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TIFF GIF: Jay Baruchel’s awkwardly cute red carpet poses

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Montreal-based funnyman Jay Baruchel has voiced his unease with the trappings of fame, so it’s no surprise that he hasn’t perfected the art of red carpet posing. At the premiere of The Art of the Steal, the actor showed a range of expressions, each more perturbed than the last. His obvious bewilderment might not have endeared him to the press gallery; we, however, like him all the more for not knowing an over-the-shoulder from a Beckham bend.

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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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Five things we learned about Alison Pill, including how she owns a headshot of Aaron Sorkin

Alison Pill (Image: Gage Skidmore)

Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom was recently picked up for a second season, and Vulture sat down with Toronto-bred actress Alison Pill to discuss how she’s dealing with Sorkinisms, and how she’s faring with planning her wedding to Jay Baruchel. Here are five things we learned about the young up-and-comer:

1. She still values physical media
She didn’t own a television when she lived in New York City, but she does admit that she has watched cable news. “I was more reading papers, reading magazines; I’m much more print media,” she says.

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The annual list of celeb-inspired TIFF cocktails is out (with nary a Canadian to be seen)

The Skyy Wilde Ginger, Skyy Lively Temptress and Skyy Feelin’ Fiennes

Two weeks away from the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, official sponsor Skyy Vodka kicked things off with its annual pre-festival fête, this year at an appropriately swanky Forest Hill home, to reveal their celebrity-themed cocktails. In previous years, the cocktails have honoured Canadians like Ellen Page and Jay Baruchel but, sadly, this time around north-of-the-49th celebs like Sarah Polley and Ryan Gossling didn’t make the drink list. Here are a few drinks to sip on while scoping out the festival scene or drowning your nationalistic sorrow.

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Vampire Sighting: Robert Pattinson at King Street East and Victoria Street

Robert Pattinson spotted (Image: Google Maps and screengrab from Just Jared)

Toronto may not be known as Hollywood North—that’s our westerly counterpart, Vancouver—but we’ve got ourToronto Bike Month being shot in the city this summer. One of them is Cosmopolis, an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel of the same name, by local director David Cronenberg. The film stars the best-looking vampire around, Robert Pattinson, who has been spotted on set at King Street East and Victoria Street sporting a suit and tie, with slicked-back hair.

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CanCon couple alert: Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill are engaged

For those of you who weren’t watching the Genie Awards last night, you missed an essential tidbit of CanCon couple news: one of our favourite duos, Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill, are engaged. Needless to say, it’s exciting news, unless you were holding out for Baruchel to make it work with his former Popular Mechanics for Kids co-host, Elisha Cuthbert.

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Genie nominations no big surprise, with Barney’s Version and Incendies in the lead

We’ve already watched the Golden Globes. And Oscar nominations were announced last week. But that doesn’t mean we can forget about Canada’s version of the Academy Awards (albeit with less recognizable statues), the Genies. The nominations were announced today, and this year’s Genie picks seem fairly predictable—the widely acclaimed Barney’s Version roped in eleven nominations, including best picture, direction, adapted screen play and best lead and supporting actor nods.  Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-nominated Incendies netted an even ten.

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With glowing hearts: our nine favourite CanCon couples

Alison Pill and Jay Baruchel

Because there’s nothing we love more than canoodling Canucks, we’re thrilled to report a budding romance between Alison Pill and Jay Baruchel. OK, so they’re not quite at the McGosling fame level yet, but you do know them. Pill is the moon-faced young thesp who played the lone lesbian in Milk and currently stars as Princess Maud in Pillars of the Earth. And Baruchel played the really stoned guy who kind of looks like a hamster in Knocked Up. To mark the new match, we embark in search of our favourite true patriot pairings from now and the long, long ago.

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(Images: Pill, Gage Skidmore; Baruchel, gdcgraphics)

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It’s business time: TIFF outgrows relaxed vibe, prepares for major film deals

The Hyatt Regency will be a sales hub this year (Image: Hyatt)

For most of us, TIFF is synonymous with glamorous parties and getting to see major films before the rest of the world, but for many in the industry, it increasingly means big business. According to Variety, Toronto has become the “unofficial marketplace” for the world’s top film execs to sell premium films that debut at Cannes and to launch films they’ll take to the American Film Market (AFM) in November.

