Hundreds of screaming fans, some of whom had been waiting in the rain for 16 hours, welcomed Benedict Cumberbatch on the red carpet for the European premiere of The Imitation Game at the gala opening of this year’s BFI London Film Festival.
The Sherlock star plays computer pioneer Alan Turing in the wartime drama..
Co-star Keira Knightley and other members of the cast – including Charles Dance and Mark Strong – also braved the rain on the opening night of the festival. Knightley plays Turing’s close friend and fellow-code breaker, Joan Clarke. Keira, in a dazzling gold gown, struggled to keep her hair under control in the wind and rain.
London Film Festival director Clare Stewart said: “There have been people waiting for the red carpet since 4am – I’m thrilled that Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley decided not to take a rain check.”
Edge of Tomorrow star Emily Blunt, speaking at an eve-of-festival gala dinner, described London as “the new Hollywood,” saying: “I think the locations here are stunning, the crews are astonishing, we have amazing studios and we have a craftsmanship here that has come from people working in this industry for years.
She was joined by Dhjango Unchained star Christoph Waltz who agreed, saying: “There’s more happening in London than anywhere else. All the business happens here.”
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There were neither campfires nor calumets when a band of domestic Indians and a band of foreign journalists united in a peaceful pow wow. They came together to support their mutual passions – American Indian reality and cinematic fiction.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are sponsoring a film series aptly named “Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema”.
UCLA Film & TV Archive chose the films “Smoke Signals” (1998) and “Tenacity” (1994) followed by a Q&A with director Chris Eyre for the opening night on Saturday, October 4 at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood.
The Native American Film Retrospective is curated by a team of Native American filmmakers, Valerie Red-Horse (photo) and Dawn Jackson, and will end on December 15, 2014.
There is a long – and sad – history in portraying American Indians in Hollywood movies. To finally show the culture, struggles, art and humanity of Native Americans “through Indian Eyes”, is a long overdue correction of the distorted view prevalent in Hollywood’s history.
In the last twenty years there have been a surprising number of films produced by Native Americans, compared to virtually zero in the 95 previous years of cinema history.
The San Manuel reservation, which was established in 1891, is home to the Yuhaviatam clan of the Serrano Indians who are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture with other clans of the Serrano people.
The reservation is named after Santos Manuel, a tribal leader, and is located in southern California, in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountain region, just north of the city of Highland.
Encompassing gaming, governmental operations and other enterprises, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is one of the largest employers in the Inland Empire area and employs over 3000 people.
The San Manuel Indian Reservation, like other tribal lands in the United States, is a sovereign territory with a tribal nation and its own system of government.
The organizers of the film series stated: “The fact that American Indians and foreigners got together in support of the cinematic creativity of Native Americans is both unusual and exceptionally laudable”.
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What do films like The Bigamist, MacBeth, Diary of a Chambermaid, Farewell To Arms have in common?
Answer: All those films have been saved from extinction by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, their restorations financed by the HFPA.
And now another classic will be rescued from the endangered species list:.The Film Foundation, which received a $ 350.000 donation by the HFPA, approved the complete restoration of the John Wayne film The Long Voyage Home. The assignment to bring back the original quality of the 1940 film was again given to the highly experienced specialists at the laboratory of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
In a personal letter to HFPA President Theo Kingma, Jan-Christopher Horak, the Director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive thanked the HFPA for continued support of UCLA’s film preservation efforts. “Indeed, Hollywood Foreign Press funding has been crucial to our work as the second largest film archive in the United States”.
For the past two decades the preservation of classic films has been on top of the HFPA’s charity agenda. The organisation of film and TV journalists tries to do its part in stemming a tide which can only be described as a cultural disaster.
Films are a fragile medium. Fifty percent of all films produced in the United States prior to 1950 have disappeared. Ninety percent of classic film prints in the United States are currently in very poor condition. Similarly, much of historic television now exists only on obsolete and deteriorating tape formats.
The website of the UCLA Film & TV Archive explains the reason for this emergency: Until 1950, films were produced using nitrate cellulose film stock, a chemically unstable and flammable material that eventually deteriorates and turns to dust. After 1950, more stable acetate (or safety) film stock was used, but it also deteriorates, giving rise to “vinegar syndrome” or irreversible color fading. The Archive is increasingly relying on polyester film stock and digital means to preserve image and sound quality.
