Bell Media Goes Beyond the Velvet Rope at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival®

- ETALK is the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival® official Red Carpet Media Sponsor at Roy Thomson Hall -
- E! claims its very own E! Red Carpet at the Princess of Wales Theatre and also streams live from the theatre at eonline.ca -
- SPACE is the official co-sponsor of the Midnight Madness Program -
- ETALK at TIFF website CTV.ca/TIFF2012 offers viewers an online all-access pass to exclusive content and online streaming -
- Additional Bell Media properties offer extensive Festival coverage including CTV Toronto, CANADA AM, CTV News Channel, CP24, CHUM FM, Flow 93-5, MTV, and sympatico.ca -

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TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - As Hollywood's biggest stars arrive, Bell Media shines the brightest spotlight on the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival®. Anchoring the company's extensive coverage is Canada's most-watched entertainment program ETALK, presenting the best access to the stars as the official Red Carpet Media Sponsor at Roy Thomson Hall. The ETALK Red Carpet will stream live through the ETALK at TIFF website CTV.ca/TIFF2012. Bell Media is also represented by the pulse of pop culture as E! makes its debut at this year's Festival with its very own E! Red Carpet at the Princess of Wales Theatre, which will also stream live at eonline.ca. Canada's national science fiction, horror and fantasy channel SPACE is also sponsoring the film-fanatic favourite Midnight Madness program located at Ryerson Theatre, showcasing the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy cinema. Rounding out the coverage, CTV news properties CTV Toronto, CANADA AM, CTV News Channel, and CP24, along with MTV's MOVIE NIGHT, CHUM FM, Flow 93-5 and Sympatico.ca, bring a heavy Festival presence offering live complete coverage throughout the entire Festival.    

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ETALK at the Festival
With an average nightly audience of close to 600,000 viewers this summer, ETALK continues to lead the pack as Canada's most-watched entertainment program garnering 14% more viewers than ET (491,000) and 64% more viewers than ET Canada (341,000). Throughout the 10-day Festival, anchors Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, as well as reporters Lainey, Danielle McGimsie, Traci Melchor, and Jessi Cruickshank, report from various celebrity hotspots across Toronto, including the star-packed ETALK lounge at the Intercontinental Hotel and center of it all, the TIFF Bell Lightbox. All the red carpet highlights of ETALK's comprehensive Festival coverage will be available to viewers nightly on ETALK at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and 6 p.m. ET on E! beginning Thursday, Sept. 6 (visit CTV.ca and eonline.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Viewers can also catch up on highlights of ETALK following the television broadcast on CTV's digital platforms, including CTV.ca and Sympatico.ca.

Kicking off ETALK's exclusive and extensive coverage is the red-hot fashion special ETALK FASHION FIX: TIFF 2012 PREVIEW, premiering Thursday, Sept 6 at 1 p.m. ET on CTV. ETALK anchor Tanya Kim is joined by a panel of style savvy personalities to discuss past celebrity fashions from the best and worst dressed on the TIFF red carpet.

Throughout the Festival, ETALK's dedicated TIFF website CTV.ca/TIFF2012 offers fans access to exclusive ETALK video content and photo galleries, in addition to film and party updates, celebrity interviews, star sightings, and more. ETALK will also be tweeting Festival news from @etalkCTV with the hashtag #etalkTIFF12.

During the Festival, ETALK is positioned in the heart of the action at the gala film headquarters of Roy Thomson Hall, where ETALK will produce a live red carpet show for the Festival from their coveted prime spot on the gala red carpets, delivering interviews with Hollywood's elite, live to fans inside the theatre as well as online. The red carpet live streaming events that can be viewed on CTV.ca/TIFF2012 include:

