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The insider dish on Soho House: who made the cut and who didn’t at the city’s new, exclusive private club

Soho House, the exclusive London-based members’ club, has gambled $8 million on a Simcoe Street outpost that’s the surest place in Toronto to bump into celebs

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On Wednesday, July 25, a group of 30 people gathered for a secret meeting in the boardroom of a nondescript office building on Adelaide West. Among them were the heiress Trinity Jackman, indie record exec Jeff Remedios, TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey, interior designer Anwar Mukhayesh, Sony Music president Shane Carter and the society queen bee Ashleigh Dempster. Together they represented a cross-section of the city’s new establishment—a group that had been carefully corralled by the organizers of the London-based Soho House to help decide who deserved to be a founding member of the private club’s new Toronto outpost.

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From the Archives: a look back on TIFF’s most memorable moments

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This month, the Toronto International Film Festival celebrates its 35th year with a glossy new home in the Bell Lightbox. Much has changed since the inaugural year, when Hollywood studios turned up their noses at the fledging fest. Then again, much hasn’t. It’s still two weeks of celebrities and fans behaving badly. Here, a look back on TIFF’s most memorable moments, from the coke-fuelled ’70s to the paparazzi-riddled oughties.

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Quoted: the latest TIFF talk

We’ll update Quoted regularly before and during the festival. Check back often.

“Taking the Toronto Transit Commission’s whisper-quiet subways from one film festival screening to another earlier this week, a Chicagoan couldn’t help but notice that the sound levels are a major shock to the El-conditioned system. The civility is relentless in Toronto. The taxi drivers, whatever their ethnicity or whatever sort of day they’ve had, display a startling lack of aggression behind the wheel.”—critic Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]


“King and Queen Streets in Toronto are all by themselves reasons for the city to exist.”—Roger Ebert [Twitter]


“Do I look like Jake Gyllenhaal? If you want, I could tell you his workout regime. I had to hear about it for half an hour—half an hour I’ll never get back.”—Jay Baruchel [CBC]


“Toronto is America’s most important film festival, even though it takes place in Canada.”—Adam Dawtrey [Guardian]


“This city just gets more beautiful all the time.”—Uma Thurman [CTV]


“The reason I’m wearing this jacket is because I’m sweaty and I can’t take it off.”—Nicole Kidman at the Rabbit Hole press conference [Toronto Sun]


“Why would any kid want to come and see thousands cheer their parents? They’d rather see thousands boo their parents!”—Bruce Springsteen on the absence of his kids at his shows [Toronto Star]


“Everybody loves Jon [Hamm]. I was so attracted to him. I had to work with him because he’s so handsome.”—Ben Affleck [Toronto Star]


“TIFF’s wonderful new Bell Lightbox is one swell place to see a movie.”—Roger Ebert [Twitter]


“Each time we told Natalie [Portman] we had to push another three weeks, she’d say, ‘Another three weeks of eating carrot sticks and almonds? I am going to kill you.’”—Darren Aronofsky on filming Black Swan [Globe and Mail]


“The Toronto audience is the festival’s charm. It is smart, open-minded and eager to find the best in films that are seldom perfect but almost always have something to say.”—Michael Cieply [New York Times]


“It’s fucking great.”—Darren Aronofsky on Black Swan [Twitter]


“[Passion Play] is a movie that says, ‘You know what? I have the money to hire Mickey Rourke to play a washed-up saxophonist and Bill Murray to be a New Mexico gangster. I have the cash to have them fight over Megan Fox, who I’ll make an angel—not one of those Victoria’s Secret angels, but, like, one at a carnival freak show. What I don’t have the budget for are effects that make the wings seem real. I know they look like cartoons, but who cares?’”—critic Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]


“I’m a director. You have to do what I say.”—Paul Haggis at the Artists for Peace and Justice Party [The Hype]


“You just made me cry. You are like the Barbara Walters of ET Canada!”—Megan Fox to Rick Campanelli [National Post]


Barney’s Version film very touching, great performances, shed tears…”—Margaret Atwood [Twitter]


“He looks so good. How old is he?”—a guest at the George Christy luncheon about Anthony Hopkins [The Hype]


“SUPER premiere was a fucking BLAST! I love you, Toronto.”—Rainn Wilson [Twitter]


“This party is so boring.”—guest at the Vanity Fair bash at The Thompson


“Canadians love piercings.”—Rainn Wilson [Twitter]


“We should go to a hip-hop club.”—Steve Nash at the CBC Hazelton Takeover party [The Hype]


