This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to the people who attend every year, but it’s looking like yet another banner year for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival which announced on Tuesday that it will host the North American premier of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel.
Since 2001 J.R.R. Tolkien‘s epic The Lord of the Rings has been a hot topic from one side of the world to the other. Peter Jackson’s gigantic trilogy certainly had a lot to do with the renewed interest, but that interest has been sustained far longer than your average film. Then again, this isn’t just any story – this is one of the English language’s most compelling tales, and so it only makes sense that someone should endeavor to take that story even further.
That someone happens to be England’s own Kevin Wallace.
There is something truly fickle about fame and celebrity, especially in this era of wildly out of control celebrity worship. And don’t get me wrong, I am as much a participant in this as anyone (I’ll admit right here and now that I did indeed buy a copy of the new Vogue for Men when it premiered last week).
Traditionally, the first weekend of the film festival are the days that are the most top heavy in terms of stars and filmmakers coming into town to make the scene and showcase their films.
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.
The 30th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is now locked and loaded and ready to be blasted out over this city come September 8th.
Two down and one to go — the Toronto International Film Festival held it’s second press conference at the spot that has become traditional for second press conferences, the Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Toronto.
The 2005 Toronto International Film Festival officially kicked off with the opening press conference held in the magnificent Imperial Room at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel (which was a pleasant relief as most press conferences in previous years have been held in woefully small venues making for a very crowded event) – which was appropriate given the fact that the announcements being made and the folks making them were as large and respect-worthy as the venerable old Imperial Room.
Billed as one of the top film festivals in the world, the Toronto International Film Festival is always something amazing to behold, but after 10 days it’s come to a close with a mix of awards for some of the best of the fest.
Nothing says “film festival” like a long list of celebrities and the Toronto International Film Festival has a list that just seems to go on, and on, and on.