I have never seen Shemar Moore in ‘Criminal Minds’ , but all I can say is that my mother for whom the show is like a good fix she has nothing but nice things to say about Moore and what a good speaker he is. David Bowie covered a song by Peter Godwin ‘Criminal World’. It took The Toronto International Film Festival to bring them together in the lobby of The Ritz Carlton Hotel.
Someone whom I have come to know Peter Godwin is a new wave musician who was part of the band Metro, as well as a solo artist and songwriter. Peter was introduced to me by NJ Taylor a singer, songwriter, in Montreal. She had sent me a text about Godwin this guy who I must meet because I am making a film David Bowie Is Around The World and she told me in a very excited manner and guess what David Bowie covered Godwin’s song ‘Criminal World’ . Naturally I said yes I want to meet Godwin, because I know Bowie he is just not about to cover anyone unless there is something about their work that is speaking to him.
N.J. Taylor , Shemar Moore and David Bowie ( well the Bowie paddle ) anyway are all at the Toronto film festival, it’s one of those once of a lifetime and less than six degrees of separation moment coming together and no one could have planned this better.
Here are both versions of Godwin’s song ‘Criminal World’.
My phone is going mental with text messages, Facebook direct messages, phone calls coming and all I want the phone to do is get a shot of Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan. As they walked out of the Ritz Carlton and to the awaiting cars to bring them to the gala. “Hey Robert check this out”, as I gave two girls standing in the heat David Bowie paddles sent by The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago they had also sent a very nice invite to the David Bowie Is exhibit. The girls got all excited, held it to their face and you can bet Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey are going to try to get to see the Bowie exhibit. It was time for them to go in, the crowd started to scream ‘ Robert, Robert, Robert’ he stopped turned around and came over for this shot, as the crowd who get to see stars of Hollywood at one of the greatest film festivals in the world. As soon as they went into the gala, I started my walk across the road to Michael’s One Simcoe .
Cross the street I ran into Tommy James, he is in my David Bowie Is Around The World and everyone thinks he could be James Franco. Tommy is on his way to film function to go meet some agents, and ask him to come with me have a glass of Ravine Vineyard wine and Tommy and I start making our way to Michael’s On Simcoe, as we walk over we run into more people and we all walk in. Michael is busy loves that Tommy looks like James Franco, and I get Tommy a glass of Chardonnay delivered earlier by Ravine Vineyard to all the David Bowie VIP spots in the city where if you have a Bowie Film VIP pass you can enjoy a glass of wine. As I get to the bar a patron sitting having dinner, looks over to tell me as I check the bottle of Ravine out say’s “That is a great wine, I had a glass, it’s really good”, now I am curious and can’t wait to sip this wine, ( but hold on ) Rod Williams has just walked in. Rod Williams is President of Canada’s Wheels UP, and he looks at the television screen “See those two quarterbacks” he is referring to Green Bay and Seahawks and shows a text message he just got with their pictures in T-shirts wearing his company logo, we all think it’s pretty cool, but can we get to the wine please ( I’m dying here). I get Rod a glass of wine as well, and we cheer and drink the wine, Rod who has been in the private jet business for a very long time knows a good thing when he sees it ( in this case taste it ), “This is great wine” and now we chill drink wine and wait till the text arrives ‘Pacino lost his invite to Bowie’, so I have to run out of Michael’s On Simcoe and sort this out as he is about to go on the Red Carpet. Welcome to Toronto and The Toronto International Film Festival.
It’s Wednesday night at the TIFF Gala, the third edition of the luxe soiree in the festival’s 39-year history. Tickets cost $1,500 a pop and feature two tiers of swanky — a cocktail reception on the second floor of the Lightbox and a rooftop party above, catered by Oliver and Bonacini.
Really, guests paid the hefty admission to see Al Pacino, who has two films at the festival, sit down for an interview with the locally beloved George Stroumboulopoulos.
Late at night I run into Natalie Brown, who is dressed in a stunning strapless orange cocktail dress and I tell her so. Brown recently starred in Guillermo del Toro’s vampire drama The Strain. Conversation with Brown who is delightful somehow ends up how Belleville (which to be honest I have no idea where it is) but now I am curious, and then a hand hits my shoulder and a voice you have heard on the silver screen says “Watch out for him” ! its Al Pacino ready to leave for the Ritz Carlton. I have an envelope with his name on it which arrived from Chicago from The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago his VIP invite for David Bowie Is “the kid is making an entire film on a cell phone” The cellphone in question stays in my pocket, there is no “selfie” (which I would never do), no tweet at the time just going it old school after all it’s Al Pacino.
Expect, that is, for one striking shot, in which she faces the camera, completely bare on her top half but for long, lace gloves.
As Keira Knightly embarks on Toronto for the film festival for the international premier of her film “Laggies”, fashion photographer Babar Khan and style guru Michael Bonneville who has styled Cate Blanchett , Annie Lennox , Vanessa Williams, supermodels Claudia Schiffer, Shalom Harlow and Carolyn Murphy to name a few has something in mind to rock out Keira at the Windsor Arms Hotel photography studio.
Now just picture Keira with this top it’s ready, it’s waiting, and only this girl could rock it.
Robin Williams, Valerie Williams and Andy Warhol at the famed Studio 54, 1979. I look at the image and instantly am filled with sadness at the loss of Robin Williams who made me laugh so much throughout the years. This photograph says it all, where is Robin Williams?.
Andy Warhol and I met in New York at a party on the 67th floor of 641 Fifth Avenue at Olympic Towers a building owned by a friend the late Christina Onassis. The building also was where David Bowie had his office at the time, yet Bowie and I would not meet till later when we were neighbours in Los Angles.
Andy Warhol inspired my project the documentary film I am making David Bowie Is Around The World. The inspiration came from Warhol’s project 8mm where he just filmed people dropping into his factory. Later he took all those clips and put them together and he had a film. David Bowie played Andy Warhol in the film called Basquiat, and during The Toronto International Film Festival, with the Windsor Arms Hotel, Babar Khan a photographer the factory created by Andy Warhol in New York is being recreated as the Bowie Film Sound and Vision Studio Lounge, bringing Bowie and Warhol together once again. If you think I am kidding, than wait till you meet the man who is doing the hair and makeup because in the Bowie film he is the Andy Warhol.
The Bowie Film Sound and Vision Studio Lounge is where various people visiting The Toronto Film Festival will be captured by the lens of Babar Khan, for a book that will be created in as a limited edition by the Windsor Arms Hotel and the proceeds from the sale of this amazing work with various actors, musicians, will be donated to a charity to help those with mental illness.
More on the lounge and how you will be able to preorder the limited edition book. Lets activate the prevention of loss of life to mental illness through the art of photography.