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The insider dish on Soho House: who made the cut and who didn’t at the city’s new, exclusive private club

Soho House, the exclusive London-based members’ club, has gambled $8 million on a Simcoe Street outpost that’s the surest place in Toronto to bump into celebs

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On Wednesday, July 25, a group of 30 people gathered for a secret meeting in the boardroom of a nondescript office building on Adelaide West. Among them were the heiress Trinity Jackman, indie record exec Jeff Remedios, TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey, interior designer Anwar Mukhayesh, Sony Music president Shane Carter and the society queen bee Ashleigh Dempster. Together they represented a cross-section of the city’s new establishment—a group that had been carefully corralled by the organizers of the London-based Soho House to help decide who deserved to be a founding member of the private club’s new Toronto outpost.

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TIFF RED CARPET: Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko shine for To The Wonder (director Terrence Malick does not)

TIFF RED CARPET: Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko shine for To The Wonder (director Terrence Malick does not)

Time was, director Terrence Malick’s films came once in a blue moon, each an organic outgrowth of the filmmaker’s elusive personality and neo-transcendentalist philosophy. It’s only been a year since Malick’s insanely ambitious Tree Of Life divided critics, but now he’s back with To the Wonder, which arrives at TIFF like a whisper on the wind. The reclusive, press-shy Malick wasn’t there, of course, though rumours about him circled around TIFF (we heard someone say that To the Wonder’s producer said that, “Terry wakes up every morning and has literally billions of ideas,” which was pretty funny). Instead, To the Wonder‘s stars represented the film at the Princess of Wales theatre yesterday. Some of them, anyway. Ben Affleck (who of course showed up for the Argo premiere) and Javier Bardem were AWOL. Ditto Rachel Weisz, whose role was cut at the last minute (Malick is notorious for reshaping his films in the editing suite). But local girl Rachel McAdams, dressed up in a Gaia-green dress, and co-star (and ex-Bond girl) Olga Kurylenko made an appearance, gamely fielding questions about Malick’s obscure love story. Frankly, we were hoping to catch some of the wheat that dominates To the Wonder’s landscape, but not even a lone grain made its way to Toronto.

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TIFF 2011 Roundup: Olivia Wilde, Rachel Weisz and Sarah Gadon are among TIFF’s best dressed

When the celebs got it right, they really got it right on the red carpet at TIFF 2011—although Olivia Wilde was spotted in a scarf and motorcycle jacket at Grey Goose Soho House, she showed up to the premiere of Butter in a beautiful Marchesa gown with great shoulders and a long flowing skirt (we worried it would be dirtied by the concrete). Jason Wu dressed Rachel Weisz and Sarah Gadon was dressed in Wu by the Bay for TIFF 2011—Weisz at The Deep Blue Sea premiere and dinner wearing a belted floral print dress, and Gadon going for broke with a long slit and small train.  We think they all deserve top marks, but who made all of the right choices at this year’s TIFF?

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(Images: Olivia Wilde, Lia Grainger; Rachel Weisz, Alexandra Wyman; Sarah Gadon, Chris Drost)

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TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Rachel Weisz looks gorgeous on the red carpet for The Deep Blue Sea

The Brits took to the red carpet at the TIFF Bell Lightbox yesterday for the gala presentation of The Deep Blue Sea. Director Terence Davies seemed quite tickled by the attention, but got discombobulated by the camera flashes, exclaiming, “I’m frightened!” Tom Hiddleston was dashing in classic black and sported unusually dark locks to match the look. He seemed genuinely surprised when a chunk of fans shouted in unison: “We love you, Tom!” And Rachel, ah, Rachel. With her dark curls tumbling loosely over bare white shoulders, what can we say about Rachel Weisz other than simply stunning? See our photo gallery, after the jump.

