TIFF ContinuedPart of: Fashion , Gossip , Hollywood , Travel
The place where everyone ends up late at night is the rooftop bar at the Park Hyatt. When I went for the Summit party there, the security was crazy. You had to first check in downstairs, then ride an elevator that was separate from the hotel guests—they had an alternative bar that they were allowed to go to—and there was another list at the entrance to the party. A producer told me a story about how someone stuck a cell phone camera in a star’s face that he was hanging out with earlier in the festival, so I assume they were trying to keep that kind of riff raff out of the party.
Kate Beckinsale arrived with her husband Len, I assumed from her movie premiere of Nothing But The Truth. Why else would she be wearing a really fancy gray dress? She reminded me of a gothic Cinderella in her dark gray, jewel encrusted strapless dress that had a full billowy skirt. (Wow, the picture of her dress on film looks really different—it looks more casual and lighter in color). Someone mentioned to me that she’s as aloof as she looks. I don’t know about that, but I saw a screening of Nothing But The Truth and I wanted my ninety minutes back. It’s not a horrible film, but the screenplay is lacking. The twist ending came out of nowhere, but then I felt like seeing the film was even more pointless. It’s quite the nihilistic film, but if you’re going to see a depressing drama then The Wrestler is the one to see—one of the best movies of the year.
The place to eat dinner if you want star sightings—really all year long—is the Italian restaurant, Sotto Sotto. They even have the requisite wall adorned with photos of movie starts. It’s also a five minute walk from all the nice hotels: The Four Seasons, The Hazelton, Park Hyatt and Intercontinental. Evangeline Lilly and Dominic Monaghan were sitting with a friend (probably an assistant) at a table next to our table. Her table was one of the more private ones, but Evangeline was not happy with it. Her group was soon whisked off to a table inside of the kitchen perhaps? No one was gawking at her or bothering her, so I’m not sure why she wanted to move. I was surprised that she was so much shorter in person but then I read that she’s only 5’5—so that makes sense. Lilly has such a delicate beauty and was wearing a lovely long silk dress.
P.S. If you ever make it to Sotto Sotto, I recommend the spinach soup (great for actresses who don’t eat much) and the four cheese pasta.