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When last we brought the Toronto Zoo to your attention, it was to outline how the gigantic park was building a $13 million facility that would transform animal poo into usable electricity via bacteria. Today's post is like that 2008 article, except it has nothing to do with poo or electricity or bacteria, and instead is about baby lemurs and baby polar bears and how you should indulge in some Canada travel so you can go see them. So really, more different than the same.
Via Zooborns we learn that there's a new ring-tailed lemur on display with mom Lily. The little baby is set to stop clinging to mom's chest and go exploring any day now, which means that visitors will soon be able to see something very small and very cute learning how to swing and jump. In the meantime we've embedded a video below showing what the last month has been like, with the baby hanging on for dear life.
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We love airplanes, you love airplanes, so let's go look at airplanes! In our Prime Plane Spotting series, we'll let you in on all the best spots to whip out your cameras and binoculars for a piece of the aviation action.
On the Pacific coast of Canada, in Vancouver, there is a jetty ideally situated for watching landing planes. On almost the other side of the North American continent in Toronto, it's a Wendy's fast food restaurant that makes for the perfect lookout.
Hilary Swank as photographed by Norman Jean Roy
From a nude and pregnant Demi Moore to Tom Ford cozying up next to Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley (also nude, naturally), Vanity Fair is well-known for reflecting what's hot—and, apparently, clothes-free—in pop culture since the early 20th Century. In our celebrity-centric culture, Vanity Fair is bar none when it comes to showcasing the mythological glitz of Hollywood life, consistently attracting the curiosity of readers with photo spreads that are sometimes sexy, but always elegant.
With such a storied past, a retrospective seems like a natural way to commemorate 95 years of the magazine's glamorous perspective. Labeled a "smash" after its European tour (because Annie Leibovitz is the Bono of photographers), Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008 is a collection of iconic images from the magazine's history. The exhibit will make a stop at Toronto's Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum from September 26th of this year through January 3, 2010, the first North American destination. Amelia Earheart, Charlie Chaplin, and Madonna are just some of the marquee names—and images—being used to draw crowds in Canada's capital city.
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We've already extolled the awesomeness of NYC's newly opened High Line park, and this Sunday, July 12, it'll host a family fun party complete with crafts and live music. We kind of want to go simply to get our picture taken in the "Hi from the High Line!” photo postcard booth and see the World's Largest Lemonade Stand, a 1,300-gallon tank whose purpose is only to refresh the thirsty on hot days. The event is sponsored by Target, so there could also be some cool Target coupons or temporary tattoos. Read more at the High Line's blog.
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When we last left the biggest bird in the sky, The A380, she was looking to welcome her one-millionth passenger aboard Singapore Airlines. Now she’s looking to continue her world dominance, by initiating service from Toronto to Dubai three times a week starting in June thanks to Emirates. Hopefully the citizens of Canada can provide some life into the Middle East party zone, because all we here about it lately is more and more bad news.
To handle the big beast, Toronto Pearson International Airport had to fix up some of its infrastructure. Over the last 10 years the airport had been sprucing things up, including strengthening and widening the runway. They’ve also got two new double-decker gates that can handle the unloading of almost 500 passengers and their 1,000 pieces of carry on luggage.
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Looking to celebrate Pride Month out of town? Look into Pride Toronto, which is so much more than a march: Held June 20 to 29--that's right, over two weekends!--the citywide celebration includes such diverse events as a Mount Olympus-themed gala featuring comedian Sandra Bernhard, a party hosted by Limelight head honcho Peter Gatien and a ceremony to honor the Grand Marshal and co-chair of Jamaica's first LGBT organization.
As in many affairs of state, Canada has so far led the US as a whole in recognizing the rights of its gay and lesbian citizens, from a minister of justice's statement in 1969 that "the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation" to legalizing same-sex marriage in 2005.
Toronto's first pride event was held in 1970, and the mayor himself will be in attendance this year.
[Photo from Pride Toronto 2006: mangomargarita]
First up, we want to congratulate our dearest Natalie. She was voted the "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" by PETA for 2006. Barring a Dewey defeats Truman moment over at PETA, it looks like Natalie has claim to those bragging rights. She says she hasn't eaten meat for 16 years, thought we did catch her at Mr. Tastys Drive In a couple weeks back.
So what was the world's sexiest vegetarian and her gang of merry actors up to this past weekend? Threesomes! According to our tipsters, Padme attended a screening of Wordplay at the Hot Docs film festival with Dustin Hoffman and her former beau, Gael Garcia Bernal.
Dustin was so fired up by his Sunday night threesome, he was spotted by another Jaunted tipster "humming to himself while walking a small, dark dog, with no leash" earlier that day. Definitely small, yeah. Definitely.
Oh, and that treasure trove of Toronto celebwatching, the Yorkville Starbucks--because fame smells like a no-whip toffe nut frappucino--produced yet another sighting. Jason Bateman was spotted coming out with some sort of grande latte concoction. Really, does anyone care about Jason Bateman and his coffee when Natalie is openly dating two men? OK, so openly is a stretch. And so is dating. But enjoy our map nontheless.
Send all of your sightings and Toronto info to tipsATjauntedDOTcom. We must continue our important anthropological studies in TO.
