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‘Scruples’ Adaptation From Tony Krantz & Natalie Portman Ordered To Pilot At ABC

By | Monday January 30, 2012 @ 7:03pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has greenlighted to pilot drama Scruples, produced by former Imagine TV CEO-turned-feature director Tony Krantz and actress Natalie Portman. It is based on the 1978 bestselling book by Krantz’s mother, Beverly Hills novelist Judith Krantz, who also penned a sequel in 1992, and centers on a rich and powerful clothing designer in a world of sex, revenge and scandal. Bob Brush and Mel Harris wrote the adaptation and executive produce with Portman, her producing partner Annette Savitch and Krantz. Krantz’s Flame Ventures is producing with Warner Bros. TV, which has the rights to the property via the 1980 Scruples miniseries starring Lindsay Wagner, which it produced. The pilot order caps Krantz’s successful return to TV producing this season while he also continues to be active as feature director. Scruples marks the first foray into television for Portman, who won an Oscar last year for Black Swan.

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IMDb’s Top 2011 Search: Natalie Portman

By | Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 11:52am PST

Looks like there were a lot of Black Swan fans doing actor searches on IMDb this year. The film’s star Natalie Portman, who won an Oscar for the part, and supporting actress nominee Mila Kunis finished 1-2 in page views among the more than 110 million unique visitors to the film and TV database site. That knocks Johnny Depp to No. 3 overall after he topped the list six of the past seven years. Portman won by a large margin thanks to her Oscar win in February and toplining three films during the calendar year: No Strings Attached, Your Highness and Thor. Other up-and-comers included Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth and The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence. Here’s the list:

1. Natalie Portman
2. Mila Kunis
3. Johnny Depp
4. Emma Stone
5. Chris Hemsworth
6. Olivia Wilde
7. Jennifer Lawrence
8. George Clooney
9. Ryan Gosling
10. Christian Bale

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Ridley Scott And Gerard Butler Plot Film About Simon Mann, Who Tried African Coup

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While the material marketplace has cooled as the holiday approaches, studios have been tempted by a pitch for a fact-based thriller that has Ridley Scott attached to direct and produce through his Scott Free banner, Gerard Butler to star, and Robert Edwards (The Bomb In My Garden) to write the script. Scott will produce with Giannina Facio and Alan Siegel. Butler wants to play Simon Mann, a former British army officer who in 2004 put together a band of mercenaries to attempt a coup against the president of Equatorial Guinea. The coup attempt was thwarted in Zimbabwe, where Mann went to pick up weapons. He spent five years in a harsh prison there before being taken to Equatorial Guinea where he was sentenced to 34 years–but spared that sentence when he received a presidential pardon in 2009.. His backers –Mann said one was Mark Thatcher, son of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher—disavowed involvement with Mann after the coup failed. Both Mann and his wife Amanda have been making the rounds at studios the past several days along with Edwards, and insiders say there are high hopes this will end in a deal. Scott and Facio are also developing a biopic of Middle East pioneer Gertrude Bell and Gucci, the Fox 2000 focusing on the volatile relationship between Maurizio Gucci and ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani, who drew a 26-year sentence for plotting his 1995 murder. Angelina Jolie has … Read More »

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TV Producer-Turned-Film Director Tony Krantz Sells 8 TV Projects, Including Natalie Portman-Produced ‘Scruples’ Adaptation

By | Saturday September 17, 2011 @ 4:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Four years after Tony Krantz left his TV producing career to focus on feature directing, he is mounting a big push in television with 8 projects set up at various broadcast networks, including a Scruples adaptation at ABC, which he is executive producing with Natalie Portman; a drama set in the New York restaurant world executive produced by chef/restaurateur Mario Batali; and an action drama about a foreign correspondent executive produced by former CNN president Jonathan Klein. The ramped-up small-screen development does not mean a return to TV full-time for Krantz, who helmed 3 features in the past 4 years, including most recently The Big Bang, and has 3 other potential film directing vehicles in the works.

