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Sunday, September 7, 2008
Rian Johnson's 'The Brothers Bloom' at Toronto
TORONTO, Canada -- We wait around two-and-a-half hours for the "Brother's Bloom" junket , finally give up and head to Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla." Then we traipse back down to "Brothers Bloom," where they seem to have sorted themselves out a bit.

"Brothers Bloom" is a terrific new film by Rian Johnson -- a sort of semi-fantastical and very funny story of two conmen and their worldwide journey of elaborate lies.

Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody play the two brothers, while Rachel Weisz plays their victim, an eccentric woman who has barely ever left her mansion.

Interviewing Brody, I found myself wanting to ask things like: "How are you such a good actor? How do you do it? How does your mind work?" But I had to content myself for practicality's sake with just asking him what it is about acting that he loves.

Brody says he loves to try on different hats and that doing comedy is great for him because as quite a serious person it's something different. I compliment him extravagantly on the film (which I genuinely think is brilliant) and he seems happy.

Weisz and I both bond over being north London girls who went to sister schools and now live in almost the same area of Manhattan. She is absolutely stunning in person and also extremely warm and friendly. She tells me about the process she went through with the director for pulling some of the weirder clothes out of her wardrobe to try and create a "look" for her character, Penelope, including giant lace-up Victorian clown shoes. Why did she have those in the first place?

-- From CNN's Katie Walmsley in Toronto

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