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TIFF Red Carpet: Jennifer Garner nearly spills and Jared Leto talks women’s footwear at the Dallas Buyers Club gala

TIFF Red Carpet: Dallas Buyers Club

The question Panic Room star Jared Leto must’ve heard a gazillion times on the Dallas Buyers Club red carpet Saturday night: “What’s it like wearing heels?” (His response, if you must know: “I’d recommend it. It’ll give yourself a deeper understanding and appreciation for women around the world”). Leto, who plays a transgender woman in the Jean-Marc Vallée drama, looked Jordan Catalano–cool as he sauntered by with his chest partially bared and eyebrows once again fully intact (he had to shave them for the role). He stopped to mug for cameras with co-star Matthew McConaughey, who looked super-svelte (but no longer completely emaciated) after shedding almost 50 pounds to play a grizzled, HIV-ravaged cowboy in the film—a stunt that nearly cost him his eyesight. Rounding out the lead trio was former Alias star Jennifer Garner, who recovered nicely from a near-stumble on the city’s pesky streetcar tracks and joked with reporters about being married to the new Caped Crusader. Unfortunately, Batfleck himself wasn’t on hand. Unless he was perched in the rafters. Waiting.

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TIFF GIF: Jennifer Garner gets tripped up by Toronto’s streetcar tracks

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Habitual TIFF attendee Jennifer Garner nearly ate pavement outside the Dallas Buyers Club gala last night when one of her Brian Atwood pumps got snagged on the streetcar tracks in front of the Princess of Wales Theatre. The newly-minted Mrs. Batman made a graceful recovery—and can now commiserate with thousands of Toronto cyclists.

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TIFF Roundup: the festival’s worst-dressed stars

Sure, there were many noteworthy ensembles at TIFF 2012, but any star-studded event inevitably comes with a few spectacular fashion flops (including not one, but two unfortunate purple suits). Here, the four very worst examples.

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TIFF WEEKEND ROUNDUP: The five buzziest red carpets

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It’s no secret that TIFF is obscenely, absurdly front-loaded, with the premieres for all the biggest films—and the red-carpet jaunts for their associated stars—happening on the first weekend. And, in case you weren’t keeping track all weekend, we did it for you. Here are the top five red carpets:

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TIFF RED CARPET: Ben Affleck kisses one lucky fan at the Argo premiere

TIFF RED CARPET: Ben Affleck kisses one lucky fan at the Argo premiere

Shows of spousal support seem to be a theme for TIFF 2012. First, John Krasinski accompanied Emily Blunt to a string of opening night Looper events. Then, last night, Jennifer Garner showed up as Ben Affleck’s plus-one on the Argo red carpet at Roy Thompson Hall (wearing a black Valentino dress and a generous serving of Van Cleef and Arpels diamond jewellery). Though Affleck’s film tells the tense tale of the “Canadian Caper” that allowed six American diplomats to evade capture following the Iranian revolution, the mood at the premiere was light. Actor Tate Donovan joked about his ensemble, admitting, “I bought these shoes in the ’90s,” while reporters had a tough time getting a straight answer out of funnyman John Goodman. Alan Arkin, Ontario boy Victor Garber and Bryan Cranston also strolled the carpet—the latter earning screams of “Mr. White!” from a contingent of Breaking Bad fans. Most stargazers, though, were there to see Affleck, who hugged some supporters, took photos with others and even bestowed a kiss on one woman. We hope Garner didn’t notice.

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10 juicy pieces of celebrity gossip (including some blind item reveals) from Lainey Lui’s annual Smut Soirée

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It was a veritable gossip summit last night at the Evergreen Brick Works, where 800 people—almost all female—turned up for The Society’s seventh annual Smut Soirée with LaineyGossip blogger and eTalk personality Lainey Lui. Smut lovers came from as far away as Thunder Bay, London and Ottawa to meet the Toronto-born blogger, who’s known for her scandalous—and trustworthy—blind items. There was a lot of sponsored swag and no shortage of VitaminWater, but the highlight of the night was, of course, the gossip. After a brief introduction from Ashleigh Dempster and Amanda Blakley, Lainey took the stage with television host Dan Levy for an hour-and-a-half Q&A. The five juiciest tidbits from last night’s giant girly gabfest—plus five blind riddle reveals—after the jump.

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TIFF 2011 Roundup: “Glowing” (i.e. pregnant) mothers edition

Jennifer Podemski at the premiere of Take This Waltz (Image: Christopher Dross)

Baby bumps were in fashion this year at TIFF, where several expecting stars strolled red carpets in clothes that skirted the usual maternity clichés. Canadian director Sarah Polley announced she was pregnant before the festival started, joining TIFF’s mommies-to-be club that also included Jennifer Garner, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jennifer Podemski.

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TIFF 2011 Roundup: We present the yearbook for TIFF’s class of 2011

TIFF 2011 has been packed full of stars, red carpets, exclusive parties, and various quips and jokes, and to celebrate the many achievements of this year’s festival, we present to you a yearbook for the TIFF class of 2011: Keira Knightley, Ryan Gosling, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve McQueen, Sarah Silverman, Seth Rogen, Whit Stillman, Jennifer Garner and Johnny Rotten. Find out what they had to say, and who was “voted” most likely to be beautiful forever in our just-arrived-from-the-printer class album.

