Saturday, September 1, 2012

'Looper' et al. start TIFF celebrity splurge

In just five evenings from now, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and company help kick off the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival in more ways than one.

 Not only will their futuristic "Looper" (left) debut as the opening night movie, but Gordon-Levitt, co-star Bruce Willis and director Rian Johnson ("Brick") will begin TIFF's annual roll call of stars and filmmakers gracing Toronto streets and theaters for a full 10 days.

 As always, the following is just a partial list of some of the more prominent visitors expected to be on hand for the annual cinematic smorgasbord, running Sept. 6-16. By the way, the closing nighter is "Song for Marion" (starring Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp and Gemma Arterton).

In addition to Johnson, other filmmakers expected to present their world premieres in Toronto include: Noah Baumbach, Deepa Mehta, Derek Cianfrance, Sion Sono, Joss Whedon, Neil Jordan, Lu Chuan, Shola Lynch, Barry Levinson, Yvan Attal, Ben Affleck (left, director and star of "Argo"), Marina Zenovich, Costa-Gavras, Laurent Cantet, Sally Potter, Dustin Hoffman, Francois Ozon, David O. Russell, David Ayer, Pelin Esmer, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Andrew Adamson, Michael McGowan, Bahman Ghobadi, Ziad Doueiri, Alex Gibney, Stephen Chbosky, Eran Riklis, Edward Burns, Bernard Émond, Zhang Yuan, Michael Winterbottom, Mike Newell, Miwa Nishikawa, Margarethe Von Trotta, David Siegel, Scott McGehee, Gauri Shinde, Goran Paskaljevic, Baltasar Kormákur, J.A. Bayona, Rob Zombie, Peaches and Paul Andrew Williams.
Actors attending include: Jackie Chan, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Bill Murray, Robert Redford (bottom left, director and star of "The Company You Keep"), Riz Ahmed, Ryan Gosling, Robert De Niro, Stephen Dorff, Dennis Quaid, Jennifer Connelly, Billy Bob Thornton, Bradley Cooper, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Colin Firth, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, James Franco, Jim Broadbent, Pierce Brosnan, Jackie Chan, Javier Bardem, Hiroshi Abe, Elle Fanning, Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Greta Gerwig, Helen Hunt, Laura Linney, Logan Lerman, Keira Knightley (left in "Anna Karenina"), Mads Mikkelsen, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zhang Ziyi, Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Gael García Bernal, Saoirse Ronan, Selena Gomez, Salman Rushdie, Sam Rockwell, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Terence Stamp, Alan Arkin, Gemma Arterton, Penn Badgley,  Jason Bateman, Monica Bellucci, Lily Collins, Bryan Cranston, James Cromwell, James D'Arcy, Johnny Dark, Keith David, Catherine Deneuve, Fran Drescher, Robert Duvall, Zac Efron, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Colin Farrell, America Ferrara, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Fox, Patrick Fugit, Victor Garber, John Goodman, John Hawkes, Garrett Hedlund, Christina Hendricks, Emile Hirsch, Terry Jones, Catherine Keener, Anna Kendrick, Olga Kurylenko, Hugh Laurie, Jude Law, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Leto, Ray Liotta, William H. Macy, Rachel McAdams, Martin McCann, Ewan McGregor,  Eva  Mendes, Mads Mikkelson, Ezra Miller, Alessandro Nivola, Paula Patton, Michael Pena, Oliver Platt, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Sam Riley, Tim Robbins, Sam Rockwell, Eli Roth, Mark Ruffalo, Salman Rushdie, Susan Sarandon, Liev Schreiber, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Michael Shannon, Molly Shannon, Alexander Siddig, Alexander Skarsgård, Maggie Smith, David Spade, Timothy Spall, Jim Sturgess, Audrey Tautou, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Juno Temple, Marisa Tomei, Karl Urban, Emma Watson, Naomi Watts, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, and Kristen Wiig.
Among many other notable filmmakers expected to attend the Toronto International Film Festival:
Paul Thomas Anderson, Jacques Audiard, Susan Bier, Stuart Blumberg, Ken Burns, Brian De Palma, Nick Cassavetes, Michel Gondry, Sophie Goyett, Sara Johnsen, Harmony Korine, Spike Lee, Roger Michell, Mira Nair, Sarah Polley, Robert Pulcini,  Nicholas Rey, Walter Salles, Shari Springer Berman, Julien Temple and Joe Wright.
Finally, attending as speakers and/or documentary subjects: Ice-T, Thelma Houston, Janice Stein, Michael Ignatieff, Angela Davis, Slavoj Žižek and Snoop Lion. To name just a few.
Click on linked names for movies with very early pre-festival buzz. Otherwise, to view a complete list of films, schedules and ticket info, visit Toronto and/or TIFF.
Meanwhile, return here in the next few days for more from and about the festival.
You also might want to check out Sun News for a Q & A with Bradley Cooper, who's on his way to Toronto to talk up two new movies. Of course, his latest, "The Words," opens Friday.

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