Interview magazine, Joe Fresh and Paramount Productions hosted an invite-only soiree last night at the Spoke Club rooftop, where the Joe Fresh–orange cocktails were flowing and everyone was loose, including Like Crazy cast members Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin. It was a party without George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, or other faces we’ve grown tired of this week, yet it grew larger by the second and saw Jason Reitman and Jessica Chastain pass through—even Kimberley Newport-Mimran, fresh off a plane after a Pink Tartan show at New York Fashion Week, was seen laughing with husband Joe (or Mr. Fresh to his closest friends). Newport-Mimran gave us the scoop on her menswear line Black Tartan, which will be debuting in her Yorkville store very soon. That’s an actual fact— something there aren’t many of in the typical “Toronto is so much friendlier than New York” responses that journalists usually get from interviews during TIFF. Pics of the party guests and their thoughts about Toronto after the jump.
We chatted with Jones at great length about her role as Ethel Hallow in Worst Witch, a part she played at the age of 12. She said, “Anyone who is a fan of Worst Witch is a friend of mine,” so, we have a new friend. Jones says her trip has been a bit of a whirlwind, since she’s in three films (Hysteria, Page Eight and Like Crazy) at the festival this year and is flying out soon after her last premiere, but she loved seeing the CN Tower on her way into town and admittedly wanted to jump in Lake Ontario, because she loves being in the water (we explained that it wasn’t the kind of water she might be used to swimming in). We overheard Chastain say she has a “Kirk Douglas chin,” which we think is fairly accurate (they are great chins, either way), and she’s also really into the perks of being a rising star, stressing that the free clothes are “the best part.”
Reitman declined photos because he “isn’t linked to the film,” which we think is a pretty decent gesture—he knows the spotlight isn’t always on him. Even entertainment editor for Interview magazine Lauren Tabach-Bank had good things to say about Toronto: “I’m over Sundance. The Toronto film festival is so well run, and there are cabs.” After being here for all of 72 hours, she had already seen 19 films, and all she wanted to do was smoke bummed Belmonts on the rooftop—just like everyone else.