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  • (L-R) ETALK’s Danielle McGimsie, Lainey, Devon Soltendieck, Tanya Kim, Ben Mulroney,  Jessi Cruickshank, and Traci Melchor
    (L-R) ETALK’s Danielle McGimsie, Lainey, Devon Soltendieck, Tanya Kim, Ben Mulroney, Jessi Cruickshank, and Traci Melchor

ETALK Kicks Off its 12th Season with Extensive Coverage of Toronto International Film Festival®, Beginning Today on CTV

– ETALK returns as official 2013 TIFF® red carpet media sponsor at Roy Thomson Hall –

– Canada’s #1 entertainment team provides exclusive insider access to the most talked-about events, including the Artist for Peace and Justice Gala, Canadian Filmmakers Party, and so much more –

– ETALK partners with Twitter Canada to use The Twitter Mirror exclusively in ETALK Grey Goose Lounge –


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TORONTO (Sept. 5, 2013) – As international celebrities, movie lovers, and industry buffs worldwide set their eyes on Canada during the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival® (Sept. 5-15), Canadians have their eyes set on ETALK. Canada’s most-watched entertainment show is poised to provide exclusive access to viewers wanting a front row seat to all that TIFF offers. With unparalleled coverage of Canada’s biggest film festival, ETALK delivers the excitement to viewers weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two (beginning Sept. 9), and 6 p.m. ET on E!, beginning Thursday, Sept. 5 (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

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 New this year, ETALK is partnering with Twitter Canada to deliver a backstage, behind-the-scenes, celebrity experience with The Twitter Mirror – a custom, Twitter photo-booth for celebrities to tweet photos and Vine videos direct from the ETALK Grey Goose Lounge. Before making its debut at TIFF for Twitter Canada, Twitter Mirrors have made appearances at the Oscars®, Grammys®, VMAs, Wimbledon, and this year's International Indian Film Academy Awards. Additionally, ETALK will live tweet each 7 p.m. ET broadcast on CTV every day of the festival, including up-to-the-minute festival headlines andTIFF trivia, as well as Instagram pics from press conferences, red carpet galas, parties, and celebrity sightings. Fans can follow ETALK on Twitter (@etalkCTV) and Instagram (@ETALKCTV) with the hashtag #etalkTIFF13. In addition, ETALK’s newest member of the team, reporter Devon Soltendieck, will be blogging daily at


“Over the past 11 years and as we launch into our 12th season, ETALK continues to build momentum on the strategy of supporting Canadian and international talent, productions, and events,” said Morley Nirenberg, Director of Production/Executive Producer, ETALK. “Only ETALK can provide Canada with the total, instant-access TIFF experience viewers have come to expect.”


Returning as the official red carpet media sponsor at Roy Thomson Hall, presents exclusive live, online red carpet shows daily of the Roy Thomson Hall galas from their coveted prime red carpet position, delivering live interviews with Hollywood’s elite to fans inside the theatre and to viewers across the country. The red carpet live streaming events that can be viewed on include: 


Date/Time (ET)      

Red Carpet Live Streaming


Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.

The Fifth Estate directed by Bill Condon

Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Carice van Houten, Dan Stevens, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney

Friday, Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. 

The Railway Man directed by Jonathan Teplitzky

Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada, Sam Reid, Tanroh Ishida

Friday, Sept. 6 at 8:30 p.m.

Parkland directed by Peter Landesman

James Badge Dale, Zac Efron, Colin Hanks, David Harbour, Marcia Gay Harden, Ron Livingston, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Tom Welling, Paul Giamatti

Saturday, Sept. 7 at 12:30 p.m.

Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon directed by Mike Myers

Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Emeril Lagasse, Tom Arnold, Anne Murray, Sylvester Stallone

Saturday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom directed by Justin Chadwick

Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Jamie Bartlett, Deon Lotz, Terry Pheto

Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8:30 p.m.

Words and Pictures directed by Fred Schepisi

Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche

Sunday, Sept. 8 at 12:30 p.m.

The Lunchbox directed by Ritesh Batra

Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Denzil Smith, Bharati Achrekar, Nakul Vaid, Yashvi Puneet Nagar, Lillete Dubey

Sunday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m.

The Grand Seduction directed by Don McKellar

Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Gordon Pinsent, Liane Balaban, Mark Critch, Mary Walsh

Sunday, Sept. 8 at 8:30 p.m.

Rush directed by Ron Howard

Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara

Monday, Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m.

August: Osage County directed by John Wells

Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, Misty Upham

Monday, Sept. 9 at 8:30 p.m.

