Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, and Daniel Radcliffe are a handful the latest stars to sign on for surprising new roles. Emile Hirsch has been cast as the late comedian John Belushi, while Sigourney Weaver and Noomi Rapace have scored parts in upcoming sci-fi films. Welcome to another wonderful week full of promising casting news! Click through to see all the latest tidbits from Hollywood.
The 2013 Global Citizen Festival in NYC's Central Park brought big-name celebrities and musicians to the Big Apple on Saturday. In its second year, the event drew 60,000 fans to the park for a concert with a cause — to end extreme poverty around the world. Artists like Alicia Keys, John Mayer, U2, Stevie Wonder, and Kings of Leon took the stage to perform, while celebrities like Katie Holmes, Gerard Butler, and Olivia Wilde and fiancé Jason Sudeikis were on hand to talk about the cause and warm up the crowd. During the show, Alicia dedicated her song “Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart” to “all the children of the world who might have to sleep with a broken heart," later saying, "I'm here to make a statement." See all the stars at Central Park's special event.
Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner gathered celebrities from New York to LA to Washington DC. There were plenty of ladies decked out in their red carpet finest, including Katy Perry in Giambattista Valli, Kerry Washington in Wes Gordon, Kate Mara in white Prada, and more. Amy Poehler also went for white, choosing a dress from Basler. Nashville's Connie Britton wore a bright blue Temperley London number, while costar Hayden Panettiere picked a yellow Katharine Kidd gown. Purple was a popular choice for Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Dolce & Gabbana dress. and Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery in Elie Saab. Claire Danes went with baby blue Prada to hit the dinner with husband Hugh Dancy — see all the White House Correspondents Dinner fashions!
Plenty of guys turned out too — Modern Family's Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet, Matthew Perry, and Scandal's Tony Goldwyn were among those who stepped out to hear jokes from host Conan O'Brien. We were on the scene at the big dinner and have rounded up highlights from the 2013 Correspondents Dinner.
The Vanity Fair Oscars party took place at the Sunset Tower in LA last night. The bash is one of the most exclusive events of the evening and always brings out an A-list guest list. Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence, and Anne Hathaway all dropped by the event after picking up their Oscars at the big show. Jennifer changed out of her strapless Dior gown and into a slinky Calvin Klein frock, while Anne opted to switch into a blue Saint Laurent number after her best supporting actress win. Anne even had a cute run-in with friend Sarah Silverman, whom she gave a hand-kiss to on the red carpet. Earlier in the evening, Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom were photo-bombed upon arrival by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Reese Witherspoon left the Oscars to make an appearance at the party. Bono brought daughter Eve Hewson, and Gerard Butler buddied up with Jason Statham.
The Vanity Fair bash isn't the only post-Oscars event that went on last night. Elton John held a star-studded viewing party for his AIDS Foundation, and the Governors Ball was another stop on the A-list's party-hopping trail.
Sarah Jessica Parker joined Gerard Butler in Oslo, Norway this morning at a press conference for the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. SJP and Gerard are cohosts of this year's star-studded celebration, and they were joined today by fellow stars Jennifer Hudson, Seal, and Ne-Yo. The concert will bring the Nobel festivities to a close, after presidents from the EU's three main institutions were honored with the Nobel Peace Prize Monday.
SJP and Gerard Butler headed to Norway for the annual concert after keeping busy schedules stateside. Sarah Jessica Parker joined Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber at the New 42nd Street Gala in NYC last week, while Gerard has been busy promoting his new film, Playing For Keeps, in which he stars alongside Jessica Biel. In a recent interview, Gerard gushed about working with Jessica, but audiences weren't thrilled with their finished product — the movie tanked at the box office last weekend with only $6 million in ticket sales.
Jessica Biel donned a long Versace gown on the red carpet at last night's NYC premiere of Playing For Keeps. She posed for photos solo, as did her costars in the film Gerard Butler and Uma Thurman. Later, though, Jessica had the company of her husband, Justin Timberlake. Jess changed into a hot mint-green Nina Ricci dress to hit the afterparty at the Dream Downtown with JT on her arm.
