As always, the Oscars promises to be a night as much about the glamorous looks as it is about the night's big winners — this red carpet is the proof. The 85th annual Academy Awards brought jaw-dropping arrivals from the Hollywood crowd, like Jessica Chastain in a shimmering, nude custom Armani Prive gown, Amy Adams in a frothy Oscar de la Renta confection, and Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture. For all that and more of the latest arrivals, keep clicking.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt looked handsome as he arrived at the Oscars in LA today. Before he reached the red carpet he tweeted that he hoped his "hot date" for the night would know how to tie a bow tie as he doesn't know how to do it himself, and later it was revealed that his hot date for the show is Sally Field, who plays his mother in Lincoln and scored a best supporting actress nomination for the role. JGL was part of the entertainment in the opening act when he hit the stage to perform with this year's host, Seth MacFarlane, and Daniel Radcliffe.
Earlier this week, we saw Zach Galifianakis interview Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and more for part one of his Oscars edition of Between Two Ferns. In part two, he sits down with another crop of nominees, including Jessica Chastain, Sally Field, and his co-star from The Hangover, Bradley Cooper. The animosity hits an all-time high when Zach offers Bradley a potential acceptance speech for his big night — and let's just say it's not exactly what Bradley had in mind.
Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is a richly explored slice of history with an immensely talented lead actor playing one of our America's most lauded presidents and a fantastic supporting cast. The film centres on a crucial period during the Civil War; Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) has been re-elected, the North and South have been at brutal odds for four years, and there seems to be no chance for peace in sight. The president is striving to add an amendment to the Constitution to emancipate slaves, believing it to be the quickest way, aside from an impossible peace treaty, to end the bloodshed. The historical film isn't without dry moments, and the pace can be meandering, but nothing can detract from Day-Lewis' commanding performance.
Day-Lewis is one of Hollywood's greatest actors, and his portrayal of the 16th president continues his streak of inspired performances. He breathes life into Lincoln, transforming himself into the thin yet physically domineering man, and exploring his quirks and oddities — such as his unabashed penchant for poorly timed anecdotes and long-winded metaphors. Day-Lewis' lumbering Honest Abe is just that; he's transparent in his motives when dealing with his cabinet as well as his wife (Sally Field), who, much to his exasperation, is still grappling with the death of one of their sons. Though it's a tale of politics, Lincoln is at its best when focusing on the president's role as the head of a fractured family. Find out what else I thought about Lincoln after the jump.
The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival drew boldfaced Hollywood names yesterday. Stars including Ben Affleck, Naomi Watts and Bradley Cooper were honoured for their on-screen work, while Tom Hanks, Eddie Redmayne, Diane Lane and other celebs presented the evening's awards. We were on the red carpet and inside for the star-studded dinner, where several of the awardees shared moving, funny and heartfelt speeches. Naomi, who accepted the evening's Desert Palm Achievement Award for actress from her The Impossible co-star Tom Holland, thanked her long-time partner, Liev Schreiber, for inspiring her. She also expressed gratitude for their two young sons, Sasha and Kai, for "breathing life into me."
Birthday boy Bradley Cooper — who turned 38 yesterday — gave a short and humble speech when accepting the corresponding award for actor for his work in Silver Linings Playbook. Still, he couldn't escape host Mary Hart, who led the audience in a round of "Happy Birthday" in his honour before he left the stage. As Ben Affleck and his Argo cast closed the show, taking home the Ensemble Performance Award, Ben asked Mary if she'd prompt the crowd to sing "Happy Birthday" for him, as well. "When's your birthday?" Mary asked. Ben replied, "August."
Seven of the most celebrated women working in film today came together for The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Roundtable. The magazine's latest cover features Naomi Watts, Helen Hunt and Anne Hathaway, along with Sally Field, Rachel Weisz, Marion Cotillard and Amy Adams. The women posed for a photo shoot that channelled Old Hollywood and sat down for a conversation at LA's Siren Studios, where they weighed in on everything from the movie industry's beauty standards to their very worst auditions. Click through for some highlights from their chat!
Nora Ephron’s memorial service was held in NYC yesterday and some of Hollywood’s biggest names flocked to the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall to pay their respects. Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, Steven Spielberg, Martha Stewart, Steve Martin and Sally Field were just some of the stars who attended the service for the filmmaker behind classics such as When Harry Met Sally . . ., Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. Nora passed away on June 26 after a battle with leukaemia and stars were quick to share anecdotes and memories from working with her.
The Amazing Spider-Man won't fly into cinemas until next July, but that doesn't mean we can't start getting excited about it now. Just two days before the film's big panel at Comic-Con, we get our first taste of the franchise reboot. The teaser definitely shows some similarities to Tobey Maguire's first Spidey movie — we see the geeky (if not adorable) high school version of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), and watch as he gets bitten by a super spider and starts to notice a few, um, changes.
That said, there's still plenty of fresh content in here as far as I'm concerned: besides the obvious switcheroo of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) for Mary Jane, The Amazing Spider-Man also has a darker feel to it, and the teaser is very much playing up Peter's relationship with his parents, which was never explored in the first three Spider-Man movies. I'm already loving Garfield's tender vulnerability, and director Marc Webb is driving the point home that we'll get even further inside Peter's head this time around than ever before. My biggest requests for the full-length trailer? More of Gwen and Peter's relationship and a closer look at Rhys Ifans as The Lizard, please. Check out the teaser and tell me how you feel about it when you read more.
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have put their LA mansion on the market for $6 million. The six-bedroom, 4.5 bath home in the posh suburb of Brentwood features lush landscaping and has a South-of-France-villa kind of vibe. Naomi purchased the place in June 2004, from Oscar-winner Sally Field for $4.2 million, just after she split from Heath Ledger.
Vanessa Hudgens, Kristen Bell and Mandy Moore walked the red carpet on Friday before heading in to take their seats at the Stand Up 2 Cancer phone banks in LA. The hour-long telethon was broadcast on multiple major US networks and streamed across the web, and the effort raised more than US$100 million dollars for research in the fight against the disease. Modern Family's Sofia Vergara and mum-to-be Christina Applegate, both of whom battled cancer in the past, proudly modelled t-shirts that read "Survivor". Gwyneth Paltrow arrived on the West Coast on Thursday, ready to add her support to the event after attending Fashion's Night Out in London last week. She caught up with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, while Rob Lowe joined Diane Lane. Cindy Crawford and Chuck's Zachary Levi helped in collecting donations, and Ryan Seacrest also lent his star power to the cause.