Call her one of the most ravishing women on this planet and ROMINA D’UGO would fall in the category of beauties to be idolized. The Toronto-born actress is a Goddess thanks in part to her Italian heritage and she also has some serious talents, making her an all-round sizzler. ROMINA can certainly do it all whether as a singer, actress and even dancer where she was in the top 20 dancers on “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”. One of the accolades bestowed upon her was her Gemini nomination in 2011 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series. It was for her leading role as Zoe, a struggling dancer looking to become a star in “Turn The Beat Around” with David Giuntoli who we all know has achieved fame on the hit series “Grimm”. If you needed any more proof of how enticing she can be, watch ROMINA as the thief Natalie Hurst on the latest season of “Republic Of Doyle”. It’s a performance that’s both saucily eye-catching and peppered with an audacious cheekiness.
As the foxy robber/killer Natalie, ROMINA does play the seductive card effortlessly and gave the men on “Republic Of Doyle” quite the run-around. As the femme fatale on the series, ROMINA has mentioned that apparently the publishers for the French Curriculum text books across Canada think she’s appropriate to be featured in one of the chapters of the book. Now students across Canada will have to read about her career as part of the curriculum…wow! It’s no coincidence that the more you watch ROMINA the more you’ll be yearning for her, the bewitching effect she has on viewers is without question. This is one striking hottie with maximum sex appeal!
Sometimes one instinctively knows when there’s a star quality in an actress and Lucy Walters exudes said captivation with ease. Already at TIFF 2012, on stage in the Q & A for her film “The Brass Teapot” (above), she effortlessly projects the poise of a performer headed for an illustrious career. Just like her fellow leading ladies such as Juno Temple, Alexis Bledel and Alia Shawkat from “The Brass Teapot”, there are mesmerizing facets within her make-up there we somehow can’t get enough of…:) Some say it’s her ability to blend foxiness and vulnerability while I prefer to praise her modest nature and lovable onscreen presence.
One of the more versatile talents on the independent scene, Tonya Cornelisse has constantly amaze in creative pursuits that goes beyond the acting medium. Originality has been at the heart of everything she does, the easy-going actress possesses the fun factor that’s personally attractive. From her on-set antics on the set of “Yellow” (above), it’s apparent why director Nick Cassavetes roped her in his dramedy. Her appeal grows on you as she explores each role with the verve and pizzazz to reach a deserving level of ardor. Tonya’s comeliness lies in her ingenuity to keep things interesting for everyone.
While the trailer gives away that Ellen Dubin will transform into an evil zemon- half zombie, half demon, her appearance in “Dead Before Dawn 3D” is definitely worth the movie ticket price to watch her. I can say I belong to one of her many obsessed fans around the world and her role as Beverly Galloway, a sweet doting overprotective loving mother who turns reanimated dead-devilish is set for another wave of adulation. While we’ll be shrieking throughout the zombedy there is talk Ellen is a fantastic screamer which she’ll excel in “Dead Before Dawn”. What better than to spotlight Ms. Ellen, vivacious personality and perennial Canadian Vixen.
America Olivo has made an art of playing tough bitches, notably as the villainous Camero in “Bitch Slap” and The Girl who loves slicing body parts in “Neighbor”. In the Ryuhei Kitamura’s new film “No One Lives”, she showcases her impressive physicality and charisma in another demanding role which may or may not see her survive the clutches of a truly evil but strangely appealing serial killer. With three of the hottest faces in 1 movie (Adelaide Clemens and Laura Ramsey also joins America in the smart yet violent thriller) and with all three as we already know are not averse to showing some skin, expect maximum sexiness!
2 stunning blondes from different eras who each have left their stamp in the horror genre will once more rouse the senses in Rob Zombie’s much anticipated witchery mayhem “The Lords Of Salem”. Sheri Moon Zombie has become synonymous with Rob’s visionary tongue-in-cheek brutalistic horror (i.e. The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween) and this time as recovering addict Heidi, she unknowingly awakens a 300 year old coven of witches. Camille is in a supporting role but that doesn’t diminish how likable she is and here she’s not subjected to the violence of her earlier work. I reckon the duo are very much fancied by horror fans worldwide!
It’s a boon spotting some of the stars of tomorrow and ANTONELLA LENTINI could be just the one to be coveted in the coming months. AT TIFF 2012, she’s alongside True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård in “Disconnect”, the tale of identity theft and the perils that lie in wait on the internet. This is just one of the many high-profile films she’s a part of. Since ANTONELLA has been ever so kind to supplant me with juicy updates on her career, let’s unveil her upcoming projects. She’ll be starring in Christy Romano’s directorial debut, indie film titled “The Coming Of Age”, which will be shot on a Canon camera sometime early October. This fetching brunette has just wrapped “A12″, an indie drama about a boy who tries a new drug called A12 and experiences a wave of emotional events. Directed by Seaton Lin, we’ll get a pleasing view of Antonella who plays the long time girlfriend. Even IMDB hasn’t listed these 2 new features of hers so I’m privileged to get first hand news on exciting developments.
