"Marky" Mark Wahlberg and Heather Graham out on the town. -- Craig Robertson, Sun

Toronto Film Festival 97

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Saturday, September 13, 1997

Why, sir, surely it's not the action but the reaction

WOOING US: Yow! Was that Chow Yun Fat, action warrior of John Woo flicks, politely kissing girl reporters on the cheek at the Bloor Street Diner?
 "He's a gentleman," explains Antoine Fuqua, director of Fat's American debut film, The Replacement Killers. "He's not your usual actor." Too right.
 But for the Asian hearthrob, looking very Saturday Night Fever-ish in a white-on-white-suit, action speaks louder than words -- especially when those words are English.
 "I had a tutor teach me proper English on set," says Fat, in a sing-song accent, and co-star Mira Sorvino "taught me American slang."
 Fat and Sorvino, a language major in college, gossiped on set in Mandarine. "They'd be laughing hysterically," says Fuqua, "and would never tell us why."
 BOOGIE-WOOGIE DANCIN' SHOES: Arriving at his Boogie Nights party at Ba-BaLu'U, actor-Calvin Klein underwear stud "Marky" Mark Wahlberg wasn't in the partying mood.
 "I just have to sit alone for a bit," he pleaded to the groping masses, reatreating to the corner for stogies and beers with Boogie co-star Heather Graham and Big Hit (shooting here) co-star Lou Diamond Phillips.
 Looking very '70s in a wide-lapelled Mike Brady-jacket, was 27-year-old Boogie director Paul Thomas Anderson, who kept insisting he truly does remember that decade in which the film is set.
 "I remember the bad outfits my parents dressed me up in and my Beatle haircut," he smiles, "but I never watched The Brady Bunch."
 The Partridges? "Hated their music."
 And while Anderson calls his film autobiographical via childhood impressions, he points out he was never a porn star.
 SCENE AND HERDED: Kevin Kline and Joan Cusack stepped in 'n' out of Toronto for their gala, In and Out, loosely based on Tom Hanks' Oscar acceptance speech that "outed" his drama teacher ... our own Donald Sutherland, here for The Assignment and dining at Truffles, was a wonderful host for his party ... Neil Young docu-fan and film hipster Jim Jarmusch lounging at the Sheraton bar, striking a cool pose, wins the best smoker award ... tres petite Helena Bonham Carter, still scurrying around the party-screening ciruit, is loving it ...
 Most Overlooked Pretty Face At The Festival? Actor Al Corley, the original Steven Carrington on Dynasty, now a producer taking meetings at the fest. We made him flash his driver's licence to prove he was he. "I'd never kill off some- one so good-looking," noted aspiring screenwriter Tami Wineberg, of Corely's character's Dynasty demise.
 Most Pretentious Line overheard at the festival? "Oh, I saw it in Cannes."

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