In his letter Jan Christopher Horak lists films UCLA restored using funds donated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, adding, “We look forward to continuing a long and fruitful relationship with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association”:
The Bigamist (1953, Ida Lupino)
Shock Corridor (1963, Samuel Fuller)”
Seven Men From Now (1956, Budd Boetticher)
Shadows (1959, John Cassavettes)
Paths of Glory (1957, Stanley Kubrick)
A Farewell to Arms (1932, Frank Borzage)
Diary of a Chamber Maid (1946, Jean Renoir)
Of Mice and Men (1939, Lewis Milestone)
MacBeth (1948, Orson Welles)
Faces (1968, John Cassavettes)
Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982, Robert Altman)
That Cold Day in the Park (1969, Robert Altman)
A past president of the HFPA, Helmut Voss has died after a long illness.
Helmut was born in Hamburg, Germany on July 25, 1939. While still studying at Hamburg University, he joined the giant Springer publishing company as a reporter in March 1961 and only six months later at age 22 was assigned by the company’s newly formed in-house Springer Foreign News Service as a correspondent to its London office.
He stayed in London for five years, covering such stories as the Profumo scandal, the Great Train Robbery and the Aberfan disaster and then was offered a position in Springer’s New York office.
He stayed for two years, covering the early US space program, the Detroit riots and numerous other major US events of the sixties, at a time when foreign correspondents were still doing a lot of leg work and had no cell phones, laptops or digital cameras at their disposal.
After a brief stint as an editor with one of Springer’s Sunday papers in Hamburg, he returned to the US in 1970 and opened Springer’s first West Coast office in Los Angeles. During the next 10 years he reported on the Charles Manson and Patty Hearst trials, traveled extensively in Latin America and also covered more and more celebrity news, doing “at home” stories – when that was still possible for foreign correspondents – with stars like John Wayne, Mae West, Henry, Jane and Peter Fonda.
In 1980 he was given the opportunity to become the Springer bureau chief in London. However, after four years in London he asked to be reassigned to Los Angeles, crossed the Atlantic a fifth time with his family and was in charge of the LA office until it was closed for good in 2000.
In later years he fought a brave battle against cancer but despite his illness he returned to the HFPA as Parliamentarian for nine months until he became too ill to continue. His last visit to the HFPA office was join members watching Germany play in the World Cup.
HFPA President Theo Kingma said: “We are very sad and will miss him a great deal. We will always remember Helmut not just as a great journalist , colleague, board member, parliamentarian and president, but especially as a wonderful person.”
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In a personal letter to HFPA President Theo Kingma, Martin Scorsese, the founder and chairman of the Film Foundation, thanked the HFPA for supporting the restoration of classic films through generous funds.
Because of your passionate commitment, writes Mr Scorsese, future generations will experience a wealth of cinematic treasures that would otherwise have been lost.
Since the 1990s the Film Foundation has been the major beneficiary of the HFPA’s charity funds which since added up to a total of $ 20 million. Scorsese: Over the past 18 years, the HFPA has saved more than 80 feature films, an extraordinary cinematic legacy.
This year the HFPA donated $ 350,000 to The Film Foundation an amount necessary to repair many damaged films or to save 2 to 3 feature length films from deterioration or destruction and to fully restore them to their original quality.
The complexity and cost of a restoration varies widely according to the condition of the film, its length, and the unique technical specifications of the film according to the Film Foundation. Generally, the cost of a black and white feature film with sound ranges from $50,000-$100,000. For a color feature with sound, the costs can range from $80,000-$150,000.
Martin Scorsese who articulated The Film Foundation’s mission statement – Movies are the memories of our lifetime. We need to keep them alive – thanked the HFPA for the commitment to film preservation: Enormous thanks for being a true champion of the cause.Read More »
HFPA GIVES AWAY $2 MILLION—AND ANNOUNCES A $7.5 MILLION CHARITY BONUS
The HFPA gave away almost two million dollars to entertainment-related charities during a star-studded night of love, laughter and surprises at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
This year’s donations brought the amount given away by the HFPA over the last 20 years to $20 million—-and president Theo Kingma revealed to applause that another $7.5 million is available thanks to Guggenheim Partners, the new owners of dick clark productions, the HFPA’s Golden Globes producing partners.
