High-securtiy shindig

Film fest frowns on freeloaders

TORONTO — It was supposed to be about the food, but the 2,500 attendees at Alliance Atlantis’ Toronto Intl. Film Festival shindig Sept. 10 at the Royal Ontario Museum spent more energy kvetching about security measures than oohing over the intended theme — the culinary wonders from Food & Wine magazine’s best new chefs.

Anti-freeloader measures included a name on every invitation and a lengthy wait to show picture ID for admittance. Fun was had watching glitterati fume as they stalked to the back of the queue.

“They don’t do this anywhere in Hollywood. They even don’t do this at the Academy Awards,” sniffed one L.A.-based industryite, safely inside.

Exceptions included Juliette Lewis, Glenn Close, Sonja Smits, Harvey Keitel, William H. Macy, Dave Foley, Natasha Richardson, David Lynch and Debra Winger, all of whom were whisked straight up the red carpet and into the VIP area.

Elsewhere Sept. 10, 20th Century Fox hosted an intimate fete following the “From Hell” gala at Roy Thomson Hall for 150 at Rain, the cool place to be in Toronto lately. Heather Graham, Brian DePalma and Vincent Gallo were among those in attendance.

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