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A Day in the Life of TIFF – Day 1: The Magnificent Seven

2016 Toronto International Film Festival - "The Magnificent Seven" Premiere - Red Carpet

(L-R) Actors Haley Bennett, Luke Grimes, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Denzel Washington, Director Antoine Fuqua, actors Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee and Peter Sarsgaard

Thursday, September 8 marked the start of the 41st Toronto International Film Festival.  Home to film buffs, industry members and celebrities alike for the next ten days, Toronto is buzzing with the excitement that accompanies these next days of cinematic happiness.  These are the days where deals are made, reviews are filed, and awards season chatter starts anew.

TIFF isn’t always known for its opening day picks, however to kick it all off this year came a star studded event with the highly anticipated remake of The Magnificent Seven.  Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), the new version of the 1960’s western stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Matt Bomer, and Peter Sarsgaard, amongst others.  Many of the star studded cast were on hand at the hot and muggy red carpet outside Roy Thomson Hall Thursday night.  Though it was reported that with such a large cast their press line took longer than anticipated, leaving them thirty minutes late getting into the screening, delaying the start.

Midnight Madness, the TIFF programme highlighting horror and cinema’s more ‘freaky’ films, also had its opening night on Thursday.  While Midnight Madness, that traditionally is held at Ryerson University’s screen, doesn’t always have the heavier star power, this year they had 2015 Oscar winner Brie Larson and Armie Hammer to inaugurate the programme.  They were there to support their work in Ben Wheatley‘s Free Fire, the tale of a weapon’s deal that goes awry, creating a crazy, manic shoot out between two rival gangs.  Also starring Cillian Murphy and Sharlto Copley, Free Fire is Wheatly’s first film shot completely in the US, and also boasts a Martin Scorcese executive producer credit.

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