First, they announced the lineup of films, and this week the fine folks at Toronto International Film Festival let us in on just who we can expect to see around Toronto starting September 5th. In attendance at TIFF 2013 so far, in alphabetical order: Maria Bello, Annette Bening, Josh Brolin, Pierce Brosnan, Nicolas Cage, Glenn Close, Alice Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Zac Efron, Jesse Eisenberg, Idris Elba, Dakota Fanning, James Franco, Zach Galifianakis, Jennifer Garner, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley, Jessica Lange, Jude Law, Matthew McConaughey, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Clive Owen, Daniel Radcliffe, Keanu Reeves, Alan Rickman, Tim Robbins, Isabella Rosselini, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Mia Wasikowska, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson and more.
While we’re still waiting to find out if hometown hero Ryan Gosling will stop by and if George Clooney and Jennifer Aniston will bring their star power to Toronto, we thought we’d prep you for the stars who are already confirmed. You never know when you might get your chance to get swept away by a superstar, or at least make insta-buds with Zach Galifianakis. Here are some great icebreakers to use on some of your favourite stars at TIFF 2013…
What to say: You were incredible in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Why: Because everyone, everyone talks to her about Game of Thrones. Throw in a reference to her Broadway performance from earlier this year and you’ll look like you appreciate her for her talent and not her sexy dragon-ladyness… even if you think she looks smokin’ hot as an HBO blonde.
What to say: I know this is Canada and we’re super liberal, but if you want to touch the strippers, you have to go to Montreal.
Why: He’s Zach Galifianakis, and he would appreciate this kind of insider info.
What to say: Si vous voulez un bon croissant à Toronto, je recommande Clafouti.
Why: French is a national language of Canada, dudes. Represent!
What to say: I really love what you’re doing with hitRECord. The fact that you pay your contributors is pretty damn dope too.
Why: It doesn’t matter how many blockbusters he stars in; JGL is a legit indie kid, and showing that you know his side projects will give you insta street cred.
What to say: The Fifth Estate changed everything I previously thought about biopics.
Why: Cumberbatch’s role as Julian Assange is his chance to prove he’s a Hollywood leading man of the George Clooney variety. A lot rides on its reception. It could become a massive success like The Social Network, or it could lead to a mixed batch of reviews like Jobs. You can’t really overdo it in terms of compliments. Just make sure to see the film first on opening night or read the reviews and fake it.
What to say: You were brilliant in The Paper Boy.
Why: He’s still in that “Are they taking me as a serious actor yet?” phase. If you want to jump his bones, best to let him know you’re familiar with his serious side.
What to say: I wish I had my copy of Anywhere I Lay My Head with me for you to sign.
Why: Yeah, she put out a Tom Waits covers album and, yeah, it was mediocre at best, but stars love to know that you appreciate their attempts at crossover artistry. Just ask Jared Leto.
Just stare. She is Meryl, and you will be speechless.