|NOW : The skylines of Chicago (above) and Toronto (below). Toronto has been the backdrop in hundreds of movies and television shows, and has portrayed cities all over the world, but rarely gets the chance to play itself.|
|THEN : In 2010, "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" became one of the first big release pictures to not only be filmed in Toronto, but to actually be set here, too.|
|THEN : "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" (2007) was badly panned by some critics, but I liked it, and it was fun seeing all the Toronto landmarks that appeared in the movie, including King Street West and Allan Gardens.|
|NOW : The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the world's best, and is often a key indicator of who will win Oscars.|
|THEN : Both George C. Scott (above) and Marlon Brando (below) refused their Oscars for what was, for each of them, a landmark role. "Patton" remains one of Scott's best known works, and "The Godfather" remains a canonical Brando movie.|
Sacheen Littlefeather at the 1973 Oscars
In recent years, the Oscars have received their lowest television ratings in the six decades that they've been aired. 2003, and then 2008, set records for the lowest numbers of viewers watching the Oscars. The awards are losing the attention of younger viewers, and this year's co-hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, were chosen at least in part to attract younger viewers.
Interested in cinema? My new "Cinema and Scandal" tour through downtown Toronto starts this spring. From vaudeville, to burlesque, to the gritty days of Yonge Street in the 1970s, this one covers it all. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 487-9017.
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