Alexander Skarsgård was joined by his co-stars to premiere his new film, The East, at the Sundance Film Festival yesterday. He posed for photos with Ellen Page and director Zal Batmanglij and happily greeted Brit Marling on the red carpet while she was taking pics. Later Alexander, Ellen and Brit got together for a few friendly portraits to promote the movie, which follows a woman who is trying to infiltrate an anarchist group and becomes infatuated with the group's leader. Alexander, Ellen and Brit are just a few of the celebrities who are showcasing their latest projects at Sundance. Other stars include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Matthew McConaghey, Jessica Biel and Nicole Kidman.
Penélope Cruz wore Emilio Pucci to join her To Rome With Love co-stars in NYC yesterday for a screening at the Paris Theatre in honour of their film's US release tomorrow. She linked up with co-stars Alec Baldwin, Greta Gerwig, and director Woody Allen for the premiere. Alec made the rounds with fiancée Hilaria Thomas on his arm, while Woody Allen fan Jon Hamm stepped out with his girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt. Penélope, though, skipped out on the star-studded afte rparty held at Casa Lever. Chris Rock came out for the celebration, and caught up with John Legend.
So far, early To Rome With Love reviews are mixed. It's his and Penélope's second project together after 2008's Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Penélope was thrilled to pair up with Woody again, saying at a press conference on Tuesday, "I find him so fascinating. He's so unique. I'm lucky that I get to be directed by somebody that I admire so much, and I am lucky I get to hang out with him."
David Beckham brought his sons, Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn, to watch as ice hockey team the LA Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils in game six of the NFL finals to win the Stanley Cup on Monday night. The four Beckhams hooted and hollered in the stands each time the Kings scored a goal, and in between all the action, snacked on nachos. David has become a regular in the stands at the Staples Center, having cheered on the team all season. He's in good company when it comes to supporting the hometown hockey squad. Will Arnett, Alyssa Milano, Zac Efron and Ellen Page all turned out as well. Zac Efron had rink-side seats to witness the historic victory, as it's the first time in the Kings' 45-year existence that they've clinched hockey's top honour. It was a night with the guys for Zac, who officially split from Lily Collins recently. Will is a Canadian by birth, but clearly is a hockey fan no matter where he lives.
The 2012 Stanley Cup ice hockey finals continued on Wednesday with game four in the series between the LA Kings and the New Jersey Devils taking place at the Staples Center. The stands were packed with fans and celebrities alike, including Matthew Perry and Will Ferrell, who also attended Monday night's matchup with his son, Magnus. Alexander Skarsgård and Ellen Page sat together in the crowd and Alyssa Milano showed her West Coast pride in a team shirt. Kate Hudson was spotted leaving the arena with her son Ryder after the Kings' tough loss.
Penelope Cruz continued a busy day of press for To Rome With Love at the movie's Italian premiere last night. She began the morning at a photo call for the Woody Allen picture along with her co-stars Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, and Roberto Benigni. For the morning event, Penelope donned a black Dolce & Gabanna dress. She showed some brand loyalty by attending the screening in a gold gown from the Italian design duo. Her hair, set in a braided bun, set off her glowing complexion, smokey eye makeup and nude lip. Woody's latest project is another star-studded European affair — check out the To Rome With Love trailer! In addition to Penelope, Alec, Roberto, and Jesse, the film also features Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig, and Judy Davis. It's out in Italy next week, but doesn't hit theaters in the US until June after a debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Its Australian release has not yet been announced.
Woody Allen has hit home runs with European-set films Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Match Point and Midnight in Paris, but can he do it again in Italy? We'll have our answer with To Rome With Love, which follows another star-studded cast as their love lives get a little more complicated in — you guessed it — Rome. This time, the line-up includes Jesse Eisenberg as a guy who's seduced by his girlfriend's friend (Ellen Page), Penélope Cruz as an Italian prostitute, and Allen himself wearing some pants that are pulled up very high.
