Toronto International Film Festival

Here are five trailers for films we now know are coming to TIFF Here are five trailers for films we now know are coming to TIFF

This morning, the Toronto International Film Festival made its first in what will certainly be a long series of programming announcements leading up to the September 4 commencement of this year’s event. Today’s unveiling consisted of 13 “gala” films (meaning, big-deal premieres) and 46 “special presentations” (meaning, almost-as-big-deal premieres). Despite having lost some major debuts… Read more »

Should Toronto have a 4 a.m. last call? These people certainly think so Should Toronto have a 4 a.m. last call? These people certainly think so

The term “world-class city” gets thrown around a lot these days—especially in Toronto, which seems haunted by it—but it tends to mean different things to different people. For a group of scrappy fun-lovers that have started a campaign called Extend Last Call T.O., being world class amounts to one thing: extending last call to 4… Read more »

TIFF’s new policy: only world and North American premieres can play the busies... TIFF’s new policy: only world and North American premieres can play the busiest days of the festival

The Toronto International Film Festival is such a big deal to locals that it’s easy for us to lose sight of the fact that it’s just one of many global film festivals, all of which are competing for the esteem of a mercurial industry. This week, things got a little cutthroat when it emerged that… Read more »

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

By Katrina Onstad | Photograph by Norman Wong 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… Read more »

The 50 Most Influential People in Toronto: who really runs this city? The 50 Most Influential People in Toronto: who really runs this city?

You know you live in interesting times when the chief of police is the most powerful person in town. What propelled Chief Blair to the top of our Influentials list was Rob Ford’s Crackgate—a story that consumed the city for much of the last year and whose bewildering narrative is still being written. Of course,… Read more »

TIFF Style Guide Sponsored by Yorkdale: how to pull off modern manliness like Za... TIFF Style Guide Sponsored by Yorkdale: how to pull off modern manliness like Zac Efron

Although Zac Efron hit the bigtime via the choreographed pep and too-cute haircuts of High School Musical, the actor has since proven himself a grown-up style icon with a propensity for sharp tailoring. When he walks the TIFF red carpet for ensemble drama Parkland this week, try to ignore the hordes of screaming girls and focus on what he’s… Read more »

The 50 Buzziest Films of TIFF: We Cut Through the Hype So You Don’t Have To The 50 Buzziest Films of TIFF: We Cut Through the Hype So You Don’t Have To

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… Read more »

50 Most Influential 2012: a short interview with TIFF artistic director Cameron ... 50 Most Influential 2012: a short interview with TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey

Under TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey, Toronto has become the place to premiere an Oscar-bait film. Since he’s taken the helm, audience attendance has steadily grown and the festival has cemented its place as the city’s top cultural event. Bailey, No. 15 on our list of Toronto’s 50 Most Influential People 2012, chatted with us… Read more »

Venice vs. TIFF fashion showdown, Naomi Watts edition Venice vs. TIFF fashion showdown, Naomi Watts edition

Naomi Watts seems to have a thing for evening gowns in nude and blush, so the bateau-necked lace Marchesa dress she wore at the Venice Film Festival premiere of The Reluctant Fundamentalist in late August was well within her comfort zone (though quite ornate, considering she wasn’t actually in the film—she attended as hubbie Liev Shrieber’s… Read more »

TIFF WEEKEND ROUNDUP: The five hottest parties from the festival’s first few n... TIFF WEEKEND ROUNDUP: The five hottest parties from the festival’s first few nights

Movie debuts and closed-door distribution deals may be the driving forces behind the Toronto International Film Festival, but it’s the late-night soirées and off-hours socializing that we really wait to see every September. From cute celebrity couples cooing in the corner to a private rendezvous between Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart to the hot mess… Read more »

TIFF PARTY: Christina Hendricks and Elle Fanning catch up like schoolgirls at th... TIFF PARTY: Christina Hendricks and Elle Fanning catch up like schoolgirls at the Ginger and Rosa after-party

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars buzzed around the Entertainment District on Friday night, promoting nine star-studded films being screened on day two of the Toronto International Film Festival. On the corner of Duncan and Pearl, a small crowd of mainly curious bar-hoppers loitered by two red carpets set up on each side of Charles Khabouth… Read more »

TIFF PRESS CONFERENCE: Bruce Willis on Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing Bruce Willis... TIFF PRESS CONFERENCE: Bruce Willis on Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing Bruce Willis in Looper

Apparently, answering questions is the hardest part of an actor’s job. Or at least Bruce Willis said so, and we think quite seriously. We didn’t even notice a hint of that signature Willis smirk (and, believe us, we really wanted to see the smirk).

The Weekender: TIFF, Lewis Black and five other events on our to-do list The Weekender: TIFF, Lewis Black and five other events on our to-do list

1. LEWIS BLACK: RUNNING ON EMPTY If Lewis Black comes across as a shouting man more than a funny man, that’s because there just seems to be so much to shout about—and never more so than in a U.S. presidential election year, when sanity tends to leap out the window. Hence his latest show, Running… Read more »

CONFIRMED: Fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier will be at TIFF 2012 CONFIRMED: Fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier will be at TIFF 2012

Famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier (you know his name from that line in The Devil Wears Prada) has confirmed his attendance at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar vet will set up a photo studio for the camera-loving stars at NKPR and RW&Co’s free swag room, the IT Lounge, considerably… Read more »

TIFF 2012: 17 galas, 45 special presentations and a lot of star power at this ye... TIFF 2012: 17 galas, 45 special presentations and a lot of star power at this year’s festival

This morning, TIFF CEO Piers Handling and Artistic Director Cameron Bailey announced TIFF 2012’s opening night gala, galas and special presentations. The big surprise? Genre film Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, is opening the festival, and not Midnight’s Children as some had hoped. It appears that TIFF is continuing to have fun by… Read more »