CATEGORIES Festival Reports, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Cinematical
Celeb Sightings: Natalie Portman was spotted about town a little too overdressed (it's not cold yet!) and talking about her love of obscene hip hop. The In-Style bash scaled back this year to only the bare minimum of lavish foods and gifts. At that amfAR benefit, Sarah Maclachlan performed and more than $700,000 CND was raked in. But best of all, the SxSW karaoke party that many film bloggers hit on Tuesday night had a surprise guest: Samantha Morton showed up and belted out Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." And did you know Jay Baruchel is Canadian? Not only that, but he refuses to give up his Montreal home.
Our Coverage: There's one new review to hit the pages of Cinematical in the last 24 hours (but more are on the way!), and that's Todd Gilchrist's view of Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story. He writes: "Capitalism: A Love Story redeems itself because it possesses the same quality that has inspired our country in the last year – hope. In his best moments, Moore is deeply passionate and relentlessly idealistic, but he's an advocate for positivity and redemption, if also for transparency and common decency."
Deals, Tweets and More Blog News After the Jump
Tweets, Other Blogs, and Treats: Lisa Kudrow, who stars in Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, talks about why she lets Don Roos always cast her as "the worst human being in the world," while Matt Damon hit The Daily Show to talk about Informant!
A Single Man's Tom Ford talked to indieWIRE about the sometimes disconnect between love of your art and audience reaction: "No matter how much you love something, there are those moments where you think, 'shit, maybe I'm just way out on a limb and other people aren't going to feel this way.' But then after the screening in Venice, we had a standing ovation for ten minutes. And it was amazing." Who else is dying to see this film?
TIFF, it seems, it not only all about showing films and documentaries, but making them. Touch screens set up at Yonge and Dundas Square (think Toronto's version of New York's Times Square) allow festival attendees to make videos of their experience at TIFF and sent it to popular Internet hotspots. The vlogging world grows bigger by the minute!
Chris Smith's Collapse -- the documentary about conspiracy theorist Michael Ruppert that many of the fest's critics are raving about -- has gotten itself a shnazzy website right here where you can learn more. And Owen Gleiberman gives his $.02 on the film.
Slashfilm has whipped up a rundown of the early reviews for Harmony Korine's "VHS-horror" movie Trash Humpers. This is the follow-up to the Michael Jackson/Marilyn Monroe look-a-like movie Mister Lonely. Response seems to be mixed.
Deals: Another deal to relish! Defendor has been picked up by Sony Pictures. See, that zombie flick isn't the only wild comedy coming our way from Woody Harrelson. In this film, which also stars Kat Dennings, Elias Koteas, and Sandra Oh (in other words, a drool-worthy cast), Harrelson plays a man who makes himself a superhero persona called the Defendor to fight against his enemy, "captain industry."