She's an actress, producer and Cover Girl, but it wasn't until recently that Drew Barrymore could say that she was a movie director. That is no longer the case. The 34-year-old star celebrated her directorial debut, "Whip It" at this year's Toronto Film Festival. The coming-of-age story set against the fast-paced world of all-female roller derby was met with a roar of applause and laughter at last night's red carpet premiere. The sounds must have been music to the ears of the 34-year-old star who called the project a three-year labor of love.
Just before the film began Barrymore took a few minutes to address the crowd and introduce her cast. She was clearly proud of them, the mix included Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Lewis, Kristen Wiig, Eve and the film's protagonist, Canadian Ellen Page.
Barrymore, Page and several others, including myself, then went on to Tattoo Rock Parlor, a Toronto nightclub. The party there featured girls dressed in green "Hurl Scout" uniforms from the film as well as airbrushed tattoos, greasy finger foods and an open bar. It must have been a talkative night for Barrymore – who spent much of the evening sitting next to her on-again, off-again, currently on-again boyfriend, Justin Long, because she ended up having to cancel our sit-down interview scheduled for today due to laryngitis.
Celebrities and filmmakers continue to pound the pavement at the 34th Annual Toronto Film Festival, and CNN's JD Cargill is in the middle of the action talking to everyone from Mariah Carey to Michael Moore.
Check back here on the Marquee Blog to get frequent updates and follow Cargill on Twitter @jdcargillcnn.
Michael Moore spent the day at the Toronto Film Festival talking to journalists about his new movie, "Capitalism: A Love Story." The film is a blend of archived video, interviews, music and humor edited together to make the point that capitalism, as our nation's primary economic system, has failed.
During our interview I asked Moore what he thinks the best alternative to capitalism is. In short, he told me the country needs to embrace more democracy, that simply casting a ballot once every two or four years is not enough, that people like himself who make a lot of money should be taxed more and that the government needs to increase economic regulations.
He expanded on this last point with a metaphor about nudity.
Moore says if men and women walked around naked people would be understandably distracted and even if they were told not to, they would check out each other's naked bodies. He says this is similar to greed and in the same way clothing keeps people's eyeballs in check, economic regulations keep people's greed in check.
Does this mean those who support less economic regulations are really nudists at heart? Oh dear.
The 34th Annual Toronto Film Festival is well underway and well attended! Everyone from Oprah Winfrey to George Clooney is on hand this year to promote their latest film project. CNN's JD Cargill breaks down the highlights in this week's Red Carpet Report.
Few things are worse in the entertainment news business than when a rumor surfaces that a celebrity has died. It's really bad because even though they are almost always hoaxes, you have to follow-up with the star's publicist, a moment, which you can be sure, is understandably awkward. This happened just days ago with A-list actor, Matt Damon, who is, in fact, very much alive. I know because I just interviewed him – in person. He's in Toronto promoting his new film, "The Informant." Damon says as soon as he heard the rumor he immediately called his mother just so she would not worry. Damon knows about worrying parents – he has three girls at home, two young daughters and a step-daughter from his wife, Luciana's previous marriage.
But, Damon isn't only worried about his children, he cares about all the kids in America – in particular, one's without health insurance. Last time I sat down with the Oscar winner was quite vocal about his support of then presidential candidate Barrack Obama. When asked how he thinks the President is doing now, he says he hopes he can get health care reform passed. He says making sure millions of children are covered would be "very American."
"Jennifer's Body" star, Megan Fox says there's absolutely no truth to the internet rumors that she's going head-to-head with Angelina Jolie for the lead role in a remake of the 1960's classic, "Barbarella."
Fox, who is currently attending the Toronto Film Festival promoting her new horror comedy says she wouldn't ignore the call if it came, but as of right now it's just a rumor. Fox added that she and Angelina aren't "really in the same age group." Angelina Jolie turned 34 earlier this summer.
As for her next role, the 23-year actress has already filmed "Jonah Hex" opposite Josh Brolin and will next film "Passion Play" with recent Oscar-nominee, Mickey Rourke.
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