Media, Darling: Roz Weston + Katherine Holland

Seeing as how today is the international day for lovers, we decide to make a slight deviation to our Media, Darling column and feature one of our favourite media couples: Roz Weston and Katherine Holland. 


Former
Howard Stern intern, Roz Weston started his on-air career as the host of
Toronto’s first live, late night talk show Last Call. From there, Roz eventually made the move to entertainment reporter on Global TV’s ET Canada, alongside hosts Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli. He starts every day off bright and early on the Kiss 92.5 morning show Roz & Mocha. Roz’s better
 half is Katherine Holland, photographer and contributing editor to Toronto’s Vitamin Daily. This bubbly, rock n’ roll couple are parents to the adorable Roxy Alabama. Today they share their insights on navigating the world of love, journalism and the Hollywood Pass.  


Twitter: @kittyholland, @rozweston


Did you meet because of working in the media industry?

ROZ: Well, seeing as how we met at a party that was also attended by Paris Hilton,
then yes. However, I also believe that all this time we have secretly judged
each other for being at a party that was also attended by Paris Hilton.
KATHERINE: We did, actually! Rick Campanelli’s going away
party from MuchMusic. But we had seen each other at media screenings long
before that, and stared each other down through our reflective aviators. I
remember thinking we looked like the sloppy outcasts, and therefore should be
best friends. When we met – we were.


How do you manage your schedules to ensure you have enough family time and
romantic time?
 
ROZ: I don’t think you can. It’s impossible to manage getting up at 4 a.m. for
five days straight, then be told to get on a flight for three days at the end of the
week. But when I’m home, I’m ‘home’. I don’t go out and I rarely socialize
during the week. Family time is whatever you make it. Katherine still picks me
up from work every night with our kid – so some of our funnest times are
singing songs together while stuck on the DVP. You make it fun.

KATHERINE: I don’t know how much we ‘manage’, we just
prioritize. When we’re not working, we’re usually together. It’s as simple as
that. I love being near Roz, and when we go a couple days without seeing each
other I feel like my heart stops working. 


Where would you like to be five years from now?
 
ROZ: Still with the woman who loves me… Only a fatter, greyer, more tired version
of me.

KATHERINE: I want to be five years better in my work, five years older, and
sharing Valentine’s Day with my 8 year old (OH MY GOD) and my Roz. 


Do you think being partners in the media industry presents any unique
challenges?

ROZ: For sure, when neither of you work 9-5, weeks can fly by without any
structure. Not to mention that both our jobs come with a ton of homework.
KATHERINE: What he said.


Conversely, what benefits are there to working in the same industry?

ROZ: The understanding that there is zero routine, and we’re both cool with
that. Totally cool. I’m proud of Katherine’s work, and her work ethic. I
wouldn’t love her the way I do if she didn’t work as hard as she does.
KATHERINE: You know the same people, and usually love the
same people. You are grateful for everyday you work, because you know there are
only so many people who get to work doing something they love in this industry.
I’ve wanted to work in media as long as I can remember, and seeing Roz at the top
of his game, hammering away at it everyday makes me so, so happy. I know how
hard what he does is, and he is the only person I know who could do it.


Do you ever get jealous of the attention one another receives being in the
public eye?

ROZ: No. Not at all. However, taking someone’s picture is a very intimate
procedure, and the editing process afterwords sometimes means, in any given
week, Katherine will stare at another man’s face more than mine. Also, I love
that other dudes are into my girlfriend! She’s hot.

KATHERINE: Oh god, no. It’s part of the job. I’m happy when
other people recognize how wonderful Roz is. He really is.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?
ROZ: Treat work like work! Don’t wrap your lifestyle up in it. It’s not who you
are, it’s just what you happen to do for a living.
KATHERINE: Make it about everyone else.


Any advice for other prospective media couples?

