#TIFF13: STARS ARRIVE IN TORONTO FOR THE 2013 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL DAY 1 | JAKE GYLLENHAAL, DANIEL BRUHL, PAUL DANO, HUGH DANCY
The Stars began to descend upon Toronto for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival today and although some of the Actors to arrive don’t see their Movies for a few days, they just couldn’t resist enjoying our City a bit more than work permits!
Daniel Brühl is definitely a name to look out for TIFF ’13 with two Marquee Titles at the Festival this year including Opening Night Gala The Fifth Estate, premiering tonight at two venues. Unfortunately there have been no sightings yet of his brilliant Co-Star Benedict Cumberbatch still. This weekend he also will be here to present Ron Howard‘s RUSH, in which he stars as Formula 1 Driver Niki Lauda. The Actor was low-key, signing a couple Autographs, telling Fans he’ll greet them over the course of the week during TIFF Festivities.
Rising Star Paul Dano is a major force at TIFF ’13 also, here to present Thriller Prisoners in which he stars alongside Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal as a Suspect involved in the disappearance of two young Girls. He also will be promoting Oscar Contender 12 Years a Slave from Director Steve McQueen, boasting an equally stellar Cast of Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Sarah Paulson and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Dano was seen with the aid of cane and sans Girlfriend Actress Zoe Kazan, who also will be here this weekend for Romantic-Comedy, The F Word in which she stars opposite Daniel Radcliffe.
Although he’s not here for TIFF ’13 per say, Hugh Dancy and his Wife Claire Danes certainly are no strangers to the Festival, having visited many a time in the past for it. Dancy is back in Toronto (Baby Cyrus in tow) to prep for the forthcoming second season of Hannibal. I spotted Co-Star Mads Mikkelsen earlier today working out in my Building even!
One of the Films premiering at TIFF ’13 with the most buzz certainly is Blue is the Warmest Colour, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this past May. The Lesbian-theme French Drama stars an impeccably-talented Duo of Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. Although both resisted Fans a bit, eventually they gave way taking Photos and signing Autographs. The Duo premiere their Film at TIFF tonight.
Ahh, my favourite Snap thus far! I love Jake Gyllenhaal and it always is a pleasure seeing him. The Actor, who stars in two Films at the Festival, Prisoners and Toronto-filmed Enemy, arrived in Toronto from New York City a couple days early and will be hard at work through the weekend in support of both Thrillers. The former is gaining lots of Oscar buzz already after a strong showing at the Telluride Film Festival.
Stay tuned over the course of the Festival as we’ll be bringing you up-close to the Films and Stars of TIFF ’13! Bookmark and follow on Twitter and Instagram too! Don’t forget to tune into CP24 also where I’ll be seen over the course of the Festival as a Correspondent!
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
*Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy S4 and Olympus E-PL5
#SPOTTED: KEVIN ZEGERS & LAURENCE FISHBURNE AT RED CARPET PREMIERE FOR “THE COLONY”
The Stars came out in support of The Colony‘s upcoming release at Scotiabank Theatre last night in Toronto. Our v. own Kevin Zegers and Academy Award Nominee Laurence Fishburne walked the Red Carpet, each embarking on a two-day Press Tour in Toronto to promote the Sci-Fi/Action/Thriller.
Handsome Zegers who confirmed he will be getting married this Summer (we broke news of his engagement first last August!) we all know practically is a Torontonian even though he hails from Woodstock, especially having filmed both The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and The Colony here last year. And even though Fishburne technically isn’t a Torontonian, he pretty much is one honourarily! The Actor has filmed here over the years as has his Wife and Toronto-filmed Suits Star Gina Torres who accompanied him on the Red Carpet last night. More recently, he just wrapped production on upcoming Series Hannibal (premieres April 4, 2013 on City) alongside Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen.
Director/Writer Jeff Renfroe filmed The Colony last Winter between North Bay and Toronto. The Film is set in a post-Apocalyptic World, amidst the next Ice Age. Members of Colony 7 must fight desperately to save themselves after realizing they may be facing a far worse threat than imagined originally.
More Snaps from the Red Carpet below (thanks to Contributor Jonathan Godfrey and Keith McCalmont):
Some Snaps from The Colony‘s Press Day including a Visit at Global Television‘s The Morning Show:
eOne Films releases The Colony on April 26, 2013. I’ve seen The Colony personally and thought not only was it beautiful to look at, but the Action is outright fierce. Review to come release day!
(Photo credit: Keith McCalmont/Jonathan Godfrey/Mr. Will Wong)
#SPOTTED: DAN FOGLER IN TORONTO FOR “HANNIBAL”
Some of you might recognize him by face, some of you might recognize him by voice. TONY Award-winning Actor Dan Fogler was spotted heading to the Convenience Store after a long day on the set of NBC‘s upcoming Series Hannibal tonight.
Fogler has starred in popular Films like Good Luck Chuck, Balls of Fury and Fanboys, while he has provided Voice Work on smashes like Horton Hears a Who, Kung Fu Panda and also upcoming Thanksgiving-themed Animated Feature Turkeys, alongside Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson.
The Funnyman was nice enough to stop for a Snap despite the freezing cold, humbly introducing himself just as “Dan“, with a handshake. Hannibal also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Gilliand Anderson, Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres (the latter two Husband and Wife), wrapping in about a month’s time. Its Premiere Date still has yet to be confirmed. Anxiously awaiting…
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#SPOTTED: MADS MIKKELSEN IN TORONTO FOR “HANNIBAL”
Casino Royale. Quantum of Solace. Clash of the Titans. The Three Musketeers. These are just some of the more recent Films in which you’ve seen Mads Mikkelsen and while out getting Breakfast with Billy early this morning, I bumped-into the brilliant Actor who looked like he was out for a walk or a jog. Mikkelsen who earlier this year won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival in May for The Hunt, currently is in Toronto filming Hannibal.
The upcoming NBC Series which centers around Criminal Profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) who seeks help from famed Psychiatrist and Cannibalistic Serial Killer Hannibal Lecter (Mikkelsen), yet at the same time becomes his greatest Nemesis. Fans of Silence of the Lambs will eat this up. In a non-Cannibal sorta way of course.
Things aren’t slowing-down any time soon for the dark, mysterious Danish Actor who has been in Toronto multiple times before for TIFF and even promoted both The Hunt and upcoming Period Drama, A Royal Affair, while filming Hannibal. I did meet the Actor back in 2009 following a Screening of the phenomenal Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, but am thrilled to have a Snap together with him. Mikkelsen was smitten with Billy, leaning-down to give him a pat on the head. Super-gracious!
Hannibal wraps in February 2013. Learn more about the Series here.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#SPOTTED: CLAIRE DANES IN TORONTO
Homeland Star Claire Danes was spotted out and about in Yorkville earlier today doing a quick grocery run at Pusateri’s. Without Sunglasses and dressed in a loose-fitting blue Button-Down, Danes appears to know the area well. In 2007, I ran into the Actress at the Four Seasons Hotel down the road, while she was here promoting Stardust.
The Golden Globe-winning Actress currently is expecting a Child with Husband of three years, Hugh Dancy, and he currently is in-town filming TV Series Hannibal alongside Mads Mikkelsen, who wowed audiences at TIFF 2012 with two Films, A Royal Affair and The Hunt.
With filming expected to wrap for Hannibal in February 2013, will this Danes-Dancy Baby be Toronto-born?
(Photo credit: Showtime)