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RBC’s 16th Year as TIFF Partner: Celebrating Film and Emerging Talent

RBC, Toronto International Film Festival, 16th year, major partner, film, emerging talent, arts community

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RBC, a long-standing supporter of the arts and film community, has announced its 16th year as the official bank partner of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This partnership showcases RBC’s commitment to nurturing emerging talent and celebrating the arts community. With programming designed to enhance the festival experience for film fans and RBC clients, RBC aims to bring impactful stories to the big screen while supporting the arts and fostering Canadian talent.

The RBC Red Carpet Gallery returns as one of the most coveted spots for star gazing in David Pecaut Square (215 King Street West, Toronto) (CNW Group/RBC)

RBC House will host several events for emerging and established filmmakers and talents. Located at Petros82 in Toronto’s Entertainment District, RBC House will offer guests signature GREY GOOSE® Vodka cocktails and a martini cocktail bar. The programming at RBC House includes exciting events such as RBCxMusic Night, featuring a performance by DJ Diesel (also known as Shaquille O’Neal). This event aims to amplify and connect music fans to emerging artist PRIMO, who will open for DJ Diesel.

Additionally, the Los Angeles Times Studio presented by RBC will return to RBC House, providing a platform for directors and international stars for video interviews and photography. This year, the collaboration with the L.A. Times includes “Los Angeles Times Talks @ TIFF,” featuring an in-person conversation with director George C. Wolfe. The panel will discuss the historical drama “Rustin,” a film about civil rights icon and LGBTQ pioneer Bayard Rustin.

Furthermore, RBC will host The Black Academy Legacy Kick-Off Party, a celebration that highlights the contributions of Black artists and creators in the film industry. This event emphasizes RBC’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the arts.

Through its partnership with TIFF, RBC continues to champion the arts, support emerging talent, and provide a platform for diverse voices and unique perspectives. By bringing together the worlds of film, music, and conversation, RBC reinforces its dedication to fostering cultural vibrancy and community engagement.

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Actor Wil Wheaton Criticizes Larry David’s Interaction with Elmo on “TODAY” Show

Actor Wil Wheaton criticizes Larry David for his “appalling” treatment of Elmo on “TODAY,” sparking childhood trauma memories, deeming David’s apology insincere.

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In a recent social media outburst, actor Wil Wheaton expressed strong disapproval towards comedian Larry David for his on-air interaction with the beloved “Sesame Street” character Elmo. The incident, which occurred on NBC’s “TODAY” show on February 1, left Wheaton deeply disturbed, evoking painful memories of childhood trauma.

Why Larry David is apologizing to Elmo

Wheaton, known for his role in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” condemned David’s actions as “appalling,” “unforgivable,” and “despicable.” He highlighted Elmo’s status as a cherished character loved by multiple generations and shared his personal experience of childhood abuse, drawing parallels between the on-screen incident and his own traumatic past.

Reflecting on his father’s abusive behavior, Wheaton revealed how David’s portrayal triggered distressing memories, emphasizing the emotional impact of such actions on individuals with similar experiences. He criticized David’s subsequent apology as insincere, questioning the comedian’s motives and highlighting the lack of sensitivity displayed towards the significance of mental health discussions.

The context of the incident, where Elmo and his father advocated for emotional wellness, added complexity to David’s disruptive behavior. While Elmo attempted to redirect the conversation towards positive dialogue, David’s actions overshadowed the segment’s intended message, drawing criticism for his perceived lack of respect and empathy.

Elmo opens up to TODAY about tweet that sparked intense reaction

Wheaton’s candid response sheds light on the importance of understanding the potential impact of one’s actions, especially in a public setting. The clash between entertainment and personal sensitivities underscores the need for accountability and awareness when engaging with sensitive topics, particularly on platforms reaching a wide audience.

