Always the first party to kick off the festival, MM is traditionally held the day before VIFF's official start. And that holds true this year. VIFF opens tomorrow with a gala screening of Blindness, the Canadian co-production based on a novel by José Saramago adapted by the talented and prolific Don McKellar.
VIFF runs from September 25 to October 10, and although it's not nearly as star-studded as Toronto's festival, it still offers the chance to swap rain gear in favour of cool pants and glad rags.
Other Canadian features skedded include Fifty Dead Men Walking, Control Alt Delete, Down to the Dirt, Edison & Leo, and Stone of Destiny.
For a full sked, check out www.viff.org.
Flashpoint Moves to Sunday
While “Vancouver's Who's Who” (or more rightly “Vancouver's Who's That?” ) head to VIFF's opening gala tomorrow night (September 25), countless others will be tuning in to ER, as it begins its 15th and final season at 8 pm on CTV. It'll be followed by Grey's Anatomy, which returns with a two-hour special at 9 pm.
And yes, that means Flashpoint is moving.
Canada's favourite new cop show will have a new, semi-coveted Sunday time slot, as of this weekend (September 28). It'll air at 10 pm, gadzooks, squaring off against Brothers & Sisters (ABC, Canwest Global).
The boys and gals of Flashpoint return on CTV with an all-new episode, dubbed Eagle Two, directed by Vancouverite Stephen Surjik (Intelligence). CBS has not yet announced when it will air that episode.
***Update: - Friday, Sept. 26 - CTV has this morning announced that Law & Order: Criminal Intent, with Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe, will move to Sunday at 10 pm, as of this weekend. Meanwhile, A channel will offer a new episode of Mad Men, also at 10 PM.
Mad, Mad World
A final note, congrats to my dear friend Maria Jacquemetton and her husband and writing-producing partner Andre Jacquemetton for their weekend Emmy win. They and the rest of Mad Men's creative team, helmed by showrunner Matthew Weiner, were honoured with the Emmy for best dramatic series. So well earned, so happy for them. Not only is Maria a talented writer, she's also a mother and a generous pal to her girlfriends. Love when good things happen to good people. Felicitations!