Add the horror found footage movie “Greystone Park” aka “The Asylum Tapes” where she’s one of 3 film-makers exploring an insane asylum only to discover the supernatural can indeed instill genuine fear. Courtesy of Sean Stone who we know is the son of celebrated director Oliver Stone, it banks on the tested formula of events (mostly horrifying) unfolding through the cameras. Will ANTONELLA follow in the footsteps of Paranormal Activity leading lady Katie Featherstone? Besides being easy on the eye thanks to her foxy mix of Italian on her father’s side and Peruvian/Belgian on her mother’s, she is a budding talent with an astute ability when depicting characters. Add her onscreen intelligence and these are two the assets that will surely gain her prominence.
One of the most sought-after actresses on the planet, KATIE BOLAND is setting the film world alight and it’s inevitable that she’s going to be a future star. Just like the buzz encircling the much-discussed drama “The Master” which some say parallels the cult of Scientology, KATIE’s appearance in a dream sequence will be one to remember. While she so kindly informed me all is tight-lipped due to her signing a confidentiality agreement, KATIE is widely expected to provoke elucidation from admirers the world over. Just last year, she was chosen as one of The Toronto International Film Festival’s 2011 “Rising Stars” and her popularity is set to soar even higher. From her attractive, cherubic appeal to her penchant for taking on stirringly demanding roles (she once played an autistic girl), KATIE could be the discovery of 2012.
All this means a visit to the KATIE BOLAND OFFICIAL SITE is due as we find ourselves enthused over this wunderkind of a starlet. She’s dazzled as a druggie prostitute in “Die”, enticed our eyes in the indie flick “Daydream Nation” and bewitched as a lethal nun on TV in “Murdoch Mysteries”. Audiences are rapidly warming up to her and while she did remarked in an interview of the challenge of receiving plaudits as an actress from Canada, KATIE has proven her worth in the film industry time and time again. We are certainly fortunate to witness the rise of a special young entertainer.
Rounding off the specials on the hotties that are glaming up TIFF 2011 that’s ending in style today is the vivaciously sexy Robyn Malcolm. An esteemed actress of the stage and screen, Robyn has distinguished herself on television as well as theatre productions becoming one of New Zealand’s most respected personalities. Her solidly layered performances as the unshakable Cheryl West on “Outrageous Fortune” had even Australian audiences hooked and welcomed her with open arms. One of many priceless scenes as Cheryl involves belting her daughter square in the kisser more than once if i might add and furthermore no one can forget the time she stripped down to her bra. Befittingly in 2010, Robyn was voted Best Actress for the fifth consecutive year and Sexiest Woman for the third consecutive year in the 2010 TV Guide Best on the Box Awards…that’s a remarkable feat for any female talent regardless of geography.
Although hers is a supporting role in the audacious drama “Burning Man” which she spent a great part of a year delving into, everyone will have eyes on her. Known for laying bare the souls of the characters she plays, intimating emotional states with a penetrating resonance. At a time when the world is passionately watching the Rugby World Cup in Wellington, New Zealand, it’s great to see a KIWI actress creating buzz on the other side of the world in Canada. It is essential to speak highly of the substantial contributions a luminary such as Miss Robyn Malcolm has made in entertainment.
Like an Andy Warhol print, LAUREN LAKIS is a kaleidoscopic of personalities whether she’s making a splash as a model or being vibrantly in character as an actress. On September 14th, viewers get to catch this dazzler in the Midnight Madness Entry “Lovely Molly” at TIFF 2011. It is yet another tension-filled supernatural nightmare that’s guaranteed to be mystifyingly scary. Having co-director Eduardo Sanchez at the helm, expect the chills to be in the vein of “The Blair Witch Project”!. There’s of course newcomer Gretchen Lodge as the lead, the perennial cutie Alexandra Holden and of course as mentioned upcoming starlet LAUREN LAKIS herself rounding out an eclectic cast. What can I say but confirm that the camera loves her and the LAUREN LAKIS OFFICIAL SITE has heaps of pics that attest to her knack for being fashionably sexy. With that big smile of hers, she’s adorned with the sweetie pie features akin to someone like Allison Mack (in her early years on Smallville), although her direction as an actress takes on a more “alternative” route.
We will get to see the different shades of LAUREN as she has several intriguing flicks coming out this year. Preferring to be acknowledged as a soulful performer, she’s attuned to the inner mechanizations of various personalities in people and has managed to weave that multi-dimensionality into the roles she’s tackling. This ravishing redhead in our midst is profoundly magnetic, a soon to be gem of the indie scene.
Simone-Élise Girard in “The Weight Of Emptiness”
What better than to showcase the wonderful Simone-Élise Girard, star of “The Weight Of Emptiness” (Le Poids Du Vide) which is having its world premiere at TIFF 2011 on 12th September. She’s already given me a heads up on how intense the short film will be and the trailer (above) suggests an enigma well worth watching. One can tell it’s a bewildering allegory of the sometimes strained relationship between a mother and her child (Boy floats through the air while his mum struggles to keep him near). Simone herself is endowed with an endearing mystique that’s bound to add gravitas to the events that will unfold in the suspenseful tale. The amiable warmth of this French-Canadian Starlet is also another one of her many gifts which is always a crowd pleaser. Fall in love with this talent with the natural instincts to enchant.
