Hollywood Hits the Red Carpet

Toronto International Film Festival | Toronto, Sept. 6-16: 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

Venice Film Festival | Venice, italy, Aug. 29-Sept. 8

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 heavy- weights 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