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The Dark Knight: David Cronenberg’s creepy obsessions say as much about us as they do about him

The Dark Night: David Cronenberg’s obsessions say as much about us as they do about him

In a way, David Cronenberg put me in the hospital. Last January, I attended a screening of a documentary by the filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock about the black market buying and selling of human organs, called Tales From the Organ Trade. Bienstock had asked Cronenberg to narrate because his own films traffic in what she called “intelligent discomfort.” His enlistment was a wink, a good match for the director known as the Baron of Blood. Cronenberg, with his nasally, Vincent Price pitch, guides the audience through gruesome images of organ-emptied torsos and desperately ill patients who rinse their blood in whirring machines while awaiting new kidneys. His looming presence, associated with films about the sexual penetration of open wounds (Crash) and talking half-alien typewriters (Naked Lunch) and TV screens pulsating like O’Keeffe vagina flowers (Videodrome), doesn’t exactly lighten the mood. I fainted, then vomited, then went to the hospital in an ambulance.

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TIFF Party: Clive Owen’s ‘stache and Juliette Binoche’s haircut steal the spotlight at a Words and Pictures bash

TIFF Party: Words and Pictures

Clive Owen and Julie Binoche (Image: George Pimentel/Getty Images)

The chattering crowd was fixated on the grooming of stars Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche at Words and Pictures’ pre-premiere bash last night. While the actors sipped celebratory Moët, party-goers at King Street resto Blowfish whispered that Owen’s Sam from Today’s Special moustache aged him “in a hot daddy way.” Meanwhile, Binoche shrugged off questions about her newly chopped ‘do, nibbling on the all-you-can-eat seafood buffet before she and her co-star dashed off to the screening.

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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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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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VIDEO: A longer, somewhat more informative Cosmopolis trailer (sex and guns included once again)

In this second trailer for David Cronenberg’s summer blockbuster Cosmopolis, we see an incredible number of quick cuts that don’t, sadly, reveal too much information about the film. We learn that Elise Shifrin (played by Sarah Gadon) has a keen sense of smell, since she tells Eric Packer (played by Robert Pattinson) that she smells sex all over him. It’s also made very apparent that Juliette Binoche is still an amazing beautyher character Didi Fancher rolls around seductively on the floor of a limousine in her bra and panties, and we aren’t the least embarrassed for her. Toronto locations to note include the Canon Theatre (now Ed Mirvish Theatre) and The Lakeview, and while we’re sure there are more to note, we were a bit distracted by the insane amount of violence packed into this one-minute-and-55-second trailer.

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SPOTTED: Juliette Binoche taking a walk through U of T

Juliette Binoche was spotted earlier today strolling through U of T campus. Shinan Govani tweeted: “Juliette Binoche! Noted walking through the grounds at University of Toronto! (Perhaps she’s auditing a course?)” Lucky for her the sun decided to shine today (the special presentation of her film Elles is tonight).

Find this story on our Star Spotting Map, where we plot the locations of celebrities spotted around Toronto.

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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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Vampire Sighting: Robert Pattinson at King Street East and Victoria Street

Robert Pattinson spotted (Image: Google Maps and screengrab from Just Jared)

Toronto may not be known as Hollywood North—that’s our westerly counterpart, Vancouver—but we’ve got ourToronto Bike Month being shot in the city this summer. One of them is Cosmopolis, an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel of the same name, by local director David Cronenberg. The film stars the best-looking vampire around, Robert Pattinson, who has been spotted on set at King Street East and Victoria Street sporting a suit and tie, with slicked-back hair.

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Sarah Gadon to play Robert Pattinson’s wife in Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis

Move over, Kristen Stewart. Twilight’s Team Edward fans now have a new actress to obsessively hate. Toronto’s Sarah Gadon has been pegged to play Robert Pattinson’s estranged wife in David Cronenberg’s upcoming film Cosmopolis, which is shooting in Hogtown this summer. Gadon’s role was initially going to be played by Inception star Marion Cotillard, but the French actress had to back out after becoming pregnant. Enter Gadon, a regular on the Canadian small-screen circuit, with roles that range from the children’s program Ruby Gloom (see YTV appearance, left) to Life With Derek, The Border and Being Erica. More recently, Gadon played Emma Jung, wife of Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung, in another Cronenberg film, A Dangerous Method, currently in post-production. A tip to Gadon for staying in the good graces of Twihards: perhaps stay away from the supposedly smelly former vampire, and opt to hang out with fellow cast members Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche instead.

Rob Pattinson Is Marrying Sarah Gadon [Vulture blog]

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It’s official: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche and Paul Giamatti will star in new Toronto-shot David Cronenberg flick

Left to Right: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, the cover of Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg, Paul Giamatti and Mathieu Amalric

Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mathieu Amalric and Paul Giamatti are confirmed as the stars of the new David Cronenberg film Cosmopolis. Based on the Don DeLillo book of the same name, the film will go into production here this summer. This film marks the director’s return to Toronto after shooting both A Dangerous Method—his latest, currently in post-production—and 2007’s Eastern Promises abroad.

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