Meryl Streep at TIFF, Masters, and More!

Red Carpet Ready: Meryl Streep is officially expected at TIFF!
It’s official! Meryl Streep will be walking the red carpet in Toronto! The August: Osage County star supporting actress is among the big list of stars expected to attend this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF sent out the guest list of stars and filmmakers who are expected to appear at the festival, which usually means hotel and travel have been booked. Mama Meryl’s onscreen daughter Julia Roberts is also expected to attend the festival. Other stars on the list include Kate Winslet (Labor Day), Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth (The Railway Man), Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson (The Love Punch), and Glenn Close (appearing in a reunion and retrospective of The Big Chill). The full list is available here.

Continuing the theme of Masters, TIFF also announced the films by the Meryl Streeps of the festival circuit as it unveiled the titles for the Masters programme of the festival circuit. The Masters programme houses the latest works by some of the most renowned auteurs in world cinema. Among the films are new works by Claire Denis, Jafar Panahi, and Kim Ki-duk.

Also among the final films announced for the festival is the last—and highly speculated—Midnight Madness film, Witching and Bitching. TIFF-goers can also see a different perspective on one of last year’s festival hits, Argo, as the story of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor is told in a different—and, one suspects, less abbreviated—light in Our Man in Tehran, a new documentary by Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein. Taylor will appear in conversation in the festival’s Mavericks programme in conjunction with the World Premiere of the film. Also appearing in the Mavericks programme are filmmaker Spike Jonze and Ron Howard, and actor Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi).

The full list of films and the final schedule are now live at www.tiff.net. Let the Sophie’s Choice decisions of Weekend One begin!