Sabrina Maddeaux is devastated by Prisoners and goes behind the velvet rope at The Canadian Filmmakers Party, Producers Ball, and more. The Movies:Warner Bros. hosted an advance look at Quebec-born director Denis Villeneuve’s newest thriller, Prisoners, in the luxurious Shangri-la screening room. Not what you’d call a ‘feel-good film,’ Prisoners is a crushing, but worthwhile experience. You know a movie’s good when seasoned film critics squirm in their seats and walk out of the theatre in a traumatized daze. Jake Gyllenhaal delivers a stellar performance as a detective investigating the disappearance of two young girls, while Hugh Jackman plays the perfect grieving parent gone mad (Oscar buzz already abound). Seriously, Jackman’s rage in this film makes Wolverine look like a pussycat. Emotionally devastating and full of twists, this is not a film you see to be entertained, but rather because it’s damn good.
The Parties: While most of the A-list crowd wasn’t in town yet, the Canadian crowd was out in full force. The Spoke Club played host to The Canadian Filmmakers Party with the likes of Katie Boland, Emily Hampshire, Jacob Tierney, and Atom Egoyan in his trademark spectacles. Speeches were kept short; “You’re here to celebrate Canadian talent, not to listen to annoying Canadian talent,” laughed Ben Mulroney as he kicked off the evening’s festivities. The perennially flirtatious Rachel David, host of Your World This Week, was, of course, surrounded by three of the best looking men at the party. Just down the street and around the corner was The Toronto Film Critics Association cocktail, where media members sipped tequila concoctions, debated the merits of Don Jon, and commiserated about how truly embarrassing it is to be seen all week in those lanyards that hold our media passes. Uptown at the ROM was the Producers Ball, which saw actress Megan Heffern in a dangerously low-cut Lucian Matis dress and Lauren Lee Smith in emerging Toronto designer Masha. Kardinal Offishall donned a spiffy white blazer and took it as his cue to leave when his hit song “Dangerous” played over the speakers. He jetted across town to the Beverley Hotel grand opening, where he enjoyed a bottle of Veuve in a velvet-roped booth with Drake’s entourage nearby (but no Drake to be seen). MuchMusic’s T-ReXx was also spotted circling the party, while executive chef Eric Wood managed to make it out of the kitchen to mingle with partygoers.
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