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TIFF 2012 Insider’s Guide: top 10 places to eat

TIFF 2012 Insider’s Guide: where to eat

Amid the cocktail swilling and celebrity gawking, eating can be an afterthought during TIFF. Good news: there are plenty of excellent restaurants that let you do all three. Here, the glitziest places to dine, drink, and catch starlets cheating on their diets.

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Guess which sex act Justin Bieber refused to perform on SNL this weekend

Saturday Night Live celebrated its 100th digital short this weekend, and it was full of star power, including the return of crazy Natalie Portman, Michael Bolton as Captain Jack Sparrow and Justin Timberlake as the crooner who sings about having his member inside a box. Even Justin Bieber got in on the fun, taking partial credit for the success of the digital short series. He did a great job, competing with Kristen Wiig as a Body Fusion girl and Jon Hamm as a sexy saxophone player. The video needed the contrast from the boy wonder, since the subject matter was a little, um, adult. (Just watch, it’s hilarious.)

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TIFF 2011 Roundup: the five o’clock shadow was this year’s hottest accessory for men

We noticed something prickly growing on the chins of many A-list men at TIFF this year (no, not a beard—we’ve covered that already). It seems that amidst the many open collars and untucked shirts, there was a celebrity trend in-the-making: scruff so barely there it could have been accidental—or due to laziness. We think that on Jon Hamm, Ryan Gosling, Gerard Butler, Jason Statham, Robert De Niro and Brian Austin Green, the look was decent, but on Philip Seymour Hoffman, Seth Rogen and Brad Pitt, it doesn’t look quite so manly—presumably, the intention—but rather uncomfortably itchy. Vote for your favourite five o’clock shadow after the jump.

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TIFF 2011 Roundup: The winners, and the losers, from this year’s installment of the Toronto International Film Festival

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Well, it’s a wrap. Some might suggest that there are no winners and losers at TIFF, and that the festival is a harmonious celebration of filmmaking and the artistic spirit. For our part, we say these people are wrong. Life is a competition, and we’ve got the goods on the stars, the parties, the neighbourhoods, the red carpet galas and the films that came out on top—and on the bottom—this year, after the jump.

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TIFF 2011 Roundup: How to be Don Draper (er, Jon Hamm)

Jon Hamm at the George Stroumboulopoulos Hazel Hotel Takevoer party (Image: JJ Thompson)

One of the many A-list celebrities to grace Toronto’s streets last week for TIFF 2011 was none other than Jon Hamm himself—or as he’s perhaps better known, Don Draper, the enigmatic ad executive he plays on the television show Mad Men. Hamm was a class act throughout TIFF: he took in Toronto sights, went to all the right parties and, of course, looked devastatingly handsome while doing it. Based on Hamm’s short but sweet stay in the Big Smoke, we’ve distilled four rules on how to be a gentlemen—Mad Men style—whilst in Toronto, after the jump.

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SPOTTED: Jon Hamm drinks old-fashioneds at Goodnight Gansevoort

Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm (Image: David Lee)

We figure men and women alike who want to model their future alcoholism after Mad Men’s Don Draper might be interested to know that Jon Hamm was sipping old-fashioneds at Goodnight Gansevoort on Saturday night. The after-party for The Oranges was a private two-hour affair with Jennifer Westfeldt, Oliver Platt, Leighton Meester, Taryn Manning, Hugh Laurie and Alia Shawkat. Laurie got hammed on vodka.

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SPOTTED: Abel Tesfaye (a.k.a. The Weeknd) at Goodnight Gansevoort

The rise of the post-Drake R&B sensation The Weeknd has been pretty meteoric, so we weren’t too surprised to see him in the wee hours at the after-party for The Oranges at Goodnight Gansevoort, trying to be a celebrity like all the other boldface names in attendance (Jon Hamm, Allison Janney) but not entirely sure how. He came in (with a small entourage) and sat down, staring into space with studied detachment for about 20 minutes before getting a drink. It’s tough being a star.

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TIFF Weekend Roundup: the five splashiest parties

It girl in the making Elizabeth Olson is introduced to perennial it man George Clooney. (Image: Jeff Vespa/WireImage/Getty Images Entertainment)

The first weekend of TIFF is basically one big long party, with a non-stop crush of big premieres, boldface names and tremendous amounts of running around (sleep is usually not involved). In case you missed it, here are last weekend’s five splashiest parties:

  • If you haven’t already heard, the party for A Dangerous Method at Greg Goose Soho House was pretty much the best party ever. In attendance: David Cronenberg, George Clooney, Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Bono, Keira Knightley, Evan Rachel Wood, Emily Blunt, Adam Scott, Jonah Hill, Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, Jon Hamm, Alexander Skarsgård and many more. Read our recap »
  • As usual, the Vanity Fair party had all the markers of a successful TIFF bash: happy (drunken) partygoers and a stack of celebrities sticking around for more than 10 minutes (Bono, George Clooney, Elizabeth Olsen, Alexander Skarsgård and more). It also featured some rather provocative posing by The Oranges’ Allison Janney. Read our recap »
  • George Stroumboulopoulos once again took over the Hazelton Hotel for his trademark mix of big stars, CBC television personalities and gawkers. We particularly enjoyed seeing Jon Hamm in full-on shaggy-hair mode (compared with Don Draper, at least). Read our recap »
  • There’s something about tall, Scandinavian vampires that sets the fan girls wild, which is exactly what happened at the Melancholia party when Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman from True Blood) showed up. Kirsten Dunst had the good sense to smile politely and stand aside. Read our recap »
  • A rather more genteel time was had at the annual luncheon thrown by famed Hollywood reporter George Christy at the Four Seasons. In attendance: Kathleen Turner, Geoffrey Rush, Norman Jewison, Atom Egoyan and assorted Mulroneys. Read our recap »

