The 2007 Toronto Red Carpet Report

Cate Blanchett, Premiere of Elizabeth: The Golden Age, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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The 2007 Toronto Red Carpet Report

01 of 19

Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly, Premiere of Reservation Road, 2007 Toronto Film Festival

Though she didn't share onscreen scenes with Mark Ruffalo and Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Connelly-looking divine in Dolce & Gabbana-did spend time with her Reservation Road cast mates on the red carpet at the flick's TIFF premiere. "I worked mostly with Joaquin [Phoenix]," said Connelly. "He's a phenomenal actor and he does beautiful work in the film."

-With reporting by James Patrick Herman, Vivian Vassos and Suzanne Zuckerman

02 of 19

Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo

Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Premiere of Reservation Road, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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Asked if Canadian fans are more intense, Joaquin Phoenix proved that though he's a man of few words, he can always be counted on for a quip. "I think they're better paid," said the screen star, who horsed around with Mark Ruffalo inside Roy Thompson Hall while waiting for the screening of their dramatic film, Reservation Road to begin. The good times continued at the after-party, held at Toronto hot spot Empire.

03 of 19

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei, Premiere of Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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"This is my first festival of awards season so I'm still fresh!" said Marisa Tomei at the premiere of Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. Still, Tomei chose a recycled Katie Rodriguez dress in which to make her fresh start. "I stopped at Resurrection on the way here and I just got lucky. I didn't know what I was going to wear!" the actress admitted about her stylish vintage frock.

04 of 19

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke, Premiere of Before The Devil Knows You're Dead, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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Though he's still a relatively young man, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead star Ethan Hawke-whose acting career began when he was a child-sounded a little world-weary at his film's Toronto debut. "A lot of the people that I started [acting] with are either dead or have given up on it," the actor said. Asked if he was enjoying himself during his time in Canada, Hawke gave another cryptic answer. "Every festival experience is awesome if you like the movie you're in. if you don't like the movie you're in, it's not very much fun," he mused.

05 of 19

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams, Premiere of Married Life, 2007 Toronto Film Festival

"Canada has always been incredibly supportive of me. And it's never wavered. It's incredible, and it's great to be home," said Rachel McAdams at the premiere of Married Life. Native daughter McAdams-wearing a color-block Gucci dress and 4-inch heels-attended the affair with her brother, Daniel, with whom she lives in Toronto. How does her hometown change during the festival? "Traffic is insane! I don't drive anywhere. I ride my bike," she said.

06 of 19

Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly, Press conference for Reservation Road, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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She didn't arrive in Toronto early enough to attend the In Style party with co-stars Mira Sorvino, Mark Ruffalo and Joaquin Phoenix, but Jennifer Connelly landed in Canada in time for the Reservation Road press conference at the Sutton Place Hotel. "I loved going to work. We had a good time, and I loved everyone I was working with," said Connelly, who is already generating Oscar buzz for her role in the tragic drama.

07 of 19

Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Colin Farrell

Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Colin Farrell, Premiere of Cassandra's Dream, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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While Ewan McGregor was the first to arrive on the red carpet at a private dinner for Cassandra's Dream, co-stars Hayley Atwell and Colin Farrell soon caught up with the dashing Scot. "This is all I brought. I came with only hand luggage and this was it!" said McGregor when asked to describe his ensemble. Even though the actor traveled light, he fit right in at the chic soiree, held at Chanel's Toronto boutique.

08 of 19

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley, Premiere of Atonement, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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After kicking off the Venice Film Festival, Keira Knightley brought her latest romantic drama, Atonement to Toronto's Elgin Theatre. "I think it's always really great to be able to sit and watch the film with the people who are there to see them and not just people who make them," the actress told reporters of screening her film for Canadian film fans. "It felt just absolutely extraordinary!" Following the screening, Knightley-in Chanel couture-joined Rosamund Pike, James McAvoy and a fashionably late Jessica Alba for a late night nosh the Rosewater Supper Club.

09 of 19

Jude Law

Jude Law, Premiere of Sleuth, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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Another veteran of this year's festival circuit, Knightley's fellow Brit Jude Law also followed up an appearance in Venice with the Canadian premiere of Sleuth at Roy Thompson Hall. While Law was a no-show at a press conference for the mystery flick earlier in the day-thanks to a delayed flight-the suave star arrived just in time to sign a few autographs for fans and re-team with co-star Michael Caine and director Kenneth Branagh before the curtain went up.

