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On the Scene: SAG Awards
Betty White Sandra Bullock Jeff Bridges
Betty White
Sandra Bullock
Jeff Bridges
Tina Fey Drew Barrymore Christoph Waltz & Diane Kruger
Tina Fey
Drew Barrymore
Christoph Waltz & Diane Kruger
Justin Timberlake Sophia Loren Julianna Margulies
Justin Timberlake
Sophia Loren
Julianna Margulies

Los Angeles, January 23, 2010 – There wasn’t a tool belt in sight at the SAG Awards, where the entertainment industry’s working stiff union workers pay tribute to their own.  The skies cleared after days of rain, and Hollywood stars trod the red carpet dressed to the nines.  (Although none of the actors from the movie Nine won anything.)

Despite her moving Best Actress acceptance speech, Sandra Bullock displayed her comedic talents in presenting Betty White with a Lifetime Achievement Award: “She starred in four different television shows called The Betty White Show. Four. Most people would stop naming shows after themselves after the third one.”  (Bullock is turning out to be an entertaining presence of this year’s awards circuit, after kissing Meryl Streep at the Critics’ Choice Awards.)  Backstage, Bullock said she was surprised by her SAG win.  “My money was on Meryl,” she said. 

The 88-year-old White was no slouch in the comedy department herself, coming back at Bulock with, “Isn’t it heartening to see how far a girl as plain as she is can go?”  White continued to crack jokes, and working a high-slit dress, told reporters backstage, “You’ve got to use everything you possibly can!”

Other notable union label winners included Drew “Um” Barrymore, Jeff Bridges, Julianna Margulies, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Bacon and Mo’Nique

On the Scene: 2009 National Board of Review Awards
Woody Harrelson George Clooney & Elisabetta Canali Carey Mulligan
Woody Harrelson
George Clooney & Elisabetta Canali
Carey Mulligan
Morgan Freeman Anna Kendrick Jeremy Renner
Morgan Freeman
Anna Kendrick
Jeremy Renner

New York, January 12, 2010 – The National Board of Review’s annual awards dinner was, as always, not televised and therefore loose, with lots of jokes and back-and-forth banter between the evening’s honorees and presenters.  Accepting his Best Actor trophy, Up in the Air star George Clooney noted that actors are only as good as the screenplay and director, and gave one illustrious example: “You know, I was also Batman in Batman & Robin, so I know how to be bad,” Clooney told the crowd.  “I mean, you give me a rubber suit with nipples on it, I can rock Batman.  Give me another shot; I’m on it!”

Woody Harrelson, named Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Messenger, thanked his handlers and the studio “for giving me the opportunity to do what I love to do most – tons of press. That’s where the fun is.”  Harrelson, who plays a military messenger in the movie, also thanked members of the U.S. armed forces he met “who accepted a Hawaiian hippie peacenik as part of the family.”

Precious star Gabourey Sidibe acknowledged her newcomer status among the crowd of Hollywood luminaries, saying, “I’d like to thank you all for not throwing rocks when I walked in, because I really feel very different, and it’s really hard to get used to this room.” 

Other winners and presenters included Joel and Ethan Coen, J.J. Abrams, Jeremy Renner, Anna Kendrick, Morgan Freeman, Carey Mulligan and Clint Eastwood, who sent regards via video, since he was off shooting a movie.

On the Scene: NY Film Critics Circle Awards
Christoph Watlz George Clooney & Elisabetta Canali Kathryn Bigelow
Christoph Waltz
George Clooney & Elisabetta Canalis
Kathryn Bigelow
James Gandolfini & Deboerah Lin Wes Anderson Michael Fassbender
James Gandolfini & Deborah Lin
Wes Anderson
Michael Fassbender takes a smoke break

New York, January 11, 2010 – Awards season got into full swing this week, kicking of on Monday with the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.  Everyone forgot all about movies when George Clooney, named Best Actor for both Up in the Air and Fantastic Mr. Fox, walked in - and not because of his blindingly good looks.  On his arm was his latest lady love, Elisabetta Canalis.  The two walked the red carpet together, officially putting an end to speculation about whether the Italian beauty would be George’s arm candy on this year’s awards circuit.  Designers must be sending her dresses by the truckload. 