Blood Ties directed by Guillaume Canet

Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Caan

Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas

Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, Kyra Sedgwick, John Cullum

Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 9:30 p.m.

American Dreams in China directed by Peter Ho-sun Chan

Huang Xiaoming, Deng Chao, Tong Dawei, Du Juan

Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. 

A Random Desi Romance directed by Maneesh Sharma

Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra, Vaani Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor

Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 p.m.

The Art of the Steal directed by Jonathan Sobol

Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, Kurt Russell, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones

Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. 

The Right Kind of Wrong directed by Jeremiah Chechik

Ryan Kwanten, Sara Canning, Catherine O'Hara, Will Sasso, Ryan McPartlin, Kristen Hager, Raoul Bhaneja

Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8:30 p.m.

The Love Punch directed by Joel Hopkins

Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan

Friday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Bright Days Ahead directed by Marion Vernoux

Patrick Chesnais, Laurent Lafitte, Fanny Ardant

Friday, Sept. 13 ay 8:30 p.m. 

Cold Eyes directed by Cho Ui-seok, Kim Byung-seo

Seol Kyung-gu, Jung Woo-sung, Han Hyo-joo, Lee Jun-ho, Jin Gyeong

Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

Life of Crime directed by Daniel Schechter

Jennifer Aniston, yasiin bey, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes


ETALK will also live stream Festival press conferences daily from TIFF Bell Lightbox. For the full list of press conferences that can be viewed online, visit


Backed by the largest entertainment newsroom in Canada, anchors Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, senior reporter Danielle McGimsie, and reporters Lainey, Traci Melchor, Devon Soltendieck, and Jessi Cruickshank, report from various celebrity hotspots across Toronto during the 11-day festival. The ETALK team also report from the star-packed ETALK Grey Goose Lounge and gifting suite at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel. The adjacent gifting suite is designed by Style At Home in an exclusive partnership with ETALK. The suite will be featured in the December 2013 issue of the magazine, which hits stands this November. Plus, L'Oréal Paris returns as the official beauty partner for ETALK during TIFF.


In celebration of all things Canadian, ETALK returns as co-sponsor with The Spoke Club for the eighth annual Canadian Filmmakers Party last night. For the first time this year, the party is in association with the Canadian Screen Awards. ETALK is set to deliver all the highlights from the much buzzed pre-Festival soirée celebrating Canadian film and talent on tonight’s episode of ETALK


ETALK has already kicked off the TIFF party circuit as co-sponsor of the #TWIFF Party (Aug. 28) at The Fairmont Royal York. ETALK continues to give viewers at home exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the glitz and glamour of additional festival events such as: Paul Haggis’ annual Artist for Peace and Justice (APJ) Gala, the eOne bash, and the Goodnight Gansevoort parties at Toronto’s C Lounge.


Festival goers looking to stay cool from all the hot star power can hit up the ETALK-branded ice cream truck, which will roam the streets of Toronto again this year, handing out free ice cream to bystanders during the Festival. Fans can follow ETALK on Twitter @etalkCTV and search the hashtag #etalkICECREAM to find daily locations for the ice cream truck.



ETALK is the foremost Canadian entertainment news source for the Festival, leading in ratings throughout TIFF since the show’s debut in 2002. With an average audience of close to 620,000 viewers this year, ETALK continues to be Canada’s most-watched entertainment program garnering 11% more viewers than ET (556,000) and 59% more viewers than ET Canada (389,000).


Viewers can catch up on highlights of ETALK following the television broadcast on CTV’s digital platforms, including and the CTV App, and through video on demand partners.


ETALK is an ardent supporter of Canadian cultural events and a variety of film festivals, providing extensive coverage of various festivals and events year round, including TIFF, Vancouver International Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, Reel World Film Festival, and the Citylife Film Project.




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Devon Soltendieck – @DSoltendieck

Jessi Cruickshank – @JESSI





Hosted by Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, ETALK is the #1 most-watched entertainment newsmagazine in Canada. From the OSCARS® and the EMMYs® to the JUNO Awards, ETALK is front-and-centre, delivering up-to-the-minute news in film, television, music and more. Celebrating both home-grown talent and international stars, ETALK became Canada’s first daily Canadian entertainment newsmagazine when it launched in 2002. ETALK airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET (check local listings) on CTV, 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two (beginning Sept. 9), and at 6 p.m. ET on E!.

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Source: BBM Canada, 2012-13: 8/27/2012 - 8/18/2013

Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 are based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.


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Matthew Almeida, CTV and CTV Two, 416.384.2629 or

Jacqui VanSickle, CTV and CTV Two, 416.384.5091 or

Carolyn Fell, CTV and CTV Two, 416.384.2817 or