Star-studded TIFF premieres at Ryerson

(By: Yusra Javed)

The beginning of the fall semester brings an array of free food from the welcome week booths, pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING at your favourite cafés, and, if you’re lucky, the occasional flood on Gould Street.

But most importantly, September at Ryerson means selfies with your favourite Hollywood actors and actresses.

Yes, you read that right.

Within the next two weeks, you could be walking through the Quad, only to be surrounded by reporters who are chasing down Steve Carell. With the right persistence you could probably snag a picture with him too.

One of the perks of studying in the heart of Toronto is that the Ryerson Theatre hosts several films for the Toronto International Film Festival. This year the festival runs from Sept. 7-17, with several star-studded movie premieres on campus just waiting to go on your Snapchat story.

Mark these screenings down beside your timetables (but show up early so you can make the most of your star spottings):

1. I Love You, Daddy – Sept. 9 – 5:30 p.m.

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Comedian Louis C.K. is said to make a huge comeback with his first directed movie in 15 years. Shot entirely in black-and-white picture, the film is a fictional story about a television producer and his daughter. With names like Chloë Grace Moretz, John Malkovich and Charlie Day attached to the movie, this is definitely one premiere not to miss out on.

2. Battle of the Sexes – Sept. 10 – 6 p.m.

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This much-anticipated Bille Jean King biopic showcases her historic 1973 tennis match against Bobby Riggs to prove a woman can beat a man at tennis. Starring Emma Stone, who debuted her Oscar-winning role in La La Land at TIFF last year, and The Office actor and Oscar nominee Steve Carell, this movie is likely to snag some nominations during award season.

3. Roman J. Israel Esq. – Sept. 10 – 9 p.m.

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This last-minute addition to TIFF stars Denzel Washington who will top his 35-year career playing an idealistic lawyer in a heated legal battle. Also starring in the movie are Colin Farrell and Nazneen Contractor. Early reports have compared it to the widely popular Paul Newman movie The Verdict.

4. Unicorn Store – Sept. 11 – 3 p.m.

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Oscar winner and soon-to-be MCU’s Captain Marvel Brie Larson makes her directorial debut in this drama about a woman fulfilling her childhood dreams. Samuel L. Jackson, who has co-starred with Larson in several previous projects, is also attached to the film, and reports have it that he personally asked her to cast him in this movie.

5. The Disaster Artist – Sept. 11 – 11:59 p.m.

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Known as one of the worst films of all time, the infamous Tommy Wiseau movie The Room is being comically remade for a Midnight Madness premiere. Starring James Franco, who has been known to take pictures with fans and will surely chat it up with Ryerson students, alongside brother Dave Franco, this is a great film to catch with your friends after a late-night class.

Contrary to popular belief, TIFF tickets are totally accessible to students and will not burn a hole in your wallet. Many screenings range from $10-18 for viewers under 25, and can be bought at

Will you be catching any TIFF premieres at Ryerson or around the city? Let us know via Twitter @RUtvNews – share your snaps and we will retweet!

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