· Chasing Natalie Coverage [Jaunted]
· Stalking Natalie [Toronto Star]
This week, our favorite movie star with the pixie haircut took us on another sweet guided tour of Toronto. Stops included AGO, rock shows, Italian food, and of course, shopping.
Apparently, music from the O.C. is cross-generational in popularity. Dustin Hoffman and Natalie were spotted at the Death Cab for Cutie/Franz Fernidand show at the Ricoh Colesium---a venue not known for quality acoustics. Our spies report Natalie bailed shortly after Death Cab took the stage. Glaswegian dancey art-punks one, sensitive indie rockers, zero.
Sotto Sotto Trattoria was the site for a cast dinner. Seafood pasta sounds considerably healthier than the grub at Mr. Tasty's Drive-In, sure, but we'll see how long Natalie keeps up the healthy living.
Meanwhile, Dustin Hoffman appears to be on a hunt for the perfect pair of boxer shorts. A couple weeks ago, our sources reported he was at Zellers buying underwear, and this week we hear he popped into the Yorkville Gap for some more. Someone get that man some clean undies, or at least show him where to find a washing machine.
The random sighting of the week comes from our ad exec contingent, who spotted Kanye West at the SoHo Met. As far as we can tell the SoHo Met only books ad grunts and rock stars We bet they really enjoy each other's company.
Send all of your sighting to us: tipsATjauntedDOTcom. We must ensure that Natalie eats properly.
· Chasing Natalie Coverage [Jaunted]
· Stalking Natalie [Toronto Star]
If we see another horrifying trailer for today's movie set travel pick, Silent Hill, we're going to lose it. That girl with no mouth freaks us out. It is also, we've noticed, a popular poster to publicly deface in the NYC subway system; they might as well have put a speech bubble in her mouth.
Silent Hill is about a mother's hunt in a haunted, deserted town for her missing daughter. She's forced to make a deal with a demon, in the form of said mouthless little girl, to find her. The film was shot largely in Ontario, Canada, which is not only home to demons, but Natalie Portman, our Chasing Natalie map, and a ton of places for Natalie to drink coffee. Here are a few recommendations of our own, for Natalie and everyone else, should Silent Hill give you the heebie jeebies:
Where To Stay:
SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto
Don't want to spend the night alone, scaredy cat? Check into the "SoHo Met" and ogle the crowds of beautiful people . (If there are that many beautiful people, it probably increases the chances of spending the night alone, but never mind that) Snuggle up in the Frette linens and enjoy the panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Take a reassuring dip in the lap pool and dry off while you stand on the heated floors. All that poshness will keep the boogeyman away for sure.
Where To Eat:
Housed in a turn of the century house in a historic neighborhood, intimate Boba offers tons of fresh fish plates, as well as regional faves like grilled Ontario ostrich with herb gnocchi in a peppercorn glaze. It'll set you back some cash, but there's safety in eating well for sure.
Where To Freak Yourself Out Even More:
Pick a local house and take a tour; this company highlights all the freakfests in the area and outlines their histories, individual ghost stories, and spooky trivia. Or, you can map out the locations and visit them yourself. Just don't go making a deals with any demonic, mouthless children. And if you see Natalie around, send your report to tipsATjauntedDOTcom.
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Where in the world is our precious starlet, Natalie Portman? OK, so we know the answer to that one: Toronto. In fact, we know pretty well, thanks to your tips--don't hesitate to send us more so we can continue to get our Natalie fix--that she's been haunting both high and low places.
Natalie's comfortably ensconced in the Toronto Four Seasons. Oh, and not just her; she's there with her little dog too. It's possible that the dog has his own room at the Four Seasons, or maybe his own trailer at Cinespace studios. It is also possible that this dog belongs to Jason Bateman. Yeah, that guy--don't ask. Most of this is pure conjecture on our part, though it looks like he wouldn't need a very big trailer, at least. The dog that is, Jason Bateman probably demands a huge trailer.
As fancy as Natalie's digs may be, she's still not eating as healthily as we'd like. Natalie, we received word that you were eating at Mr. Tasty's Drive-In at 2am last week. We thought you were one of the world's sexiest vegetarians. You're going to give the make-up people hell if you continue eating there--it sounds like, uh, something that we'd do.
Remember, our fascination with Toronto doesn't begin and end with Natalie, send us any and all Toronto celeb travel info.
· Chasing Natalie Map [Jaunted]
Toronto rocks! You have overwhelmed us with sightings, tips, and hilarious stories about your town, so let's keep that mojo working, eh?
There is plenty going on in Toronto right now, as far as Hollywood productions go. Aside from our myriad Natalie spottings, we have also received word that Shoot 'Em Up, starring Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, the delectable Monica Bellucci and Chris Jericho is also filming in the TO.
Meanwhile, today's edition of Chasing Natalie includes six new locations, including, but not limited to: Paul Giamatti at a Jays game, Dustin Hoffman shopping for clothes, the legend of the Yorkville Starbucks, a random girl who claims she "muckled" Clive Owen, and Natalie, at all hours of the day and night.
As for your tips, please keep sightings, and information current--let's say the last seven days. Sound good? Second, when you tip us, please send the location (address appreciated), your story (what you saw, what info you have, etc), any info you have on the location (i.e., this bar is a dive) and any photos that you may have snapped. Any and all tips should be sent off to tipsATjauntedDOTcom.