The weather outside might be cold and miserable for us today, but our week was anything but! With a visit from the lovely Anna and Rochelle from The Bachelor, a good chat with Khloe Kardashian, enough fresh flowers to open our own florist and a buzzing premiere that had Kristen Wiig and Ben Stiller hitting our shores, it was a big and eventful week that we don't want to end. We also took in some gorgeous new pieces from various Australian labels (including a cool new collaboration), discovered a lipstick we'll be carting around this Summer, and ate our weight in mini burgers, sweet treats and fresh fruit. Click through to check out all the pictures from the week, and don't forget to follow us on Instagram!
Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig brought their A-list power to the Sydney Entertainment Centre for the Australian premiere of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty last night. The movie, which Ben also directed and produced, marks the first time the two have worked together on the big screen, and a J. Mendel-clad Kristen told media that she got involved because “I made Ben hire me.” She added more seriously, “No, I actually met Ben when he hosted SNL, and he had mentioned there that he wanted to talk to me about a project. We ended up meeting shortly after that. He told me about the movie, I read the script, and it was a very easy yes for me.” Being on set, Kristen was able to see Ben at work wearing his many hats, which she described as “very inspiring to watch.”
As for the main man of the night, Ben was quizzed on the red carpet about what it’s like to direct Ben Stiller. He joked, “He’s difficult. He doesn’t listen to direction. I wish he had more range as an actor. The angles, it’s hard to find a good angle. It’s all very frustrating.” Jokes aside, Ben has grown as an actor and director, and he admitted that juggling the roles has gotten easier as time has gone on. He explained, “I try to be easier on myself as an actor when I’m directing, because at the end of the day you’re stuck with yourself in the editing room, and you’ve got to have as many choices as possible. A movie, at the end of the day, is about the performances, so if you’re going to do it, you’re going to have to jump in and know it’s going to be messy and inefficient. You need a lot of help, and you all bond together as team, the crew and the cast, to figure out how to do it.”
Walter Mitty is a departure from movies Ben has previously down, with breathtaking cinematography and adventures that go around the world. Ben shot on location in Iceland because he wanted the experiences to be a real as possible: “I wanted to feel that in the movie, that real things were happening. Every day we were shooting when we were in Iceland, when we were either doing something on a bike, or running, or in the ocean, or climbing up a mountain — all that stuff is the best, because you’re having a real-life experience, and you happened to be making a movie.”
It was the first time a premiere screening had been held inside the Sydney Entertainment Centre, and after the movie, Ben and Kristen returned to the stage for a Q&A session with Todd Sampson. When she sat down, Kristen joked about how she had to keep her hand in her lap because her dress was so short, and the two stars continued to praise each other’s talents. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is released on Dec. 26.
This week in the Twittersphere, some of our favourite stars took time to spill their innermost thoughts on the entertainment business. For Anna Kendrick, it was all about the release of her new song, and what we can expect from her now, while funnywoman Mindy Kaling was singing the praises of the current selection of shows on TV. Ruby Rose bought one of the year's most anticipated albums, even thought she's only read negative reviews on it — so, who's the artist with such pull that she bought it anyway? There's all that, and more from the likes of Ben Stiller, Lena Dunham and Olivia Wilde. Click through to get reading!
We swear, celebrities get more and more entertaining every day. On Twitter this week, Lena Dunham made us laugh out loud with her opinion on the name "Robin", while Neil Patrick Harris made his feelings about RuPaul very clear. Coco Rocha had her say about Justin Timberlake's music (and let's just say, it's not a glowing review), and Kylie Minogue tweeted some love and support to a fellow Australian singer who's embarked on a new project. There so much more — click through to read all of this week's celebrity happenings!