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QUOTED: Jennifer Garner on playing with butter

We could have stayed in those butter coolers for the whole movie… You should do it. Put a bunch of hunks of butter together and start carving with a knife. I am telling you, it’s so gratifying.

Jennifer Garner on her film Butter, about competitive butter carving [Toronto Star]

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TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Jennifer Garner and Olivia Wilde walk the red carpet for Butter

The gala presentation of Butter at Roy Thomson Hall last night was all about the ladies. Little Yara Shahidi kicked off the proceeds at the most packed and frenetic red carpet since Madge walked here on Monday, and she was downright adorable, giggling at the barrage of flashes and the demands of fans who claimed to have been lining the barricades since 5 a.m. Ashley Greene came next in a swish knee-length silver number, but was—dare we say it—outshone by Olivia Wilde, who was stunning in a floor-length white and gold gown (we’re not sure if it was intentional, but she did appear to be channelling Diane Krugers character in Troy). The only fellas worth mentioning at this affair were director Jim Field Smith and writer Jason Micallef. Sadly, Hugh Jackman couldn’t make it to the Big Smoke for this year’s festival, but Alicia Silverstone helped make up for it, although we figure it must be annoying to still be signing eight-by-10s of herself as Cher Horowitz from Clueless. Of course, Jennifer Garner also graced the red carpet, sporting two of this year’s most popular accessories: epically high heels and a baby bump. See our photo gallery, after the jump.

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The Burroughes party brings Butter’s stars—hello, Jennifer Garner (with baby bump) and Olivia Wilde—not butterfaces

It was ladies’ night at the Burroughes VitaminWater party for Butter, where the film’s stars Jennifer Garner, Ashley Greene, Olivia Wilde and Alicia Silverstone all came out before their premiere at Roy Thompson Hall. The film is about a Midwest U.S. town’s annual butter carving contest (don’t knock it—Toronto is also known to carve butter at the Royal Winter Fair), so naturally there was a butter sculptor. The carver, in what we’re sure is regulation costume for such an event, wore the shortest skirt we’ve ever seen outside of the Brass Rail, complete with a very low-cut top, which of course served as a beacon for the suits in attendance.  Get a close up of Butter’s knockout stars in a gallery after the jump.

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Madonna bails on her after-party, but that doesn’t stop Harvey Weinstein from throwing a great one at Grey Goose Soho House

Michael Fassbender swings and misses. (Image: Alexandra Wyman)

For the fourth and final evening, Grey Goose Soho House was the celebrity venue of choice, with back-to-back-to-back parties for Ten Year (starring Channing Tatum, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson and Justin Long), Coriolanus (starring Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain), and a star-studded, multi-floor party hosted by legendary Hollywood hitmaker Harvey Weinstein. Earlier in the evening, Madonna, the hydrangea hater herself, joined a very select group of people for a private dinner celebrating W.E., but she slipped out the back door before things got crazy (does this surprise anyone?). Butler stayed for the entire night (in excess of five consecutive hours) and was never too far from a bevy of unknown models and one Megan Fox lookalike. Coriolanus castmate Fiennes dipped out early, refusing autographs as he made his exit. No sweat off our backs—the room was beginning to fill with so many recognizable faces we could barely keep up. Find out who and what they were wearing in a gallery after the jump.

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50 buzziest films of TIFF 2011: we slice through the hype so you don’t have to

We’ve already told you about the celebs filing into town for TIFF and the extended-licence nightspots they’ll be frequenting. But with more than 300 movies being screened, the actual “film” part of the festival can be hard to navigate. Enter our handy guide, in which we scope out the buzz on the most hotly anticipated flicks of the fest.

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TIFF 2011 announcement: 53 films, one new venue and a whack of stars who might come to Toronto

Sarah Polley’s Take this Waltz is one of this year’s Galas

TIFF unveiled part of its 2011 lineup today, and 53 movies will have their North American or world premieres in Toronto this fall. Among the spectators at the press conference this morning in Toronto was a solitary celebrity—actress and director Sarah Polley—but expect lots of boldface names in the city come September. Directors whose films are slated for this year’s fest include Lars von Trier, Francis Ford Coppola and Marc Forster, and they could come accompanied by such stars as Olivia Wilde, Juliette Binoche, Carey Mulligan, Blake Lively, Glenn Close, Vincent Cassel and Ice Cube (yes, of the famed Are We There Yet? and Friday). Those are just some of the famous faces that we’re hoping to spot at Sassafraz, pop-up nightclubs and the latest TIFF venue, The Princess of Wales Theatre. We’ve compiled a full list below.

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What you missed this weekend: the biggest stories at TIFF so far

Milla Jovovich sneaking out of her premiere (Image: Mauricio Contreras-Paredes)

Our dance card was full this weekend as we attended all the best TIFF parties and premieres. But we don’t just brag about hobnobbing with Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin; we’ll give you all the insider gossip. If you haven’t been following the action as it happens, here are the highlights:

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