The TIFF opening party will be downtown for the first time since 2001

The TIFF opening party will be downtown for the first time since 2001

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First there was the surprise announcement that the action-thriller Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, would open TIFF this year (some had been gunning for Midnight’s Children to have that honour). And now TIFF organizers have revealed that the celeb-heavy bash following the screening will be in the restaurants and outdoor spaces at Maple Leaf Square, rather than at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex at Exhibition Place, where it has been held since 2001. The downtown location will undoubtedly make it easier for many of the 3,000 guests (including Gordon-Levitt and Willis) to get to the party, but we can’t help but giggle at the thought of be-gowned stars hanging out at Real Sports Bar and Grill. (Also, what if it rains?) [Toronto Star]