I just came from The Flying Machine gala at the Toronto International Film Festival. As chance would have it, I sat right next to Heather Graham herself and her boyfriend. I’ll tell you all about it when I wake up — I’m exhausted after a long TIFF-filled weekend! Suffice it to say, though, I was happy I could tell Heather in person, right when the last credit rolled, that it was a really special film.

To see my full review of the film, go to Celebrity Candy. Better yet, go see it in the theatre! If you’re in Toronto, you can catch it at the TIFF Lightbox, Sunday, September 18.

More to come on the main page later this week. The Monkey got a chance to hold the actual doll from the movie (in red, above), and run her hands dreamily along the magnificent flying machine…. Lucky girl!

So go and take your kids: marvel in the groundbreaking 3D stop-motion animation, learn a ton about Chopin, get lost in the art…. I am a huge fan of this truly special film — so much so that I had a hard time holding back tears at the end. I get emotional when I witness something so intelligent, complex and creative for children. More deets, pics, magical moments to come asap!

Call 416.599.TIFF | 1.888.599.8433 for tix!


xo Haley-O

My brillers friend Lyn predicted today was going to be STEAMY in the romance department….

Gorgeouses, Josh and I went on A DATE. For the first time. IN MONTHS.

At around 4pm, we dropped the monkeys off at it’sgrandma and papa’shere’s house, made a run for the car and sped off to the theatres so see….

LOVED IT. Yes, Cheaty AND Josh-O both give this movie a thumbs up. While, yes, it’s geared toward a high-school audience, there’s a lot of wisdom and a LO-HO-HOT of laughs in this movie. I mean, it’s Michael Cera (CANADIAN, might I proudly add)….

…and, you can’t go wrong with Michael Cera. I was first introduced to him, as most of us were, in the TOO-SHORT-LIVED, BRILLERS dramedy Arrested Development.

Then, we fell in love with him in Juno. Sigh, love. And, Gorgeouses, we fall in love with him again Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

In Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Cera plays the same self-deprecating, intelligent, profound, creative, dorky, lovable high-school kid he played in Juno. This time, he plays Nick — a broken-hearted teenager who unexpectedly meets his happily-ever-after, Norah, on one CRAZY night out in Manhattan.

Obviously, Cera’s getting typecast. But, it’s great. Because this type of character is exactly what we all want and NEED to see. We want to see something real, but also lighthearted. We want to see characters that we can both relate to and aspire to become. And, as parents, we want to see role models (Nick and Norah tell each other soon after meeting that they don’t drink). Cera plays this wonderful character like no one else can. He makes JUST BEING YOU beautiful and attractive…. I’d watch him play this character over and over again so I can get to know him better and see more sides of him. He’s FASCINATING! Nobody can play this very timely character BUT Cera.

Norah, played by Kat Denning, is also intelligent, artsy, mature, and quirky — a female version of Nick, in a way. What I liked most about her, though, was her unique beauty. The camera LOVED Denning. Now, the what’s interesting about her is…, at least in the movie, she’s NOT SKINNY. No. She’s voluptuous, and she’s rather PLUMP next to Alexis Dziena — her costar, who plays Nick’s nasty ex-girlfriend. Next to Denning, Dziena looks too skinny. Imagine that: the skinny girl looks almost SILLY next to her STUNNING, fuller-figured counterpart…. Beautiful.

Basically, the movie will DEFINITELY encourage teenage girls to eat a sandwich because there was NOTHING attractive about scrawny Dziena next to the voluptuous, stunning Denning.

Anyway, after the movie, Josh and I went for dinner at a great little Thai restaurant. So relaxing…. No kids…. So relaxing…!

Question: why is my favourite drink called WHITE Zinfandel when it’s OBVIOIUSLY not WHITE!


Anyway, go! Check this movie. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Cheaty HIGHLY recommends.

I was supposed to take the night off tonight. And, God knows I need it. Who ever thought one would need a VACAY from blogging. It’s work, you know?

It’d just be nice sometimes to chill at night and do nothing. Watch TV. Read a book…. But, then, when I actually GIVE myself a night off — like tonight — I kind of want to write something….

Tonight, instead of writing, I could be chilling in bed with the new book I’m reading, thanks to FAB reader, MEL, who wouldn’t SHUT UP about it.

I usually don’t do what Oprah says…. But, there’s a lot of BUZZ about this book; so, as a yoga teacher and as a blogger (and, again, because MEL wouldn’t SHUT UP about it!), I thought I should check it.

…Aaaaaand, I’m loving it. It’s really well written, CLEARLY explains abstract concepts, and it makes a whole lot of sense on various levels (personal, philosophical, religious, political, ethical, etc., etc.). Cheaty HIGHLY recommends….

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