The 2007 Toronto Red Carpet Report
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
Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo
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.
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.
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.
Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Colin Farrell
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.
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.
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.
Rachael Leigh Cook
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.
"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.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon
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.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
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."
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!"
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.
Talk of Toronto
"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.
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!"