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Toronto International Film Festival
Originally posted 09/24/2012 04:15PM
While the Toronto International Film Festival may be over, PEOPLE went behind the scenes to capture some of the world's biggest stars.
Ben Affleck – who was promoting his spy thriller Argo (Affeck directed and stars) told his costars, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin to "look mean" while they playfully tossed popcorn in the air during their photo shoot.
"I've never had so much fun whoring myself out for a movie," Goodman joked at the Shangri-La Hotel.
Originally posted 09/15/2012 03:00PM
Some things you totally see coming – that Bill Murray would be a great FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson, for instance. Or that Ben Affleck's Argo, about rescuing American embassy workers in Iran, would somehow nail the Hollywood satire/nail-biting escape genre. (Oh, who are we kidding? It created the Hollywood satire/nail-biting escape genre – and it's getting Oscar buzz to boot.)
Still, some things out of the Toronto International Film Festival continue to surprise, even now that the show's over.
Here are a few:
Originally posted 09/12/2012 05:20PM
Johnny Depp waved to fans, looking calm and casual as he made his way down the red carpet last week at the Toronto International Film Festival.
It could have been just another premiere – another work obligation, another red carpet – for the actor, except he wasn't promoting himself or even a movie he worked on.
By his side: someone who is not a celebrity, but has been thrust into the spotlight nonetheless. In the same week PEOPLE printed a first-look at his new memoir, Life After Death, Damien Echols, one third of the so-called West Memphis Three, stood beside Depp at the Canadian premiere of the Amy Berg-directed documentary, West of Memphis, which Echols produced with his wife, Lorri Davis, about the the 1993 murder case.
Originally posted 09/10/2012 06:00PM
For the past few years, he's played brainy Dan Humphrey on the CW series Gossip Girl, but now, Penn Badgley is ready to take on more serious roles – and be a part-time musician.
In his new film, Greetings from Tim Buckley, Badgley, 25, plays (and sings as) late singer Jeff Buckley.
"For the first time I can say that I'm incredibly excited to be an actor and have done something creative that I'm proud of," Badgley tells PEOPLE from the Toronto International Film Festival. "I really want to focus on is the fact that this is a movie where I'm acting."
Originally posted 09/10/2012 06:00AM
The Spring Breakers head north!
Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens (and about 48 others from the cast of Spring Breakers) reunited for dinner – sans James Franco – in the private dining room at Brassaii Restaurant and Lounge in Toronto on Friday night.
"Selena was stunning and very excited about being here," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "Both girls looked very elegant."
Upon arriving, Gomez took a slight detour before entering the restaurant.
"There were some young girls waiting on the red carpet set up outside. She sidestepped her handler and took some Thelma and Louise style photos with her fans," a source says.
"She also signed a 9-year-old boy's baseball cap ... and demanded Vanessa do the same."
"It was all very cute, she was so sweet to do it," the source adds.
– Kristin Boehm
Originally posted 09/09/2012 12:15PM
That's one full house!
The Soho House celebrated the second day of the Toronto Film Festival on Friday with parties for Imogene, The Master and Anna Karenina.
Trudie Styler was one of the first guests to arrive. Wearing a white dress, Styler – who co-produced Imogene – sipped on a Grey Goose Le Fizz cocktail and happily greeted Kristen Wiig and Darren Criss, who star in the film.
Upstairs, The Master star Amy Adams arrived in an elegant black dress and spent most of the party chatting with guests.
Julianne Moore was also spotted mingling with guests and relaxing after a busy day of festival activities.
Meanwhile at the Anna Karenina bash, Keira Knightley – who wore a black Elie Saab Haute Couture gown – spent most of the evening talking with costar Aaron Johnson and his wife, filmmaker Sam Taylor Wood.
Nearby, Jude Law enjoyed a Grey Goose cocktail as he laughed with friends.
On Saturday, Soho House hosted an event following the premiere of Silver Linings Playbook: The film's star Bradley Cooper held court on a corner couch, snacking and chatting with other guests.
Chris O'Dowd and new wife, Dawn Porter were also in attendance and enjoyed seafood salads, meatballs and other light fare.
Woody Harrelson happily posed for photos with fans, while Alexander Skarsgard enjoyed a beer with female friend.
Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul – in town to promote Smashed – also made the scene, chatting with fans and fellow stars alike. He even recounted when he and fiancé Lauren Parsekian saw Sally Field on a recent flight and "were completely starstruck," says a source. "But she had the same reaction toward him!" Who wouldn't?
Also in the club: Happy couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, who hung out with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And Glee star Chord Overstreet, who was sporting a hat, chatted up Krasinski a bit.
– Kristin Boehm and Lesley Messer
Originally posted 09/09/2012 11:30AM
Kristen meets Katniss!
Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence hung out during the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday, where the actresses were at the Hotel Intercontinental promoting On the Road and Silver Linings Playbook, respectively.
"After being introduced, Kristen and Jennifer were soon chatting like old pals," a source tells PEOPLE.
"They were so excited to meet each other," the source says. The duo was joined by Bradley Cooper, Lawrence's costar in Silver Linings Playbook.
Originally posted 09/07/2012 03:05PM
During her first red carpet appearance since her cheating scandal broke, Kristen Stewart barely alluded to the rift in her personal life.
She was greeted Thursday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival by hoards of enthusiastic fans yelling, "Kristen, I love you!" and cheers of support.
When asked how she was doing, Stewart, 22, said merely, "I'm fine," according to the Associated Press.
Stewart, without referring to the scandal, told Reuters the support from fans was "amazing" and said she was thankful "to know that everyone is here."
Otherwise, the actress, who was promoting her new film On the Road, stuck to questions about the movie. During a Q&A after the screening, Stewart said playing the emotional side of her character, Marylou, was the most difficult thing about the role. "She loved so openly – and that's hard," said Stewart.
Originally posted 09/06/2012 10:00PM
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart both stepped out at high-profile, star-studded events on Thursday – and they were 2,500 miles apart.
When Stewart – making her first official public appearance since the cheating scandal that rocked their relationship – appeared at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote her new movie On the Road, the crowd cheered, "Kristen, I love you!" After posing for photos in a Zuhair Murad dress with costar Garrett Hedlund, she made her way over to fans to sign autographs.
"I've loved this book since I was 14," she told reporters. She also alluded to being as excited for On the Road as she would be for any Twilight film.
Pattinson, meanwhile, appeared with Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser and other members of the Twilight cast to present a new 90-second clip of Breaking Dawn: Part 2 at the MTV Video Music Awards in downtown L.A. (You can watch the heart-pounding clip below!)
Originally posted 09/06/2012 10:45AM
The calendar says it's still summer and the kids call it back to school, but I say it's Oscar season.
Yes, already! I know this because on Thursday the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) blows into Canada, with 372 movies in competition representing some 72 countries. Sure, some of the buzzy movies from Cannes and Venice pop up, but Toronto is where everything starts to shake out. As usual, the biggest of the A-listers will be in town, towing their Oscar-bait projects with them.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis open the festivities with the world premiere of their time-travel mind-bender Looper, about a mob hitman (Gordon-Levitt) hired to kill his own future self (Willis). I'm not sure why you'd take that gig if you were Hitman the Younger, but I'll take it on faith that the film offers a convincing explanation.
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