NAME-CHECKING TIFF 2009

17 Sep

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Each year, as I sit at the airport in Toronto waiting to board my flight back to the United States, I slowly begin to return to a real-world state of mind. The week of four-movie days, nightly dinners and parties, and awesome interview opportunities will be replaced by the normal daily routine. I’m okay with that, but I do like to take this time to record precisely which bold-faced names I saw, and where, so that I can look back at this months from now — after taking out the trash, or walking the dog, or heating up a TV dinner — and remember that it really happened! So, if you’ll humor me…

Thursday Actor Peter Sarsgaard (here promoting “An Education”) in the lobby of The Intercontinental … Actor Paul Bettany and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly at Roy Thomson Hall introducting the premiere of “Creation” … Actress Carey Mulligan and actor Dominic Cooper (both here promoting “An Education”) leaving The Four Seasons  Friday Bettany, who I interviewed, and Connelly, who I didn’t, at the Park Hyatt Roof Lounge … Oscar-nominated actor Jeff Bridges, actor Ewan McGregor, and Oscar-nominated writer/director Grant Heslov (all here promoting “The Men Who Stare at Goats”) passing through the Park Hyatt Roof Lounge en route to the makeshift AMC interview booth in the back of the room … Oscar-winning director Jane Campion (here promoting “Bright Star”) for our interview on The Intercontinental patio … Actor Ben Whishaw, who waved a quick hello as he passed Campion during our interview … Oscar-winning actor/writer Matt Damon (here promoting “The Informant!”) chatting with a friend in the lobby of The Four Seasons … Oscar-nominated actor Woody Harrelson (here promoting “Defendor”), who I nearly smacked into while rushing up the stairs of Roy Thomson Hall to see a film … Oscar-winning actor George Clooney, Bridges, and Heslov introducing the premiere of “The Men Who Stare at Goats” … Actor Michael Stuhlbarg and actor Richard Kind (both here promoting “A Serious Man”) sitting a row behind me at that screening … Clooney, Bridges, Heslov, Kind, actor Jason Bateman (here promoting “Up in the Air”), and actor Peter Gallagher (unclear why he was here) at the lavish house party for “The Men Who Stare at Goats”  Saturday Mulligan, Sarsgaard, and actor Alfred Molina following a screening of “An Education” … Director Brigitte Berman and publisher Hugh Hefner and three of his “Playmates” at the premiere of “Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel” … Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman, Clooney, Bateman, actress Vera Farmiga, and actress Anna Kendrick at the first TIFF screening of their film “Up in the Air” … TV host/executive producer Oprah Winfrey, Oprah’s friend Gayle King, director Ivan Reitman, director Atom Egoyan (sitting next to me), and director Norman Jewison (sitting at the end of my row) in the audience for the first TIFF screening of “Up in the Air” … J. Reitman, Clooney, Kendrick (seated across from me), Bateman, Jewison, The Weinstein Company studio c0-chief Harvey Weinstein, actor Bill Murray, editor Dana Glauberman, and cinematographer Eric Steelberg at the post-screening Paramount dinner for “Up in the Air”  Sunday Actor Michael Sheen (here promoting “Daybreakers”) heading somewhere inside The Intercontinental … Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen and actor Kodi Smit-McPhee (both here promoting “The Road”) for our interview at The Intercontinental … Singer Eve heading out of The Intercontinental … Egoyan, I. Reitman, Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore, and actress Amanda Seyfried at the premiere of their film “Chloe” … Director Lee Daniels, executive producer Winfrey, executive producer Tyler Perry, author Sapphire, actress Gabby Sadibe, actress Paula Patton, actress/singer Mariah Carey, TV host/actress Sherri Shepherd, and singer Mary J. Blige at the first TIFF screening of their film “Precious” … Actress/director Drew Barrymore and Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page (both here promoting “Whip It”), as well as actor/Apple spokesman Justin Long, director Brett Ratner, J. Reitman, and Sadibe at the after-party for “Whip It”  Monday Oscar-nominated actor Clive Owen (here promoting “The Boys Are Back”), actor Bill Nighy (here promoting “Glorious 39″), actor Kyle MacLachlan (here promoting “Mao’s Last Dancer”), actress Kristin Scott Thomas (here promoting “Mao’s Last Dancer”), Berman, and Egoyan while waiting for an interview at The Intercontinental…  Moore for our interview at The Intercontinental … Daniels while working in a hospitality suite at The Intercontinental … Actor Michael Cera (here promoting “Youth in Revolt”), actress Alia Shawkat (here promoting “Whip It”), J. Reitman, Kendrick, and Weinstein at the The Weinstein Company party  Tuesday Oscar-nominated writer/director Scott Hicks and Owen at the premiere of their film “The Boys Are Back” … Hicks, Owen, Oscar-nominated actress Brenda Blethyn (here promoting “London River”), and actor Sam Neill (here promoting “Daybreakers”) at the post-screening Miramax dinner for “The Boys Are Back”  Wednesday None.

Related: My 2008 “Name-Checking Toronto” post.

Photo: Oprah Winfrey at the TIFF press conference for “Precious.” Credit: TIFF.

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