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TIFF Party: The post-premiere bash for Night Moves morphs into a celebrity spotter’s wet dream

TIFF Party: Night Moves

Dakota Fanning was the only Night Moves star to show—and stay—at the official post-film shindig at Grey Goose Soho House. Co-star Jesse Eisenberg made the briefest of brief appearances and the film’s other star, Peter Sarsgaard, isn’t in Toronto this fest. But that’s not to say the private club was lacking in celebrity wattage last night: Jason Bateman, Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Morrison all hit the third floor of the hotspot to unwind. While Fanning shared a chair with her model boyfriend Jamie Strachan—the better to cozy up together—Morrison, fresh from the Gravity premiere, opted to stand, laughing with friends and sharing iPhone photos.

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TIFF Party: Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska move their love-fest to Blowfish on King West

TIFF Party: The Double

Jesse Eisenberg, Richard Ayoade and Mia Wasikowska (George Pimentel/ Getty Images)

Ah, young love. The Double co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska showed yet more signs of a couple smitten last night at their film’s after-party at Blowfish. Eisenberg gave curt, one-word answers to reporters’ questions, but was much more gracious to his lady, holding Wasikowska’s hand and generally acting lovey-dovey—he even helped her into her coat at the end of night. Less touchy-feely: director Richard Ayoade, who managed to make it through the evening (and a never-ending parade of appetizers) without once clasping anyone’s hand.

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TIFF Red Carpet: Mia Wasikowska and Jesse Eisenberg make their quirky-cute couple debut at The Double

TIFF Red Carpet: The Double

Saturday’s gala for Brit director Richard Ayoade’s The Double marked the romantic red carpet debut for new couple Mia Wasikowska and Jesse Eisenberg, who became close while working on the Dostoyevsky-based psychodrama. The pair posed for the press outside the Elgin Theatre and talked Toronto: Wasikowska’s been holed up here filming Maps to the Stars with Robert Pattinson and Eisenberg’s been spotted keeping her company. When asked for their favourite haunts, Wasikowska raved about the Bolognese at Sotto Sotto on Avenue Road, but Eisenberg was a bit less forthcominghe said we’d have to consult his blog, Jesse’s Guide to Toronto.

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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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Shafted! (Or, our requisite article on how Canada fared in the 2011 Oscar nominations)

Incendies (bottom) got the nod; Ryan Gosling didn't

When the Oscar nominations came out this morning, we scrolled right past the laundry list of best picture nods (that 10-picture system still irks us) to the best actor category. Despite all of our hopes, Ryan Gosling was unlisted. We weren’t the only ones who thought the Academy would tap the Goz for his portrayal of a hard-living husband in Blue Valentine. Early Vegas odds had given the young actor +5,000 odds of taking home the trophy on the big night (not the greatest odds, but at least he had odds). Instead, it’s a showdown between Javier Bardem, Jeff Bridges, Jesse Eisenberg, James Franco and Colin Firth.

The way we see it, James Franco stole Gosling’s spot. On paper, they’re kind of the same actor—quirky, drawn to challenging roles despite their leading-man looks—and with Eisenberg also under 30 31, it’s possible Oscar was in danger of appearing a bit short in the tooth. In related news, Blue Valentine was overlooked for best picture (presumably to leave room for Toy Story 3), but Gosling’s co-star, Michelle Williams, was nominated. So at least if she wins, we can expect to hear the Ontario boy’s name in her acceptance speech.

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The Toronto Film Critics Association really likes The Social Network

Jesse Eisenberg scored the top acting nod from Toronto film critics

If Mark Zuckerberg was at all peeved by the huge commercial success of the less-than-flattering biographical film The Social Network (he was), he’ll be even more irked by the praise critics across North America are heaping on the flick, including here at home in Toronto.

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Michael Cera vs. Jesse Eisenberg: is this the end of the lovable geek?

The great geek-off

Ever since he stole our hearts as the Tommy Bahama–bedecked George Michael Bluth on Arrested Development, Brampton boy Michael Cera has been Hollywood’s go-to geek. Not since Lewis and Gilbert took their revenge has any actor done so much to make dorks look cool. He did it in Superbad, then he did it in Juno, then in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and so on. For a while, Cera ruled supreme over all things dweeb, but some recent developments in movieland—namely Jesse Eisenberg’s amazing performance as ruthless Facebook über-geek Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network—have us wondering whether Cera and the era of the lovable Poindexter is officially over.

To settle the debate, we ask that you vote for your preferred geek, but first, a few points to consider.

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Fall film guide: six can’t-miss flicks

Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro’s chilling, dystopic teen novel takes place in a near future both recognizable and unimaginable. In the film adaptation, ittest it girl Carey Mulligan is Kathy H., an apparent orphan raised at the idyllic Hailshom boarding school. It’s a poetic commentary on science gone mad, and a tale of the vicissitudes of an aging three-way friendship (with Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield).
Sept. 15.


Buried
Many people would pay to watch Ryan “Abs of Steel” Reynolds sit on a box for 90 minutes, but will they pay to watch him lie in one? They should, considering the gushing notices he received at Sundance for this political thriller directed by Rodrigo Cortés about an American contractor kidnapped in Iraq who wakes up in a coffin beneath the desert armed with a lighter, a cellphone, a knife and his wits.
Sept. 24.


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Outrage of the day: Scott Pilgrim limps to finish fifth at box office

Scott Pilgrim vs. The Expendables

That must hurt worse than exploding into a handful of coins: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World opened to a paltry $10.5 million this weekend, behind The Expendables, Eat Pray Love, The Other Guys(???) and Inception. With a gross that anemic, it’s difficult to see the Toronto-based geekfest making back its $60 million budget at the box office. If a fun, video game-besotted romp around some of Toronto’s greatest landmarks can’t bring the crowds to a theatre—especially after the whole Chloe thing—it’s possible Toronto is going to have to go back to playing, oh, every other vaguely post-industrial city in North America.

So what have we learned from this whole affair?

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