ROZ: Don’t gossip about the industry at home, realize that you’re both going to
have highs and lows at different times and ease up on the advice. Even though
you may know the industry in and out, sometimes you just need to shut up and
let your partner rant about their shit day.
KATHERINE: I don’t think we’re so different. I would give a
media couple the same advice I would give any other couple: prioritize. If your
partner isn’t adding to your life – they’re taking away from it. So work hard
to make sure they know you love them, and do your best to better their life.
Everyone wins.


What rule(s) do you live your life by?
ROZ: Just fill your house full of love and see what happens.
KATHERINE: I try to live my life according to something I
once read in a Dave Eggers novel, “more bleeding, more giving”.


Question for Katherine – Do you prefer watching Roz on TV or listening to him on the radio?
HA! Well, they’re different beasts, and he’s excellent at
both of them. But I’m a sucker for the worn-in feeling of radio. I picture
bearded men wearing track pants and hungry women in rock and roll shirts
booming the news of the world into little microphones. I went to radio school,
I worked in radio, and I love radio. Hearing Roz’s laugh when I wake up in the
morning is just about the most charming thing I could imagine.

Question for Roz – Would you rather have Katherine or someone else take your photo?

If I had my way, I’d never have my picture taken. But if I have a choice
on photographer… There is no choice. It’s her and only her.


We hate?
 

People who love to hate everything.


We love? 

Most things.


Favourite date? 

Once we drove up to Casino Rama for a Joan Jett concert, and I
swear to god she stared right into our eyes, seducing us with that raspy voice,
as we sat in the front row. We both died. Then we ate steak.


Hollywood pass (i.e. the one celeb the other is given a “pass” for, should the
opportunity arise)?

Joan Jett all around.


Big spoon or little spoon?
Our heights are 6”4 and 5”1. Not a lotta options.

Fave 5: Not-so-typical Valentine’s Day events

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, for most of us it’s a love-hate relationship. Some of us love it, some of us hate it (and some of us land firmly in the middle). 

For the lovers, a typical V-Day usually entails going out for a romantic dinner and maybe a movie or cocktail after. For the haters out there, (single or coupled up) staying home and pretending you forgot that it’s February 14 isn’t necessary. Embrace your warm fuzzy self, and somebody you love, and check out some unconventional events happening around the city that even the biggest cynic is sure to enjoy.

SPiN Toronto – 461 King St. W.
Singles, couples and groups are invited to SPiN Toronto’s first ever Valentine’s Day party, where fake blood is welcome, gory costumes are encouraged and bloody drinks are being served. There is also a killer photo booth and a prize to be won for goriest costume. Ping pong is free after 9 p.m. Not into Valentine’s Day? Just think of it as a Halloween party in February.
Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace
From the looks of it, horror and romance seem to be going hand in hand this year. If it’s not cheesy, typical love day plans you’re after (we’re not that kinda girls), then head to Casa Loma where the Brant Theatre is presenting Dracula, A Love Story, a play by Sharyl Hudson. The play takes you from room to room throughout Toronto’s own Gothic mansion, as the actors bring the famous Bram Stoker novel to life. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $34. 
Supermarket – 268 Augusta Avenue
WORN FASHION JOURNAL is hosting a karaoke night starting at 9 p.m. at Supermarket in Kensington. Tickets are $7, and just $5 if you wear red. Who doesn’t love belting out love songs and a cheap cover?

Oz Studio – 134 Ossington Ave.
If live music is your thing, then Love Near Bellewoods is the place to be. Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club, Chris White of Bellewoods and Luke Laldone from Born Ruffians are all part of the lineup that may just serenade the crowd with love songs. Rumour has it that there will also be a few surprise guests. And because Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without DIY crafts, there will be a card making station with paper bag mail boxes for the first 50 people to arrive. The party starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $7. 

Whistler’s Grille and Cafe, 995 Broadview Avenue
If you’re in the east end, The Cabbagetown Theatre Company is putting on No Sweetheart Required, a cabaret evening of short and sassy comedies and musical performances. Tickets are $20 and group rates are also available for 10 or more people (you’ll also be entered into a prize draw). The event starts at 8 p.m. 



