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My Vancouver: Celebrities Reminisce About the City They Love

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As one of the most desirable cities in the world in which to live, Vancouver has played a pivotal role in the destinies of many athletes, performers and creative minds. Whether as a stepping stone at the beginning of their long careers and a safe harbour for immigrants to start again (Prima Ballerina, Chan Hon Goh) or reaching the pinnacle of …

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Black Hills Estate Winery – Passionate Winemaking with a Distinctive Celebrity Vintage

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Longevity for many hot young stars is somewhat of an anomaly in Hollywood unless they parlay their talents in many different directions. Vancouver-born Jason Priestley, who played teen heartthrob Brandon Walsh, in the ‘90s hit TV series Beverly Hills 90210, recognized that early, directing 19 episodes in the show’s 10-season run. The handsome 47-year-old Priestley made his feature film directorial debut with Cas & Dylan starring Richard Dreyfuss …

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Leslie Caron – The Reluctant Star

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“There we were outside in Los Angeles after the Premiere and I felt absolutely awful – sick. And Gene (Kelly) said “‘how do you feel?’” “ ‘I said, oh I think I have the flu’”. “And Gene said, ‘Oh honey, you don’t have the flu, you’ve just seen yourself on the screen for the first time!’ ” Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star on …

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Persona Non Grata: When Compassion Supercedes Personal Gain

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“I just did what human beings should do. You do the right thing… not for gain. Not for recognition. The refugees needed my help. I could give it to them. It was the right thing to do. That’s all.” Chiune Sempo Sugihara In his new feature film, Persona Non Grata, director, Cellin Gluck sheds light on a little-known hero of WWII: Japanese diplomat, …

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What Happens When the Most Creative Minds In Art and Science Brainstorm? The Brain Project, of Course!

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Phosphorescent mica particles  produce an eerie glow from each hemisphere; bronze fingers entwine themselves around a human brain like roots of a living tree while networks of neural transmitters resemble an intricate spider’s web. This is no mad scientist’s laboratory or scenes from a 50s sci-fi flick. Rather, they’re sculptural interpretations of the brain as re-imagined by 100 artists, designers …

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Wine, Design, De-Stress and Dine Makes 50th Parallel Estate Winery A Destination For All the Senses

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I’m imagining floating in one of Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel’s vino therapy treatments absorbing all those antioxidants (and if that doesn’t work, I can always drink the treatment!) Dreaming is what got the enterprising Sheri-Lee and husband, Curtis Krouzel into the winery business in the first place. Their 10,000 square-foot, high-tech 50th Parallel Estate Winery in Lake Country, Okanagan, Canada’s wine capital,  has been constructed in …

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Mystique’s Sexy Blue Reptile Skin & Wolverine’s Retractable Metal Claws Brought To Life By Gordon FX Smith

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He has stood among the dead, even perpetrated the atrocities of war, but never fought the battle. He has performed open heart surgery, dissected John F. Kennedy’s brain and transplanted metal claws into Hugh Jackman’s hands, all done with no medical qualifications. Gordon “FX” Smith was always a benign Dr. Frankenstein. He’s a graying special effects prosthetics wizard who preferred leather to lab coat …

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“Zimbelism” – A Documentary on Remarkable Tales from the Dark Room of Photographer, George S. Zimbel

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Don’t let his grandfatherly demeanor under a lustrous thick head of white hair fool you. At age 86 and one of the last bastions of North American street photographers known as “humanists”, George S. Zimbel is one tough cookie. A champion of the Everyman (and woman,) his lens has captured burlesque queens, truckers and presidents, movie stars and kids just …