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Toronto Casting Director Recalls Her Experiences with Peter O’Toole

An old and very dear friend, Toronto casting director Anne Tait, got in touch with us in the wake of the death of a true legend: Peter O’Toole.

Peter O'Toole & Sun Li

Tait cast and co-produced the 2009 feature Iron Road, also shown later as a miniseries. It’s a period love story set in the 1880s, when crews of Chinese workers worked tirelessly in the Canadian Rockies to complete the Pacific National Railway.

O’Toole plays the part of Relic, a reprobate tutor counseling a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a man in order to work on one of the crews. Under that cover, she eventually falls in love with the son of a railroad tycoon. Tait previously cast O’Toole in a pair of Toronto stage productions of Uncle Vanya and Present Laughter at the Royal Alex Theatre.

“At that time, I drove him and his 6’3” frame around Toronto in a tiny Volkswagen Beetle,” Tait tells FishbowlNY. “His knees were bent up under his chin! And when he completed work on Iron Road, he told me that he loved the character of Relic and working with Sun Li [a.k.a. Betty Sun], who played the Chinese heroine. He admired her discipline, improvised dialogue with her and called her ‘a little warrior’.”

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BakeSpace’s CEO Talks with FBLA

BakeSpace is the foodie FaceBook. It’s awesome. Serious. If you’re into cooking, baking or eating. Awesome.

Anyway, we saw that the Webbys mentioned BakeSpace for the third year in a row. They’ve been nominated three times and have never won their category. We talked to BakeSpace founder and CEO Babette Pepaj and asked her for her take.

FBLA: How does it feel to be the Peter O’Toole of the Webbys?

BP: We’ve been an honoree twice and a nominee once. Honorees are them telling you you’re great, but didn’t make the cut of the top 5. Nominee means you are one of 5 of the best in the world (from those who submitted entries – there were 10K websites that did) so it’s a really big honor. We were also the only LA company in the running for the category. And the only female owned company.. So winning would have been really sweet!

FBLA: …And savory as the foodies would note. Thanks Babette! Keep ‘em coming.

Slamdance, Sundance, Squaredance: The Buzz



Religous sex cultists from the Children of God broke up a screening of Noah Thompson’s film about growing up in the cult.

From the folks who brought us Cops: The King Of Kong.


Nick Nolte

I can’t even get an erection anymore.

All the noise about Hounddog can’t hide the fact that the movie’s a mutt. (Dakota Fanning might want to meet Jena Malone and talk about stage mothers.)

Aka the Oscars.
Kenneth Turan, in the LA Times, tries very hard to convince us and maybe himself that the nominations weren’t predictable. Quirky the Academy is not.

David Carr, blogging in the NY Times confesses that his readers know more than he does. Nikki Finke reminds him that Dreamgirls wasn’t all that fabulous.

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