 

Rave: Crazy, Stupid, Love

Paul Aguirre-Livingston checked out the latest Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Steve Carell and Julianne Moore flick, Crazy, Stupid, Love, courtesy of Warner Bros. 

Crazy, Stupid, Love is crazy, stupid, good
Movies have become obsessed with documenting the complex realities of human existence, specifically interactions of a highly personal – and once highly private – nature, like love, sex, family, divorce, death, coming out, finding peace, etc. Crazy, Stupid, Love is just one of many voices in the chorus of our current cinematic opuses that attempts to examine and dissect that very thing at the centre of it all. 
The film begins where most love stories end and journeys of renewal begin: in divorce. Steve Carell and Julianne Moore are a couple with three kids and a 25-year marriage in shambles. Carell plays Carl, a New Balance sneaker-wearing dad who drinks vodka-cranberries like a freshman, and who is left devastated by the news that his wife Emily (Moore) wants a divorce. He moves out almost immediately when Emily turns the knife by revealing she slept with the office douchebag David Lindhagen (played, appropriately enough, by Kevin Bacon).
After a few weeks on the bench at the local too-cool-for-dads watering hole, resident ladies’ man Jacob (Ryan Gosling) grows tired of Carl’s incessant bitching and moping. Jacob, a self-described “tomcat in the sack” who looks like GQ exploded all over him in every single scene, sets on a mission to transform Carl into the man he lost somewhere along the way. And he succeeds. But once the ladies come and go, all that remains is Carl’s desire to be with Emily, and he tries to parlay his newfound confidence into winning his soulmate back. 

The film’s merits lie in its hilariously well-planned plot and the strength of the performances by its supporting cast. Storylines and sub-plots are weaved together to mimic the silent attachments we form with people – people who may not know we exist or people who only exist because of us.

Newcomer Jonah Bobo plays 13-year-old son Robbie, a kid wise beyond his years. He is hopelessly in love with his 17-year-old babysitter Jessica, played perfectly by former Top Model finalist Analeigh Tipton (named “one to watch” by The New York Times because of this role). Thing is, Jessica is secretly in love with Carl. But Carl still loves Emily. And Emily loves Carl, but Lindhagen wants her. See what I mean now? The whole film is clusterfuck of love triangles fit for Shakespeare. And I won’t give away the juicy bits.

Emma Stone rounds out the impressive cast with barely enough screen time, but all her moments are gold, tracing a smart, young, professional woman’s willingness to take a chance on a one night stand she barely knows (Jacob), complete with cheesy pick-up lines and a seduction routine that includes re-enacting Dirty Dancing’s iconic final dance (“the lift!”).  
Despite its Haggis-like plot interactions (see: Crash) that threaten to undermine the film’s strong sincerity and makes you question its real-world probability, Crazy, Stupid, Love succeeds in attempting to explain the intricacies of why we come together. More importantly, it asks why we should make it last. Like many of its cinematic contemporaries and the great tales of love before it, Crazy, Stupid, Love ends up at the same conclusion: none of it will ever make any sense.
And although it can all seem a little crazy, and be a lot stupid, it’s always about love. See what I did there? Yup, the film will ask you that same silly question too. And you won’t mind at all.  

It’s Valentine’s Day – got plans?

Whether you’re single, in a relationship, or “it’s complicated”, the pressure’s on to do something today. Fear not – if you haven’t yet figured out your game plan, we have some non-cheesy ideas to help you out.
Flying solo?
The great thing about being single for V-Day is that you don’t have to consider anyone else when making plans. Pretty sweet.

If staying in, grab some wine, takeout and a classic romance like The Way We Were or Breakfast at Tiffany’s. These flicks focus on good storytelling and great acting, so you won’t roll your eyes at the love stories.  


