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 Los Angeles County Museum of Art brought out a host of stars for its annual Art and Film Gala on Saturday night. Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux mingled with friends Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz at the event — it was actually Drew's first post-baby night out! Salma Hayek and Kerry Washington also made appearances.
Robert Pattinson suited up for the night out after returning to the West Coast from his Australian Breaking Dawn Part 2 press tour. He posed with Cameron, who made her latest red carpet run following her appearance at the opening of Rag & Bone's new LA store on Friday. Amy Adams met up with Tom Hanks, while Minka Kelly and her boyfriend Chris Evans posed separately on their way into the bash, which honored Ed Ruscha and Stanley Kubrick. Florence Welch performed, and Evan Rachel Wood also took the microphone during the star-studded evening.
Halle Berry and Tom Hanks brought the film adaptation of the epic novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, to LA with a big premiere last night. Halle wore a strapless metallic dress by Dolce & Gabbana and arrived with her fiancé, Olivier Martinez, while Tom posed with his Versace-clad wife, Rita Wilson. The movie, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, hits theaters tomorrow — take a look at the many faces of Cloud Atlas's stars, including a barely recognizable Tom and Halle as some of their many characters. Both Tom and Halle have been busy promoting the film, with Tom performing hilarious slam poetry on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Halle making an appearance on the Tonight Show earlier this week.
Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus, dressed in a peach Jenny Packham gown, were among the many stars that came out in Phoenix last night to support Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIII which raises awareness and funds for Parkinson's research. Miley was also joined at the dinner by her mom, Tish, and performed during the charity event. When she wasn't on stage, Miley was spotted sharing kisses with Liam and flashing a large diamond on her left hand. Rumors of Miley and Liam's engagement surfaced last week after she tweeted a photo of the ring.
Things for Liam and Miley have been going strong lately despite his demanding travel schedule. Liam just wrapped up an international press tour for The Hunger Games that took him to Paris, London, Germany, and Canada. It appears Liam and his costars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are a hit with fans as the film's set to break box office records this weekend. Early estimates forecast The Hunger Games earning $155 million in domestic ticket sales which makes it the highest March opening ever.
Stars came out to support UNICEF at its Playlist With the A-List event benefiting Schools For Africa in LA last night. Kristen Bell, Heidi Klum, and Molly Sims were among the guests that took the stage to perform during the fundraiser, which also included a live auction. Things got goofy when Heidi, Tom Hanks, and Rita Wilson danced in the crowd and sang "YMCA" while wearing hats. Pregnant Molly kept the fun coming as she belted out tunes before Kristen, who wore a polka-dot look from Topshop, took the mic with the help of Molly Shannon and Don Cheadle.
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The Academy Awards are less than five days away and we're counting down with a look back at some winning moments. Halle Berry's touching speech was a highlight, as was Reese Witherspoon's shining moment — and we've rounded them all up. Click through to see the award worthy photos, and don't forget to fill out your 2012 Oscar ballot for a chance to win an iPad 2!
Brad Pitt and George Clooney were just two of the stars honored at last night's Palm Springs Film Festival award gala. George gushed about Brad when he accepted his Chairman's statue, but he had Stacy Keibler on his arm to kick off a long season of red carpets. We should be seeing a lot more of her this week when the Critics Choice and Golden Globes ceremonies come along. Brad is walking with a cane these days after an accident while carrying his daughter Vivienne. His latest accessory made him look all the more dapper as he and an Elie Saab-clad Angelina Jolie posed for photos together. On stage, Brad turned his thanks to his "lover" Jonah Hill instead. Michelle Williams, who debuted a new hair color at the event, joked that she was "this close" to a career as a porn star instead of an actress receiving honors for her work in My Week With Marilyn.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock teamed up in NYC last night for their premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre. They posed on the red carpet with their young leading man, Thomas Horn, before hitting the press line. Sandra's been talking up Thomas's exceptional acting all week, including yesterday on the Today show, telling Matt Lauer, "He might only be 13, 14, but he's far more educated, wiser, kind, empathetic than most adults in this room."
Sandra wore an Alexander McQueen pantsuit and sported a sleek-haired look. The role in the 9/11 film is Sandra's first since winning an Oscar for The Blind Side in 2010. Memories of the attacks are still raw for the actress, and Sandra shared her experiences from 9/11 recently. Sandra said, "I was here. I saw it. I saw the second plane. I saw people falling. It's never left. I think if you're here in New York and you saw and you felt and you heard, it doesn't leave. I mean you can sort of quiet it, but you hear a sound, you see an image, you look up at the clear blue sky and see a beautiful building. It doesn't go anywhere."
If The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the "feel bad movie of Christmas," then Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close may be the "feel sad movie" of the holiday. Based on the best-selling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, the film follows a bright young boy named Oskar (Thomas Horn) who sets out on a quest to find the lock that matches a key left behind by his father (Tom Hanks), who died in 9/11.
If the premise itself doesn't sound weepy enough for you, add in images of people of all different ages and races, images of Sandra Bullock crying, and a U2 song to set the mood. The trailer makes the film seem almost generic in the way it seems to be making a statement about embracing life and love, but I'm going to overlook that for the stellar cast and original story.
Nearly five years after Charlie Wilson's War, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts reunite on the big screen with the romantic comedy Larry Crowne. The A-listers play an unlikely pair who get a second chance at love in the sweet film, which Hanks not only cowrote, but directed and starred in, too. We had a chance to sit down with the charming duo at the recent press day for the movie in Beverly Hills, where they talked trading stories about their kids and schooling a new generation of actors on the set. Julia also chatted about the fun she had taking on a character who isn't quite in line with her America's sweetheart image. Check out our interview and catch Larry Crowne in theaters on July 1.