Ahna O'Reilly has not one, but two projects at the Cannes Film Festival this year and we sat down with the actress to talk about this extraordinary experience, the reception to her two movies, and what it was like to work with her ex boyfriend James Franco as a director. First up for Ahna was Fruitvale Station, which was coming off huge Sundance success after which it was picked up by The Weinstein Company. Ahna spoked about reuniting with good friend Octavia Spencer for their surreal Cannes Palais moment. Ahna also revealed how much she doubted that James Franco actually wanted her to star in his adaptation of As I Lay Dying and discussed who, between the two of them, was more nervous for their big premiere. Check our chat and keep your eye out for lots more from Ahna O'Reilly.
James Franco toasted Ahna O'Reilly at a dinner party held on a yacht last night in Cannes. The event, thrown by James and The Art of Elysium, honored the actress's impressive debut at the film festival. Ahna is starring in not one but two movies being presented at the cinematic celebration. She acts alongside James in his latest passion project, As I Lay Dying, and is also in town for the premiere of Fruitvale Station, which was one of the most talked-about films at Sundance earlier this year. That project saw Ahna reunite with her The Help costar, Octavia Spencer, who stopped by the soiree last night. Guests mingled on the deck — where James and Ahna were the center of attention — over Champagne and dinner as the sun set on the South of France.
James and Ahna dated for several years before parting ways in 2011, then recently reunited professionally for their latest film. Last night, they shared a hug as James arrived before catching up with the creative crowd in attendance. It was a relaxed evening for the pair, who are preparing to unveil As I Lay Dying tonight at its Cannes premiere. The movie is an adaptation of William Faulkner's most acclaimed novel and marks James's feature-length directorial debut. It's one of 17 movies from around the world in competition at the festival, which continues throughout the week.
Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and Oscar Isaac joined forces today at the Cannes Film Festival to promote their new Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis. The movie, which follows Oscar's character as a fictionalized, struggling folk singer in the 1960s, was one of the most anticipated of the day.
After a photocall by the beach, the cast and directors gave a press conference, where they talked about the familial bond they shared on the set and the vital role that music plays in the telling of the story. Here are some highlights:
Justin on his connection to the movie's music: "As far as singing in the movie, obviously on the surface, it’s a different style from the music I make in real life. But listen, man, I grew up in Tennessee. Home of the blues, birthplace of rock and roll. . . . My grandfather [had] an old Gibson guitar — he taught me how to fingerpick. So it felt warm and fuzzy to me to be in this movie."
Carey on singing on screen: “I’m very nervous about singing in front of people. We had a week before we started shooting where we worked — what did we do? We all met up, and T-Bone produced the music and decided . . . what everyone’s voice was going to sound like.”
Oscar on the importance of music in creating character: "For everybody, the songs were what really showed you their inner life and their taste, their point of view. I saw it almost as much as a rehearsal for the personhood as the music.”
Justin on making it as a musician: “There is sort of the Malcolm Gladwell 10,000 hours theory about how you can’t consider yourself an expert at anything until you’ve kind of had 10,000 hours at it. I agree with practice. There's many people that spend that much time and somehow never get heard. You meet so many talented people along the way who for some reason or another don’t get heard."
Liam Hemsworth stepped out with a group of guy friends last night in Cannes at Belvedere's big soiree. The actor was one of several celebrities in attendance: Solange Knowles also arrived just before Rev Run and DJ Ruckus took to the turntables to spin a set full of throwback hip-hop for the crowd. The Help's Ahna O'Reilly also made an appearance at the party, which was nestled in an underground VIP space in the JW Marriott, right in the heart of the city's bustling festival scene.
Liam is in Cannes to celebrate the Hunger Games franchise, while Miley Cyrus has been tweeting about spending time in the recording studio back in the states as she works on new music. Liam's second film in the series isn't screening during the festival, but the cast — including Jennifer Lawrence — gathered today for a Catching Fire photocall, and Lionsgate is throwing a bash in honor of the film later tonight.
Today, Calvin Klein officially unveiled Rooney Mara as the face of its newest fragrance, Downtown — but the brand got an early start celebrating the news last night. Despite the rain, stars including Rooney, Carey Mulligan, Nicole Kidman, and Skyfall's Naomie Harris stopped by Calvin Klein's beachside bash at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday evening.