Lisa: My best Valentine’s Day ever was at my friend Fran’s house. We were both single, so she invited me over, cooked her famous KD, with dill pickle-flavoured Crispers and tortilla chips with spinach dip. We dimmed the lights, lit some candles, and laughed more than I ever have before on Valentine’s Day.

Take the pressure off to do something romantic and hang out with friends. The Drake Hotel’s 86’D Monday, Valentine’s Edition, is a great night out. Bartenders will compete for the honour of best Pink Squirrel. What’s a Pink Squirrel, you ask? Find out tonight at 7 p.m. There’s also great live music from Boot Knives to go along with your cocktails. 
 This is not the Pink Squirrel that will be at The Drake.

Michelle: Being single on Valentine’s Day can be super fun. I’ll have dinner with my other single friends at Woodlot and dance up a storm at The Modern Love Affair party at Footwork. Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be about romantic love.
A deux
Of course, being in a relationship for Valentine’s Day is great. On what other day of the year is it acceptable to publicly proclaim your affections in the most over-the-top way you can think of?
Instead of typical roses and chocolates, why not show your love by making something yourself? The effort put in will be majorly appreciated. We love Bakerella’s massive list of sweet treat suggestions. Like her 14-layer cake. 

Bakerella’s mega-impressive 14-layer cake
Rachelle: Valentine’s Day will always hold a special place in my heart. I got engaged on V-Day in Quebec City during Winter Carnival. My husband Ariel proposed in front of 80,000 onlookers at the annual Winter Carnival parade. We became local celebs, made it into two newspapers and were the photo of the day on Le Soleil’s website.
Just because you’re taken doesn’t mean you have to have a quiet, candlelit dinner. Go for a skate on an outdoor rink with some hot chocolate, then play a board game at Snakes and Lattes. Some friendly competition, a wobbly pop and a few good laughs is a lovely way to spend an evening. 
 Play nice! Image source.
Christina: Favourite spot? My house! I hate going out to restos because more tables are crammed into the same space. This year, the fiancé and I are grabbing some lobsters, a bottle of wine, and watching America’s Funniest Home Videos. Wow… I just realized how domestic that sounded. 

Another fun idea is a staycation. Find a deal on Hotwire.com, or get a package from a hotel like The Drake or the Yorkville InterContinental. It’s a getaway without the hassle of travel, and you won’t even have to make the bed in the morning.

Debra: For one of my fave Valentine’s Days, Matt had our friend Chef Ezra Title drop off a delicious meal at our house. Matt’s a fantastic cook, but this was nice as he didn’t have to do anything but follow some simple instructions, and we had a brilliant meal at home with nowhere to go after but our living room to listen to music and drink wine.
 

 Happy Valentine’s Day!

Rave: No Strings Attached

By now, our regular readers know that we LOVE movies on the fourth floor. Last week, we saw an advance screening of No Strings Attached (Paramount Pictures), directed by Ivan Reitman.      
Considering it’s a rom-com that premiered just before Valentine’s Day, this is sure to be a popular date movie, so we sent Lisa and her boyfriend, Jesse, to check it out – and get a girl’s and a guy’s opinion on the film.
#NoStringsAttached
Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) have known each other for years, though they’ve never dated. One morning, after an unexpected sleepover at Emma’s house, a hung-over Adam wakes up on Emma’s couch having no idea where he is. He’s never met Emma’s roommates (who wake to find him on their sofa) and doesn’t even realize he’s at her home until she comes to find him in the living room. After everything is sorted out, they hang out (sans roommates) in her bedroom, and end up having sex.

To protect their friendship, they make a pact to keep their relationship strictly “no strings attached” – no jealousy, no expectations, no fighting, no flowers, no baby voices. It means they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, in whatever public space they want, as long as they don’t fall in love. The question becomes – who’s going to fall first? And can their friendship survive?



We think it’s such a relatable story for a lot of men and women. Jesse, the ultimate “guy’s guy”, loved the inappropriate guy jokes between Adam and his friends. Emma is a relationship-phobic workaholic and likes to keep her guard up. Like we said, relatable.