Best actress Meryl Streep was press shy, as usual, breezing into the venue and not even posing for a photo.  The equally shy Wes Anderson, whose Mr. Fox was Best Animated Film, nervously smiled for pictures and then zipped away before saying a word to reporters.  The press-averse Mo’Nique, as expected, did not show up to pick up her Best Supporting Actress trophy.

The Hurt Locker had a big night, with Kathryn Bigelow taking home two awards for Best Picture and Best Director.  And after his many years as a relatively unknown actor, suddenly everyone knows Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz after his stunning performance in Inglorious Basterds.  

Presenters and guests included James Gandolfini, Lynn Redgrave, Amy Ryan and Christine Lahti.

Additional photos by Caroline Torem Craig

Patti Smith & Steven Sebring: Objects of Life Opening
Albert Maysles, Steven Sebring, Michael Stipe Patti Smith
Albert Maysles, Steven Sebring & Michael Stipe
Patti Smith
Zac Posen, Jessica Lange Kellt Cutrone
Zac Posen & Jessica Lange
Kelly Cutrone

New York, January 6, 2010 – Patti Smith and Steven Sebring collaborated for eleven years on the documentary Patti Smith: Dream of Life, which aired on PBS on December 30.  The two artists just put together an exhibition, Objects of Life, consisting of a range of works, some collaborative, some individually executed, in a celebration of the odyssey that the filming itself was.  The installation at Chelsea’s Robert Miller gallery includes significant objects belonging to Smith - her childhood dress, her Land 250 Polaroid camera, and a tambourine made by Robert Mapplethorpe - along with Sebring’s monumental photographs of these objects.

The opening night was a revolving door of celebrities and artists.  We noticed Sam Shephard wandering around the gallery, later on, his lady Jessica Lange joined him.  Filmmaker Albert Maysles, artist Ryan McGinley, Zoe Kravitz and fashion designers Calvin Klein, Zac Posen, John Bartlett, Reed Krakoff, Nicole Miller and Nanette Lepore all popped in.  Kelly Cutrone waltzed in with photographers Mary Ellen Mark and Roxanne Lowit.  Once Patti’s dear friend Michael Stipe arrived, she led him through the entire exhibit, and the two remained inseparable for the rest of the evening. 

Photos: Caroline Torem Craig

Celebrities Trickle Back to Work Post-Holidays
Ethan Hawke Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger Nick Jonas
Ethan Hawke clowns around at Daybreakers premiere
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger at the Brace for Impact premiere
Nick Jonas appeared solo on David Letterman Show
Michael Cera Amy Adams & fiance Darren Le Gallo Hugh Dancy
Michael Cera at Youth in Revolt NYC premiere
Pregnant Amy Adams with fiance Darren Le Gallo at Leap Year premiere
Hugh Dancy is coming to the stage in The Pride

New York, January 5-7, 2010 – While seemingly all of Hollywood fled to ski slopes or beaches during the holidays, a few red carpets unfurled in the first days of January as stars trickled back to work.  New York was the site of three movie premieres, a good number for one week at any time of year.  On Tuesday, Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis and Fred Willard debuted their Youth in Revolt. The next day Amy Adams and Matthew Goode rolled out their romantic comedy Leap Year, and then Willem Dafoe and Ethan Hawke jumped on the vampire bandwagon with their neck-biter Daybreakers

TLC had “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger on hand at the screening of Brace for Impact, a documentary about how the hero safely landed US Air flight 1549 in the Hudson River after a flock of geese knocked out the plane’s engines. 

Tween girls had their knickers in knots when Nick Jonas, the youngest Jonas brother, turned up at David Letterman’s studio for his solo appearance with his new, sibling-free band, The Administration. 

And hunky Brits Hugh Dancy and Ben Whishaw (Bright Star) introduced themselves to the press during rehearsals for the off-Broadway play The Pride, opening January 27 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre downtown. 

