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Justin Bieber nail polish and seven other unusual celebrity endorsements

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We thought it was weird (to say the least) when news came out over the weekend that Justin Bieber is collaborating with OPI on a line of nail polish titled One Less Lonely Girl. Then again, we’re pretty sure the kid could sell bedbugs if he slapped his name on it. The power of celebrity makes people buy weird things. Below, seven other odd celebrity endorsements.

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High-Maintenance Man: the secrets of sophisticated post-oughties men who embrace their inner femininity

The advent of the mid-’90s metrosexual made it OK for a dude to wear a pink V-neck and treat himself to bimonthly lowlights, but that’s about as far as mainstream hetero Toronto would stretch its definition of masculinity. Until now. Men’s fashion designers are seeking sartorial inspiration in the female closet, and man-pampering beauty brands are encouraging even the straightest-edge guys to make like RuPaul and primp. Toronto now has a niche industry to support the new fad. Call us sissy sympathizers, but we think it’s a refreshingly femmy antidote to the bearded, burly look of last year. Here, a survey of the city’s gender-bending cosmeticopoeia.

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Ed Norton celebrates Leaves of Grass premiere by ignoring media

(Photo by Jen McNeely)

The fierce Keri Russell (Photo by Jen McNeely)

Last night at Cheval, the famously withdrawn Ed Norton encountered a swarm of reporters upon his arrival to the Leaves of Grass after party. (He was not as lucky as Colin Farrell and Bono, who faced just one journo at their party at Atelier.) Media workers had been camped out for a couple of hours on King Street, but when the recluse arrived he had a snarl on his face that read, “I hate you. All of you.” He declined to walk the red carpet or even glance toward a camera. The party, billed as “Ed Norton Presents,” was really just Ed Norton Pissed.

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Ed Norton’s fans rival Oprah’s in the insanity category

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Honest Ed: signing autographs for fans outside of the Ryerson Theatre (Photo by Karon Liu)

The police were called to the barriers at the premiere of Leaves of Grass last night at the Ryerson Theatre when crowds almost tipped over the barricades at the sight of Edward Norton, especially when they realized Norton was particularly generous with autograph signing.

Norton along with director, writer and star Tim Blake Nelson were darting back and forth across the red carpet signing autographs, saying “I’ll be back” before doing media interviews. Norton signed someone’s ticket and almost forgot to give it back.

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Today at TIFF: September 12, 2009

Our daily roundup of the most buzz-worthy opening galas, parties and screenings.

The Harder They Come free public screening, Yonge–Dundas Square, noon
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire showcase hosted by director Lee Daniels with a reading by the author, Yonge–Dundas Square, 4 p.m.
Up in the Air premiere, Ryerson Theatre, 6 p.m.
Get Low premiere, Roy Thomson Hall, 6:30 p.m.
Triage premiere, Winter Garden Theatre, 8:30 p.m.
A Serious Man premiere, Visa Screening Room, 9 p.m.
Solitary Man premiere, Varsity 8, 9 p.m.
I Don Giovanni premiere, Roy Thomson Hall, 9:30 p.m.
Harry Brown premiere party (guests include Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer), Lower Bay Station, 8 p.m.
Solitary Man post screening party (guests include Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, Edward Norton, Susan Sarandon, Mary Louise Parker and Jenna Fischer), Brant House, 10 p.m.
Down for Life (guests include Danny Glover) post screening party, Maro, 10:30 p.m.
• Hello! Hollywood cocktail reception (guests may include Michael Douglas, Mary Louise Parker and Woody Harrelson), Birks on Bloor Street, 7 p.m.
• One X One concert (guests include Matt Damon and a performance by Mary J. Blige), Koolhaus
• Holt Renfrew party (guests include models Coco Rocha and Behati Prinsloo and a performance by The Stills), Burroughes Building

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Celeb spotting warm-up 5: The full list of celeb guests is out, and Oprah and Clooney are on it

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He's a-coming (Photo by Attit Patel)

The much-anticipated official list of celebrities scheduled to attend TIFF arrived in our in-boxes this morning. We’re happy to report that two of the biggest names rumoured to be heading our way, George Clooney and Oprah, are definitely coming.

A lot of our other favourites have also confirmed: Big Love’s Amanda Seyfried, a reformed David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Drew Barrymore (perhaps we’ll spot her making eyes at locals at Sweaty Betty’s again), two of our three favourite Jennifers (Garner and Connelly; Aniston is a no-show), many Michaels (Caine, Cera, Douglas, Moore), the always lovely Natalie Portman, Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, Ricky Gervais, Sarah Polley, Tilda Swinton, Tom Ford, Viggo Mortensen and so many more.

See the full list of guests after the jump.

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Celeb-spotting warm-up: let the speculation begin

TIFF bound? She has a film in the festival, so we hope to see Tina Fey sipping lattes in Yorkville

TIFF bound? Tina Fey stars in The Invention of Lying (Photo by George Arriola)

No celebrity’s attendance at TIFF has been officially confirmed, but yesterday’s announcement of opening galas and special presentations gives us a good idea of who’s expected to venture to Toronto in September. Here’s a quick breakdown of which movies are being screened and which stars we expect to see milling about Yorkville 50 days hence.

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