TIFF 2014 Scenes: Opening Night, Featuring The Humbling and The Judge

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TIFF 2014 Scenes: Opening Night, Featuring The Humbling and The Judge

In which Robert John Downey, Jr. proves for the 18-billionth time that he is a lovable scamp.

The 10-day orgy of star-gazing and movie-watching that is TIFF kicked off last night with a gala presentation of David Dobkin’s The Judge, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, and Vera Farmiga. Robert Downey, Jr. was on hand to thrill fans, which he did simply by being Robert Downey, Jr. and making Robert Downey, Jr.–type expressions. His fellow cast members also thrilled fans, but probably mostly because they are poised and acclaimed actors.

Movie lovers also greeted the arrival of Al Pacino, in town for the North American premiere of his film The Humbling, directed by Barry Levinson and based on Philip Roth’s 2009 novel of the same name. In it, he plays an aging stage actor—but we say he doesn’t look a day older than he did in Gigli.


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