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Mhairi MacLeod casts her eye over the weekend's red carpet action which saw the A-listers roll into town.

Following Wednesday’s star studded opening gala, EIFF enjoyed a second helping of Hollywood as the weekend saw the glitterati of Tinsel Town hit the red carpet in their droves.

With Saturday kick starting proceedings, Ugly Betty star AKA America Ferrera took to the Cineworld promenade with her writer/director fiance Ryan Piers Williams for the launch of their new film The Dry Land.

A topical home-coming drama that focuses on the stories of American troops returning from duty in Iraq, the newly engaged couple said they were thrilled and honoured to be in Edinburgh for the film’s international premiere.

Unable to compete with Ferrera’s ultra sleek, glamorous get-up but a crowd pleaser nonetheless, Woody and chums also put in an appearance to premiere the long-awaited third installment of Disney Pixar’s celebrated blockbuster, Toy Story.

Selling out weeks in advance, Toy Story 3 quickly proved to be one of Fest’s most anticipated tickets in town and with talent like Tom Hanks, Whoopi Golderberg and Tim Allen on board it was no surprise that little kids - and big kids alike - turned out to welcome their favourite characters to Edinburgh.

No weekend at the Fest is complete without an appearance from a legendary screen star and on Sunday it was the turn of EIFF patron Sir Sean Connery.

Greeted by a melee of autograph hunters and loyal fans eager to catch a glimpse, Sir Sean attended a special screening of one of his best-loved films - The Man Who Would Be King - in celebration of his 80th birthday and almost twenty years of dedicated patronage to the Fest.

Conducting the band at his birthday ceilidh and dancing with Vegas-inspired show girls on the red carpet, Sir Sean has - as ever - thrown himself into the thick of the Fest; proving the world of film is a tonic at any age.

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