• 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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  • We're used to seeing these stars in front of the camera but for TIFF 2014, these guys have their director hats on. (No, really, why do they always seem to be wearing hats?)

    Chris Evans
    Captain America makes his directorial debut in "Before We Go," a romance about two strangers (Evans and Alice Eve) who spend a long, wonderful night in NYC. Sounds very "Before Sunrise"-y, no? Evans and Eve were romantically linked during filming but we'd prefer if the rumours about him and Sandra Bullock are true.



    Chris Rock
    "Top Five," which Rock also wrote, is the third fiction film the comedian has directed (after "Head of State" and "I Think I Love My Wife"). It follows a comedian-turned-film star (Rock) who wants to take his career down a more serious avenue. Hmm, true to life? Rock amassed quite a cast for the movie, including Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart and Tracy Morgan.



    Ethan Hawke
    Hawke, who has previously directed "Chelsea Walls," "The Hottest State" and the short film

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  • (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)(Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

    On Thursday, Robert Downey Jr. may have been promoting his new legal drama "The Judge" at the Toronto International Film Festival but one of his young fans couldn't get Iron Man out of his mind -- or his wardrobe.

    A little blond boy caught the 49-year-old star's attention at Roy Thomson Hall by appearing as an Iron Man mini me. The boy wore a padded version of the costume Downey Jr. wore as the super hero in five features, including the "Iron Man" trilogy and "Avengers." The actor shook hands with the little boy, who even sported some false facial hair, and posed for a photograph with him on the first day of the film fest.

    Downey Jr. also sat down with "ET Canada" to reminisce about his 2004 appearance at TIFF to promote "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang":

    Thursday wasn't the first time Downey has encountered some tiny copy-cats.

    (Photo Creidt: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage, TPG/Getty Images)(Photo Creidt: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage, TPG/Getty Images)
    In April 2013, Downey Jr. traveled to Asia, where he first showed how adept he is at playing with his Iron Man mini me. In South Korea, he celebrated his 48th birthday

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  • The Toronto International Film Festival first started way back in 1976, and believe it or not, some of the stars who are attending this year may have made the rounds then, too. You might be surprised by the ages of some of your favourite stars coming to TIFF 2014.

    Jane Fonda

    Photo Credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Entertainment, Warner Bros.Photo Credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Entertainment, Warner Bros.

    Fonda became a household name in the '60s with "Cat Ballou," "Barefoot in the Park" and "Barbarella." Here she is now, at the age of 76, and she's not only headlining one of the most anticipated ensemble pieces this year, "This is Where I Leave You," but she's barely looking old enough to play the mom of co-stars Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll. Stunning.

    Christopher Plummer

    Photo Credit: Getty Images, HandoutPhoto Credit: Getty Images, Handout

    There's something about a man with a rich, smooth voice, right? The Toronto-born actor, who turns 85 in December, continues to keep plugging away and stars in both "The Forger" (with John Travolta and Abigail Spencer) and "Hector and the Search for Happiness" (alongside Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette and Stellan

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  • The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today, and while celebrities will be heading to T.O. in droves over the next week, they might not all be happy to see each other.

    Mark Ruffalo should probably watch his back this year, because one of his former friends will be circulating at the same parties. In town to promote "Infinitely Polar Bear" and "Foxcatcher," Ruffalo recently claimed that his relationship with Jennifer Garner (which formed when they starred together in the 2004 rom-com "13 Going on 30") was nixed by her husband, Ben Affleck.

    "We have a great time together," Ruffalo said on "Watch What Happens Live" in June. "But then Ben came on the scene." (When host Andy Cohen said, "I heard he doesn't allow her to have male friends," Ruffalo simply shrugged.)

    With Garner planning to attend the fest to promote Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children," it's possible that her hubby will be joining her. We imagine Ruffalo will be on the other side of town the night Affleck

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  • Home Alone: Lost in New York (Christopher Moloney)Home Alone: Lost in New York (Christopher Moloney)

    There’s something magical about visiting the spot where your favourite movie scene was filmed. It gives you a direct connection to a film and its characters and somehow makes the movie seem more real.

    That’s part of the idea behind FILMography, on ongoing art project by Canadian photographer and movie fan Christopher Moloney. The Brampton, Ont., native recreates famous film scenes by matching stills with the real-life locations where they were shot.

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  • What better way to arrive at the premiere of “Dr. Cabbie” than in a cab?

    Photo by George Pimentel/WireImagePhoto by George Pimentel/WireImage
    On Sunday, the cast of the Canadian comedy pulled up to the film’s Scotiabank Theatre premiere in Toronto in a local red and yellow taxi. Actors Kunal Nayyar, Isabel Kaif and Vinay Virmani all emerged from the cab to greet the fans of the movie about an Indian doctor who is forced to drive a cab in Toronto because he can’t find a job.

    "Everyone feels like a fish out of water at some point in their life," "Big Bang Theory" star Nayyar, who plays the cabbie’s friend, told CP24. “It doesn’t have to be just moving from a different country. It could be socially you feel a fish out of water.”

    Particularly if you choose to show up to your movie premiere on something other than a red carpet. Here are some other films whose stars, like the “Dr Cabbie” cast, turned up to their premiere in weird modes of transport:

    Sharlto Copley and Bradley Cooper arrive at 'The A-Team' Los Angeles premiere. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)Sharlto Copley and Bradley Cooper arrive at 'The A-Team' Los Angeles premiere. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
    "The A-Team"
    Back in 2010, like troopers, stars Bradley Cooper and Sharlto Copley showed up to the Los Angeles

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  • Leonardo DiCaprio in "Shutter Island" (2010). (Paramount Pictures)

    Good news for fans of the 2010 psychological thriller “Shutter Island.” Maybe.

    A new HBO series called "Ashecliffe,” based on the Martin Scorsese film, is currently in development. Set prior to the events of the movie, the TV show will revolve around the isolated mental hospital that was the setting for the Leonardo DiCaprio-headlined film and the staff and patients who inhabit it. According to Deadline, Scorsese will produce and direct the pilot episode, much like he did for his other HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.” (No word on whether DiCaprio will be involved, but it's probably safe to assume that he won't.)

    Small-screen movie adaptations have historically not made for very good television. With the exception of ratings hits like “M.A.S.H.” (adapted from the Robert Altman film of the same name) and critical darlings like “Friday Night Lights,” TV land is littered with failed attempts to bring big screen magic to living rooms on a weekly basis. For every “M.A.S.H.” there are a dozen terrible “Planet of the Apes” or “Timecop” TV shows that barely make it past the pilot stage or their first season.

    "Ashecliffe" has a lot of potential, but what does the show really need to do to succeed where other TV adaptions have failed?

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  • Compared to activities like talking on the phone or writing a letter, texting and instant messaging relatively new phenomena in human society. These forms of communication are also still pretty new for the movies.

    The latest video from editor Tony Zhou (the guy behind the most excellent “What is Bayhem?” video), “A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film” explores how everyday interactions like text messaging and computer use are handled in movies and TV -- namely with the new convention of depicting text and instant messages on-screen.

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