” It underscores a new kind of partnership and we are going to make sure it is shared with those that are so deserving in an industry HFPA journalists cover all year,” said Kingma.
The evening featured a performance by actress Kristen Bell, who wowed the guests with the song, Wanna Build a Snowman from the hit movie Frozen.
The many celebrities who were there to accept the checks included Sofia Vergara, Nick Jonas, Jenny Slate, Andy Samberg, Channing Tatum, Kerry Washington, Rob Pattinson, Minnie Driver, Morgan Freeman, Elle Fanning, Eddie Redmayne, Patricia Arquette,Logan Lerman, Jason Segal, Anne Heche, Franke Potenta, Chris Evans, Gena Rodriguez, Michael Pena, James Marsden and many more.
For the first time the grants were given at an evening banquet instead of at a lunch and marked the latest in ever-increasing amounts of money the organization has given to some 50 diverse entertainment-related and charitable organizations.
Kingma said: “We try every year to give as much as we can to these highly deserving organizations. It is gratifying to know that our efforts are appreciated and we are helping to further the cause of education and film preservation.”
As well as the preservation of film, the donations are for a wide range of projects, including higher education, training and mentoring and the promotion of cultural exchange through film.
Historically the Film Foundation has received the largest single donation and this year received $350,000. So far the HFPA has been responsible for the restoration of 85 films, from Stanley Kubrick‘s Paths of Glory to Federico Fellini’s La Strada and this year’s project, Sergio Leone‘s Fistful of Dollars. In a video message Martin Scorsese congratulated the HFPA on its “incredible contribution to cinema history.”
Morgan Freeman, accepting the check, thanked the HFPA for “a decade of support.”
Among its many additional charities, the HFPA provides scholarships, supports filmmaker training in Kenyan refugee camps and donates money to theater groups, musicians, storytellers’ foundations, film archives and youth projects, as well as many other worthy causes.
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At its most recent General Meeting the members of the HFPA voted unanimously to donate $9,000 to three charities in honor of Robin Williams.
The late Robin Williams was a great friend of the HFPA—always generous with his time for interviews or to perform as a presenter at the Golden Globe Awards. Like the entire entertainment industry and the world at large, the members of the HFPA felt a great loss learning of his untimely death.
It was this feeling of kinship that led President Theo Kingma to contact Robin Williams‘ family on behalf of the HFPA membership. Kingma said: “We were deeply affected and wanted to contribute to his memory by donating to his favorite charities”.
The donations will go to the following three charities:
> St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Ranked one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.
The late Christopher Reeve and his wife Dana were close friend of Robin Williams. He actively supported the Paralysis Research Center (PRC) which offers resources on spinal cord injury, paralysis and mobility related disabilities. In addition its mission is to provide a comprehensive, national source of information for people living with paralysis and their caregivers to promote health, foster involvement in the community and improve quality of life.
The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center (MAPC) is a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence and an outstanding resource for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. The Center was established in 1997 by Muhammad Ali, Philanthropist Jimmy Walker and Dr. Abraham Lieberman to combine clinical and research expertise with community support and emotional care.
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Clooney, an actor, writer, director and producer, who is also known for his humanitarian deeds, will receive the award at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to those who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment. Recent recipients include Woody Allen (2014), Jodie Foster (2013), Morgan Freeman, (2012), Robert De Niro (2011), Martin Scorsese (2010), Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005), Michael Douglas (2004), Gene Hackman (2003) and Harrison Ford (2002).
Clooney last year appeared in Gravity and through his Smokehouse production company he most recently produced, directed and starred in The Monuments Men . He will soon be seen starring in the upcoming sci-fi film Tomorrowland for Disney.
Clooney’s achievements as a performer and a filmmaker have earned him four Golden Globes, two Academy Awards, four SAG Awards, one BAFTA award, two Critics’ Choice Awards, an Emmy and four National Board of Review Awards.
