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With a groundhog feel to it, the annual Glamour Magazine “Women of The Year” awards gala rolled out the red carpet at Carnegie Hall last night. And we are reeling over another year having come and gone, seemingly so quickly. This year’s honorees touted some stellar names like: Jennifer Lopez – “for transcending from superstar to superbrand” and Lea Michele – for her “musical talent & acting chops”.
We might have phrased the above differently, but we will try to keep it PC.
As the collage above indicates, these two mentions we isolate are a portion of the A-list brigade in attendance. We could easily have also dropped the names of presenters, for the evenings festivities, like the ever lovely Kerry Washington, Jessica Alba or the bashful Emma Stone.
But wait, less we get too overly PC – Stone wasn’t being bashful, girlfriend posed it up in the main arrivals tent, with an actual red carpet & backdrop. But suddenly, as if out of nowhere, the secondary arrivals area was “overwhelming” for her… & the Easy A star channeled a demure demeanor and made like she’d been transcended into the heart of a Compton drive by!
We will let this transgression go cuz she will answer to a higher being one day! Yes, we mean Tom Cruise. (Alright, we love her comedic timing in the flick. Sue us.)
And so as to not appear biased against our nations’ Republicans, we appreciate the likes of former first lady Laura Bush, accompanied by daughters Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, Condoleeza Rice and one-time Supreme Court / Clarence Thomas scandal figure-head Anita Hill who were all sports about the 2ndary step-and-repeat pause prior to sprinting in the stage door. The 99% have you guys figured all wrong.
Other notable mentions: Lala, Debbie Harry, Beverly Johnson – sans undergarments, Marc Jacobs – sporting a fab clutch, Theophilus London – in a suit right out of 1984, Nikki M. James, Emmy, Brian Atwood and date and Sandra Lee.
Attendees who skipped 2ndary photo-op: Jonathan Groff, Donatella Versace, Barbara Walters, Mayor Cory Booker, Diane Sawyer, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (her we understand & forgive) and True Blood’s hotness werewolf supreme – Joe Manganiello – who was spotted going into the venue through the front door. And last but not least – the ever generous Jennifer Aniston and her companion Justin Theroux.
Yes, VF was loaded with all the beautiful women Hollywood has to offer – Gwyneth Paltrow sparkling in a one-shouldered shimmery form hugging gown, Jennifer Hudson looking stunning in orange, Kate Beckinsale demonstrating exactly how basic black should be worn, Sofia Vergara and her amazing curves, Kerry Washington sporting a Studio 54 ready disco chic number, Hailee Steinberg conveying youth and elegance, Charlize Theron in white, Anne Hathaway dazzling in burgundy, Ginnifer Goodwin – loved the do and the frock, Emma Roberts looking simple and elegant, Anika Noni Rose in peach.
There were other eye-catchers, just peruse the gallery below and you will get the idea – but we have a soft spot for Little Red Riding Hood. Sue us.
But of course there have to be fashion faux pas. Glee’s Lea Michele – what the hell kind of blue sequins Frankenstein number was that? Madonna – where did she think she was going? And Cameron Diaz – we’ve seen you in that micro-mini style dress before. We get it, you have long legs.
If you go the way of commenting on our tardiness – well, you can stop now! Our West Coast run was tiresome and not so warm… We had to return to NY to thaw out. But in the end it was all worthwhile… especially now that we have caught up on some rest and revisited our coverage.
Before you all go and get all bent cuz this is going up late let me just point out that it’s tough being a one-stop shop. We shoot, we edit & we have to find the time to post it. It ain’t easy being a pimp! Damn. So with that intro we proceed with putting up what little was obtainable of folks like Jane Lynch, Diego Luna, Jon Isaacs, Ben Stiller, Kerry Washington, Jessie Eisenberg, Malin Akerman, Aaron Eckhart, Amanda Peet, Terrence Howard, Annette Bening, Amber Tamblyn, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Lawrence at the 2011 Spirit Awards, held on Santa Monica Beach.
The good folks overseeing the event play deity with credentials and every year lock out a slew of folks out from official carpet coverage – ourselves included – so we find ourselves alongside a horde of others in the same predicament and shoot what is manageable beach side.
