2010 Archived Posts:
11/8/10 :: Fashion, philanthropy, and more...
Here's what I've been up to the last couple weeks:
* DSQUARED2's Canine Couture Luncheon debuted Dean & Dan Caten's new collection of leash and dog collars--with proceeds benefiting Much Love Animal Rescue. Dita von Teese, Paris Hilton, and Anjelica Huston were among those who brought along their four legged best friends for some pet-friendly fun. Click here to watch my video interviews with the group.
* The Decades Denim launch party unveiled the highly-anticipated collection's eleven chic styles. Ashlee Simpson, Rose McGowan, and Radha Mitchell helped (vintage connoisseur turned creative director) Cameron Silver celebrate his new line in style. Also on hand--Lake Bell & Jennifer Morrison favored the Angelique skinny jeans while Rachel Griffiths & Community's Gillian Jacobs fell in love with the Martha legging. The designer denim is available at a reasonable price point of $99-$129. (I personally love the line for its simple, clean aesthetic.) Check out the collection... and my coverage of the event online.... with more to come in an upcoming issue of InStyle Magazine.
* amfAR's Inspiration Gala took place at the legendary Chateau Marmont with the goal of raising money for ongoing AIDS research. Kylie Minogue hosted for the evening. Sharon Stone lead the live auction. And Courtney Love performed acoustic versions of Madonna's Like A Prayer and Lady Gaga's Bad Romance. Click here to watch my video coverage from the night.
* Glamour's Reel Moments screened their latest short flicks in Hollywood. Previous years have featured the directorial debuts of Demi Moore, Courteney Cox, and Kate Hudson. This year didn't disappoint. Jessica Biel and Eva Mendes embraced the opportunity to step behind the camera. Click here to watch my video interviews with both women.
10/25/10 :: Another New Feature...
I have a new piece in InStyle's November issue (with Rachel McAdams on the cover).
Each year, producer Jennifer Klein opens her home for the "Day of Indulgence," where celebs get to eat, shop, and be pampered. This year, the event attracted Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Banks, and Ginnifer Goodwin. Click here to check it out.
In other news, I've been holding out on you. It's been such a busy month that I haven't had time to update. Here are a few other highlights:
* Variety celebrated the "Power of Women" with a luncheon honoring Katie Holmes, Eva Mendes, and Jennifer Garner at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
9/27/10 :: On Newsstands Now...
I have two pieces in InStyle's new October issue (with Katherine Heigl on the cover). You can also check them out here.
The first feature is from the fashion mag's annual LA Soiree. It showcases the freshest faces in television/film as well as favorites like Kim Kardashian, Cat Deeley, and True Blood's Joe Manganiello. The group enjoyed an alfresco evening set poolside. Click here to read all about it.
The second feature is from the launch party for Neil Lane's new Kay Jewelers engagement ring collection. Ellen Degeneres, Ashlee Simpson, and Eva Longoria Parker were among those who flashed their personal bling on the carpet before viewing the new sparklers inside. Click here to take a look.
9/22/10 :: Vanessa Loves Weezer...
Last night, Weezer played an awesome show at the Axe Music One Night Only Concert. The band transformed Los Angeles' Dunes Inn Motel into a music venue fit for 500 diehard fans. Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo truly took over the space--no area was off limits. During the show, he ran upstairs--singing--through the VIP balcony; he sang on the bar, on the stairs, in the crowd... The group played a mix of old and new hits off their latest record. Hurley himself (Lost's Jorge Garcia--who appears on the album cover) attended and even joined the band on-stage for a song. Vanessa Hudgens, Mark Salling, and Khloe Kardashian were among the concertgoers. Before the show, Hudgens admitted, "I keep going, 'If you want to destroy my sweater!' It's stuck in the head!" Click here to watch my video interviews with everyone from the night.
Other recent video coverage:
9/9/10 :: SU2C, MTV, and Emmy Post-Coverage...
This weekend, Stand Up 2 Cancer and the MTV Video Music Awards are taking over your television screens. I'm attending both to bring you all the behind-the-scenes action. On Friday--Reese Witherspoon, Christina Applegate, Mandy Moore, Lance Armstrong, Laura Linney, and Sofia Vergara are among the stars expected to appear on SU2C's one hour fundraising benefit which will broadcast live and commercial free on all major networks (and even on some of the minors!). Donations can be made in advance by visiting su2c.com. On Sunday--tune into MTV's broadcast to see who (if anyone!) will top last year's Kayne/T-Swift moment. Katy Perry, Ashlee Greene, and Kim Kardashian are just a few of the presenters who will hand out moonmen to this year's potential winners--Lady Gaga, Eminem, Alicia Keys, etc. Come back for my coverage from both events.
In the meantime, check out some of my coverage from Emmy week...
The Entertainment Weekly/Women in Film pre-Emmy party brought out Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm, who shut the shindig down--leaving well past the soiree's official midnight end. The adorable Jayma Mays panicked when she realized she'd forgotten who designed her dress. "I'm going to have to start writing it on my phone, so I don't have this catastrophe again," she laughed, probably all too aware that a blank fashion ID wouldn't cut it on the big night. Cat Deeley also made a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance. Click here to check out more from the pre-party scene.
For Emmy day, my good friend Val Samson at Film Fashion was kind enough to lend me two dresses! I wore a long, flowing gown from Tadashi Shoji to the Emmy red carpet, then opted for a shorter David Meister number for the after-parties. Click here to check the dresses out.
Click here to check out coverage from the HBO Emmy after-party (and others). My fiance Michael Buckner took the lead shot of Claire Danes with the real-life Temple Grandin. Oh wait--did I forget to mention I got engaged last week?? Right. That happened too. :)
8/16/10 :: Torch Launch & Summer Soiree...
Those behind the new Blackberry Torch didn't hold back. Last week, they threw a star-studded launch party in honor of the new gadget. Christina Ricci, Lea Michele, and Drake were among the celebs who turned out at the LA bash. I was on hand to chat with everyone. Click here to watch my video interviews.
The next night, I headed to InStyle's 9th Annual Summer Soiree where Kim Kardashian, Cat Deeley, and Michelle Trachtenberg enjoyed the view from a mid-century Hollywood Hills home. True Blood's Joe Manganiello was among those who walked home with Oakley sunglasses after mingling with the mag's editors. Click here to check out my online 'round up. My coverage will also appear in an upcoming issue of the magazine. I'll be sure to link it up.
8/11/10 :: Playing Catch-Up: Brian Atwood, Neil Lane, Day of Indulgence, and more...
It's taken several weeks, but I finally have a scanned copy of my in book coverage from the Brian Atwood Dinner with InStyle. Click here to check out what Victoria Beckham, Eva Longoria Parker, and Anna Kendrick had to say. It's featured in InStyle's August issue on newsstands now!
Now let's play catch up on last (and this) month's highlights (so far):
The week of 7/19--I covered the launch party for Neil Lane's Kay Jeweler Collaboration held at Drai's Hollywood. Ellen Degeneres, Portia de Rossi, Ashlee Simpson, and Kristin Davis showed up to support the man behind Hollywood's biggest (and brightest) engagement rings. My piece will be appearing in InStyle's upcoming October issue. I'll be sure to put it online as well. Stay tuned.
The week of 7/26: I hit up the HFPA's Annual Installation Luncheon where celebrities handed out grants to non-profit art and film organizations. Nicole Kidman, Carla Gugino, and Matthew Fox were among the stars on hand. Click here to watch my video coverage of the afternoon affair.
Last week: I stopped by an Emmy Reception in Beverly Hills where nominees Kyra Sedgwick & Bryan Cranston got into the award season spirit. I spoke with both actors about their plans (and superstitions!) surrounding the big night. Click here to read my piece for TV Guide Magazine. I also attended a Lucky Magazine dinner where I spoke with Jessica Simpson about her September cover. That coverage will soon be appearing in WWD. Will link up the second it debuts.