Rooney marked the new partnership alongside Francisco Costa, the creative director of Calvin Klein Collection, at the party, which was also hosted by Belvedere and IWC. Inside the dimly lit and intimate soiree, she chatted with producer Harvey Weinstein, while Carey mingled by the DJ booth before making an early departure. Nicole also made time in her Cannes schedule to attend. All three actresses are busy working this week. Carey's The Great Gatsby premiered on opening night; Rooney's latest film, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, will also debut later this week; and Nicole is serving as a member of the film festival's official jury.
After nine seasons, The Office will say goodbye tonight Angela Kinsey, who has been with the cast since the beginning, stopped by our LA studio recently to talk about the emotional last scene the cast shot together and why she thinks Dwight and Angela belong together in the series. She also gave us a hint as to which familiar faces we might see before the show comes to a close. Tune in for the final episode of The Office tonight on NBC.
Yesterday, Fox held its upfront presentation in NYC, showing off its newest shows and celebrating the series that have already been successes for the network. Mindy Kaling, Zooey Deschanel, Lea Michele, Demi Lovato, and Minka Kelly — who is starring in J.J. Abrams's upcoming show for the channel — were among the attendees at the presentation's afterparty. Lea sported a sexy, one-shoulder dress as she walked the blue carpet solo. Cory Monteith, her costar and boyfriend, didn't attend the event. However, the pair did celebrate his 31st birthday together over the weekend in LA.
While stars of current shows like Glee, New Girl, and The Mindy Project were celebrated at the event, the network also unveiled several series to come in 2013 and 2014, which network brass consistently referred to as reaching a "new generation" of viewers. Among the most buzz-worthy announcements were Andy Samberg's upcoming cop comedy and the confirmation that 24 will be returning to the airwaves.
Grimm star Bitsie Tulloch stopped by our LA studios to give us some intel into the upcoming season finale of the supernatural drama. Hint: there will be zombies! Bitsie also chatted with us about the cast's close-knit living quarters in Portland, where the show shoots, and the finale's big cliffhanger. Apparently, one of the main characters' fates will remain uncertain until the show returns for a third season. Catch Grimm tonight at 10/9 Central.
Keira Knightley and her now-husband, James Righton, stepped off a plane in Corsica on Wednesday, following their weekend wedding in the small town of Mazan, also in France. Keira wore a recycled Chanel gown to the nuptials. The intimate wedding was attended by a small group of family and friends and was followed by a party at Keira's parents' home in nearby Provence.
Once James and Keira landed on the island, the couple shared a baguette as they took a boat ride and spent some time relaxing on the beach. Keira sported a bikini while James splashed shirtless in the ocean, and the duo got playful as they lounged on chaises along the shore. The pair also shared a sweet moment together at a local cafe, holding hands across the table as they dined alfresco.
Mandy Ingber's new book, Yogalosophy, is a 28-day health and fitness plan she calls a "mind-body makeover." The yoga instructor, who counts Jennifer Aniston and Kate Beckinsale among her devotees, stopped by POPSUGAR Live! today to chat with us about the easy-to-adapt workout and lifestyle plan. Mandy also talked about what she's learned as Jennifer's teacher and shared advice on how to avoid "beating ourselves up" when we don't perfectly stick to a fitness regimen.
Gabby Douglas was the darling of the 2012 Olympics, becoming the first woman of color to ever become an individual all-around champion and bringing home yet another gold with Team USA in the group all-arounds. Gabby stopped by POPSUGAR Live! today to talk about her newest book, Raising the Bar, and the behind-the-scenes look into her life it offers her fans. She told us she's just a week away from beginning her training routine for the 2016 Olympics. Even after her gymnastics career comes to a close, Gabby said we might still see her in front of the cameras; she's hoping to pursue a career as an actor or TV host.
We recently had a chance to spend a day in Bluebell, visiting the set of Hart of Dixie, as the cast shot the season finale. Dr. Brick Breeland himself, Tim Matheson, directed the episode. We spoke to Tim and his costars Cress Williams and Scott Porter about what fans can expect from this season's goodbye. Not only can we look forward to an appearance by the country band Gloriana, but also, they promised us an "homage to Oceans 11" in the heist-themed episode. Check out our look behind-the-scenes look, and catch Hart of Dixie's season-two finale tonight at 8/7 Central.
