Sometimes when a director and actor meet, it's a match made in movie heaven — so why wouldn't they team up again? Pairings like Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have held on to partnerships for years, creating scores of wonderful films. These are the relationships I want to celebrate: that particular kinship between a filmmaker and a muse. Take a look through to see some of my all-time favorite duos.
The fun continued inside Friday afternoon's AFI Awards in LA. The bash, held at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, was held to honor the year's best in film and television. A total of 10 films, including Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, Les Misérables, and Lincoln, were supported by their stars and directors. Daniel Day-Lewis made the rounds with his costar Sally Field and director Steven Spielberg, while Argo's Ben Affleck, fresh off a win in the best director category at the Critics' Choice Awards, was accompanied by his producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov.
The Silver Linings Playbook clan also had a good night at the Critics' Choice Awards. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence won top honors as best actor and actress in a comedy, and she also won best actress in an action movie for The Hunger Games. Their leading lady Jacki Weaver posed with Jennifer, and they were both in a celebratory mood because, in addition, their cast won best ensemble at the CCAs. The Les Mis crowd was well-represented, too. Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, and Hugh Jackson all attended. They said hello to friends from movies and television, which included cast members from Mad Men, like Christina Hendricks, and the stars of Girls, Modern Family, and more.
Anne Hathaway was one of the stars that came out for a special screening of Lincoln in NYC last night. Director Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays President Lincoln in the movie, Tommy Lee Jones, and leading lady Sally Field were all on hand. Kellan Lutz broke from Breaking Dawn Part 2 press to watch the film and 666 Park Avenue's Dave Annable showed support for his former Brothers and Sisters costar Sally. Chloë Sevigny, Patrick Wilson, and Michael Strahan also attended ahead of Lincoln's big opening tomorrow. Anne Hathaway has her own project hitting theaters with Les Misérables coming out on Christmas Day. Anne's been making the rounds promoting the period piece, including a recent Vogue cover and role as host of the Women's Media Awards on Tuesday.
Stars hit the red carpet at the 2012 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel last night. Daniel Craig was joined by his Skyfall Bond girls, Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris, but it was his wife, Rachel Weisz, who he leaned in to kiss before picking up the British artist of the year honor.
Daniel Day-Lewis was also in attendance, and after Steven Spielberg presented him with the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film, he took advantage of his stage time to show off his funny side. Daniel thanked BAFTA with a spoof of Clint Eastwood's conversation with an empty chair at the Republican National Convention. The comical speech was somewhat unexpected from Daniel, who is best known for his serious roles, including Spielberg's Lincoln, which hits theaters next week. The Britannia Awards will be broadcast on BBC America Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET as a two-hour special.
Prince William held an umbrella for his wife Kate this evening at the London premiere of War Horse. The couple turned out for the UK screening of the Steven Spielberg-directed project, and rubbed shoulders on the red carpet with some of the movie's stars like Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, and Emily Watson. They also said hello to various servicemen and women who'd been invited. William looked handsome in his tux, while Kate wore a black lace dress from Alice Temperley, one of her family's favorite designers. The royals turned out because the evening was organized in support of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.
Steven Spielberg said of William and Kate's appearance, "It's a very prestigious honor because they represent an entirely new era in British royalty that has the entire world excited. When they came to America, that was one of the most exciting events, I think, that we've enjoyed for some time, so it's such an honor to be here in the UK to be able to meet them and to be able to show them, and all of us, War Horse." Following the event, William and Kate attended a private reception with the cast at Buckingham Palace. There will be even more partying tomorrow, as it's Kate's 30th birthday!
Steven Spielberg gathered the stars of his War Horse outside NYC's Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for their premiere yesterday. The cast was fresh off a weekend-long junket to promote the movie, which was based on a play adapted from author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 book. We had a chance to speak with the picture's star, newcomer Jeremy Irvine on Saturday. Jeremy said that Steven surprised him with the role in a unique way — at a follow-up audition, Jeremy read a piece of sample dialogue that said he'd gotten the part! We also caught up with some of the movie's dashing British male stars like Tom Hiddleston, Toby Kebbell, and Patrick Kennedy, so stay tuned for those interviews close to the movie's Dec. 25 release date. Elizabeth Olsen and Ed Westwick, while not in Steven's latest offering, still came out to show their support. She headed inside the theater for the screening, and threw an arm around in-demand Avengers star Tom Hiddleston for a photo op.
I don't know why, but I've always had kind of a thing for horse movies (I blame Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken). Preying on my weakness is Steven Spielberg, who has adapted the young adult book War Horse. The story follows the friendship between a boy, Albert, and his horse, Joey, set in Europe just before World War I. When Albert and Joey are separated during the war, the horse's odyssey become much more interesting than his human counterpart, and we follow Joey on his adventure and the people he meets along the way.
Though there are a few famous faces here, like Emily Watson, David Thewlis, and Tom Hiddleston, this first teaser is all about newcomer Jeremy Irvine as Albert and his horsey companion. Paired with the WWI backdrop and soaring soundtrack, this movie has an undeniably epic feel. Watch it when you read more
Elle Fanning posed with Tom Cruise on the black carpet at the LA premiere of Super 8 last night. It was Elle's latest big event after she watched her older sister Dakota Fanning's high school graduation Monday. Dakota is now looking forward to shooting Very Good Girls this Summer before reportedly enrolling at NYU this Fall. Elle has her J.J. Abrams penned and directed movie hitting theaters one day early — it's on big screens today! The Super 8 reviews look amazing so far, and it seems J.J. will have another hit on his hands as will producer Steven Spielberg. J.J. also turned out yesterday and had a chance to catch up with Tom after they wrapped up work on Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which J.J. wrote a few months ago. There is another Fanning-Cruise-Spielberg connection, since Dakota starred in Steven's War of the Worlds with Tom back in 2005. Tom is now in the midst of filming Rock of Ages, but he and J.J. will reunite again before the latest installment of the Ethan Hunt franchise comes out in December.
I Am Number Four's Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron walked the red carpet Wednesday at their LA premiere with Teresa Palmer. Alex shows off both his acting chops and abs in the movie, and he also gave fans a peek at his shirtless physique on his recent stop by The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He and Teresa are fresh from a London screening of the film, which Dianna missed since she had to attend the SAG Awards with the cast of Glee. Alex and Dianna, who are a real-life item, showed off their chemistry as they posed for pictures together. Their romance apparently blossomed on the set, and another actor from their project, Callan McAuliffe, says he thinks their love will last.
The 2011 Critics' Choice Awards made for a star-studded night in Hollywood on Friday. It was a gorgeous evening when all the nominees and award season favourites hit the red carpet dressed to the nines before heading in for the big show. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were particularly loving and affectionate throughout the night, though his movie The Town didn't take home any statues. His friend Matt Damon did accept the Joel Seigel trophy and he stepped backstage afterwards where he posed with Emily Blunt and Jimmy Kimmel and talked about the possibility of another Bourne movie. Ryan Gosling sat close by his Blue Valentine costar Michelle Williams and the two shared an intimate chat at their table. Pregnant Natalie Portman was glowing all night long and Emma Stone was so adorable congratulating Hailee Steinfeld and complementing Andrew Garfield's Spider-man. Check out all our press room coverage and don't forget to vote in all our fashion and beauty polls on Fab and Bella! We'll be doing it all again Sunday night at the Golden Globe Awards!