Lost In Translation party, September 5
Since neither Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola nor star Bill Murray was on hand at Carlu for the swank pre-screening dinner soirée thrown by the National Post, CanWest Global chairman and CEO Izzy Asper seized the opportunity to hype his latest plaything, Cool TV , a digital cable jazz and music-movie station. After mistakenly referring to the film as "Lost In Transition " (a Freudian slip?), the media mogul went on to gloat about luring CBC Radio personality Ross Porter "over to the dark side" to act as Cool TV's VP of programming. He then ran down a long list of cable providers who aren't currently offering Cool TV to subscribers, before making his best sales pitch to potential advertisers in the luxury car and funeral businesses. The titters quickly subsided when he announced the station would be showcasing the music of "everyone from Nat King Cole and Oscar Peterson to Diana Krall and Rob McConnell ." Looks like Cool TV has a lock on the 65+ demographic.