“Sure, the glitz of Venice and the reclusive allure of Telluride set the stage, but Toronto is where the art-house armada gathers its fleet to prepare for the invasion of Yankee shores.”—John Lopez [Vanity Fair]


“I have celebrated my birthday here in Toronto for the last 10 years.”—Colin Firth [Hollywood Reporter]


“What do you do when Ben Affleck is in the urinal behind you? Wait and pee I guess? At least he didn’t have security in there.”—critic Mohit Rajhans [Twitter]


“We shouldn’t be making 250 feature films in this country. I don’t think it can sustain. Where are those films going? I mean, are they just home movie productions done on credit cards?”—TIFF co-director Piers Handling [Toronto Star]


“I still send out scripts and get back the response ‘too Canadian,’ though I’m not exactly sure what that means.”—Canadian producer Christine Haebler [Globe and Mail]

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Superhero: How a Toronto paramedic made Time’s 100 most influential list

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When the earthquake hit Port-au-Prince last January, Rahul Singh took GlobalMedic, his relief organization, to the centre of the destruction. They set up field hospitals, distributed 2.4 million gallons of water and provided medical assistance to more than 7,000 people. For the remarkable effort, Time named him one of the world’s most influential people.

You founded GlobalMedic in 1998. How did you get the idea? My first wife dumped me in the ’90s, so I went backpacking and ended up in Nepal. After a series of landslides wiped out a village, I ran a disaster response team. Most of the funding seemed to get lost in administration before it got to the people who needed it, and I wanted to change that.

So how is your group different? We get paramedics, police officers and firefighters to volunteer their time. We also work partnerships with airlines so we can fly for free, and we don’t stay in five-star hotels. We camp or bunk in hospitals or schools.

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Christian Louboutin calls his customers ‘sluttish,’ Demi Moore denies Photoshop work, Toronto toy company takes on Barbie

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The scandalous Demi Moore W cover

Christian Louboutin, the man who made six-inch heels the norm, describes his shoes as tarty, saying women sometimes buy them to feel more “sluttish.” These customers include prostitutes, who the designer says wear his shoes because they’re “super-chic.” When that inevitable Pretty Woman remake is shot, Louboutin would be the perfect candidate to supply those “super-chic” thigh-high vinyl boots Julia Roberts wore. [The Times]

Kate Moss is at it again. This time, the British model is being chastised for admitting that she tells herself that “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” a mantra frequently touted on pro–eating disorder Web sites. Sure, it was an incredibly stupid thing to say, but cut her some slack. She’s a well-documented cocaine user who used to date Pete Doherty. Clearly, her judgment wasn’t too sound to begin with. [BBC]

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PHOTO GALLERY: 31 TIFF red carpet looks

Jennifer Garner on the red carpet for the premiere of The Invention of Lying at the Visa Screening Room during the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.Jennifer Garner and Julianne Moore opted for green and strapless, Amanda Seyfried chose sequins and Louboutins, and Drew Barrymore and Demi Moore did yellow in two very different ways. See the red carpet outfits these stars (and 26 others) chose for their TIFF galas in the slide show below.

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Demi Moore requests non-alcoholic beer and Ashton Kutcher plays a paparazzi prank at Ame

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore on the red carpet for the premiere of The Joneses at the Visa Screening Room, during the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday September 13, 2009 (Photos by James Helmer)

Ame bound: Demi and Ashton at The Joneses premiere (Photo by James Helmer)

When the Rubino brothers—owners of new sushi it-spot Ame (formerly Rain)—hosted a dinner party for the film premiere of The Joneses, they did not expect Demi Moore to request non-alcoholic beer, but ran to find some pronto. Young hubby Ashton Kutcher was A-OK with the ice wine martinis, but became vexed with the blur of flashing cameras. In his typical mischievous manner, Kutcher turned to the paparazzi and said, “I want to be the photographer!” After a quick tutorial, guests were greeted by an aggressive Kutcher behind the lens.

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RED CARPET INTERVIEWS: We talk to David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Amber Heard and Ben Hollingsworth at the Visa Screening Room before the premiere of The Joneses

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PHOTO GALLERY: Demi Moore, Ashton kutcher and Amber Heard on the red carpet at the premiere of The Jonses

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore on the red carpet for the premiere of The Joneses at the Visa Screening Room, during the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday September 13, 2009 (Photos by James Helmer)The red carpet at the Visa Screening Room was hot last night with the arrival of Demi Moore, Amber Heard and Ashton Kutcher. Check out our photos below.