As this controversy unfolds, it serves as a reminder of the power dynamics at play in media representation and the responsibility that public figures hold in shaping narratives that resonate with diverse experiences. Wheaton’s impassioned critique urges reflection on the boundaries of humor and the repercussions of trivializing traumatic themes, emphasizing the significance of empathy and respect in all interactions.

Source: NBC News

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/actor-wil-wheaton-blasts-comedian-larry-david-jostling-beloved-elmo-rcna138166

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Remembering Carl Weathers: A Legend in Film, Television, and Sports

Remembering Carl Weathers: A multifaceted talent whose legacy as a true legend will continue to inspire audiences worldwide.

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The entertainment industry mourns the loss of a true legend, Carl Weathers, who passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 76. Known for his iconic role as Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” movies and more recently as Greef Karga in “The Mandalorian,” Weathers’ impact transcended generations.


Weathers’ family described him as an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life, leaving an indelible mark through his contributions to film, television, the arts, and sports. From his breakout role in “Rocky” to his appearances in “Predator,” “Happy Gilmore,” and “Toy Story 4,” Weathers showcased his versatility as an actor.

Beyond his acting career, Weathers’ journey to stardom was unique. Before gracing the silver screen, he excelled as a football player at San Diego State University and professionally for the Oakland Raiders. His transition to acting in the 1970s set the stage for a successful career that spanned decades.

Weathers’ talents extended to the small screen, with memorable roles in “Arrested Development,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and more. His Emmy nomination in 2021 for his role in “The Mandalorian” as Greef Karga highlighted his enduring impact on television.

Colleagues and friends, including Adam Sandler, paid tribute to Weathers, remembering him as a great man, actor, and athlete. Sandler’s heartfelt words reflected the sentiment shared by many who had the privilege of knowing and working with Weathers.

As we reflect on Carl Weathers’ legacy, we remember a multifaceted talent whose charisma, talent, and dedication enriched the entertainment landscape. His work will continue to inspire and entertain audiences for years to come, ensuring that his memory as a true legend endures.

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TIME Names the 2023 Person of the Year: Taylor Swift

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NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Today, TIME names Taylor Swift the 2023 Person of the Year.

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TIME Editor-in-Chief Sam Jacobs writes, “The [TIME Person of the Year] has typically been a ruler over traditional domains of power…very often a politician or a titan of industry…And yet the person whose singular influence was revealed throughout 2023 has held none of these roles—or anything remotely similar….much of what Swift accomplished in 2023 exists beyond measurement. She mapped her journey and shared the results with the world: She committed to validating the dreams, feelings, and experiences of people, especially women, who felt overlooked and regularly underestimated.”

Jacobs continues, “For building a world of her own that made a place for so many, for spinning her story into a global legend, for bringing joy to a society desperately in need of it, Taylor Swift is TIME’s 2023 Person of the Year.”

Swift is the first figure from the arts to be named Person of the Year for her success as an entertainer.

Jacobs on The Choice: https://bit.ly/4aiD3R8
Read the cover story: time.com/person-of-the-year

In the cover story, which features an exclusive interview with Swift— her first in-depth conversation in nearly four years—TIME’s Sam Lansky writes, “This was the year she perfected her craft—not just with her music, but in her position as the master storyteller of the modern era. The world, in turn, watched, clicked, cried, danced, sang along, swooned, caravanned to stadiums and movie theaters, let her work soundtrack their lives.”

Highlights from TIME’s exclusive interview with Taylor Swift:

On taking a few hits in her career, Taylor Swift tells TIME, “I’ve been raised up and down the flagpole of public opinion so many times in the last 20 years…I’ve been given a tiara, then had it taken away.”

On her year in 2023: “It feels like the breakthrough moment of my career, happening at 33…And for the first time in my life, I was mentally tough enough to take what comes with that….This is the proudest and happiest I’ve ever felt, and the most creatively fulfilled and free I’ve ever been.”

