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Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) speaker photos at Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference in Toronto, Canada

December 28, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment

Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) signs autographs while in Toronto for Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference

December 27, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment



Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) is keynote speaker at Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

December 25, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment


BLOG: Hot debate around the Olympic Torch Relay as it enters Toronto, Canada

December 25, 2009 by Richard Budman · 1 Comment

When I decided to venture out on a cold Thursday last week – I never thought the Olympic Torch Relay would have turned into an event so fraught with controversy.

Lots of dialogue and debate raging the last week. Seems a couple of particular issues have rubbed a few people the wrong way.

The first revolves around the official sponsor and broadcaster of the Olympic Torch relay – CTV – and whether the network may have abandoned some journalistic principals in their coverage of the run.

If CTV (and by extension, just about every other network) have crossed the line into making their media personalities “part of the story” – it didn’t start with the Olympic Torch relay. I’d say the networks crossed that line ages ago in their quest for over-branding their channels. I never did understand why ET Canada would think I would give a shit about what host Cheryl Hickey’s new condo looks like or how she chose to design it.

Hey, if it makes you sick to watch Ben Mulroney gushing on eTalk over his Olympic Torch moments – then maybe, don’t watch. Change the channel. Lord knows I do.

I’m not sure why some people get so rankled that CTV got 30 or 40 spots in a Torch relay running across Canada and featuring 12,000 people in total! (selection to participate in the run, from my understanding, was from entering a lottery and being randomly picked.) While some media felt this was CTV “hijacking the run” for their own reality show is beyond me. It seems there were plenty of other spots available for “ordinary” Canadians to tell their stories which I did see enough off all over the place.

I don’t think this should come as a shock to anyone – but sponsors get perks. They pay millions of dollars for rights to broadcast events like the Olympic Games. It’s really not that different from a Golf tournament or Jazz Festival. Rightsholders get certain amounts of tickets and perks. It seems to be a system that has worked fine for years. I don’t think anyone should be too surprised to see the same thing going on with the Olympic Torch run.

And since CTV has been taking so much shit recently for not supporting more Canadian produced stories on TV – and this Olympic Torch relay is undeniably a very Canadian story – maybe we give the network a little break for pouring so many resources into covering the Torch run. Last time I checked, the Mulroney’s and probably all of the CTV personalities carrying the flame were Canadians too.

“Move over… your in front of kids! GET OUT OF HERE!” – said to the shooter.

The second issue that’s got the press raging this week concerns whether press reporters and photographers were actually physically assaulted by security while trying to cover the torch run. I can’t speak for what happened in Newmarket – where the most serious alleged assault seemed to occur. I just know what happened a few hours later when the Torch entered Toronto on Yonge St. south of Steeles Ave, and later that evening when things got really crazy when the Torch got south of Bloor St. in downtown Toronto.

I can just add by being out on the street that day – It was a tricky, unpredictable shoot in bitter cold. The run was really a long rolling caravan that has to present huge security and safety implications for the organizers as they are not actually closing down the streets. Just rolling up them.

As press photographers, we’re zig-zagging all over the place. Stop. Shoot. Then trying to run ahead of the torch bearer and repeat again. Sure, at times security and Toronto police were pushing me out of the way (yes, actually touching me) – but I was heading right out into the “line of fire” on the street trying for optimal placement to make the best pictures I could that day.

Olympic Torch Relay enters Toronto on Yonge St. south of Steeles Ave.

December 22, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment


BLOG: Remembering Brittany Murphy at 2006 Toronto Film Festival (VIDEO)

December 20, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment

It’s always sad to see a bright star extinguish before its time. That seems to be the case with actress Brittany Murphy. I will admit to being surprised to hear of her untimely passing – but not totally shocked by the news. I recently saw photos of Brittany from a premiere and commented that she either was strung out on some bad drugs or was suffering from an eating disorder – she looked to weigh 80 lbs.

I couldn’t help but think back to a time at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival when I caught some nice video of Brittany at the red carpet premiere of a movie she was starring in.

You could tell she was just so sweet and genuinely nice. Sad indeed to lose such a bright light at 32.

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay hits Toronto – Security overkill around the flame?

December 20, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment


Olympic Torch Relay hits Toronto – did Torch security assault news photographers?

