Not that I'm in any rush for the summer to be over but film festival season started yesterday which always means that fall is near. The Toronto International Film Festival made its first announcements on Tuesday, revealing an impressive list featuring some of the biggest names in the business, the biggest name being Angelina Jolie, at least by gossip standards. Angie's First They Killed My Father will screen at TIFF, likely after it screens at Telluride. And some are already speculating that since she is taking First They Killed My Father there, the festival might also stage a tribute to her career. Angelina will also be supporting The Breadwinner at TIFF, an animated film she produced about a young Afghan girl who pretends to be a boy to support her family directed by Nora Twomey. So mark it then - in September, Angelina Jolie will be front and centre, back on game for the first time since the end of Brange.
And George Clooney will be front and centre for the first time since becoming a father. Suburbicon is making its North American debut in Toronto which means it’s heading to the Venice International Film Festival. Which makes sense, because George will always show in Italy first if he can help it. I love it when George comes to Toronto. He always parties in Toronto. He may not party now the way he used to party but he and Amal haven’t walked a carpet together in Toronto yet. That will make up for the partying. Especially since George, unlike f-cking Leonardo DiCaprio, who did not stop to speak to any Canadian outlets last year, always comes to work at TIFF. Matt Damon too. Suburbicon stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore. Matt will be at TIFF repping two films. Alexander Payne’s Downsizing will open at Venice and then come to Toronto. As you know, Alexander Payne is one of those directors whose films always seem to be a factor during award season. And this is what TIFF does – it shapes award season. Many of the projects long projected to play a part in the next Oscar cycle are coming to the festival, including Darkest Hour, with Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill (who everyone is saying is a lock for a Best Actor nomination already), Mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Darren Aronofsky, The Current War with Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon as Edison and Westinghouse, Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal in his own bid for a nomination, and so, so, so many more.
But the world premiere we were most excited about at etalk when the press conference was over yesterday?
Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding will screen for the first time ever in Toronto in September. All of us are already fighting about who gets to cover it.
More TIFF talk to come, especially since the opening gala has yet to be announced. Joanna, who is probably the most tapped into TIFF out of all of us, is hoping that it’ll be Xavier Dolan’s The Life And Death Of John F Donovan. If that’s the case, Jon Snow is coming to the North.
Yours in gossip,