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TIFF 2005.2: Opening Ceremonies

TIFF 2005.2: Opening Ceremonies

The first 24 hours of the 30th Toronto Film Festival and some things never change. It’s been “go go go,” with favorite traditions like the swanky Opening Night party and the annual first Friday THINKFilm brunch at Windsor Arms Hotel (but I just drank coffee more than anything else). I’ve already seen a load of films, some good and some not-so-good.

Among the good are the doc The Giant Buddhas and Anders Thomas Jensen’s new feature Adam’s Apples. I unfortunately had to miss the very end of the latter (but Brian Newman filled me in on the insane conclusion), in order to line up for Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown. Oddly, the version of Elizabethtown we saw is not the final cut. A rep from Paramount made the announcement just before the screening, and it’s anyone’s guess what aspects of the film will be changed by its national release a month away. Rumors swirled that it would have 20 minutes chopped off.

Anyway, on to some mPOP:

(TIFF programmers Sean Farnel, left, and Steve Gravestock flank AFI Fest programmer Nancy Collet as we walk up to the Opening Night party. Sean’s awesome, he spent the last two years coming to SXSW and taking a few films with him.)

(At the Opening Party, myself and fellow Texan Kyle Thorpe, who works in publicity for Focus Features. Kyle’s working PR for one of the fest’s biggest favorites, Brokeback Mountain. Photo by my picture-taking rival, Brian Brooks.)

(Talk about festival party “usual suspects.” At the opening soiree, indieWIRE’s Brian Brooks, Enzian Theater’s Shannon Lacek, indieWIRE’s Eugene Hernandez, Enzian’s Matthew Curtis, The Rabbi, and Festival Consulting Group’s Mitch Levine.)

(On Friday at the Varsity Theater… my old college friend Peter Debruge scribbles some info about an upcoming junket. Peter is covering the fest for The Miami Herald, though he’s based in L.A. He and I worked together as entertainment editors at UT’s paper.)

(Also at The Varsity on Friday, Josh Braun from Submarine Entertainment and Neal Block from Palm Pictures wait anxiously in a very long line to see another audience favorite, Capote.)

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