Major global players travel to Toronto

Int'l talent eager to soak up Canadian adoration

Toronto’s enthusiastic auds and famous hospitality continue to inspire talent to make the trek to North America’s largest fall film fest gathering.

Jetting over from Venice fest preems are Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and the Coen brothers for Friday’s “Burn After Reading” gala, as are contingents from “The Wrestler” (helmer Darren Aronofsky and thesps Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood) and “Adam Resurrected” (helmer Paul Schrader and lead Jeff Goldblum).

Other luminaries heading to Toronto from around the world include Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, and Gael Garcia Bernal as well as an impressive collection of filmmakers. Among them are Agnes Varda, Samira Makhmalbaf, Deepa Mehta, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Claire Denis, Olivier Assayas, Wong Kar Wai, Ferzan Ozpetek, Barbet Schroeder, Fernando Meirelles and Bruno Barreto.

Among the large Brit contingent expected to pass through the intersection of Bloor and Avenue Road over the next week are Michael Caine, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Paul Bettany, Keira Knightley, Ricky Gervais, Thandie Newton, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Barnes, Ben Kingsley, Gerard Butler, Rachel Weisz and directors including Danny Boyle, Mike Leigh, Guy Ritchie and Michael Winterbottom.

Also repping the U.S. are helmers Kathryn Bigelow, Jonathan Demme, Charlie Kaufman, Spike Lee, Steven Soderbergh, Larry Charles, Paul Schrader, Richard Linklater and producer Marc Abraham, who comes with his directorial debut “Flash of Genius,” with Greg Kinnear.

Other Yank talent ranks in Toronto could include Julianne Moore, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, Rachel McAdams, Charlize Theron, Alan Alda, Jennifer Aniston, Matt Dillon, Queen Latifah, Benicio Del Toro, Viggo Mortensen and hoops star LeBron James, who is the subject of docu “More Than a Game.”

Among the musicians expected are the Edge, Jimmy Page and Youssou N’dour.

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