Krantz, who was head of primetime packaging at CAA and CEO of Imagine Television before he embarked on a feature directing career, started building his Flame Ventures into an independent TV production company last year when it sold 5 broadcast projects. With the hire of Reece Pearson as head of development, the company has stepped up its TV efforts, selling 8 projects in the past few weeks. Flame is using an indie model similar to that employed by DreamWorks TV where projects are sold directly to the networks and then laid off at the nets’ affiliated studios.

At ABC, the company has Scruples 2. It is based on the 1978 novel by Krantz’s mother, Beverly Hills novelist Judith Krantz, who also penned a sequel in 1992. Bob Brush and Mel Harris will write the adaptation and exec produce with Portman, her producing partner Annette Savitch and Krantz. Warner Bros. TV is producing as it has the rights to the property via the 1980 Scruples miniseries starring Lindsay Wagner, which it produced. Read More »

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Martin Scorsese Eyes Film About Elizabeth Taylor And Richard Burton Love Affair

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is finalizing a deal to develop a feature about the romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as a directing vehicle for Martin Scorsese. The film will be produced by Julie Yorn, Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff of Krasnoff Foster Productions, and Scorsese through his Paramount-based Sikelia banner. They are assembling the resources to tell Hollywood’s most  famous star-crossed love story.

They’ve optioned Furious Love, the book by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger that was published by HarperCollins last year. At the same time, the producers have a rights agreement with Burton’s estate, and a pledge of cooperation from his widow, Sally Hay Burton, to make his library available as a resource. The filmmakers have also reached out to the estate of Taylor with the same hopes. A screenwriter will be hired shortly.

I’m told that Paramount made the book deal as other parties pursued the book, with other suitors including Oscar-winning Black Swan star Natalie Portman and The King’s Speech Oscar-winning scribe David Seidler. All this for a book that got 100 passes when initially shopped for a movie deal by the author’s reps, Justin Manask and David Kuhn. Film interest in the book — for which Taylor made available many of the love letters Burton wrote to her over the years — grew when Taylor passed away in March and reports focused on the relationship between Taylor and Burton. Read More »

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Craig Gillespie Set To Direct ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’

Mike Fleming

Lionsgate has made it official. Craig Gillespie has been set to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the movie adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel that mixes the 1813 Jane Austen classic with a legion of bloodthirsty zombies. Gillespie, who directed the critically acclaimed art house film Lars and the Real Girl, most recently directed the Fright Night remake that stars Colin Farrell. Deadline told you that Gillespie was the front-runner in early February and that he would be getting the gig earlier this month. This has been one of the hotter genre titles around, and the hope here is that this takes care of the film’s commitment issues and that Lionsgate has found the filmmaker who’ll make the movie. David O. Russell had been attached to the project, and turned in a script that everybody likes before dropping out. He was replaced by Mike White, who dropped out in January, citing commitments to an HBO pilot. Natalie Portman is producing through her handsomecharlie shingle with Annette Savitch, who arranged for Darko Entertainment to acquire screen rights from Quirk Books. Darko’s Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm will also produce. UTA reps Gillespie.

“We are so excited to have Craig Gillespie on board this film,” said Alli Shearmur, Lionsgate president of Motion Picture Production. “His sensibility spans from genre-bending horror to elegant character-driven comedy, which is perfect for this movie.”

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Hot Trailer: ‘Hesher’

By | Wednesday April 13, 2011 @ 4:03pm PDT

The official trailer has been issued for Hesher, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman and Devon Brochu and opens May 13. The film was first seen at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and is one of the first releases from Wrekin Hill, the distributor formed last year by Newmarket’s Chris Ball.

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Fashion’s Red Carpet Oscars Scorecard

(Fashion writer Elizabeth Snead has been part of Deadline’s awards coverage)

The biggest loser at the 83rd Academy Awards was the international House of Dior and their head designer John Galliano. He was widely assumed by fashion industry Red Carpet watchers to have locked in Natalie Portman since she is the new and very-highly-paid brand ambassador for Miss Dior Cherie fragrance. But she has yet to wear a single Dior dress all awards season, choosing smaller names like Viktor and Rolfe and Azzaro to the shows. But Portman once again snubbed the beleaguered Dior designer who was suspended  this week by the House after accusations he made drunken anti-Semitic remarks aimed at a couple in a Paris café. Instead of Galliano couture, Portman turned up in a design by Rodarte, a line belonging to two Pasadena-based sisters — Kate and Laura Mulleavy — who also designed her Black Swan tutus. Also missing in action from the Red Carpet were designs by Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford making his big womenswear comeback (though Justin Timberlake and Colin Firth wore Ford’s tuxedos). Here’s a rundown of who wore whom:

Mila Kunis in an Elie Saab pale lavender chiffon gown with delicate lace on the bodice.

Hailee Steinfeld in a tea-length tulle Marchesa dress covered in delicate crystals with a diamond-and-platinum Fred Leighton headband.

Sandra Bullock in a strapless Vera Wang red gown.

Helen Mirren in British designer Vivienne Westwood’s gunmetal gray gown.

Helena Bonham Carter in a black velvet gown by Alice Read More »

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OSCARS: Nervous Anticipation To The End

Pete Hammond

There’s no question this was Hollywood’s biggest week of the year. But now it’s all coming to a close tonight — and not a moment too soon for a lot of nominees at the end of a looooong campaign trail. “Thank God,”  said The King’s Speech’s 73-year-old screenwriter David Seidler when I asked him Saturday night at The Weinstein Co bash at Soho House how he felt about nearing the end. After tonight, he plans to spend a month fishing. At the same party I caught up with the ultimate class act, Colin Firth, who between last year’s A Single Man and this year’s The King’s Speech has been on the awards circuit for the better part of two seasons. I asked him about being heavily favored to take Best Actor, and he replied, “I’m told I am”. He’s next making lighter fare: a Coen Brothers-penned version of the 1966 movie Gambit that starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. He said the film, to be directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station), is not a remake and that there’s barely a line of dialogue in common between the two films. Cameron Diaz will co-star. The Weinstein party filled up fast and brought out the entire King’s Speech crowd except for Geoffrey Rush who was on stage in New York for Diary Of A Madman but will be at tonight’s Oscars.

At a Society Of Lyricists And Composers reception Saturday afternoon, many-times nominated and Inception Best Music Score nominee Hans Zimmer told me he’s been too … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Thor’

Mike Fleming

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios have issued a new trailer for Thor. It plays up the presence of Oscar front runner Natalie Portman, creates a more cohesive context Thor than an earlier teaser. It even gives Chris Hemsworth the opportunity to show off the six-pack. The Kenneth Branagh-directed film opens May 6.

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OSCAR: Closest Races Down To The Wire

Pete Hammond

Get those ballots in, stragglers. Forget that many professional pundits and even casual observers of this year’s Oscar race have already called it. (…The King’s Speech wins Best Picture… Best Actor for Colin Firth… Natalie Portman gets Best Actress… The Fighter‘s Christian Bale and Melissa Leo win supporting… The Social Network‘s David Fincher picks up Director… and Aaron Sorkin snags Adapted Screenplay…) But if these are such sure shots, then why are people seemingly  getting so nervous? Ballots are due Tuesday at 5 PM at the offices of PriceWaterhouseCoopers  in downtown Los Angeles. With Monday a postal holiday due to President’s Day, the only way a vote will count now is if it is walked into the accountants before the deadline. Usually a few hundred are. By my informal surveys, a surprising number of  voters waited until the last minute to mail in their ballots. Those who didn’t perhaps thought their vote wouldn’t matter in a race that looks like it’s going to be a King’s ransom. But consultants working with The King’s Speech say they are taking nothing for granted. Which is why director and DGA winner Tom Hooper is across town tonight at the Cinema Audio Society Awards to present a special honor to DGA president Taylor Hackford.