What surprised us most about this flick was how funny it is. It’s definitely not a typical romantic comedy, when the laughs are slightly forced, because you feel like you should laugh. Our entire theatre was actually LOL-ing. 
Portman is clever and witty, while Kutcher plays a character far more endearing than the “Kelso” and “Punk’d” personas we’re used to seeing. 
 
Lisa:  My main priority is whether or not a movie is entertaining. I want to escape reality and kick back with some popcorn. No Strings Attached was perfect for this. It had just the right amount of love, jokes, sex, embarrassing moments and likable characters – the best recipe for a romantic comedy. 

Portman’s and Kutcher’s Emma and Adam made an adorable couple, while Mindy Kaling (The Office‘s Kelly Kapoor) tossed out some good zingers as one of Emma’s roommates. Lake Bell
played a great supporting role as the comical Lucy, a work colleague of Adam.
Even though I went with Jesse, I would definitely come back with my best girlfriends for another giggle-fest.

Jesse and Lisa. 

Jesse:  Ashton Kutcher always kills me, but Adam’s father, played by Kevin Kline, was my favourite. His role was just hilariously ignorant. A one-time TV star, he uses his former status to date women 30 years his junior, smokes pot and seems almost oblivious to his rude, but funny, behaviour. 

Guys – if you owe your girl a chick flick date, this is the time to go. You’ll both like it.


Images courtesy of Paramount Pictures*. Photo credit: Dale Robinette.
*With the exception of the last image.

Rave: Blue Valentine

Recently, Alliance Films offered the Fourth Floor tix to a screening of Blue Valentine. We happily accepted and raced each other to the theatre. 

Why should you see this movie? Ryan Gosling. The end.


Jokes! There’s more to this flick than a pretty man-face. Much more.


We loved Blue Valentine. It was gritty, real, tough, sweet, and utterly charming at moments. At other moments, it was heartbreaking. There were more than a few tears in the audience. 

The film focuses on Dean (Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams), a couple with a young daughter, a golden retriever and an unhappy marriage. The story of their relationship is told through flashbacks juxtaposed with scenes from their current life. 

They seemed fated to be together, and watching Dean and Cindy fall in love is so enjoyable. Their beginning is sweet, sincere and happy. 


Dean and Cindy’s relationship doesn’t keep its golden glow forever. It’s so sad to see how life changes such a strong love. 


It was interesting to see how the appearances of Williams and Gosling change throughout the film as they age. They go from young, attractive and glowing, to older and looking like life had finally just… gotten to them.

The four of us who saw the film could relate to it in different ways, and it left us thinking long and hard about the relationships in our lives. Here are our thoughts:

Christina: Although Blue Valentine didn’t make me cry (like most of the audience), I immensely enjoyed this film. Going home later that evening, and for two days following the film, I’ve found my mind drifting back to the story of romantic relationship turned cold. Looking forward to seeing it again (perhaps even in theatres). 

Rachelle: The movie made my heart swell and my eyes cry. It was a very honest portrayal of a couple facing real life happening and love fading. Sad, but true.

Abby: It made me really think about my relationship with my fiance, how similar our relationship was (in some ways) to the young Dean and Cindy, and how much I don’t want to become the older version of them. It’s scary to see how easily a relationship can crumble away, even with the best beginning. It’s cliché, but true – love isn’t enough. 

Lara: The acting was superb, and the story was incredibly easy to relate to. The sensitive man with philosophical depth is so attractive to women at the beginning of the relationship and good “on paper” qualities we look for are often thrown out the window as a result. However, these characteristics that attract women in the beginning can end up being turn-offs in the long run; this was the case in Blue Valentine. Watching their relationship unfold was a reminder of my first boyfriend and our relationship. With no resolution at the end, I was left feeling sombre watching a relationship turn sour. What can I say, I’m an eternal optimist!
Go see this (but not with someone you just started dating). Then, run home and hug the one you love.