On training for The Eras Tour: “Every day I would run on the treadmill, singing the entire set list out loud…Fast for fast songs, and a jog or a fast walk for slow songs…Then I had three months of dance training, because I wanted to get it in my bones…I wanted to be so over-rehearsed that I could be silly with the fans, and not lose my train of thought.”

On how fame is a seesaw: “Nothing is permanent…So I’m very careful to be grateful every second that I get to be doing this at this level, because I’ve had it taken away from me before. There is one thing I’ve learned: My response to anything that happens, good or bad, is to keep making things. Keep making art.”

On life in the public eye: “Over the years, I’ve learned I don’t have the time or bandwidth to get pressed about things that don’t matter. Yes, if I go out to dinner, there’s going to be a whole chaotic situation outside the restaurant. But I still want to go to dinner with my friends…Life is short. Have adventures. Me locking myself away in my house for a lot of years—I’ll never get that time back. I’m more trusting now than I was six years ago.”

Read more from the interview and explore related content: time.com/person-of-the-year

“TIME’s mission is to tell the essential stories of the people and ideas that shape the world and Person of the Year recognizes the individual or group that shaped the year. We are thrilled to recognize Grammy-winning artist Taylor Swift, who had a monumental year and epitomizes global influence, as the TIME Person of the Year,” said TIME’s Chief Executive Officer Jessica Sibley. “We look forward to celebrating leadership and impact in 2023 at our ‘A Year in TIME’ celebration with leaders and visionaries from the TIME community and our partners at American Family Insurance, Smartsheet, The Macallan and Ally.”

Ally is the Media Partner of TIME Person of the Year.

All three cover editions are available for purchase now from Time.com and through a first-time partnership with Flowcode. Subscriptions ordered through December 31 are guaranteed to receive the 2023 TIME Person of the Year issue. The issue will be available on newsstands beginning on Friday, December 15. Select cover prints from the People of the Year issue will also be available through TIME’s Cover Store.

More on Time.com:
How TIME Created the Person of the Year Issue
The Inspiration Behind Inez and Vinoodh’s Taylor Swift TIME Person of the Year Covers
How Taylor Swift Makes History as Person of the Year

TIME NAMES THE 2023 CEO, ATHLETE AND BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR: 

CEO OF THE YEAR – Sam Altman
https://bit.ly/3Tcg2sJ 

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – Lionel Messi
https://bit.ly/3Ner7FQ 

BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR – Alex Newell
https://bit.ly/3RsgUYZ 

See the covers: https://bit.ly/47JzJwv

PLUS: Through branded content partnerships, TIME Names: 

DREAMER OF THE YEAR – Syd Kitson
In partnership with American Family Insurance

TEAM OF THE YEAR – HP’s Social Impact Team
In partnership with Smartsheet

TIME TO HOST ‘A YEAR IN TIME’ EVENT IN NEW YORK CITY: 

This month, TIME will host A Year in TIME celebration in New York City to celebrate leadership and impact in 2023.

The event is presented by Premier Partner American Family Insurance, Signature Partner Smartsheet and Supporting Partner The Macallan.

About TIME     
TIME is the 100-year-old global media brand that reaches a combined audience of over 120 million around the world through its iconic magazine and digital platforms. With unparalleled access to the world’s most influential people, the trust of consumers and partners globally, and an unrivaled power to convene, TIME’s mission is to tell the essential stories of the people and ideas that shape and improve the world. Today, TIME also includes the Emmy Award®-winning film and television division TIME Studios; a significantly expanded live events business built on the powerful TIME100 and Person of the Year franchises and custom experiences; TIME for Kids, which provides trusted news with a focus on news literacy for kids and valuable resources for teachers and families; the award-winning branded content studio Red Border Studios; an industry-leading web3 division; the website-building platform TIME Sites; the sustainability and climate action division TIME CO2; the new e-commerce and content platform TIME Stamped, and more.

SOURCE TIME

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