In today's PopSugar Rush, we're covering last night's Hollywood Film Awards, which represents the official launch of award season! Are you ready? We'll reveal why Kerry Washington definitely is. Plus, we have exclusive details from the red carpet on Bradley Cooper's first dance with Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard's new French film, Judd Apatow's hilarious marital issues with Leslie Mann, and more. Many of the films that earned awards last night haven't even been released, so you'll also be getting a sneak peek at the names and faces to look out for this January and February!
Last night's Hollywood Film Awards brought plenty of stars to the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Few attendees went home empty-handed — Bradley Cooper won the Hollywood Actor Award, Marion Cotillard the Hollywood Actress Award, and Amy Adams the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award. Ben Affleck also added to his statue collection, since he and the cast of his third directorial project, Argo, won the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award. He accepted the prize in the company of Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, and Alan Arkin. Judd Apatow, meanwhile, accepted his Hollywood Comedy Award.
We caught up with Bradley on the red carpet before the show began. He spoke about working with Jennifer Lawrence in their forthcoming Silver Linings Playbook, revealing that on their very first day on set, the ice was broken right away since they had to practice a dance scene. Many of the attendees' minds were on the third presidential debate, however. Bradley told us his advice to young people this election season is to vote, while Kerry Washington showed off her Barack Obama 2012 iPhone case.
— Additional reporting by Lindsay Miller
Ben Affleck and Marion Cotillard were among those who stepped out for last night's Hollywood Film Awards in LA. Marion hit the red carpet in a strapless gown from Dior, while Amy Adams also attended in a long Oscar de la Renta number. A Prabal Gurung-clad Amanda Seyfried, Kerry Washington, and Irish actress Kelly Reilly rounded out the list of ladies heading into the show. Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and Bryan Cranston were also on hand. The Hollywood Film Awards are generally regarded as the first of award season, which gets into full swing in early 2013. Argo was honored for the acting skills of their cast, while Robert and Bradley picked up statues for their forthcoming Silver Linings Playbook. Richard Gere received a lifetime achievement award, while Amy and Marion got individual acting honors.
When the first trailer for This Is 40 dropped, I was disheartened by the focus on how horrible it is to grow old. I was expecting it to be more lighthearted, since it's Judd Apatow's "sort-of sequel" to Knocked Up. This new trailer is funnier, with more of the family dynamic (I love seeing Maude Apatow as now-preteen Sadie). However, it's not all jokes; for example, Debbie and Pete (Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd) both talk about killing each other and generally nag at each other. The tagline of "This is everyone's story" implies that its sentiments are universal, and maybe they are, but for me it feels awfully glass-half-empty. Still, I'm excited to see it because I love Rudd so much — not to mention the supporting players we see here, like Jason Segel and Chris O'Dowd. I'm curious about how everyone else feels though — is this trailer hilarious or depressing?
HBO's new series Girls premiered at the School of Visual Arts Theater in NYC. The series is the brainchild of Lena Dunham, whose first big movie Tiny Furniture debuted in 2010. The film caught the eye of Judd Apatow, who reached out to Lena to see if she needed help with any projects. Their friendship helped bring Girls to TV, and Judd worked closely with Lena on the 10 episodes of the first season. The program centers around the friendships of four ladies living in NYC, and the plot has raised some inevitable comparisons to HBO's other landmark series about Big Apple women — Sex and the City. Girls, though, is a grittier look at the lives of 20-somethings and the mistakes they make, both personally and professionally.
Lena also stars in the show, along with Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke. Plenty of famous friends came out to support the cast, including a Preen-clad Claire Danes, Kyra Sedgwick, and Kevin Bacon. Allison, whose father is NBC's Brian Williams, wore a gorgeous white Donna Karan dress and Kwiat jewels. Zosia also has a well-known dad, writer David Mamet, and Jemima's father was in the band Bad Company! Brian and his wife Jane swung by the afterparty at the Standard Hotel.
Lena spoke to us last night about when Judd first reached out to her. She said, "I thought that it was a prank when Judd first got in touch with me. I thought my friend Isabel was emailing me using this weird technology that lets you pretend your email address is someone else's email address!" The affection is certainly mutual between Lena and Judd. He raved of Lena, "She's so funny, and she has a unique vision." Check out our full red-carpet report later today on PopSugar Rush.
Jennifer Aniston wore Tom Ford to last night's big LA premiere of Wanderlust. She shared hugs on the red carpet with costars Paul Rudd and Malin Akerman, as well as producer Judd Apatow and his wife Leslie Mann. However, Jennifer seemed to keep her distance from boyfriend Justin Theroux. Jen and Justin weren't photographed together at all throughout the evening, but both were still wearing their personalized "Jennifer" and "Justin" name rings. They even managed to stay a few feet apart during the afterparty at Napa Valley Grille. Justin caught up with Paul and his wife Missy Yager at the bash, while Jennifer hung out with Universal Pictures president Ron Meyer. We were on the scene last night at Hollywood's Mann Village Theatre, so stayed tuned later for our report from the screening.
Robert Pattinson's newly shaved head had many people talking about him at the 2012 People's Choice Awards. Hear why his name came up backstage with Judd Apatow in PopSugar Rush.
Twitter buzzed with activity this week, and some of Hollywood's hottest celebs shared their two cents. Busy Philipps reflected on a funny run-in she had following a minor fender bender, while James Van Der Beek announced he and his wife, Kimberly, are expecting their second child. Ashton Kutcher kept mum about marriage woes, but he did tweet support for his favorite team, the Chicago Bears, and Nicole Richie showed love for J Lo. Click through to see what everyone talked about, and don't forget to follow PopSugar for the latest news, photos, and more!
The stars of The Change-Up like Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, and Leslie Mann gathered in LA last night for the West Coast premiere. Olivia Wilde rounded out the cast of actors who hit the red carpet outside the Regency Village Theatre. There was a special surprise in store — Sandra Bullock, in Lanvin, made a rare appearance to support her good buddy Ryan! Jason, meanwhile, had his wife Amanda Anka on hand for the premiere and afterparty at the Hammer Museum, and Leslie was next to her husband Judd Apatow. Leslie wore Marchesa for the first part of the evening then changed into Monique Lhuillier for the bash. Olivia picked a red Antonio Berardi before putting on a star-embellished frock for the end of the night. We managed to snag a few minutes with the bold-faced names before they headed into the screening. Olivia spoke about how funny the guys were on set, while Jason and Ryan revealed that they've been friends for 15 years and have been waiting to do a project together. Stay tuned for more later today on PopSugar Rush!