The Australian premiere of Diana was held at Event Cinemas on George Street in Sydney last night, and there was one notable absentee: the film’s leading lady, Naomi Watts, who portrays Princess Diana in the final years of her life. While Naomi was spending quality time with her partner Liev Schreiber, and their sons Sasha and Samuel in NYC, the Sydney red carpet was attended by a group of local TV, stage and music stars. Ronan Keating posed with his girlfriend Storm Uechtritz, and two eliminated contestants from his show The X Factor, Cat Vas and Barry Southgate, walked the carpet together. Blue seemed to be a theme among some of the guests, including Puberty Blues actress Brenna Harding and Magazine Wars (and AAMI’s Rhonda) star Mandy McElhinney, while Laura Dundovic looked chic in a green lace frock. The film has received mixed reviews but there are only two opinions Naomi cares about: those of Prince William and Prince Harry. She has said, “Hopefully if they get to see the film, they will feel that we have done it in a respectful and sensitive way. We try to honour the depiction of her character in the best possible way.” Diana is out Oct. 10.
Some of Australia’s brightest acting talents returned to NIDA in Kensington, Sydney, for the annual NIDA Foundation Trust Gala on Saturday night. Miranda Otto, Sarah Snook, Emma Lung, Maeve Dermody and Alyssa McClelland were among the NIDA graduates who added a touch of glamour to the evening, which raised money for the NIDA Student Bursary program and creative projects. On the red carpet Sarah posed with her Not Suitable For Children co-star Ryan Corr, who she already knew from the acting school; she told us last year while promoting their Aussie rom-com, “We actually went to drama school together. He was the year below me, so we were already friends.”
Throughout the evening, the 300 guests dined on a menu designed by Matt Moran and participated in activities like a Bulgari raffle and Net-a-Porter-sponsored digital auction to help raise more than $100,000 for the foundation.
January Jones put her new fringe on display when she attended the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills yesterday. She was accompanied by her Mad Men co-stars Jessica Paré, Elisabeth Moss and Kiernan Shipka to pick up their Lucy award, which celebrated all of the women's work on the hit AMC show. Other honorees included The Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola, Laura Linney, cinematographer Rachel Morrison, and George Lucas.
While women were the focus of the night, Mad Men fans have been devoting the past few weeks to trying to sift through all the mysterious Bob Benson theories. We caught up with Elisabeth at the Critics' Choice Television Awards on Monday, where she admitted that she has read up on the theories on POPSUGAR and she finds Bob "weird and mysterious." However, she wouldn't spill any new details on exactly what Bob is up to.
A cocktail party thrown for actress Hailee Steinfeld by Max Mara and W Magazine in LA last night attracted a selection of Hollywood’s hottest starlets, including a handful of Australian actresses experiencing success abroad. Expats Phoebe Tonkin, Jessica McNamee, Yvonne Strahovski, Sarah Snook, Emilie de Ravin and Grace Huang mingled with a Max Mara and Sportmax-clad crowd that included Revenge’s Ashley Madekwe and Christa B. Allen, Sophia Bush and Louise Roe. While Sarah loved catching up with her friends, she also saw the event as an “opportunity to meet some of the industry’s most inspiring women.” Hailee was the recipient of the 2013 Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award to celebrate her career and style achievements.
Photos courtesy of Lucat Trovati for Max Mara
The guests at last night's W Magazine-hosted fete for Hailee Steinfeld might as well have been models for the Max Mara label. Playing co-host to W's Lynn Hirschberg, Nicola Maramotti dressed the VIP attendees in Max Mara so that the fete was as much a what's what of the collections as it was a who's who of Hollywood.
Famous faces like Ashley Madekwe, Harley Viera-Newton, and Angela Lindvall as well as ex-pat beauties Jessica McNamee, Phoebe Tonkin and Sarah Snook all hit the red carpet in a range of Max Mara sheaths and party dresses to celebrate Hailee's Women in Film's 2013 Max Mara Face of the Future award win. To see what everyone was wearing, just keep clicking. Images courtesy of Max Mara.
