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"Prepare to get annihilated." That's the tagline for Edgar Wright's new pub crawl apocalypse movie, The World's End. It's a double entendre (#youseewhattheydidthere)!

In the film, Gary King (Simon Pegg) is deadset on completing a pub crawl with his childhood friends, 20 years after they're first failed attempt. The groups discovers that their hometown has been taken over by evil robots, and the only way to prevent the apocalypse is to reach the final pub, the World's End.

The movie also stars Nick Frost, Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund Pike.

The World's End is the final installment in what is informally known as the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, a series of films that began with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

The World's End hits theatres August 23.

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Word of the Rob Ford crack scandal, which broke Thursday evening, has finally made it to the Late Night comedy circuit, and punches were not pulled.

Last night, both Jon Stewart and Jimmy Kimmel conducted lengthy segments on Toronto's mayor-terrible. You can watch both bits below.

Stewart giddily recapped Ford's many gaffes ("Those Oriental people work like dogs," anyone?) before discovering from correspondents Jason Jones and Samantha Bee that Canada is a nation of "blowjob bestowing crack afficionados."

Kimmel, for his part, got a hold of the "actual" crack video and interviewed "Rob Ford" himself. Apparently the mayor likes BDSM.

Thanks for getting the mainstream media to notice us, Mayor Ford!

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The Netherlands is a permissive place. Drugs, hookers, sucking breast milk from a woman's chest on live TV — it's all there!

According to the cultural ambassadors at Gawker, Dutch talk show host and "comedian" Paul de Leeuw, drank breast milk directly from one of his lactating guests.

You can watch the genocide below.

De Leeuw was hosting a charity group wherein women with too much breast milk can share with those with too little. Then he asked for a taste. From a breast.

"I find the second one better tasting, but I can taste that you've eaten asparagus yesterday," de Leeuw said as the local sex offenders unit swiftly grabbed their holsters.

To be fair, the woman with milk volunteered, citing it was for a good cause, but that stll doesn't make de Leeuw a creepy lech with severe Freudian sexual repressions and horrible pants.

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The people who pay for Woody Allen's Chinese food and Knicks' season tickets have just released the poster (below) for the auteur's newest film, Blue Jasmine.

Plot details have not been released, but expect romance, sentimentality, and existential crises. Rolling Stone calls it a "risky, resonant update on A Streetcar Named Desire." Don't ask us how they figured that out. 

Along with Cate Blanchett, the film also stars Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay (this is not a typo), Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Blue Jasmine hits theatres July 26.

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Vulture reports that Steven Spielberg will executive produce a new live action television series based on the Halo video game franchise.

World of Halo will be for Xbox Live, Microsoft's first dabble into original programming.

"The Halo universe is an amazing opportunity to be at that intersection where technology and myth-making meet to produce something truly groundbreaking," Spielberg said this morning at an Xbox event, via pre-recorded video.

This is not the first time Microsoft has reached out to premiere Hollywood talent to promote their games. Back in October, they released the David Fincher-produced trailer for Halo 4, a dazzling short film that succeeded in galvanizing an already rabid fan base.

There's no word yet when the show might air.

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Below, Daily TORO provides some updates concerning the ongoing Rob Ford crack cocaine scandal.


1. The mayor avoids the media, again
: The Star, reporting from City Hall this morning, claimed that Ford ignored the drug controversy when pressed by the media, instead focusing his anger on the doomed Toronto casino. Ford has called the allegations "ridiculous," and that's about it.

When or if Ford will ever extensively address the scandal is anyone's guess, though he would be suspect to cancel his radio show for a second week in a row.


2. Gawker's Crackstarter is raising money fast: Since breaking the story on Thursday, Gawker has been crowdsourcing on Indiegogo in an effort to purchase the allegedly incriminating Ford crack video. With seven days of fundraising left, the publication has already raised over $91,000, almost half of the $200,000 asking price.

Should Gawker fail to raise enough money in time (not likely), all of the proceeds will go to "a Canadian non-profit institution that helps people suffering from drug addiction and its various consequences."


3. City Councillors are anxious too: CBC News reports that Councillors Josh Matlow and Kristyn Wong-Tam want Ford to resign if the allegations prove to be true.

"It's a shame that the mayor hasn't confronted the allegations directly beyond a one-word answer," said Matlow. "I think that for his own sake and for the city’s sake, we need to put this behind us."

Wong-Tam let off a similarly stern sentiment: "The allegations that have been levelled at Mayor Ford are not just serious, but they are also criminal."

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CBC Sports is reporting that Bryan Colangelo will no longer have final say on basketball-related decisions for the Toronto Raptors, and will instead run the team's business operations.

Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment made the decision at the recommendation of new CEO, Tim Leiweke.

"I'm disappointed I'm not going to be able to see this thing through," Calangelo told CBC Sports. "It's a unique situation for me to be in, not an ideal situation, but I'm going to embrace it and make the most of it."

