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Woody Allen was snapped sneaking off during his new film. Couple Blake Lively and Penn Badgley had to go separate ways Saturday night as 'The Town' premiered at the same time as 'Easy A.' The only way I can slip in a link to my beloved Richard Ayoade is via a photo with Ben Stiller. Are those really oysters on Bryce Dallas Howard's 'Hereafter' premiere gown? Woody Harrelson looks creepy on the Bunraku red carpet. Peter Fonda's still an easy rider at the Best Buddies Gala. Jon Hamm smiles wide, which I haven't seen him do much of on 'Mad Men' lately.
Erik Childress really did not like Clint Eastwood's 'Hereafter': "Peter Morgan's ('The Queen,' 'Frost/Nixon') script beats around the bush so emphatically that it is easy to forget this is a film about what comes next at all. Instead it is more like someone who watched a bad M. Night Shyamalan film - or an M. Night Shyamalan film - and filtered it through Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's flair for perennially grief-stricken characters who will eventually cross paths by sheer coincidence."
Scott Weinberg was unsurprisingly amused by Michael Winterbottom's third collaboration with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, 'The Trip,': "Coogan and Brydon make for an endlessly watchable duo, and their car trips and frequent meals are peppered with long and very amusing volleys of British banter. Coogan is a stunningly quick wit, Brydon is an endearingly funny master of impersonations (his Michael Caine is simply wonderful), and their non-stop chat sessions are both intelligent and rather bizarre."
Weinberg also champions 'Casino Jack' for director George Hickenlooper's objective approach to his subject: "It's Hickenlooper's deft balancing act that makes the flick, well, kinda fun. And that's not really what we expect from a fact-based biopic that deals with lobbyists, finance, and the shameless fleecing of the American taxpayer."
Monika Bartyzel labels the global warming doc 'Cool It' a "must-see": "If 'An Inconvenient Truth' is our ass-kicker designed to make us put down that bottle of water and rethink our environmental attitudes, Ondi Timoner's 'Cool It' is our level-headed documentary designed to make us think rather than just react ...Timoner grabs onto one of the world's most prevalent issues and rocks it."
Bartyzel also looks at one the final films of actress Tracy Wright for her Girls on Film column: "Quite simply, 'Trigger' is to female friendship what 'Before Sunrise'/'Before Sunset' was for romance."
Just as rumored to be happening, The Weinstein Company bought 'Dirty Girl' for $3 million to distribute in the U.S., UK, France, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Sony Pictures Classics, meanwhile, picked up U.S. rights to the French-language drama 'Incendies.'
Toronto Day 5 recaps the buzz from the weekend, much of which comes from the mid-fest Hot Topics discussion at Live at the Lounge with indieWIRE. Praise seems to be abundant for 'Dirty Talk,' 'The King's Speech' and 'Beginners.'
Also stopping by the Lounge was '127 Hours' star James Franco for an interview with Eugene Hernandez. Meanwhile, Anne Thompson interviews 'The Town' director Ben Affleck and 'Conviction' director Tony Goldwyn, Peter Knegt interviews 'Beginners' director Mike Mills and Eric Kohn shares a great quote from a Werner Herzog Q&A.
TWEETS, BUZZ & OTHER NEWS
eug (Eugene Hernandez of indieWIRE): "Friend insists that the 'math' in Villeneuve's 'Incendies' just doesn't add up. May need to go back & watch it with a calculator."
erikkohn (of indieWIRE): "Herzog. 3-D. 30,000 yr old cave paintings. How can you go wrong? You can't. It rocks; so does the rock art."
kateyrich (of Cinema Blend): "Unique film festival experience: chatted amiably with an actor about Star Trek; 30 mins later watched him on a killing rampage onscreen."
DavidPoland: "I love TIFF, but there is something about it that is like being in a car accident that sucks up every oz of attention and energy you have"
Torontoist chats with Guy Maddin, who's at TIFF with the fest-commissioned installation 'Hauntings I&II.' Among other things, they get sidetracked talking about the only-legendary Orson Welles Batman movie.
Melissa Silverstein interviews Lynn Hershman Leeson about her doc 'WAR! Women Art Revolution ("the most feminist film I have seen in a very long time").
Cinema Blend's Katey Rich warns us that 'Dirty Girl' wasn't even worth a few of the Weinsteins' nickels.
At The Wrap, John Foote tallies up the faintings and seizures going on at screenings of '127 Hours.'
This is as much as I can currently find of the Werner Herzog and Errol Morris chat: