President Barack Obama attracted major star power for a mid-week visit to Los Angeles, drawing out A-listers such as Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon to a fundraising event in Beverly Hills.
The president arrived at LAX shortly before 5 p.m., whisked off to address the LGBT Leadership Council at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, an event hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
Following a four-song set from “Glee’s” Darren Criss, Obama discussed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to a crowd that included Cher and son Chaz Bono, “Modern Family” actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and George Takei.
“What makes America exceptional is eventually we get it right, what Dr. King called the arc of the moral universe — it bends toward justice,” Obama told the crowd of 600.
Following his speech, First Lady Michelle Obama’s husband headed off to a much more exclusive fete — a fundraising dinner thrown by “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy at his Beverly Hills home.
Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Jane Lynch and HBO honcho Michael Lombardo awaited him, where he spoke again about LGBT issues and the course of his first term.
Tables near an outdoor fountain accommodated eight to 10 guests, and seats weren’t cheap — the event came with a $40,000-per-couple price tag. President Obama is scheduled to depart after a breakfast meeting on Thursday morning.
Examiner.com have posted a new interview with Chris Pine to promote the DVD release of This Means War. Here are the bits in which he mentions our Reese:
JORGE CARREON: Still, how does it feel play a character that embodies a certain amount of charm and power like FDR?
CHRIS PINE: Kind of ridiculous. [LAUGHS] I’ve never thought of myself as that kind of guy, but it’s fun to do. The opportunity that (director) McG gave me in This Means War was to really go full-tilt and really explore the comedy side and have some fun with action. It’s important not to be pigeonholed and, of course, Hollywood does like to fit everybody into these re-made things. But I think any actor that enjoys what they do likes to do different things and will search out different ways to express themselves. Before I took on this role, I met with Reese and we sat down and had a long lunch. From one meeting, I knew that I would love to spend time with this lady. Romantic stuff is always so much easier when you get to sit across from someone that you actually like. I loved Reese and I said, “God, this is going to easy-peasy trying to fall in love with a woman whom I as a human being already love.”
CARREON: Nice to see the women caught in War are not your usual rom com gals?
PINE: What’s fun about Reese and Chelsea is that they’re empowered women. Chelsea speaks like the gruffest dude on the planet. And you have Reese who plays this woman who’s very powerful and very successful in her chosen field. I think the women represented in this field are like you do not want to mess with these women at all! Chelsea will fu*k some shi* up! [LAUGHS]
Reese made a casual appearance at the Kidstock Music And Arts Festival in Beverley Hills yesterday, wearing a comfy looking blue striped dress and treating herself to what I expect is some frozen yoghurt! Her kids were with her to enjoy the day, but she did not pose with them. Find photos of Reese posing for the photogs in our gallery…
EDIT: Photos have now been replaced with HQ ones! We also have some cute tidbits from the event, which I have posted further down this post.
I have now finally added photos from last weekend’s Cannes premiere of Mud! Reese dazzled in a midnight blue silk chiffon Versace dress which was covered in Swarovski crystals. Her shoes were Versace, and she accessorised with Chopard jewels. She looked amazing, so elegant and beautiful! I was also happy to spot that Reese’s husband joined her after the screening – see them together here.
Over 500 HQ photos from the premiere can be now be enjoyed in our Gallery – I hope you love them as much as I did! I’ve also added photos from the after party, and additional HQs from the press conference.
Upon it’s release sometime next year, Devil’s Knot will be distributed in Germany by Senator Film:
Senator Film is stocking up on Gallic laffers following its success with “The Intouchables” while also betting on high-profile English-language films.
At the Cannes Film Market, the Berlin-based distrib nabbed Atom Egoyan’s thriller “Devil’s Knot,” starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon, and Daniel Benmayor’s parkour actioner “Tracers,” with Taylor Lautner.
Several news outlets are reporting that Drew Barrymore married her partner Will Kopelman at her Californian home yesterday, and that Reese and her husband were in attendance. People says that the guests were also present at the San Ysidro Ranch on Friday night for cocktails and the rehearsal dinner. Other celebs said to have attended Drew’s big day include Jimmy Fallon, Busy Philipps, and Cameron Diaz. People also report that Drew used the same wedding planners that Reese did for her wedding last year – Yifat Oren and Stefanie Cove.
The People website say they will have photos from Drew’s wedding in next week’s issue, so keep an eye out for any photos of Reese!
