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A swanky celebration for Hawke

From Thursday's Globe and Mail

TORONTO — Over at Kultura Social Dining, Ethan Hawke threw a private party last night to celebrate his directorial debut of The Hottest State, a feature film based on his semi-autobiographical novel about a young man from Texas named William (played by Mark Webber), who moves to New York and has troubles in love.

Last night's swanky affair was hosted by Valentino Eau de Parfum, which was an unfortunate sponsorship, really, since the film sounds like a stinker. According to a review in the Hollywood Reporter, this "self-indulgent" love story about young anguished hearts "has been covered with deeper understanding and far greater wit in just about everything from Dawson's Creek to The O.C." Whatever the film's shortcomings, Mr. Hawke still smells awfully sweet to us gossip hounds. We loved his response to Ben Affleck earlier this month, when the star of Hollywoodland complained about celebrity photographers.

Mr. Hawke had no time for that line of whining. "If the paparazzi are bothering you, it probably means you are having a pretty wonderful life," he said. Touché.

Champions of bad behaviour

Men don't come much more diametrically opposed than John Waters and Mark Cuban. Mr. Waters is, of course, a grizzled camp icon with the perfectly trimmed pencil mustache who has never encountered a taboo he couldn't transgress. The prolific film director, author, photographer and sometimes actor is here at the festival for This Filthy World, a stand-up documentary directed by Jeff Garlin (Jeff Greene from Curb Your Enthusiasm) that takes an endearingly louche look back over Mr. Waters's film career.

Mr. Cuban, on the other hand, is a big, husky Texan billionaire who made his fortune in computer software, now owns the Dallas Mavericks and has never met a referee he couldn't stomp onto the court and offend. The jet-setting playboy is here for two films for which he is executive producer: Hal Hartley's Fay Grim and Katherine Dieckmann's Diggers .

Although you wouldn't think the two have much common, at least not to look at, they are both uncontested champions of bad behaviour. They were also my two favourite celebrities, by far, at the InStyle/Hollywood Foreign Press party on Tuesday night at the Windsor Arms Hotel. By the time the evening was over, Mr. Cuban had hit Lobby Bar, made a pit stop at the Brass Rail strip club (which had already closed) and ended up at Century, where I saw him lusting after a nubile pole dancer.

When I bumped into Mr. Waters, he too was busy chatting up a sexy young thing. But in this case, it was a man he had met on the plane from Baltimore that afternoon.A rousing reception

"They danced in the theatre," exclaimed Charlotte Lawrence, an executive producer on Made in Jamaica, a French film about music and politics by Jérôme Laperrousaz. Ms. Lawrence was referring to the ecstatic crowd at the film's public screening yesterday, where viewers gave it a standing ovation and danced in the aisles. I met up with Ms. Lawrence at a European reception in the Versace Yorkville boutique, where nearly 300 well-heeled guests sipped French champagne and mingled among the racks of Italian designer frocks.

Made in Jamaica may have received a rousing reception, but Ms. Lawrence and her crew had a long night ahead if they wanted to keep up with El Cantante, the other buzz-worthy film about the music industry produced by Jennifer Lopez. On Tuesday night, Ms. Lopez, Marc Anthony and their entourage of at least 30 strong partied into the wee hours of the morning.The Windows Suite

TIFF director Piers Handling made a special pit stop on his festival party round last night at the Pantages Suites Hotel, where acclaimed Canadian artist Michael Snow unveiled The Windows Suite.

The public art installation consists of 32 mini-movies projected on plasma screens against the hotel's outer façade. The sequences, which vary from one to 24 minutes in length, include static images of windows from around the city (some covered in ivy, others in stained glass) in short vignettes (a couple making love, for instance).

"People walking through the neighbourhood will see something different every time," Mr. Snow said.

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