Magazine article Variety

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Magazine article Variety

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'PRISONERS' L.A. PREMIERE

MOTION PICTURE ACADEMY, BEVHILLS, SEPT. 12

Hugh Jackman and Jake Cyllenhaal said the actors were relaxed on set as they distanced themselves from the heavy subject matter. "Weirdly, as an actor, it is almost like a sling shot," explained Cyllenhaal. "The further you get away from the idea, the tighter you get wound, and then you let go and you go farther and faster toward the target."

EMMETT/FURLA15TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY

STORYS, TORONTO, SEPT. 8

After 15 years and more than 70 films, Randall Emmett admitted that he and partner George Furia have gotten to a cool place in Hollywood. "When I started out, you were really an outsider if you were financing independent films," Emmett noted. "I think what we do is viewed as a much cooler thing now."

AMFAR INSPIRATION GALA

THE CARLU, TORONTO, SEPT. 8

The evening's MC. Alan Cumming auctioned "Underground Safari" - an intimate tour of underground New York drinking joints with himself and an expert mixologist who has invented a hangover cure. "It's a night of major drinking and partying with me, and the next day you won't feel a thing," Cumming explained. The bidding topped $21,000.

VARIETY STUDIO AT TIFF

HOLT RENFREW, TORONTO, SEPT. 7-10

Scarlett Johansson discussed her character in "Under the Skin," an alien seductress who preys on young men in Scotland. "There was this challenge of having to abandon all of these normal human instincts we have," Johansson said - "our doubts and fears and judgments, and start from the very beginning and have a very pure intention." -»

'DON JON' AFTER-PARTY

TOP OF THE STANDARD. GOTHAM, SEPT. 12

Joseph Gordon-Levitt offered advice to other Don Jons of the world: "The truth is, real life Is so much more rich than any two dimensional image, but you'll miss all that nuance if you're busy comparing your life to these fantasies, and wishing it was something and trying to get it to be that, rather than approaching with wonder for what it is."

'AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY'PARTY

SOHO HOUSE, TORONTO, SEPT. 9

After a well-received premiere, director John Wells got pats on the back for his work, including a harder-than-it-looks dinner scene that lasts 19 minutes. Wells laughed that he couldn't stay at the party too long because he had to work on an episode of "Shameless. …

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