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The 50 Buzziest Films of TIFF: We Cut Through the Hype So You Don’t Have To

The 50 buzziest films of TIFF 2013

Single tickets for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival go on sale this Sunday, September 1. The schedule, packed with hundreds of films, can make choosing what to see a rather daunting task. The solution: our guide to the 50 most talked-about movies at the festival this year, in which we scrutinize the advance hype (and the buzz from Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and Venice) to separate the must-sees from the flicks that only a mother could love.

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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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The first official TIFF party location has been announced

Nikki Beach St. Barths (Image: Christopher Macsurak)

By now, most people are aware that Soho House is opening its Toronto digs in time for TIFF this year, but there has been no official word of what parties will happen there or, um, anywhere really. That is, until now: the Spoke Club confirmed to us that this year it is the official partner of Nikki Beach, the international hospitality group with beach clubs in Mallorca, St-Barths, St-Tropez, Marrakech and other locations that sound fancy and/or have been seen on Laguna Beach. In the past, George Clooney, Vincent Cassel, Viggo Mortensen and even singer Eve have all popped by the white-clad pop-up beach environment. We’re just wondering how much the dry cleaning bill is after a week-long white party. (Hey, accidents happen.)

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SPOTTED: Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello being hottttttt at the Thompson Hotel

Joe Manganiello with The Morning Show’s Liem Vu (Image: Adam Frisk)

The Thompson Hotel in Toronto is becoming a hotbed of hotties. First, it was rumoured that Jake Gyllenhaal is staying there, and now Shinan Govani has reported that it’s where Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello are staying while they’re here promoting Magic Mike. If the Thompson is holding a hot guy convention, Scott Speedman, Ryan Gosling and George Clooney should be there. (At least.)

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TIFF to Tinseltown: a tour of the 16 Oscar-nominated features that screened at TIFF

Now that Oscar campaigns involve a full five months of press events, splashy parties and ukulele deliveries, the Toronto International Film Festival has become the unofficial kickoff of Oscar season. Last September, film-mad Torontonians had the chance to see 16 feature films that are now up for an Academy Award (between drinks at Soho House and rubbing shoulders with Bono, of course). Not to worry if you missed a few—before the little golden men are passed out on Sunday night, we take a look at the movies that started their Oscar journey right here in Toronto. Click here to check out all 16, to see what awards their up for and to view their cinematic trailers »

(Images: Hollywood, afternoon; Toronto, journalistjeff)

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Ryan Gosling faces some handsome competition for two Golden Globes

We do hate to admit it, but we don’t actually have a monopoly on Ryan Gosling gushing here at The Hype. This morning, Gerard Butler, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones and Sofia Vergara announced the 69th Golden Globe nominations, which revealed that the Almighty Goz could have two shiny statuettes coming his way next month. He’s received a nod for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for Crazy Stupid Love, competing with Jean Dujardin in The Artist, Brendan Gleeson in The Guard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50 and Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris. For Best Actor in a Drama, Goz is up for The Ides of March against some of the biggest boys in Hollywood: George Clooney in The Descendants, Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar, Brad Pitt in Moneyball and Michael Fassbender’s penis in Shame. The big award of the night, Best Picture, sees Ides up against The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, Moneyball and War Horse—in short, everything is coming up Goz. Does the Almighty Goz deserve this much attention? Click on to cast your ballot in our Goz versus the World polls—who will achieve Golden Globe supremacy?

POLL: Who deserves Best Picture? Click on to cast your vote »

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Ryan Gosling proves wet willies can be sexy at a screening of the Ides of March

Ryan Goslings stock is rising fast, and his acting chops are certainly a big reason his star burns so bright—he has leading roles in Drive and The Ides of March, which were both heralded as successes at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. But the Gos isn’t all business, he’s a heartthrob too (which requires him to just stand, sit, or walk around and look pretty), and since the Internet is full of titillating images, we present to you, by way of Ryan Arnolds, Ryan Gosling giving his heartthrob predecessor George Clooney a wet willy at a New York screening of The Ides of March.

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TIFF 2011 Roundup: The winners, and the losers, from this year’s installment of the Toronto International Film Festival

(Images: Christopher Drost)

Well, it’s a wrap. Some might suggest that there are no winners and losers at TIFF, and that the festival is a harmonious celebration of filmmaking and the artistic spirit. For our part, we say these people are wrong. Life is a competition, and we’ve got the goods on the stars, the parties, the neighbourhoods, the red carpet galas and the films that came out on top—and on the bottom—this year, after the jump.