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The TIFF cocktail list is out: this year’s celebrity-themed drinks

The Oh Golly Molly! looks suspiciously like a regular martini (Image: James Mulholland)

With September looming, the annual swarm of boozers and cruisers is about to descend upon our city. No, not incoming U of T students—the Toronto International Film Festival is nigh. The Hazelton Hotel played host to the first of many TIFF events (and our first celeb sighting of the season—Brandon Walsh, oops, Jason Priestley, hanging in the lobby, talking about a visit to the Astral Media studios), with official sponsor Skyy vodka unveiling its annual celebrity-themed cocktails. In years past, such Canucks as Don McKellar, Ellen Page and Lisa Ray have been immortalized in alcohol. Here, the cocktails a lucky few will be sipping on the party circuit.

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Official TIFF guest list released: Jon Hamm, James Franco, Javier Bardem, Marion Cotillard, Will Ferrell and more

The young, the old and the fugly

Woot! Woot! The exhaustive official guest list for TIFF has been released (James Franco! Jon Hamm! Uma Thurman!), meaning we can finally provide a definitive stargazing guide to the fest. Here’s a quick primer. See the full list after the jump.

The acclaimed
Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Robert De Niro, Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Woody Allen, Catherine Deneuve, Harvey Keitel, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Martin Sheen, William H. Macy, Catherine Keener

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Celebrities confirmed for TIFF: Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Mirren and more

Helen Mirren will be coming to plug Brighton Rock (Image: Rubenstein)

Alliance Films is the first distributor to confirm its TIFF lineup and talent, giving us a preliminary look at the stars we’ll be stalking in September. Here, a list of some big films and the celebs who’ll be here to promote them.

1. Blue Valentine
Derek Cianfrance (Director)
Ryan Gosling

2. Brighton Rock
Rowan Joffe (Director)
Helen Mirren
Andrew Riseborough

3. Fubar II
Michael Dowse (Writer/director)
Dave Lawrence (Writer/actor)
Paul Spence

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David Suzuki, Jay Baruchel and Fubar II: TIFF’s CanCon lineup

Terry and Dean are back in Fubar II (Image: TIFF.net)

TIFF co-directors Piers Handling and Cameron Bailey announced this year’s Canadian lineup yesterday to a room of film industry and media types noshing on little plates of poutine at the Royal York. Among the 858 Canadian films submitted for consideration, 72 were selected to screen at the 35th film festival.

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Hot to Trot-sky: Jay Baruchel looking fine in GQ

Jay Baruchel: when it rains, he soars (Image: Ben Watts/GQ)

We had a Princess Diaries moment this morning when we saw this photo shoot of Jay Baruchel in GQ. Remember that awkward tween next to Elisha Cuthbert on Popular Mechanics for Kids? The one who just asserted his dorky bona fides by becoming the 20-something poster child of the Judd Apatow franchise? There’s no evidence of it here. Baruchel may be delightfully self-effacing and classically eh-list sheepish in interviews (he confessed on The Hour that he still lives minutes away from his mama in Montreal and buys her smokes), but posing in Ray-Bans and $1,800 rain slickers for this slide show, he’s nothing short of—dare we say it?—hot.

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From Kingston to New York: a big month for The Trotsky

Jay Baruchel in The Trotsky

It’s been a big month for The Trotsky, the indie film written and directed by Montreal’s Jacob Tierney. The movie stars Jay Baruchel (who is also the lead in She’s Out of My League, though we prefer to remember him from those Popular Mechanics for Kids episodes with Elisha Cuthbert) and premiered at last year’s TIFF. It’s one of three Canadian films to make it to the Tribeca Film Festival this year, along with Cairo Time and the documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. It follows a Montreal high school student who believes he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky and is obsessed with recreating the leader’s life, complete with exile and assassination. Typical teenage stuff, really, minus any Jonas Brothers. Coming off its massive People’s Choice win at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival (which enjoyed an increase of 20 per cent in attendance this year) last week, Tierney and co. will surely feel right at home amid the glamour of New York.

The Trotsky wins Kingston film fest People’s Choice Award [Kingston Whig Standard]
The Trotsky makes U.S. debut at Tribeca [CBC]
1997 Popular Mechanics for Kids: World Trade Center [YouTube]

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