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6 Reasons We’re Excited About the Toronto International Film Festival

September 3, 2014 @ 10:10 am

Canada, we’re coming! The annual Toronto International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, Sept. 4, and Team InStyle is heading up north to be on the front lines of all the action. The city basically transforms into a mini-Hollywood for 10 days, complete with oodles of movie premieres, an influx of stars, tons of eye-catching red carpet looks, and, of course, amazing parties. Here’s what we’re looking forward to most:

1. InStyle HQ at Storys

We’ve dispatched our editors to get the scoop straight from the stars, who will all be visiting us at our pop-up portrait studio at the historic Storys Building in the heart of the city’s downtown area. Photographer Jerome Corpuz will be snapping shots of celebs like Naomi Watts and Melissa McCarthy of St. Vincent, Jennifer Garner of Men, Women & Children, and so much more (get a first look at his portraits on Instagram @instylemagazine!). Plus, we’re throwing a party for all of our favorite TIFF-goers at the Windsor Arms Hotel. Make sure you get the latest news on news.instyle.com and follow @instyle on Twitter for updates.

2. The Oscar Buzz Has Already Started

The festival is where the Oscar race unofficially begins—last year we got a first look at Dallas Buyers Club and 12 Years a Slave for example—which makes it all the more fun to check out this year’s new lineup of buzzworthy flicks. The ones topping our must-see list include Foxcatcher with Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, The Theory of Everything with Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Wild with Reese Witherspoon, and The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.


3. You Will See Directorial Debuts from Some Really Cool People

Chris Evans (yes, Captain America himself) premieres his first movie Before We Go on Sept. 12, a romantic film about a man and woman who meet for one epic night in New York City. Plus, Jon Stewart goes behind the camera for Rosewater, which tells the story of a journalist who was imprisoned after an interview he conducted during the Iranian elections. This is the film Stewart took a sabbatical from The Daily Show for, and early reviews say it will have a tremendous impact.


4. There Will Be Laughs Too
St. Vincent is Bill Murray’s newest movie, in which he plays a curmudgeon who befriends the son of Melissa McCarthy’s character and teaches the little guy the ways of life. TIFF is so excited about a new BM flick, the fest created an entire Bill Murray Day on Sept. 5 to coincide with the premiere. Then, Adult Beginners stars Kroll Show‘s Nick Kroll, a yuppie who crashes and retreats to the home where he grew up. (Rose Byrne and Joel McHale also star.) Plus, Chris Rock’s Top Five about a comedian-turned-actor trying to figure out his next project stars Gabrielle Union, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, and Tracy Morgan, in addition to Rock, who wrote and directed.


5. The Ensemble Movies Have Some Really Great Casts
Last year’s epic ensemble movie was August: Osage County, which turned out Oscar nods for Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep. This year, there are ensembles just as exciting, such as This Is Where I Leave You (Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne), Men, Women & Children (Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Emma Thompson), and Cake (Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, William H. Macy).


6. We Predict the Stars Will Bring It with Fashion
We expect our style radars to max out with so many gorgeous stars hitting up the festival, including Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Keira Knightley, Jessica Chastain, Anna Kendrick, Salma Hayek, Naomi Watts, and more. Plus, Armani is the official sponsor of the festival this year, for the first time ever, so if there is an Armani outfit overload, you’ll know why.

For updates straight from #TIFF14, follow Senior Editor Sharon Clott Kanter at @sharonclott on Twitter and Instagram!

5 Reasons To Get Excited For the VMAs!

It’s almost time for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards! The VMAs have always stood out from other award shows as a night where you can expect the unexpected. Where else can you be treated to almost-naked celebrities, interrupted acceptance speeches and pregnancy announcements, all in one place? And if history is any indication, we’re in for some jaw-dropping fun this Sunday. We picked the top five reasons we’re excited for this year’s VMAs.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Bey and Jay have been the subject of quite a lot of rumors this year. Although they’ve been touring together since the beginning of July, we can’t help but be a little excited to see the pair off stage. Plus, Bey is no stranger to making big announcements at the VMAs. In 2011, she let the world know she was pregnant right after she finished singing “Love on Top.”

Miley Cyrus

Who can forget Cyrus’ 2013 VMA performance, where she gyrated on Robin Thicke while wearing almost nothing aside from a foam finger? The singer is up for the Video of the Year award, and although she’s not slated to perform, we are crossing our fingers for a memorable acceptance speech if she wins.

The Fashion

Leave the ballgowns and tuxes for the Oscars. The VMAs are all about letting your personality shine through. And for some people, that translates to letting it all hang out—literally. Remember Lil Kim’s purple jumpsuit and pastie, or Rose McGowan’s beaded dress and G-string? Regardless of the degrees of undress, we’re guaranteed some jaw-dropping outfit moments.

Taylor Swift

The reigning queen of street style is set to perform on stage at the Forum this Sunday. In the past, Swift’s VMA productions haven’t disappointed. From singing “You Belong With Me” live in an actual subway to being carried across the stage and then jumping right off of it during “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” (top) the singer always finds a way to up the ante for the award show. Plus, Taylor’s moves off stage aren’t so bad either. Maybe we’ll catch her dancing to some of the other performances, like she did last year while Justin Timberlake crooned.

The Buzz for Video of the Year

There are a lot of talented performers up for Video of the Year and it looks like it’s going to be a tough one! Beyoncé (“Drunk In Love”), Iggy Azalea (“Fancy”), Pharrell (“Happy”), Sia (“Chandelier”) and Miley Cyrus (“Wrecking Ball”) are all up for the moon man. The choice will definitely be a close call, but we can’t help but wonder: if Bey doesn’t win, will Kanye have something to say about it?

Don’t forget to tune into the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday at 9 p.m. EST. Plus, check out 16 VMA moments we wish we could relive in our gallery!