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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

September 11, 2009 at 4:32 AM

In Toronto, a morning-news roundup

Part of the fun of being at the Toronto International Film Festival is reading all about it in the local papers: Toronto (be still, my heart) has, by my count, three dailies and two weeklies, all of which breathlessly cover the fest. Things I learned this morning, over toast and fruit:
— Toronto possesses a “hypnotist to the stars,” whom all the hotel concierges have on speed-dial, just in case some visiting star develops some self-esteem issues. She says she’s treated one or two actors every festival, but won’t name names.
— George Clooney was spotted yesterday sprinting through the lobby of the Four Seasons, entourage in tow. And yes, says the National Post, he’s way cute.
— This year’s festival It Boy is Paul Dano, who the Globe & Mail called “an Emo girl’s dream date.” If you’re drawing a blank, he was the silent kid in “LIttle Miss Sunshine,” and the young man in “There Will Be Blood.” (The It Girl? Megan Fox, says the paper. Funny: I had dinner with two locals on Thursday and both of them mentioned that they’d heard she was in town, and then added that they had absolutely no idea what movie she was in or why she was famous. But they knew she was famous and that she was in town, which I guess is what you pay a publicist for — and, for that matter, what an It Girl is.)
— Every paper offers a roundup of festival review capsules, and while there’s lively disagreement going on, consensus is that “Bright Star” is a winner (it’s Jane Campion’s love story about poet John Keats, and my favorite fest film so far), and that Oliver Parker’s “Dorian Gray” (here at the festival seeking distribution) is a must-miss. Two reviews even called it “dumb.” That rustling sound you hear is Oscar Wilde, wittily rolling in his grave.
Later . . .

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