Ides of George Clooney from Belong Cafe to the Ritz !

George Clooney has set the town on fire. At Tiff it is always  more fun when you have your friends around. George Clooney has his buddy Brat Pitt in town as well and that is almost like being on the roof of Hotel du Russie in Rome playing table tennis while filming Ocean’s Twelve or not being allowed into the Hotel when the door man mistook Brad and George for vagrants after they had been caught in a rain storm.  That was not about to happen at Tiff. George Clooney and my paths keep crossing, from the Vanity Fair shoot on the back lot of Universal to Il Gatto Nero in Cernobbio, Italy to Hotel du Russie and Jerry Wientraub who Produced the Ocean’s films. At Tiff George was showing his film The Ides of March which he co-wrote as well as directed. Leonardo DiCaprio was cast in the lead but dropped out yet remained  on as Executive Producer and Brad Pitt was cast as Paul Zara but was replaced by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Belong Cafe, was also getting into full swing, for anyone wanting a good meal, and should any Hollywood types such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti drop in for dinner they were not going to be disappointed by what Chef Brad Long team was cooking up at Cafe Belong.

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This was an evening to go see the film and unwind at dinner with some nice wine before hitting the night till dawn at the Deg Bar at The Ritz Carlton, where George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright all came to party.

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U2 Belong at Tiff

The Irish came knocking down the door at Toronto International Film Festival. While Toronto is still far from being Cannes, it beats the pants off Cannes in the number of films being shown at the festival. The festival is a give and take between Hollywood, the press, and in the end it works out for everyone, and as always there is big money involved. Hype sell’s tickets and this translates to liquid gold. U2 and TIFF are good at keeping money and both have lots of it. It was not really a novel concept to have a documentary open the film festival, yet again this time it was U2 now the biggest rock band around. Both U2 and Toronto International Film Festival started out small and grew to be big  with Tiff taking place in Hollywood North that is Canada.  Toronto Film Festival will only grow. The first day of the festival was full energy both Bono and Edge love food and Edge loves his wine, and I will never forget walking into a restaurant in Santa Monica and when I asked for a wine to be recommended with dinner the waiter suggested one that Edge had the previous night, naturally I ordered it as well. When the bill arrived for dinner for two it was a slamming $800.00 I never asked how much the bottle of wine was.  While U2 got ready for the red carpet, Michael Patrick was seen running to a secret location to do a photo shoot of Wendy Starland also performing her music in Toronto at Tiff accompanied by Chris Clemence also a musician from Los Angles. It was all about music on the opening day and making people dance.

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Belong Cafe

At Belong Cafe the super friendly team of Brad Long was keeping pace with the mood of the festival.  The kitchen was in beat with U2, Bono and Edge after all sooner or later you are going to get hungry and need a good meal a nice wine and perhaps a cappuccino made at the bling bling cappuccino machine which is all glam and ends up doing all the work. Freshly arrived avocados were being cut up,soup was being made and like the U2 song you are now listening to the kitchen at Belong Cafe was building to a crescendo. The wine to go with From the Sky Down, M2 2010 Small lot Gamay Malivoire with aromas of cedar, juniper and plum. M2 since 2004 have focused on creating artisan wines. Each day of the Tiff something new will be cooking at Belong Cafe and as always a new wine to go with the film will be featured.  M2 being paired with U2 just made good sense and also pairs well with classic dishes at Belong Cafe. The eating, drinking, music and the party never stops at My Name is Khan. After all U2, the team of Belong Cafe and My Name is Khan want to make the world dance.

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Zoe! Zoe! Zoe! La Llave de mi corazon !

Zoe Saldaña kicks some serious butt in her new film Colombiana. Born in New York City, she also spent a good part of her life growing up in The Dominican Republic, so to all my friends In The Dominican Republic who like to tango too much, don’t cross this girl especially when she has a gun, because she can shoot, “sabes”. Zoe got her first break in the 2000 film Center Stage, followed by Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, and a starring role as Neytiri in James Cameron’s Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time. Zoe has also done her part for that all American brand Calvin Klein.

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Hollywood goes through it’s own mood swings. There was a time if you did Television you could not do Feature Films, so many actors have proven that to be all need I spell it out. Then those Hollywood agents got into the act and balked at the prospect of their client sharing the screen with another star, that went out to the wind. Then there is that Hollywood saying “Can she carry the film?”. In the case of Zoe, she carried the film and all you wanted really in Colombiana was Zoe to just go wild with action and do serious damage which she did. Looking at her in a body suit and slipping and sliding through air vents, your mind thinks “She moves like a cat!”, and you wonder wow! she really would have made a great Catwomen, but that role my friends has gone to Anne Hathaway. Zoe! you need to come to Toronto, yes it’s the film festival but more importantly you need to try some of the food from Chef Brad Long at his Café and Bistro. After all it’s all about the food as you so well put it in the Calvin shoot. Zoe Saldaña, is full of life, and the people of The Dominican Republic are family, that would make Zoe my sister. So Zoe from MY Name is Khan “What Up?”.

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