There go the screwballs, hysterics, dabblers and BFFNs (best friends for now) who make up the party montage during the Toronto International Film Festival year after year. From glamour girls to Beeba Boys, it's just been that kind of week. Here, a look back at just some of the deep-scene takeaways while I've been on the hustings.
Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult pulled a fast one on all the properly sponsored parties and meticulous step-and-repeat affairs when they used the hoi polloi ploy of showing up at Hooters, on Adelaide, after the premiere of their film Equals. It was chicken wings plus irony for the exes, respectively, of Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Lawrence.
Pirates of the karaoke
Geoffrey Rush, no stranger to the fest, earned still more charmer points when he took to a singalong one night at the nifty Mongrel House pop-up, set up for TIFF at the historic Campbell House, on Queen West. Love Shack ("baby, love shack") was the thespian's song of choice.
The most stylish sit-down I got to was definitely the dinner held over long tables at Holt Renfrew with Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander for their film The Danish Girl. Even billionaire and uber-patroness Hilary Weston couldn't resist ducking in for a selfie with Redmayne.
Don Draper, where are you?
It was a near-Mad Men reunion in town this week when various players from the dearly departed series popped up to show us that there is life after AMC. Exhibits A and B: The wonderful Elisabeth Moss, who's part of the ensemble in Truth, did the Sony Classics dinner at Creme Brasserie, while John Slattery was being all raffish and jolly at Soho House during a Grey Goose-splashy party for awards-season frontrunner Spotlight. In addition, I had a nice chat with Mad Men scene-stealer Kiernan Shipka at Byblos, after the premiere of her movie February, and also spotted the series creator himself, Matthew Weiner, prowling Patria for Jake Gyllenhaal's bash on opening night.
Bragging rights, man
Were you anyone at TIFF if Susan Sarandon didn't whip out her cellphone to show you photos of her recent trip to Burning Man, in Nevada, where the 68-year-old spread the ashes of her late friend, Timothy Leary, the godfather of LSD? Sarandon was eye-spied doing just that at several functions around town, including the Artists for Peace and Justice gala held at Casa Loma last weekend.
Restaurant halo effect
Johnny Depp and George Clooney both made stops at Bosk at the Shangri-La during the week.
Many partiers detected a palpable gift-bag drought at this year's TIFF. That, or party swag is just so 2005.
Bryan Cranston was gravitas personified at an intimate dinner hosted by The Hollywood Reporter for him and the other stars of Trumbo at Cibo on King West.
InStyle and Entertainment Weekly both put on parties on the same day, and it was quite the swirl. The latter – a more studied affair, held during the day at Thompson Toronto – had a guest list that included Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. The latter? A do hosted with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Max Mara, it drew the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Dakota Johnson to the Windsor Arms for a latter-night bang.
Girls in tuxes
Too cute sums up the red carpet debut of Ellen Page with her girlfriend, Samantha Thomas. Outfitted in hers-and-hers tuxedo-inspired get-ups, they also made the scene at a Vanity Fair toast, presented by Hugo Boss, at Montecito.
Stop, in the name of TIFF
How to compete with an eve-before-TIFF benefit that featured a private concert by the one and only Diana Ross at the Four Seasons? Well, you don't. The first annual AMBI Gala was one to remember.
"My skull hurts from crying" is how Drew Barrymore put it to me at a Soho House party after the premiere of her sob story Miss You Already. Seems like some stars also get verklempt by their own movies!