Entertainment behind the scenes
With the Toronto International Film Festival set to kick off on Thursday, organizers appear to have dodged a nasty subplot that could have turned the 11-day drama into a horror movie.
The trouble began last week after a Toronto woman woke up with itchy spots on her back after visiting the Scotiabank Theatre, where several festival movies will screen.
Like New York, Toronto has been dealing with a nasty bedbug problem this summer, and the woman’s complaints found their way on to a friend’s Twitter account and then, as they say, it all went viral.
Film festival co-director Cameron Bailey probably did himself no favors when he mentioned the scare on his own widely-followed Twitter feed, which immediately propelled the matter on to the local entertainment pages, whose reporters were happy for pre-festival plotline.