Hollywood Hits the Red Carpet

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TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: George Clooney, move over. Several parties were thrown in his honor during the 36th annual festival, where The Ides of March and The Descendants screened, but the actor-director had nothing on Tom Bernard and Michael Barker, who were busy celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Sony Pictures Classics. David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Jeremy Thomas, Gus Van Sant, Michael Shannon, Milla Jovovich and husband Paul W.S. Anderson were among those attending a weekend of SPC events, culminating with the official bash Sept. 11 at Spice Route, where producer Robert Lantos brought an oversized bottle of champagne ("Good luck finding a corkscrew," joked one agent). A parade of indie execs also turned out."It's overwhelming," Bernard said, "but no matter how late I stay up, I'm getting up early to play hockey." -- Pamela McClintock and Borys Kit

CREATIVE ARTS EMMYS: You gotta love an awards show where the likes of Pee-Wee Herman, Priscilla Presley, Gene Simmons and Chaz Bono get to mingle under the banner of celebrating Emmy's unsung heroes. This year's Creative Arts Emmys -- which awarded 77 golden statuettes for below-the-line talent -- filmed its first-ever broadcast for Reelz Channel at the Nokia Theatre (set to air Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. in advance of the primetime telecast), but it was hardly a boring tech-fest. Such boldface names as Gwyneth Paltrow and Justin Timberlake emerged victorious for guest-star comedy gigs (sadly neither was on hand) and funnymen like The League's Paul Scheer and Community creator Dan Harmon killed while presenting awards. "I actually had a blast up there," said Harmon post-show at the Governors Ball. "Which is good because I'll be parking cars on Emmy night." -- Stacey Wilson