Gerard Butler at the celebration of the Killer Joe at the at Vitaminwater Rooftop on September 11, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
Sing it! Madonna quotes from her own song lyric at W.E. press conference: "Happiness lies in your own hand." She was in a scrappy mood, correcting people's pronunciation and looked hot - literally - in a long-sleeved red dress in a stuffy press conference room. She even tried out a new song on the press: "We're making a movie, isn't it groovy?"
"I thought Edward VIII was very punk rock," Madonna added when asked why she used the Sex Pistols wail “Pretty Vacant" in a riotous party dance scene with Wallis.
Madonna was also wearing a birthday gift from the cast: A small diamond necklace spelling out W.E.
"My legs and my fingers are crossed," she says of the December release for W.E. in time for Oscar.
Madonna on cult of celebrity: so many rumours about Wallis were assumed true. "We often reduce... iconic figures to a sound bite."
-- Linda Barnard
Director Madonna (C) poses with actors Abbie Cornish (R) and Andrea Riseborough before a news conference for the film "W.E." at TIFF on September 12, 2011. "I can tell when people are reviewing my film and when they are reviewing me personally."- Madonna
Mongrel Media Party – The Canadian film distributor holds their annual bash in the Distillery District’s Boiler House restaurant, and will feature a performance from The Sheepdogs. The company has many films in the fest including Take This Waltz (Michelle Williams, Sarah Silverman) and The Women in the Fifth (Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas), and cast members still in town may attend.
Diet Coke TIFF party – Estelle, best known for her Kanye collaboration "American Boy", is performing at this soda-sponsored event at The Hoxton.
Festival Music House – In its sophomore year, this Canadian music showcases moves up to the Mod Club, and runs for the next three nights. Artists performing on the first night include K’Naan, The Midway State, Hannah Georgas, Dinosaur Bones and Hooded Fang.
The Lady Event – At the Roosevelt Room, this film about Burmese activist and political prisoner Aung San Suu Ky will have director Luc Besson and star, Michelle Yeoh.
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