Robert Downey Jr. & Jude Law on Kicking Butt in Sherlock Holmes
Rachel McAdams Jude Law & Robert Downey Jr. Guy Ritchie & son Rocco
Rachel McAdams
Jude Law & Robert Downey Jr.
Guy Ritchie & son Rocco
Bruce Willis & Emma Heming Pete Wentz Jessica Szohr & Ashley Greene
Bruce Willis & Emma Heming
Pete Wentz
Jessica Szohr & Twilight's Ashley Greene

New York, December 17, 2009 – Robert Downey, Jr. is a fierce action hero in his turn as the legendary detective in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes.  “He’s really lean and tough.  He does this stuff every day,” co-star Mark Strong said at the movie’s New York premiere.  “A day before we were going to do the fight scene, I heard this slapping noise coming from the corner of the studio, and I turned around, and he and his martial arts trainer were beating the hell out of each other,” added Strong, who plays Holmes’s nemesis. 

Downey says his martial arts background was indeed a big help in this role.  “I started studying martial arts earnestly five years ago.  And if I had just decided that I’d do a little martial arts choreography, I probably would have wound up in the hospital,” Downey told us.

Jude Law explained his sexy take on Holmes’s sidekick Watson: “I was intrigued because my preconceived notion of Watson was probably like everyone else’s: this guy with a wastepaper basket stuck on his foot, you know, a large belly and falling over,” Law said.  “And I went to the source material and realized there was this incredible character that hadn’t really been mined before, and I liked the challenge of bringing that to film.  And I liked the idea, too, that there was a kind of tougher, rougher edge to their adventures.” 

Wall-to-Wall Celebs at Nine Premiere
Fergie, Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn Daniel Day-Lewis Nicole Kidman
Fergie, Kate Hudson & Goldie Hawn
Daniel Day-Lewis
Nicole Kidman
Marion Cotillard Penelope Cruz Judi Dench
Marion Cotillard
Penelope Cruz
Judi Dench

New York, December 15, 2009 – Nine may be the most star-packed movie in recent memory, and most of them were on the red carpet at the musical’s New York premiere.  Sophia Loren disappointingly did not attend, so we made do with Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Fergie (the only cast member who is actually a singer-dancer,) Marion Cotillard and Kate Hudson.  Not a bad turnout – and that was just the cast. 

Family and friends like Hudson’s mom, Goldie Hawn, Fergie’s husband, Josh Duhamel, Kidman’s good pal Naomi Watts and Cruz’s longtime friend and collaborator Pedro Almodovar added star wattage to the evening.  And then there were just curious A-list hangers on like Madonna and her daughter Lourdes, Julian Schnabel, Tobey Maguire, Tony Bennett, Rudy Giuliani and Neil Simon

How's that for a guest list? After the screening at the Ziegfeld Theatre, buses transported the glamorous folks to the after party at nightspot M2.

Celebrities Out & About in NYC
Gavin Degraw Kim Kardashian Kelly Bensimon
Gavin DeGraw at National Underdground in NYC
Kim Kardashian shops at Under Armour pop-up shop in NYC
Kelly Bensimon at Whole Foods in NYC

New York, December 16-17, 2009 – Celebrities are doing their part to keep the economy afloat this holiday season.  Kim Kardashian and her sister Khloe stocked up on gifts at the Under Armour pop-up shop in Manhattan.  Among the items Kim chose for her boyfriend Reggie Bush was Under Armour’s M Series Boxer Jock.  (We know – too much information…) 

Kelly Bensimon made like a real housewife and went shopping at Whole Foods, and her groceries included an all-natural soda called Cascal.  Do you think she cooked dinner later that night?

At his Lower East Side music club, Gavin DeGraw toasted Santa and some sexy elves with Mike’s Hard Punch.  Don’t worry, Santa wasn’t driving his reindeer that night. 

Kardashian, Bensimon photos: Michael Simon

DeGraw photo: Johnny Nunez/Nubuzzphoto


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