TORONTO: Blog Catch Up -- Flicks, Red Carpets, and Parties (Oh My!)

by | September 12, 2006 | Comments

Wheeeee! A whirlwind of belated blog entries from over the action-packed weekend here at the Toronto International Film Festival, with pics from the red carpet (Zach Braff! Kate Winslet! Lance Bass!), the insane "Shortbus" party-concert, and of course, movies!

Zach Braff at "The Last Kiss;" Kate Winslet at "All The King’s Men;" Lance Bass at the Queer Lounge "Shortbus" party

We’ve passed the halfway point here in Toronto, and already the streets are thinning out. Most of the big films have come and gone — "Babel," "All the King’s Men," "Catch A Fire," "For Your Consideration" — with mixed results (a big fat ouch for Zallian and the "ATKM" crew, whose big Toronto debut was by far the biggest critical disappointment yet). "The Fountain," screening tonight, is getting similarly mixed-to-negative reviews.

"For Your Consideration" party girls Jennifer Coolidge and Parker Posey at the "Shortbus" fete

Movies on the tips of festival goers’ tongues are skewing towards comedy — "Borat" owned the first few days of the fest, despite a projector malfunction that left audiences hissing for more. The crowd at the Press and Industry screening of "For Your Consideration" loved the Christopher Guest flick – and rightfully so, since the ensemble riot was tailor made for Hollywood-savvy insiders. Korean satire-creature feature "The Host" is another Midnight Madness entry that critics have latched onto.

Sook-Yin Lee, John Cameron Mitchell & Bitch, and Kids on TV play the "Shortbus" par-tay (Click for MORE pics from the Toronto Film Festival!)

But on to the good stuff…the parties! After attending the arctic-themed Opening Night Gala, we thought nothing could top it. And nothing did, until Sunday night’s "Shortbus" Party and Concert — a night that I shall remember for a loooong time to come…

Click here to read the full Blog entry for more buzz on the festival films, more celeb red carpet pics, and more details from the "Shortbus" party — and check out the amazing pics from the night’s performances by John Cameron Mitchell, The Hidden Cameras, burlesque showgirls, drag queens and more!