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A TIFF closing party with Jeff Branson from Young and the Restless (we thought it was strange too)

Young and restless, just like us

On Saturday night, the Roosevelt Room and Young and the Restless heartthrob Jeff Branson hosted the TIFF closing party, A Hollywood Romance. We’re not quite sure why Branson was in town, since he’s not currently promoting any films, or what his relationship is to TIFF, but never one to pass up a party, we crowded into the Art Deco-themed night club with the usual Saturday night club kids and a few film-types who looked just as out of place as we did.

Perhaps there’s some truth to critics who believe that TIFF ends on Tuesday after many of the boldface names have headed back to their respective hideaways (or New York Fashion Week). After four hours of old-school remixes and house beats, we had yet to distinguish the Y&R star from the other party-goers packed in like sardines grinding to a remix of Adele’s “Someone Like You.” TIFF was officially over and it was time to catch up on some much-needed sleep. We crossed the velvet ropes and bid farewell to TIFF 2011, until next year.

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On night three of Festival Music House, it was indie rock madness with The Arkells and Hey Rosetta!

Parlovr getting into it at Festival Music House (Image: J.J. Thompson)

Last night wrapped up the final eve of Festival Music House at TIFF, and much like the two nights before it, the booze was flowing and the bands gave it their all. Festival Music House curators Arts&Crafts (the label that brought us Broken Social Scene, The Stills, Timber Timbre and Jason Collett to name a few) did a great job creating unique lineups with different themes each night, with Monday’s performances appealing to a more mainstream crowd, Tuesday’s country and folk influence and last night’s indie rock thread with The Darcys, Parlovr, Hey Rosetta!, The Rural Alberta Advantage and headliners The Arkells. Check out who showed up and rocked out, after the jump.

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Nicolas Cage is a sad wine drinker and Maggie Gyllenhaal wears sweatpants at the Soho Metropolitan Hotel last night

Nicolas Cage (Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Outside of the Soho Metropolitan Hotel, fans gathered to catch a glimpse of Nicolas Cage at his Trespass after-party, and to be perfectly honest, most of the action was happening outside of the Euro beat–heavy clubland inside. We spotted Hysteria’s Maggie Gyllenhaal in “couture” sweatpants and glasses exiting an elevator, seeming eager to distance herself from the afternoons-in-Ibiza party that was happening in the hotel (she was staying there), but apart from these two star sightings, the biggest name we spotted was Massari. Check out the scene and find out what desperate measures some partygoers took to see Cage after the jump.

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ET Canada’s sixth birthday party is the least TIFF-y of all TIFF parties

Natalie Brown (Image: Lia Parsley)

As the Hollywood set celebrated last night with parties for Butter, Interview magazine and InStyle, our homegrown Canadian talent came out for ET Canada’s sixth birthday bash at Spice Route. The cast of Rookie Blue and Lost Girl, everyone’s favourite contractor Mike Holmes, Call Me Fitz’s affable Tracy Dawson, Molly Parker, Natalie Brown, the Trailer Park Boys, Alexandra Holden (we know her best as anorexic beauty queen Mary Johanson from Drop Dead Gorgeous), ET Canada hosts and L.A. transplant Matte Babel all walked the red carpet—some better than others (namely, Natalie Brown and her impressive at-camera eye squints)—in honour of the entertainment news source’s special day. Check out the red carpet after the jump.

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Interview magazine and Joe Fresh host a rooftop party for Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin (Image: Sam Santos/Wireimage)

Interview magazine, Joe Fresh and Paramount Productions hosted an invite-only soiree last night at the Spoke Club rooftop, where the Joe Fresh–orange cocktails were flowing and everyone was loose, including Like Crazy cast members Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin. It was a party without George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, or other faces we’ve grown tired of this week, yet it grew larger by the second and saw Jason Reitman and Jessica Chastain pass through—even Kimberley Newport-Mimran, fresh off a plane after a Pink Tartan show at New York Fashion Week, was seen laughing with husband Joe (or Mr. Fresh to his closest friends). Newport-Mimran gave us the scoop on her menswear line Black Tartan, which will be debuting in her Yorkville store very soon. That’s an actual fact— something there aren’t many of in the typical “Toronto is so much friendlier than New York” responses that journalists usually get from interviews during TIFF. Pics of the party guests and their thoughts about Toronto after the jump.

