Twilight Triple Bill!

Yesterday was a big day for all Twilight Fans! Eclipse, the third movie of the popular series premiered  last night.

I have to confess that even though I have read all the books and have seen all the movies I am still not a fan. I love the genre, you can wake me up anytime for a good vampire or werewolves movie but Twilight just doesn’t do it for me.

The opinion of people all around the world about Twilight are very versatile. You have the absolute fans, otherwise know as Twihards or Twilighter or people who don’t like it at all!  I went to the movies to find out why people seem to like it so much that they are willing to camp out for several days in order to get tickets  for the premiere (for the full story click here). So I am somewhat in the middle, but together with a few people from the Staffhouse I went to the Twilight Triple Bill yesterday at the Scotiabank Theatre.

So what is the Triple Bill? All three Twilight movies in one night! We started at 7pm with Twilight, then at 9.30 pm New moon and at 12.01 am Eclipse! For me going to a premiere and going to three movies in one night was a first so the night was even better!

Because of all the craziness surrounding Twilight we decided to go to the theatre at 5 pm and see how busy it was, and that turned out to be a smart decision! Because even though we had 2 hours before the movie started there was already a line of people waiting.  So we got in line and waiting to be let into the theatre. Luckily we were early enough to get some good seats. And then it began!

The first time I saw the Twilight Movie (yes I have seen it multiple times)  I did not like it at all. But then I watched it again with a friend and it started to grow on me. Last night I actually liked it, but that might have something to do with the atmosphere that was present yesterday. I had seen the second movie, New Moon, before and I already liked this one better. That could have something to do with Jacob (played by Taylor Lautner) always walking around with no shirt on but this movie is, in my humble opinion better.

The third movie started at 12.01 am, and even though I was really tired at that time (who can blame me after two movies right after each other)  I loved it. I read the book a long time ago so I don’t really remember what was in them, but I think they did a pretty okay job. When making a movie after a book there are always scenes that don’t make the movie but in general I think that the director David Slade did a good job.

Eclipse was David Slade’s first Twilight movie and in my opinion he captured the Twilight spirit that can be found in the books the best.  This movie was a bit darker as it is in the books, but it also had a few good laughs.

I wouldn’t go into to much details in case there are some people how haven’t seen it yet, but I really recommend everyone to go Eclipse.

– Manouk

Vancouver: Real or Movieset?

Did you know that Vancouver has the largest film industry in Canada? A lot of movies and television series are made right here. The Public Library is particularly popular in the film industry. It is featured in movies and television shows such as Battlestar Galactica and X-Men: The Last Stand.

The popular television show Smallville is also shot right here in the Vancouver area. The high school exterior and the first few episodes where shot at Vancouver Technical Secondary School located on 2600 East Broadway, Vancouver. The Daily Planet building is in real life the Marine Building, located on 355 Burrard Street, in downtown Vancouver. The Luthor mansion is in real life the Hatley Park National Historic site, which houses the Royal Roads University. Even the Kent Farm exists somewhere in BC. The show itself is shot at the studio located in Burnaby.

Other popular television seriesthat are shot in Vancouver are X-files, Sliders, Stargate SG-1 and the Andromeda series.

Because there are so many movies and TV series being made here in Vancouver, you might be lucky and see a movie star. Jeff Goldblum has been seen playing piano at a downtown lounge; Robin Williams sometimes visits a Chinese restaurant on Burrard Street. Even Gwyneth Paltrow, Barbara Streisand en John Travolta have been spotted right here in Vancouver.

To see what movies or TV series are in production in Vancouver, visit the BC Film Commission Film List, for the latest news.

So keep you eyes open for anything that could like a movie set or go to one of the chic downtown hotels to where you might get lucky and see a glimpse of your favorite star! If you do happen to spot a celebrity, let us know!

Playland-Celebrating 100yrs of Fun!

Playland is planning on celebrating 100 years of fun this weekend! Never been to the PNE before, well then this would be the perfect time to check it out. And Vancouver’s local radio station the beat 94.5 is giving its listeners an amazing opportunity to show of your skills in their contest called the Playland Playoffs. All you have to do is text the word “PLAYLAND” to 945-945 and you will be eligible to be 1 of the 100 finalists to compete in a series of carnival games at Playland’s Opening Day on Saturday, April 24th!

Each contestant will be put into groups of 10 where the winner from each group will move on until there is one winner. The grand prize winner will receive a Playland 100th Anniversary gift basket including 2 season passes to Playland and the P-N-E, 100 mini donuts, and $2,000 in cash!

If you don’t feel like entering this contest you can still enjoy all that Playland has to offer, featuring more than 35 exhilarating rides, unique attractions, and fun midway games! For more information on opening hours of operation visit their website

“Party in April. Sleep in May” The Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival

For 14 years, the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival has ridden the sweet spot where sports and art meet. So it’s that time of the year again to come together, this spring, to be a part of the Mother of All After-Parties! This world renowned festival has been part of Whistler’s history for the past 15 years. A 10 night and day adrenaline packed event offers us a glimpse into what’s up and coming in the Ski/Snowboard world, whilst providing its attendees with one of Canada’s largest and FREE outdoor concert series. This biggest annual gathering of winter sports, music, arts and culture in North America; the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival combines Canada’s largest outdoor concert series with an eclectic mix of snow sports contests and anti-comps, fashion shows, film screenings, photography showdowns,  live painting and even a dog parade. Do not miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime event, so for more information check out this website!

*event will be running from April 16th-April 25th

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