He is recognized as much for his global humanitarian efforts as he is for his accomplishments in the entertainment industry. In 2006, Clooney and his father, Nick, went to drought-stricken Darfur, Africa, to film the documentary Journey to Darfur and the following year Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Jerry Weintraub founded Not On Our Watch, an organization whose mission is to focus global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities in Darfur. Among the many honors received as a result of his humanitarian efforts in Darfur, was the 2007 Peace Summit Award, given at the eighth World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.
In 2008, Clooney was designated a U.N. Messenger of Peace, one of eight individuals chosen to advocate on behalf of the U.N. and its peacekeeping efforts. Two years later, Clooney, along with Joel Gallen and Tenth Planet Productions, produced the Hope for Haiti Now! telethon, raising more than $66 million. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Clooney with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award and later that year, Clooney received the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award for his dedication to humanitarian efforts in Sudan and Haiti.
ELISABETH SEREDA LOOKS AT THE LIFE AND CAREER OF ‘THE SMARTEST MAN IN HOLLYWOOD.’
George Clooney’s life and career has always been defined by extreme contrasts. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, his first job was cutting tobacco.
But from the age of five he accompanied and watched his father Nick, a news anchor in the vein of Walter Cronkite, who moved the family back and forth between Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio, where he had his show. Nick Clooney later inspired his son to write and direct Good Night, And Good Luck about Edward R. Murrow, another newsman who tried to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.
George was very active in baseball and basketball and tried out for the Cincinnati Reds but did not get a contract. Showbusiness was not first and foremost on his mind, if anything he saw himself following in his father’s footsteps. But there was the famous aunt, Rosemary, and her husband Jose Ferrer. Young George was an assistant on one of her tours. He also sold women’s shoes and developed a talent for drawing and caricatures. After his cousin Miguel got a small part in a feature film, he, too, pursued acting.
The first break in a major role came in 1984 with a sitcom called – funny enough – E/R. But it took ten years and a lot of cancelled TV-series and supporting parts such as his role as Booker on Roseanne until is big breakthrough in the drama series ER.
He likes to joke about his first feature film Return of the Killer Tomatoes! and while on ER he made Robert Rodriguez’ cult classic From Dusk Til Dawn, the romantic comedy One Fine Day and Batman & Robin.
„See that poster above my desk?“ he once asked during an interview in his production office while pointing at it: „That is there in case I ever get too big for my britches, to remind me how I ruined that franchise!“ he jokes.
It was the trifecta of Steven Soderbergh’s Out Of Sight, Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line and David O.Russell’s Three Kings that cemented his reputation as feature film actor. He won his first Golden Globe for the Coen Bros.’ O Brother, Where Art Though? and proved that he could sell blockbusters with The Perfect Storm and the Ocean’s trilogy.With his directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind he caught the directing/roducing bug and formed his own company with – at first – Soderbergh and then longtime friend Grant Heslov, whom he met in acting class. With, among others, Syriana, Good Night, And Good Luck, Michael Clayton,Burn After Reading, Up in the Air, The Descendants, The Ides of March and Argo he established himself as film industry powerhouse.
Many in the industry call him „the smartest man in Hollywood“. Unbegrudgingly so. When it comes to his Golden Globe nominations he sets a record that is unprecedented in the history of our awards: so far he has been nominated in nine (!) different categories, including producer, writer, director and every male actor category. At this point he could only top this if he were to write a song or have a sex change.
Along the way he also became famous. He is, in fact, the most famous star of his generation. Or any generation. His level of fame is such that if he never did another film again, he would not become less known. He is famous the world over. With one exception: „When I went to Darfur and at the border to Chad we were held up at gunpoint, no one recognized me. That was the only time where I wouldn’t have minded a little fame! “ he laughs. That was on his first trip to Africa with his father in April of 2006. He is now known for his admirable fight for human rights in Darfur and South Sudan. His Satellite Sentinel Project uses satellite imagery to document Omar al-Bashir’s and Ahmad Harun’s atrocities. He visits The region regularly and lobbies Western governments to provide aid. I remember once visiting him on a film set when he was in his trailer, late for our interview which is very unusual for him. His very good reason? He was on the phone with the French foreign minister, discussing sanctions against the Sudan.
