Toronto: Drake, Eminem and More Unexpected Stars Attending the Fest

8:30 AM 9/8/2017

by Sharon Swart

Outside of the jetloads of actors and film execs descending on Toronto, a number of famous faces will be on hand who could surprise festgoers.

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This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's Sept. 8 daily issue at the Toronto Film Festival.

  • Drake

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    The Toronto native will be at TIFF in support of The Carter Effect, a doc about NBA star Vince Carter. Former Toronto Raptor Carter changed the outlook for many local kids, including Drake and the film’s director Sean Menard. “Vince impacted an entire community,” says Menard.

  • Eric Clapton

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    The legendary guitarist will be in Toronto for the world premiere of Showtime documentary Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, an unflinching look at the artist’s life, including his struggles with addiction and the loss of his son. “I like things pretty gritty,” says Lili Fini Zanuck, the film’s director.

  • Mary J. Blige

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    The Grammy winner will be in Toronto with Dee Rees’ Gala film Mudbound, her first major dramatic film role. Blige says she sees parallels between her film work and music: “[Film] is an entirely different medium, but there are similarities in the emotions I draw upon.”

  • Eminem

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    The rapper produced the TIFF title Bodied, directed by music video giant Joseph Kahn. “If you look at [Eminem’s] iconic music videos, the ones that defined him, Joseph directed all of them,” says fellow producer Adi Shankar, who calls Bodied “the best battle rap movie since 8 Mile.”

  • Jane Goodall

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    The legendary primatologist, 83, hits the big city with National Geographic documentary Jane, which showcases recently unearthed 16mm footage of Goodall’s work in the 1960s with chimpanzees in Africa — directed by Brett Morgen and set to a Philip Glass score.