Vancouver Screen Scene: Elizabeth Banks, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jimmy Fallon seen around town

Elizabeth Banks is in town to play the villain Rita Repulsa in the big-screen reboot of the Power Rangers.

Elizabeth Banks is in town to play the villain Rita Repulsa in the big-screen reboot of the Power Rangers.

While Vancouver may be nicknamed Hollywood North, it might as well be also known as Fanboy/girl/person Central.

You see, our city has long been the shooting destination for numerous sci-fi and fantasy series and films, with many thanks in part to the booming local visual FX industry. (Vancouver became the world’s largest visual effects and animation hub after Sony Imageworks relocated its headquarters here last July.)

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Vancouver Screen Scene: Elizabeth Banks, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jimmy Fallon seen around town

5 Must-See Rock Concerts in Vancouver this fall: From Madonna to the Boss

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With two huge arenas downtown and a plethora of other great venues, Vancouver is a requisite stop for all the big rock tours.  This fall is no exception.  Here are five can’t-miss concerts this season from the biggest names in rock and pop.  Some of these rockers have been filling arenas since the ’60s (In fact, none is younger than 50!).  Tickets to many of these performances will already be sold out – but there’s always Craigslist.

  • Madonna, Sept. 29-Sept. 30 at Rogers Arena:  The Material Girl is out to prove that she’s still the queen of pop on her latest tour in support of her album MDNA.  Now 54, Madonna is still shocking audiences with risque shows that might even leave Lady Gaga blushing.  She’s in town for two nights.