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Despite grey skies, the 35th annual Toronto Film Festival was in full bloom Thursday.

IMG_0016 Thousands of festgoers scampered through the Hyatt downtown to obtain press/industry credentials (warning–badges are a pain in the a** this year!) while locals had their cameras out for a possible run-in with festival celebrities who are, for the most part, still on their way to town.

Meanwhile, critics and other patrons attended afternoon press/industry screenings of Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s “Biutiful” as well as Joaquin Phoenix doc “I’m Still Here.” Magnolia has stated that Casey Affleck and Phoenix won’t be in attendance this year although I wouldn’t be surprised to see Affleck in “Town” with his older brother Ben.

Tifflogo Tonight, the festival officially kicks off with the opening night premiere of “Score: A Hockey Musical.” (why Canadian films have to open the fest, I still don’t know) Others, like myself, will be at the Ryerson theater this evening for the N. American premiere of Charles Ferguson’s latest documentary “Inside Job.”

Ferguson, who directed 2007’s “No End in Sight,” tackles Wall St. and the economic downturn in “Inside Job” (Ferguson will also be stopping by the Variety Studio midday tomorrow for an interview with yours truly so stay tuned for video interviews from TIFF starting late Friday).

Stay tuned for more updates from the fest…

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