This week: On Sunday, producer Jennifer Klein held her annual Day of Indulgence. Jennifer Garner, Amy Adams, and Debra Messing enjoyed massages and shopping with the likes of 1154 LILL Studio handbags, J Brand jeans, Susan Foster Fine Jewelry, and Caudalie Spa at the Plaza. Rose Byrne bought an assortment of Henri Bendel's classic rivet bangles while Kristen Bell nibbled on salads courtesy of Chop't. Click here to see my online coverage. Then, stay tuned for even more coverage in an upcoming InStyle issue.
Tomorrow, I'm off to a top secret party... Will give you all the details soon...
7/16/10 :: Bowling with the Stars...
Matt Leinart hosted his 4th Annual Celebrity Bowl with friends Kellan Lutz and Chris Bosh at Lucky Strikes in Hollywood. It's always nice to see people giving back. The event benefited the football star's self-titled foundation which aids underprivileged children in Southern California and Arizona by providing scholarships and grants to those in need. Click here to watch my video interviews with the group.
Bowling aside, ever wondered how celebs are in such great shape? Well keep guessing! But... I can share what songs they're working out to. Click here to learn what tunes keep Katy Perry, Kelly Rutherford, and Sophia Bush motiviated while exercising.
7/8/10 :: Maui Film Festival, Eclipse, & Such...
ALOHA! According to Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock, it means "hello and goodbye." That said, "aloha" seems like an appropriate greeting since it's been a while since I've said whatup to all of you... and since I've been struggling to say goodbye to Maui, my favorite vacation spot on earth.
Of course, it wasn't all surfing and no work. I recently covered (what I like to call) "heaven on earth" for the Maui Film Festival. Malin Akerman, Josh Radnor, and Justin Chambers screened their latest passion projects while Zac Efron received the festival's "Shining Star Award." Click here to watch my video interviews from Maui.
Upon touching down in LA, I hit the LOFT Style Studio where Kristen Bell, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and other stylish starlets previewed LOFT's fall collection. (Their jewelry and accessories were my favorite of their new offerings.) Click here to watch those video interviews.
From there, it was off to the Eclipse premiere where I caught up with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, and the whole gang, really. Per many fans' requests, I asked K-Stew about the mysterious necklace she's worn to each of the premieres. Where'd she find it? "Who knows?" she coyly said, before adding, "I just love it!" With that, she was on her way. More premiere coverage can be found on instyle.com. In the meantime, since people were kind enough to e-mail me personal snapshots from the afternoon, I've put together a little photo montage. Click here to check that out.
Most recently, I stopped by Enrique Iglesias' new album release party at MyHouse in Hollywood. There, I spoke with the singer who just released his first bilingual album. Click here to watch my video coverage from the night.
See? It hasn't been all play and no work! Then again, my late update has little to do with my recent workload. Truthfully, I'm between computers and in the midst of the great debate--to Dell or not to Dell? That is the question! (After 20+ years of loyalty, I'm leaning towards a MAC this time around!)
6/7/10 :: MTV Movie Awards...
Sandra Bullock, Scarlett Johansson, and Christina Aguilera hit the MTV Movie Awards yesterday. I went live from the red carpet... which consisted of a lot of quick Q&A's, Blackberry typing between said Q&A's, and a ton of shouting "Who are you wearing?" as the biggest celebs ran by. Lindsay Lohan worked a sparkly jumpsuit as she signed autographs for fans. "It's Pamella Roland," she said with a smile. Click here for more live coverage from the carpet.
6/4/10 :: Brian Atwood Dinner...
Victoria Beckham, Eva Longoria Parker, Kristin Davis, and friends gathered at Soho House West Hollywood for an evening honoring shoe designer Brian Atwood. The party, thrown by InStyle & CFDA, featured well heeled attendees who, naturally, wore Atwood's signature Maniac pumps.
