Clooney and Fox

Clooney touches down as TIFF begins

By Andrea Miller on September 10, 2009

 

Gorgeous George landed in Toronto last night and headed right for some sushi in Yorkville, a sure sign that the Toronto International Film Fest is officially underway.

Flocked by eager fans seeking autographs, Clooney offered his John Hancock to a few stationed outside of the restaurant on Bellair St. Still sporting a bandage around his broken hand, after closing the car door on it last month, the star of TIFF flick The Men Who Stare at Goats looked as dashing as ever. Guess being in love agrees with him since he recently debuted new lady friend Elisabetta Canalis, 30, an Italian TV personality, around his favourite European haunts.

So what about some eye candy for the men? Jennifer's Body hottie Megan Fox is ready to stalk the red carpet tonight alongside director Karyn Kusama, screenwriter Diablo Cody, filmmaker Jason Reitman and co-stars Adam Brody and Amanda Seyfried for their new spooky film, premiering during the appropriately wicked Midnight Madness programme.

The festival's opening night feature, Creation, which looks at the relationship between controversial scientist Darwin and his wife, gets the gala treatment and married actors Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, who play husband and wife on-screen, are expected to be on-hand for the world premiere of their new film. Penelope Cruz returns to TIFF's red carpets with her latest Pedro Almodovar collaboration Broken Embraces and Peter Sarsgaard and newcomer Carey Mulligan will gush about their new film romance-drama An Education, with a screenplay written by High Fidelity's Nick Hornby.

And fret not if hitting up Roy Thomson Hall or the Elgin Theatre isn't in the cards for you this Thursday evening. Canadian opera sensation Measha Brueggergosman is headlining the opening night concert at Y&D Square and director Mark Lewis debuts Backstory and Cinema Museum, two short documentaries, as part of the Future Projections projects.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 10-19.

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