Robert Downey Jr., composer Brian Tyler and Chris Evans
Hundreds of screaming fans lined Hollywood Boulevard on April 13 in anticipation of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr., who rolled onto the carpet at the premiere Tony Stark-style, fashionably late in an Audi sports car complete with an “Avengers” license plate.
Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans
Director Joss Whedon found the starry premiere at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre — where stars Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans later huddled together at the after-party — to be “a little surreal.” He also teased the future of the franchise from which he is exiting after this second installment: “Phase three should be pretty interesting.”
Nick Searcy, Jacob Pitts and Joelle Carter
Meanwhile, the cast of FX’s “Justified” also got physical, at the series finale premiere held nearby at Hollywood’s Ricardo Montalban Theatre.
Keke Palmer and Jamie Foxx
Camaraderie was likewise shown at the Hollywood premiere of basketball-based drama “Brotherly Love” at the Pacific Design Center on April 13. Special guests Sean “Diddy” Combs (who introduced the film) and Jamie Foxx showed love for the West Philly-set story executive produced by Queen Latifah, who was away filming a feature. “This is kind of like a new-day-and-age ‘Boyz n the Hood,’” summed up star Quincy Brown.
Christian Slater and Padma Lakshmi
Stars also rallied in New York on April 13 for Endometriosis. Foundation founder Padma Lakshmi (“Top Chef”) and her doctor, Tamer Seckin, MD, hosted the 7th Annual Blossom Ball, which packed Cipriani 25 Broadway with big names like Christian Slater, Norman Reedus, Gail Simmons, Andy Cohen, Russell Simmons and Joel Schumacher. Other highlights included a video greeting from endometriosis patient and advocate Lena Dunham, and a letter of support from endometriosis patient Hillary Clinton.
Similarly making a point was the Point Foundation, who honored Golden Globe winner and “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor with the Courage Award at the Point Honors gala at the New York Public Library on April 13. “I am humbled by the opportunity to use progressive storytelling as a platform for social change,” Tambor said upon learning the news. “I want to thank the transgender and LGBTQ communities for their inspiration, courage, leadership, and for allowing me this supporting role in the movement.”
Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane
And over at New York’s Edison Ballroom, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center honored ebullient theater, film and television actor Nathan Lane with the 15th Annual Monte Cristo Award. “I realize I must be getting older because in the last few years, I have received a couple of Lifetime Achievement Awards,” Lane had noted. “But it is a little disconcerting. It’s not because I’m don’t appreciate the gesture, but as Hilary Clinton might say, ‘I’m not quite done yet.’”
Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth and Christian Cooke
Taking center stage in New York the following day were stars including Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth, Christian Cooke, David Spade, Seth Green and Brittany Daniel, who joined Sony execs Eric Berger, Michael Lynton and Steve Mosko as Crackle, Sony’s television streaming network, announced their line-up of original programming at the television Upfronts. New shows include their first-ever one hour scripted series “The Art Of More,” animated comedy series “SuperMansion” and “JOE DIRT 2: BEAUTIFUL LOSER,” the first-ever made-for-digital sequel to a major motion picture.
Trace Beaulieu, Milana Vayntrub, Neil Casey, Conor Leslie, Eugene Cordero and (front) Paul Feig
That evening at the London West Hollywood, Yahoo Screen hosted a screening and cocktail reception for director Paul Feig’s new comedy show “Other Space.” Feig’s “Freaks & Geeks” spawned stars like Seth Rogen, Jason Segal and James Franco, and “Other Space” cast members Milana Vayntrub, Eugene Cordero, Trace Beaulieu, Conor Leslie and Neil Casey are Feig’s newest crop of upcomers.
Universal Television’s Bela Bajaria, Executive Vice President Universal Television; Carlton Cuse, Executive Producer, Bates Motel; Kerry Ehrin, Executive Producer, Bates Motel; and Vera Farmiga
At Universal Studios Hollywood Backlot on April 15, Oscar and Emmy-nominated actress Vera Farmiga and executive producers Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) hosted an open house to fete the third season of the drama “Bates Motel” at the original Bates Motel. The show airs on Mondays 9/8c on A&E, and production originates from Vancouver B.C.
Ali Landry, husband/director Alejandro Monteverde, David Henrie, Jakob Salvati and producer Eduardo Verastegui
Also celebrating in LA, at Regal LA Live on April 14, was the cast of “Little Boy” — Open Road Films’ powerful story of a boy willing to go to any length to bring his father home from WWII — which will open on April 24.
Nick Kroll and Rose Byrne
Nick Kroll’s character in “Adult Beginners” ACTS like a little boy, when, in a state of personal and financial distress, he’s forced to move in with his sister, played by Rose Byrne. “My character is messy, like a lot of people in real life,” Kroll told Variety at the premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood on April 15.
Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower
Speaking of beginnings, the Tribeca Film Festival kicked off on April 15 at the Beacon Theatre with the premiere of the 40th anniversary “Saturday Night Live” documentary “Live From New York!” (followed by a short concert from seemingly-unrelated Ludacris). “When you look at how ‘SNL’ has impacted our culture over the past 40 years, they’ve also helped us get through the harshest times, whether it’s been the recession or the city healing in the post-9/11 world,” said festival founder Jane Rosenthal, who made the opening night selection. “We feel there’s a great deal of kinsmanship.”
Composer Gary Barlow, producer Harvey Weinstein and stars Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly and Kelsey Grammer
Yet another beginning came in the form of the opening of Harvey Weinstein’s second spring stage show, “Finding Neverland” (on the heels of his Radio City Music Hall “New York Spring Spectacular,” which bowed last month). Director Diane Paulus, who worked on both projects, got to know Weinstein well. “He’s passionate and he’s relentless,” she said at the swank opening night party at the Metropolitan Club on April 15. “And he’s got this tough guy persona, but he’s such a softie at heart!”
Teresa Palmer and Jaime King
And after a premiere in NY the prior week, The Orchard’s “Dior and I” screened at LACMA on April 15 before a chic crowd of fashionistas, including Jaime King, Teresa Palmer, Bar Paly, Britt Robertson, Katherine Schwarzenegger and Ashley Madekwe. “It was a true labor of love for many people,” said filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng in his intro.
David, Victoria, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper Beckham; Anna Wintour; and James Corden
The fashion crowd — and a flurry of British accents — came out for Burberry’s elaborate “London in Los Angeles” fashion show at Griffith Observatory on April 16. British Burberry music acts like George Ezra and Tom Odell flew in from London to perform live tracks during the show, which had glam guests including Anna Wintour, the Beckham family, and Elton John watching from front row as the bohemian-chic Autumn/ Winter 2015 pieces come down the runway (via models including Naomi Campbell).
Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Jason Statham
The flashy Burberry “London in Los Angeles” show, hosted by Burberry’s Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Bailey, was attended by over 700 guests from around the world, including stars Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jason Statham, Rachel Zoe, Adrian Grenier, Mila Kunis, January Jones and Aaron and Lauren Paul. The evening began with guests entering a recreated English garden through wrought iron Georgian gates, inspired by the Royal Parks of London, while they were handed flutes of champagne and an orchestra played.
Model Liberty Ross and actors Kate Beckinsale and Jaime King
Seated across from Anna Wintour and the Beckhams at the Burberry fashion show were gal pals Liberty Ross, Kate Beckinsale and a pregnant Jaime King (looking comfy in her plumage). As the show ended, the First Battalion Grenadier Guards entered the space, leading the crowd outside, where digital projections of British and American flags grandly illuminated the Observatory edifice.
Randy Jackson and Olivia Palermo
Olivia Palermo brought some style of her own to the 9th Annual Delete Blood Cancer Gala at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street on April 16, which was hosted by Randy Jackson, and featured a special performance by Kesha. The glitzy evening raised over $3.9 million.
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Actor Patrick Dempsey brought his knowledge of Paul Newman and racing to the documentary “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman,” which premiered at the EL Capitan Theater on April 16. Jay Leno, Robert Redford and Tom Cruise (via archived footage) also weigh in on Newman’s life and passion for racing in the film. “To me, it’s just sort of a posthumous love letter,” director Adam Carolla said.
“Parenthood” cast and crew
Starting another dialogue, the cast of “Parenthood” and executive producer Jason Katims met with the Television Academy to converse about the final season of the critically-acclaimed drama series at Universal Studios on April 16.
Vin Diesel, James Wan and Sam Gores
Also in Los Angeles on April 16, “Furious 7” director James Wan was feted at an intimate reception thrown in his honor at Paradigm Chairman and CEO Sam Gores’ Beverly Hills residence. The film’s Vin Diesel, Neal Moritz, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Jay Polidoro, Amanda Lewis and Samantha Vincent came out to celebrate the success of the latest “Furious” installment, which passed a billion dollars in ticket sales in just over two weeks time.
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Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace
Over in London, “Child 44’s” serial killer stalkers Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace spoke about their new film and the furious challenge of honing Russian accents. Rapace, a Swede who grew up in Iceland, said she didn’t find the Russian accent too tough to master, but Londoner Hardy said he resorted to an accent masterclass led by a popular purple puppet: “I watched Sesame Street. The Count speaks just like it.”
Keith Rodger, Andrew Mason, Russell Crowe and Brett Ratner
Also taking a global outlook, first-time director Russell Crowe had high hopes his Australian-made hit “The Water Diviner” would find similar success in the U.S. when it premiered in Hollywood on April 16. “It’s three years of my life and that’s what’s on the line,” Crowe said outside the TCL Chinese Theatre, before spelling out what will happen if his film (about a father coping with the losses of war) finds commercial success. “Simply, the investors I have will roll over their original investment. And I’ll get to do it again,” he said.