Here are some quick hits from the party:
Keep an eye out for my full coverage, which appears in an upcoming issue of InStyle.
5/20/10 :: InStyle's June Issue...
Yes, Salma Hayek is hot... but that's not the only reason you should pick up the latest issue of InStyle.
On newsstands now, the June 2010 issue features my piece from the Missoni Beverly Hills Boutique Opening. Eva Mendes, Joy Bryant, and Nicole Richie turned out for cocktail hour and a four-course dinner in celebration of the label's new store. At the evening's end, celebrity photographer Mario Testino encouraged all Missoni clad women to pose for a group shot, which he snapped with Rachel Zoe's personal point-and-shoot camera. Want to read more?
5/12/10 :: Giving Big...
Despite the current economic climate, Hollywood is still giving back... and big!
Last Monday, George Lopez held a Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit his charitable efforts for underprivileged children and adults. His organization, The Ann & George Lopez Foundation, also hopes to raise awareness of kidney disease and organ donation, something the Lopez's dealt with firsthand. Actors like Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, and Hilary Duff participated in the event. Click here to learn more and watch my video interviews from the event.
On Friday, the 17th Annual Race to Erase MS drew some of it's loyalist supporters. Paris Hilton, Anne Heche, Avril Lavigne, and Tom Arnold were among the stars who helped raise $2 million for muscular sclerosis research. Ali Landry participated in the gala's traditional celebrity fashion show which featured Tommy Hilfiger's spring 2010 collection. Her two-year-old daughter enjoyed her runway debut in a color coordinated outfit. (So cute!) Meanwhile, the Hilton's made it a family affair, though they sat at different tables. During the live auction, Kathy waved to daughter Paris from across the room. Handlers mistakenly thought she was raising her hand to bid on a trip to Italy. (She wasn't. Oops.) She did, however, bid (and win!) a yacht trip to the US Virgin Islands for $46,000. Click here to watch my video coverage from the night.
I also wrote a piece on the Race to Erase MS for WWD. Click here to read my print coverage from the philanthropic affair. (The piece also appeared on their website. Click here to take a look.)
4/30/10 :: Iron Man, Dior, Chris Benz...
Not a bad week...
On Monday, I hit up the Iron Man 2 Premiere where Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Gwyneth Paltrow all stopped on the red carpet to talk shop. I'm not usually one for superhero films, but I adored the first film. Paltrow admitted she hadn't yet seen the sequel, so she wasn't sure how it turned out. Fingers crossed that it lives up to everyone's expectations. I can't wait to see it! In the meantime, click here to watch my video interviews from their world premiere.
The following night, Charlize Theron gathered a few famous (and fashionable!) friends for a dinner with Dior in honor of her Africa Outreach Project. "This year, coinciding with the World Cup, we’re focusing on bringing soccer and sports facilities to these rural communities," she said of her organization's philanthropic efforts. "Whether you’re going to be David Beckham or not, these are elements that you carry through life in anything that you do." Guests Jeremy Renner, Nicole Richie, and Marley Shelton all joined her for the highly private affair held at WeHo's Soho House.
Last night, I hit up Chris Benz's Springtime Cocktail Party at interior designer Nathan Turner's quaint West Hollywood boutique. Benz, a NYC based designer, used the evening as an opportunity to reveal his Fall 2010 collection to the west coast. Mannequins, dressed in the gorgeous attire, greeted guests immediately upon arrival. (Many of the pieces featured traditional Scottish tartans, colorful furs, and rhinestone embellishments. Click here to take a look at my personal favorite pieces from the collection.)
4/24/10 :: InStyle's May Issue...
As promised, I'm linking up my latest InStyle pieces. On newsstands now, the May 2010 issue features my coverage from the Elton John Oscar Party, where I caught up with the likes of Victoria Beckham, Salma Hayek, Chace Crawford, and Jennifer Hudson. Click here to take a look!
