Party hopping in Toronto
The evenings at the Toronto International Film Festival can be filled, if one is so inclined, with one party after another. This being affiliated with the film industry, there is of course a hierarchy -- places to be and not to be, hot tickets, easy gets and everything in between.
Monday night there was a party after the premiere of "A Single Man," the directorial debut of former Gucci designer Tom Ford. The Gardiner Museum was redone for maximum sexiness, with freshly-painted temporary walls creating a corridor that led to an elevator that took one to a loft-like space outfitted with low-slung seating and dim lights. Actresses Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington came by, looking red-carpet ready, fresh from a screening of their own "Mother And Child,' while Kristin Scott Thomas was also on hand after a screening of her film "Partir." Colin Firth, star of "A Single Man," roamed the room as well.
Well after midnight, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, having left their own Weinstein Co. party, could be seen in a huddle with Ford and Creative Artists Agency's Bryan Lourd. Tuesday morning it was announced that the Weinstein Co. had acquired "A Single Man."
Tuesday evening, while the actors and filmmakers from a certain film ate dinner in another room -- always with the hierarchies -- a small group of journalists and assorted film festival types waited and waited in a hotel bar for a few moments to mingle. Finally, after the dining room had been rearranged, those waiting were escorted in to discover the talent had all left.
Rolling on to a karaoke party thrown by the South By Southwest film festival, there were programmers and journalists happily mingling at something that had the charm of a backyard beer bash. The place really got buzzing when actress Samantha Morton, a two-time Oscar nominee here with her directorial debut "The Unloved," rolled in unexpectedly. Eventually she did indeed take a microphone in hand, belting out Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."
-- Mark Olsen
Photo: Kerry Washington, left, and Naomi Watts at the Toronto premiere of "Mother and Child."
Credit: Getty Images