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TIFF PARTY: Ray Liotta and Stephen Dorff eventually turn up for The Iceman after-party

Gerard Butler (Image: Lu Chau/Photagonist)

Although a number of The Iceman’s A-list stars, including Winona Ryder, David Schwimmer and James Franco, were no-shows at the after-party at the Virgin Mobile Arts and Cinema Centre at Charles Khabouth’s Storys, fans still worked themselves into a tizzy over the members of the star-studded cast that did show—including Stephen Dorff, Chris Evans and Ray Liotta (plus Gerard Butler, who isn’t in the film but attended to wish them his best).

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TIFF PRESS CONFERENCE: Winona Ryder insists Ray Liotta is more than just a tough guy at the Iceman presser

TIFF PRESS CONFERENCE: Winona Ryder insists Ray Liotta is more than just a tough guy at the Iceman presser

“He’s also in Field of Dreams!Winona Ryder insisted when someone pointed out that Ray Liotta has been in a lot of crime movies. Well, Liotta the crime-cinema heavy—who, as he pointed out, has played more bad cops than he has gangsters—is back with Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman, which stars Michael Shannon as real-life Gambino crime family hitman Richard Kuklinski. Ryder, who plays Shannon’s wife, Chris Evans, who plays a fellow hitman, and producer Ehud Bieberg were also in attendance, talking about the appeal of films set in the ’70s and the difficulty of wearing period facial hair.

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TIFF RED CARPET: Winona Ryder, Chris Evans and Ray Liotta at the premiere of mob movie The Iceman

TIFF RED CARPET: Winona Ryder, Chris Evans and Ray Liotta at the premiere of mob movie The Iceman

Winona Ryder, where have you been? Apart from a supporting role in Black Swan a few years back, the actress hasn’t made a high-profile movie since…we can’t remember. At The Iceman press conference, Ryder joked about developing a complex, since the press keeps asking that very question, but perhaps they’ll let up now that the film has her back on the big screen and the red carpet. Based on the story of Richard Kuklinski, a mob hitman who whacked over 20o people during his 40-year career,  the story attempts to square Kuklinski’s gruesome day job with his white–picket–fence family life. Ryder, who plays Kuklinski’s wife in the film, showed up at the Princess of Wales Theatre for the premiere in a simple black dress (which we actually didn’t like as much as the green number she wore for the film’s press conference). Michael Shannon, who plays the career killer in the flick (we know him as the creepy government agent in Boardwalk Empire), and co-stars Stephen Dorff and Captain America (a.k.a. Chris Evans) all walked the carpet in full suits. However, Ray Liotta went tie-less—we’d like to chide him, but we’re too scared he’ll give us the death stare.

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Michael Cera dishes on the status of the Arrested Development movie to a press conference with a paltry attendance of 10

Future Dillinger: Michael Cera declares range wider than awkward teens

Future Dillinger: Michael Cera declares range wider than awkward teens (Photo by Karon Liu)

“This is brutal,” said a film critic as we sit in the largely empty media room at Sutton Place. There were only five minutes left before the arrival of the cast and crew of the new Michael Cera awkward-teen rom-com (is there any other kind?), Youth In Revolt. Aside from us, there were four photographers and five reporters. The low turnout must have been due to TIFF burnout and the fact that most of the cast members—Justin Long, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi—didn’t show up.

The emptiness got so bad that organizers had to pull in the guys working at the BlackBerry booth outside to be seat fillers. And since all TIFF press conferences last 40 minutes, we all (including the BlackBerry guys) got together to brainstorm as many questions as we could to fill up the time.

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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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