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iPOP at the Toronto International Film Festival (Part 1)

iPOP at the Toronto International Film Festival (Part 1)

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Screenings, chit-chat and rock-star party mode once again is the order of the day at the Toronto International Film Festival. iPOP scored some tix to the opening night party that once again packed people in to kick off the festival. "The Mayor of Sunset Strip" subject Rodney Bingenheimer greeted iW at the door. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that he reads iW. Toronto's Chum City held its annual bash spotlighting Canadian film at their studios on Queen Street West. Hundreds turned up including many celebs who were ushered into the coolio area (we didn't make it in despite an attempt to sneak in).

Sir Ian McKellan and Woody Harrelson were among the revelers hanging out. Sir Ian sported a 'Dick' T-shirt with the U.S. V.P. plastered across his chest (unfortunately, we missed that pic since we were in the cool people area) but the shot that made the evening was Sophia Coppola with her father Francis at the party for the former's latest, "Lost in Translation," which was definitely the place to be Friday night. And Saturday, director Aaron Woodley screened his debut film "Rhinoceros Eyes" with Michael Pitt ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch") and Gale Harold ("Queer as Folk") who hung out with party-goers including Woodley's uncle director David Cronenberg sipping plentiful cocktails.




We called this the 'money-shot.' At the party for her latest, "Lost in Translation," director Sophia Coppola and her father Francis Ford Coppola were great sports giving iW a smile for a quick snap despite the crowds of people vying for their attention.


Photo credit: Brian Brooks/ © indieWIRE (shot on the Kodak LS443)




"Lost in Translation" star Scarlett Johansson lookin' hot sporting her new 'do at the party for the film.


Photo credit: Brian Brooks/ © indieWIRE (shot on the Kodak LS443)







Hangin' at the opening-night party, uber DJ and subject of "The Mayor of Sunset Strip," Rodney Bingenheimer and director George Hickenlooper enjoying the festivities.


Photo credit: Brian Brooks/ © indieWIRE (shot on the Kodak LS443)




"Rhinoceros Eyes" director Aaron Woodley with his uncle director David Cronenberg at the party for the film.


Photo credit: Brian Brooks/ © indieWIRE (shot on the Kodak LS443)







Sony Pictures Classics held a dinner for their festival line-up at hot festival nightspot, Bistro 990. Among the crowd were Sony Classics co-president Michael Barker (right) with "Good Bye, Lenin!" director Wolfgang Becker. (More pics from the dinner will follow in iPOP pages later this week.


Photo credit: Brian Brooks/ © indieWIRE (shot on the Kodak LS443)




Inside the Much Music studios at the Chum City party, Woody Harrelson, in town for "Go Further," sauntered around incognito -- somewhat -- and consented to a photo for iW.


Photo credit: Brian Brooks/ © indieWIRE (shot on the Kodak LS443)







"Rhinoceros Eyes" star Gale Harold and producer Eva Kolodner mixing with the crowd at the Chum City party.


Photo credit: Brian Brooks/ © indieWIRE (shot on the Kodak LS443)




Partying like it's 1999, crowds schmooze at the Chum City studio lot in support of Canadian film.


Photo credit: Brian Brooks/ © indieWIRE (shot on the Kodak LS443)



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