Helen Mirren plays Maria Altmann — a Jewish refugee who flees the Nazis during World War II and later sues Austria to recover her family’s paintings — in “Women in Gold,” which premiered in NY at MOMA on March 30. Co-star Katie Holmes made it to the carpet after flying in from LA on a delayed flight, and Ryan Reynolds, who plays Altmann’s lawyer, was detained filming the Marvel tentpole “Deadpool.” The after-party took place at Neue Galerie, where the portrait referenced in the film’s title presently hangs.
Another star charged with portraying history is Dakota Fanning, who plays Euphemia “Effie” Gray in the story penned by Emma Thompson, about a woman who annulled her marriage to marry another during the Victorian era when divorce wasn’t sanctioned. Fanning talked about the restrictive corsets and inspiring screenwriter at the “Effie Gray” premiere at NY’s Paris Theatre on March 30.
Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce
Meanwhile in NY, rather than looking to the past, artists including Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce invested in the future at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30.
Jay Z and Madonna
The myriad musical stars joined Jay Z at the launch of Tidal, which is positioned as an ad-free, high-quality streaming-music subscription service. Jay Z acquired Sweden-based Aspiro for $56 million back in January, and the group who joined him onstage at the New York event (including Madonna, Chris Martin, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Kanye West) were introduced as co-owners of the company, representing the first artist-owned digital-music service.
Sarah Paulson and Fran Weissler
And while the music world rallied for Tidal, the MCC Theater community convened at the Hammerstein Ballroom on March 30 to celebrate their two Miscast Gala honorees, Emmy® & Golden Globe® nominated stage and screen actress Sarah Paulson and Tony® Award-winning producer Fran Weissler.
Miriam Shor, Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar and Hilary Duff
Green hair, twentysomething culture and camaraderie is what was celebrated at the “Younger” series premiere on the Lower East Side on March 31. “When you’re 40, and you’re living in a world where the cultural significance is being in your 20s, how do you operate?” posed creator Darren Star. “It’s about reinventing yourself at any age, and not getting stuck in a rut, and being brave,” noted Hilary Duff, who bravely sported tresses dyed a mermaid-inspired hue that most coincidentally matched the hair color of her co-star Nico Tortorella.
Chrissie Fit, Graham Rogers and Anna Camp
Being young (and namely, a college student) is also the premise of Hulu’s new series “Resident Advisors,” which premiered at the Paramount Lot on March 31. “We got away with a lot of stuff that we wouldn’t have other places, which really makes it funny and special… Like, there’s a condom episode,” revealed actor Graham Rogers. “There’s a lot of freedom granted.”
Exec Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, and NBC’s Jennifer Salke and Robert Greenblatt
And in New York, something rather old (the Bible) was spotlighted at the premiere of NBC’s mini series “A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES,” which airs on Easter Sunday at 9pm ET/ 8pm CT.
Dean Winters and Chris Noth
Family and friends (including Chris Noth from “The Good Wife,” Regis Philbin and wife Joy, Dean Winters, director Brett Ratner and Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band member Steve Van Zandt) came together for another institution, Frank Sinatra, whose legacy came to life at the “Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All” New York screening at the Time Warner Center on March 31.
Executive producer Frank Marshall, HBO’s Richard Plepler and director Alex Gibney
To thoroughly capture the essence of the man considered to be one the greatest entertainers of the 20th century, director Alex Gibney (“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”) and executive producer Frank Marshall (“Back to the Future”) used footage from Sinatra’s 1971 retirement concert at LA’s Ahmanson Theatre as a centerpiece around which to narrate his life. “I learned that he was a fantastic storyteller in song,” said Gibney at the New York premiere of the HBO documentary.
‘It’s Only A Play’ Cast
Things also got theatrical as Tom Kirdahy, playwright Terrence McNally, F. Murray Abraham, Micah Stock, Stockard Channing, director Jack O’Brien, Matthew Broderick and Katie Finneran hosted a backstage champagne celebration to welcome original cast member Nathan Lane and new cast member T.R. Knight to the production of “It’s Only A Play” at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 31.
Moving from Broadway’s bright lights to “Dark Places,” the film’s star Charlize Theron sparkled as she premiered the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel at Cinema Gaumont Capucine in Paris on March 31.
Pharrell Williams, Helen Lasichanh, Chanel Artistic Director Karl Lagerfeld and Beyonce
Other noted sartorial standouts, Beyonce and Pharrell Williams, showed support at Chanel Artistic Director Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Metiers d’Art Collection showing in New York City at the Park Avenue Armory on March 31.
Harley Viera-Newton, Alexa Chung and Dakota Johnson
A fashionable flock of Chanel devotees, including Harley Viera-Newton, Alexa Chung and Dakota Johnson, also came out to the Armory to preview Lagerfeld’s Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Metiers d’Art Collection.
Kimberly Garner and swimsuit models
On the west coast fashion front, British “It Girl” and “Made In Chelsea” star Kimberley Garner threw a posh tea party on the rooftop of the London Hotel (naturally), where she previewed her Coachella-inspired spring swimwear collection. (Next up in two months will be the debut of her American-inspired swimwear in London.)
Karina Smirnoff and Maria Menounos
The following night, LA fashionistas (including Karina Smirnoff, Maria Menounos, Katharine McPhee, Jaime Chung and Peyton List) perused JustFab’s Ready-To-Wear apparel, shoes and handbags at Sunset Tower Hotel as they munched on risotto balls and french fries and danced to tunes by DJ Alex Merrell.
Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson
And while some were furiously shopping, the cast of Universal’s “Furious 7” feted their newest blockbuster at the TCL Chinese on April 1 — while paying respects to Paul Walker. “As you all know we lost someone very dear to us during the filming,” said producer Neal Moritz. “Paul was the most decent, thoughtful, caring human being I have ever met. Losing him was a blow to all of us.”
Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe and Lotte Verbeek
Lots of love was also expressed over at the “Outlander” mid-season premiere, by the story’s ardent fans. “Our intention is to deliver to fans of these books a story they love in a way they can enjoy it, so they can say ‘yeah, that’s the “Outlander” that I know,’” said the show’s producer and showrunner Ronald D. Moore prior to the screening at the Ziegfeld Theatre.
Theodore Roosevelt IV, Michael Bloomberg, Hansjorg Wyss and Constance Rogers Roosevelt
Likewise showing love for a cause, Theodore Roosevelt IV, Michael Bloomberg, Hansjorg Wyss and Constance Rogers Roosevelt supported the 2015 New York City benefit for Oceana — the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans — at Four Seasons Restaurant in New York on April 1.
Also doing her part for nature, Bella Thorne joined aboard National Park Service’s #FindYourPark Manhattan event, where she posed with some park rangers. Thorne, along with Roselyn Sanchez, Bill Nye, Mary Lambert and Terrence J, tell their personal stories relating to the National Park Service Centennial campaign on FindYourPark.com.
What Kelly Clarkson did for charity on April 1, was to surprise pregnant women and new moms with a private iHeartRadio concert at The Grove Los Angeles, as part of Chevrolet’s initiative to make April Fools the “Best Day Ever.”
David Lynch and Donovan
Also using music to aid others, Duran Duran, Moby and Lykke Li were among the musicians and bands who celebrated the songs of director David Lynch at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on April 1. “He channels a lot of dark things and makes them light, and I think that’s what I try to do with my music as well,” Li said at the benefit which supported the David Lynch Foundation (which makes Transcendental Meditation accessible to those in need).
Similarly rocking out for charity, Leighton Meester gave a heartfelt performance to guests at the Full Moon Bazaar at Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles on April 2, which benefitted ManyHopes.org.
And while Jennifer Garner believed in the power of Mickey Mouse, at the Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park in Anaheim on April 2…
E.J. Scott and Deborah Ann Woll
Actress Deborah Ann Woll and E.J. Scott endorsed the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live premiere of “Marvel’s Daredevil,” in which a blind lawyer fights crime as a superhero with superhuman powers.
Rosario Dawson, who also stars in the “Marvel’s Daredevil” Netflix series with Charlie Cox and Elden Hensen, kicks in too.
Lyndon Chubbuck, Robert Reese, Carole Keeney Harrington, Natasha Fissiak and Claire Chubbuck
Dedicating the LA premiere of documentary “Pussy Riot: The Movement” to slain Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, director Natasha Fissiak shared some rather harrowing production stories at the Laemmle Music Hall on April 2. Traveling to Moscow, she witnessed a police raid on her residence and saw people being dragged away by police shortly before she interviewed Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich. “I had never seen anything like that in person,” she said. “I asked my crew about it, and they said they’d seen worse. They were used to it. You really shouldn’t get used to something like that.”
Yet another fierce female, Emmy® nominated actress Christina Hendricks, joined Jaguar to celebrate the unveiling of the all-new, aluminum 2016 XF sedan at the exclusive event in New York at the 2015 New York International Auto Show.
Scott Campbell, Lake Bell, Patti Aronofsky and Darren Aronofsky
Also auto-minded, Scott Campbell, Lake Bell, Patti Aronofsky and Darren Aronofsky helped Audi toast its partnership with the Whitney Museum in New York on April 2.
Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Audi
‘Nurse Jackie’ Cast
At another NY landmark, the New York Stock Exchange, the cast of “Nurse Jackie” — Edie Falco, Betty Gilpin, Stephen Wallem, Merritt Wever and Dominic Fumusa, with executive producers Tom Straw and Liz Flahive — rang the prestigious opening bell.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and Mike Judge
And moving from the finance to tech worlds, “Silicon Valley” had its season two premiere on April 2 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. “A long time ago, I was actually an engineer in Silicon Valley,” said creator Mike Judge. “I was an engineer dreaming of becoming a comedy filmmaker in Hollywood, and now here I am doing a show called ‘Silicon Valley.’”
No silicon is needed for beautication via Khloe Kardashian’s products — and the reality star made a visit to ULTA Beauty’s West Hills store to promote the Kardashian Beauty Hair Care And Styling Line.
Camilla Belle, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Gillian Jacobs
Style was also front and center at Elyse Walker and David Koma’s dinner in West Hollywood on April 2, attended by a chic group including Camilla Belle, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Gillian Jacobs.
Taraji P. Henson and Aaron Paul
A trendy group also gathered in West Hollywood on April 2 for Samsung’s exclusive Los Angeles launch of the Galaxy S 6 edge. Stars including Aaron Paul, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Munn, Kate Bosworth and Taraji P. Henson arrived to the intimate dinner on N. Fuller with their names displayed on new Samsung phones in lieu of place cards.