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Witherspoon, Downey Jr., Carell coming to Canada for Toronto International Film Festival (VIDEO)

Reese Witherspoon has two movies at this year's Toronto Film Festival, and several other Hollywood stars will be kicking off Oscar season in the Great White North.

Witherspoon will showcase her films The Good Lie and Wild, both directed by Canadians. The Good Lie has her playing an American woman taking in Sudanese refugees known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, and Wild is based on a finding-yourself memoir by Cheryl Strayed.

The festival, which has become a must on every Oscar contender's run to the following February in the past five years, will run from September 4 to 14th.

Other A-listers expected to be in attendance will include Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell.

Aniston's film Cake will be at TIFF, as will Carell and Channing Tatum's Foxcatcher, Denzel Washington's The Equalizer, and Kate Winslett's A Little Chaos, which is directed by Harry Potter alum and the former Hans Gruber, British actor Alan Rickman.

A Little Chaos will also close this year's festival. TIFF's opener hasn't been named yet.

"We didn't want to rush it," said TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey. "We're in the midst of the selection process and rather than try to hit an artificial deadline, we thought we would just make sure we had the best possible film for opening night.

"We'll be announcing it shortly."

TIFF gained siginificant notoriety in 2010, when both Best Actor winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Best Actress winner Natalie Portman (Black Swan) premiered their films at the festival. (That year, Ben Affleck's hit The Town and James Franco's Oscar-nominated 127 Hours also premiered in Toronto.)

Recent Best Picture winners Argo and 12 Years a Slave also graced TIFF with their presence in 2012 and 2013.

Video: The Canadian Press

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Trailer: Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon

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