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John Travolta shakes almost too many hands at the premiere of The Forger

TIFF 2014 Red Carpet: The Forger

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With 10 days of red carpets behind us, we can’t help but pick up on patterns. For instance, the fact that it’s the biggest stars who tend to give the most attention to their fans and the press, while actors like Dax Shepard and Anna Kendrick, who aren’t yet household names, never fielded a single question as far as we could tell. (Did they mistake the red carpet for lava?)

For fans of John Travolta, Friday’s Roy Thomson Hall opening of The Forger was an all-you-can-eat buffet—the guy arrived a full hour before showtime, and his handlers couldn’t peel him off the crowd barricade. The Philip Martin-directed caper stars Travolta as a man sprung from jail to spend time with his terminally ill son, except he has to commit an art heist to repay the mobsters who arranged his release. While Christopher Plummer was shepherded by with the same quiet dignity afforded the crown jewels or some other literal national treasure, Martin jawed on about Travolta’s preparation. The actor apparently interviewed real art counterfeiters and got serious about learning to paint. “His art’s great,” Martin said. “By the end of filming he’d produced what he calls ‘an impression of an impressionist,’ and it’s rather lovely.” For costar Travis Aaron Wade, Travolta was an inspiration. His favourite takeaway? “If you want to become as successful as you possibly can,” Wade recounts, “you never say no to a photograph or an autograph for a fan. And in my time with him, I’ve never seen him say no. Like, look—he’ll be out there forever.”

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Christopher Plummer steals the show at The Forger press conference, because of course he does

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(Image: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

The Forger is one of those movies that sounds like it was made up by a Mad Libs plot generator. Hatched out of jail early, a master thief and art forger (John Travolta) is enlisted to swipe a Monet and replace it with an exact replica, in order to help his son (Tye Sheridan) who, naturally, has cancer. It’s the sort of thing that premieres late in the TIFF schedule, when you’d be forgiven for missing it.

Veteran Canadian thespian Christopher Plummer, who plays Travolta’s ornery dad in the film, drew applause, and even some “woo!”s when he entered the press gallery, which is pretty unprecedented even in a room that’s hosted the likes of Al Pacino and Robert Downey Jr. over the past week. (“In our book, he’s Sir Christopher Plummer,” joked panel moderator Henri Behar.) For his part, Plummer was eager to shift attention away from himself, hailing young co-star Sheridan. “Even though the role was written without self-pity, Tye’s performance was remarkable,” he said. “He’s a very brave, very marvelous actor…Young actors today are so much better than they used to be.”

As for Travolta, decked out in a beard so shiny it seemed shellacked, he took it upon himself to convince the room that this heist film is not, in fact, a heist film. “It’s described as a heist film,” he said, “but it’s really not. It’s about a father and grandfather and son, set against this backdrop.”

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

Dan Levy and Lainey Lui (Image: Erin Seaman)

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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A retelling of John Travolta’s alleged big gay exploits in Toronto

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Two men have filed a lawsuit against John Travolta this week, dealing with allegations that Travolta sexually harrassed his masseurs while getting a rubdown. Lainey Lui of Lainey Gossip fuelled the gay rumour mill yesterday by adding that she has close friends in Toronto who have been approached by Travolta. According to Lainey, while Travolta was shooting Hairspray in the city, he propositioned two of her male friends in a locker room—and she also claims a hotel worker pal of hers was encouraged to linger after showing the actor to his room. If any of this is true, and Travolta really is on the down low, he is both brazen and saucy. Or maybe he’s just like George Constanza and appreciates a good man-on-man massage? We won’t know what Travolta is thinking until he comes out and says it.

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Upcoming Princess Diana–themed auction steals the royal wedding’s thunder

Fan girls and boys will mortgage their homes for frocks (Image: das_sabrinchen)

It is no secret that Canadians are gaga for the monarchy (what other country’s national television station would broadcast the Queen’s coronation in 3-D?), so we weren’t shocked to hear that a collection of Princess Diana’s gowns will be auctioned in Toronto this June.

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