Who knew that Mickey Rourke would be the belle of the Toronto ball? As buyers wrestled over distrib rights (Fox Searchlight emerged victorious) to the film he toplines, a mop-topped Rourke and a posse of burly buddies partied Sunday on the top floor of Toronto’s Hyatt hotel.
“The Wrestler” bash didn’t really get started until around midnight, when Rourke, helmer Darren Aronofsky and wife Rachel Weisz, Evan Rachel Wood plus beau Marilyn Manson, and Marisa Tomei showed.
Rourke, praised by many as a kind soul, left the party for a while to help someone who’d overindulged get out of the building safely. Meanwhile, Gerry Butler showed off his “RocknRolla” dance moves, and “Wrestler” well-wishes kept pouring in, including from Harvey Weinstein, Par’s John Lesher, Sean Penn, Jennifer Aniston and Adrien Brody.
Fete was just one of a slew held over the weekend at the film fest. Things warmed up Friday with a bit of star wattage courtesy of “Burn After Reading’s” Brad Pitt. That same night Variety‘s 10 Producers to Watch party took place at the CityTV Headquarters. While, up the street, Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning feasted on corn bread and honey at “The Secret Life of Bees” supper.
Saturday, loud tunes almost drowned out the rockin’ party for “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” where the mix included helmers Peter Sollett, Jason Reitman and thesp Michael Cera.
Later, at the “Blindness” party guests filed through a white fog-filled corridor to hang with Julianne Moore, Gael Garcia Bernal, Mark Ruffalo, helmer Fernando Meirelles and Miramax topper Daniel Battsek. There, Focus topper James Schamus pondered about what a kudo season with Rourke might look like.
Party overload came Sunday night, when Sony Classics’ dinner (for its 10 titles at the fest) overlapped with Fox Searchlight’s “Slumdog Millionaire” dinner and Weinstein Co.’s “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” bash — among about at least a dozen other events.