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Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival Photos

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    Busy Box Office

    This afternoon at the Manulife Centre in Toronto, long lines and crowds snapped up tickets for this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which begins tonight. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    The Big Bar at the Toronto Opening Night

    The Toronto International Film Festival held its traditional opening night gala party at the Liberty Grand near the lake last night (Thursday) following the opening night screening of Deepa Mehta's "Water." The crowds came thirsty, and the huge bar in the center of this particular room was ready to accommodate (there were many rooms). The party lasted into the early morning hours, but there was no late-night outlet for the truly thirsty this year. Bistro 990, which has been a respite for night owls in years gone by, did not score a temporary late-night license this year (actually, we don't know the reason why, but nevertheless, it's not open past the traditional 2am close). Oh well, leaves more time to see movies (theoretically at least).
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    Silverman & Silberman Do iPOP

    IDP/Roadside Attractions hosted a delicious dinner Thursday night at Lia Wah Heen Restaurant Toronto for "Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic" by Liam Lynch. Silverman, pictured here with IDP chief Michael Silberman after dinner, had the two tables in hysterics. She quoted her boyfriend, Jimmy Kimmel (TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live"), in describing Canada as America's Hat (it sounded better when she said it) and recalled some of the antics going on at the recent Pamela Anderson Roast, which aired on Comedy Central (Courtney Love was there, so you can just imagine). Anyway, Silverman lead the conversation at dinner, but confessed to being a bit nervous anticipating her Q & A following the screening of her film, which is playing in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto International Film Festival.
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    Atom Egoyan and Piers Handling THINK Breakfast

    "Where the Truth Lies" director Atom Egoyan (left) and Toronto International Film Festival Group chairman Piers Handling chatted at the THINKFilm continental breakfast at the Windsor Arms Hotel Friday morning, which brought out a large number of industryites of all types. Egoyan's film, which is screening as a Gala in the fest, recently had a bit of controversy because of its NC-17 rating in the U.S., much to the displeasure of THINK and the director himself. It seems three people get it on in the film... But, it's the U.S. afterall: Violence, Good! Sex, BAD!
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    Ballets Russes on a Toronto Street

    "Ballets Russes" directors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine stood poised outside the "Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic" party Friday night. They're in Toronto with their film, which tells the story of the Ballet Russes who revolutionized dance in the first part of the twentieth century.
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    The Star Schmooze at CHUM

    Canadian entertainment channel Star! and Citytv hosted the annual "Star Schmooze" at their spread in Toronto Friday night. Anyone who's a star lover should never miss this one, although most of the star-wattage stayed in one particular part of the party (we didn't quite score that this year). Still a great event and one we never miss.
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    Reitmans Pose for a "Smoking" Pic

    The Chanel store on Bloor was the site of one of many Friday night parties, including the big "to do" for "Thank You for Smoking," which is screening as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival. We arrived just in the nick of time for a photo of the film's director Jason Reitman, pictured here with his father, Ivan Reitman ("Ghost Busters").
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    Cumming at the "Liza with A 'Z'" Soiree

    Actor Alan Cumming went full circle joining the festivities at the afternoon party for "Liza with a 'Z'" by Bob FosseFriday afternoon. The film was the first TV special shot using eight 16mm cameras (a first for a concert film back in 1972). Liza Minelli took center stage in the special, right after her Academy Award-winning performance in "Cabaret," which Cumming starred in in a late '90s Broadway revival, (for which he won a Tony Award). Cumming, looking so cool in his brown coat and glasses, chatted here with Matt Blank (left), chairman and CEO of Showtime (which will air the film next year) and Craig Zadan, executive producer of "Liza" and co-chief of Storyline Entertainment.
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    Tanovic Chillin' Before Flight Home

    Academy Award-winning director Danis Tanovic took a load off in his room at the Sutton Place hotel before departing to the airport for the long flight home to the Balkans. Tanovic said, "why photos? Who gives a fuck about photos?" But then said, "well, I'm not saying no..." He praised the Toronto International Film Festival, saying the Q & As following screenings for his latest feature, "L'Enfer" (Hell) were "amazing," and added that the audiences here are "very smart" and "terrific." Tanovic said one gentleman ran up to him after the Q & A to say how moved he was by the film. It seemed to really move Tanovic himself, who doesn't exactly hide his tough exterior. We even complimented him on his shoes (Campers). "Who gives a fuck about my shoes?" he retorted... Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    Miller and Hoffman's Grand Entrance

    The word on the street here in Toronto is pretty much universal praise for Bennett Miller's "Capote," screening as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival. Miller, pictured here with the film's star Philip Symour Hoffman, attended the Sony Pictures Classics dinner Saturday night with fellow Sony Classics filmmakers and stars, as well as press. It was the start of a long long but fun evening...

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