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September 13, 2004 2:00 AM
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iPOP at the Toronto International Film Festival

iPOP at the Toronto International Film Festival

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Film festival mode was triggered early on Thursda, the first day of the event, as zillions of press and industry showed up for the Lukas Moodysson film, "A Hole in My Heart." The parties got underway naturally, with the opening night bash at the Liberty Grand, where hundreds of people were wined and dined. CHUM Television hosted their annual Festival Schmooze at their studios on trendy Queen Street West. Throngs lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the stars including Maggie Cheung and Nick Nolte, while inside, partygoers wandered through the studios, including the Much Music set. And, festgoers jammed the too cool for school Drake Hotel for the "Silver City" party in downtown Toronto.




Actress Maria Bello and Toronto International Film Festival Group CEO Piers Handling had a bit of a chat at a dinner hosted by Newmarket Films for "Silver City". The party was held at Italian eatery Prego, where many festival dinners take place. When iPOP showed up, we were sent to another dinner, and didn't realize it until after 40 minutes of chatting and taking pictures that we were chrashing someone else's din din. The hosts (for the Bruce Weber film) were gracious about it though, and gave us some nice wine for good measure before heading upstairs to the event we were actually invited to.


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Toronto International Film Festival co-director Noah Cowan (left) stopped by the "Silver City" dinner and chatted with director John Sayles (right) and Landmark's Ray Price.


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Safely upstairs at the correct dinner, actor Chris Cooper having a little bubbly with Newmarket chief Bob Berney at Prego Saturday evening.


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French director Olivier Assayas at the CHUM Television/CityTV Festival Schmooze in the VIP area (yes, we got in and it was totally Legit! Thanks Lorraine). Assayas is in town in support of his film "Clean" with Maggie Cheung and Nick Nolte.


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iPOP can be jaded and unimpressed at times, but actress Maggie Cheung makes us way excited. The international super-star, worshipped by millions, hung out at the Festival Schmooze here right after doing an interview along with Assayas and co-star Nick Nolte. Nolte wasn't as excited about getting his picture taken, however, so we restrained (we're nice that way). It was rather warm inside, so Nolte took out his geisha fan and cooled himself a la Karl Lagerfeld.


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Film rep Jeff "the Dude" Dowd at the opening night party at Liberty Grand hangin' with the ladies. iPOP asked the two for their names and handed them a pad of paper for identification purposes. Sherry (left) and Nickky (yes, that's how she spelled it) even handed back the pad with their names, as well as their phone numbers. As of yet, we haven't dialed them.


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Swedish director Lukas Moodysson was ready to go when we found him in the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel, with bags packed. Moodysson, in town for his film "A Hole in My Heart," admitted that he hated the film business and was itching to leave. He did spend some time in the local comic books store, however, and infused the Canadian economy with some mega-kroners buying comics.


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Atlantic Film Festival programmer Andrew Murphy hung out with the indieWIRE crew for a bit at the opening event along with colleagues Ann Berhier and Dawn Windover. The party had several stations of food, as well as a few Tanqueray stations for everyone's boozing pleasure. There was also wine and other goodies to be had. The only bad part of the evening was trying to grab a taxi. Some of the more ruthless attendees (AKA: The universe revolves only around me) simply stole the taxis from us.


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ThinkFilm chief Jeff Sackman posed for a quick pic at a breakfast held at the classic Windsor Arms Hotel. This was iPOP's first time at the breakfast, although we were invited last year. Let's just say that iPOP doesn't typically do mornings well. Anyway, we were happy to go, and the food was good. Great egg/cheese/sundried tomato wraps! There was even a gift bag, which included an abs workout book (making us feel guilty after scarfing down those wraps) and a DVD of "Bus 174" as well as an 'agnes b' scarf. Love the Agnes Beee!


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The Florida Film Festival/Enzian Theater crew were all smiles at the opening night party. The trio were in good spirits despite dealing with two hurricanes and over a week without electricity. Left to right is Matthew Curtis, Shannon Lacek and Jason Neff.


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