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  • Benedict Cumberbatch poses with fans at The Imitation Game TIFF premiere on Sept 9. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)Benedict Cumberbatch poses with fans at The Imitation Game TIFF premiere on Sept 9. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)

    The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival isn't over until Sept. 14, but the fest has already been won by Benedict Cumberbatch. The 38-year-old "Sherlock" star, who was in Toronto from Saturday to Tuesday promoting his Alan Turing biopic "The Imitation Game," has charmed pretty much everyone he has met in the city.

    On Tuesday, Cumberbatch arrived to the premiere of his film at the Princess of Wales Theatre, braving screams from the crowd and joining his fans in goofily posing and waving for the paparazzi. He then grabbed his fans' cameras to take selfies with them.

    (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)(Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)

    During the Q&A following the premiere, Cumberbatch further proved he was only human when he turned "beet red" after being asked a saucy question by a fan. According to Vulture, a woman in the audience pronounced him, "quite yummy" before asking, "Would I be able to feast on your yumminess?"

    Amidst the laughter erupting from his co-star Keira Knightley, Cumberbatch composed himself long enough to answer. "Christ. Sorry,

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  • Michael Moore has made no secret about his affection for Canada through the years. From Oscar winner for "Bowling for Columbine" in 2002 to 2007's "Sicko," his documentaries have held up the Great White North as an antidote to the U.S.

    But is the 60-year-old filmmaker -- who directed a movie called "Canadian Bacon" back in 1995 -- suddenly changing his mind?

    Celebrating the 25th anniversary of "Roger & Me" at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Moore revealed that his respect for Canada may be waning a little, considering the country's politics have started to lean more towards the right.

    "I’m disappointed," Moore told The Globe and Mail. "It is sad to see Canadians adopting the worst parts of us."

    To clarify Moore's stance, we break down what he thinks are the good and bad parts of Canada:

    THE GOOD:

    • As he noted in "Sicko," Moore continues to be impressed that Canadians voted to name Tommy Douglas (the Saskatchewan premier who introduced universal health care) as the Greatest
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  • The stars of Foxcatcher recall their on-set injuries. (Photo courtesy of Noah R. Taylor/noahrtaylor.com)The stars of Foxcatcher recall their on-set injuries. (Photo courtesy of Noah R. Taylor/noahrtaylor.com)

    “Foxcatcher” star Steve Carell is getting a lot of buzz at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival for his transformative performance as eccentric and ultimately violent millionaire John du Pont. Less talked about, however, is the physical transformation that co-stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo underwent to become real-life Olympic wrestlers Mark and David Schultz in the upcoming sports drama from “Moneyball” director Bennett Miller.

    “My knees will never be the same,” Tatum revealed at a panel discussion with the cast of “Foxcatcher” on Sept. 7. “My neck will never go back to its normal size. I think we [myself and Ruffalo] have the beginnings of starter kits for actual real cauliflower ear. And god knows the scars that are on my soul that Bennett has given me!”

    All three leads (Tatum, Carell, and Ruffalo) described making the dark movie as a mentally and physically demanding task. Carell compared the whole process to playing multiple games of multi-level chess with himself

    Read More »from TIFF 2014: Mark Ruffalo accidentally made Channing Tatum go deaf on the set of 'Foxcatcher'
  • On Sunday, one of Chloe Grace Moretz's biggest fans wore his heart on his...poster.

    Chloe Moretz signs a life-sized poster of herself at TIFF 2014. (Angela Weiss/WireImage, George Pimentel/WireImage)Chloe Moretz signs a life-sized poster of herself at TIFF 2014. (Angela Weiss/WireImage, George Pimentel/WireImage)

    At the Roy Thomson Hall premiere of her new film "The Equalizer," the 17-year-old actress signed one of perhaps the biggest photos of herself she has ever faced on the red carpet.

    A boy in a Pittsburgh Penguins cap appeared to have trouble holding up the larger-than-life sized image of the teen celebrity as she leaned over to sign it, though she didn't seem to mind.

    "Absolutely wonderful night!! #theequalizer #TIFF," Moretz wrote on Instagram after the event, adding, "nobody would know the zipper completely broke and we had to sew me into the dress."