Also included in the issue? My piece on the Hollywood Dominoes Party, where Eva Longoria Parker, Aaron Eckhart, Camilla Belle, and James Marsden raised money for the children of Haiti. Click here to read up!
Pick up a copy today!
4/19/10 :: TV Guide at the GLAAD Awards...
Over the weekend, the gay and lesbian community rolled out the red carpet for their 21st Annual GLAAD Awards in Los Angeles. The cast of Glee, Drew Barrymore, and Wanda Sykes were among the honorees while Adam Lambert performed two songs off his album, For Your Entertainment. While there, I chatted with several folks including:
Click on the links above to read each of my articles. Then, on the video front...
Last week, I hit up the Children Mending Hearts Gala where Ben Affleck raised money for a cause close to his heart. Click here to learn more and watch my video interviews from the event.
I also stopped by the TOD'S Boutique's Re-Opening Cocktail Party where Halle Berry, Kate Bosworth, Kate Beckinsale, and Gwen Stefani stopped by to fete the brand's creative director Derek Lam. Click here to watch my video interviews.
4/12/10 :: MCM Dinner for WWD...
This weekend, the fashion set were in handbag heaven when Flaunt Magazine founder Luis Barajas' opened his eclectic Hollywood Hills home for a private dinner honoring luxe handbag label MCM. Eva Mendes helped host the affair. Her first order of business? To show off the goods! "Can I get some ooh's and aw's, please?" she joked, as she posed with a black leather clutch. During cocktail hour, guests like Dita von Teese and Olivia Wilde had a chance to choose their own favorites upstairs in the library where MCM's spring/summer 2010 collection was on display. The fashionistas also signed the brand's signature cognac viseto trunk, which will later be auctioned off for children's charity Art of Elysium. Click here for my full coverage of the evening--currently featured on wwd.com and in tomorrow's paper.
4/7/10 :: White Collar's Second Season...
White Collar fans are in luck! The cast may not start filming until next week, but I've already got season two scoop. Matthew Bomer, Tom DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen, and Willie Garson all joined creator Jeff Eastin at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills for a panel discussion with fans. Before the Q&A got underway, I chatted with the group about last season's cliff hanger, the mysterious music box, and how they plan to work around Thiessen's real-life pregnancy. Click here to read more from White Collar's cast and crew.
4/5/10 :: Kids Choice & Wedding Scoops...
Just because the site's remained silent for the last couple weeks doesn't mean my world's been quiet. Where to begin?
A few weeks back, I attended a dinner in honor of Shopbop.com, my favorite site for shopping. (I once developed a bad Zac Posen habit via their store. Not sure if I should thank them for that.) Kristen Belll and Lauren Conrad were among the guests who celebrated the site's new spring lookbook over a three course Chateau Marmont meal. After the group talked shop(bop), they left with complimentary Kate Somerville facials and glossy coffee table books that featured designers like Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, and Chanel. So fun!
The next night, Missoni hosted a private party at their new Rodeo Drive boutique. Eva Mendes, Joy Bryant, and Nicole Richie enjoyed a girls night over cocktails and dinner. Most attendees were fitted in advance for the affair. However, Richie--the newly engaged, busy mother of two--pulled out a Missoni garb straight from her closet. The only outfit that wasn't on her mind? Her wedding gown! Click here to read more about that. And keep an eye out for my print coverage of the night, scheduled for the June issue of InStyle! I'll link it up once it comes out.
Soon after, the Kids Choice Awards rolled around. I couldn't believe it was my 6th year in attendance! (That's how I knew I was no longer a kid.) My how the pre-teens have grown! Selena Gomez, Miranda Cosgrove, Victoria Justice--they're practically women now! (Man, I sound like my grandmother. Speaking in old person tongue? Yep, no longer a kid!) Nickelodeon's orange carpet featured the usual suspects and a few new faces--Cory Monteith, Nikki Reed, and Katy Perry. I caught up with each before they went inside the auditorium. During arrivals, Perry looked perfectly put together in a dress by The Blonds, but that's not how she left. Click here to read more about the singer's on-stage sliming and the upcoming nuptial details she dished before the show.
