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Ryan Gosling, Dave Matthews Get Bromantic in Toronto

USMagazine, Monday, September 12, 2011, 5:41pm (PDT)

Angelina handcuffs her purse to her wrist! George and Stacy go public! Ryan Gosling steps out with...Dave Matthews?!

What's going on with all the A-listers, Oscar-worthy flicks and over-the-top parties in the Great White North, anyway?

Us Weekly's Film Reporter Charles Thorpe delivers all the details on the first four days of the Toronto Film Festival. Catch up on what's happened -- so far -- at one the year's most important and star-packed gatherings outside of Hollywood.

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Bono and The Edge opened the festival Thursday night, walking the gala carpet for From the Sky Down, a film about the recording of U2's 1991 album Achtung Baby. After the screening, the rockers headed up to Nikki Beach on top of Toronto's Bell Lightbox and sipped champagne with their significant others to celebrate.

On Friday, seemingly all of Toronto camped outside Roy Thompson Hall to catch Brad Pitt open the door for Angelina Jolie -- and then walk the carpet for Moneyball, his flick co-starring Robin Wright, Jonah Hill and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. To celebrate, Pitt, Jolie and his cast moved to the rooftop of the Burroughes Building, where they chowed down on a dinner prepped by Toronto chef Chris Kalisperas and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio.

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Meanwhile, TIFF fave George Clooney started the party early at the Grey Goose Soho House. Clooney knocked back pre-gala cocktails with his Ides of March crew Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti and... musician Dave Matthews?

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The rocker told Us he's in town to "support my friends" -- which apparently includes Gosling and Colin Farrell. Gosling and Matthews later popped up together at a pre-party for Drive and another bash for A Dangerous Method -- greeting each other with big bear hugs every time.

After the Ides screening, Clooney took his crew, including brand-new love Stacy Keibler, to the intimate Deq bar in Toronto's Ritz Carlton for a private party, where they sipped Dom Perignon champagne until the wee hours.

Keeping things tame was a very pregnant Bryce Dallas Howard, who co-hosted a cocktail party honoring Kate Spade creative director and co-president Deborah Lloyd at the Harbord Room. While guests were served chilled glasses of rose champagne, Howard (expecting her second child) stuck to black-cherry soda as she welcomed guests.

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Although Brangelina jetted off on a red-eye back to London and their six kids early Saturday morning, there were still plenty of boldfaced names left to heat up Toronto's carpets and parties.

Killer Elite premiered in the afternoon with Robert De Niro, Jason Statham, Clive Owen and newcomer Yvonne Strahovski. While his co-stars donned suits for the red carpet, DeNiro opted for a casually chic look of jeans, blazer and black Nike sneakers. Later that day the cast celebrated a successful screening, and the sale of their film, with a bash on the rooftop of Masion Mercer.

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Earlier in the evening, Gerard Butler, Juliette Lewis and Michelle Monaghan attended a dinner to support amfAR at the Roosevelt Room. Though Machine Gun Preacher star Butler did not stop to chat with fans, he did make time to hand out kisses to an appreciative line of older women on the carpet.

Clooney returned to the red carpet to premiere his second movie at the festival, The Descendants, at the Elgin Theatre with co-stars Judy Greer and up-and-comer Shailene Woodley. The cast moved to Vanity Fair and Fox Searchlight's soiree at the Scarpetta in the Thompson Toronto.

At Vanity Fair, the hot topic was Clooney's first public appearance with Keibler. Clooney sipped whiskey as he made the rounds with none other than Bono.

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Down the street, Hugo Boss threw a stylish soiree for Alexander Skarsgard and Kirsten Dunst of Lars Von Trier's film Melancholia -- where the True Blood hunk was instantly besieged by female fans.

Gansevoort hosted their first night of private parties with Leighton Meester among the revelers who danced at Toronto bar Goodnight, renamed Goodnight Gansevoort for the fest.

Back at the Grey Goose Soho House, the party for Keira Knightley's A Dangerous Method was the festival's most astounding and star-packed so far: Clooney, Keibler, Bono, Gosling and pal Matthews, Jon Hamm and actress-director love Jennifer Westfeldt, Justin Long and many more turned up for the bash.

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On Sunday, Emily Blunt premiered her flick Your Sister's Sister at the Ryerson Theater -- and met up with her Salmon Fishing In The Yemen co-star Ewan McGregor at Grey Goose Soho House for the after party. Also on hand: Hugh Dancy, who stars in Martha Marcy May Marlene with buzzed-about new star (and sister to Mary-Kate and Ashley!) Elizabeth Olsen.

James Franco, briefly in town, hosted a bash at the Hoxton for his art exhibit My Own Private Idaho with Gus Van Sant. Franco spotted a fan's artwork during a talk -- and offered to purchase the piece on the spot!

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