TIFF `12 Scenes: The End of the Road
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TIFF `12 Scenes: The End of the Road

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The Toronto International Film Festival’s closing weekend mustered a decent last hurrah, as the handful of visiting actors and directors not yet en route to Pearson walked the final few red carpets of 2012. From now until TIFF 2013, Toronto will settle back into its usual celebrity-spotting rhythm. The only movie stars most of us will see walking down the city’s streets will be those in town to shoot big-budget sci-fi films.

Thursday’s Jayne Mansfield’s Car premiere at Roy Thomson Hall brought Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton out in front of an enthusiastic crowd, while Friday’s screening of Artifact delivered Jared Leto, whose current beard-to-face ratio is something like 3:1. Also on Friday was the premiere of Emperor, which stars Tommy Lee Jones as a conquering General MacArthur in the aftermath of World War II. Spike Lee was arguably the festival’s final major draw of the year. He was up on stage Saturday night to talk about Bad 25, his 25th-anniversary documentary ode to the 1987 Michael Jackson album of the same name.

We’ll miss you, TIFF. Let’s do it again soon. But not too soon, because we’re exhausted.

Text by Steve Kupferman; captions by Christopher Bird.