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TIFF 2011 Roundup: “Glowing” (i.e. pregnant) mothers edition

Jennifer Podemski at the premiere of Take This Waltz (Image: Christopher Dross)

Baby bumps were in fashion this year at TIFF, where several expecting stars strolled red carpets in clothes that skirted the usual maternity clichés. Canadian director Sarah Polley announced she was pregnant before the festival started, joining TIFF’s mommies-to-be club that also included Jennifer Garner, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jennifer Podemski.

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TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick at the 50/50 red carpet gala

He may have been conspicuously absent from the 50/50 press conference yesterday afternoon (apparently, he was stuck in traffic on the way from the airport), but Joseph Gordon-Levitt was all smiles and trademark squints at the film’s red carpet presentation at Ryerson Theatre later that evening. Director Jonathan Levine took his time in front of the cameras, instructing photographers to “make me look good, I need a good shot for my IMDB.” Writer Will Reiser brought his mom, and Bryce Dallas Howard wore a long, flowing blue and white number over a very pregnant belly (yes, she was glowing). Seth Rogen and fiancée Lauren Miller were adorable together, even kissing in front of the TIFF backdrop. And Anna Kendrick is just the tiniest most adorable little pixie of a thing. In a poofy turquoise frock and absurdly high heels, she tottered back and forth signing autographs for fans, charming the pants off of just about everyone. Finally, and inexplicably, came…Kathy Griffin? Perhaps she trying to bring her life on the D-list up to an A, or at least a B+. See our photo gallery, after the jump.

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TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Seth Rogen, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anna Kendrick at the 50/50 press conference

The unmistakable and infectious chuckle of Seth Rogen could be heard from backstage a full 10 minutes before yesterday’s press conference for 50/50 began, and it didn’t stop until the show was over a half hour later. We can say this of Rogen: he’s a happy guy. Though he kept the laughs coming, we’ve noticed that he’s had zero tolerance for superficial questions throughout the festival. He refused to respond to an inquiry about his beauty regime in the Take This Waltz presser on Sunday, and he excused Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard from answering an admittedly patronizing question about pickup lines. Writer Will Reiser, on whose battle with cancer the film is based, admitted it was tricky walking the fine line between humour and tragedy, and Rogen agreed: “It might be our goal to make jokes that offend some people, but not all people,” he said. Seeing as the flick includes a scene in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt uses cancer to pick up chicks, we think it’s safe to say, “Mission accomplished.” See our photo gallery, after the jump.

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Kate Spade and Bryce Dallas Howard celebrate women in cinema at the Harbord Room

Deborah Lloyd, Jason Lew and Bryce Dallas Howard (Alexandra Wyman/WireImage/Gerry Images Entertainment)

A very pregnant Bryce Dallas Howard co-hosted a cocktail in honour of women in the film industry last night with Kate Spade creative director and co-president Deborah Lloyd. In the conveniently pink-painted dining hall of the cozy Harbord Room, guests sipped pink-themed drinks (rosé champagne) and nibbled on chickpea fritters, Angus sliders and fresh oysters, all served on pink napkins. In February of this year, Howard was announced as the face of Kate Spade and launched the colourful collection of Scout satchels that can often be spotted along the Yorkville strip. She spent most of the night kindly greeting her guests, sipping on black-cherry soda and, you know, doing that whole pregnancy-glow thing. Check out the scene at the Harbord Room in a gallery after the jump.

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TIFF 2011 announcement: 53 films, one new venue and a whack of stars who might come to Toronto

Sarah Polley’s Take this Waltz is one of this year’s Galas

TIFF unveiled part of its 2011 lineup today, and 53 movies will have their North American or world premieres in Toronto this fall. Among the spectators at the press conference this morning in Toronto was a solitary celebrity—actress and director Sarah Polley—but expect lots of boldface names in the city come September. Directors whose films are slated for this year’s fest include Lars von Trier, Francis Ford Coppola and Marc Forster, and they could come accompanied by such stars as Olivia Wilde, Juliette Binoche, Carey Mulligan, Blake Lively, Glenn Close, Vincent Cassel and Ice Cube (yes, of the famed Are We There Yet? and Friday). Those are just some of the famous faces that we’re hoping to spot at Sassafraz, pop-up nightclubs and the latest TIFF venue, The Princess of Wales Theatre. We’ve compiled a full list below.

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