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Adam Sandler talks Rob Ford at Men, Women & Children red carpet

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Considering that most of his early comedies are about blubbering, barely coherent man-children flailing to redeem themselves and prove to the world that they’re something other than amusingly inept, maybe it’s no surprise that Men, Women & Children star Adam Sandler has been following Rob Ford. On last evening’s red carpet for the film—which is about parents and teens dealing with the wild world of modern technology—Sandler apparently told the Sun’s Jenny Yuen that he wishes the mayor luck in next month’s election, and hopes  “everything gets better” in Ford’s life. (That said, he refused an offer of a free Rob Ford bobblehead. But in all fairness, what’s he supposed to do with it all night?) Sandler was on the rug at the Ryerson Theatre alongside men, women and children such as Men, Women & Children director/co-writer/prince of Canada Jason Reitman (his dad, Ivan Reitman, was also there, in case you forgot they’re related) and co-stars Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kaitlyn Dever and Ansel Elgort. Even Bill Murray showed up! Though showing up to places where he’s not expected has kind of become Bill Murray’s “thing.” He’s like Hollywood’s Polkaroo.

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Jason Reitman, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner talk about today’s youth, or social media, or something

Jason Reitman, Jennifer Garner, Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt and Adam Sandler. (Image: Jason Merrit/Getty Images)

Jason Reitman, Jennifer Garner, Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt and Adam Sandler. (Image: Jason Merrit/Getty Images)

After much delay, the cast of Men, Women & Children finally arrived in the Lightbox’s HSBC gallery for their film’s press conference. Men, women, children—they were all there! Including: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kaitlyn Dever, Ansel Elgort, and co-writer/director Jason Reitman (the son of Ivan Reitman, of Reitman Square and, lately, Montecito fame).

The film deals with children moving through the scary world of social media, and how all those new technologies challenge parents. Naturally, reporters grilled the cast members about how they relate to the “techno-youth of this generation” (whatever that means). “As a parent, you realize there’s stuff out there that’s harmful to everybody,” Sandler said, referring to something other than his own films, presumably. “You just try to protect ‘em.”

The cast also talked about how Reitman, a savvy social-media type, helped direct them through the challenges of pretending to use smartphones, computers and other newfangled technologies. “This technology emerged out of nowhere,” Reitman said. “It’s like the dawn of the automobile, but instead of the Model T we got a Ferrari.”

If one theme emerged, it was how genuinely unfamiliar most of the over-30 cast seemed to be with technology. Garner talked about sending hand-prepared care packages to her nieces and nephews at summer camp, while Sandler also came across like a confused Luddite. “I’m still excited that the Playboy Channel came out!” he said. “That’s not online, but it’s good stuff.”

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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

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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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