Saturday night's BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards were a veritable who's who of Hollywood's A-list. Stars like George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Salma Hayek, Sean Penn, and Benedict Cumberbatch all descended on the Beverly Hills Hotel for the event, which celebrates individuals and companies that are dedicated to advancing the entertainment arts. George, who was also on hand for the screening of his latest project August: Osage County earlier in the day, mingled inside with Julia, Salma, and Sean before accepting his Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for excellence in film, while Benedict took the stage as the recipient of the British artist of the year honour. Other award winners included director Kathryn Bigelow, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Mandela star Idris Elba, who received the Britannia humanitarian award for his work with The Prince's Trust — the charity was founded by Prince Charles and helps disadvantaged youth in the UK. Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher made a glamorous couple at the gala, while Suki Waterhouse arrived without her current boyfriend, Bradley Cooper. Instead, the Emilia Wickstead-clad star spent her time with fellow British model Poppy Delevingne inside. Also making the rounds during the dinner were Naomie Harris, a newly brunette Alice Eve, and 12 Years a Slave actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o. Ejiofor's and Nyong'o's performances in the gripping real-life drama have already earned considerable Oscar buzz.
Amy Poehler and new boyfriend Nick Kroll made their first public debut when they attended AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award tribute to Mel Brooks in Hollywood yesterday. The two stars have reportedly been dating since April, but they have been friends for years before they got romantic. Amy and Nick met at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and Nick recently admitted that he always had a crush on her, saying, "There are people you have crushes on because they’re physically attractive, and there are people you just have comedy crushes on, and they’re constantly intersecting. I had comedy crushes on men and women at [UCB]. And I think it’s fair to say that everyone who meets Amy has a crush on her."
Amy and Nick weren't the only funny couple at the bash, which included an appearance by Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher, who recently co-starred with Amy's ex-husband, Will Arnett, in the new season of Arrested Development. Other guests included Zach Galifianakis, who was hot off an international press tour for his latest film, The Hangover Part III, Sarah Silverman, and Larry David, who attended the party with his daughter Cazzie. Despite all the A-list comedians floating around the event, all eyes were on honoree Mel, who got a big kiss from Sacha when he spotted him backstage.
Anne Hathaway shared laughs and drinks with her Les Misérables co-stars at a special pre-Oscars bash in LA last night. She donned a Theyskens' Theory mini-dress as she celebrated with a Dior-wearing Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne and Isla Fisher, who attended the shindig with her husband, Sacha Baron Cohen. The Les Misérables fete supported the Los Angeles Fund For Public Education, and drew other celebrities like Adrien Brody and Judy Greer. The celebration wasn't to be confused with the separate Vanity Fair party for Silver Linings Playbook, which also benefited education in LA and was held on the same night.
The pre-Oscars parties are just getting started, and the casts of both films will have plenty of chances to celebrate before the Oscars take place on Feb. 25.
Golden Globes winners Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman celebrated their wins with their fellow award recipients and Hollywood friends when they attended the NBC Golden Globes after party last night. Hugh posed with director Tom Hooper while Anne was joined by Les Misérables co-stars Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried and Sacha Baron Cohen on the red carpet. Sacha caused quite the stir at the Globes when he presented and proceeded to roast his fellow co-stars, including poking fun of Anne's now-infamous up-skirt incident at the film's premiere back in December. However, it looks like Anne wasn't offended by Sacha's ribbing as she happily smiled with him for photos. Jessica Chastain also attended the event and proudly showed off her award while grinning for the photographers.
To say that Les Misérables is a musical would be the understatement of the century. The dialogue in the film is sung nearly 100 percent of the time, setting it apart from pretty much every other musical-turned-movie. If three hours of straight singing doesn't sound like your cup of tea, then Les Mis probably isn't for you, but if you appreciate complex characters, an emotionally charged story, and yes, beautiful music, then you're in for a treat.
