Pitt, Fassbender, Kidman among big stars at TIFF
Video: Recapping day two at TIFF
TORONTO — King Street West erupted in screams and cheers Friday night as A-list stars Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch arrived for two simultaneous screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Pitt, wearing his hair pulled back in a ponytail, was a bit of a surprise as he was not on the official TIFF guest list. He arrived solo — Angelina Jolie and the couple’s kids are in Australia — at the Princess of Wales Theatre for a presentation of 12 Years a Slave.
Pitt was joined by co-stars including Cumberbatch (attending his second of three films at the festival), Michael Fassbender (pictured above), Paul Giamatti, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, and Paul Dano.
A block east of the theatre, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman (pictured below) arrived at Roy Thomson Hall for the gala presentation of Railway Men.
Both took time to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans before walking the press line.
Also at the screening were co-stars like Jeremy Irvine and Hiroyuki Sanada.
Earlier in the day, the Princess of Wales hosted a screening of Hateship Loveship starring Kristen Wiig. The former SNL star, wearing fashionable shorts and a black top, signed dozens of autographs and posed for pictures with fans behind barricades.
At the Isabel Bader Theatre, Toni Collette (pictured below) walked the red carpet in support of Lucky Them. Also there was co-star Ryan Eggold and actor John Turturro.
At the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple (pictured below) arrived to promote the made-in-Vancouver film Horns. It is one of three films the former Harry Potter star has at TIFF.
Spotted stepping out of the Ritz-Carlton hotel on Friday afternoon were Canadian director Jason Reitman, who was heading to the Ryerson Theatre for a live reading of Boogie Nights starring Dakota Fanning, Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Wilde, Dane Cook and Josh Brolin (pictured below).
Going into the hotel were stars like Ralph Fiennes — who arrived direct from the airport — and Jason Bateman (pictured below), who was talking on his phone as he dashed out of his vehicle and into the Ritz-Carlton. He nearly crossed paths with Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein (pictured below).
Canadian-born reality TV star Shannon Tweed, who’s married to KISS rocker Gene Simmons, returned from a day at gift lounges in a Beck Taxi. “Fastest way out!,” she explained via Twitter.
Mia Wasikowska (pictured below), who has three movies at TIFF, returned from a portrait session with her Only Lovers Left Alive director Jim Jarmusch and co-stars Tom Hiddleston and Anton Yelchin and paused outside the hotel’s front doors to throw an empty cup into the garbage.
And, where there’s a gift lounge or party at TIFF you’re bound to find a Degrassi star. Among the young cast members seen making the rounds Friday was Luke Bilyk (pictured below), who plays Drew Torres on the youth drama.
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