Leiweke must now hire a general manager who will handle all of the Raptors' coaching and roster decisions. The Toronto Star claims that Denver Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri, a former assistant GM in Toronto under Colangelo, is Leiweke's top candidate. Ujiri is the reigning NBA Executive of the Year.

Colangelo said he remains committed to the Raptors and the City of Toronto, but would consider leaving if an attractive offer came about.

"It wouldn't be easy for me to walk into just any situation, very few NBA jobs would excite me," Colangelo said.

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After evading reporters at his house and City Hall this morning, Rob Ford commented (a bit more) on the claims that he has smoked crack in the last 6 months.

In the video, surrounded by his handlers, Ford walks out of his office with a piece of script.

"It's another story with respect to the Toronto Star going after me, and that's all," Ford says in the video.

After his brief speech, Ford takes off in the elevator, leaving a sea of pressing reporters behind with unanswered questions.

Ford's expression in the video is hard to read. He looks at once tired, frustrated, indignant, smug, and depressed.

According to the Star, fellow Etobicoke councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby finds the allegations "mind-blowing" and encourages the mayor to address them further.

"“Be honest," said Luby. "Say, 'Yes it happened,' or 'No it didn’t.' That’s the only way to deal with something like this."

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The Wolfpack is back for one more adventure, in lurid Red Band form. Witness below the decidedly adult trailer for The Hangover Part III.

The first half of the preview provides a nice recap of the last two films, while the latter half shows us just how far into the shit our heroes go for the finale of the trilogy.

In the film the Wolfpack (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms) returns to Las Vegas where a ruthless gangster (John Goodman) needs them to track down the less ruthless Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong).

The film also stars Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, and Justin Bartha, and is directed by series creator Todd Phillips.

The Hangover Part III hits theatres May 23. Stay tuned for our review.

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Icelandic minstrels Sigur Rós are set to appear on this Sunday's episode of The Simpsons on Fox. To celebrate, the band has released a special poster, viewable below.

"The Saga of Carl," sees Homer, Lenny, Moe, and Carl purchase a winning lottery ticket. Carl snags the ticket and makes a break for Iceland. Here's how the band describes the show:

"After Carl snags the ticket and flees to his home country of Iceland, the guys head there in hot pursuit. The band’s music scores Homer’s visit to Iceland, marking an unprecedented musical collaboration between the show and a band."

Sigur Rós also the theme song for the upcoming episode.

The Simpsons airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Fox.


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Yesterday we reported that, according to various publications, there exists a video that shows Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.

This morning, at around 9:50 a.m., Ford called the allegations "ridiculous," as reporters swarmed the mayor outside of his Etobicoke house. 

"[It's] just another Toronto Star..." said Ford before mumbling something else and driving off. (For years, the mayor has had an acrimonious relationship with Canada's largest daily newspaper.)

At City Hall, Ford avoided a large crowd of reporters waiting in front of his office.

While Gawker's John Cook broke the story, the Star's Robyn Doolitte claims to have also seen the "shocking" tape. Allegedly, two Somali men involved in the drug business showed both Doolittle and Star editor Kevin Donovan the evidence in a car on Dixon Road in Toronto's west end.

The owner of the video is selling it for six figures. Citizens have already begun raising money on Indiegogo, with hopes of amassing $100,000 in the next six days.

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Eater is reporting (via German publication Bild) that renowned chef Miki Nozama was killed by customers who refused to pay for his noodles.

Allegedly, after eating at the chef's restaurant, Nozawa, on the German island of Sylt, two customers refused to pay, citing their dislike of the product.

Nozawa later encountered the two men at a nightclub and demanded that they each pay 10 euros for their food. A fight broke out, leaving the chef with internal injuries. Nozawa later died in hospital. The two men are still on the run.

Nozawa was famous for his Japanese-Italian hybrid style of cooking. Former patrons of his restaurant include Mikhail Gorbachev, Denzel Washington, and Phil Collins.

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The New York Knicks are on the brink of being eliminated from the NBA playoffs, and much of their struggle can be attributed to guard J.R. Smith's lack of production.

So what's wrong with the reigning Sixth Man of the Year?

Well, according to Rihanna, Smith has been playing hungover.

Last week the Rihanna and Smith were seen partying together in Soho after Game 2 of the Knicks' series. An Instagram member named peruvian_gawd sent the singer a message, blaming her for Smith's poor performance. Here's how Rihanna allegedly responded:

"fuck you and your wack ass team!! Nobody dont want that desert thirsty nigga!! He fuckin up cus his ass be hungover from clubbing every night during playoffs!! So your issue ain't with rasshole me"

We'll let you interpret that as you will. Apologies to the children reading this blog.

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Gawker's John Cook is reporting that, for six figures, you can buy a video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack.

Last week, Cook was contacted by a tipster who claimed he had proof that Ford had [1] smoked crack cocaine, [2] taken the drug within the last six months, and [3] purchased it from a drug dealer who caters to Toronto's "A-list," which includes Doug Ford, the mayor's staffers, and a prominent hockey analyst.

