The main events of the Aussie party season may be over, but we're keeping the spirit alive by taking a look at celebrities who like being the life of the party by providing the night’s tunes. Alexa Chung loves to hit the decks at events (even though she’s claimed to be a ‘fake DJ’) and Elijah Wood has entertained at the after parties for some of his film premieres. Ruby Rose is transitioning her DJ career into that of a full-fledged musician, and Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s son Connor is juggling disc jockeying and acting. Click through to see which other celebs have taken a turn on the decks, as well as some of our favourite famous DJs.
An epic adventure continued at last night's premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in NYC. The film's stars gathered at the Ziegfeld Theatre for the event, just over a week after the world premiere in New Zealand. In New York, leading man Martin Freeman joined his costar Andy Serkis, who in real life doesn't look much like his character Gollum. Ian McKellen laughed with Richard Armitage and director Peter Jackson. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first in a trio of Hobbit films planned by Peter. Next up is The Hobbit: There and Back Again, which will feature Orlando Bloom and Benedict Cumberbatch. This latest series follows on the heels of Peter's Lord of the Rings franchise. Also in attendance were former costars and members of the Lord of the Rings clan, Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood. Other guests who caught an early showing of the film included Chevy Chase, Terry O'Quinn, and Patrick Stewart. The Hobbit will open to the public when it hits cinemas on Dec. 26.
To say it's been a big week might be a bit of an understatement. The 2012 ARIA Awards dominated the Aussie celebrity scene on Thursday night, with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Russell Brand and many more turning up to celebrate our music industry's night of nights. Overseas, Katy Perry was a busy girl, first making an appearance at the UNICEF Snowflake charity ball with Selena Gomez, before being given a big honour at the Billboard Women in Music lunch. Miranda Kerr took her little guy Flynn everywhere with her this week (obviously looking uber-stylish, always) and Kate and Wills reminded us that, yes, they are still one of the cutest couples in the world. There was so much to see, it was easy to miss some events this week . . . but don't worry, we've got you covered. Click through the gallery to catch up!
Thousands of fans came out in New Zealand last night to celebrate the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Cate Blanchett was one of the stars that hit the red carpet, signing autographs and posing for photos on her way into the screening. Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Evangeline Lilly, and director Peter Jackson, who brought his daughter, also showed their support for the big event. Evangeline debuted a dramatic new look on the arm of co-star James Nesbitt while Elijah waved to the overwhelming crowds as he emerged from the Hobbit house that was constructed at the front of the Embassy Theatre. It's just the beginning of press for the movie, which hits cinemas on Dec. 26.
Rachel Bilson, Kirsten Dunst and Minka Kelly stepped up their fashion game Saturday night at LA's Union Station in support of the Art of Elysium's annual Heaven Gala. Rachel, dressed in a frock from Chanel's Spring 2012 collection, arrived solo, though later met up with her Hart of Dixie co-star Jaime King who was wearing Valentino. Minka selected a bright Oscar de la Renta gown for the occasion while actress Camilla Belle modelled a bold Carolina Herrera. Newlywed Molly Sims hit the red carpet with her husband, Scott Stuber, in a coral grecian gown. The mum-to-be stopped posed with her hand on her growing baby bump and then stopped to share a hug with stylist Brad Goreski.
Busy Philipps arrived in a beaded gown and said the evening's etherial theme inspired her final dress decision. Today she'll be accompanying best actress nominee Michelle Williams to the Golden Globes and said she'll have her "fingers crossed" when Michelle's category is announced. Singer Estelle kept the crowd entertained during the celebration, in addition to a vintage couture fashion show sponsored by Decades. The gala, celebrating its fifth year, was originially created to celebrate artists who dedicate their time to children battling serious illness. Kirsten Dunst, in a black Valentino, was previously recognised for her philanthropic work with the charity and this year that honour was bestowed on The Hobbit's Elijah Wood. Elijah took the stage and thanked the organisation saying, "It has enriched my life to be a part of this tirelessly dedicated family and the lives of the children they've transformed.”
Pink joined her fellow Happy Feet Two voice stars, Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Sofia Vergara and Hank Azaria, at the film’s Hollywood premiere yesterday. The animated flick had a fun, family-friendly debut at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, complete with tall slides and life-size versions of the cute, cuddly characters. Pink had some extra support in the form of her husband, Carey Hart, and their adorable baby daughter, 5-month-old Willow Sage Hart. And while little Willow didn’t join her parents for pictures on the ice-blue carpet, she was soon reunited with them before the screening started.
Lots of celebrities cleared their calendars on the weekend for a trip to Palm Springs to attend one of our favourite music festivals, Coachella! The three-day event had a whole bunch of star-studded attendees enjoying the music on offer and soaking up the general festival atmosphere, including Katy Perry (whose husband Russell Brand has been promoting Arthur in Australia), Nicole Richie, Kellan Lutz and Teresa Palmer. Parties hosted by Lacoste and Mulberry brought out the stylish crew, such as Diane Kruger with Joshua Jackson, and Alexa Chung, while Elijah Wood had a turn playing DJ. Check out all the snaps, and for our own local festival fix check out the line-up for Splendour in the Grass, which takes place at the end of July!
Coachella music festival holds a special place on the Fab calendar, as it's a festival of fashion as much as it music (for us, anyway!). From Alexa Chung hanging at the Mulberry BBQ with Nicole Richie and our own Teresa Palmer, to Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson working pool party chic at Lacoste's stylish soiree, all of our fab faves were on site this year. Step inside to check out all the fashionable peeps partying down.
Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette, Anna Kendrick and Elijah Wood were out last night to support Art of Elysium's Pieces of Heaven art auction in LA. During her break from shooting We Bought a Zoo with Matt Damon, Scarlett posed with the charity's founder, Jennifer Howell, and placed bids on the items up for grabs. Scarlett's also on the list of presenters at Monday's Oscars. David, who is fresh out of a stint in rehab, attended after recently sitting down with Oprah. Their interview, which airs today in the US, includes David sharing about his lifelong battle with alcohol and what drove him to seek help. Other long-term fans of the organisation like Justin Bartha and Topher Grace turned out looking casual after suiting up for last month's Heaven Gala. They also signed a white Chrysler that's going to the highest charitable bidder. Twilight's Anna Kendrick picked up a pen to support the cause, as did Ginnifer Goodwin and adorable couple Dave Annable and Odette Yustman.
Park City was bustling with celebrities over the weekend as the 2011 Sundance Film Festival got underway. The Bing bar was a huge hot spot with events from the My Idiot Brother bash to a late night Florence and the Machine concert, while the Variety lounge hosted their share of talent. Skullcandy and Express held nightly concerts at Harry O's, James Franco let loose at the Playboy event, and Adrian Grenier enjoyed a Chefdance meal. There was a lot going on, and it's just the first couple of days — even Oprah was there! Robert Redford of course continues to oversee the whole show, which has provided another excellent group of premieres — stay tuned for our coverage from the festival!