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TIFF Red Carpet: Zac Efron sparkles at the Parkland premiere

TIFF Red Carpet: Parkland

Tween dream Zac Efron’s sparkle shone even brighter than usual at last night’s gala presentation of JFK assassination drama Parkland—especially next to the rumpled suits and surly mugs on his male co-stars, who appeared to have stumbled onto the red carpet en route to a nearby insurance sales convention. Sideways and 12 Years a Slave actor Paul Giamatti glowered dourly at the press gallery, but the worst offender was Tom Hanks progeny Colin Hanks, who should’ve spent less time making shirtless vines and more time practicing how not to pose like a robotic automaton. Black-clad Silver Linings Playbook star Jacki Weaver fared better, as did female co-stars Bitsie Tulloch in a sky-blue cocktail dress and Kat Steffans in a strapless belted gown. Still, Efron, who reportedly went super-method for his role as a (smoldering) surgical resident in the film, was clearly the belle of the ball.

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SPOTTED: Zac Efron signs autographs for besotted fans camped out at Pearson

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A toque-clad Zac Efron arrived at Pearson yesterday and stopped to sign autographs before being shuttled to his hotel (he’s rumoured to be staying at the InterContinental). The actor-slash-style icon is at TIFF to promote Parkland, in which he plays one of the doctors who tried to save JFK’s life. Not exactly tweenage territory, but we’re sure the affable star will nonetheless set many young hearts a-flutter before the fest is through.

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

TIFF Style Guide: 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 wearing: the star has mastered the art of creating youthful takes on the classics. That’s why we worked with Yorkdale Shopping Centre to show you how to pull off his look.

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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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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

Soho House

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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SPOTTED: Zac Efron makes one fan’s day at the Ritz-Carlton

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Zac Efron’s mission at this year’s TIFF: shed his candy-sweet image as a non-threatening object of tweenage affection (hence his appearance in At Any Price and The Paperboy—not exactly High School Musical territory). Mission failed. The star was spotted on Sunday in the lobby near TOCA at the Ritz-Carlton and was soon swarmed by young fans. Before his handlers could hustle him into an elevator, he took the time to snap this photo with the girl who’d asked for the privilege first. As her mother put it: “He was so amazingly nice and down to earth….My daughter is still shaking from the experience!! Thank you Zac Efron!!” What a sweetie.

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TIFF PARTY: Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid and Maika Monroe at the At Any Price post-premiere party

Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron (Image: Lu Chau/Photagonist)

After a weekend of non-stop partying, it takes something pretty incredible to keep us out after midnight on a Sunday. And around 12:30 a.m. at the Virgin Mobile Arts & Cinema Centre at AMC Storys, as we were abusing the free photo booth (hey, we want to make sure we look good, too) and eating too many sliders, we got just what we needed to keep our spirits going: Zac Efron’s smize. True, after the star arrived, he stuck to the well-guarded VIP area at the At Any Price post-premiere party (along with co-stars Dennis Quaid and Maika Monroe). But Nicole Kidman’s pee buddy wasn’t entirely off limits. As admirers nervously approached the velvet rope, asking for photos, he casually said, “Yeah, sure” and either came over for a shot or let them come to him. Swoon! A man (almost) of the people. And while one guest was overheard whining, “He’s not as tall in person as I thought he’d be,” we felt like reminding her that it’s not the size that counts, it’s the number of abs.

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TIFF RED CARPET: Zac Efron looks sharp and Dennis Quaid looks…casual at the At Any Price premiere

TIFF RED CARPET: At Any Price

The  farm-centric subject matter of  At Any Price must have inspired Dennis Quaid to wear blue jeans on the red carpet (he is certainly in the running for least-dressed-up star at the festival thus far). In the flick, High School Musical alum Zac Efron plays Quaid’s racecar-driving son, who wants to leave rural Iowa and his father’s farm, and Efron took a different approach on the red carpet, sporting a full suit and—somewhat surprising at this year’s festival—a tie! Though Heather Graham, who has a supporting role in the film, wasn’t on the red carpet at the Princess of Wales Theatre on Sunday night, Maika Monroe, who kind of looks like a younger version of Graham, made an appearance in a sweet, long-sleeved white dress. The lacy outfit was fun, but noticeably less glam than the feathery Marchesa dress she donned in Venice. We’re not sure we like this trend of TIFF playing sartorial second fiddle to Venice.

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TIFF PARTY: The cult of Weinstein on Day Four at Soho House

TIFF PARTY: Soho House

When you’re this big, they call you Weinstein (and no, that’s not a fat joke). Harvey Weinstein, former head of Miramax and likely the most powerful man at TIFF, held court (once again) on Sunday night at the celebrity hotspot for this year’s festival. Having spied on him for three days now, we can report what might be our favourite TIFF ritual: the deferential Weinstein greeting. Read on for the scoop in our fourth series of dispatches from Soho House.

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The 50 buzziest films of TIFF 2012: we slice through the hype so you don’t have to

The 50 buzziest films of TIFF 2012
Single tickets for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival go on sale this Sunday, September 2. And with a record 372 films being screened (146 of them world premieres), it can be daunting trying to figure out which ones are actually worth the $20 (or $40, for galas and special presentations) and hours in line. 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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The Find: the hottest celebrity accessory is actually available in Toronto (and frankly, it’s better here)

Anchors away (Image: Speakeasy)

There are so many reasons to want a tattoo, but so few good reasons to actually get one. For example, we don’t recommend forehead tattoos, no matter how much you love someone (sorry, Drake). And while Justin Bieber may think a giant Jesus on the calf is a great idea, we think that it’s just fine for tattoos to be a little subtler sometimes (sorry, Jesus). We walked by Speakeasy on Harbord and immediately fell in love with its old-school tattoos and custom work—don’t fret though, tattoo artists Lizzie, Adrian and Jen M. all have unique styles, so there’s a lot of opportunity to be modern (well, maybe not by Zac Efron’s definition), should sparrows and anchors not be what you were hoping for. Prices vary (and gift cards are available).

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Zac Efron gets a Drake tattoo because, let’s face it, he’s an idiot (just kidding, it’s fine)

Zac Efron gets branded (Image: Jun Sato/WireImage)

By now, most people are familiar with the Los Angeles woman who stupidly got “DRAKE” tattooed on her forehead (if not, check it out). Now, onetime teen heartthrob and former High School Musical rapscallion Zac Efron has unveiled his very own Drizzy tattoo. The tattoo says “YOLO,” which is a reference to a Drake mantra and song meaning “You Only Live Once.” Sure, it’s not on his forehead, but Drake’s infectious influence has now infiltrated the Tiger Beat demographic (he’ll lose them, of course, when some idiot gets “BIEBER” tattooed on their forehead).