He lobbied Congress and has the ear of President Obama. And when that is not enough, he goes further. In March of 2012 he got himself purposely arrested for civil disobedience while protesting outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington D.C. The idea for the satellite came to him while watching paparazzi watch him at his villa on Lake Como: „I thought, why not turn this around? Why not turn the cameras on warlords and murderers and beam the footage to news organisations around the world?“
The International Criminal Court in The Hague has being using this imagery to collect evidence for trials. „Our main objective was to keep the attacks from happening in secret.“ Clooney says. „Now we’ve hired a team of forensic accountants to go after the banks that launder their money that helps them buy weapons.“
Besides the Satellite Sentinel Project Clooney also founded Not On Our Watch with colleagues Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Jerry Weintraub and is involved with the Enough Project and various other charities. He organised A Tribute To Heroes to raise money for the families of the victims of 9/11 and another telethon, Hope for Haiti, after the earthquake.
He credits his parents and the era of his youth for his political and humanitarian involvement: „My mother was the mayor, my father ran for Congress. My parents were involved with the news and I think the news is very intricately tied to politics. There was a guy running for governor of Kentucky and I worked on his campaign when I was 13 or 14 years old. I grew up in an era where you had to be involved. There was the civil rights movement, the Vietnam war, the women’s rights movement. As a young person you had to be involved, there was no other option.“
His political interests inspire his work. Many of his film- and TV-endeavors have been fueled by that passion, from his live-TV-event Fail Safe that he spent a full year preparing, to The Ides Of March. As a writer he is particularly interested in subjects that deal with politics and the media.
And as a Hollywood star he has a better understanding of journalism than most. The HFPA has enjoyed a great relationship with him since we first interviewed him on the set of ER. Many other interviews followed. We have visited him in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on a boat braving The Perfect Storm and flew to the darkest forrests of Germany to see him direct The Monuments Men.
And since the Cecil B.DeMille is a lifetime achievement award not a retirement award, we are looking forward to many more. He certainly has no plans of slowing down: Tomorrowland, Hail Caesar! and Money Monster are coming out in 2015 and there are more than ten projects in development including Hack Attack, an adaptation of Nick Davies’ book on the UK hacking scandal. Somewhere not so in between he will continue his humanitarian work that will include his new wife Amal Alamuddin, a human rights lawyer.
In short: George Clooney goes effortlessly from the red carpet to war-torn Africa. He does not scare easily. He is one of the genuinely nicest people you will ever meet, famous or not. He is also one of the smartest, well educated and has by far the best sense of humor in Hollywood. He is a great host and a loyal friend.
And he knows how to enjoy the crazy ride that took him from the Kentucky tobacco fields to the Hollywood Hills and the shores of a lake in Italy: „If you get to the position I’m in in life, you’ve really got the brass ring. You got lucky. And I think people who aren’t quite as lucky as me would be very angry if they didn’t think I was enjoying it.“Read More »
SAM ASI finds award-worthy performances at TIFF
In the last 10 days, hundreds of thousands of film fans and experts, including 45 HFPA members, descended on Toronto with great expectations and hopes to discover next year’s potential Best Picture Golden Globe and Oscar winner. Armed with their precious tickets, they stood patiently for hours in long lines in the sweltering heat, hoping to witness film history again.
But while there hasn’t been an outstanding best picture contender, there have been so many award-worthy male performances that rendered best picture debate almost irrelevant. Instead, fans and experts were embroiled in a discussion about next year’s Golden Globe and Academy winner in the best lead actor category.
Many performances are drawn from real life and bring to life real people, both dead and alive: Benedict Cumberbatch as code breaker Alan Turing; Timothy Spall as the painter J.M.W. Turner; Eddie Redmayne as the crippled scientific genius Stephen Hawking and Sterve Carell as the deranged billionaire John E DuPont.
The question on people’s lips was: where are the ladies?
No doubt TIFF is feeling the heat from other competing festivals, which are also trying to be relevant in the awards race. TIFF’s recent attempt to dissuade filmmakers from opening their films in Venice and Telluride film festivals, both held a week earlier, by disallowing their film from being screened in the first 4 coveted days, before the the press and the industry leave the city, has backfired. Many important films, that had opened in other festivals, were jammed in a very tight schedule and others such as Birdman, have skipped Toronto altogether and headed directly to The New York Film Festival.
