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Director George Clooney attends "The Ides Of March" premiere during the 68th Venice Film Festival August 31, 2011 in Venice, Italy. He is set to attend the TIFF premier of the film. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Director George Clooney attends "The Ides Of March" premiere during the 68th Venice Film Festival August 31, 2011 in Venice, Italy. He is set to attend the TIFF premier of the film. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

TIFF 2011

TIFF sheet: What to watch and where to be on Sept. 9 Add to ...

THE GALAS

> Ladies, if you want a sight of Moneyball star Brad Pitt, you best get there early. Rumours abound that Brad might bring Angie and his brood to Toronto as well, which only heightens the anticipation for this red carpet. Lest we forget the film: It’s about a baseball team that undergoes a revamp under Brad’s careful management. Roy Thomson Hall, 6:30 p.m.

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> You definitely want to be at the Ides of March red carpet gala event, because in addition to the very foxy George Clooney, Canadian darling Ryan Gosling will also be meeting the fans. The film, a political drama set in the days leading up to a fictional presidential primary, promises to be a gripping drama. Roy Thomson Hall, 9:30 p.m.

THE PARTIES

> Paint the town red with an intimate cocktail event hosted by Canadian screenwriter Paul Haggis, leading man Gerard Butler and TV host George Stroumboulopoulos. All proceeds raised from the tickets will go to Artists for Peace and Justice’s health and education initiatives for children in Haiti. RSVP early for this exclusive event. AME, 19 Mercer St., 8:30 p.m.

> Grammy Award-winner and actor Harry Connick Jr. will be performing at the OnexOne 2011 gala Friday night. Red carpet and cocktails will kick off the night, followed by the performance and the Hold 'Em For Life Celebrity Charity Challenge – a Texas hold 'em-style celebrity poker tournament designed for players of all levels. Four Seasons Hotel, 6:30 p.m.

THE EVENTS

> Even as we celebrate TIFF, it’s impossible to ignore the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11. It’s fitting, then, that one of the films, The Love We Make, touches on that theme with documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles following Paul McCartney around New York as he prepares for a 9/11 memorial concert. The world premiere of this documentary will be followed by a live discussion with Maysles and other members of their production team. McCartney, who couldn’t attend the festival due to prior commitments, has prerecorded an exclusive introduction to the film. AMC 7, 9:15 p.m.

> Telefilm Canada brings back the In Conversation sessions to discuss who is Canada’s hottest talent to watch at this year’s TIFF. Hosted by Carolle Brabant, executive director of Telefilm Canada, Friday’s conversation will include opening remarks by acclaimed director Atom Egoyan. The Filmmakers’ Lounge, Hyatt Regency Hotel, noon.

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