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TIFF day 2: Happy Bill Murray Day

The carpets are rolled out and the star sightings have started, as the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) gets going for another year.

The 11-day festival officially kicked off Thursday night with premieres for Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., and Juliette Binoche.

Speaking on the red carpet from his premiere for The Humbling, Pacino said he is enjoying his time in Toronto.

“I like the feel of this town,” said Pacino, who added he spent some time living in Toronto and shot a few movies in town.

Juliette Binoche walked the red carpet for her Clouds of Sils Maria premiere. Co-star Kristen Stewart pulled out at the last-minute due to a scheduling conflict.

Friday marks Bill Murray Day ahead of the world premiere for his latest film, St. Vincent.

Fans of the star can take in a free triple bill at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, featuring Stripes, Groundhog Day, and Ghostbusters.

Tickets for the shows are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8 a.m. at the Lightbox.

Fans can also win a ticket to the St. Vincent premiere by donning their best Bill Murray costumes and dressing like a character Murray played in any of his famous films.

More glitz and glamour is on tap for Friday night. Watch red carpet live streams for Boychoir, starring Dustin Hoffman, Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and Alex and Ruth, starring Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman starting at 5:30 p.m. on our website.

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Some of actresses who will grace the 11-day film bash include: Reese Witherspoon, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, Kristen Wiig, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Octavia Spencer, Julianne Moore and Greta Gerwig.

The actors include: Benedict Cumberbatch, Denzel Washington, Michael Douglas, John Travolta, Mark Ruffalo, Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, Bill Murray, Channing Tatum, Christopher Plummer, Chris Rock, Morgan Freeman and Adam Sandler.

The festival will also attract some major Canadian talent, including actor Colm Feore and Olympic gold medalist Tessa Virtue.

Meanwhile, a stretch of King Street West is closed during TIFF, and streetcars will be diverted in the area.

King Street from Peter Street to University Avenue is closed until 6 a.m. on Monday. King will also be partially closed in each direction between John and Duncan streets Sept. 8-11, and will reopen on Sept. 12.

The closure turns the area into a pedestrian-friendly zone, so fans can get a little closer to the action.

Three-hundred films from 79 countries will be screened at the 39th annual festival, which runs until Sept. 14.

Some of the other TIFF galas include:

  • Black and White, starring Kevin Costner and Spencer.
  • The Equalizer, starring Washington and Melissa Leo.
  • Foxcatcher, starring Anthony Michael Hall, Tatum, and Sienna Miller.
  • Haemoo, starring Kim Yoon-seok and Park Yoo-chun.

Click here for a list of the gala presentations.

Click here for a list of all the films being shown at TIFF.

Click here for a schedule of the film screenings.

With files from Eva Fragiskatos