But amid the red carpets, press junkets and screenings, there’s an equally exciting world that exists when the sun sets and bottles start to pop.
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Beyond the paparazzi-laden streets, buttressed by autograph hounds and star crushers, A-list-friendly venues offer Hollywood's finest a velvet-roped haven of maximum security. Operations like Grey Goose Soho House have a no-photo policy to ensure that every star is comfortable.
And comfortable they are, traipsing from Hello! Canada's Hello! Hollywood party to late-night lounges like Charles Khabouth's AMC Storys pop-up party. Even InStyle,Vanity Fair and Interview have been among the international press to throw their very own lavish dos at locations throughout the city, and they are always packed to the gills with star power.
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Thanks to TIFF's visibility on the world stage, there is no shortage of A-listers (think: Brad and Angelina, George, Sandra and more!) in Toronto for two weeks each September - which means the parties and the folklore that goes with them continue to grow like the festival itself.
ON MAKING A NEW FRIEND AT TIFF (and that friend being Kristen Wiig):
"A few TIFFs ago, I was scoping Ryan Gosling from afar when I looked down, only to find Kristen Wiig
standing before me all by herself, obviously ready to make a new best friend.
First, she suggested we get to know each other better by simply staring at each
other blankly while sipping champagne. (“The best conversation I’ve had all
TIFF!” she said.) Then, I shared some very odd inside jokes she seemed to
genuinely enjoy. THEN she invited me to the next party she was going to! I
declined, wanting to leave it on a high note of shared LOLs."
- Randi Bergman, executive digital editor at FASHION Magazine
ON JAKE GYLLENHAAL BEING NAMELESS, if you can imagine:
“Every TIFF has an MVP. In 2002, Nick Nolte had that dubious distinction. My personal MVP, however, was Jake Gyllenhaal, if only because of our repeated run-ins while Gyllenhaal was still a virtual unknown - at parties and in lobbies all over Yorkville. One night, late, at Amber, I was the only guest who recognized that he was an actor, let alone had seen his recent Donnie Darko and the movie he was there for, Moonlight Mile, an innocuous drama starring Susan Sarandon, Ellen Pompeo and Dustin Hoffman. We chatted about his experience with them, talked about the scene towards the end on a park bench when Hoffman's legs were swinging, he still marveled at being in a movie with the legendary Midnight Cowboy and The Graduate star. How unknown was Jake? People weren't even mispronouncing his surname yet. He was still, like Jared Padalecki and others year after year at TIFF – just one of many handsome young actors who may or may not go anywhere big. A sweet guy."
- Nathalie Atkinson, member of the Toronto Film Critics' Association and culture columnist at National Post
ON JUST HOW DIFFICULT GUEST LISTS CAN BE, even for celebrities:
“I was heading into the Maple party (I think?) at the Thompson one year, and the publicist was giving this beautiful older man a hard time with his guest-list status. As a too-intensely-nerdy fan of The West Wing, I had to lean in and say, "This is Richard Schiff! He is very famous! Let him in!" He just kind of laughed, but it worked. I'm sorry, publicist.”
- Kate Carraway, freelance writer and columnist
ON TIFF SURPRISES, like having Adrien Brody join you for dinner:
“A favourite memory was during TIFF 2011 – I went for dinner with Paul Haggis in Bloor-Yorkville. Anyone who knows Paul knows that Paul knows EVERYONE. Our dinner for two grew as the night progressed, until it was me, Paul, Josh Brolin, Adrien Brody and Javier Bardem enjoying a four-hour dinner. At 1am, we decided to keep the party going, so we all hopped in a car and went to the TORO After Dark Lounge in support of Artists for Peace and Justice and completely surprised all of the guests who were not expecting four celebrities to walk in one after the other. We all stayed there until well past 3am.”
- Natasha Koifman, celebrity publicist and founder of NKPR
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