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At TIFF ’12 ~ Breaking Oscar News! Helen H. goes Supporting! Judi Dench in lead!

I’m at TIFF 2012, for the 14th year in a row, and there’s more crazed, frenziedness than ever. AND NEWS, TOO! Oscar news! Fox Searchlight is putting Helen Hunt in the Supporting Category for what is really a lead performance in “The Sessions.”!?! I felt sure the line-up would be Marion Cotillard for “Rust and Bone” which I saw yesterday at 8:45am!

Here you have to get up at 5:30am in the morning on some days or you’re just lost!

And continuing on, Helen Hunt in “Sessions” which now going to  be campaigned in Supporting by Fox Searchlight, who is running Qu’venzhane Wallis as Best Actress for sure. We knew that.

But also, NEWSFLASH, Dame Judi Dench for HER beautiful portrayal in the box-office bonanze from the spring “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”! And THAT IS a lead performance.

And also we have Anne Dowd from “Compliance” which everyone up here is like wha-? They’re not getting “Compliance” up here at TIFF.

But what they ARE getting is Keira Knightley’s beautiful “Anna Karenina.” If it’s two previous winners, say Dame Judi and Maid Marion, Qu’venzhane, who will be 9 when the Oscars roll around, and Ann Dowd, I think the bravura Career Best of Keira who has never won would be the winner in that pack. Pack? It’s a bevy of beauties of all ages, and races!

I saw “Rust and Bone”, “Anna Karenina” and “The Sessions” all yesterday and today! My mind is just blown by the quality and quantity of these great roles for great actresses! TIFF rules as always…

And on the other side of the fence, easily the most anticipated film “The Master” is something that I am unfortunately not going to fit into my schedule! Unbelievable, but true.

Word on Joaquin Phonenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman is terrific, but divided on the film. I’m only here until Tuesday morning traveling back to New York on my dearly beloved Amtrak…Just a train lover at heart, what am I to do?

My new cell phone didn’t work up north here, so thank GOD I’ve got my trusty new little Acer and I’ve figured out how to type on it without deleting everything!


The Impatient Traveler ~Trips Begin Before They Start 2012 version

And  once again, as I madly prepare to depart New York for the Great White North’s two great film festivals, I felt today, like I was leaving tomorrow.

And I’m not!

I’ve still got twenty-five MORE days til I’m officially outta here, and I can’t wait! J’attends avec impatience!

I’m going to the Montreal and Toronto Film Festivals for the 14th year in a row, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! But this year has been more difficult, it seems than any other.

Trips aren’t easy. You can quote me.

And getting an entire television show On The Road, well, it’s never just like one’s going off by oneself somewhere remote. Something I never do.

Lately I prefer to just stay put, although I love to travel, but hey, if I can be being FILMED while I travel, well, that’s what I can now say I like. THAT makes it fun for me now.

And with all these wonderful film festivals with their wonderful films alllll interested in l’il ole me, well, I just love it!

Yes, you’re working/traveling, but I like that. And I LOVE film festivals! And I love film. And I love movie stars. And I love talking to them. As I will be doing A LOT, I hope, coming up at TIFF and Montreal.

I changed all my money into Canadian already and what a shock the exchange rate is now for Americans! Yikes! Canada is doing very, very well financially, and let’s face it, as I had to at the bank this morning, the U.S. is just NOT.

But it’s sooo funny, and rewarding, and thrilling, to see all your money suddenly in pinks and purples, instead of GREEN! I wonder if I look at the world through rose-colored glasses. I think I do. Well, certainly through gay-colored glasses whatever color that may be. Rainbow?

And I do wear glasses.

So of course, my spirit is flying north, and my body just irresolutely stays put. Here. Where it was feeling like 100 degrees on the white-hot pavements.

I got my train tickets. Yes, I’m traveling by train again this year to Canada. Amtrak all the way. And it was very exciting to actually have them in my hands. More so this year than most. A concrete affirmation that yes, I am going at such and such a time and that I’ll be on this train and arriving at this approximation. (Trains always surprise one one way or the other.) And I’ll be taking the Adirondack which is considered one of the most beautiful, scenic train routes there is, going from New York’s Penn Station, which was like an oven today. And arriving ten hours later in the endlessly dazzling city of Montreal.

Montreal ~~~

I could go on and on for hours and hours about how much I love that city. And well, I have been doing that on my TV show, FOR FOURTEEN YEARS. I never miss it. It’s so thoroughly French. You travel for ten hours and then SUDDENLY you’re in France!

I can’t wait! J’attends avec impatience!

But I’ve still got three and a half weeks to go….:(


Think Pink at Scott Cakes! Ptown’s Sweetest!So Nice I Had to Show It Twice!

On a considerably lighter note, let’s THINK PINK! And you cannot help but me struck pink at Scott Cakes’ all-pink, all-the time because Scott Cunningham is always and ONLY baking Pink Cupcakes! At Angel’s Landing, opposite the newly refurbishing library, Scott tells us all about the new musical based on his life! Yes! And it’s called “Cupcake”! What else! More pinkness follows…

New York Suffering Through ANOTHER Heat Wave!

This is the third day that feels like it’s over 100 degrees. They say it’s 91, plus that heat index, especially for midtown Manhattan is plus 10 more. The streets are heated here. Great for the winter because the snow melts so quickly, but in the summer, SHEESH!

There was only one day like this last week. Wednesday. I remember that day particularly since…well…more on that later…I hope…

It’s like you take your life in your hands every time you just step outdoors, which basically you shouldn’t do.

You have to get everything done early in the AM, which is bearable, before it heats up. But now around 2pm and later, til sunset….LOOK OUT!

Wear light-colored clothing. White if possible, and always bring at least ONE bottle of water. Loose fitting clothing. A hat. An umbrella even, which deflects the sun, but again, a light-colored umbrella.

I find myself ducking into doorways of air-conditioned stores on my way to my latest destination.

Everyone in these treacherous climes, take care!

I wish I was in Provincetown NOW, where it is probably gorgeous! It was freezing when I was there. More on that later, too…

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