The story of Les Misérables is one of redemption, with Hugh Jackman carrying most of the burden as Jean Valjean, an ex-convict determined to get a fresh start and live as an honest man in 19th century France. Standing in his way is Javert (Russell Crowe), an inspector determined to put Valjean back in prison. The two square off again and again throughout the years, and along the way, Valjean rescues a poor girl named Cosette from the clutches of two dishonest innkeepers (played to comedic perfection by Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter) and eventually joins a Parisian uprising. To see where the film works and where it doesn't, just keep reading.
Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried modelled bold looks at the NYC premiere of Les Misérables today. The musical’s leading ladies drew attention for their dramatic ensembles — Anne accessorised her black Tom Ford dress with bondage-style boots from the same designer, while Amanda wowed in Alexander McQueen. Hugh Jackman posed with his wife, Deborra-lee Furness, on the red carpet, and Russell Crowe made a solo appearance. Eddie Redmayne had the film’s breakout star, Samantha Barks, on his arm, while the youngest cast members, Daniel Huttlestone and Isabelle Allen, looked adorable. The cast are in the midst of a big promo tour that kicked off with the world premiere in London last week. Les Misérables hits Australian cinemas on Boxing Day.
The Les Misérables fun continued following the world premiere in London's Leicester Square with an after-party last night. Anne Hathaway changed out of her white Givenchy gown and into a strapless Altuzarra number while Amanda Seyfried swapped her ruffled dress for pants and a jacket. Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Isla Fisher all made their way from the red carpet to the bash, where Goldie Hawn popped up to celebrate. The film's press tour will continue with a big premiere in NYC on Monday, just ahead of the Boxing Day opening.
The cast of Les Misérables hit the red carpet in London for their film's world premiere last night. Anne Hathaway wore a white Givenchy Couture gown while Amanda Seyfried went with a black ruffled Balenciaga look. The ladies posed with co-stars Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, as well as Eddie Redmayne, who chose a velvet Burberry suit. Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife Isla Fisher also hit the red carpet, as did photographer Mario Testino and designer Valentino, who created Anne's wedding gown. Anne, Hugh and Amanda were together the previous night as well, when they attended a private screening of the movie. Their stop in the UK comes after a stint in Japan, where the trio posed for photos and promoted the project. Anne's husband, Adam Shulman, has joined her on her recent travels, and the couple showed PDA while out in London yesterday.
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky hit the red carpet in London last night for British GQ's Men of the Year Awards. Elsa and Chris had a kid-free night out on the town. Four-month-old India Hemsworth was at home, though she's often spotted traveling the world with her famous parents, recently visiting far-flung locations like LA and Madrid. Elsa and Chris mingled at the bash with other celebs like Sacha Baron Cohen and Homeland's Damien Lewis. Stella McCartney also made the rounds with her husband, Alasdhair Willis. The whole celeb group was treated to a performance from NYC rapper Azealia Banks and jokes from hosts Jimmy Carr and David Walliams. Jimmy got things off on a cheeky note by saying, "Prince Harry would have been here tonight, but he didn't have anything to wear." Michael Fassbender took home a statue too as actor of the year.
The 65th Cannes Film Festival is underway, and jurors like Diane Kruger and Ewan McGregor gathered yesterday morning on the Croisette for a kickoff photo call. Diane posed for the assembled press in a chic, laced-up Versus by Versace number, but by the evening, had changed into a cool blue gown for the opening gala premiere of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. She shared the red carpet with other starlets like Jessica Chastain, L'Oréal brand ambassador Eva Longoria, and Bruce Willis.
There was plenty more going on yesterday as well. Moonrise co-stars Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman had a photo call, and Sacha Baron Cohen arrived at the festival as The Dictator, on a camel, and later horsed around on a yacht with Elisabetta Canalis. Meanwhile, his real-life wife, Isla Fisher, was off doing interviews with her Rise of the Guardians co-stars Chris Pine and Alec Baldwin.