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When they hear that you've been to the Toronto Film Festival, most people don't want to know what you saw, but whom you saw.

So, here goes:

John Irving brunched at a table next to me -- John Irving, three friends and four separate checks.

I ducked under Kevin Spacey's second-hand smoke as he lit a victory cigar at a reception for the black comedy he stars in, "American Beauty."

I shared an elevator with Jason Mewes, Silent Bob's sidekick in "Clerks," "Mallrats" and "Chasing Amy."

"Hey, where can I get one of those?" he asked, pointing to my press tag, his fingernails colored with chipped black polish. "See, I'm in a movie here" -- Kevin Smith's latest, "Dogma" -- "but I want to watch some movies while I'm here."

Other sightings:

Ralph Fiennes, Jewel, Illeana Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich, Mary-Louise Parker, Peter Gallagher, David Schwimmer, Ethan Hawke -- did I mention Ralph Fiennes? -- Thora Birch, Bob Hoskins, Eric Stoltz, Liev Schrieber, Minnie Driver, Jason Priestley, the Barenaked Ladies, Steve Zahn and William H. Macy.

Oh, yeah -- did I mention Ralph Fiennes?

-- Nicole Peradotto

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