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The Burroughes party brings Butter’s stars—hello, Jennifer Garner (with baby bump) and Olivia Wilde—not butterfaces

It was ladies’ night at the Burroughes VitaminWater party for Butter, where the film’s stars Jennifer Garner, Ashley Greene, Olivia Wilde and Alicia Silverstone all came out before their premiere at Roy Thompson Hall. The film is about a Midwest U.S. town’s annual butter carving contest (don’t knock it—Toronto is also known to carve butter at the Royal Winter Fair), so naturally there was a butter sculptor. The carver, in what we’re sure is regulation costume for such an event, wore the shortest skirt we’ve ever seen outside of the Brass Rail, complete with a very low-cut top, which of course served as a beacon for the suits in attendance.  Get a close up of Butter’s knockout stars in a gallery after the jump.

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Kathy Griffin swears a lot and Kim Cattrall sells the clothes off her back at this year’s Cinema Against AIDS gala

Kim Cattrall at the Cinema Against AIDS gala (Image: courtesy of amfAR)

Last night, The Carlu played host to the third annual Cinema Against AIDS event in support of amfAR and Dignitas International. Though the star wattage wasn’t overly bright by TIFF standards, it didn’t stop a throng of gawkers from taking over the Yonge Street median to get a glimpse of celebs like 30 Rock guest star Cheyenne Jackson, Kim Cattrall, designer Kenneth Cole, the evening’s emcee Kathy Griffin and singer John Legend. We learned the phrase “swears like a sailor” is an understatement in the presence of Griffin, who dropped F-bombs at every opportunity (we stopped counting around number 30)—the self-styled D-list star blew our evening of curses with Susie Essman at the Astral party out of the water. Find out how Cattrall raised more money at this year’s Cinema Against AIDS gala after the jump.

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Channing Tatum carries his wife up a flight of stairs and Justin Long gets fashion help from a hotel concierge

Channing Tatum and Scott Porter (Image: Alexandra Wyman)

The Ten Year dinner at the Grey Goose Soho House may have started at the early-bird time of 5:30 p.m., but it didn’t stop the film’s stars Channing Tatum, Kate Mara, Scott Porter and Justin Long from showing up. Tatum carried wife Jenna Dewan up the first flight of stairs—An Officer and a Gentleman style—because her fuchsia Zac Posen dress was too tight. Tatum didn’t dig into the spread of prosciutto, risotto (served in the biggest Parmesan wheel we’ve ever seen) and roast beef, or even take in any of the generously poured drinks—instead he drank from an enormous water bottle (hey, he’s got to keep in shape in case he ever makes another Step Up movie). Find out who else showed up to the party after the jump.

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On night one of Festival Music House, Toronto’s indie musicians come out to support their friends

Hannah Georgas (Image: Courtesy of Festival Music House)

Every year TIFF seems to get bigger and better. Case in point: for the second year running, in addition to an overwhelming number of films screening across the city, the festival is offering a heavy-hitting Canadian lineup at its Festival Music House. Located inside Mod Club on College Street, Festival Music House is just removed from the downtown star-spotting radius but aims to provide industry and media types with an alternative TIFF experience—one that’s more relaxed than say, the screaming crowd outside of Grey Goose Soho House every night. We attended the first of three nights at the venue, so check out who besides K’naan made a splash last night after the jump.

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A brief conversation with Gerard Butler in the washroom at Grey Goose Soho House

Andrea Riseborough and Gerard Butler (Image: Alexandra Wyman)

Before Harvey Weinsteins crazy shindig sent Grey Goose Soho House guests into full-on serious party mode, the Coriolanus after-party warmed the place up, with stars Ralph Fiennes (the director), Gerard Butler and Brian Cox all in attendance. Butler seemed grateful for the reception, mingling and high-fiving guests. He, like Susie Essman before him, dropped many F-bombs in his deep Scottish brogue, telling us his character in Machine Gun Preacher “is so fucking serious—I’m more bubbly” before muttering that he “fucking love[s] Toronto.” When we ran into him in the bathroom, he admitted he “wasn’t even sure which party he was there for until minutes before”—thank God for handlers and wranglers who keep celebs in the loop.

