TIFF stars – Oprah, Swifty, Styles and Spielberg – and how to find them


Content of the article

Stargazers are in for a treat as the Toronto International Film Festival comes to life on Thursday.

Advertisement 2

Content of the article

After two years muted due to COVID-19, TIFF is in full force this year – September 8 through September 18. – with many expected A-listers including Viola Davis, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicolas Cage, Oprah Winfrey, Elisabeth Moss, Edward Norton, Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams, Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Cate Blanchett, Zac Efron, Michelle Yeoh, Billy Eichner, Ethan Hawke, Kate Hudson, Rooney Mara, Jessie Buckley, Evan Rachel Wood, Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne, Lily Tomlin, Kathleen Turner and Sterling K. Brown.

Content of the article

“It’s the biggest TIFF in years,” said longtime Toronto-based entertainment blogger Will Wong of mrwillwong.com.

“Even before the pandemic, it would have been a huge TIFF. Harry Styles, I met him when (One Direction) was just emerging, so it’s exciting that he’s back. He gets Oscar buzz for this performance (in My Policeman). But for me, it’s who gets into mega-stardom after all the movies that go into awards season, so Emma Corin from The Crown (as Diana). It’s exciting, they’ve never been here, not that I know of. Cate Blanchett comes, she’s been filmed here before, it’s exciting for me every time. And obviously Taylor Swift, it’s huge.

Advertisement 3

Content of the article

Toronto entertainment blogger Mr. Will Wong (right), pictured here with Harry Styles (left) in 2012 during a One Direction concert stop in the city, is delighted with Styles' return to the city for TIFF 2022.
Toronto entertainment blogger Mr. Will Wong (right), pictured here with Harry Styles (left) in 2012 during a One Direction concert stop in the city, is delighted with Styles’ return to the city for TIFF 2022. Photo by Mr. Will Wong

On the cinema side, Darren Aronofky The whale about a 600-pound English teacher trying to reconnect with his daughter is Wong’s most anticipated TIFF film and is widely seen as Brendan Fraser’s comeback role amid talk of an Oscar nod.

Brits also arrive as in Kit Harington, Olivia Colman, Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Craig, Claire Foy, Sir Ben Kingsley, Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott (Hot Priest alert!), Kate Beckinsale, Joe Alwyn, Rupert Everett, Lily James, Janet McTeer, Linus Roache and Malcolm McDowell are all expected to hit the red carpets.

The roster of directors is equally impressive with Steven Spielberg making his very first TIFF appearance alongside fellow directors Aronofsky, Park Chan-wook, Jordan Peele, Tyler Perry, Jason Reitman, Sarah Polley, Rian Johnson, Stephen Frears, Damien Chazelle, Sam Mendes, Brett Morgen (the man behind the superb documentary Bowie Lunar Reverie) and Werner Herzog.

Advertisement 4

Content of the article

“Steven Spielberg – he never comes to Toronto!” Wang said. “You would think that a famous filmmaker who has been around for so long would have been to TIFF before. This is the first time that a film has been shown (the autobiographical The Fabelmans) here.”

Also expected are Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, music stars Janelle Monáe, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Al Yankovic and Joe Jonas, great comedians Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, Keegan-Michael Key.

Steven Spielberg attends the 55th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown in Los Angeles on February 16, 2019.
Steven Spielberg attends the 55th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown in Los Angeles on February 16, 2019. Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer /Getty Images/Files

But where to find them all?

First, the daily red carpets are back for star-studded galas at Roy Thomson Hall and the Visa Screening Room at the Princesss of Wales Theater and special presentations, midnight follies and discovery films at the Royal Alexandra Theater .

Additionally, Festival Street will be fully open to pedestrians on King Street West between University Avenue and Peter Street between Thursday and September 11 (Monday), as well as the RBC Red Carpet Gallery Fan Booths around the RT Hall and press conferences will be organized. held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre.

Wong says parties will also be back at established restaurants like Patria and the members-only Soho House, and the Jaguar Supper Suite pop-up in Marbl, new hotels like Ace Hotel and 1 Hotel Toronto (formerly the Thompson) and new Clio clubs reserved for members.

Another good bet is the Ritz-Carlton Toronto where celebrities get into cars to be taken to the red carpet at RT Hall.

Happy TIFF!

[email protected]

Advertisement 1

comments

Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively yet civil discussion forum and encourages all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments can take up to an hour to be moderated before appearing on the site. We ask that you keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications. You will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, if there is an update to a comment thread you follow, or if a user follows you comments. See our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.


torontosun

Back to top button