No stair climbing required for this trimmer TIFF. The festival's opening night premiere has historically been terrible, but the film fest will try to win this time with 1980 Wimbledon nostalgia flick Borg/McEnroe, one of three tennis-themed movies on the schedule. Celebrity sighting prospects are sure to be overrated as usual—maybe because stars have gotten better at hiding. And the cursed Scotiabank Theatre escalators are allegedly fixed, even if more malfunction would stoke another thrilling sideshow:

Moviemaking goes underwater in Etobicoke. Cinespace will expand its Kipling Studio Campus with two more buildings, including a permanent tank for deep-sea scenes. Such production bullishness owes a lot to TV, a bulwark against flopping popcorn movies, even if last year’s dismal Toronto-shot Suicide Squad is getting a sequel. Expectations are higher for the made-in-Toronto clown flick It, whose approval rating hovers around 90 per cent.

The ex-presidents are coming to pick up some cheques. Six days after Hillary Clinton finds out if anyone bought $3,000 tickets to meet her, Bill Clinton will speak at a $5,000-a-table dinner at the Royal York Hotel, hosted by Frank McKenna’s leadership centre at St. Francis Xavier University. (Back when it looked like the Clintons might be returning to the White House, the Globe tallied up what they'd been paid for Canadian appearances since 2000.) But that's all but certain to be eclipsed by Barack Obama’s gig at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre during the very same week—tables for 10 are twice Bill's price—about which buddy here sounds a tad too hyperbolic:

"Notwithstanding the occasionally vile and consistently misrepresentative treatment of Margaret and her neighbours in the commercial, and on social media, they are not opposed to redevelopment of 321 Davenport.” Margaret Atwood’s lawyer spoke on her behalf at a community council meeting concerning a contentious eight-storey condo proposal near the author’s Annex home. (The council voted that the city's lawyer should ask for mediation on the matter.) Atwood was a no-show, evidently preoccupied with promoting the mini-series of Alias Grace. She has advised her columnist critics from last week that an apology for "misrepresenting" her is the “grown-up thing to do.”

Yorkville’s last counterculture corner celebrated before it gets engulfed by the future. York Square, the 1968 courtyard and retail complex, has been marked for an overhaul—although a final Ontario Municipal Board ruling on how much must be preserved still awaits. For now, it’s being commemorated with a toast next Tuesday that includes a screening of the NFB documentary Flowers on a One-Way Street. Nonetheless, a high-rise perched atop whatever remains leaves most resigned to the fact that its uniqueness will fade.

“Lone Wolf Tenor” has unleashed the #TenorLeaks. Remigio Pereira will soon play his first solo concert since he held up an “All Lives Matter” sign while singing "O Canada" with the Tenors at the 2016 MLB All-Star Game. But now he’s on Facebook being pissed about the fact that he has yet to settle things with his former group—nor have they made good on an alleged promise to say publicly that he’s not a racist. Recordings posted by Pereira purport to reveal what went down after the incident, including an accusation that he was “off his meds,” and fears of ruin, which didn’t come to pass.

Everything old is new again on after-school TV. After abandoning its business news partnership with Bloomberg, cash-strapped CHCH returns to the glory days of what once passed for late-afternoon programming: Batman, Bewitched, The Partridge Family and the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Meanwhile, the rebooted TRL (née Total Request Live) will be broadcast on MTV Canada. (When it deubted in 1998, the show was presumed to be a knock-off of what MuchMusic did at 299 Queen West.)

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Deputy mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong had this advice for Toronto’s next chief planner, a comment to which Jennifer Keesmaat has taken personal offence.

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