One last after party: hanging out with Harvey Keitel, Jason Jones and Tricia Helfer

One last after party: hanging out with Harvey Keitel, Jason Jones and Tricia Helfer

Harvey Keitel and Siam Yu; Paulo Costanzo and Tricia Helfer (Images: Fraser Abe) 

The TIFF party scene was winding down by Friday night, but that didn’t keep the makers of A Beginner’s Guide to Endings from having a blast at their post-screening fête. Held at Urban Amish, a furniture store at the completely torn-up corner of King and Parliament (making it the first east-end movie party we’ve seen this season), the shindig attracted all the stars of the flick. Tricia Helfer, Jason Jones, Paulo Costanzo and Harvey Keitel all showed and, uncharacteristically, stayed. When Keitel declined to walk the red carpet or hold interviews, we worried he would be standoffish, but inside, he held court on the lower level (away from the roped-off VIP area), chatting with fans and posing for pictures with fellow actor Siam Yu. When we spoke with Helfer, we learned she had recently auditioned for a part in the upcoming film A Game of Thrones, a fantasy flick sure to get fan boys from her Battlestar Galactica days excited, but lost the role to Elizabeth Banks. Asked if she’d tried her eponymous TIFF cocktail, the Sweet Tart Tricia, she complained to us, “I just landed and I’m flying back to L.A. tomorrow. I didn’t even get a chance to try my own drink!” Jason Jones was jovial; when he handed his drink and appetizer toothpick to PR gal Gail McInnes, she said, “I don’t know where this has been,” to which he jokingly responded, “Up my ass.”