Friday, September 16, 2005

At Celebrity’s Doorstep

Prize for the hardest workers at the Toronto Film Festival -- even more so than press, publicists and festival staff -- goes to the thankless autograph hounds and junior league paparazzi who line up every morning outside the Inter Continental Hotel and stay through the evening for a chance at an up-close celebrity meeting. Their efforts seldom pay off due to the quick entry and exit celebrities like Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan make to and from interviews. But the celebrity junkies remain; stalwart in their need for an autographed picture or photo. One important note: This festival mob is well behaved, even by Toronto standards. Told that they are not allowed past a certain patch of sidewalk, they never rush the hotel’s front door, although they outnumber hotel security staff 100-to-1.