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PEOPLE's Critic Rates Toronto Film Fest's Biggest Surprises

PEOPLE's Critic Rates Toronto Film Fest's Biggest Surprises

Originally posted 09/18/2010 06:00AM

Natalie Portman’s extraordinary performance in Black Swan may have been a foregone conclusion, but there were some delightful moments in the Toronto International Film Festival that took me by surprise. Here are a few:

The Metaphysical Clint Eastwood:
The guy can do anything, sure. But who knew he wanted to explore such a big, ethereal question as what happens after you die? In Hereafter, he intertwines three stories of people who have brushes with death, including Matt Damon as a reluctant psychic, slowly unspooling their lives, then bringing them together in unexpected and not altogether tidy ways. It’s certainly not Eastwood’s best film, but it’s a welcome departure for a man who tends to dwell in a world that’s entirely more visceral and elemental.

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Ben Affleck, Natalie Portman, Joaquin Phoenix Fuel Toronto Film Fest Buzz | Ben Affleck, Natalie Portman

Ben Affleck, Natalie Portman, Joaquin Phoenix Fuel Toronto Film Fest Buzz

Originally posted 09/09/2010 11:20AM

Hoping to get a glimpse of Ben Affleck, shoot the breeze with James Franco, or catch a canoodle between Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan? Then pack your bags for Toronto, because those are just of the few of the glittery names hitting town for the 35th Toronto International Film Festival.

Speaking of The Town, Affleck's heist drama of that name is one of the festival's most hotly anticipated films, along with Mulligan's mesmerizing Never Let Me Go, about children raised to be spare parts for wealthier, luckier humans. Having seen both, we can already declare them more than worthy (and look for Mulligan's name on Best Actress ballots come Oscar time).

Also generating heavy buzz is Franco in 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle's film about Aron Ralston, the hiker forced to cut off his own arm after being trapped by a boulder, and Natalie Portman in Black Swan, a dark (some say creepy) film about the ballet world. Word is, we should expect to see Portman giving Mulligan some solid competition come awards season.

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Matt Damon Has 'Testosterone Deficient' Home | Matt Damon

Matt Damon Has 'Testosterone Deficient' Home

Originally posted 09/12/2009 09:15AM

As the only male in a household of four females, Matt Damon's life is filled with love and fairy princesses.

"I call it the 'testosterone deficit.' But I'm happy with that," Damon told PEOPLE at Friday's premiere of The Informant! at the Toronto International Film Festival of his home life. "I love my girls and it's lot of pink, a lot of princesses and a lot of fun."


With his bachelor days behind him, Damon, 38, and his wife, Luciana, are in domestic bliss, celebrating special milestones in the lives of their daughters: Gia, 13 months, Isabella, 3, and Alexia, 11.

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Jennifer Aniston: 'Things Couldn't Be Better' | Jerry O'Connell

Jennifer Aniston: 'Things Couldn't Be Better'

Originally posted 09/08/2008 12:15PM

Jennifer Aniston is happily keeping busy these days, she tells PEOPLE.

"Things couldn't be better," the actress, who recently split from John Mayer, told PEOPLE at Sunday's screening of her new film, Management, at the Toronto International Film Festival. "Busy, but it's great."

Asked where she finds her inner strength, Aniston, 39, told reporters, "Waking up everyday."

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Brad Pitt's Kids Make Him Laugh, Long for Sleep

Brad Pitt's Kids Make Him Laugh, Long for Sleep

Originally posted 09/06/2008 09:25AM

Brad Pitt will have audiences laughing out loud as a knucklehead fitness employee in Burn After Reading, but what makes PEOPLE's two-time Sexiest Man Alive chuckle in real life?

"My kids," Pitt, 44, told PEOPLE at the Toronto International Film Festival gala screening Friday for his new Coen Brothers comedy also starring George Clooney.

Speaking of his kids with Angelina Jolie, newest additions, eight-week-old twins, Knox and Vivienne, are great, he added.

"Everyone is healthy," said Pitt. "No sleep though."

He added to reporters: "Sleep is something you long for, but it's alright. We'll get it."

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Guy Ritchie: Madonna Is 'Very Supportive'

Guy Ritchie: Madonna Is 'Very Supportive'

Originally posted 09/05/2008 08:50AM

She may not have been on his arm for the Toronto Film Festival premiere of RocknRolla (blame her touring schedule!) but Guy Ritchie says his wife Madonna was there for him throughout the making of the film.

"She's been very supportive," Ritchie, 39, told PEOPLE. "It was great."

That said, he told reporters that he didn't know the secret of a happy marriage. "That's a toughie," he conceded. "If you know, you tell me."

The stars of Ritchie's film also had tons of praise for the Material Girl, who often visited the set.

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Look Out, Toronto: Here Come Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston | Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston

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Look Out, Toronto: Here Come Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston

Originally posted 09/04/2008 04:45PM

Burning question No. 1 at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday: Will exes Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston cross paths?

They arrive on different days, but in the movie biz, anything is possible. Pitt is due in Canada, sans Angelina Jolie, to hype Burn After Reading, his new Coen Brothers comedy with George Clooney. Aniston, meanwhile, will be talking up Management, a romantic comedy in which she's wooed by Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson.

But those are just two of the 249 feature films set to screen and a few of the stars – cue Dakota Fanning, Ricky Gervais and Charlize Theron – set to shine over the 10-day festival, which has come to serve Hollywood as the annual unofficial launch of the Oscar race.

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