'Little Miss Sunshine' kid Abigail Breslin sang in front of an audience for the first time, belting some tunes she recorded for 'Janie Jones' (here's a clip of that performance). People are on their way out of Toronto, including Natalie Portman, seen at Pearson airport. Is this an unveiling of Ryan Gosling's wax likeness for Madame Tussauds or the actor himself on the red carpet for the 'Blue Valentine' premiere? Sarah Silverman adjusts her top at the 'Peep World' premiere, Jennifer Connelly seems to have borrowed an old British WWII desert uniform for the 'What's Wrong with Virginia' premiere. Did Aidan Quinn and Kristen Scott Thomas plan to wear matching digs to their 'Sarah's Key' premiere?
Sorry, no new reviews posted Friday, but more will be published over the weekend.
IFC Films is now apparently in the Rainn Wilson business. Following its pick up of the WIlson-starrer 'SUPER,' the distributor has now snatched 'Peep World,' an ensemble comedy in which the actor co-stars with Sarah Silverman, Michael C. Hall, Judy Greer and Lesley Ann Warren.
Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate teamed up again to acquire the Will Ferrrell dramedy 'Everything Must Go,' which Monika reviewed favorably.
Kelly Reichardt's highly acclaimed 'Meek's Cutoff,' a western starring Michelle Williams and Paul Dano, sold to Oscilloscope Laboratories, which also distributed Reichardt's 'Wendy and Lucy.' The film will get an early 2011 release date.
Anchor Bay has taken the indie serial killer film 'A Horrible Way to Die' for all English-language territories.
Ingrid Veninger's 'Modra,' about a teen girl visiting her extended family in Slovakia, has sold Canadian distribution rights to Mongrel Media.
Kind of the opposite of a deal, Disney is said to be looking to get rid of its infidelity drama 'Last Night,' a Miramax leftover starring Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington.
Toronto Day 9 includes the latest results in a polling of predictions for the audience award and a quote from TIFF co-director Cameron Baily, who believes the deals this year have been very strong. Related, Eric Kohn focuses on the the first deal of the fest, 'SUPER.'
Ann Thompson interviews 'Biutiful' filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on flip cam. Peter Knegt chats with 'Rabbit Hole' filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell.
Currently at the criticWIRE review roundup, the best-graded film of the fest is the Ukrainian film 'My Joy' ("A" average) and the worst is 'Repeaters' ("F" average).
TWEETS, BUZZ & OTHER NEWS
kateyrich (of Cinema Blend): "I really liked The Whistleblower, and it made me think a lot about being a woman in a guy-dominated world."
jamesrocchi (of MSN Movies): "This Just In #TIFF10 News: The Albino Alligators from Cave of Forgotten Dreams have signed a 3-film deal with Weinstein."
Movieline praises and asks where all the buzz is for 'Last Night,' noting that it could use the chatter to lift it out of distribution limbo (see the deals section above).
The Big Picture runs down a behind the scenes look at the bidding war over Werner Herzog's 3-D doc 'Caves of Forgotten Dreams.'
National Post's The Ampersand blog highlights the winners (including 'SUPER' and The Bell Lightbox) and losers (Joaquin Phoenix; 'Passion Play') of the fest as it winds down. Also a list of best things from the week, including Carey Mulligan winning best red carpet dress and Josh Brolin having a lot of best quotes.
And no TIFF could wind down without a good look at the Oscar buzz coming out of the fest. But here's Pete Hammond's take at Deadline.