The Hollywood Reporter hosted a party at LA's Getty House, the residence of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, to honor the year's crop of Academy Award nominees last night. The publication's editorial director, Janice Min, presided over a bash that brought out Midnight in Paris stars Owen Wilson and Michael Sheen, though Michael's real-life leading lady, their costar Rachel McAdams, sat things out. Jessica Chastain, who wore Vivienne Westwood, is in the running for a best supporting actress statue for her work in The Help, and she made the rounds with best pal Jessica Weixler. Brooklyn Decker also stepped out to say hello to producers and writers from movies like The Descendants, The Artist, and Moneyball. THR's bash was one of many that went down in Hollywood last night in the run-up to Sunday's Oscars. Don't forget, we'll be LIVE on the Academy Awards red carpet starting at starting at 5:30 p.m. EST/2:30 p.m. PST.
The green room backstage at last night's SAG Awards offered some of the presenters a rare moment to take a load off! Kyra Sedgwick and husband Kevin Bacon shared a sweet moment on a couch, then welcomed Michelle Williams over for a hug. Michelle's BFF Busy Philipps was in charge of holding their clutches when Michelle kicked off the show and presented the oustanding male actor in a supporting role to Beginners star Christopher Plummer. Busy also took a moment to say hello to actress Regina King. Owen Wilson hung out there as well, along with a Givenchy haute couture-clad Zoe Saldana and Natalie Portman in Giambattista Valli. The SAG Awards winners were taken from the backstage area over to the press room, while those who announced the awards went out into the audience to reclaim their seats. However, there is still one category that's undecided — who do you think was best dressed at the SAG Awards?
Owen Wilson was a doting dad yesterday at a Santa Monica park with his young son Robert Ford Wilson. His ex, Jade Duell, also kept an eye on their little one as he tackled the jungle gym and slide. Owen preserved memories of the happy afternoon by snapping photos on his iPad. Owen and Jade welcomed Robert earlier this year in January. Since then, Owen's visited the mother-son duo multiple times at her Hawaiian home.
Owen's jet-setting hasn't stopped there. Last week, he was in St. Barts on a vacation with friends. Owen was seen hanging out at the island's chic Bagatelle, enjoying attention from women on the dance floor. It seems like a perfect time for Owen to celebrate since he recently nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for his role in Midnight in Paris. Make sure to fill out our Golden Globes ballot with your winner picks for a chance to win $1,000!
Winter officially starts today, and we're getting an early jump on the chilliest season with our favorite snowy photos! From Sundance to NYC, and movie sets around the globe, even stars love to play in the snow. Click through to see how celebrities ring in cold weather with sledding, skiing, snowball fights, and more.
I have to give The Big Year some credit for straying from the idea that comedies either need to be raunchy, romantic, or dumbed down for kids these days. The film feels more like an old-fashioned comedy, before the genre became overrun with fart jokes and one actor playing every role himself. Though it won't make you roll your eyes, the downside is that The Big Year won't really make you laugh, either.
As three very different birders (that's "bird-watchers" for you amateurs) determined to see the most species in the span of a year — aka, a "big year" — Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin turn in genuine and likable performances. The film has heart and a feel-good message, but watching three dudes check out woodpeckers through their binoculars is about as boring as it sounds.
To find out why The Big Year never really gets off the ground, just read more
Steve Martin chatted about The Big Year at a recent press day in NYC along with his costars Owen Wilson and Jack Black. The trio, who play birders competing for a world record in the film, have great comic chemistry, and they joked about their antics on set and even confessed to a night of debauchery. The Big Year trailer gives a peek of what's to come when the movie is out on Oct. 14. The three get along great, but Steve in particular was happy their on-set time didn't include any out-there pranks. They said:
What was it like on set – were there any pranks?
Steve Martin: I’m not much of a prankster.
Owen Wilson: Oh come on, April Fool's Day — you wait for that to come around like nobody’s business.
SM: On April Fool’s Day, I change people’s calendar to April 2nd.
OW: It wasn’t really a prank-filled set
SM: When I hear about a prank-filled set, I think, "Ugh, I’m so glad I’m not on that movie."
Jack Black: Every time I do a press junket I always regret that I didn’t pull a George Clooney prank, so that I would have a prank to talk about later. We really missed an opportunity there, guys.
SM: We should have hired a writer to come up with some pranks that we could have said we played. We did have fun and we hung out on the set.
To read what else the guys joked about, just keep reading.
The best part about The Big Year trailer is the tacked-on intro, courtesy of stars Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson. It's not that the film looks terrible, but the big draw here is the comedy trifecta headlining the film, and there are more laughs when the guys are making fun of each other out of character. In the film, they star as three men who are a bit adrift in life, and so they embark on a year-long journey together to do all the things they've always wanted to do. Somewhere along the way, things get a bit competitive between the buddies.
I have to admit that I'm a bit confused by the trailer — mostly because the book it's based on, The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession, is about bird-watching. The film, on the other hand, merely references a bird-watching hobby, and instead seems more like a coming-of-age story for grown men. Check out the trailer for yourself when you read more
Owen Wilson carried his baby son, Robert Ford Wilson, who wore an adorable "I Love My Auntie" bib, yesterday near Venice Beach. The Wilson boys were joined by Robert's mom, Jade Duell, for the stroll. Despite stories that Owen and Jade had broken up in late June, it seems that they're still on good terms if not back together as a couple. We had a first look at Robert back in April, shortly after his birth on Jan. 14. The little one is now 7 months old and is getting accustomed to his dad's jet-setting lifestyle between visits to his mom's Hawaiian home and Owen's on the West Coast. Owen didn't bring Robert along on his latest press jaunts, though, when he ventured to NYC and even Europe to promote box office champ Midnight in Paris.
Cars 2 duo Owen Wilson and Eddie Izzard teamed up at the LA junket to chat with us about their 3D animated film, which scored the top spot at the box office this weekend. Owen shared his excitement about reuniting with director John Lasseter, and Eddie, who is new to the franchise, talked about playing an SUV and revealed his thoughts on England's monarchy. Check out the interview and catch Cars 2 in theaters now!
You don't need to be a Francophile to appreciate all that Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris has to offer. The film is immersed in gorgeous French scenery, bathed in the kind of soft lighting that just makes you sigh with a sense of satisfaction. It's easy to see why Gil (Owen Wilson) wants to hunker down in Paris's quaint coffee shops to focus on his novel, an idea that his shallow wife Inez (Rachel McAdams) scoffs at. During a trip to France, the couple embodies the two stereotypical sides of spending time abroad: he's filled with appreciation and seeking inspiration while she's seeing the sights but not really experiencing them.
It's obvious from the start that Gil and Inez are incredibly wrong for each other, but it takes a few separate adventures in Paris to illustrate their fundamental differences. Inez is unabashedly attracted to her former professor, Paul (Michael Sheen), whom she and Gil bump into at a restaurant. When she splits off to go dancing, Gil gets the chance to wander the streets alone — and he gets a lot more than he bargained for when a car comes by to pick him up at midnight.
To see why Midnight in Paris is another hit from Allen (warning: some spoilers ahead), just read more