TIFF news roundup

The films and faces of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

TIFF is in full swing and the stars are pouring into Toronto for the myriad of events that are taking place.

Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta has brought Salman Rushdie’s book "Midnight's Children" to the big screen, and it will be shown as part of one of the gala presentations. She told CBC News about the collaborative effort, "We started talking about, 'Let's work together,' [and Rushdie] said, 'Which book do you really want to do?' I don't know where this came from but I just said 'Midnight's Children…' and he said 'Done.' When he writes about the characters, I know them. Those are like my aunts. That's my mother. That's my grandfather. Not exactly, but similar. I know the school [the book's protagonist] Saleem [Sinai] went to. I know the ghettos. I can smell them."

Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" fame along with Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men"), Adam Driver ("Girls") and Mae Whitman ("Parenthood") participated in a "table read" of the film "American Beauty," which was organized by director Jason Reitman. It was met with huge praise. "What you are seeing is a true first shot," said Reitman to The Canadian Press. "'American Beauty' premiered in Toronto and began a trend of the festival being a road to the Oscars. And it's one of my favourite films. It slays me."

Another flick getting major attention is the space time-travel project "Looper," starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It kicked off TIFF on Thursday night. "Sci-fi films are like magic tricks. At some point you have to let go of it and just believe you're in the story. I was so surprised the magic trick we were trying to do works," Willis told reporters at a festival news conference Thursday (as reported by the CP).

TIFF runs until September 16th.

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