One thing we’ve learned on our journey to corral the most eligible actors, athletes, musicians, TV personalities and models from the Great White North? The country is packed with handsome men! There must be something in the water up here, because the hardest part of the process was narrowing our list of talented and attractive candidates down to just over two dozen. But we’ve done it, and we bring you Canada’s 25 Hottest Bachelors for 2017.
This year’s list features some familiar favourites, like Joshua Jackson and Keanu Reeves, while new stars like Raymond Ablack, Shawn Hook and Simu Liu are making undeniable strides in their careers. Montreal’s Francois Arnaud, and his unbelievable hair, is all over primetime and Xavier Dolan is one film release away from being one of Hollywood’s most sought-after directors.
Coming in at #12 our fave…
THE GAME CHANGER
WHY WE LOVE HIM: Not only do we want to raid his closet, but we want to thank him for helping create the iconic character of Moira Rose, played to perfection by Catherine O’Hara. Dan and his dad Eugene Levy are the brains behind the hit Canadian comedy Schitt’s Creek, which just wrapped filming its fourth season.
In addition to writing and producing the show, Dan stars as David Rose. The character is both a hilarious and important addition to the small screen as he is one of the first openly pansexual characters in primetime. “I knew from the very beginning that I wanted him to be pansexual. I’d never seen [pansexuality] represented on TV before, and it just felt in line with who the character was. It’s important to tell queer stories and to show queer relationships in a very normal setting,” he told FLARE, adding, “The most amazing thing for me is getting feedback from families who watch the show and who have fallen in love with the character of David—and have understood sexuality in a way that they never have before because they never had a point of entry.”
Vulture Festival L.A. Tickets Are on Sale Now!
We’re going to California, baby! Our convertible and sunglasses are rented, and we’re ready to drive down the Pacific Coast Highway, just like Don Draper, the wind no match for the mid-century pomade in our hair. Because on November 18 and 19, Vulture Festival is coming to Los Angeles! After four sensational years in New York, we felt it was time to bring the pop-culture extravaganza to the City of Stars. Live from the Hollywood Roosevelt, expect two days of reunions, screenings, interesting conversation, laughs, love, and more, all presented by AT&T!
Who will be there (besides you, of course)? How about Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler! A Bored to Death reunion! Kerry Washington and the cast of Scandal! Lena Dunham! Natalie Portman! Sarah Silverman! James Franco! Guillermo del Toro! The cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia! Phil Lord and Chris Miller, in their first public appearance since parting ways with the stand-alone Han Solo movie! And more! More? Yes, more! (See the lineup below. More events to be announced at a later date.) Tickets are available to purchase through VultureFestival.com or follow the links in the event titles.
2:45 p.m. — 3:45 p.m.: POP TV PRESENTS SCHITT’S CREEK (Sponsored Event)
In celebration of the fourth season of Schitt’s Creek, Pop TV presents a special screening of the show followed by a conversation with its cast, including Emmy Award winners Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, alongside Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy. The Hollywood Roosevelt: 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, West Hollywood. Tickets are FREE. All guests must register for this event online. RSVP does not guarantee entry; access to the event will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis with RSVP. Following the event guests are granted access to the AT&T Vulture Lounge poolside at The Hollywood Roosevelt, and one (1) complimentary drink per guest.
The Capsule is a new podcast and guess who is their first guest? Our fave, Dan Levy! Check out the podcast on iTunes.
In 1998 at age 13, I created a time capsule. Earlier this year, I began sharing what was inside on Instagram and it became a smash hit. Today, I’m launching a podcast to discuss ’90s nostalgia, tweenage mortification and more with a slew of celeb guests. Episodes produced by the amazing Kevin Hazlehurst (creator of the Deja The View Podcast).
Netflix is about to get Stranger.
Just ahead of Halloween, the highly-anticipated Stranger Things 2 is coming to the streaming service on Oct. 27. But before that, there are plenty of other titles creeping in: For example, David Fincher’s new Netflix series Mindhunter arrives this month.
A few other highlights include comedies Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, Miss Congeniality, I Love You, Man and Patton Oswalt’s stand-up special. (Here’s the list of September shows.)
Netflix in September: Everything coming and going
Below is a partial list Netflix’s October titles; we’ll update this story as soon as we get the full list.
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
I Love You, Man (2009)
Miss Congeniality (2000)
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)
Cult Of Chucky (2017)
Schitt’s Creek: Season 3
Suburra: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Donnie Darko (2001)
MINDHUNTER: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
The Babysitter – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 4 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Smurfs: The Lost Village
The Mist: Season 1 (2017)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Stranger Things 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Retribution: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
As the Canuck spinoff of the smash U.K. hit The Great British Bake Off creeps closer, CBC has rolled out The Great Canadian Baking Show’s slate of celebrity judges and hosts.
Vancouver pastry chef Bruno Feldeisen and Quebec-born, Australia-based pastry chef Rochelle Adonis will judge the amateur bakers, while actors Daniel Levy (Schitt’s Creek) and Julia Chan (Saving Hope) have the hosting duties.
Levy was a big fan of the U.K. show and said he “actively pursued” a role in the Canadian version.
“The key to the series is the bakers — you’re rooting for them,” he said.
“It’s not about people tearing each other down, it’s about people wanting each other to succeed — because at the end of the day, you’re not competing against someone else, you’re competing against yourself. You’re competing against your bake.”
The show starts shooting this week and will premiere on CBC-TV on November 1. It will spotlight 10 amateur bakers, chosen from a cross-country casting call.
‘A delicious show’
The Canadian installment will be closely based on the original U.K. version, which was a ratings powerhouse. The BBC estimated the most recent season finale, last October, drew nearly 15 million viewers.
Chan was watching from abroad and got hooked.
“It’s just such a delicious show,” she said. “I love how supportive everyone is — not just the hosts and the judges … but how they are with each other, you know, helping each other if one finishes early, or all of them rooting for each other.”
Similar to the U.K. model, the amateur bakers will face off in three rounds each week — signature bake, technical bake and the show-stopper — testing their skills and creativity.
Three finalists will vie to be crowned winner.
‘Diversity of Canada is going to come through’
Feldeisen has competed in several TV cooking shows, like Chopped Canada and Donut Showdown. This time he’s on the other side of the table, critiquing the competitors.
Feldeisen, who is executive chef at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Wash., on the British Columbia border, has worked at prestigious kitchens in France, Canada and the United States. He’s twice been nominated for a James Beard Award, considered by many to be the Oscars of food.
“I’ve seen a surge of fabulous bakeries, pastry shops … there is a global enthusiasm about good pastry,” he said. “There is enough bad news in this world, so if you can bake and share what you do, that’s fantastic.”
Adonis has returned to Canada to judge the show. Born and raised in Montreal, she moved to Australia when she was 10 and trained as a pastry chef in Europe. She is famed for her creative desserts and elaborate wedding cakes, which she has baked for both the British and Saudi royal families.
She now runs a salon in Perth, where she offers high tea, brunch and cooking classes.
“Having the chance to come back to Canada, doing what I love doing, it was like a maple leaf exploding inside of me when I got the call,” she said. “It was a no-brainer.”
The show’s format has now been adopted in more than 20 countries, but she’s hoping the Canadian version can offer something a little bit different.
“The diversity of Canada is going to come through,” she said. “I’m hoping to taste that too — the differences between west coast and east coast. I think that’s where people’s heritage can come through in the food. You can taste it.”
CBC will air the most recent season (the 7th) of The Great British Bake Off starting at the end of August as part of the lead-up to the new series.