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Star Power: W5

Catalogue Number:  CTV503
Producer:  CTV
Producing Agencies:  CTV
Subject:  Arts, Biography, Career Education, Drama, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2011
Running Time:  45:00

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In a special edition of W5 on Saturday, Feb. 26, Sandie Rinaldo sits down with Jay Baruchel, Kim Cattrall, Robert Lantos, and Christopher Plummer - high profile Canadians who shaped the film business in Canada and in Hollywood.

Jay Baruchel, whose voice is featured in the Oscar-nominated film "How To Train Your Dragon" (Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Score) discusses his Canadian upbringing, his family, and his childhood neighbourhood of Notre-Dame-de-Grace (NDG) in Montreal. The star of comedy hits like "Knocked Up" and "Tropic Thunder" also talks about being a die-hard Habs fan, his working class upbringing, his father's shady past and he reveals the new love of his life.

Christopher Plummer's career spans five decades in theatre and film and he has no plans to stop now. At an age when few actors continue to work regularly, he continues to thrive in demanding roles and can't imagine it any other way. "Retirement is death, absolute death," he told Rinaldo during the interview.

Kim Cattrall, the Canadian actress best known as man-eater Samantha Jones, talks to Rinaldo about life, love, and the real woman behind her iconic "Sex and the City" role. In her interview, Cattrall discusses remaining an alpha-female in an age-obsessed industry and her life as an unattached woman.

A revealing portrait of the godfather of Canadian film, Robert Lantos is producer of the Oscar-nominated film "Barney's Version," which won actor Paul Giamatti Best Actor award at the Golden Globes. Lantos shares his own brushes with anti-Semitism as a child in Uruguay with Rinaldo, and how this shaped his life and films.

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