The fact is, based on ever-shifting momentum and my own voter conversations this week, some of those last-minute votes could make a difference in several close races. The campaigns seem to realize this: that’s why the usually slow final days of balloting … Read More »

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BAFTA Awards Tip Hat To Harvey Weinstein

Overall, tonight’s BAFTA awards show — known as “the British Oscars” – was marred by human errors and technical flubs. But the winners didn’t care. I counted 7 name-checks for Harvey Weinstein during the evening. In fact, pretty much every time one of The King’s Speech’s 7 award winners thanked the British academy, they thanked The Weinstein Company brother. A visibly emotional Colin Firth, accepting his second straight Best Actor statuette, referred to “the unstoppable Harvey”. Winning The King’s Speech screenwriter David Seidler said: “Harvey, I guess you’re not British but you’ve made and distributed so many British films we owe you an honorary tally-ho.” Presenter Jessica Alba, referring to Geoffrey Rush not being on hand to accept his Best Supporting Actor award, said that Harvey would give it to him. Helena Bonham Carter, accepting her Best Supporting Actress award, called Harvey her “nominations godfather”. Even emcee TV chat show host Jonathan Ross, admonishing everyone to turn off their cell phones, worked in a reference to the man: “I can see that Harvey Weinstein is gagging for a tweet.”

In Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House tonight, Inception won 3 technical awards for Sound, Production Design, and Special Visual Effects which prompted one VFX designer to pay homage to the film’s writer/director Christopher Nolan: “I spent 3 weeks in Chris Nolan’s garage visualising this film, which wasn’t hard because Chris had done all the work.” The Social Network also received 3 BAFTAs, including a surprise Best Director for David Fincher. But … Read More »

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2011 BAFTA Winners: ‘The King’s Speech’ Sweeps 7 Awards Including Best Film; David Fincher, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter

Tonight Oscar favorite Colin Firth won a second consecutive Lead Actor BAFTA (the British Oscars) at this year’s awards ceremony held at the Royal Opera House in London. He won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts prize for his role in A Single Man last year and this time was honoured for playing George VI in The King’s Speech. The late Rod Steiger was the last star to win the best actor BAFTA two years’ running (for The Pawnbroker in 1967 and In The Heat Of The Night in 1968). The King’s Speech nearly swept with 7 awards (it had 14 nominations in all). The Social Network won 3 awards including Best Director for David Fincher. Black Swan won one award for Natalie Portman in Lead Actress. Inception won 3 awards, Alice In Wonderland capured 2 awards, and both True Grit and Toy Story 3 took 1 each. The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star award, voted by the public, went to actor Tom Hardy. Jonathan Ross hosted this year’s ceremony. Sir Christopher Lee was honoured with the British Academy’s prestigious Fellowship while the Harry Potter films was given BAFTA’s Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema:

2011 BAFTA WINNERS (keep refreshing for updates)


THE KING’S SPEECH – Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin


COLIN FIRTH – The King’s Speech




THE SOCIAL NETWORK – David Fincher… Read More »

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OSCAR: Hammond Polls Academy Voters

Pete Hammond

With ballots out and not due back until 5 PM on February 22nd, I decided to talk to a sampling of Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voters directly to see how they’re picking their winners. By doing this very unscientific survey in the past, I could gauge if an upset was coming. For instance, in 1992, I found that voters I spoke with were almost unanimously choosing long shot Marisa Tomei. Bingo. I won the Oscar pool with that prediction. In 2005, I found an overwhelming surge for Crash among all but one voter I canvassed. Similarly, just days before the 2007 Oscars, I found a groundswell of support for Marion Cotillard. For this Oscar year, I conducted my informal poll by phone or in person. So here are my findings to date: I am picking up some interesting trends. Not just the expected strong support for The King’s Speech (it’s real), but also a surprising amount of backing for The Fighter. It has been the most mentioned movie after The Social Network and could figure significantly by drawing mostly first- and second-place votes. The Social Network also drew many mentions. Although some of the people I spoke with have already cast their ballots, most have not (at least when I talked to them). Members are supposed to be discreet about revealing their voting, but many were generous in sharing their thought process at this point as long as they remain anonymous.