As with Midnight in Paris, it's obvious that the setting is going to be a major character here, which is enough of a reason for me to be enticed by the film. My only gripe is that Page seems a bit miscast as the boyfriend-stealing sexpot, but I can definitely see her and Eisenberg as a match. Watch the trailer when you read more.
Liv Tyler had her American Idol judge father, Steven, on her arm for the LA premiere of her new movie Super last night. The Aerosmith frontman has been busy promoting his Fox program and bonding with his new buds Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez, but he seemed happy to support his daughter's big evening and even show some paternal PDA. Her co-stars in the indie superhero film Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson also stepped onto the red carpet, and later Rainn and Liv tore up the dance floor with their crazy moves.
The Office's Rainn Wilson is leaving his desk job to take on a masked alter ego in Super. Wilson stars as Frank, a married man whose wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Upset over the split, Frank decides to win her back by taking on the persona of Crimson Bolt, a violent hero who wields a wrench as his weapon. To help him in his endeavours, a girl from a comic book store (Ellen Page) offers herself up to be his sidekick. Sound familiar? It should, because by all appearances, Super plays out like a ripoff of Kick-Ass. It's impossible not to see the similarities between the films' concepts or how Page's Boltie resembles Hit Girl. That said, Super looks more quirky-indie and, unfortunately, not as good. My other complaint: could we please see more Nathan Fillion? The actor only pops up once in the trailer. Take a look, and share your assessment after the jump.
While the fashion world has all eyes on NYFW, tons of stars flocked north to Canada for the big first weekend of the Toronto Film Festival. On Friday, the cast of The Town headed out to dinner together after a successful press conference earlier in the day. By Saturday, Jennifer Garner flew out from LA to meet her husband, Ben Affleck, and joined in the red carpet fun at last night's premiere of The Town. She wore a sexy black dress, while Blake Lively was a showstopper in red sequins. Ben once again goofed around with Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner before introducing his second directorial effort to the audience. The whole crew, Jennifer included, celebrated late into the night at their afterparty. Ben's best friend Matt Damon also has a movie at the festival, Hereafter, and he stepped out yesterday afternoon for a private lunch for his ONEXONE foundation. James Franco arrived in the morning yesterday, just in time for his first press conference promoting 127 Hours. The incredibly intense Danny Boyle movie based on the true story about a trapped rock climber is already getting great reviews, and James happily posed with his co-star Kate Mara. On Friday, Megan Fox gushed about married life with Brian Austin Green by her side at the screening of her Passion Play. Vogue covergirl Carey Mulligan had a big grin on her face for the debut of Never Let Me Go while her boyfriend, Shia LaBeouf, was spotted jogging elsewhere in the city on Saturday. Clive Owen put on a sexy stare for his duties talking Trust alongside his director David Schwimmer. Javier Bardem was in town for Biutiful, Marion Cotillard looked gorgeous for Little White Lies, and Ellen Page got buddy buddy with Justin Long for her project Super. There's tons more to look forward to at the festival like Ryan Reynolds with Buried and Blue Valentine's Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, so stay tuned!
Inception handily won the box office race over the weekend again in both the US and Australia, which means that many of you caught a glimpse of the mind-blowing story. There's no doubt that the movie is entertaining, but tell me theatre-goers, does it deserve Oscars? Let's break it down: for one, Leonardo DiCaprio is long overdue for a golden statuette, but his character isn't necessarily more enthralling than his previous work. Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks great scaling walls and Ellen Page does a nice turn, but come award season, they won't be all that memorable. That honour goes to Christopher Nolan's direction, which supplied the innovative chase scenes and immense landscapes. Will he get an Oscar nomination? Perhaps. Will the special effects? Seems even more likely. As for the film, now that the Academy has upped its number of potential Best Picture contenders, perhaps it will earn a spot on the nomination list. I know we've still got a long ways to go and plenty more movies to see, but after your first viewing, do you think Inception has a chance in the Oscar race? Photo courtesy of Warner Bros