As further "evidence," the tipster provided a picture of Ford hanging out with some people, one of whom was Anthony Smith, a 21-year-old student who was killed outside of a nightclub in March (a victim of gang violence). Allegedly, Smith lived in the same neighbourhood as the mayor's dealer, and Ford was purchasing crack at the time of the photo's taking.

Cook says he was only allowed to see the video if he traveled to Toronto, which he did. Cook met with the tipster and the owner of the video at a community housing building by Pearson International Airport.

Once there, Cook watched the video on a phone. He claims to have seen Ford sitting, laughing, and trying to light a clear glass pipe, then inhaling.

The Star's Robyn Doolittle also claims to have seen the video.

After publishing the article, Gawker received an email from Dennis Morris, who claimed to be Ford's lawyer. He states that if the publication posts alleged photo evidence of Ford smoking crack, he will take legal action.

"Mayor Ford denies such [sic] took place, and if such posting occurs, it is false and defamatory, and you will be held legally accountable," Morris wrote.

Cook wants to take Ford to task and expose the people involved in this apparent drug ring. He is particularly worried that the owner of the video will try to sell it to Ford himself.

We'll be reporting more on this story as the details surface.

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Our friends at Gawker discovered that it took three hours to safely remove a grown man from a toddler's highchair at a McDonald's in Ireland.

Because that's what we pay police to do: Rescue idiots from themselves.

It was late Tuesday night at the chain's Winthrop Street outlet when Curious George decided to relive his childhood.

The alleged goof was probably drunk at the time. Even worse, police found the man alone, which means he either willfully did this in public, or his asshole friends left him to be ridiculed.

And bloggers aren't the only ones taking shots at the man. McDonald's themselves released this tonge-in-cheek statement regarding the folly: "We recommend that children don't use the highchair without adult supervision!"

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Below, you can watch the very long and very loud full trailer for Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro's Monsters vs. Robots epic.

The plot is simple: Giant monsters have emerged from the Pacific Ocean and it's up us humans to band together and kill them all in our giant robot suits.

The film stars Charlie Hunnum, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and the work of 6 million computor animators.

Pacific Rim was shot last summer in Toronto (not that you can tell), principally at Pinewood Studios. With a budget of $150 million, it is the largest production in Canadian history.

But you just want to watch monsters fight robots, right?



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Some zine called The Atlantic is reporting that a nude portrait of Bea Arthur has sold for $1.95 million. What a steal!

Bea Arthur Naked (above, sans breasts) was bought anonymously after auction house Christie's claimed the work was worth anywhere between $1.8 and $2.5 million.

The man responsible for the painting is artist John Currin. Arthur did not actually pose for Currin, so you could say his rendering of her chest is wishful thinking. But damn, does she look good!

We can only hope that Currin will follow his inspiration and paint the rest of Arthur's geriatric colleagues. Les Demoiselles de Golden Girls, anyone?

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Ladies and gentlemen and degenrates everywhere: We introduce the Oscar Mayer Bacon Dog.

The iconic meat-tubers have just announced the creation of their new bacon flavoured hotdog, along with a chicken breast dog and lean cut frank.

"No one knows bacon like Oscar Mayer,” said director of Oscar Mayer hot dogs, Jared Baker. "It seemed like the perfect time for us to introduce our first hot dog made with bacon."

Did we mention "bacon?"

The dog will be a combination of turkey, chicken, pork, and smoked pork.

All of Oscar Mayer's new hot dogs will be available at the beginning of June, just in time for barbecue season.

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After a four-year recording absence Glasgow’s Franz Ferdinand have finally announced a follow-up to their underrated Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (2009).

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action will drop August 27 via Domino. In a press release it's hinted the album will return to the band’s roots, saying they’ve “Rediscovered the imagination, vitality and fun (of) their classic (self-tilted) debut.” With typical dry wit frontman Alex Kapranos describes it as “The Intellect vs. The Soul played out by some dumb band.” It’s not easy to be both deeply pretentious and self-deprecating in the same sentence, but there you have it.

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action tracklist:

1. Right Action
2. Evil Eye
3. Love Illumination
4. Stand On The Horizon
5. Fresh Strawberries
6. Bullet
7. Treason! Animals.
8. The Universe Expanded
9. Brief Encounters
10. Goodbye Lovers & Friends

“Ulysses” (From Tonight: Franz Ferdinand):

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According to Mickey Mouse's ABC News, an American Airlines flight made an emergency landing when one of its passengers refused to stop singing Whitney Houston's "I WIll Always Love You."

You can watch a video of the incident below, in which two U.S. Air Marshals escort the woman in question off the plane.

The flight was en rooute from Los Angeles to New York when it was forced to stop in Kansas City to deal with the wannabe popstar.

"[She] was being disruptive and was noncompliant with Federal Air Marshall's orders, resulting in the passenger being detained by a Federal Air Marshal," airport spokesman Joe McBride told ABC.

The woman was detained, questioned, and not allowed to reboard the plane.

It's not right what this woman did, but it's OK, the plane made it safe to New York anyway.

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