Date/Time Red Carpet Live Streaming Stars
Thursday, Sept. 6
at 7 p.m. ET
Looper directed by Rian Johnson Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis
Friday, Sept. 7
at 5:30 p.m. ET
Argo directed by Ben Affleck Ben Affleck
Friday, Sept. 7
at 8:30 p.m. ET
What Maisie Knew directed by David Siegel
and Scott McGehee
Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan
Saturday, Sept. 8
at 12:30 p.m. ET
Thermae Romae directed by Hideki Takeuchi Hiroshi Abe
Saturday, Sept. 8
at 5:30 p.m. ET
Silver Linings Playbook directed by David O. Russell Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles
and Jennifer Lawrence
Saturday, Sept. 8
at 8:30 p.m. ET
The Reluctant Fundamentalist directed by Mira Nair Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber and Kate Hudson
Sunday, Sept. 9
at 12:30 p.m. ET
Free Angela & All Political Prisoners directed by
Shola Lynch
Angela Davis
Sunday, Sept. 9
at 5:30 p.m. ET
Midnight's Children directed by Deepa Mehta Satya Bhabha and Siddharth
Sunday, Sept. 9
at 8:30 p.m. ET
The Company You Keep directed by Robert Redford Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon 
Monday, Sept. 10
at 5:30 p.m. ET
Hyde Park on Hudson directed by Roger Michell Bill Murray and Laura Linney
Monday, Sept. 10
at 8:30 p.m. ET
Dangerous Liaisons directed by Hur Jin-ho Zhang Ziyi
Tuesday, Sept. 11
at 5:30 p.m. ET
Inescapable directed by Ruba Nadda Alexander Siddig, Joshua Jackson and Marisa Tomei
Tuesday, Sept. 11
at 9:30 p.m. ET
Great Expectations directed by Mike Newell Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane,
Sally Hawkins, Jason Flemyng and Ewen Bremner
Wednesday, Sept. 12  
at 6:30 p.m. ET
A Royal Affair directed by Nikolaj Arcel Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen and Mikkel Følsgaard
Wednesday, Sept. 12
at 8:30 p.m. ET
Love, Marilyn directed by Liz Garbus Marisa Tomei, Uma Thurman and Glenn Close
Thursday, Sept. 13
at 5 p.m. ET
Jayne Mansfield's Car directed by Billy Bob Thornton   Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon and John Hurt  
Thursday, Sept. 13
at 8:30 p.m. ET
Twice Born directed by Sergio Castellitto Penélope Cruz and Emile Hirsch
Friday, Sept. 14
at 5:30 p.m. ET
Emperor directed by Peter Webber Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox
Friday, Sept. 15
at 8:30 p.m. ET
English Vinglish directed by Gauri Shinde Sridevi
Saturday, Sept. 16
at 7 p.m. ET
Song For Marion directed by Paul Andrews Williams Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp

Then, following the glitz and glamour from this year's hottest parties and premieres, ETALK reflects and dissects this year's fashion hits and misses at this year's Festival with the half-hour recap special FASHION FIX: TIFF 2012 (to be scheduled) on CTV.

E! at the Festival
E! host Leah Miller makes her Festival debut on all the most-buzzed about red carpets, including the specially designed E! red carpet at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Delivering extensive coverage, Leah will get up-close-and personal access to mega-watt stars for up-to-the-minute Canadian E! NEWS updates, airing daily on E! beginning Sept. 7. E!'s coverage will also stream live from the Princess of Wales Theatre on eonline.ca. The red carpet live streaming events that can be viewed on eonline.ca include:

Date/Time Red Carpet Live Streaming Stars
Friday, Sept. 7
at 7 p.m. ET
The Master, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman
Saturday, Sept. 8
at 8:45 p.m. ET
End of Watch written and directed by David Ayer   Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña
Monday, Sept. 10  
at 6 p.m. ET.
To The Wonder, directed by Terrence Malick Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem  
and Olga Kurylenko

Additionally at the Princess of Wales Theatre, fans will have the opportunity to feel like they are part of the red carpet action by getting the chance to pose on a separate E! red carpet and get their pictures taken with life-size cut-outs of LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET hosts Ryan Seacrest and Guiliana Rancic.

SPACE at the Festival
SPACE has genre covered at the Festival this year, including the highly-anticipated opening night sci-fi action movie Looper. INNERSPACE co-hosts Ajay Fry, Cynthia Loyst and Teddy Wilson deliver Festival coverage for SPACE viewers, hitting up red carpets and going one-on-one with stars from the hottest films coming to the Festival. Once again, SPACE is sponsoring the Midnight Madness program, which showcases the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy cinema - all airing, of course, at midnight. Featured titles include The Lords of Salem from Rob Zombie, Dredd 3D starring Karl Urban, and Seven Psychopaths featuring Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken.

