Boersma addressed the topic in a blog post: “The recent Vogue.com article citing West Queen West as the second coolest neighbourhood in the world, with Bicyclette receiving it’s own special mention… was an opportunity I never could have dreamed of. The irony was, it was published right around the time I began assessing the future of Bicyclette. A year ago I wrote a post that mourned the closing of a wave of independent retail stores on Queen West. This year the grieving is a bit closer to home as we watch the neighbourhood continue to change.” We’d say ‘God save The Store on Queen,’ but V&A seem to be doin’ just fine in their newly opened bigger location.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Middle Aged: The Reality
Juice Factor: 2/10
Speaking of being 40-something in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio turned 40 this week, which means we’re all really, really old… and no one’s giving us a trophy for taking our recycling out without our makeup on, trust.
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