Celeb Sightings: Most of the celebs wave g'bye by Wednesday or Thursday, but as the packed star-hunting masses slowly peter away from downtown hotel entrances, there's still a little gossip and celebrity news coming in. My favorite: Drew Barrymore supposedly skipped out of her film's afterparty to drink some Pabst at Toronto's Sweaty Betty's. And if you happened to catch the "Tiff at TIFF" headlines earlier in the week -- that was a whole kerfuffle with Jennifer Connelly and some pretty massive foot-in-mouth nastiness directed at her. But in more upbeat news: Joan Baez is taking the stage tonight at Yonge and Dundas Square as part of the festival's joining cinema and live performance -- honoring the world premiere of American Masters featuring Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound. And ever wonder what the stars do with their pets during the fest? It seems they get the hotels to go above and beyond.
Our Coverage: I added a review for Chloe to the TIFF mix -- Atom Egoyan's latest starring Amanda Seyfried, Julianne Moore, and Liam Neeson. While buzz amongst many fest attendees centered on the salacious sex scene between Seyfried and Moore, I noted: "while Chloe might not connect on a personal level, it does trap you into these lurid lives that flirt with every notion of bad behavior."
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indieWIRE Love: The epic collection of TIFF review grades continues as the list grows. The WIRE themselves have got twenty-five reviews to dig through, including Informant!, which they call "uneven but charming." They've got Harmony Korine admitting his interest in provoking his audience, and chat with Werner Herzog about Bad Lieutenant. On top of that, there's a whole series of interviews with the directors of TIFF's "Discovery" directors.
Tweets, Other Blogs, and Treats: Well, it looks like Roger Ebert had a change of heart. While he originally spoke out against the TIFF protest over the Tel Aviv spotlight, he now says: "I thought of it as an innocent goodwill gesture, but now realize it was part of a deliberate plan to 're-brand' Israel in Toronto, as a pilot for a larger such program. The Festival should never have agreed to be used like this."
Dread Central has been partnering with Substream to give vlogging accounts of Midnight Madness. One of the most fun parts of TIFF is the Madness -- hundreds of horror-hungry people getting together to whoop and cheer as the blood and violence flies. My favorite part of this particular clip -- guys and girls crazy for horror! The MM Twitter feed has lots of news and a link to a Facebook gallery.
And MM head Colin Geddes has announced that The Misfortunates will represent Belgium at the Oscars.
One blog written by James Cooper, a TIFF newbie this year, is showing some love for the "applaud for the volunteers" short that plays before every screening at TIFF. Oh, the eyes of freshness. Since, year after year, it doesn't change, just wait 'til he sees it another 100+ times. Personally, I can't hear the Universal theme without cringing now.
And lastly, speaking of TIFF: Did you know that the Tokyo International Film Festival also goes by "TIFF"? Well, it looks like the director of The Cove is going to risk being arrested so that he may attend the premiere at the Tokyo TIFF in October.