MTV MOVIE NIGHT at the Festival
MTV's MOVIE NIGHT host Johnny Hockin and correspondent Josh Horowitz gives viewers the inside scoop on everything at the Festival. MOVIE NIGHT catches up with Ryan Gosling to discuss his upcoming drama A Place Beyond the Pines and hangs with Snoop Dogg to chat about the premiere of his documentary Reincarnated. From Kristen Stewart to Rob Zombie, Andy Samberg to Colin Farrell, MOVIE NIGHT has the Festival covered. An original production, MOVIE NIGHT airs Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. ET.

CTV NEWS at the Festival
As the stars invade Toronto, Bell Media's news properties are present every step of the way. From the first red carpet until the final curtain call, CTV Toronto's Andria Case, Michelle Dube, and Ashley Rowe cover the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival® with Toronto's complete coverage of stars, fans, and films. CTV Toronto's coverage airs daily at Noon, 6 p.m. ET, and 11:30 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, CANADA AM's Marci Ien wakes up viewers with special Festival coverage on Monday, Sept. 10 from Toronto's Ritz Carleton Hotel. Getting into the Festival spirit, co-hosts Marci Ien and Beverly Thomson interview the biggest stars including Kristen Stewart, Robert Redford, James Earl Jones, and many more. Throughout the Festival, CANADA AM checks in with film critics Richard Crouse and Pete Hammond on the hot films of the Festival; ETALK chats parties and red carpets as Hollywood comes north and descends on Toronto; LouLou Magazine's Liv Judd reports for CANADA AM on what the styling stars are wearing; and travel expert Loren Christie looks at celebrity getaways.

CTV News Channel gets the "Festival POV" from their team of film buffs, cinephiles, scenesters, and fans who are living every moment of the Festival. On the red carpet and putting stars and film directors in the hot seat, CTV News Channel's DIRECT and EXPRESS go one-on-one with films that are getting a boost in buzz at the Festival.

Toronto's Breaking News Station will also become Toronto's 2012 Toronto International Film Festival® station leading up to and throughout the Festival as CP24 offers live coverage of red carpets, news conferences, Toronto celebrity sightings, and the city's hot spots. CP24.com asks viewers to send in their pictures of star sightings for a photo gallery and will be tweeting all the latest Festival info from @CP24 with the hashtag #CP24TIFF.

Bell Media Radio
Roger, Darren and Marilyn follow the Festival beat in entertainment reports at 6:45 a.m. ET, 7:45 a.m. ET and 8:45 a.m. ET each weekday morning. They also check in with their friends at ETALK and MTV's MOVIE NIGHT. 104.5 CHUM FM is also Toronto's Festival radio station with Gala passes up for grabs. Meanwhile, FLOW 93-5's Melanie runs down all the Festival celebrity gossip each weekday morning in The Scoop at 6:40 a.m. ET, 7:40 a.m. ET and 8:40 a.m. ET, while JJ helps out with tips on how to spot a celeb. JJ and Melanie also bring in Festival experts, including their favourite ETALK correspondents.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Twitter:
@BellMedia_PR
@CTV_PR
@CTV_Television
@etalkCTV
@SPACEchannel
@EOnlineCanada
@mtvmovienight
Ben Mulroney - @BenMulroney1976
Tanya Kim - @Tanya_Kim
Danielle McGimsie - @MissDMcG
Traci Melchor - @stayfabulous
Lainey - @LaineyGossip
Jessi Cruickshank - @JESSIMTV
Leah Miller - @leahmiller
Cynthia Loyst - @cynthialoyst
Ajay Fry - @AjayFry
Teddy Wilson - @TeddySPACE
Beverly Thomson - @bdthomson
Marci Ien - @MarciIen
Andria Case - @andriactv
Michelle Dube - @michelledubeCTV
Ashley Rowe - @AshleyroweCTV
Johnny Hockin - @johnnyhockin
Josh Horowitz - @joshuahorowitz

Facebook:
facebook.com/ctv
facebook.com/etalkctv
facebook.com/SPACEchannel

Source: BBM Canada, Summer 2012: 5/28/2012 to 8/26/2012

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Jacqui VanSickle, CTV and CTV Two, 416.384.5091 or jacqueline.vansickle@bellmedia.ca
Matthew Almeida, CTV and CTV Two, 416.384.2629 or matthew.almeida@bellmedia.ca