Elijah Wood was among the dapper guys on the gray carpet at Saturday's Art of Elysium gala. He's a longtime supporter of the charity, having no problem turning out and talking to press on what was a very cold evening in LA. Elijah told us what he likes doing best when it's cold outside, and also revealed the one thing that's the most fun about his Hobbit gang being back together in director Peter Jackson's new trilogy.
An epic adventure began at last night's premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in NYC. The film's stars gathered at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Midtown for the event. Leading man Martin Freeman joined his costar Andy Serkis, who in real life doesn't look much like his character Gollum. Ian McKellen laughed with Richard Armitage and director Peter Jackson. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first in a trio of Hobbit films planned by Peter. Next up is The Hobbit: There and Back Again, which will feature Orlando Bloom and Benedict Cumberbatch.
This latest series follows on the heels of Peter's Lord of the Rings franchise. Also in attendance were former costars and members of the Lord of the Rings clan, Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood. Other guests who caught an early showing of the film included Chevy Chase, Terry O'Quinn, and Patrick Stewart. The Hobbit will open to the public when it hits theaters Dec. 14.
Thousands of fans came out in New Zealand today to celebrate the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Cate Blanchett was one of the stars that hit the red carpet, signing autographs and posing for photos on her way into the screening. Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Evangeline Lilly, and director Peter Jackson, who brought his daughter, also showed their support for the big event. Evangeline debuted a dramatic new look on the arm of costar James Nesbitt while Elijah waved to the overwhelming crowds as he emerged from the Hobbit house that was constructed at the front of the Embassy Theatre. It's just the beginning of press for the movie, which hits theaters on Dec. 14.
The cast of Celeste and Jesse Forever hit the Sundance Film Festival to show off their sweet movie on Friday. It's Rashida Jones's first screenplay, and she also stars alongside Andy Samberg in the project. On the red carpet at their premiere, the two gushed about working together, and Andy joked that if he was tasked with winning back an old love in real life, he'd probably revert to "d*ck in a box" tactics. Emma Roberts plays a pop star in Celeste and Jesse Forever and to get ready for the part she revealed that she channeled a little bit of Christina Aguilera in the "Dirrty" days, Britney Spears, and Ke$ha. We also chatted with Elijah Wood about his part in Celeste and Jesse and what it was like to see the The Hobbit trailer for the first time, which he said was "electrifying." Award season darling and The Descendants star Shaliene Woodley slipped in to see the movie, and later in the evening checked out Wiz Khalifa at the Bing Bar.
Before he lent his voice to Mumble the penguin in this week's Happy Feet 2, Elijah Wood was using his pipes to woo his onscreen crush in the 1992 film Forever Young. Watch as a young Elijah throws pebbles at his lady love's window before breaking out into "You Are My Sunshine." It's almost too cute to bear, especially when Elijah holds his own against the girl's father, who tries to get rid of the young Casanova.
Elijah Wood's schedule is jam-packed with projects lately including starring in the dark comedy TV series Wilfred and filming Peter Jackson's upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, but he recently chatted with us about his lighter film, Happy Feet Two. He's reprising his role as Mumbles the penguin and revealed he spent most of his time in the studio with newcomer to the franchise, Pink, though he didn't get to work with Matt Damon or Brad Pitt, who also lent their voice to the animated feature. In addition to the children's film, Elijah also shared new details about returning to New Zealand and stepping back into Frodo's oversized hobbit feet, which he described as "bizarre, but oddly normal." Check out our interview with Elijah and be sure to catch Happy Feet Two in theaters on Nov. 18.
Pink brought baby Willow along to the premiere of Happy Feet Two in LA yesterday. Willow was decked out in a tux for the blue carpet event, and her mom Pink and dad Carey Hart also matched in black suits. Pink shared her motherhood secrets before heading into the screening, saying, "As long as my boobs are at home at a certain hour, I can do whatever I want!" Joining the happy family of three were Pink's costars in the animated movie Sofia Vergara, Elijah Wood, and newlywed Robin Williams. Robin, who tied the knot on Oct. 23, posed for photos with new wife Susan Schneider. It was one event in a busy weekend for Sofia, as she tweeted yesterday that she's now on her way to Miami to work with Pepsi.
The first annual Critics' Choice Television Awards brought together some of TV's best this afternoon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The shows that took home the biggest wins of the day were best drama series Mad Men and best comedy series Modern Family, but many individual actors were honored for their work as well. Busy Philipps embraced Elijah Wood, who presented her with her statuette for best supporting actress in a comedy, before giving an emotional speech on the podium. Sarah Michelle Gellar also took the stage to dole out an honor as she gears up for her own return to the small screen this Fall. She'll star in the new show The Ringer, which requires her to play dual roles as twin sisters on the CW. Lots of stars took advantage of the chance to catch up and pose for pictures backstage. Busy cracked jokes with The Office's B.J. Novak, Jon Hamm got silly with his best leading actor in a drama award, and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland said hello to Community's Danny Pudi. TV fans who want to see all of today's action unfold can tune into the Critics' Choice Television Awards this Wednesday night at 8 p.m., EDT, on the Reelz Channel.
Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette, Anna Kendrick, and Justin Bartha were out last night to support Art of Elysium's Pieces of Heaven art auction in LA. During her break from shooting We Bought a Zoo with Matt Damon, Scarlett posed with the charity's founder, Jennifer Howell, and placed bids on the items up for grabs. Scarlett's on the list of presenters at Sunday's Oscars — have you filled out Buzz's ballot for a chance at winning a big-screen TV? David, who is fresh out of a stint in rehab, attended after recently sitting down with Oprah. Their interview, which airs today, includes David sharing about his lifelong battle with alcohol and what drove him to seek help. Other long-term fans of the organization like Justin, Elijah Wood, and Topher Grace turned out looking casual after suiting up for last month's Heaven Gala. They also put their John Hancock on a white Chrysler that's going to the highest charitable bidder. Twilight's Anna Kendrick picked up a pen to support the cause, as did Ginnifer Goodwin and adorable couple Dave Annable and Odette Yustman.
Park City was bustling with celebrities this weekend as the 2011 Sundance Film Festival got underway. Buzz is on top of the latest news on what movies everyone is talking about and which are getting picked up, and we were hitting the party scene and scoping out what the stars were up to. The Bing bar was a huge hot spot with events from the My Idiot Brother bash to a late night Florence and the Machine concert, while the Variety lounge hosted their share of talent. Skullcandy and Express held nightly concerts at Harry O's, James Franco let loose at the Playboy event, and Adrian Grenier enjoyed a Chefdance meal. There was a lot going on, and it's just the first couple of days, even Oprah is here! Robert Redford of course continues to oversee the whole show, which has provided another excellent group of premieres — stay tuned here and on PopSugar Rush for all our coverage from the festival!