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Toronto International Film Festival: This year Toronto was punctuated by a slew of high-profile titles, beginning Sept. 6 with opening night’s Looper, starring Bruce Willis. Other premieres included Argo, The Master and Silver Linings Playbook. Party locales like the newly opened Soho House did double duty, hosting two bashes a night. On Sept. 9, The Hollywood Reporter hosted a rooftop fete at the Thompson Hotel, where top industry players such as DreamWorks co-chair and CEO Stacey Snider, Fox Searchlight head Nancy Utley and Sony Pictures Classics’ Tom Bernard gathered. For Snider, TIFF is an important way to reconnect with the basic pleasures of the filmgoing experience: “I just like the idea of waiting in line for movies, going in, not knowing what you’re going to see, and letting the story take you over.” — Gary Baum and Pamela McClintock
Toronto International Film Festival | Sept. 6 – 16
Jennifer Garner and “Argo’s” Bryan Cranston hit the film’s premiere.
“Looper’s” Emily Blunt (in Roland Mouret) at the premiere of FilmDistrict and TriStar Pictures’ action flick.
From left: Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov, WME’s Patrick Whitesell and star-director Ben Affleck at the studio’s “Argo” premiere at Roy Thomson Hall on Sept. 7. Affleck plays a CIA agent trying to free six Americans during the Iranian hostage crisis in the drama.
“He’s my favorite director,” Jennifer Lawrence (with co-star Bradley Cooper) said of David O. Russell at the “Silver Linings Playbook” premiere Sept. 8.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt signed autographs for fans outside the “Looper” premiere.
From left: “On the Road’s” Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart attended the film’s premiere Sept. 6.
“Hotel Transylvania’s” David Spade posed with a mummy from the Sony Pictures animated comedy Sept. 8.
From left: Sierra/Affinity exec Nick Meyer, City National Bank’s David Acosta and THR news director Matthew Belloni at the magazine’s party.
“Homeland” | New York, Sept. 7
The show’s Diego Klattenhoff and Morena Baccarin enjoyed a fireworks display.
The second season’s premiere was screened in Hangar Three at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
CBS president and CEO Les Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen.
The show’s Diego Klattenhoff and Morena Baccarin.
Claire Danes and co-star Damian Lewis.
Venice Film Festival: Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master was the talk of the town as the 69th edition of the fest drew to a close and the drama was not given the best film prize. The Golden Lion went to Kim Ki-duk’s Pieta after the jury learned it could not decorate a feature with best film as well as other accolades. Instead, it heaped favor on Anderson (honoring him as best director) and both Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman as best actor. During the fest’s final days, two heavyweights appeared on the Lido — Brian De Palma‘s mystery Passion and Robert Redford‘s latest directorial effort, The Company You Keep (a visually somber drama about an extreme anti-war group). Said Redford, “I was fascinated by history and the thought of making a film with the look of Les Miserables.” — Eric J. Lyman
Venice Film Festival | Aug. 29-Sept. 8
Shia LaBeouf walked the carpet before the screening of Sony Pictures Classics’ thriller “The Company You Keep” on Sept. 6.
“Fundamentally, the film is about what a man will do for his child,” said Redford (with wife Sibylle Szaggars) at the premiere of his film.
From left: Castmates Rachel Korine, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez at the “Spring Breakers” premiere at the Palazzo del Cinema on Sept. 5.
“The Master‘s” Hoffman (with the Volpi Cup for best actor) collected the Silver Lion for best director on behalf of Anderson on Sept. 8.
Fox Fall Eco Casino Party | Culver City, Sept. 10
“New Girl‘s” Zooey Deschanel (left) and “The X Factor‘s” Demi Lovato at the charity event hosted by the Bookbindery.
“I think Fox is the right network for it — it goes beyond the cookie-cutter mold,” said “The Mob Doctor‘s” Zach Gilford of the show.
FBC entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly was flanked by “Ben and Kate” stars Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson.
Glee‘s Kevin McHale and Lea Michele hit the party, which raised money for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Heal the Bay and The Nature Conservancy.
N.Y. Fashion Week | New York, Sept. 5-13
Rachel Zoe in the front row at Marc Jacobs during spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Sept. 10.
From left: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne and Marc Jacobs president Robert Duffy at the designer’s show.
Twilight‘s Ashley Greene (left) and “The Transformers‘” Rachael Taylor sat front row at Donna Karan on Sept. 10.
Michael Ovitz, former Disney president and CAA co-founder, attended his daughter Kimberly’s Sept. 6 show for her namesake collection.
Deuville American Film Festival | Aug. 31-Sept. 9
“It’s bizarre being a Mexican actress honored at an American film festival in France,” quipped “Savages” star Salma Hayek, who was honored Sept. 8.
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