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Rachel Weisz is a consummate professional at the Deep Blue Sea dinner at Grey Goose Soho House

Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston should know better than to stare. (Image: Alexandra Wyman)

By now, Soho House’s once discreet location is known by all to be home to the hottest celebs at TIFF, but at last night’s The Deep Blue Sea dinner, the mega-wattage of stars had been toned down. The second floor space hosted the casual dinner prior to the special presentation of Deep Blue Sea, but it was mainly filled out by in-town Soho House members who had RSVP-ed for an opportunity to nosh on a main of salmon, strip steak or mushroom risotto with the film’s stars. By the time our table was cleared of our shared platter of appetizers, there was nary a sign of cast members Rachel Weisz or Tom Hiddleston. Moments later, just as we received our main, both Weisz and Hiddleston arrived and, like anyone would for a good friend, dashed over to the director and writer of the film, Terence Davies, and spoke by the bar. Check out the scene at The Deep Blue Sea dinner 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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CONFIRMED: Super-sexy Rachel Weisz will be attending TIFF 2011

The Hype has just received word that Academy Award winner and naked snake wearer Rachel Weisz will be crossing the Atlantic for TIFF 2011 this year. Her publicist has confirmed that the British bombshell will be in town to promote Page Eight, an English spy flick that also stars Ralph Fiennes and Bill Nighy. We wonder if Weisz’s first-hand knowledge of a real-life British spy (she’s married to James Bond, after all) helped her in the role.

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Canadian co-production director wrote a letter to Stephen Harper to get David Strathairn a spot in her film 

That’s just one of the many fun facts about David Strathairn in a short profile of the Academy Award–nominated actor by Johanna Schneller in the weekend edition of the Globe and Mail. Strathairn is in Toronto to shoot Alphas, a series for the SyFy network, and he spoke with Schneller regarding his role in Larysa Kondracki’s new flick—also starring Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave—about the true story of the United Nations peacekeeper in Bosnia who uncovered a human trafficking scandal. Apparently, the reason Kondracki had to write to the prime minister was to ask for an exemption to the rule that limits the number of U.S. actors who can work in Canadian co-productions, and Harper must have given her his consent, because Strathairn appears in the film (and for scale!). Read the entire story [Globe and Mail] »

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TIFF’s worst dressed

Because any dress that makes its wearer do this in front of a camera crew makes our list. (Image: Karon Liu)

This year’s worst-dressed list was far easier to put together than our best-dressed roundup. (Overall, the fashion choices were too safe, too casual and sometimes just plain wrong. Take a look at the festival’s sartorial lowlights in our slide show below.


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The swag series: celebs like Rachel Weisz get all the jewellery they want at Lia Sophia

What it is: Lia Sophia, an international company focusing on jewellery, has set up camp in the Windsor Arms’ Prime Restaurant. Offering stars and lucky media gals who visit statement pieces from its latest collection, Lia Sophia will also be sending gift baskets directly to hotel rooms. We wonder if any stars holed up in the Windsor Arms deemed the restaurant too far to travel.

Who goes: Rachel Weisz and Flare editor Lisa Tant.

What they get: Anything they want and as much as they want from the collection. The chunky, bejewelled, silvery Estate bracelet and earrings have been popular choices.

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Official TIFF guest list released: Jon Hamm, James Franco, Javier Bardem, Marion Cotillard, Will Ferrell and more

The young, the old and the fugly

Woot! Woot! The exhaustive official guest list for TIFF has been released (James Franco! Jon Hamm! Uma Thurman!), meaning we can finally provide a definitive stargazing guide to the fest. Here’s a quick primer. See the full list after the jump.

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Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Robert De Niro, Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Woody Allen, Catherine Deneuve, Harvey Keitel, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Martin Sheen, William H. Macy, Catherine Keener

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RED CARPET INTERVIEW: We chat up Rachel Weisz and Max Minghella at the premiere of Agora

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Celeb spotting warm-up 4: Ewan, Demi, Weisz, Viggo and, yes, even more Clooney

Where Demi goes, can Ashton be far behind? (Photo by TechCrunch50-2008)

Where Demi goes, can Ashton be far behind? (Photo by TechCrunch50-2008)

In today’s lineup of galas and special presentations we have Ewan McGregor and Clooney chasing government conspiracies, Natalie Portman playing a stepmom (in non-Julia Roberts fashion) and Demi Moore and David Duchovny at war with their neighbours. Learn about all of these, plus the directorial debut of designer Tom Ford and many other screenings, after the jump.

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