Toronto: Industry News 7/28/17

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♦ At last, the first wave of TIFF’s 2017 festival selections has been announced! This year’s line-up will include a typical mix of star-studded fare for the fans and critically-acclaimed indie flicks for the aficionados — but artistic director Cameron Bailey made sure to emphasize that the team’s picks shy away from awards-season bait and focus more on stories they genuinely fell in love with. READ MORE

♦ Shortly after opening a second location of entertainment emporium The Rec Room in Toronto’s historical Roundhouse Park, Cineplex has announced plans to continue expanding its empire by partnering with global sports entertainment company Topgolf. With 33 Topgolf venues already thriving in the U.S. and the U.K., Canada has long been considered the next ideal market for expansion — and Cineplex, known for being an innovative leader in an ever-changing industry, is more than happy to be overseeing the rollout. READ MORE


♦ Thanks to its strong reputation in the film industry (and a little help from the provincial government), Toronto is expecting to see another surge in job opportunities, specifically in the burgeoning digital media and entertainment sector. Legend 3D, an L.A. company that opened the doors of its Toronto studio in 2015, plans to double its work force in the city by 2021, with an emphasis on scouting out fresh talent from film schools in the GTA. READ MORE

♦ Following the passing of respected filmmaker and genre pioneer George A. Romero, fans across the city are paying tribute and reflecting on the remarkable impact of his career, which spanned over more than sixty years. Romero had been living in Toronto since 2004. His public memorial on Monday at Mount Pleasant Cemetery (where he will be laid to rest) was heavily attended by fans — some of whom dressed up in full zombie costume in honour of his most iconic film, Night of the Living DeadREAD MORE

♦ The outcry against the CRTC’s funding cuts for Canadian content continues. With talented screenwriters being forced to head South of the border to find work and countless others fearing the loss of Canada’s on-screen identity, a very troubling question looms: are Canadian broadcasters — and Canadian viewers — doing enough to protect their own country’s culture?  READ MORE

♦ Random hilarious throwback of the week goes to: The Rock! Did you know that the famous wrestler-turned-actor, who now goes by Dwayne Johnson, once appeared as a SUNshine Boy in the late ’90s? The funny flashback got a quick nod in Johnson’s new commercial for Apple, with the infamous photo appearing briefly as his iPhone’s wallpaper in the ad. READ MORE

Compiled and submitted by Miranda Cross

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