Jessica Embro in “Good Boy”
She’s been called one of the most authentic performers on film and as as a fan/friend of Jessica Embro, I wholeheartedly agree. The raven-haired beauty does invest emotionally in many of the characters she plays although she’s more subdued in “Good Boy”. It’s a story of a golden retriever who starts to lose the lovable attention of his owners, what with a bundle of joy in the family due to arrive and jealousy starts to rage within the dog! I’m inclined to affectionately call Jessica the Short Film Darling having garnered attention for her work on “Measuring Tape Girl” and now with “Good Boy”. She’s also set to be a scene stealer in the upcoming “14 Minutes” as a soon to be hitched American woman who meets with a Canadian stranger on a road trip and ends up questioning the very idea of marriage. Infatuated with her yet…well you must in a hurry!
Noureen DeWulf in “Breakaway”
“Breakaway” is a Canadian film generating strong buzz with its upbeat Bollywood inspired musical set pieces, bouncy humor amidst culture clashes and blossoming romance in the confines of Hockey, Canada’s National Sport. It’s even bewitched Hollywood with Rob Lowe and Camille Belle making their presence felt alongside cameos by luminaries such as rapper Ludacris, Drake and Indian screen heartthrob Akshay Kumar. That’s all great but of course, red-blooded males can’t wait to watch the always luscious Miss Noureen DeWulf sizzle! Will the buxom actress get to shake her money maker in one of the many enjoyable dances? Having gone visceral as a burqa covered punk in “The Taqwacores”, Noureen is proving to be quite the impactful actress. Shattering the notion of being just a sexy,pretty face, she enthralls with ease.
Rebecca Hall in “The Awakening”
While there’s still no trailer for the post-war thriller “The Awakening”, the intriguing images of Rebecca Hall looking all flustered in the role of a skeptical ghost hunter alongside co-star Dominic West would be enough to entice viewers. The busy actress is expected to dazzle TIFF 2011, promoting this haunting tale of apparitions and a woman whose a staunch unbeliever of ghost stories until an event drastically alters her perception! Lauded as a thinking man’s Sex Symbol and for portraying brainy women often with a nervous energy, one can say she has an unconventional foxiness. Comfortable as a dowdy plain Jane or a sassy Femme Fatale on screen, she does have a cultured poise that’s downright quaint and appealing. So intimately stirring in “The Town”, she did win a TV BAFTA for her shocking performance in “Red Riding”, showing us how much of a multi-faceted actress she can be.
MyAnna Buring in “Kill List”
She was in two of my all-time favorite British films namely “The Descent” and “Doomsday”. It would have been three if the campy “Lesbian Vampire Killers” was regarded as a true horror movie…hehe. I’m refering to MyAnna Buring, the Swedish-born English Rose who is swiftly racking up them gritty roles. Her latest mystery “Kill List” however could rank as another gem as it opts for psychological terror, the kind that has people talking long after they’ve experienced the movie. Of course, rabid fans will get a helping of her as the “vegetarian” vamp Tanya of the Denali Clan, cousins of the Cullen Family in Breaking Dawn, the concluding double feature of the beloved saga that is “Twilight”. This delectable blonde with the cute dimple chin is rightly making a splash in Hollywood after memorable turns in lower-budget fare which she still continues to take on.
My motto has always been to search for Cuties in the industry and today I’m nudging JULIET LOPEZ in the spotlight. As you will find out, she has a supporting role in the the mushy romance “Ten Year” which screens at TIFF 2011 on 12 and 14th September. Ensemble casts such as the one in “Ten Year” are always fascinating, throwing up a myriad of personalities, some more likable than others in a much truer representation of every day life. Not forgetting we get to be entertained by Fresh Faces such as JULIET who appears alongside seasoned ones such as Lucy Hale, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson, Lynn Collins and Jenna Dewan (her husband Channing Tatum is in this film too!). In the throes of this babe fest, my only gripe yet again is that we’ve deprived of a trailer!! JULIET herself is undoutably relishing her work in the comedy genre and not just on the big screen. She’s swiftly making waves on the web as is the cast of “Enter The Dojo”, the satire on martial arts schools. Watch her in Episode 3 (above) as JULIET plays thoughtful yet timid Cynthia, learning the fine art of protecting oneself from rape. For anyone who has ever attended self defense classes, it’s easy to identify with her character nuances as JULIET is so relatable as the aspiring martial artist.
Stealthily inserting humor at opportune moments in that very episode does augur well for her as a future comedienne. With such a personable and interesting facet to JULIET, it clearly encourages us want to find out more about her, especially when she puts on that charming smile. Will we be enamored of her just like Romeo was with his paramour of the same name? Time is absolutely on her side to ensure that happens and viewers would jump at the chance to see more of what she can do…:)