Star spotters will have their hands full on Saturday as the Toronto International Film Festival unfurls the red carpet for an endless stream of big-name celebrities.
George Clooney – in town with his new girlfriend, unfortunately for some – mugged the paparazzi for a second day in a row.
He turned up at the Roy Thomson Hall for a gala screening of The Ides of March, along with actor Ryan Gosling, who left London, Ont., for Hollywood when he was 16.
“It feels really good to be home,” Gosling told Citytv. “I think Toronto’s one of the best cities in the world.”
The actor was back for the world premiere of The Descendants and Gosling for Drive, with co-star Carey Mulligan.
Toronto native Sarah Polley’s sophomore effort Take this Waltz debuts as well with a much-buzzed-about gala screening at Roy Thomson Hall Saturday night.
The feature, which was written and directed by the Genie-Award winner and Oscar nominee, tells the story of a writer (Michelle Williams) who questions her marriage when she meets her handsome neighbour one hot summer in Toronto.
“I love this city and I love living here,” Polley said. “And I think probably to a degree I romanticize it. I kind of wanted to give it that sheen that I see it with.”
Also appearing at red-carpet screenings on Saturday were Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley for Canadian David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method.
Brampton, Ont., funnyman Russell Peters walked the red carpet for his film Breakaway, and even did an impression of Citytv’s Francis D’Souza. Check it out here.
Multiple-Oscar winner Robert DeNiro was in town for Killer Elite, along with co-stars Clive Owen, Yvonne Strahovski, Jason Statham
And music lovers were thrilled Eddie Vedder made an appearance, promoting director Cameron Crowe’s documentary, Pearl Jam Twenty.
With files from The Canadian Press