Beyond the red carpet: Daniel Radcliffe on swimming in Lake Ontario and Jake Gyllenhaal canoodles with his new model girlfriend
Sabrina Maddeaux reports on
The F Word press conference, reviews Jesse Eisenberg’s new film
The Double, and goes behind the velvet rope at night four’s most star-studded parties.
Parties: A-listers showed up to support a good cause at the annual amfAR Inspiration Gala. Hilary Swank, Alan Cumming, Adrien Brody, and Paul Haggis mingled with and posed for photos with Toronto’s socialite class at The Carlu. The evening’s live auction raked in the green stuff, with a “
Marc Jacobs experience” (trips to Jacobs’ next runway show in NYC, round trip airfare, and a stay in the Plaza Hotel) went for $12,000, while a evening out with Alan Cumming in New York went for a cool $22,000. The highlight of the night was a performance by Gossip, which ended with Alan Cumming getting on stage to perform Dolly Parton’s “Think About Love” with lead singer Beth Ditto.
More from Daniel Radcliffe and his TIFF 2013 films after the break…
Meanwhile, Hugo Boss and GQ hosted a post-premier cocktail for The Enemy at new restaurant The Chase. Jake Gyllenhaal was spotted eating dinner and canoodling with his girlfriend, Sports Illustrated model Alyssa Miller. He checked out of the party early, heading to Soho House’s rooftop patio where, just a floor down at the Pretzel Bar, was a private party for Night Moves. Dakota Fanning looked amazing in a shiny cropped bustier, affectionately rubbing the back of her boyfriend, Jamie Strachan. Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Bateman, and Ewan McGregor also stopped by the crowded bar to celebrate the film.
Daniel Radcliffe stars in The F Word.
Quotables: Daniel Radcliffe talked about his new Toronto-based rom-com at the official TIFF press conference for The F Word. When asked about a scene in the film where he goes for a nighttime swim in Lake Ontario, considering the lake’s condition, he said, “It was very pleasant… but now in retrospect I’m angry it was poisoned.” Screenwriter Elan Mastai tried to defend the lake, joking, “The e-coli count is not that high. You might grow a sixth toe, but you won’t grow a seventh, eighth, or ninth. And people never get tails anymore. So I just want to say that it’s actually a lot cleaner than you think.” Radcliffe continued, “The reason we’re [joking] is everyone is going, ‘You did that? You’re crazy?’ It’s not just us Ontario bashing.”
Films: Based on the novella by Fyodor Dostoevksy,
The Double follows an awkward, forgettable young man (Jesse Eisenberg) who finds his life being taken over by a doppelganger (also Jesse Eisenberg) who’s everything he’s not—charismatic, assertive, and memorable. The film features a great soundtrack and boasts wonderful dark, detailed visuals, but can be a little heavy handed at times when it comes to its theme of how easy it is to lose one’s sense of individuality. And, even though he plays two characters in this film, Eisenberg failed to make me lose myself in either one. All I saw was Eisenberg doing his standard awkward asshole shtick yet again. Regardless, director Richard Ayoade establishes himself as one to continue to watch.
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