Ben Stiller was honoured at the annual American Cinematheque Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Friday. Friends from far and wide travelled to LA to toast his body of work. Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Eugene Levy, and Martin Short took the stage to speak about Ben's dedication to moviemaking. Jennifer Aniston wore a Valentino dress to make the rounds with her fiancé, Justin Theroux, as well. Jen and Justin shared kind words about their friend Ben — Justin even produced a short film for him featuring their Tropic Thunder co-star Tom Cruise. Jen and Justin are quite close with Ben and his wife, Christine Taylor. Christine was on Ben's arm for the evening event too, standing out from the crowd in a red gown. Ben closed out his own words with a tribute to Christine. He said, "I have an incredible wife. I love our life together . . . she's the funniest person I know, next to Andy Dick."
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux posed for photos side by side on yesterday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where they attended the 26th Annual American Cinematheque Awards. The big honoree of the evening was Ben Stiller, a close friend of both Jen and Justin. Jen worked with Ben on Along Came Polly and Justin's best-known collaboration with Ben is Tropic Thunder. Ben and his wife, Christine Taylor, spent plenty of time with Jen and Justin. The two couples were in Hawaii last Summer for a joint holiday celebrating Christine's 40th birthday. Yesterday, Jen wore a black and white Valentino gown, coordinating with Justin's tux nicely, to congratulate both Ben and Christine on Ben's long career.
Ken Marino is Mark Orlando, just a typical shirtless firefighter looking for love, in a hilarious new web series on Yahoo! It's just like The Bachelor, only in this scenario, comedian Michael Ian Black is Chris Harrison and the contestants are terrifyingly unstable. There's God-loving veterinary assistant Mandy (Kristen Bell), pedicurist/dancer Ballerina (Ken Jeong), and then there's Jennifer Aniston wearing a giant panda costume. If it sounds ridiculous, that's because it is — ridiculously awesome. Ben Stiller and real-life wife, Christine Taylor, even star as former contestants/fiancés. It's a comedy storm! And there are three episodes already. The first is below, but be sure to check out the first "hose ceremony", and more, in the additional episodes.
Check out the first episode after the jump.
We've been giving it up for this year's newly minted Oscar winners, but they weren't the only stars who entertained us on the big night. The Oscar show had a few great moments courtesy of a few pairs of presenters, whether it was because they weren't afraid to ham it up or because they wanted to show off their assets. Check out our favourite presenters from Oscar night and why we thought they rocked it.
Most of Young Hollywood flocked to LA for the Teen Choice Awards earlier this week, celebrating the pop culture picks of the youthful with vampires (hello, Robert Pattinson!), Harry Potter stars and surfboards. But there were lots of other events that kept other A-listers busy. The stars of Glee were out in force last week for the premiere of Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, which brings their latest tour to the big screen (and remember it’s only in cinemas for two weeks!). Olivia Wilde was joined by her Cowboys and Aliens co-stars Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig for promotional stops in Europe, while Jesse Eisenberg celebrated the premiere of 30 Minutes or Less with Ben Stiller. Lauren Conrad indulged her love of shoes, and Rachel Zoe took a cover girl turn for Hamptons magazine. Catch up with the rest of the week’s celeb pics now!
You know what to expect from a film like Little Fockers. The third entry in the Meet the Parents saga sticks to the franchise's regular elements: kooky parents, an overbearing stepfather and slapstick comedy. Usually I'd probably sneer and scoff at the predictable fart jokes, but there's something about Greg Focker and his family that's just likable (albeit ridiculous).
Ben Stiller reprises his role as Gaylord (aka Greg) Focker, the head of the Focker household — well, unless his father-in-law Grandpa Jack (Robert De Niro) is in the room. Greg is now the father of twins: a sharp daughter who refuses to speak to him, and a boy who, as Jack puts it, has a "double dose" of Focker (translation: he performs "pull my finger" jokes and asks inappropriate questions involving a girl's anatomy). Though the title of the film suggests this latest installment is all about the kids, Little Fockers really is all about the ongoing animosity between Greg and Jack.
Check out more of my thoughts on the film after the jump.