10 of 19

Rachael Leigh Cook

Rachael Leigh Cook, After-party for premiere of In The Valley of Elah, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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In addition to hitting the red carpet for the premiere of her flick, All Hat, Rachael Leigh Cook also stopped by the after-party for In The Valley Of Elah at Casa Loma. To prepare for her many red carpet appearances at the festival, Cook stopped by the Wardrobe Lounge to browse the gowns, jewels and shoes on loan to visiting celebrities.

11 of 19

Laura Linney

Laura Linney, Premiere of The Savages, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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Laura Linney

felt light as a feather at the premiere of The Savages. "I'm having the best time I've ever had amp#91;in Torontoamp#93; this year. There's a real breeziness to this festival," said the newly brunette star.

12 of 19

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon, Premiere of Rendition 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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"We want Reese!" was the chorus of the crowd at the premiere of Rendition at Roy Thomson Hall. Reese Witherspoon answered the call, hitting the red carpet in a strapless little black dress and peep toe Louboutins. "This film will bring to light a lot of those questions we all have about our rights [in this post 9/11 world]," the actress told reporters of the big screen thriller, which will hit theaters in October.

13 of 19

Jake Gyllenhaaland Reese Witherspoon

Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Premiere of Rendition, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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Joining Reese Witherspoon to introduce Rendition was her co-star, Jake Gyllenhaal, who shared a private moment with the golden girl before taking the stage. After the final credits rolled, the duo met up with Peter Sarsgaard at an exclusive dinner for the cast and crew, held in the downtown warehouse space of The Fifth.

14 of 19

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Premiere of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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Despite a run-in with an overzealous fan at the Venice Film Festival, Brad Pitt would not be deterred from greeting his public at the premiere of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Pitt's paramour Angelina Jolie also braved the crowd to support her man. After a few poses for photographers, Jolie rushed pass the press line, telling reporters; "This is [Brad's] night."

15 of 19

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron, Premiere of Battle in Seattle, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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Charlize Theron hit the red carpet to promote Battle in Seattle, which was written and directed by her long time love, Stuart Townsend. "We're very good at separating our work from our relationship," said Townsend at a press conference for the dramatic flick. Still, the first-time director later admitted that their time on set wasn't all business. "She started calling me by the pet name and the crew started calling me by the pet name. I'm trying to be a serious director here, you know!"

16 of 19

George Clooney

George Clooney, Premiere of Michael Clayton, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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George Clooney played the crowd from the moment he stepped on to the red carpet at Roy Thompson Hall for the premiere of Michael Clayton. Arriving almost an hour before start-time, the affable actor made a beeline for his fans before walking the press line. "I've been to all the other festivals. I keep trying to show up here, but they wouldn't let me in," joked Clooney of his first trip to Toronto for the fest.

17 of 19

Talk of Toronto

Jennifer Garner, Premiere of Juno, 2007 Toronto Film Festival, Girl About Town
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"I was totally happy the whole time we were making it," said Garner of the black comedy, Juno, for which she is, ahem, garnering lots of praise. The multi-tasking mom left the festival to head to Vegas, where she helped MTV celebrate the annual VMAs and held a sneak peek of her upcoming thriller, The Kingdom.

18 of 19

Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler, Premiere of Elizabeth: The Golden Age, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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In Toronto filming The Hulk, Liv Tyler lent her support to Cate Blanchett and the other stars of Elizabeth: The Golden Age at the film's Canadian premiere. Tyler-who looked lovely in Zac Posen-told reporters that she had picked up her ensemble at Canadian department store Holt Renfrew. "I borrowed the [Cartier]jewels," she admitted. "But I would accept them as a gift!"

19 of 19

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, Premiere of Elizabeth: The Golden Age, 2007 Toronto Film Festival
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All hailed the queen as Cate Blanchett arrived at the premiere of Elizabeth: The Golden Age. "She was very politically-minded for her time," Blanchett said of her character. How would the actress compare playing the controversial queen with her gender-bending role as Bob Dylan in her other festival flick, I'm Not There? "She did for English culture what Bob Dylan did for modern music," Blanchett mused.

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