Jessica and Justin have spent quite a bit of time in NYC since their Italian wedding back in October. She's done double promotional duty with two films out this season, Playing For Keeps and Hitchcock. In one interview, she opened up about the joys of life when you're married to a guy who can cook. Jessica Biel told Elle, "He bakes pies. He's Southern, so he's got all this influence from his grandma. He does a three-layer pie . . . and blueberry crunch cake, which is pretty unbelievable. It doesn't happen all that often, thank god. Otherwise, it would be a big problem."
I'd love to tell you the full star-studded cast of Movie 43 but I'm afraid we'd be here all day. The trailer for off-the-wall comedy includes Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Anna Faris, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Pratt, Chloe Moretz, Justin Long, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The film is a collection of 25 different stories, and as far as I can tell, the only common theme is stars behaving badly. Halle Berry blows out the candles on a blind kid's birthday cake, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber bully their teenager, and Gerard Butler is a leprechaun.
A handful of bloated comedies have proven that the megaensemble is a tricky beast, but this has me wondering if the formula might actually work this time. It could be amazing, or it could be an epic fail. The movie opens Jan. 25, and you can watch the NSFW red-band trailer after the jump.
Jay Moriarty was a famous surfer who was sadly killed in an accident when he was just 22 years old. You'd never get wind of that tragedy in the trailer for Chasing Mavericks, which is based on his life as a teenager and his rise to surfing stardom. Determined to ride a gargantuan wave at Mavericks (off the coast of Northern California), Jay (Jonny Weston) is taken under the tutelage of veteran surfer Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler). Though Frosty is initially reluctant to take a kid under his wing, he's soon got Jay practicing holding his breath and diving into treacherous waters.
Gerard Butler doesn't typically take on softer films, and I was pleasantly surprised to watch his onscreen relationship with Weston evolve into a father/son bond. Seeing Jay train to overcome bullies, sharks, and the like all feels a bit familiar, but aren't we all suckers for inspirational sports movies? The movie hits theaters on Oct. 26, and you can watch the trailer after the jump.
The stars came out to celebrate during the Cannes Film Festival in France yesterday. Gerard Butler, Adrien Brody, and Karolina Kurková were just a few of the guests at IWC and Finch's Quarterly Review filmmakers dinner, which was held at the Hotel Du Cap. Model Karolina — who tweeted of the event, "What a night!" — and Petra Nemcová got together for a playful photo, while Gerard met up with pals Robert De Niro, Ewan McGregor, and Adrien. Petra's boyfriend, Sean Penn, wasn't by her side for this bash, though they were together for the Haiti: Carnival in Cannes event. There's been so much excitement at Cannes so far, but there's even more to come, as both Brad Pitt and Kristen Stewart are still expected to hit the red carpet this week.
Michelle Williams clutched her best actress in a comedy or musical Golden Globe for My Week With Marilyn en route to the Weinstein Company's afterparty last night. She posed on the carpet withouth her best friend and date, Busy Philipps. The girls met up inside, though, and Busy later tweeted her happiness for Michelle. Busy wrote, "That was genuinely one of the most fun nights ever. So incredibly proud of my best friend!" Harvey Weinstein got shout-outs in mutiple acceptance speeches last night, being alternatively referred to as "the punisher," or in a memorable quip from Meryl Streep, as "God." Meryl was another winner who turned out for the company's event. She took home the best actress in a drama honor for The Iron Lady.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who's a close friend of Harvey's, caught up with his wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman. Jason Statham, Rosie's boyfriend, was also there to share champagne with guys like Rob Lowe, Alexander Skarsgard, and Gerard Butler. Lots of stars and friends-of-the-famous rolled through the bash, including Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and a Beverly Hills housewife. Nominees like Octavia Spencer, Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern, and winner Kelsey Grammer also stopped by — click through to see all the pictures!