Toronto International Film Festival

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Once upon a time the Toronto International Film Festival was a small affair that showed the best films from other festivals. Now it is one of the biggest film festivals out there. It debuts some of the hottest movies of each year. Stars flock in from around the world to attend premieres. People show up to see and be seen, wearing only the hottest fashions. Glitz, glamour, stars and fantastic movies - TIFF has it all.

Toronto is trying to show Cannes some stiff fundraising competition.

BlogTO had oodles of TIFF coverage.

Fashion Magazine is, of course, blogging everything you need to know about the fashions on parade at TIFF.

Someone everyone is hot to see at this year's TIFF is Oprah. In A Tiff was lucky enough to be in the same screening as O and her BFF Gayle.

After spending much of my time in my seat angrily tweeting about the movie starting late because of the talent on the red carpet, then Oprah came into the theatre with Gayle to watch the movie and for a moment I lost my damn mind. I liked-nay loved the movie but I fear the Oprah Effect may influence my overall feeling awesomeness because of the mere proximity to the mighty one.

Even the recession is on display at festival with the showing of Marc Levin's documentary Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags, which looks at how the Garment District and both flourished and floundered in the past century.

Monika from Cinematical wasn't smitten with Chloe.

Creation, starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, is the story of Darwin's personal life as he was developing his theory of evolution and he's been getting a bit of attention at TIFF this year. In part because, due to Darwin's controversial theory, it has failed to find an American distributor. No matter where you live, if you were looking for a deep story into the theory of evolution you should look elsewhere. As A Lit Chick points out, that's not what this film is about.

This is a tender, passionate recreation of the emotional trials that Charles Darwin suffered on the cusp of developing his theories as detailed in his revolutionary book On the Origin of Species in 1859, which at times threatened to unhinge him and blow apart his family.

One hot ticket for this year's festival was for an afternoon with Chris Rock, who was promoting his new documentary Good Hair.

But what is a film festival without a little Oscar buzz? Nothing! The hottest ticket to get this year was to Precious, and not just for the Oprah factor. Heather at But I Don't Want A Blog had this to say about the movie:

It was a tough movie to watch. The violence and abuse are close to the surface throughout the film and there were scenes that drew audible gasps from the audience. The performance by the unknown first time actress who plays Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) is moving and powerful. Mo'Nique plays her monster of a mother and is rightfully on the early shortlists for an Oscar nomination.

Coco scored tickets to Precious premiere. She had nothing but praise for the film and its stars.

Contributing Editor Sassymonkey also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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