What we never are able to process is that these folks have a stretch of beach so wide that – were they so inclined – they could accommodate everyone and their mother on the press line and still have room left over.
Now some would take the opportunity to point out that maybe if they did, they would get more coverage in the rags. But pointing this out might also lead to the observation that scheduling an awards show b4 the likes of OSCAR isn’t the smartest thing in the world.
Not judging, simply making an observation.
Being out in the open – well, some years are clearly better than others. This was not one of those.
The set-up was obstructed by an army of port-a-pods and cars practically pulling up to the gate for drop off. Throw in a lot of over-zealous valet attendants going thru a delusion of grandeur cuz they were on premise doing blocking duty and what little could be machine gunned turned into half.
And if that wasn’t bad enough the West Coast was going thru their own winter blast which saw the likes of temps falling below 50!
We kid you not!
We would earnestly like to thank the lot of good spirited folks who ran from the drop off site like they were prairie dogging it… Rosario Dawson, Natalie Portman (who very well may have been at the prairie dogging stage…), Nicole Kidman, Samuel L. Jackson, Taye Diggs, Eva Mendes, Anne Heche & Zoe Saldana – just to name a few.
We are truly greatful for your generousity.
Like clockwork orange, the award season comes round every year, wreaking havoc on the masses. Tempers flair, photo-ops are missed – well you get the idea. It is a stressful time for all. The NY Film Critics Circle Awards is no exception. This year the list touted luminaries like the multi-faceted talent Annette Bening, dashing Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Leo, beauty Kerry Washington, hotness Armie Hammer, strapping Brit Colin Firth, Lesley Manville, Michelle Williams and a slew of directors like Olivier Assayas, among others.
And then comes the “limited space” issue which plagues so many venues. Alternate photo pens are created et voila – the birth of tempers flairing and missed photos is upon you with contractions the size of a New England state.
Not to point fingers, but the fault generally lies in one direction. The talent’s PR.
Case and point: One talent’s publicist could be heard telling her client “they are just paparazzis,” as she ushered him past the line-up and into the doors of Crimson.
Called for? Hardly. If we were paps, we wouldn’t have been behind a barricade! Dumbass.
Michelle Williams’ handler, not known for extending courtesy to a press line – on a good day, went as far as having their car drop them off on the opposing street, away from the designated drop off and rushed in the doors, ignoring the calls for the external step-and-repeat.
All class that one.
But the award of the night – in as far as flaired tempers go – stops at one rather well known photo agency who, upon learning of their placement in the B photo pen outside, shot off an email addressing their position on the matter.
“If you are unable to accommodate [our photographer] inside in time for arrivals and this is the kind of access [we] can expect at future events, please remove me from your distribution list,” read the declarative correspondence.
We here at RTnM congratulate the talent on their accolades and thank kindly those who took a moment, in the cold, to extend the courtesy of a secondary photo-op.
Who else but Tyler Perry could bring Ntozake Shange’s choreo-poem “For Colored Girl’s” to the bring screen? I shudder to think of an answer to that question. Seriously! Ain’t that many folks in Hollywood who have the know how. Alright, so he shortened the title a bit – but it sure as hell ain’t any less impactful!
And who else could compile a cast with this much talented pigmentation? Nobody!
When you have Thandie Newton, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington, Macy Gray, Phylicia Rashad and Ruby Dee – and that’s just the women – starring in the screen adaptation giving life to the immortal epic cry of minority sub-group that have been versed on stages from coast to coast, you can’t say nothing but give praise to Madea and her genius.
Hell if Perry ain’t poised to launch a whole new Hollywood right up in here.
Now I ain’t goin to get up on some soapbox and shout about how black women have had their troubles made to bathe in their own tears and so forth… That would just be wrong of me and somewhat redundant. Y’all know this. But I can say that this flick has the makings to serve as an anthem to those who’ve suffered and felt no voice of their own with which to scream.
This is “For Colored Girl’s Who’ve Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf”.
Other notable attendees: Roshumba, Francia Raisa, Niecy Nash, Montego Glover, Estelle, Veronica Webb, Ciara, Laura Izibor, Pattie Labelle, Jaycee, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Simone and the scribe herself – Ntozake Shange.