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Actor George Clooney speaks to reporters.

George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Neil Young and members of U2 are among the stars set to attend next month's Toronto International Film Festival.

The fest revealed its glittering guest list this morning.

Celeb watchers on the streets of Toronto might also catch a glimpse of Glenn Close, Hugh Laurie, James Gandolfini, Jane Fonda, Gerard Butler, Jon Hamm and Jason Reitman.

Also expected are Clive Owen, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Seth Rogen, Evan Rachel Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Pearl Jam, along with dozens of others actors, musicians and filmmakers.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 8 to 18th.

For the first time in its history, the fest will open with a documentary, Davis Guggenheim's look at U2 entitled From the Sky Down.

More screenings were also announced today, including the final instalment in Jonathan Demme's documentary trilogy about legendary rocker Young, a cinematic take on Christopher Plummer's tour-de-force stage turn in Barrymore, and a sneak peak at Deepa Mehta's adaptation of the Salman Rushdie novel Midnight's Children.

The screenings will be paired with onstage conversations as part of the festival's Mavericks program.

Stars slated to chat about their work include Demme and Young, who will be on hand for the world premiere of Neil Young Life; Rushdie and Mehta, who will discuss and reveal clips of their upcoming collaboration; Albert Maysles, who chronicles Paul McCartney's October 2001 concert in memorial of 9-11 in The Love We Make; and Plummer, who will discuss his remarkable career following a screening of Barrymore.

Organizers say the Mavericks program will also feature talks with director Francis Ford Coppola, actress Tilda Swinton, and Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, whose first year in office is the focus of the film, The Island President.