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TIFF 2011 Roundup: Has Ryan Gosling officially overtaken George Clooney? (Also, Madonna vs. Bono)

Every time we mentioned George Clooney on this site during TIFF, our web traffic spiked. And every time we mentioned Ryan Gosling, same thing. Which led us to wonder, has the young Breaker High upstart finally caught up to the ageless perpetual bachelor in our readers’ hearts? We dove into our statistics to find out (don’t worry, there’s no tricky math ahead):

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TIFF 2011 Roundup: How to be Don Draper (er, Jon Hamm)

Jon Hamm at the George Stroumboulopoulos Hazel Hotel Takevoer party (Image: JJ Thompson)

One of the many A-list celebrities to grace Toronto’s streets last week for TIFF 2011 was none other than Jon Hamm himself—or as he’s perhaps better known, Don Draper, the enigmatic ad executive he plays on the television show Mad Men. Hamm was a class act throughout TIFF: he took in Toronto sights, went to all the right parties and, of course, looked devastatingly handsome while doing it. Based on Hamm’s short but sweet stay in the Big Smoke, we’ve distilled four rules on how to be a gentlemen—Mad Men style—whilst in Toronto, after the jump.

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Venice vs. TIFF fashion showdown, Marisa Tomei edition

The seemingly ageless Marisa Tomei (can you believe she’s turning 47 in December?) attended the Ides of March premiere at both the Venice Film Festival and TIFF this year, with distinct fashion choices at each. In the film, Tomei plays a snooping journalist alongside George Clooney, who plays an elected official with a dark secret. We think both looks are stunning, but once again it seems another starlet has chosen a glamorous look for Venice and something more casual for TIFF’s concrete carpet. Which dress do you think is the best?

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Interview magazine and Joe Fresh host a rooftop party for Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin (Image: Sam Santos/Wireimage)

Interview magazine, Joe Fresh and Paramount Productions hosted an invite-only soiree last night at the Spoke Club rooftop, where the Joe Fresh–orange cocktails were flowing and everyone was loose, including Like Crazy cast members Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin. It was a party without George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, or other faces we’ve grown tired of this week, yet it grew larger by the second and saw Jason Reitman and Jessica Chastain pass through—even Kimberley Newport-Mimran, fresh off a plane after a Pink Tartan show at New York Fashion Week, was seen laughing with husband Joe (or Mr. Fresh to his closest friends). Newport-Mimran gave us the scoop on her menswear line Black Tartan, which will be debuting in her Yorkville store very soon. That’s an actual fact— something there aren’t many of in the typical “Toronto is so much friendlier than New York” responses that journalists usually get from interviews during TIFF. Pics of the party guests and their thoughts about Toronto after the jump.

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QUOTED: George Clooney points out a similarity between being a father and shooting heroin

I’ve played a father before a few times. I don’t think you really have to, you know, you don’t have to shoot heroin to play a heroin addict.

George Clooney, at a press conference, on playing a dad in The Descendants without being one in real life

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TIFF Weekend Roundup: the best fashion, spottings and gossip

(Images: Soho House)

As usual, the opening weekend of TIFF meant an overdose of red carpets and parties, but we’ve still got our eyes and ears glued to every other TIFF event going on. After the jump, the best party fashion, festival news, gossip and star spottings from the weekend:

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TIFF Weekend Roundup: the five splashiest parties

It girl in the making Elizabeth Olson is introduced to perennial it man George Clooney. (Image: Jeff Vespa/WireImage/Getty Images Entertainment)

The first weekend of TIFF is basically one big long party, with a non-stop crush of big premieres, boldface names and tremendous amounts of running around (sleep is usually not involved). In case you missed it, here are last weekend’s five splashiest parties:

  • If you haven’t already heard, the party for A Dangerous Method at Greg Goose Soho House was pretty much the best party ever. In attendance: David Cronenberg, George Clooney, Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Bono, Keira Knightley, Evan Rachel Wood, Emily Blunt, Adam Scott, Jonah Hill, Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, Jon Hamm, Alexander Skarsgård and many more. Read our recap »
  • As usual, the Vanity Fair party had all the markers of a successful TIFF bash: happy (drunken) partygoers and a stack of celebrities sticking around for more than 10 minutes (Bono, George Clooney, Elizabeth Olsen, Alexander Skarsgård and more). It also featured some rather provocative posing by The Oranges’ Allison Janney. Read our recap »
  • George Stroumboulopoulos once again took over the Hazelton Hotel for his trademark mix of big stars, CBC television personalities and gawkers. We particularly enjoyed seeing Jon Hamm in full-on shaggy-hair mode (compared with Don Draper, at least). Read our recap »
  • There’s something about tall, Scandinavian vampires that sets the fan girls wild, which is exactly what happened at the Melancholia party when Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman from True Blood) showed up. Kirsten Dunst had the good sense to smile politely and stand aside. Read our recap »
  • A rather more genteel time was had at the annual luncheon thrown by famed Hollywood reporter George Christy at the Four Seasons. In attendance: Kathleen Turner, Geoffrey Rush, Norman Jewison, Atom Egoyan and assorted Mulroneys. Read our recap »

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