The Killing star Mireille Enos has joined Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in Devil’s Knot, the Atom Egoyan-directed drama about the West Memphis 3. Enos will play Vicki Hutcheson, the mother of an 8-year-old boy who lives in a run-down house in West Memphis. She becomes an important witness in the murder trial of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley for the killing of three 8-year-old boys found hog-tied in a drainage ditch. Hutcheson, it becomes apparent to investigators, could be the only link between Echols and Misskelley.
As Deadline revealed just after the West Memphis 3 murder defendants were released from prison last summer, The Sweet Hereafter and Chloe director Egoyan came aboard to direct a script that was originally written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman, the team behind The Exorcism Of Emily Rose.
‘Red Tails’, ‘This Means War’ Top Home Entertainment Charts
The Fox war drama took the top spot, while the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy came in second during a week in which four new releases reigned supreme.
Four new releases debuted in the four top spots on both national sales charts the week ending May 27.
The four, with box office earnings of between $19 million and $55 million, also finished in the same order on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.
The roll call: 20th Century Fox’s Red Tails ($49.9 million), a war drama about a crew of African American pilots during World War II, debuted at No. 1. The film, which stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard, generated 48% of its first-week unit sales from Blu-ray Disc.
Apologies for the delay on this – it’s been a busy week again – but I have now added over 400 HQ photos from last weekend’s Cannes Film Festival Mud photocall! Reese looked chic and pretty in her little black Versace dress and super cute pink heels. Be sure to check out the extremely gorgeous close-up shots towards the end of the album in particular!
I will be uploaded the premiere photos later today/tomorrow…
“I grew up near a river. My brother and I used to do motocross, we went fishing… I felt at home and that is rare on screen. Few films show the Southern United States as it really is. In general, I don’t take on this type of role, but when I read the script, I was reassured to know that this film would ring true.”
– Reese on Mud, at the Cannes Film Festival press conference
Mud: Cannes Review
The Bottom Line
Solid, traditional indie fare could be embraced by heartland audiences with proper handling.
Matthew McConaughey stars in director Jeff Nichols’ film about two Mississippi boys who forge a bond with a sympathetic fugitive.
The story of a sympathetic fugitive who forges a bond with two teenage boys near a mighty river down south, Mud is shot through with traditional qualities of American literature and drama. Jeff Nichols’ much-anticipated follow-up to his breakthrough second feature Take Shelter feels less adventurous and unsettling but remains a well carpentered piece of work marked by some fine performances and resilient thematic fiber. A shrewd and determined distributor would pursue the connection this exploration of love’s elusiveness could make with a mainstream heartland audience more than highbrow critical acceptance, as the potential seems present for good word of mouth with a public hungry for stories with which they can directly relate.
Nearly every relationship in Nichols’s screenplay is threatened, fractured or broken. Ellis (Tye Sheridan) has good reason to believe that his parents (Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon) are headed for a divorce, while is best pal Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) is being raised by his oyster-diving uncle Galen (Michael Shannon). Ellis, who’s 14, lives in a funky old houseboat while the nearby Arkansas town is a characterless wasteland of large chain stores and housing developments.
Let’s get started on our full Cannes Film Festival coverage, as I’ve now had the chance to save a few (hundred) pictures from yesterday’s events. To start us off, I have added photos from the Mud press conference, which was held after the photocall yesterday. There are some beautiful close-up shots that are definitely worth a view or two!
Remember that you can watch the full press conference over at the official Cannes website.
Photocall pictures coming next (and there are lots!)…!
As we’ve posted about, Mud received it’s world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival today, with Reese attending a photocall, press conference and premiere for the film with her co-stars and director. I’ve collected together several articles about their appearance plus reviews of the movie, so browse through this post to read them.
The film seems to be receiving mixed-positive reviews so far which is good! I will be on the lookout for more, as the film has just had it’s official premiere screening this evening (after the red carpet).
Cannes 2012: ‘Mud’ Director Jeff Nichols Steals the Spotlight from Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon
Indie director Jeff Nichols hardly seems like the kind of guy to grab attention from Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey, but that’s exactly what the young filmmaker did at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.
Nichols, 33, was at Cannes for the second time with only his third film, “Mud,” and the aw-shucks director so captivated the media at the film’s news conference that they almost totally ignored the two gorgeous Hollywood A-list stars in his film.
Nichols was seated between a pregnant and very blond Reese Witherspoon, who dazzled in a little black dress and fuchsia stilettos, and Matthew McConaughey, all square-jawed and tanner than usual in a white jacket.