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Perez Hilton tells us why TIFF is better than Cannes and how he is happy that Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page are making out

Perez Hilton on tour (Photo by Oscar Rohena)

Perez Hilton on tour (Photo by Oscar Rohena)

Perez Hilton, the incomparable celeb soothsayer and gossipmonger, sends his tour to Toronto on September 17 for a show at the Opera House. We caught up with him over the phone (as he made his way to a mall) to talk about Demi, Drew and the Toronto International Film Festival.

TIFF.TO: Will you be here during TIFF? Or did getting punched in the face at Cobra nightclub put us in your bad books?
Perez Hilton: It’s possible I’ll be there on the 17th. I love Toronto. I love Canadians and Canada. I mean that!

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The IT Lounge is where media go to swig back hangover juice and chase with vodka

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The Please Mum duds that Jennifer Garner will recieve

Please mum, can I have a sweater? The objective of a gifting lounge is to connect George Clooney with a Sharpie marker, Woody Harrelson with some Teva sandals, Demi Moore with…umm…a Penny Protein Plan muffin? And then we, the media, talk about which talent scooped up what. For PRs, it’s kind of like the bonus back massage you get when you book a pedi.

The IT Lounge publicists know how to push product, and that’s why Jennifer Garner received cutesy Please Mum duds for her little Gaffleck girls delivered right to her door. Will they wear them? Not sure, but Olivia Wilde’s nieces will battle the rain with a sweet Please Mum raincoat. While taking a looksy, Wilde also fell for a J. Rox lariat necklace (designed by Toronto’s Jane Apor), which we assume she’ll wear tonight at the Artists for Peace and Justice event at The Windsor Arms.

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Today at TIFF: September 11, 2009

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

Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing free public screening, Yonge–Dundas Square, noon
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea free public screening, Yonge–Dundas Square, 3 p.m.
• The Informant! premiere, Visa Screening Room, 6 p.m.
• OMDC party (guests include Hugh Hefner), Manyata Courtyard Café, 6 p.m.
• Suck showcase, featuring a free concert with the stars of the film, Yonge–Dundas Square, 6:30 p.m.
• The Men Who Stare at Goats premiere, Roy Thomson Hall, 6:30 p.m.
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars free public screening, Yonge–Dundas Square, 9 p.m.
The Trotsky premiere, Ryerson Theatre, 9 p.m.
Bright Star premiere, Visa Screening Room, 9 p.m.
Suck world premiere, Varsity, 9:30 p.m.
Dorian Gray premiere, Roy Thomson Hall, 9:30 p.m.
• Fang Bang party for Suck, Phoenix Concert Theatre, 10 p.m.
The Trotsky premiere party (guests include Jay Baruchel, Colm Feore and Jessica Paré), Pravda Vodka House
• Artists for Peace and Justice 10th anniversary celebration (guests include Demi Moore, Naomi Watts, Peter Sarsgaard and Paul Haggis), Windsor Arms
TChad Magazine party (hosted by Kim D’Eon, Cheryl Hickey and Rosey Eden), Rosewater Supper Club, 10 p.m.
Biko Beauttah’s 4 Toronto by Toronto party, Lo’la, 9 p.m.

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Canada’s queen of gossip, Lainey, tells us what she knows about the coming of Oprah, Mariah, Clooney, Cage and more

Goss boss: The queen of "fun" smut, Lainey Gossip

Goss boss: The queen of "fun" smut, Lainey (Photo courtesy of CTV)

TIFF starts tomorrow, so for our last-minute update on what to expect, who to look for and where to go, we sat down with none other than Elaine Lui, a.k.a. Lainey of eTalk and Lainey Gossip.

Where Oprah goes, the congregation will follow—even to Sotto Sotto.

TIFF.TO: What does it mean that Oprah Winfrey is coming to Toronto for the world premiere of Precious?
LAINEY:
For a long time I’ve referred to Oprah as ‘The Mighty O’ and use capitalized pronouns when referring to her because people act like she’s God. Sometimes, I feel like she acts like she’s God. So it’s almost like God is coming to Toronto…like we should have a temple or something in her honour.

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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 4: Ewan, Demi, Weisz, Viggo and, yes, even more Clooney

Where Demi goes, can Ashton be far behind? (Photo by TechCrunch50-2008)

Where Demi goes, can Ashton be far behind? (Photo by TechCrunch50-2008)

In today’s lineup of galas and special presentations we have Ewan McGregor and Clooney chasing government conspiracies, Natalie Portman playing a stepmom (in non-Julia Roberts fashion) and Demi Moore and David Duchovny at war with their neighbours. Learn about all of these, plus the directorial debut of designer Tom Ford and many other screenings, after the jump.

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