Toronto International Film Festival 2011

Mimi ON Sep 13, 2011 AT 1:41 pm

Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is currently in full swing and the stars have already been out in force… and I should know, I was out there, watching the red carpet action from home is very sad…

George Clooney and new girlfriend Stacy Keibler were present to celebrate his premiere in the films; The Descendants and The Ides of March (which he directed). At the premiere, Kiebler, a former WWE wrestler towered above Clooney in a black tiered dress and ridiculous up-do. I actually bumped into George at the Soho House pop-up in Toronto on Saturday night and he was the only star in there with security, a bit over the top I think considering he was surrounded mostly by other celebrities. I’m thinking it could have been protection from his wrestling girlfriend, she was a lot bigger than him and I’m not convinced by this relationship myself…

George Clooney and Stacy Keibler at TIFF

George Clooney and Stacy Keibler at TIFF

Traveling couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, attended the premiere of Moneyball, which is said to have a lot Oscar buzz around it, as Pitt is said to have performed at his best, along with relative newcomer Jonah Hill. At the premiere, Pitt looked relaxed in a grey suit and checkered tie alongside Angelina who stunned in a black satin gown complete with a gold clutch.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at TIFF

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at TIFF

Madonna arrived for her directorial debut premiere for W.E., the film that stars Abbie Cornish and James D’Arcy in a complicated love story about the marriage of King Edward VII and Wallis Simpson over 60 years. Although Madonna has not made a red carpet entrance yet, she has stated her disappointment in critics judging the movie wrongfully because of her name on the project.

Madonna at TIFF and a scene from W.E.

Madonna at TIFF and a scene from W.E.

New actress on the Hollywood scene (and sister of the famous twins), Elizabeth Olson made her debut at the festival for her role in Martha Marcy May Marlene. In the psychological thriller, Olsen plays Martha who is a confused woman trying to decode her past after she fled from a cult and its oppressive leaders. Olsen, who is the younger sister of fashion week darlings, Mary-Kate and Ashley, proved that fashion runs in the family, walking the carpet with a floral flock and dewy summer makeup and simple jewellery. She was staying at our hotel, The Fairmont Royal York, so we saw her in the lobby with entourage in this dress and she looked lovely.

Elizabeth Olsen at TIFF

Elizabeth Olsen at TIFF

One of the most anticipated films of the week is Machine Gun Preacher which was directed by Marc Foster – who also takes credit for Monster’s Ball and countless other flicks. The film stars Gerard Butler, Michele Monaghan, and Madeline Carroll and takes viewers on a journey of war in Sudan. This film has received plenty of Oscar buzz as well because of its biopic and touching storyline. Nonetheless, Michele Monaghan and Madeline donned gorgeous frocks on at the carpet premiere, and sparkly accessories that complimented the simple silhouettes and nude makeup. Saw Monaghan out a lot too, in sky high heels and cute dresses but a rather puffy face.. tell-tale signs of too many injectables.

Madeline Carroll and Michele Monaghan at TIFF

Madeline Carroll and Michele Monaghan at TIFF

Other celebs I spotted out there? Well I had a few drinks with the lovely Woody Harrelson, bumped into Jon Hamm and his lovely beau Jennifer Westfield, who I talked to at Soho House to congratulate her on her comedy, Friends With Kids, look out for this one, we all loved it! Ewan McGregor & Emily Blunt were partying on Saturday night at Soho House too, their film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has a good buzz around it.

Keep an eye out for my full low-down on my Toronto trip soon!

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