Sat, Sep 10, 2005, 09:09 AM PT
By Hanh Nguyen
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - The 30th annual Toronto International Film Festival kicked off on Thursday, Sept. 8, beginning a 10-day event that would showcase films from around the world. Although thousands of actors and filmmakers have descended upon Canada's largest city to promote their own projects showing at the festival, they'll also take time out to enjoy themselves and pursue their own interests.
Here's just a taste of what some of the celebrities are doing or are planning on doing when they're left to their own devices:
Adam Brody - This star of "The O.C." was looking very Seth Cohen in a maroon sweater and riding around in the Four Seasons elevator. Brody informs Zap2it.com that he had taken in a screening of "Winter Passing" -- starring Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel and Ed Harris -- which he describes as "quirky." The young actor is in town for his film "Thank You for Smoking," which is making its debut at the festival and co-stars Aaron Eckhart, William H. Macy, Maria Bello and Katie Holmes.
Peter Sarsgaard - The "Skeleton Key" actor was seen stealthily gauging the audience's reaction to his latest film "Flightplan" (in which he plays a passenger opposite Jodie Foster) at the Silvercity and Eglinton Theaters along with girlfriend Maggie Gyllenhaal. It was hard to recognize the actor at first behind his rather bushy beard and mustache. He was later heard quoting the lyrics to INXS' "Mediate." The Aussie band and Mark Burnett would be proud.
Sean Bean - The British actor plans to check out his fellow "Lord of the Rings" castmate Viggo Mortensen's film "A History of Violence." Bean, who is in town for the Charlize Theron class action film "North Country" and "Flightplan" will be visiting Toronto again to finish shooting the big-screen adaptation of the horror videogame "Silent Hill."
Erika Christensen - Last seen in "The Upside of Anger," this usually blonde starlet is now sporting auburn locks. She raves about seeing "Shopgirl," the film starring Claire Danes and Steve Martin, based on Martin's novella of the same name. Christensen is also in town to promote "Flightplan" (sense a trend here?) in which she plays a wide-eyed flight attendant.
Dustin Nguyen - The former "21 Jump Street" guy was looking casual in his usual layered haircut and a yellow t-shirt while greeting friends at the Hemispheres restaurant at the Metropolitan Hotel. The Vietnamese-American is starring in the festival offering "Little Fish," which is set in the Little Saigon district outside of Sydney, Australia and stars Cate Blanchett.
Be sure to check back later for more star sightings at the festival.