    Perhaps Moretz realized she could have been asked to autograph something even weirder, such as the following:

    (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Samsung)(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Samsung)A Private Part
    Lady Gaga was once asked (in Canada, no less!) to sign between a male fan's legs. Embarrassed, she admitted to the signing in 2009, which occurred after one of her concerts.

    “I was doing a meet and greet backstage in Canada. I had enough

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  • There's something about TIFF that really brings out the love in Hollywood. When it comes to their affection for their co-stars, celebs are really letting it all hang out in Toronto.

    (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    First, the kiss heard around Toronto. The lip smacker between "Ruth & Alex" stars Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman took place on Sept. 5 at Roy Thomson Hall. In the film, the duo plays a seasoned couple who spend a weekend enjoying the Brooklyn apartment they may have to sell and it seems like the actors took their roles to heart.

    (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images)(Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images)

    That same night, Bill Murray was getting even more love after the premiere of his film, "St. Vincent." Co-star Naomi Watts gave him a big smooch on the cheek at the Spanish restaurant Patria. (Watts's husband, Liev Schreiber, was conveniently absent.)

    (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

    Murray, 63, had previously grabbed a kiss from his other leading lady, Melissa McCarthy, on the red carpet for the film's premiere at Princess of Wales Theatre.

    (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for LTLA)(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for LTLA)

    On Sept. 6, actor Kevin Costner laid one on Octavia Spencer at the

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  • As far as we can recall from high school English, “The Sound and The Fury” does not include any hockey. So what exactly were the Gretzkys doing at the film’s TIFF premiere on Saturday, Sept. 6?

    Trevor Gretzky, Wayne Gretzky, actress Janet Jones and Ty Gretzky attend 'The Sound And The Fury' premiere. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)Trevor Gretzky, Wayne Gretzky, actress Janet Jones and Ty Gretzky attend 'The Sound And The Fury' premiere. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
    Retired NHL legend Wayne Gretzky showed up on the Ryerson Theatre red carpet with his wife, Janet Jones, and his two sons Tristan and Ty on Saturday. The foursome posed for photos alongside the film’s director and star James Franco.

    Jones was fresh off promoting the William Faulkner adaptation in Venice on Friday alongside Franco, with whom she appears in the film.

    "I hope to do more and more and more," she told City News yesterday of returning to acting. The 53-year-old actress previously starred with Franco, just last year, in the film adaptation of his short story collection, “Palo Alto,” her first big screen role in seven years.

    Before becoming a Gretzky, Jones actually started out as an actress, her big break coming when she appeared opposite Matt Dillon in “The Flamingo Kid” in 1984. Three

    Read More »from TIFF 2014: The Gretzkys step into the spotlight at 'The Sound and the Fury' premiere
  • Michael Scott is not joking around anymore. The dunder-headed Dunder-Mifflin head has put aside his humour for TIFF — and he might even get an Oscar for it.

    Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in 'Foxcatcher.'Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in 'Foxcatcher.'
    Actor Steve Carell, who is best known for starring as Michael Scott in “The Office” from 2005 to 2011, has shocked his fans this year in Toronto by seriously playing against type in “Foxcatcher.” In the film,  Carell stars as millionaire John du Pont, who was convicted of murdering Olympic wrestler David Schultz in 1997.

    "Very rarely did I look like myself during those months," Carell told The Wall Street Journal last week. “It was off-putting to people.”

    But if you look closely at the 52-year-old actor’s career, he has been moving in the a more dramatic direction for some time. Here’s how the man who was once nominated as America’s funniest man could win an Oscar for not being funny at all.

    Carell in 'The 40 Year Old Virgin.'Carell in 'The 40 Year Old Virgin.'
    Very Funny


    Carell’s roots are in comedy. He started out in The Second City comedy troupe in Chicago which led to a role on the sketch comedy

    Read More »from TIFF 2014: How 'Office' star Steve Carell went from very funny to very serious for 'Foxcatcher'
  • Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, and Adam Driver in This Is Where I Leave You. (Warner Bros.)Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, and Adam Driver in This Is Where I Leave You. (Warner Bros.)

