It's one thing when celebrities come to Montreal for a one-night-only concert, to attend F1 or to film a quick scene or two for a movie.
But recently stars have been coming to Montreal, and staying longer than usual.
At least for a few months at a time.
Jennifer Lawrence was doing wardrobe tests and some filming for the untitled Darren Aronovsky film, and she decided to rent out a condo downtown for 3 months. And considering she was here 2 summers ago filming X-Men, and the year before that filming yet another X-Men movie, my only question is, when is she going to move here for good?
Kit Harrington was in town all summer long as well, and now it seems we will be blessed with the presence of a Hollywood Legend.
Bruce Willis is headed to Montreal next month and will be here for most of the fall season in fact. That's right, Jon McClean himself will blessing us with his Royal Willisness to film a remake of the 1970's movie Death Wish.
The rest of the cast has not been announced yet, but the director is none other than Eli Roth, The Bear Jew from Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.
Of course,this isn't the first time Mr. Willis has filmed a movie in Montreal, adding to his impressive collection including: 12 Monkees, The Jackal, The Whole Nine Yards, Lucky Number Slevin and Red 2.
William Shatner is set to launch into space on Wednesday and, this time, it's not the set of Star Trek — it's real life. But did you know Shatner's journey from infancy to outer space actually started in Montreal?
In an interview with Professionally Speaking, the Ontario College of Teachers' magazine, Shatner is quoted as saying, "The Montreal Children's Theatre probably had a bigger influence on my life than any educational facility, other than McGill University."
"I wrote, directed and acted in McGill's Red and White Review three out of my four years at university. That was my education really," Shatner is quoted as saying in the Professionally Speaking article.
After finishing his undergrad at McGill, Shatner became a business manager for a Montreal theatre company called Mountain Playhouse before joining the Canadian National Repertory Theatre in Ottawa, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia.
From there, Shatner started acting at Stratford Festival, then on Broadway, and then on television where he gained notoriety as Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk.
From the streets of NDG to countless TV screens to Canada's Walk Of Fame, Shatner carries a piece of Montreal with him. And, on October 13 at 10 a.m., that little piece of Montreal is set to be "beamed up" into outer space.
Which is why I'm super excited that there seems to be a whole bunch of celebs in Montreal this month, mostly filming for a handful of awesome movies set to come out in the future. Don't know who I'm talking about? No worries, that's what I'm here for.
Luke Wilson is also in Montreal for Brad's Status, and has been spotted several times being the chill dude he generally is. (Also, he's definitely my favourite of the Wilson brothers. I mean... okay, nevermind, it's a tie).