Sydney's A-listers have been a busy bunch this week, what with Wednesday night's star-studded AACTA Awards backing-up last night's Christian Dior flagship store opening. The four story emporium situated at 65 Castlereagh Street in Sydney's CBD sits where the old Louis Vuitton store used to be, and whilst this isn't the first Australian foothold for the luxury label, it is a big step up from the original and much smaller Dior store which opened in The Rocks in 1999. The re-vamped store stocks a wider range of shoes, bags, accessories and Raf Simons' much-acclaimed ready to wear lines, and includes a separate Dior Homme boutique for the boys, spanning two levels.
Now, let's get to the celebrity guest list, shall we? Lara Bingle looked delightful in a pleated Christopher Kane cocktail frock, Emma Freedman stood out (for the right reasons) in a bold, block orange sheath and Megan Gale put on the flirty in a full-skirted navy number. Step inside to see who wore what to this fashionable fête.
Stylish actors, models and sportstars hit the sidewalk last night to celebrate the opening of the Sydney's first flagship Christian Dior store, in the heart of the CBD. Swimmer Geoff Huegill attended with his wife Sara, while Lara Bingle rocked a red-orange lip and Megan Gale and Isabel Lucas posed out the front. Australian model Nicole Pollard, who is the new face of Dior, was flown in from Paris for the event. Under the direction of new creative head, Raf Simons, Dior has recently seen something of a resurgence, with countless celebs picking the luxury label for red carpets and fashion week events alike. Taking up residence in the old Louis Vuitton store on the corner of Castlereagh and King Streets, the multi-level store was made to resemble Dior's famous boutique on Paris' Avenue Montaigne — it joins a growing list of designer flagships that are opening across Australia.
The State Theatre in Sydney hosted a premiere for the second night in a row when The Sapphires (in cinemas now) debuted last night. After events in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, stars Jessica Mauboy, Deborah Mailman and Miranda Tapsell, as well as director Wayne Blair, walked the red carpet with producers, writers and more Australian talent such as Reece Mastin, Stan Walker, Timomatic, and the original Sapphires who inspired the movie.
We spoke to the cast and crew as they made their way inside the theatre, and while two of the stars were absent — Shari Sebbens was working on a play — Irish actor Chris O’Dowd sent his love via a hilarious text message that was read out to the audience before the screening, saying he “wanted the Sapphires back!” Following the movie, Jessica hit the stage in a sparkly silver gown and wowed the crowd with her spectacular vocals.
- Miranda on taking in all the positive buzz: “I think I’m just really enjoying the ride at the moment. I’m just so blessed that all these people are coming together — indigenous and non-indigenous — and together we’re really uniting on this story about how much we love it. It’s lovely.”
- Wayne on whether he’s worried people will come in with super high expectations: “Oh, totally! It’s just a beautiful film that we’ve made altogether, and to get this kind of buzz, sometimes it feels a bit too much. We just made a nice little story in 100 minutes. But we want everyone to share it. It’s just one of those things where you want to make a story everyone sees, so hopefully everyone will see it. But look, push comes to shove, one day at a time.”
- Deborah on working with Chris O’Dowd: “I love working with Chris O’Dowd. He’s such a wonderful, incredible man, fantastic actor, and bringing him on board and being part of the story was perfect. I can’t imagine anyone else playing this role. He brought so much intelligence, fun and heart to this role, and we had a ball making this. To be standing opposite him when the cameras were rolling, I was like, ‘OK, sh*t, I’m with Chris O’Dowd right now.’ We played really well together.”
- Jessica on watching the movie: “This will probably be my fifth or sixth time. And I don’t get sick of it. Every time I watch it back there’s something new that I latch on to, that I didn’t see before, so that’s always kind of interesting! And surprising.”
The State Theatre played host to the Sydney premiere of The Sapphires last night, and according to our girl on the ground Pop the grand surrounds setting a glamorous tone for the evening's red carpet arrivals. Leading ladies Jessica Mauboy — who shimmered in a sequinned Montique gown — Deborah Mailman and Miranda Tapsell got seriously glam for the event, as did the Sydney celeb-set. Carissa Walford worked a pair of sequinned skinnies, Sarah Snook looked delightful in a lace prom-style dress and Sacha Horler was elegant in a streamlined LBD. Step inside to see all of the red carpet looks from last night's opulent premiere!
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