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Ethan Hawke makes a quick appearance at the Woman in the Fifth party, but Dave Matthews sticks around

David Rocco and Ethan Hawke (Image: Oscar Mach/Photagonist.ca)

It’s day four of TIFF and events are slowing down (okay, maybe we’re just slowing down), but we managed to make it out to the Roosevelt Room to catch Ethan Hawke, Colin Farrell and director Pawel Pawlikowski at the party for The Woman in the Fifth. We were informed that the film’s other lead, Kristin Scott Thomas, wouldn’t be attending since she’s apparently in South America, but another unpredictable star sighting made up for her absence: festival socialite extraordinaire Dave Matthews stopped by the party, having attended the screening earlier in the day, and he had only good things to say about the film and his time at TIFF (he’s a producer for the film).

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Madonna bails on her after-party, but that doesn’t stop Harvey Weinstein from throwing a great one at Grey Goose Soho House

Michael Fassbender swings and misses. (Image: Alexandra Wyman)

For the fourth and final evening, Grey Goose Soho House was the celebrity venue of choice, with back-to-back-to-back parties for Ten Year (starring Channing Tatum, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson and Justin Long), Coriolanus (starring Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain), and a star-studded, multi-floor party hosted by legendary Hollywood hitmaker Harvey Weinstein. Earlier in the evening, Madonna, the hydrangea hater herself, joined a very select group of people for a private dinner celebrating W.E., but she slipped out the back door before things got crazy (does this surprise anyone?). Butler stayed for the entire night (in excess of five consecutive hours) and was never too far from a bevy of unknown models and one Megan Fox lookalike. Coriolanus castmate Fiennes dipped out early, refusing autographs as he made his exit. No sweat off our backs—the room was beginning to fill with so many recognizable faces we could barely keep up. Find out who and what they were wearing in a gallery after the jump.

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The cast of Killer Elite (but not Robert De Niro) had a party at Maison Mercer’s rooftop deck

Jason Statham and Yvonne Strahovski (Oscar Mach/Photagonist.ca)

Not only did Robert De Niro not stay for his post-screening Q&A, he also bailed on the after-party at Maison Mercer on Saturday night. Arriving at the Mercer Street rooftop was like entering a world that only Bret Easton Ellis could cook up: areas were sectioned off for people of varying importance, including one gentleman who was double-dipping with women at least half his age. In another bottle-serviced area, we overheard two suits waxing poetic about their preferred type of sexual partner (note: she’s Asian, and on one occasion, one of the gents somehow confused a “Norwegian chick [in L.A.] for an Asian woman and it just wasn’t the same.” The same gentleman later remarked that “there just aren’t any Asian chicks in Toronto.” It was an undeniably classy affair, and we can’t imagine why De Niro wouldn’t want to attend, but thanks to a darkly lit VIP section, castmates Clive Owen, Jason Statham and Yvonne Strahovski were able to chat freely—Strahovski was even able to let loose and rub boyfriend Tim Loden affectionately until the next photo opportunity. Find out what else happened at the party after the jump.

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SmartWater and Bungalow 8 threw a party that was tough to get into at the Burroughes building

Juno Temple and Emile Hirsch (Image: Jerod Harris)

Last night’s Creative Artists Agency jam at the Burroughes building, sponsored by Smart Water and hosted by Bungalow 8, seemed to be where every celeb ended up after their various screenings and parties. It’s no wonder, because the CAA reps some of the world’s biggest stars. Michael Fassbender (whose exposed penis in Shame seems to be the talk of the town) finally showed up in Toronto after rumours he wouldn’t be coming, and James Franco, Jessica Chastain, Gerard Butler, Emile Hirsch, Glenn Close, Ethan Hawke, Colin Farrell, Dave Matthews and Emily Blunt were all in attendance in between any number of stops—Franco was feted by Bad Day magazine at the Hoxton with Gus Van Sant earlier Sunday night, and Blunt was spotted with Ewan McGregor at the Your Sister’s Sister dinner. Of course, we couldn’t see any of them, since they, like the cool kids in high school, spent the evening smoking on the rooftop, if they themselves could even get upstairs. Check out the scene 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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