Other recent outings? * A Ferrari auction where Patrick Dempsey, Jeremy Renner, and Malin Akerman enjoyed John Mayer's musical stylings at a private Beverly Hills mansion.* At an Adidas party for Snoop Dogg's new album, Ryan Phillipe & Lindsay Lohan hoped to catch a glimpse of the rapper in action--before the Hollywood fire marshall shut it down. * And a couple, top-secrets gigs of which I sadly can not speak.
3/15/10 :: TV Scoop & Stars...
Last week, I hit up FlashForward's PaleyFest panel in Beverly Hills where cast and crew discussed the show's future. John Cho, Joseph Fiennes, Gabrielle Union, and Dominic Monaghan dished on what we can expect for the remainder of the season. Click here to read more.
Over the weekend, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley hosted Muscle Milk's "Springbreakitdown.com" Launch Party. The Jersey Shore star admitted season two's rumored Miami destination hasn't been confirmed, but that she hopes it will be. Get it together MTV! You start shooting a month from now! Click here to watch my video interview with the reality starlet.
On Sunday, Kevin James teamed up with the Make A Wish Foundation to host a fun filled afternoon at the Santa Monica Pier. Adam Sandler, Anna Paquin, Mischa Barton, and Rosario Dawson were among the celebrities who treated a group of courageous children to an afternoon they'd never forget. Click here to watch my video coverage from the event.
3/9/10 :: Awards Season is Over...
The Oscars have come to an end and award season is officially passé. Check out my coverage from the last week:
On Wednesday, I hit up the Global Green USA Party where Leonardo DiCaprio brought along buddies Kevin Connolly and Lukas Haas for a guys night. The trio kept things low key--opting to hide out from atop the Avalon's balcony while performers Joel & Benji Madden hit the stage for an acoustic set. Click here to watch my video coverage.
"Hollywood Dominos" took over my Thursday evening at Beverly Hills' bar210. Demi Moore, Eva Longoria Parker, and Aaron Eckhart all provided moral support for competitors like Lydia Hearst and Brent Bolthouse. Rachel Zoe was also on hand and happily dished on Oscar dresses. (Click here to read more.) The evening benefited Artists for Peace & Justice's efforts in Haiti. My coverage of the night will be appear in an upcoming issue of InStyle Magazine.
From there, it was off to the Independent Spirit Awards in downtown Los Angeles. Jodie Foster, Maria Bello, Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska, and Maggie Gyllenhaal all celebrated the year's best in indie films. Between awards, guests relaxed in the Elle Green Room where White House/Black Market's "accessory bar" awaited them--cocktail rings, statement necklaces, clutches, and scarves from their spring collection were all up for grabs. Attendees also had the opportunity to pre-order KEDS' new collaboration with Alice & Olivia. The laceless, metallic sequined sneakers were popular among trendsetters like Twilight's Rachelle Lefevre. (The shoes will be available to the masses in May.) Click here for more coverage from backstage at the show.
Then... DRUM ROLL please... The Oscars arrived! At Elton John's annual AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing and after-party, I caught up with Victoria Beckham, Chace Crawford, Alan Cummings, and Jennifer Hudson for a piece that will appear in an upcoming issue of InStyle Magazine. I'll link that up once it goes to print. In the meantime, click here for online coverage from the big night.
2/19/10 :: New York Fashion Week...
While today may be my birthday, last week, I got the best gift when I traveled to my favorite city to cover my first New York Fashion Week. It was a lot of work, but I'm glad to have been a part of the final Bryant Park shows. (Next year, they're relocating to a new venue.)
Thursday kicked off the festivities with the BCBG Max Azria show where Michelle Williams (the singer, not the actress) admitted to being a "shoe whore." That night, I hit up The Heart Truth's Red Dress Fashion Show where Heidi Klum, Estelle, and Kristin Chenowith walked the runway to raise awareness for women's heart health. Click on the links to read more.