Here are some snapshots from the conversations:

Golden Globe-winning producer/director/actor: “I am … Read More »

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‘No Strings Attached’ Reverses Recent Row Of Rom-Com Flop Openers: Possible $20.3M

SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM: Rentrak is having system issues so box office will be a bit late today. But Paramount was so worried about its No Strings Attached being a stinker that the studio didn’t even bother to give me a pre-release briefing. I don’t necessarily blame them: any movie starring Ashton Kutcher is probably a bomb since his last one — PG-13 Killers with Katherine Heigl — opened to only $15.8M for Lionsgate. And rom-coms, especially sexy R-rated ones (Ed Zwick’s Love And Other Drugs which opened to only $9.7M for Fox with Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal) have been stillborn at the North American box office with this caliber of star. But No Strings Attached surprised at the box office, not only coming in No. 1 but with a decent $20.3M. Exit polls showed 70% of the audience was female, meaning it should be the least affected by football on Sunday. As for CinemaScore,  40% of those aged under 25 gave the film an “A-” while 60% over 25 scored it a “B”. 

This $25 million-cost movie started out as a Black List script titled Fuckbuddies and written by Elizabeth Merriwether. Natalie Portman came on board as a producer and star for Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock’s The Montecito Picture Company, which co-financed in partnership with Coldspring and Paramount’s usual partner Spyglass Entertainment.

Natalie is hot after her Oscar-worthy transformative performance in Black Swan and now finds herself with 2 movies in this weekend’s Top 6. And perhaps risking overexposure because of her new pics opening in January, February, April, and May. Anyway, the pic took advantage of being the only wide opening this weekend and may hang on for $20M. (Remember, it took Ron Howard’s Dilemma starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James 4 days to even make that over the MLK long holiday.) The film had been tracking strong with 20-year-old females whom Paramount pursued aggresively not with traditional newspaper ads but instead with a big Facebook push of a sexy Red Band trailer. Meanwhile, Sony’s The Green Hornet 3D and Universal’s aforementioned Dilemma look to drop more than -35% each this weekend. Here’s the Top 10:

1. No Strings Attached (Paramount) NEW [3,018 Theaters]
Friday $7.3M, Saturday $8.2M, Weekend $20.3M

2. The Green Hornet 3D (Sony) Week 2 [3,584 Theaters]
Friday $5.1M, Saturday $8.7M, Weekend $18.1M (-31%), Cume $63.4M

3. The Dilemma (Universal) Week 2 [2,943 Theaters]
Friday $3M, Saturday $4.5M, Weekend $9.9M (-33%), Cume $33.5M

4. The King’s Speech (Weinstein Co) Week 9 [1,680 Theaters]
Friday $2.1M, Saturday $3.9M, Weekend $9.1M, Cume $58.6M
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Golden Globes Winners List: ‘The Social Network,’ Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, David Fincher…

Ricky Gervais Assesses His Golden Globes Performance
Check out Nikki’s live-snarking from the event…
And here are the night’s big winners:

The Social Network

The Kids Are All Right

Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Natalie Portman – The Black Swan

Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right

Paul Giamatti – Barney’s Version

Toy Story 3

In A Better World (Denmark)

Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Christian Bale – The Fighter