December 20, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment


BLOG: Shooting Olympic Torch bearer Akshay Kumar was one wild ride on Yonge St. Toronto (VIDEO)

December 18, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment

Take Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, an Olympic torch run on Yonge St., protesters, and your going to have a recipe for chaos and shooting fun. And it was certainly that in downtown Toronto last night.

A huge crowd had swelled on Yonge awaiting Bollywood star Aksay Kumar – but it got a little difficult for police as protesters delayed things for the Olympic torch runners and forced an alternative route for the flame.

Up In The Air director Jason Reitman runs with Olympic Torch on Yonge St. in Toronto

December 18, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment


Bollywood star Akshay Kumar does Canada proud during Olympic Torch run on Yonge St. in Toronto

December 18, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment


BLOG: 2009 Golden Globe Award Nominees PHOTO PACK available for download

December 17, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment

A fair amount of the recently announced nominees for the 2010 Golden Globe Awards made their way through Toronto at one time or another during the year. Nominated films to make premieres at this years Toronto Film Festival included Precious, The Informant!, A Single Man, and Up In The Air.

If your writing, blogging, or just care to enjoy some photos of the nominees – download the Golden Globe nominee photo pack. Includes George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Reitman, Matt Damon, Penelope Cruz, Christopher Plummer, Morgan Freeman, Carey Mulligan, Juliane Moore, Colin Firth, and Woody Harrelson. 22 photos in the pack!

click here to download GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEES 2010 photo pack (81) – 1.83 MB

Golden Globe nominated director Quentin Tarantino at Canadian premiere of Inglourious Basterds

December 16, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment


Golden Globe nominee Gabourey Sidibe in Toronto with Oprah for PRECIOUS press conference

December 15, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment


Golden Globe nominee Quentin Tarantino in Toronto for Inglourious Basterds premiere

December 15, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment


Golden Globe nominee Carey Mulligan at Toronto Film Festival premiere of An Education

December 15, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment


Vernon Wells makes a Sears autograph appearance at same time Roy Halladay traded to Philadelphia

December 14, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment


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Vernon Wells makes in-store Sears appearance at same time Roy Halladay traded to Philadelphia

December 14, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment


story source: HoundsTV

BLOG: Harry Potter “community screening with Daniel Radcliffe” actually kinda sucked

December 13, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment

My friend Saul Colt invited me to an interesting DVD launch event. Saul and I like to talk all things digital marketing so I was intrigued that Warner Brothers was doing this “live community screening featuring star Daniel Radcliffe” (their words) to promote the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on Blu-ray and DVD.

Now, the event was well put together and the couple hundred people in attendance at the Varsity cinemas seemed to enjoy the free popcorn, drinks, entertainment, and the chance to win some cool prizes.

But when it came time for the actual screening – I was very disappointed. Small text scrolling across the top screen? That’s what Warner Brothers means by “live virtual participation of star Daniel Radcliffe and director David Yates” ?

I certainly wasn’t feeling it to be very participatory or entertaining for that matter. If you got the director and star Daniel live in London doing real-time commentary on your network – I say you got to pump some video threw those pipes!

If they are talking live in London – I want to see that on the big screen, together with the film. Since everybody at the theatre will end up buying the DVD and watching it twenty times anyway – we didn’t really need to see a full-fledged theatrical presentation of the film yesterday.

Here’s a thought Warner Brothers – find one of those DVD’s you’ve produced in the past – one that lists a “video commentary” by the cast and crew as a special feature.

Do that next time and you’ll have a cool community screening.

I can’t believe its a bandwidth thing. If YouTube can deliver a beautiful live U2 concert stream to 10 million peeps simultaneous – I think WB tech people can figure out a way to pump a video stream into the few theatres across the globe participating in the event.

So after about 15 minutes of not being able to connect to the text commentary. I was out of there.

Turned out the best thing about the Potter event for me was it got me into Varsity cinemas where I noticed a screening of Up In The Air was just starting in the theatre next. Since I was waiting for my nephew who was enjoying the Potter Film (I did ask him later, he didn’t bother with a word of the text commentary either – he was just lovin’ the film.)

Me? I took a seat for the Clooney movie next door.

And what a beautiful film it was. Reitman and Co. should well be on their way to multiple Oscar nominations in the new year.

Director Terry Gilliam at American Express advance Gala screening for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus at Carlu

December 12, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment


Terry Gilliam signs autographs at American Express advance Gala screening for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus at Carlu

December 12, 2009 by Richard Budman · Leave a Comment


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