The ensemble cast of 50/50 had a busy Monday at the Toronto Film Festival. Bryce Dallas Howard, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt joined forces for an afternoon press conference followed by their red carpet premiere and afterparty, where they posed with director Jonathan Levine and screenwriter Will Reiser. Bryce, who also made her debut as a producer with Restless at TIFF last week, chose shades of blue for yesterday's photo opportunities. Over the weekend, Bryce also celebrated at a Kate Spade party, thrown in her honor, where she reunited with her cast mate from The Help, Jessica Chastain. Anna is coming from work on the set of End of Watch in California, and she was recently spotted cozying up to costar Jake Gyllenhaal, though she was on her own in Toronto. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen play best friends in the film, which earned a standing ovation after its debut screening last night.
It was a star-studded evening at the MOCA in LA last night, as Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale, and more attended the opening of the Art in the Streets, the first major retrospective of graffiti art in the US. Gwen and Gavin are longtime supporters of the museum and its director, Jeffrey Deitch, after stepping out for another event there last Fall. Drew Barrymore and her red hair also made a cameo after she debuted the new hue Wednesday night at a book party. Other celebs like Adrian Grenier, pregnant Pink, and Christina Ricci were on hand to toast icons like Shepard Fairey and Thierry Guetta, the star of last year's documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. Shepard and Thierry's work is represented there along with pieces by Banksy.
Vanessa Hudgens, Kristen Bell, and Mandy Moore walked the red carpet on Friday before heading in to take their seats at the Stand Up 2 Cancer phone banks in LA. The hour-long telethon was broadcast on multiple major networks and streamed across the web, and the effort raised more than $100 million dollars for research in the fight against the disease. Modern Family's Sofia Vergara and mom-to-be Christina Applegate, both of whom battled cancer in the past, proudly modeled t-shirts that read "Survivor."
Gwyneth Paltrow arrived on the West Coast on Thursday, ready to add her support to the event after attending Fashion's Night Out in London last week. She caught up with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, while Rob Lowe joined Diane Lane. Cindy Crawford, and Chuck's Zachary Levi helped in collecting donations, and fresh-from-Mexico Ryan Seacrest also lent his star power to the cause. Contributions to the charity are still being accepted, and they're even open to making good use of Facebook credits!
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Wow could this line up of Comic-Con attendees be any more fun? Talk about a manjoyment fest, yummy. Joshua Jackson missed the TCAs, but made it out to promote Fringe at the convention while J.J. Abrams also rewarded fans of his other show Lost with some of the stars, upcoming show tidbits, and Dharma Initiative-approved gifts. Even better, the lucky audience at the Heroes panel were treated not only to cast members including Milo and Hayden, but the first episode of the new season — check out what lucky Buzz had to say about that! Thankfully it looks like Justin Long was in better spirits while James Franco was cute as always. Buzz is down in San Diego for all the fun so don't miss any of her coverage here!
To see lots more from the weekend including Ali Larter, David Boreanaz, Common, Kristin Chenoweth, Benicio Del Toro, Eliza Dushku, Masi Oka, Zachary Quinto, Jaime King, Samuel L Jackson, and lots of others just read more
Before seeing Kung Fu Panda, I guessed the plot went something like this: A big dopey Jack Black-voiced panda bear dreams of becoming a kung fu fighter but has to reach deep within himself to find the courage to do so. In the process, the naysayers that surround said panda will learn a little something about judging a book by its cover. And it turns out, this is basically the case. However, going into it I wasn't worried that I knew the storyline, I was worried that it would be dull. If this tired premise isn't done well, it's just boring and a waste of time.
But the truth is, I was surprised and delighted by the filmmakers' decision to just stick to making this movie what it should be: light, visually interesting, and funny. It's as if they were telling us (grown-ups): "Look, we know a movie about a panda doing kung fu is just fun and we're not going to bore you with animated animal soul-searching. Instead, we're going to give you a cute, totally conventional story, without pausing to explore what makes the praying mantis tick."
To which I would like to respond with: thank you DreamWorks! To see why I thoroughly enjoyed myself at this flick and why I think it's the perfect summertime family film, read more
Well, I started my week off right by watching the extremely hilarious trailer for Superbad, a summer comedy starring Michael Cera — that's George Michael Bluth, for all you "Arrested Development" fans. The quirky comedy comes out August 17 and looks to be what movies like Orange County were trying to be, but much funnier. I'm a sucker for pretty much anything Cera does or says, but even for those who don't fall down laughing by just looking at him, the movie looks really promising.
Basically, the premise appears to center on two best-best-buddies, Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Cera), who have to figure out how to live without each other when it comes time to go to college. Cera is at his awkward, clueless best, and the other kid doesn't seem half bad either. Seth Rogan (of "Freaks and Geeks" and another promising summer comedy, Knocked Up) co-wrote the script and stars as a hapless police officer. Thanks to Best Week Ever for directing me to the trailer.
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