TIFF 2014: Favourite Moments

Another TIFF came and went, and while I was only here to catch the first few days of the festival, this year’s celeb sightings were pretty memorable to say the least. Below are my top 5 TIFF experiences this year. Grab some snacks, it’s going to be a long one.

Variety Studio Presented By Moroccanoil At Holt Renfrew - Day 4 - 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

1. Variety Studio Presented By Moroccanoil At Holt Renfrew

Last year, Variety Studio was definitely a highlight, but this year…oh, this year was juicy! After enjoying my amazing Moroccanoil hand/arm massage just like the one celebs were getting (hey, Jemy!), I settled down on the couch to people celeb-watch, and let me tell you, being a fly on the wall at one of these things can be very insightful. While there was no Fassbender action this year, I did find myself in the eye of the Cumberbatch-Redmayne-Worthington-Goode-Knightley-Jones-Leech tornado…the Brits taking over the room in a loud, accented storm of hugs, compliments, and camaraderie. You could just tell that all those actors are truly fond of each other, and are definitely not “over it” all just yet.

For all the Cumberbatch fans out there, your beloved did seem to be genuinely nice and funny. Upon arrival, he checked out the Moroccanoil station, trying a bit of cream on his hands, before joining the rest of his group for a lively chat. Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch were hugging right above me as I shrinked back into the leather couch, trying not to trip anyone with my feet and knees. That’s when I overheard Redmayne exclaiming post-hug “You smell…delicious!” to Cumberbatch. Must’ve been the Moroccanoil. Redmayne’s fiance Hannah Bagshaw was in the room too, looking lovely and normal, sharing a hug with Cumberbatch, not stuck to Eddie’s side, navigating the room on her own. But back to Cumberbatch…at one point, when the cameras were rolling for a Sam Worthington interview, and a Variety staffer yelled out: “WE ARE ROLLING! QUIET, PLEASE!”, Benedict cheekily and loudly quipped: “Rolling with Sam Worthington? Let’s talk louder then!”, before peeking behind the interview curtain to wink at Worthington.

Variety Studio Presented By Moroccanoil At Holt Renfrew - Day 3 - 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

Out of all the hot Brits in the room, Keira Knightley was actually the one I wanted to get close to (not in a creepy way, I promise!). She’s one of my favourite young actresses, and I was most definitely starstruck. I tried to summon the courage to ask her for a photo, but she was never alone – either chumming it up with her co-stars, or chatting with her hair and makeup people. She wore a beautiful Chanel dress, and I tried to inconspicuously sneak a few shots for my Instagram. She smiled a lot, laughed a lot, shared that she was tired, but definitely didn’t look it. She looked happy, thin, but not frail, healthy, and so very beautiful. Can you tell I have a bit of a crush?

Other notable moments at the Variety Studio included: grabbing a photo with the delightful Bill Nighy, who was walking around with an apple in his hand, never having the moment to himself to actually take a bite, and who made eye contact with everyone in the room, instead of ducking his head and avoiding the normals; watching Richard Gere chatting up the hot tequila girls; realizing that the woman on the couch next to me is Elizabeth Banks, who changed out of her white pumps and into some Birkenstocks for comfort; observing the insanely handsome Matthew Goode and super-stylish Jena Malone light up the room with their larger than life personalities (on two different days) – definitely not wallflower types; sitting on the couch next to Downton Abbey’s Branson’s publicist, before Branson Allen Leech himself leaned over me to talk to her; sharing a serendipitous moment with Mark Ruffalo outside the Variety Studio’s bathroom – if life was a movie, that would’ve been our meet-cute.

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Style Fille: Bang Bang and Penelope

Sometimes even if a movie is not the best you’ve seen, there’s something about it that just grabs you. Such is the case with The Brothers Bloom – a caper flick, full of fantastic cinematography, beautiful styling, and a story that is too smug for its own good. Having re-watched it recently, I remembered how much I loved the costumes worn by its main foursome: Penelope, Bang Bang, Stephen, and Bloom. Every character got to wear a fab hat (in most cases more than one), and most costumes worn by the film’s female characters (filmed in 2007) could be seen on Fall 2010 runways: from leopard print at Lanvin, to bowler hats at Hermès, to fur coats at Chanel, to aviator hats at Pink Tartan – the fun sleek styling is reason enough to rent this movie on a slow autumn evening.

Bang Bang was by far my favorite character in the movie, with wonderful comedic timing Rinko Kikuchi stole every scene she was in…and the outfits definitely helped shape her character (props go to Beatrix Aruna Pasztor!).

What about you? Do you have a movie that you like only for fashion’s sake, but not necessarily the story itself? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday Candy: Mark Ruffalo

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I must admit that part of the reason why I went to watch “Where the Wild Things Are” last weekend was…Mark Ruffalo. And while his time on screen was maybe all of 2 minutes, it still reminded me of how talented and how easy on the eyes he is! There are many other reasons why I adore Ruffalo, including the fact that he’s one of those rare Hollywood anomalies that stays out of scandals and has been happily married to the same woman for many years, he chooses his roles based on characters and not on the budget (except for that horrendous fail with Witherspoon, that shall not be named). He’s funny, cute, and charming. And even if he isn’t too “wild”, looking at his photos somehow makes my week just a little bit better! And I wish the same for you! Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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