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SPOTTED: Every famous person ever (well, almost) at Grey Goose Soho House last night

Apparently, David Cronenberg knows how to throw a party: pretty much every celebrity currently in town for TIFF attended the Canadian director’s party at Grey Goose Soho House last night in honour of his new film, A Dangerous Method (click here to see our photo gallery). The list of bold-faced names included: Cronenberg, George Clooney, Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Bono, Stacy Keibler, Keira Knightley, James Righton, Evan Rachel Wood, Emily Blunt, Kate Mara, Max Minghella, Adam Scott, Richard Kelly, Jonah Hill, Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, Justin Long, Scott Porter, Jimmy Kimmel, Guillermo Diaz, Ewan McGregor, Kirsten Dunst, Emile Hirsch, Michelle Monaghan, Gina Gershon, Dave Matthews, Morgan Spurlock and Paz de la Huerta. Also, the Twitter machine provided a running commentary for the evening. Check out the highlights, after the jump.

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At A Dangerous Method’s party at Soho House, A-list celebrities outnumbered the common folk

Ryan Gosling is with this guy (Dave Matthews) (Image: Soho House)

The sheer abundance of A-listers at A Dangerous Method’s party at Soho House put celeb gossip mongers on overload, and by 2:30 a.m., the party was still going strong, making those working the event wish George Clooney would just go back to his hotel already so the rest of us could call it a night. Who we spotted, who they hung out with and what we overheard after the jump (plus pictures, lots of pictures).

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Jon Hamm, Paul Haggis, Morgan Spurlock and more came out to George Strombo’s Hazelton Hotel fete

Strombo and Hamm are the best of friends (Image: J.J. Thompson)

The CBC George Stroumboulopoulos Takeover at the Hazelton Hotel is always a mixed bag: big-name celebs mingle with more commonplace TIFF partygoers, like the stars of CBC programming (duh), television hosts and countless gawkers. Last night was more of the same, with Jon Hamm (yes, he’s just as dreamy in real life), Gerard Butler (also hot), directors Paul Haggis and Jason Reitman, Kiefer Sutherland, Rob Lowe, Sloan’s Chris Murphy, director Morgan Spurlock, Traci Melchor, Sarah Slean, Being Erica stars Erin Karpluk and Adam Fergus and Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Zaib Shaikh all stopping in to enjoy the free booze and pre–after party snacks.

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SPOTTED: Jon Hamm at Strombo’s Hazelton Takeover party at One restaurant at the Hazelton Hotel

We saw Don Draper last night—with our own eyes! That’s right, Jon Hamm in the flesh. Only, rather strangely, Hamm was looking decidedly un–Don Draper–like in a blazer that was almost too small, a colourful tie and with his hair rather dishevelled (at least, compared to his typical Mad Men coif) at George Stroumboulopoulos’s Hazelton Takeover party at One restaurant at the Hazelton Hotel.

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SPOTTED: Jon Hamm going for a walk in Yorkville

Don Draper sighting! Gossip queen Lainey is first on the ball with this one, reporting via Twitter: “Jon Hamm is walking around Yorkville. Take it easy ladies. #TIFF2011.” If only we could be in more than one place at a time right now. Hamm will also be walking down the red carpet tonight—beside pretty young thing Megan Fox, who we spotted earlier, for the gala presentation of Friends With Kids.

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SPOTTED: Megan Fox and hubby Brian Austin Green in town for TIFF 2011

Megan Fox has had a tough year: she dropped way down on Maxim’s annual Hot 100 list, Rosie Huntington-Whitely replaced her in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and she publically squabbled with Michael Bay. That said, Lainey Gossip is reporting that Fox touched down in Toronto today—it looks like husband Brian Austin Green is at her side—and we’ve got to admit she’s looking pretty great in a black maxi dress and jacket. Plus, she’ll be at the Ryerson Theatre tonight alongside Don Draper, er, Jon Hamm, for the gala presentation of Friends with Kids. Has the red carpet ever been hotter?

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The swag series: Hazelton Hotel takes care of its celebrity guests with, um, everything

Why go out when the necessities can come to you? (Image: Fraser Abe)

What it is: Every guest who stays in one of the Hazelton Hotel’s 77 rooms and suites during TIFF (and visiting celebs renting out the residences) gets one of these bags for themselves. Think of it as an offset to the pricey rooms, which are upwards of $1,000 a night. If it’s good enough for Oprah, well, surely a pleb like George Clooney might deign to be seen here. Find out who goes there and what they get after the jump.

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