TIFF 2011 has officially one-upped TIFF 2010. Last year, the biggest musician in attendance was The Boss. Admittedly, that was a pretty big deal, but that really won’t top this year’s guest list, which now includes Neil Young and U2. Young will be in town to promote Neil Young Life, a documentary of two recent Massey Hall performances, while U2 is coming to promote From the Sky Down, which chronicles the band’s massive success. These musicians may not be as swishy as the movie stars, so if you’re trying to spot them, look out for their trademark clothing staples: Neil Young’s wide-brimmed hat and Bono’s slightly obnoxious wear-anywhere sunglasses.
Blake Lively is more than a Gossip Girl character these days, what with being the face of Chanel Mademoiselle and even sitting down to dinner with designer Karl Lagerfeld. Luckily for Toronto, the fashion muse is coming to TIFF 2011 to promote her latest film, Hick, which we hope doesn’t have bad Boston accents, because that was one major downfall of Lively’s role in The Town (that and the movie just wasn’t very good).
(Images: Blake Lively, Hick)
It’s official: Salma Hayek and Woody Harrelson are coming to TIFF this year. Hayek and Harrelson are world-class actors who happened to have starred in a not-so-Oscar-worthy flick together, but apart from that, it seems the buxom Hayek and marijuana enthusiast Harrelson are about as opposite as yin and yang. Clearly, the common thread here is that the two are set to appear at TIFF this year—Hayek for Americano and Harrelson for Rampart (or perhaps he just loves Toronto so much he can’t stay away).
(Images: Woody Harrelson, Rampart; Salma Hayek, Americano)
George Clooney has saved lives as Dr. Doug Ross, robbed casinos as Danny Ocean, fired a whole lot of people as Ryan Bingham, and now he’s headed to Toronto for TIFF 2011. Publicists have confirmed that Clooney, the eternal bachelor, will smile upon us once again at the festival this year. He’ll be promoting The Ides of March alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and Paul Giamatti. Clooney will also be promoting The Descendants, a film adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings’s novel. Again, he’s still single, so there’s that to look forward to as well.
Brad Pitt, one of the biggest male movie stars on the planet will be joining us at TIFF in September to celebrate the baseball flick Moneyball, co-starring Jonah Hill. A true home run, however, will only come in the form of a full eight-person Jolie-Pitt clan sighting on our city streets. Pics or it didn’t happen.
(Images: Brad Pitt, Moneyball)
Evan Rachel Wood first won our hearts with her raw performance in Thirteen, and later confused us profoundly by dating Marilyn Manson. We think Wood is pretty talented, albeit a little strange (but strange in the way that Macaulay Culkin’s Junior was strange), which is why we’re excited to hear that she’ll be walking the red carpet at the premiere of Ides of March, a film she stars in alongside a knockout cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Frankly, we can’t wait to see who Wood brings as her red carpet date.
(Image: Evan Rachel Wood, Cristian Krause)
Keira Knightley and Clive Owen have each done something new and exciting for their latest movies: Keira has dropped her irresistible accent to play a mentally unstable Russian, thought to have had a controversial affair with Carl Jung, and Owen has grown a moustache. In a minor British invasion, these two are coming to TIFF—she’s here to promote A Dangerous Method, and he’ll be plugging Killer Elite and Intruders. We’re thrilled, but also wary, because sometimes British charms are only accent-deep.
Publicists for Michelle Williams have confirmed that the star will be in town to promote her film Take this Waltz at TIFF 2011. Co-starring funnyman Seth Rogen, let’s hope this love story works out better than her last one.
(Image: Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, Take this Waltz)
Okay, so maybe it’s not an official reunion, but publicists for Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford and Leighton Meester have confirmed that both stars will be attending TIFF 2011. Crawford and his ever-charming grin will be promoting Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding, while Meester will toss aside her Louboutins to play a girl next door in The Oranges. Could this be where Blair Waldorf and Nate Archibald rekindle their romance from season one? We hope not, because it was boring.
(Images: Chace Crawford, Peace, Love and Misunderstanding; Leighton Meester, The Oranges)
The Toronto International Film Festival is, of course, about selling movies and watching them, but another component is the star-studded parties—the booze-and-schmooze fests that occur when the lights go down. This year, the Foundation for AIDS Research and Dignitas International have partnered again for the amfAR Cinema Against Aids gala at the Carlu, and the guest list for the Sept. 11 event is likely to be more star-studded than a special-presentation red carpet. The amfAR site confirms that self-proclaimed D-list comedian Kathy Griffin is confirmed to host the event, and Kim Cattrall will be chairing the affair with designer Kenneth Cole, Dignitas co-founder Dr. James Orbinski, vice-president of sales for Johnson and Johnson Mary Van Praag and producer Vincent Roberti.
Recording artist and actor John Legend is set to perform at the event for celebrity A-listers and guests who will include Ralph Fiennes and Emmanuelle Chriqui, and we’ve been told there’s a good chance past Cinema Against Aids event chairs will commit to attending Toronto’s gala this year, including Madonna, Harvey Weinstein, President Bill Clinton, Sir Elton John, Demi Moore, Martin Sheen, Quentin Tarantino, Giorgio Armani, Carine Roitfeld and Sharon Stone (no official word on who has confirmed). Find out who else might show up to one of TIFF’s biggest parties and how to get into this glitzy affair after the jump.
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Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen have a lot in common: they’re funny as hell, they’ve rocked thick-rimmed glasses and ’fros and they’ve both drastically declined in overall mass. Now these gut-busting (double entendre intended) buddies have one more thing in common: they’re coming to TIFF, according to their publicists. Hill will be promoting his baseball flick, Moneyball, co-starring Brad Pitt, while Rogen will be plugging Take This Waltz, a bittersweet love story starring Michelle Williams. With Megan Fox’s movie Friends With Kids also programmed for TIFF, we’re hoping Fox will show up so Rogen can make a second attempt to steal a smooch.
(Jonah Hill, Gage Skidmore; Seth Rogen, Take This Waltz)
Publicists have confirmed that Juliette Lewis will be attending this year’s festival to promote her film Hick, a comedy about small-town teens behaving badly in Sin City (so a teen Hangover?). We hope she shows up dressed like she belongs in a Rob Zombie backwoods thriller, and if we’re lucky, is willing to scream-sing with us until 4 a.m. The reformed bad girl stars alongside Blake Lively and Alec Baldwin.
(Image: Juliette Lewis, Courtney)