Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Blunt, Ben Affleck, Colin Firth and Rachel McAdams, walked red carpets at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) events on Monday.
The busy day of screenings started around 2:30 p.m. when Blunt, Firth and Anne Heche stepping out at the Elgin Theatre for their film Arthur Newman, about a man who fakes his own death and adopts a new identity.
While speaking to CityNews on the red carpet, Blunt wished Firth a happy birthday and the two joked about his age.
“He’s very old,” Blunt jabbed.
Seymour-Hoffman and co-stars Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken and Mark Ivanir were at the Elgin Theatre just hours later for the world premiere of their film A Late Quartet. The screening begans at 6 p.m. It’s about the tensions within a celebrated string quartet about to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Walken told CityNews movie magic made him a better musician.
“”I’m not musical. I tried, I studied piano and guitar. My hands don’t work. It’s the magic of movies,” he explained.
The world premiere of Hyde Park on Hudson — about late U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s love affair with a distant cousin, starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney — started at 6:30 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall.
Murray could not resist taking a large “Stay Puft Marshmallow Man” from a fan lining the red carpet.
Affleck, who’s also in town to promote his film Argo, walked the red carpet at the Princess of Wales Theatre for the North American premiere of To The Wonder, also starring McAdams and Javier Bardem. The film is directed by Terrence Malick and tells the tale of a man who reconnects with a woman from his hometown after his marriage falls apart.
Canadian director Brandon Cronenberg, son of film legend David Cronenberg, will celebrate his directorial debut with the screening of his film Antiviral at the Ryerson Theatre at 9 p.m. The film is a disturbing look at celebrity obsession, with people paying to be deliberately infected with diseases harvested from stars.
Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, David Schwimmer and Ray Liotta all stepped out at the Princess of Wales Theatre for the North American premiere of The Iceman, about a real-life mob hitman.