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Keira KNIGHTLEY

AT THE FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK

Before racing to the airport, Knightley bemoaned her too-quick two-day trip to Canada. "I've seen a lot of hotel rooms and not much more," said the actress, who stars in A Dangerous Method (out Nov. 23). "But we had a great screening last night with a standing ovation!" Knightley earned praise for what she called a "very, very difficult" role: the troubled patient of pioneer psychoanalyst Dr. Carl Jung. "A lot of times there are threads that bind you to a character," she said. "For this, there wasn't any link whatsoever. It was about trying to figure out why she behaved the way she did and getting outside of myself."

Bennett MILLER, Jonah HILL, Chris PRATT, Brad PITT

AT THE RITZ-CARLTON

Pitt worked for years to bring Moneyball, about Oakland A's manager Billy Beane, to the screen. "It's been a long road," said Pitt, who reunited with director Miller and costars Hill and Pratt for the premiere of the movie, opening this week. "The best part is seeing all the guys again and how happy they were with the film."

Woody HARRELSON & Robin WRIGHT

AT THE ROOSEVELT ROOM SUPPER CLUB

The pair star in the gritty drama Rampart, loosely based on the real-life story of corrupt cops in L.A. "Woody's a friend first," said Wright. "We've known each other for over 10 years." Said Harrelson of working with Wright: "It's like acting with a wild animal, because you don't know what she's going to do next. I love that."

Evan Rachel WOOD

AT THE RITZ-CARLTON

Despite losing a tooth at her 24th birthday party two days before her PEOPLE photo shoot-"I caught an elbow right in the left side of my face [when] I was dancing with my friends in Paris"-Wood, who stars with Ryan Gosling and George Clooney in Ides of March (out Oct. 7), felt more glamorous than ever in front of the camera. "Once I cut my hair, it really changed everything," said the self-described "tomboy." "I felt like me."

Salma HAYEK

AT THE FOUR SEASONS

After jetting in from Venice with her daughter Valentina, Hayek took a moment to pose in her hotel room before the premiere of her movie Americano, a drama set in France, California and Mexico. All that traveling didn't keep her from Canada. "Toronto," said Hayek, "is the place for film."

Rachel WEISZ

AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL

Who was the busiest actress in Toronto? Weisz, who premiered three movies: The Deep Blue Sea, 360 and Page Eight.

Ralph FIENNES

AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL

Goodbye, Voldemort: Fiennes, now onstage in The Tempest in London, adapted Shakespeare's Coriolanus (out Dec. 2) for his directorial debut.

Chloe MORETZ

AT THE HAZELTON HOTEL

Promoting the drama Hick (she's also in Martin Scorsese's Hugo, out Nov. 23), the rising star, 14, kept her entourage small-big bro Trevor, 25.

Elizabeth OLSEN

AT THE FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's younger sister is earning Oscar buzz for her role in the drama Martha Marcy May Marlene (out Oct. 21). One thing she's nervous about is Dad seeing her nude scenes. "My family hasn't seen it yet," Elizabeth said. "I imagine him sitting there going, 'Oh, God!'"

Shailene WOODLEY

AT THE FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK

The star of TV's The Secret Life of the American Teenager steals scenes as the foul-mouthed daughter of George Clooney's character in The Descendants (out Nov. 18). But in real life, Clooney is more of a pal than a dad figure: "The one fatherly thing he did say was, 'Shailene, I'd better approve the guy you choose to date.'"

Michelle MONAGHAN, Gerard BUTLER & Michael SHANNON

AT THE FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK

"I had a lot of firsts in Toronto: my first major-league baseball game, my first yacht ride," said Butler (with his costars in the new drama Machine Gun Preacher). "I spent summers here; my father owned an umbrella store. I have a big emotional connection to this city."

Mike McCREADY Eddie VEDDER Cameron CROWE Jeff AMENT Stone GOSSARD & Matt CAMERON

AT THE FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK

While on the road and visiting Toronto to premiere Pearl Jam Twenty, the Cameron Crowe-directed documentary (out this week) that follows their 20-year career, the rock band enjoy creating fake hotel aliases such as "Hugh Mility" to have fun. "'Amanda Reckonwith' is one of my favorites that I've used," said Vedder.

Kirsten DUNST

AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL

Dunst's performance in the apocalyptic drama Melancholia (out Nov. 11) scored her a Best Actress win this spring in Cannes. Compared to that, Toronto was "no pressure," she said. "There are no awards here." Instead, "I celebrated with everyone at dinner."

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