This year, Joey Lawrence tried a new role on for size as the host of ABC's newest reality series, Splash. Joey paid a visit to our LA studios recently to talk about the diving competition's final episode and which stars surprised him the most with their skills. We also talked about what's ahead on the upcoming season of Melissa & Joey and why the 1990s are having a resurgence. He even mentioned how he discovered that Joey Russo, his character from Blossom, had a surprising connection to Kanye West. The Splash season finale airs tonight at 8/7 Central.
Sarah Chalke made her return to TV last month in the family comedy How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life). The actress stopped by our LA studios recently to talk about why this is the role she "relates to the most" in her career so far and why she thinks it resonates with a new generation of adults. Sarah also opened up about the personal story that inspired her recent guest appearance on Grey's Anatomy and weighed in on the potential of a Scrubs reunion. How to Live With Your Parents airs Wednesday nights on ABC.
Carey Mulligan went for a sleek, streamlined look tonight on the Met Gala red carpet. The Great Gatsby actress wore a design by Alexander Wang, who just took the reins at Balenciaga this season. The dress featured a midriff-baring panel and a nod to the night's theme, Punk: Chaos to Couture, with its safety-pin detail on the chest.
Carey has been in NYC lately prepping for the release of The Great Gatsby. At the premiere of the movie last week, she told us the elaborate costumes on set made her nervous and even admitted to accidentally breaking some pieces of jewelry during shooting. Carey's outfit tonight was a far cry from the flapper-inspired costumes she wears as Daisy Buchanan in the film. Tell us what you thought of her choice, and the rest of the many red carpet looks from the event, in our 2013 Met Gala polls!
Sarah Jessica Parker was the talk of the Punk: Chaos to Couture red carpet tonight as she arrived in a feathered headdress by Philip Treacy. The headpiece even caught the attention of Jennifer Lawrence, who stopped to touch the design on the steps of the Met Gala. In addition to the statement-making accessory, Sarah Jessica wore a Giles Deacon gown with knee-high tartan boots and had Vogue editor Hamish Bowles on her arm. She's a frequent fixture at the annual event and has attended as the guest of designers including Alexander McQueen in the past. Let us know what you think of SJP's look — and how it compares to the other designs on the red carpet — in our Met Gala 2013 red carpet polls!
Carey Mulligan and her husband, Mumford & Sons lead singer Marcus Mumford, held hands on Friday as they headed to lunch at Prune in NYC. Later on in the day, Carey headed out of their hotel solo to do a little more promotion for The Great Gatsby, sharing a story about her embarrassing first meeting with the producer of the soundtrack, Jay-Z.
Carey visited Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to chat about taking on the role of Daisy Buchanan and her A-list collaborators on the project. She told Jimmy that she met Jay-Z at the NYC premiere of the movie last week, but that the introduction didn't go very smoothly. "I built it up in my head," she said. "He was so nice, and he reached out to shake my hand . . . and I went sort of blank." Carey said that she got so flustered, she awkwardly told Jay, "I know you . . ." before dissolving into nervous giggles. On Saturday night, Carey followed up her visit with Jimmy by joining her costars and director Baz Luhrmann to preview The Great Gatsby for a VIP group that included Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani. The film hits theaters in the US on Friday and will open the Cannes Film Festival on May 15.
This week in POPSUGARTV, we celebrated wedding season with a DIY for party poppers that are perfect for the big day. We also looked ahead to warmer weather with a 10-minute bikini-body workout, a recipe for a light and refreshing chopped kale salad, and a preview of some of the biggest movies hitting theaters this Summer. From the small screen, Candice Accola of The Vampire Diaries stopped by our NYC studios, and fashion designer Betsey Johnson and daughter Lulu visited us in LA to share an exclusive preview of their new reality series. Click through to watch all these videos and visit POPSUGARTV for even more!
Don Cheadle takes on a new challenge as Lt. Col. James Rhodes in Iron Man 3, sporting a superhero suit of his own as the Iron Patriot. We caught up with the actor at a recent press day for the movie, where he talked about the "cumbersome" and "tricky" costume and hinted that his character might appear in the Avengers sequel. Lindsay's wardrobe provided by Clover Canyon.
Sir Ben Kingsley stars as the Mandarin, an international terrorist bent on destroying Tony Stark, in Iron Man 3. We sat down with the acclaimed actor in LA to ask him about the movie's handling of such a sensitive and timely topic and to learn how he made the classic comic-book character his own — while still staying true to his origins. Iron Man 3 hits theaters everywhere on May 3.