TIFF Today: September 9, 2008

Stop the presses. Paris Hilton is in town for the Toronto International Film Festival today. What? Not interested? There are reports that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston had dinner together last night. Still not interested? Okay, well some reports are saying that Keira Knightley was looking too skinny on the red carpet last night.

And that, folks, is how silly celebrity spotting has become. Do people really care how skinny someone is? Apparently, they do. Because of the lack of Oscar-buzzworthy films at TIFF this year, most of the festival-related headlines around the web have more to do with celeb lifestyle than with film. Sad.

Entertainment Weekly has gone so far as saying that the Academy Awards and the Toronto International Film Festival have officially broken up. Now, most people might think that's a bad thing, but I think, in the long run, the decreased focus on Hollywood flicks will be good for cinephiles who will have better access to smaller, independent and foreign films.

Looking for some more information about the festival today? Here are a few other TIFF headlines from around the web:

The stars are out in full force in Toronto. If you're deciding to skip the films and check out the celebs, here's a list of who's expecting to be arriving in town today:

  • Ethan Hawke
  • Jim Sturgess
  • Colin Farrell
  • Edward Norton
  • Steven Soderbergh
  • Benicio del Toro

Finally, if you're looking to catch a screening some time today, here are three films that have been getting some good buzz but might have slipped under your radar. If you do decide to check any of them out, let us know what you think of them!

  • Two-Legged Horse: A stunning film set in remote Afghanistan by a young filmmaker from a legendary film making family.
  • Gigantic: Paul Dano falls for Zooey Deschanel in a awkward romantic film. Then again, who wouldn't fall for Zooey?
  • Snow: Two widowed women bond in post-war Bosnia, full of affection, despair, and hope.

Happy festivaling! Keep checking blogTO over the next few days for continuous coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival.

(Photo: Still from Gigantic.)

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