On Friday, I caught up with Malin Akerman, who arrived at Yigal Azrouel's show straight from a red eye flight. (She still managed to look stunning! And she did her own hair/make-up!) From there, it was off to the Nicole Miller show where Kelly Rutherford and Beth Ostrosky (Howard Stern's wife) discovered they wore the same white dress. "This is my Fashion Week moment," laughed Rutherford, who happily posed with her front row twinsy. Click here to read more about Day 2.
The Prabal Gurung show was an in demand ticket on Saturday, but, instead, I opted to check out Billy Elliot on Broadway. Thirteen-year-old Dayton Tavares is insanely talented. The show is a must-see. Great music, fantastic choreography. 'Nuff said.
Sunday, it was back to Bryant Park where I covered Rebecca Taylor, Herve Leger and Diane von Furnstenberg. Sophia Bush, Molly Sims, Shenae Grimes, Kristen Bell, and company were all on hand for the shows. Click here to read more.
Monday, I hit up my final three shows which included Donna Karan (with Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields), Tracy Resse (with Julia Stiles, Kristen Bell), and Carolina Herrera (who gushed about Rene Zellweger's style). Click here for full coverage.
I ended my trip with a quick stop at Armani's Fifth Avenue One Year Anniversary Party which also celebrated Martin Scorsese's new flick Shutter Island. The cast--including Leonardo DiCaprio, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Emily Mortimer--attended with special appearances by Bar Refaeli and Michelle Trachtenberg. Click on each link to read more!
Here are additional news pieces I gathered through out the week: Heidi Klum on her new maternity line and sense of style; Malin Akerman on participating in Naomi Campbell's Haiti benefit; Sophia Bush on her quick-changing Fashion Week tactics; and Rachel Zoe on her new QVC Collection.
For now, it's time to stop working and start celebrating. It is my birthday, after all. Don't worry. I'll be back soon with award season coverage.
2/10/10 :: Santa Barbara Film Festival...
Once the rain subsided, the sun (and stars!) came out to play at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Emily Blunt, Michael Stuhlbarg, Saoirse Ronan, and Carey Mulligan stepped out to accept the festival's Virtuoso Award at the Lobero Theatre. "We drove up today. I sat on the beach earlier and soaked up the sun. I hadn't been on a beach for like seven years," laughed Mulligan. Click here for more of my coverage of the night.
Next I'm hitting up New York Fashion Week. Not sure if I'll have time to update the site live, but I'll try to do so in a timely fashion. Check back soon for updates...
2/1/10 :: Grammy Weekend...
I'm insane. 3 hours of sleep and yet I'm up. What can I say? I'm still reeling from the Grammy Awards. Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson--what a turn out! Click here to check out some of my after-party coverage online. (The rest will appear in an upcoming issue of InStyle.)
Over the weekend, I stopped by the Pre-Grammy Gala's Salute to Icons with Clive Davis. There, I caught up with Matchbox20's Rob Thomas, Ciara, and newcomer Ke$ha. The group teased which TV shows they'd love to guest star on. Their choices caught me by surprise. Click here to read more!
I also spoke with American Idol's Kris Allen & Randy Jackson about the recent feuding rumors. Click here to read more about that and Simon Cowell's departure.
1/28/10 :: Unforgettable, in Every Way...
Each year, I look forward to the Entertainment Industry Foundation's "Unforgettable Evening." The night raises big bucks for the Women's Cancer Research Fund and is always spectacular. Last night, was no different. Tom Hanks played host to a crowd that included honorees Christina Applegate, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and performer Taylor Swift. Starpower aside, the highlight of the night was when Reese Witherspoon's daughters bid (and won!) a Smart Car during the live auction. (Her girls are far from the legal driving age, but it's good to be prepared in the name of a great cause.) Click here to watch my video interviews from last night.
