Jude Law and a Band of Outsiders-clad Rooney Mara teamed up in NYC yesterday for a special screening and Q&A session for their new Steven Soderbergh film, Side Effects. Rooney and Jude were joined by Steven himself, as well as their co-star Vinessa Shaw and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. Missing from the panel, though, were leading man Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It was a busy day for both Rooney and Jude. He managed to also fit in a stop by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Jude and Jimmy reminisced about their first fights as children and chatted about Side Effects. In particular, Jude gushed about Rooney, whom he referred to as "a very cool lady" and a "great actress." Rooney, meanwhile, had a family night. She later stepped out to support sister Kate Mara at her debut of the new series House of Cards.
Matt Damon and Michael Douglas took the stage at the HBO Winter 2013 TCA Panel yesterday in Pasadena. Michael and Matt, who co-star in HBO's upcoming Behind the Candelabra, were at the Langham Hotel with producer Jerry Weintraub and director Steven Soderbergh to chat up their Liberace bio-pic. The TV film is based on the story of Liberace, portrayed by Michael, and his five year relationship with the much younger Scott Thorson, played by Matt. The gang spoke about the project yesterday at the TCA, and about their struggles to make the project as accurate as possible because it was based on the stories of real people.
Matt said about the Liberace film, "There are aspects of their relationship that were absurd, but for me it just kind of pointed out that there are aspects of all of our lives that are absurd . . . What it felt like was if this was a relationship between a man and a woman, you’d feel moments like, 'This is too intimate, maybe I shouldn’t be here.' But it’s between a man and a man and I’ve never seen that movie before. So it was fun, but we weren’t giggling about it. We took it very seriously. These are people’s lives and we wanted to get it right."
Blake Lively was decked out in Dolce & Gabbana last night for the NYC premiere of Haywire. She's not in the movie, but leads Ewan McGregor and Gina Carano were there from the cast, along with director Steven Soderbergh. Justin Bartha and Elizabeth Banks also rolled through to check out the screening, and joined the festivities at the after party, held at Sons of Essex.
Blake and Steven will work together soon, though. It was recently announced that Blake will star in Soderbergh's The Side Effects opposite Channing Tatum and Jude Law. For now, it's Gossip Girl that is Blake's main focus, as is her relationship with Ryan Reynolds.
Matt Damon arrived hand-in-hand with his lovely wife, Luciana, at today's NYC premiere of his latest drama, Contagion. The couple posed for photos before Matt went on to meet up with Marion Cotillard, who wore her hair in a milkmaid braid, and director Steven Soderbergh on the red carpet. It was a wild day for Matt who kicked things off before dawn with appearances on The Today Show and Live With Regis and Kelly. Matt touched on the seriousness of infectious disease, the focus of the film, and then switched gears to a lighter subject when he revealed he'll be dropping three of his daughters off for the first day of school tomorrow. Marion arrived on the East Coast with her son, Marcel, earlier this week and was also busy hitting the talk show circuit. She dropped in Late Night With Jimmy Fallon yesterday afternoon and is scheduled to visit The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. Matt and Marion's co-star Gwyneth Paltrow stepped out to promote the film in Venice over the weekend but today she missed out on the Big Apple screening and instead partied with friends in London at a Coach dinner.
Who needs an ensemble romantic comedy when you can have an equally star-studded action thriller? Steven Soderbergh may have lined up three Oscar winners—and one nominee (sorry, Jude)—for his upcoming film, Contagion. Matt Damon and Jude Law are already on board, while the lovely Kate Winslet and Marion Cotillard are circling the project.
Contagion focuses on the posing threat of a deadly virus, telling the story through multiple arcs and plot lines (think Traffic meets Outbreak). Even if the premise sounds a bit stale, the ridiculously talented cast is more than enough to get me worked up about this one—especially since we know how well Jude Law and Matt Damon play off each other (just think The Talented Mr. Ripley).
But what do you make of this casting gem?
Cate Blanchett’s latest selection for the Sydney Theatre Company is causing outrage in the US. Cate will star in a play based on the shocking death of Florida toddler Caylee Anthony, whose rotting remains were found stuck together with duct tape. Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh has written the play, which will debut in December. Caylee's mother Casey, 23, has pleaded not guilty to the child's murder and is due to stand trial next year. The toddler vanished a month before she was even reported missing. Soderbergh, who won Oscars for Traffic and Erin Brokovich, will be donating his fee to the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. Tot Mum will be a one-off event and will only be staged in Sydney.