David Fincher – The Social Network

Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – The Social Network

“You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” – Burlesque


Boardwalk Empire


Katey Sagal – Sons Of Anarchy

Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire 

Laura Linney – The Big C

Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory


Claire Danes – Temple Grandin

Al Pacino – You Don’t Know Jack

Jane Lynch – Glee

Chris Colfer – Glee

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Fashion Industry Targets Golden Globes

(Freelance journalist Elizabeth Snead is part of Deadline’s awards season coverage)

MONDAY: Here’s who wore whom at the Golden Globes last night:

Natalie Portman
Viktor and Rolf gown Tiffany & Co. jewelry, Dior clutch, Stella McCartney shoes

Scarlett Johansson
Elie Saab gown, Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, Jimmy Choo heels

Tina Fey
L’Wren Scott gown, Swarovski clutch, Jimmy Choo shoes

Jennifer Lopez
Zuhair Murad gown, Swarovski clutch, Harry Winston jewelry

Carrie Underwood
Badgley Mischka gown, Swarovski clutch

Catherine Zeta-Jones
Monique Lhuillier, Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry

Justin Bieber
Dolce & Gabanna tux

Sofia Vergara
Vera Wang gown, David Webb jewelry

Leighton Meester
Burberry Prosum gown Jimmy Choo shoes, Louis Vuitton clutch, Cathy Waterman jewels

Jane Fonda
George Hobeika

Nicole Kidman
Prada gown, Pierre Hardy shoes, Fred Leighton jewels, Roger Vivier clutch

Mandy Moore
Monique Lhuillier gown, Chopard jewelry, Jimmy Choo bag and Brian Atwood shoes

Lea Michele
Oscar de la Renta gown

Jennifer Lawrence
Louis Vuitton gown, Chopard jewelry, Roger Vivier heels, Judith Leiber clutch

Olivia Wilde
Marchesa gown, Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Eva Longoria
Zac Posen gown

Elisabeth Moss
Donna Karan gown, Lorraine Schwartz jewels, Judith Leiber bag, Jimmy Choo shoes

Diana Agron
J. Mendel gown, Cathy Waterman jewels

Julie Bowen
Tadashi Shoji gown

Jane Lynch
Ali Rahimi gown, Swarovski clutch

Claire Danes
Calvin Klein gown, Van Cleef & Arpel jewelry

Emma Stone
Calvin Klein gown, Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry

Amy Adams
Marchesa gown, Cartier jewelry

Halle Berry
Nina Ricci gown

Kyra Sedgwick
Emilio Pucci gown, VBH clutch, Casadei shoes

Anne Hathaway
Armani Prive gown, Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry

Hailee Steinfeld
Prabal Gurung gown

Michelle Williams
Valentino gown, vintage Fred Leighton jewelry, Christian Louboutin heels

Christina Hendricks
Romona Keveza gown, jewels by Chopard

Angelina Jolie
Versace gown, Robert Procop jewelry

Megan Fox
Armani Prive gown

January Jones
Versace gown

Sandra Bullock
Jenny Packham gown

Christina Aguilera
Zuhair Murad gown, Christian Louboutin shoes, Valentino bag

SUNDAY AM: When it comes to putting on a fashion show, the Golden Globes red carpet is well-timed for spring designs since the Fall 2011 designer runways shows don’t take place until early February, just in time for the more important Oscars. According to my sources, many top stylists have been pulling light pink, coral, and peach gowns, right in step with the spring color trends. Other Spring 2011 trends you’ll see today include bold colors, pajama dressing, lingerie looks, floral prints, unstructured peasant dresses, sheer diaphanous gauze and chiffon, multi-slit skirts, mid-calf hemlines, and flowing evening jumpsuits (circa 1970s Halston). Top designers who may be showcased at the Globes include Alexander McQueen, Derek Lam, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Elie Saab, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Alberta Ferretti, and Roberto Cavalli. Natalie Portman in the past has worn designs by Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, J. Mendel, Chanel, and Givenchy. But this season the nominated Black Swan star has become a Dior brand ambassador. But the Rodarte sisters, Laura and Kate Mulleavy, designed Natalie’s pink Oscar gown last year and made those stunning Black Swan tutus. The fashion industry faces challenges dressing other pregnant actresses including Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Connelly, and Kate Hudson.