    At first glance the star-studded family dramedy “This Is Where I Leave You” bears little resemblance to future blockbusters like the upcoming Marvel superhero movie “Ant-Man” or the highly-anticipated “Star Wars Episode VII.” But at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, actors Adam Driver and Corey Stoll pointed out that their quirky family drama has more in common with their superhero movies than you might think.

    Adam Driver at the 'While We're Young' premiere on Saturday, Sept. 6. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)Adam Driver at the 'While We're Young' premiere on Saturday, Sept. 6. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)Granted, on paper, it doesn't sound a whole lot like "Star Wars" or "Ant-Man." “This Is Where I Leave You” follows four siblings (played by Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Driver, and Stoll) who return home to mourn their recently deceased father. A series of personal crises, combined with cramped quarters and their overbearing mother (Jane Fonda), quickly turns the house into an emotional powder keg that frequently explodes in hilarious, heartwarming, and sometimes violent ways.

    So how, exactly, does the upcoming "Star Wars" sequel compare? After all, Driver is set

    Read More »from TIFF 2014: Adam Driver and Corey Stoll explain what 'This Is Where I Leave You' has in common with 'Star Wars' and 'Ant-Man'
  • It doesn't seem like 2004 was that long ago, but when you look at some of the up-and-coming stars of the Toronto International Film Festival of ten years ago, you realize how much difference a decade can make.

    Blunt (right) was just 21 years old when she came to TIFF to promote My Summer Of Love. (J Vespa/WireImage)Blunt (right) was just 21 years old when she came to TIFF to promote My Summer Of Love. (J Vespa/WireImage)

    For instance, it's hard to believe that only 10 years we ago we had never heard of Emily Blunt. But in 2004, the actress was the big breakout star of TIFF, playing teen femme fatale Tamsin in Pawel Pawlikowski's "My Summer of Love." Only 21 at the time, Blunt had only appeared in two films before she took on the role of  a boarding school girl who manipulates another girl during her summer at home.

    Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in Warner Bros.' Edge of Tomorrow - 2014Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in Warner Bros.' Edge of Tomorrow - 2014

    Two years later, Blunt was supporting Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada," and now she's a star in her own right, having shared the marquee with Tom Cruise this year in "Edge of Tomorrow."

    Virginia Madsen at the Sideways press conference at TIFF 2004. (James Devaney/WireImage)Virginia Madsen at the Sideways press conference at TIFF 2004. (James Devaney/WireImage)


    Another actress who caught our attention at TIFF that year was "Sideways" star Virginia Madsen. Then 42 years old, the actress had largely starred in forgettable B-movies ("Candyman" was a

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  • Vincent D'Onofrio debuted his bald head at the TIFF premiere of The Judge on Sept. 4. (Getty Images)Vincent D'Onofrio debuted his bald head at the TIFF premiere of The Judge on Sept. 4. (Getty Images)

    In what could be described as a "daredevil" move (get it?), Vincent D'Onofrio debuted a cleanly shaven head at the TIFF Premiere of his new film, "The Judge," on Thursday. The 55-year-old actor stepped on to the Roy Thomson Hall red carpet in a blue suit and a very naked head.

    It was announced in June that D'Onofrio would be joining the cast of Netflix/Marvel series "Daredevil" as the villainous Kingpin, who is known for his bald head (among other things).

    D'Onofrio has gone through a variety of hair transformations in his three-decade career.

    D'Onofrio in Full Metal Jacket.D'Onofrio in Full Metal Jacket.

    In 1987's "Full Metal Jacket" (only his third film), the young thespian had his head shaved on camera to play a bullied recruit.

    D'Onofrio in Adventures in Baby-Sitting.D'Onofrio in Adventures in Baby-Sitting.

    That same year, the actor appeared as the real-life embodiment of Thor (aka garage hand Dawson) in "Adventures in Babysitting," complete with shoulder-length blond locks and some pretty impressive muscles.

    By the turn of the century, D'Onofrio had dropped the hair dye to return to his roots. In the 2000 film "Steal

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