September 14th, 2009
06:49 PM ET

Toronto Film Festival: Drew Barrymore speechless about new movie, literally

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.

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