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Best of TIFF

Best of TIFF

STK Toronto and A-List Communications along with sponsor Grey Goose hosted three Festival events including The Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative Gala Awards Dinner at the STK Supper Suite during the Toronto International Film Festival. Guests included Ewan McGregor, Dakota Fanning, Paul Haggis, Christopher Guest, Lou Gossett Jr., Jennifer Beals and Terry George who presented awards to honorees including Uzo Aduba (American Pastoral, “Orange Is the New Black”), Mario Bello (The Journey is the Destination, A History of Violence), Nick Cannon (King of the Dancehall, Chi-Raq), Jennifer Connelly (American Pastoral, A Beautiful Mind), Jonathan Demme (JT & the Tennessee Kids, Rachel Getting Married), Parker Posey (Mascots, Café Society), Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father), and Ron Chapman (Poet of Havana).


Paul Haggis and Parker Posey Credit Ernesto DiStefano

Upon arrival, Maria Bello (star of The Journey is the Destination), Parker Posey (in town for the Netflix comedy Mascots) and Paul Haggis (Oscar® winning Director) worked the red carpet and then slipped into a quiet corner to catch up before entering STK to enjoy the star studded award ceremony and classic STK dishes. Bello arrived in a chic lipstick red suit and red silk blouse with bow detail complemented by turquoise drop earrings while Parker Posey donned stylish black harem pants with a textured shirt and tousled hair that withstood the evening drizzle. The three cozied up inside the venue while continuing conversation over passed plates of STK’s shaved Brussels sprouts salad, crispy rock shrimp with chili remoulade and tuna tartare with soy, honey emulsion and taro chips.

At another soiree, it was a night to see the stars at the STORYS building at 11 Duncan Street in Toronto. Celebrating the premiere of their film The Bleeder, stars Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Ron Perlman, Pooch Hall, and boxer Chuck Wepner, the protagonist who the film is based on, all graced the red carpet at STORYS before heading inside to party until the early hours of the morning.

 Naomi Watts arrived looking gorgeous in a floor length, floral boho-inspired dress, before changing halfway through the night into a flowy cream dress. She was in great spirits while sipping on Grey Goose cocktails and mingling with guests, chatting a lot with Linda Wepner, who she portrays in the film.  Actor Liev Schreiber joked with fans on the red carpet, telling them – “Canadians are so quiet and polite,” and asking them to make some noise and applaud for him on the red carpet. Inside, he posed for photos and mingled with director Philippe Falardeau and Chuck Wepner and wife, Linda Wepner.

 Actor Pooch Hall who plays Muhammed Ali, was in character all night, throwing mock punches at party guests and posing like his character. Ron Perlman stayed until the very end of the party, and made an effort to speak to anyone around him.

On another night The Magnificent Seven was in the house. Directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard, Luke Grimes and Matt Bomer, the cast mingled at STORYS and dined on a special menu prepared by Executive Chef Stuart Cameron.


Chris Pratt attends the Audi and Worldclass 2016 (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Sony Pictures/AP Images)

Stars Martin Sensmeier and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo were all smiles as they joked with guests at the party and posed for photos. Chris Pratt looked sharp in a slim cut grey pinstripe suit and burgundy tie as he graciously posed for photos on the red carpet. Director Antoine Fuqua worked the room, mingling with party guests and stopping to take photos with Vincent D’Onofrio. The stars dined on a Mediterranean-inspired menu, including dishes such as mini lobster rolls and Byblos sliders.

Sensible Socialite

ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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