Celebs like Ben Affleck, James Franco, Shia LeBeouf, and Natalie Portman will be schmoozing in Toronto for the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Affleck self-directed and stars in The Town, one of the festival’s most anticipated films which premieres on Saturday. Carey Mulligan’s compelling film, Never Let Me Go, about children raised to be extra parts for wealthier humans will also premiere at the festival.
Other highly anticipated films at this year’s TIFF include 127 Hours and Black Swan. 127 Hours, starring James Franco, is a film about Aron Ralston, that hiker who had to decapitate his own arm after being trapped by a boulder. Natalie Portman stars in Black Swan, a dark movie about the ballet world. Blue Valentine also looks good. It stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a couple trying to piece their marriage back together.
TIFF will also feature many documentaries, including Joaquin Phoenix’s I’m Still Here, which is supposed to tell the story of Phoenix’s alleged madness after he quit acting. This one should be interesting since the word is still out on whether Phoenix’s rumored madness is real or not.
TIFF kicks off tonight and runs for 10 days. Toronto residents and visitors will be buzzing around town trying to catch a glimpse of the stars. Sunday night will feature a giant block celebration at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto’s latest culture venue. The party includes local bands performing, a movie star look-a-like contest, and a surprise musical number by a Canadian “superstar.” I hope it’s Michael Buble!
I’ll keep you updated on all the TIFF happenings and star sightings!