That said, TIFF is not only about predicting awards, it’s about film commerce too, where movies are sold and projects are financed. Setting a record, Chris Rock’s “Top Five” sold to Paramount for $12.5 million. This kind of figure is an anomaly, for the rest of the deals averaged around $3 million. Among them was John Travolta’s heist movie “The Forger,” and Michael Douglas’s “The Reach” for $2 million each. Clearly big star names don’t yield big money in the age of Hollywood blockbusters.
As TIFF wraps up its activities without providing clear runaways, eyes will be shifting to New York, where the festival will open this month with David Fincher’s highly anticipated “Gone Girl”, and will also premiere Paul Thomas Anderson “Inherent Vice.”Read More »
ELISABETH SEREDA REPORTS FROM TORONTO’S PARTY OF THE YEAR
Pictures: ARMANDO GALLO
What do you call a party that includes Salma Hayek, Kevin Costner, Robert Downey Jr., Laura Dern, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum, Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Charles, Piper Perabo, Naomi Watts, Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Jeremy Irvine, Anthony Mackie, Quvenzane Wallis, Ben Stiller, Simon Pegg, Asa Butterfield, Bill Nighy, Jena Malone, Zoe Kazan, Abigail Spencer, Ken Howard and Matthew Goode – just to name a few?!
An HFPA event.
On Saturday night the HFPA and InStyle put on our annual TIFF party at the Windsor Arms Hotel. Salma Hayek was the first to arrive at 10:00pm sharp. She walked into an empty room that filled up less than ten minutes later with an array of actors, directors, producers and just about everyone who is anyone at the Toronto film festival.
Looking stunning in a black Gucci dress with silver studs, she claimed jetlag having just flown in from her Paris home. But if anything it was more a bad case of nerves: “We had the premiere of the animated movie I produced, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. This film, I swear, has taken over my life for five years! And I was mortified. And then, 45 minutes into the film, the audience started clapping! And they kept clapping at one scene after the other. I sat there in shock. They tell me that never happens in Toronto.“ If Salma’s reaction was shock, then shock looks damn good.
Quvenzane Wallis – not so little anymore – did an Angelina Jolie on the red carpet in a black silk designer suit with a white silk blouse. Only two years after her breakout performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild she is now used to photo ops, screaming fans and the hoopla that comes with fame. She briefly hung out with Hayek, having lent her voice to the film before heading to bed much later than most 11 year olds.
Also riding a joy wave is the Foxcatcher team. Channing Tatum showed up with director Bennett Miller who had supposedly re-edited the film from the original version that had its world premiere at the Cannes festival in May : “I haven’t seen it yet, but I heard he tweaked it a little, and shortened it a bit.“ said co-star Mark Ruffalo, who was the life of the party and has so many films to promote this year that it is hard to keep track. A social media pro, he filmed himself with his phone talking about the party.
Naomi Watts faces a similar dilemma as Ruffalo: she had Birdman in Venice and stars in two films at TIFF, was raving about St.Vincent while standing next to Noah Baumbach, the director of her other film, While We’re Young. Miles Teller who delighted everyone with his performance in Whiplash came over and Naomi greeted him like an old friend, thinking she had met him before. Fiction and reality must have collided, because although they both star in Allegiant, the follow up to Divergent, they had – in actual fact – never met before: “I’m having a senior moment!“ she laughed about her imaginary friend.
Piper Perabo was meeting up with real friends: shooting the 5th season of Covert Affairs here, the city has become home. Hanging out on the smokers’ terrace were Benedict Cumberbatch with his gang of followers, and Josh Charles, who can now relish being killed off on The Good Wife. His film Bird People is getting rave reviews.
The award for funniest outfit of the night goes to The Judge-star Robert Downey Jr. who wore a very elegant – and sure to be designer – version of silk pyjamas with animal prints. He brought his wife Susan, a producer on the film.
And the event’s best promoter? Without a doubt Kevin Costner with his better half Christine Baumgarten, who kept saying what a cool party this was.
When we left at 2:00 am, it was still going strong. It wasn’t the youngsters like Jeremy Irvine and Asa Butterfield, but the older festival pros like Jake Gyllenhaal and Anna Kendrick who had the most stamina. And some party die-hards must have suffered a well-earned hangover in the morning.
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