At the Grey Goose Soho House pre-party for the film Nightcrawler, on what felt like one of the hottest (or at any rate, the muggiest) days of the summer, the constant refrain from non-famous attendees was, “Is he here yet?” The “he,” of course, referred to the movie’s star, Jake Gyllenhaal. His costar Rene Russo arrived first, in a black dress with fringe, followed by Gyllenhaal himself, in a dark suit paired with beat-up boots. The shutter of the house photographer’s camera alerted the room to their arrival. Following a flurry of photos, Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed, who also has a part in the film, hung out beside the bar, while Russo opted for a fireplace perch. Because Nightcrawler’s premiere was happening after the party, all three skipped the cocktails that were on offer. (Nothing ruins a red-carpet walk like an accidental beverage stain.) Gyllenhaal and company were such a focal point of attention that few people noticed Captain America actor Chris Evans, in town to promote his directorial debut, Before We Go, sneak in at the last minute. We’re sure the Cap would agree: TIFF star sighting, like crime-fighting, requires eternal vigilance.
Last year we noticed that many leading men went into lumberjack mode for TIFF, sporting full beards on the red carpet. This year, they dialled back the facial fuzz somewhat, with many, many iterations of the stubble-y look. Our faves: Jude Law’s near-beard at the Anna Karenina premiere, which was the most aggressive of the bunch; Chris Evans’s evenly trimmed whiskers; Ryan Gosling’s light scruff at the opening of The Place Beyond the Pines (where he went chin-to-chin with Bradley Cooper); and Alexander Skarsgård’s moderate hirsuteness at What Maisie Knew events. But who made the I-forgot-to-shave excuse look the most attractive?
Although a number of The Iceman’s A-list stars, including Winona Ryder, David Schwimmer and James Franco, were no-shows at the after-party at the Virgin Mobile Arts and Cinema Centre at Charles Khabouth’s Storys, fans still worked themselves into a tizzy over the members of the star-studded cast that did show—including Stephen Dorff, Chris Evans and Ray Liotta (plus Gerard Butler, who isn’t in the film but attended to wish them his best). Read the rest of this entry »
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TIFF PRESS CONFERENCE: Winona Ryder insists Ray Liotta is more than just a tough guy at the Iceman presser
“He’s also in Field of Dreams!” Winona Ryder insisted when someone pointed out that Ray Liotta has been in a lot of crime movies. Well, Liotta the crime-cinema heavy—who, as he pointed out, has played more bad cops than he has gangsters—is back with Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman, which stars Michael Shannon as real-life Gambino crime family hitman Richard Kuklinski. Ryder, who plays Shannon’s wife, Chris Evans, who plays a fellow hitman, and producer Ehud Bieberg were also in attendance, talking about the appeal of films set in the ’70s and the difficulty of wearing period facial hair. Read the rest of this entry »
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