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Stars remember Joan Rivers at opening of Toronto Film Festival

Friday, September 05, 2014 - 01:28

Robert Downey Jr.'s latest movie ''The Judge'' opens up the Toronto Film Festival with stars remembering the comedian Joan Rivers. Francis Maguire reports.

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The Toronto Film Festival kicked off in style with Robert Downey Jr walking the red carpet for his new film "The Judge". Downey Jr. plays a big-city lawyer who returns to his small-town home when his father is accused of murder. And Downey Jr. was hoping such a dramatic film would be exciting enough to open Toronto. SOUNDBITE, Actor, Robert Downey Jr. saying (English): "I like the idea too, like if you have the first dance at a wedding, you really want to whip it up, you want to get the floor hot and sticky and I'm hoping that "The Judge" will do that." But thoughts were also with the comedian Joan Rivers who'd passed away earlier that night. SOUNDBITE, Actor, Robert Downey Jr, saying (English): "It's hard to imagine a world where she wasn't going to be here week after week, year after year, so I'm just feeling a little more quiet about it, I guess." SOUNDBITE, (English) Actor, Dax Shepard, saying (English): "My only thought is I hope someone will carry on the torch of keeping comedy a safe zone where you can push the boundaries and everyone can recognize and appreciate that role in our society and respect it. She was the champion of all champions for that." Toronto will run until September 14 and 285 movies will be playing at one of the world's biggest film festivals.

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Stars remember Joan Rivers at opening of Toronto Film Festival

Friday, September 05, 2014 - 01:28