Rabbit Hole star Nicole Kidman will probably wear old world couture — Chanel, Prada, Balenciaga — usually supplied (sometimes even designed) by her longtime stylist L’Wren Scott. She did a peach satin ‘30s inspired Nina Ricci gown in 2010. Winter’s Bone ingénue Jennifer Lawrence is being styled by Estee Stanley. Angelina Jolie (The Tourist) is working with her longtime stylist Jennifer Rade and will probably do something neutral, long, and slit, from Atelier Versace. Stylist Rachel Zoe is advising Love And Other Drugs nominee Anne Hathaway who usually favors classic gowns from Valentino, Nina Ricci, Armani, Valentino, Marchesa, Prada, and vintage Halston. Scarlett Johansson will present at the Globes and, since her Moet & Chandon ads have just hit the web, will probably don another LVMH-associated luxury brand such as Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, or Donna Karan.

No coincidence that Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman (Harvey Weinstein’s wife) has been in town all week getting her clients ready. Paris-based designer Elie Saab is working closely with Frankie And Alice actress Halle Berry and The Big C star Laura Linney. Designer Carolina Herrera has dressed The Fighter nominee Amy Adams three times for Oscar’s Red Carpet and she wore Herrera’s forest green maternity dress to the 2010 Globes. And Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) actually modelled in her pal Tom Ford’s recent comeback womenswear NYC fashion show so no secret whom she’ll be wearing. Always avant-garbed Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech) could wear favorite Vivienne Westwood again (the British designer did Helena’s disheveled outfit for the Royal premiere of Alice in Wonderland.)

The fashion industry always targets young Size 2 newcomers to the Red Carpet scene. Emma Stone has worn Read More »

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Behind The Scenes Of AFI & CCMA Awards

Pete Hammond

Awards season came to the masses as Friday night’s 16th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards was broadcast live on VH1, becoming the first movie kudos show of the year to hit the airwaves. It was a loose, sometimes hip, sometimes flip, telecast that if recent tradition is any indicator may provide a clearer picture  of what might happen February 27th. As one prominent entertainment reporter remarked, “This looks like it might be the Oscars.” Maybe. The CCMA’s have matched the Academy on Best Picture nine out of 15 times including the last four years in a row. Is it going to be five in a row? I’m told the Broadcast Critics’ voting was actually very close between The Social Network and The King’s Speech for the big prize, an indication this Oscar race is still fluid. Sony’s The Social Network grabbed four awards including Best Director for an absent David Fincher, Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin (who quipped, “Seven years ago Mark Zuckerberg registered the Facebook domain name, and I’m sure this movie is just what he had in mind”), and Trent Reznor’s score plus the all-important Best Picture which Jane Fonda presented at show’s end. It was fairly predictable as most critics groups have done the same thing this year. Still, these results further solidify The Social Network’s increasing frontrunner status but it’s still early.

Warner Bros’ Inception actually led the list with 6 awards but all with the exception of Best Action Movie were technical … Read More »

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Critics’ Choice Awards Spread The Gold: ‘Social Network’, Fincher, Firth, Portman

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. Nominees for 2010 film releases were selected by written ballots in a week-long voting period and announced on December 13th, 2010. Winners were revealed at the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony tonight at the Hollywood Palladium broadcast live on VH1 Television Network. Each year, special awards are given out at the discretion of the BFCA Board of Directors:

The Social Network

Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Christian Bale – The Fighter

Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

The Fighter

David Fincher, The Social Network

The King’s Speech

The Social Network

Toy Story 3


Easy A

The Pacific

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Waiting for ‘Superman’

“If I Rise” 127 Hours

The Social Network – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross




Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland



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