A-List Descending on Toronto for 30th Fest

by W. Andrew Powell

TIFF 2005 Poster

TIFF 2005 Poster

Last year was a big year for the Toronto International Film Festival as over 400 celebrity guests arrived for the parties, red carpets and festivities of North America’s most important film festival. However, that’s looking pretty pale compared to this year as an estimated 500 celebrities are confirmed for the 30th Festival of Festivals.

Among the celebrities scheduled to hit Toronto between September 8 and 17 are a variety of filmmakers, actors, industry insiders, and special guests, representing “the finest in filmmaking talent from around the world,” including Heath Ledger, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, and Tim Burton.

Here now is a partial list of attendees, broken down into a few categories for your amusement. Sadly, actors have been known to cancel in the past, but you can certainly bet on a huge number of these stars to be on hand in just two weeks time.


Star Power:

Danny Aiello, Maria Bello, Juliette Binoche, Gerard Butler, Steve Coogan, Billy Crudup, Hope Davis, Vincent D’Onofrio, David Duchovny, Aaron Eckhart, Sam Elliot, Colin Firth, Rachel Griffiths, Luis Guzmán, Bob Hoskins, Felicity Huffman, Catherine Keener, Greg Kinnear, Kris Kristofferson, Jessica Lange, Ray Liotta, Laura Linney, Dylan McDermott, Frances McDormand, Shirley MacLaine, Gretchen Mol, Brittany Murphy, Keanu Reeves, Kim Hee Seon, Elisabeth Shue, Jason Statham, Emily Watson, Forest Whitaker.

Rising Stars:

Eric Balfour, Adam Brody, Dakota Fanning, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Bryce Dallas Howard, Alison Lohman, Matthew Macfadyen, Cillian Murphy, Lou Pucci, Julia Stiles, Jason Schwartzman, Vivian Wu.

Canadians Stars:

Kristen Adams, Liane Balaban, Lindy Booth, Tommy Chong, Joris Jarsky, Daniel MacIvor, Sarah Polley.

Hot Babes:

Jolene Blalock, Pierce Brosnan, Elisha Cuthbert, Claire Danes, Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, Keira Knightly, Heath Ledger, Eva Longoria, Cynthia Nixon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Piper Perabo, Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, Isabella Rossellini, Kiefer Sutherland, Tilda Swinton, Charlize Theron, Michelle Williams, Reese Witherspoon.

Cool People:

Douglas Coupland, Frank Gehry.

Veteran Actors:

Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Jeff Bridges, Gabriel Byrne, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Chan, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Edie Falco, Ralph Fiennes, Morgan Freeman, Richard Gere, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, William Hurt, Tommy Lee Jones, Val Kilmer, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Nick Nolte, Robin Wright Penn, Kurt Russell.

Performers & Musicians:

Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000), Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, LL Cool J, Liza Minnelli, Matt Murphy, Justin Timberlake.

Funny Guys & Gals:

Cuba Gooding Jr., Will Ferrell, Steve Martin, Colin Mochrie, Vince Vaughn.

Lord of the Rings Alumni:

Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Sir Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood.


Louise Archambault, David Ayer, Jamie Babbit, Youn-suk Bae, David J. Burke, Tim Burton, Niki Caro, Park Chan-wook, David Cronenberg, Cameron Crowe, Lee Daniels, Roger Donaldson, William Eggleston, Atom Egoyan, Thom Fitzgerald, Anne Fontaine, Stephen Frears, Sarah Galea-Davis, Victoria Gamburg, Terry Gilliam, Dayna Goldfine, Michel Gondry, Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, Richard E. Grant, Annie Griffin, David Hyde, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Renuka Jeyapalan, Neil Jordan, Kevin Jordan, Allan King, Ang Lee, Sook-Yin Lee, John Madden, Guy Maddin, Jim McKay, Don McKellar, Deepa Mehta, Christopher R. Nash, Aubrey Nealon, Luis Ortega, Nick Park, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman, Carlos Reygadas, Guy Ritchie, Eli Roth, David Siegel, Richard Shepard, Michael Snow, Steven Soderbergh, Pablo Solís, Julia Solomonoff, Jamie Travis, Alexey Uchitel, Gabriel Velázquez, Anne Villacèque, Clement Virgo, Vincent Ward, Sarah Watt, Larry Weinstein, Michael Winterbottom, Jessica Joy Wise, Zhang Yang.

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