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Here is a video of some General Hospital characters talking about Rob Ford

How can we be sure that Rob Ford has truly seeped into the pop-cultural groundwater? This conversation between General Hospital characters on Wednesday’s episode of the show is a pretty good indicator:

Nikolas Cassadine: There’s two more that we also need to add. Elizabeth has agreed to come and she’s bringing a date.

Britt Westbourne: Hmm… you don’t say. Rob Ford?

Nikolas Cassadine: Uh, someone almost as notorious.

And so if nothing else, Rob Ford’s mayoralty briefly entertained the cleaning ladies and bored retirees of the world. James Franco would be proud.

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TIFF Party: James Franco proves he’s just as well-rounded as he seems at a fête for The Director

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Basement parties were the height of luxury last night as Gucci fêted the James Franco-produced documentary The Director in the lower level of the Thompson Hotel. The film is about Gucci’s creative director Frida Gianni; accordingly the party drew a host of Toronto’s society and fashion fixtures, including Galen Jr. and Alexandra Weston, Galen Sr. and Hilary Weston, Holt RenfrewLisa Tant and Gucci North America CEO Christophe De Pous. And then, of course, there was Franco himself, utterly gorgeous in head-to-toe Gucci.

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SPOTTED: Intellectual hottie James Franco lands at Pearson airport

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This year’s festival has been all about the sexy men, and more pulse-quickening hunks just keep on arriving. An anonymous tipster at Pearson let us know that recently roasted Yale Ph.D. candidate James Franco touched down on Canadian soil earlier this morning.

 Find this story on our Star Spotting Map, where we plot the locations of celebrities spotted around Toronto. Seen a celebrity? Let us know at tips@torontolife.com

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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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TIFF Roundup: the winners and losers from this year’s fest

Make no mistake: While the TIFF red carpet is all air kisses and man-hugs, the festival is also a competition—for distribution deals, media attention and precious, precious Oscar buzz. Below, the winners and the losers in the hunger games that were TIFF 2012:

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TIFF PARTY: Ray Liotta and Stephen Dorff eventually turn up for The Iceman after-party

Gerard Butler (Image: Lu Chau/Photagonist)

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).

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TIFF WEEKEND ROUNDUP: The five hottest parties from the festival’s first few nights

Movie debuts and closed-door distribution deals may be the driving forces behind the Toronto International Film Festival, but it’s the late-night soirées and off-hours socializing that we really wait to see every September. From cute celebrity couples cooing in the corner to a private rendezvous between Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart to the hot mess that was the Spring Breakers post-premiere party, TIFF is just as much about nonstop star-studded gloss as it is about the, you know, films. With that in mind, we offer a quick roundup of some of the best bashes from the film fest’s opening weekend.

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TIFF PARTY: Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and a pair of hard-partying twins at the Spring Breakers shindig

TIFF PARTY: Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers may not really be about spring break, but the after-party sure was. Stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine feted the film’s Canadian premiere on Friday night with a spring break–themed bash at Brassaii on King West (complete with a hot tub full of bikini babes and beach balls on the patio). After tucking into a meal of steak and corn, Gomez caught up with David Blaine and entertained a crowd of male admirers (Justin Bieber, watch your back). Later, she joined Hudgens, who was by the candy bar clinging to her boyfriend, Austin Butler, and sucking a cherry Blow Pop. Meanwhile, Eli Roth hung out with the film’s director, Harmony Korine, Michael Pitt mingled on the patio sporting a candy necklace and Natasha Lyonne tottered around looking relaxed and much less messy than we’ve seen her.

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TIFF PRESS CONFERENCE: James Franco holds court with Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens at the Spring Breakers presser

TIFF PRESS CONFERENCE: James Franco holds court with Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens at the Spring Breakers presser

Bless James Franco! Without him, filmmakers might actually have to talk about their own films. Oddball American director Harmony Korine attended today’s press conference for his latest flick, Spring Breakers, which stunt-casts Disney-friendly stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, daytime soap star Ashley Benson and the director’s young wife, Rachel Korine, alongside Franco. And though Korine’s film may have been the topic of discussion, it was undeniably Franco who ran the show.

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TIFF 2012 Insider’s Guide: top 10 places to eat

TIFF 2012 Insider’s Guide: where to eat

Amid the cocktail swilling and celebrity gawking, eating can be an afterthought during TIFF. Good news: there are plenty of excellent restaurants that let you do all three. Here, the glitziest places to dine, drink, and catch starlets cheating on their diets.

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TIFF 2012 Insider’s Guide: top 10 spots for boozing and schmoozing with stars

TIFF 2012 Insider’s Guide: where to party

TIFF can be the most exhausting event of the year—10 days of near constant drinking, schmoozing and stargazing, all, ostensibly, in the name of movies. Choosing the best parties requires insider intelligence and expert planning. Here, a highly discerning look at the festival’s hottest hot spots.

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The 50 buzziest films of TIFF 2012: we slice through the hype so you don’t have to

The 50 buzziest films of TIFF 2012
Single tickets for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival go on sale this Sunday, September 2. And with a record 372 films being screened (146 of them world premieres), it can be daunting trying to figure out which ones are actually worth the $20 (or $40, for galas and special presentations) and hours in line. 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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CONFIRMED: James Franco returns for another TIFF (this time, to promote a film)

Also confirmed: this is not Franco’s best look (Image: TIFF)

This year, James Franco appears on TIFF screens as a gangster who rescues (or ruins?) the spring break of four female students, including Disney favourites Selena Gomez (who’s also coming to Toronto) and Vanessa Hudgens, in Spring Breakers. Questionable as this cinematic dalliance may be, Franco is, of course, a gentleman in real life: he was spotted last year charmingly buying a self-portrait from a giddy fangirl after coming to town to unveil an art installation with Gus Van Sant at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Atrium.

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Year in Review: TIFF 2011, where we saw celebrities everywhere (and even shared a bathroom with one)

TIFF this year was a a non-stop gauntlet of activity, from press conferences to movie screenings (actually), swag lounges and some of the splashiest parties this city has ever seen. We saw Jon Hamm, Madonna, Keira Knightley, the Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Johnny Rotten, Rachel Weisz and hundreds more (seriously, there wasn’t a corner of Yorkville or King West that didn’t have a star sighting—we even shared a bathroom break with Gerard Butler; no big deal). Here, a top 10 list of our favourite TIFF moments

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James Franco grabs a man’s tush and Johnny Rotten tells a fan “we’re fucking done here” at Bad Day Magazine’s TIFF party

This is not the Vanity Fair party. (Image: Geoffrey Knott)

Bad Day magazine took over the Hoxton on Sunday night to celebrate Gus Van Sant and James Franco’s Memories of Idaho. The party was perhaps one of the least publicized of TIFF, and the strict invite-only policy kept the crowd restricted to Toronto’s hipsters. James Franco was spotted wearing a blue and black–striped Gucci mohair sweater (he is the face of the brand’s fragrance) that enticed a number of women so much they tried to pet it. Franco was also seen grabbing a skinny boy’s behind, which left the women wondering how they could line up for a grope. Franco was overheard speaking with Bruce La Bruce—who was the night’s DJ—about his upcoming interview in the publication. Check out images and find out what we spotted Johnny Rotten dancing to after the jump.

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