1/26/10 :: SAG Awards & Haiti Relief...
The Grammy's are coming! The Grammy's are coming! But first...
On Saturday, I stopped by the SAG Awards for WWD. There, I spoke with Colin Firth, Christina Applegate, Mariska Hargitay (a first for me and a thrill since I'm an avid SVU fan!), Carey Mulligan, Edie Falco, and Jeremy Renner who admitted, "I'm here having a good time tonight. I have no idea what's going to happen tomorrow--let alone The Oscars. They seem so far away at this point." Glee's Dianna Agron also took in the moment. "I feel so glamorous--especially with the company that's around me. Kate Hudson and Sophia Loren just walked by. It's such a wide range of people that I admire." Check out all my coverage in today's WWD.
In the midst of award season, we can't forget what really counts. Everything else. Especially what's on the news these days. On Sunday, I covered a Haiti Relief Benefit at writer/director Paul Haggis' house. Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Charlize Theron, and Gerard Butler all turned out for the event which went on to raise 4.5 million dollars. My coverage is currently online and it will also appear in an upcoming issue of InStyle. Be sure to visit Artists for Peace & Justice's web site. They're doing great work on the ground level--providing emergency care and, eventually, rebuilding schools and hospitals. Give what you can. It all adds up.
Coming up soon? My coverage from The Grammy's. In the meantime, check out this item on Colbie Caillat's Badgley Mischka Grammy dress. She told me all about it, a couple weeks back, at The People's Choice Awards. Read up and stay tuned!
1/20/10 :: Award Shows & Such...
Friday night, I covered the Critic Choice Awards where Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds took home top honors for their work as an ensemble. Click here to watch my video coverage from the movie awards show.
That night, I covered the G'Day USA Black Tie Gala where Toni Collette and Simon Baker were honored for their contributions to television. There, I caught up with Robin Tunney--Baker's The Mentalist co-star--who gave me scoop on what fans can expect from upcoming episode. Click here to read up.
Finally, Sunday was--as most realize--The Golden Globes. Click here for my coverage of Fox's fantastic, yellow carpeted after-party with Colin Farrell, Zoe Saldana, and the cast of Glee.
1/15/10 :: TV News...
After a whirlwind week of TCA coverage, I hit The Diamond Information Center's Annual Awards Season Diamond Fashion Show Preview where I caught up with a number of television's leading ladies--including Natalie Zea. The Hung actress divulged she'll indeed be back next season for an episode or two. Click here to read more.
1/7/10 :: A Brand New Day...
While January is always a year of new beginnings, my first few months seem to revolve around last year's movies, TV shows, and performers. Only a few days in and it's already shaping up to be a busy award season. (Thank goodness. Don't think the poor economy has escaped my industry. We're *all* feeling it! I'm just trying to keep moving, like everyone else.)
Also, I'll admit it. I've been holding out on you, but I didn't realize it. I just discovered a lost Vegas video from The Hangover DVD Party in December. Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, and director Todd Phillips were all on hand to type up the Golden Globe nominated comedy (and one of my favorite films!). Click here to watch my video coverage.
As for events this year, Tuesday kicked off award season with the 21st Annual Palm Springs Film Festival. Mariah Carey, Helen Mirren, and Quentin Tarantino were among the honorees singled out for their work. Click here to watch my video interviews.
Yesterday, I hit the NAACP Image Award Nominations before heading to the People's Choice Awards. (Yes, it was a hectic day--but completely worth it.) Click here to read all about the early morning Image Award action. (There, I also chatted with Michael Strahan on the future of his Fox TV show Brothers. Click here to read all about it.)
At the People's Choice Awards, Taylor Swift chatted with surprise guest Johnny Depp backstage while Sandra Bullock celebrated her success with George Lopez who joked, "We're off to the ESPN Zone!" Click here for the full coverage on InStyle.com.
There's more to soon come. In the meantime, Happy New Year!! xx
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