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Above, that's David Schwimmer looking pensive while posing for Trust. THR says there's a Joaquin Phoenix impostor on the loose, but no one seems to have grabbed a shot yet. Martin Sheen stops in for a film, and joins a union protest at the Royal York. Today is Colin Firth's 50th birthday, prompting Toronto Life to show TIFF's Top 10 Foxes Over 50. Here's Zach Galifianakis and a head camera. Finally, Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox landed in Toronto. Her film Passion Play opened tonight and it's more than just a Fox with wings. Stay tuned for a review!
Joe Utichi reviewed Ben Affleck's The Town, stating: "Affleck proves he's no one-trick pony. It's just as smart and well-executed as Affleck's last, and with him back in front of the camera too, it delivers on all that promise of Affleck's earlier career as an actor."
Erik Childress reviewed Stone, writing: "It was nice to see DeNiro try to create a center for Everybody's Fine last year. It is doubly interesting to see him not just show up for any 'ol script that winds up on his doorstep these days and attempt to externalize a character with some real demons again. ... And yet who would ever imagine the day when DeNiro would be upstaged by Milla Jovovich?"
Finally, David Ehrlich sat down for Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go, and says it "reduces Kazuo Ishiguro's novel -- among the most rightfully acclaimed of the last ten years - into a film so achingly wistful, gorgeous, and true that it's a shame it feels adapted from a short story."
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There's no waiting for deals to be whipped up during TIFF 2010. Before the fest was even 24 hours old, Deadline reported that Sarah's Key -- an intertwining past and present story about Jewish people of Paris rounded up during World War Two -- has been grabbed by The Weinstein Company.
Last year, Creation opened TIFF to blah reviews, and this year, it was Score: A Hockey Musical. Though monumentally more Canadian, buzz doesn't seem to be painting it as a better opening choice. The Wrap gives it a not-bad and not-good reaction (though they call Stephen McHattie terrific), Variety used adjectives like dull, painful, and limp to describe the feature, and Movieline says it's distinctly Canadian, but is plagued in its execution.
Twitch, meanwhile, caught Fubar 2, and Todd Brown wrote: "Rude, violent, irresponsible ... it's definitely all of those things but there's not a single ounce of mean-spirit in it, which results in it playing sort of like a funnier, fictional version of Anvil. The cult of FUBAR is about to expand."
TWEETS, BUZZ & OTHER NEWS
James Rocchi caught Never Let Me Go and tweeted: "NEVER LET ME GO: Muted yet majestic, and less about the characters' world than ours; emotionally and intellectually strong stuff." ... But he wasn't so fond of another film: "IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY: No, it's not -- it's a lazy, cliche-ridden artistic and emotional fraud that loves itself to death."
Toronto's Katarina G went foreign, tweeting: "I'm two for two with the Quebecois dramas today. Both Crying Out and Curling were very good."
Movies Online have grabbed a still from Robert DeNiro's new flick, Stone. It's DeNiro ... not in a crap comedy! He might be holding a coffee mug, but we raise our whiskey to you, sir!
Robert Redford talks to the Los Angeles Times about trying to find a distributor for his new film, The Conspirator, here at TIFF.
The Toronto Sun reports that T-Dot strip clubs are getting ready for the stars. It seems previous years have seen Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Samuel Jackson, and even Queen Latifah itching for a skin show.
The National Post chatted with Peter Fonda, who said he wrote Easy Rider in Toronto on September 27, 1967, starting at 1:30 AM and finishing at 4:30 AM: "I was at the Lakeshore Motel -- pretty seedy then and something tells me it's still pretty seedy now." What are the chances anyone else holes up in a crappy hotel this week and writes a classic?