September 4, 2013 at 8:25 PM
In Toronto, ready to dive in
A quick note on the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival, as I sit in my hotel room enjoying the last quiet evening I’ll have for this trip. I arrived at Pearson Airport early evening, to find big crowds, people looking for movie stars (nobody looked like a movie star in the customs line I was in, but you never know), and a temporary Grey Goose Vodka lounge set up just outside the baggage claim area, for festival guests who can’t wait one minute to get a drink. (Not a bad idea, by the way . . . but I abstained.) Tomorrow: the festival opens with Bill Condon’s “The Fifth Estate,” with Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange of WikiLeaks fame (note that Dan “Matthew” Stevens, of “Downton Abbey,” is also in this movie, though I don’t think he’s here at TIFF). The talented Mr. Cumberbatch (did you see him in HBO’s “Parade’s End”? Do) graces the cover of the Toronto magazine in my hotel room — and I’ll likely be interviewing him myself, a little later in the festival. Also on my interview list: Hugh Jackman, Matthew McConaughey, Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, and Penn & Teller. Interesting group; no? In the next couple of days, I’ll be seeing “The Fifth Estate,” the Jackman crime drama “Prisoners,” Fiennes’ directing/actor turn in “The Invisible Woman” (he plays Charles Dickens), and the world premiere of Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths’ “Lucky Them.” And more; stay tuned.