Event boasts 500-plus guest list
The Toronto Intl. Film Festival is claiming it has stars galore.Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Anne Hathaway and Laura Linney are among the celebs the festival touted Tuesday as red carpet shoo-ins as it announced its 500-plus guest list and completed its lineup. Like any festival call sheet, the list can be pretty squishy: In fact, TIFF also claimed George Clooney was a lock, but the Clooney camp Tuesday denied it. Other stars expected to show include Steven Soderbergh, Queen Latifah, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson and Michael Caine, while Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Kathryn Bigelow and Julian Schnabel will be part of the Mavericks Q&A panels. There’s more: Guy Ritchie, John Malkovich, Tim Roth, Ethan Hawke, Benicio Del Toro, Antonio Banderas, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Hudson and Colin Firth are all among the wattage skedded to appear, per the festival. Fest also announced that seven world preems join the Gala section: helmer Gavin O’Connor’s Gotham cop family saga “Pride and Glory,” starring Norton and Colin Farrell; Toa Fraser’s period pic “Dean Spanley,” starring Peter O’Toole; Jodie Markell’s “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,” from a rediscovered Tennessee Williams screenplay; Neil Burger’s “The Lucky Ones,” with Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins and Michael Pena as U.S. soldiers on an unplanned road trip; Rod Lurie’s government scandal pic “Nothing but the Truth,” starring Kate Beckinsale and Matt Dillon; family secret story “A Year Ago in Winter,” from director Caroline Link; and Jerry Zaks’ Leonard Chess biopic “Who Do You Love,” starring Alessandro Nivola. The Coen brothers’ Venice fest opener “Burn After Reading,” starring George Clooney, Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt, gets its North American preem as a Gala entry, as does Anne Fontaine’s “La Fille de Monaco.” Gala program also includes work-in-progress “Public Enemy No. 1,” French helmer Jean-Francois Richet’s thriller starring Vincent Cassel as legendary gangster Jacques Mesrine, and Indian box office hit “Singh Is Kinng,” helmer Anees Bazmee’s romantic action-comedy starring Akshay Kumar, Om Puri and Katrina Kaif. The Masters program adds the world preem of Paul Schrader’s “Adam Resurrected,” based on Israeli Yoram Kaniuk’s novel about a charismatic patient in a mental institution for Holocaust survivors. Pic stars Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe. Real to Reel features the world preem of Adria Petty’s examination of the Paris Hilton phenomenon “Paris, Not France,” modeled after 1960s pic “Darling.” Doc program also adds “Sounds Like Teen Spirit: A Popumentary” and “The Heart of Enin,” about a Palestinian father who donated his slain son’s organs to several Israeli children. Special Presentations adds Daniel Burman’s domestic comedy “Empty Nest” and the work-in-progress omnibus “New York, I Love You,” featuring 12 shorts from international filmmakers, including Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Brett Ratner, Scarlett Johansson, Ivan Attal and Natalie Portman. Twenty-five titles round out the Contemporary World cinema lineup, which now includes 58 films from 42 countries. Among the pics announced Tuesday are world preems of Mika Kaurismaki’s “Three Wise Men,” Nigel Cole’s Christopher Walken starrer “$5 a Day,” Rashid Masharawi’s “Laila’s Birthday,” John Stockwell’s “Middle of Nowhere,” Ella Lemhagen’s “Patrik, Age 1.5,” Nicholas Oceano’s bio about “The Real World” cast member Pedro Zamora, Anthony Fabian’s apartheid drama “Skin” and Samira Makhmalbaf’s “Two-Legged Horse.” The section also adds the international preem of Dogma 95 helmer Ole Christian Madsen’s “Flame & Citron” and the North American preem of Olivier Assayas’ “L’Heure d’ete.” Canada First! adds the international preem of helmer Lyne Charlebois’ feature bow “Borderline.” Also announced is the new public street hub of Yonge-Dundas Square, featuring screenings and free public performances, including musical artists featured in some of this year’s films (Youssou Ndour, Keb’ Mo’ and cast members of “A Chorus Line”). Event runs Sept. 4-11. Among the 249 features, 116 are premieres and 61 are first features.