Category: Oscars

Diane von Furstenberg: Leave Angelina Jolie and her leg alone

If Angelina Jolie wants anyone in her corner after that business about her leg at last Sunday's Academy Awards, it's Diane von Furstenberg. 

The Ministry caught up with the legendary designer in Los Angeles on Saturday, where she said she doesn't quite understand why Angie and her limbs are under attack.

"She's always so gorgeous," Von Furstenberg said at the launch of GapKids + DVF, her chic children's line for the retailer. "I don't know why, but I think people are just not nice to her." 

And as a woman who has just created a collection for children, she's not having any of this Angelina teasing.

At shopping mecca The Grove, Von Furstenberg turned up to greet celeb fans like a pregnant Molly Sims, Busy Philipps, Alyson Hannigan, Tiffani Thiessen and "Entourage" star Constance Zimmer. 

Not your normal petting zoo fare, the DVF bunch kept it glamorous with a mini-runway for kids to strut down and a makeup station, and passed snacks like vegetable cut-outs and mac 'n' cheese. 

Motherhood being another job Angelina is highly associated with, we asked Von Furstenberg the value of raising children with their own unique stlye, like Jolie and Brad Pitt's Shiloh. 

"The only thing that matters is that your kids are happy with who they are," Von Furstenberg said.


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Angelina Jolie honored at Producers Guild Awards

SAG Awards after-party: Brad and Angelina dine, 'The Help' shines

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Left, Angelina Jolie waves for the cameras. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times. Right, Diane Von Furstenberg. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press

Sean Young says she was sober, well-behaved when arrested

Sean Young says she was sober and well-behaved when she was arrested after the Academy Awards
Sean Young want folks to know that she was sober when she was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery after the Academy Awards on Sunday, and that she thinks a lot of things about the situation are "very stupid."

Young, 52, is currently out on $20,000 bail after being booked under her legal name, Mary Sean Young, at the LAPD's Hollywood Division station shortly before midnight Sunday.

She was involved in "some type of physical altercation," police told L.A. Now; Young told People magazine she "was just standing by the little line" outside the Governors Ball, for which she did not have a ticket. "I wasn't bothering anybody."

The "Blade Runner" actress and "Celebrity Rehab" alum did tell People, however, that she struck a security guard after she went to leave and he allegedly grabbed her arm.

Said Young via Facebook on Monday: "I just want everyone to know that I was sober, extremely well behaved when a very stupid security guard went postal on me and then The Academy's very stupid lawyer recommended a 'private person's arrest' and I have grounds for a lawsuit against the Academy although I believe a public apology to me would be much better. I am OK and I have the Hollywood Police Stations support who very carefully and kindly photographed the bruises on my arms which this guard is responsible for doing."

Later Monday, she noted on Facebook that she was "working on not absorbing any toxic spew from this unfair and stupid media silliness," and reiterated her desire for a public apology from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Young is due in court March 19.


Actress Sean Young arrested on battery charge

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Photo: Sean Young at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards in 2011. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Elton John's Oscar party turns 20 with Klum, Kardashian, the kid

Fran Drescher, Elton John and John's son, Zach.

A 20th anniversary is an achievement in any arena, but it's a great cause for a rowdy celebration when it comes to an Oscar party franchise. That was the case Sunday with the staple Elton John AIDS Foundation viewing party and gala, held each year under the bespectacled eyes of Elton John and partner David Furnish.

The party's normal home at the Pacific Design Center is currently a dreadful mess of construction, so organizers moved just across the street to West Hollywood Park and constructed an impressive ballroom and party space.

Heidi Klum, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus, David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris, Dianna Agron and boyfriend Sebastian Stan were among dinner guests all buzzing about one important attendee: Elton and David's son Zachary.

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At just over a year old, the little man was adorable in a miniature tuxedo monogrammed with his name. Zach was quite taken with a blue-haired Katy Perry, next to him, and the chocolate Pomeranian toted by Fran Drescher.  

After dinner and the awards show, funnyman Joel McHale, Gwen Stefani and Kim and Kourtney Kardashian worked outdoor areas where dancing was inevitable and Ciroc cocktails flowed generously. Elton delivered a fiery speech in support of his foundation.

"Twenty years, 20 years since this disease came to the attention of people in this country," he said. "We have the tools for a cure, but the enemies of a cure are bigotry, stigma and greed."

The ballroom unanimously agreed. That political moment aside, folks seemed to enjoy Billy Crystal and the night's big winners.

"Last year I went to visit a friend at a hotel, and the cable was coming in so spotty," Agron recalled, "so I missed almost everything. This year I'm just thrilled to watch."  


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— Matt Donnelly

Photo: Fran Drescher with her Pomeranian and Elton John with his son Zach at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party on Sunday in West Hollywood. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images

Oscars 2012: Kenneth Branagh on some great expectations

Kenneth Branagh knows all too well the burden that comes with playing multiple Oscar winner Laurence Olivier — and then earning an Oscar nomination for that work.

"Laurence was a great academy icon, he won best actor with 'Hamlet,' he won best picture with 'Hamlet' ...," he said Sunday before the Academy Awards. "This community knows his work very well. High expectations of anyone who would try and play him.

To Branagh, who notched a supporting actor nod for "My Week With Marilyn," walking down that red carpet in Hollywood was in a sense walking the same path trod by Olivier and Marilyn Monroe.

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"It feels like a bit of a completion of that journey into showbiz past."


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— Geoff Boucher


Oscars 2012: Solid gold and stars at Vanity Fair after-party

Gwyneth Paltrow

Oscar winner or Oscar loser, anyone can break even at the Academy Awards' most exclusive after-party — anyone who's been invited, that is. And so another year of Vanity Fair madness came to pass, with magazine Editor Graydon Carter hosting a new crop of film honorees, luminaries from politics, art and fashion, and even some royalty.

The Sunset Tower Hotel was a glamorous war zone of barricaded fans, tinted SUVs and paparazzi Sunday evening as folks made their way to the fete from the telecast in Hollywood.

Carter had first welcomed 130 guests for dinner and the show, among them Amy Adams, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, Bill Maher, Les Moonves and Julie Chen, Sofia Vergara, Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde, George Lucas, Tom Ford, Jane Fonda, Claire Danes and Chris Martin.

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After "The Artist" claimed best picture, dinner tables were cleared and doors opened to the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, who joined husband Martin for a cocktail. Paltrow wasn't shy about her admiration for several famous guests, at one point retrieving her smartphone and asking Steve Martin and Martin Short to take a photo with her.

Paula Patton had been telling us for weeks about her anxiety over a dress for the occasion, eventually going with a Naeem Khan mini. "I had to pull the trigger, so I went short," she said. "I love long gowns, but this just felt right."

At that precise moment, everyone stopped to appreciate Cameron Diaz and her gown, a form-fitting red-orange number.

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Thanks to their creative endeavors, some New Yorkers came to town, among them "Saturday Night Live" star and original screenplay nominee Kristen Wiig. Plenty of funny females surrounded her, including Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy.

Kate Hudson stepped out with fiance Matt Bellamy, both looking excited for a date night away from their new baby -- pictures of whom Hudson shared excitedly with Owen Wilson.

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Jessica Chastain: Grandma calmed her down at the Oscars

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain — who appeared in a whopping six releases last year, "The Help" and "The Tree of Life" among them — still felt like the new girl in town Sunday as she made her way down the Oscars red carpet.

"It's incredible.... It's something that I always dreamed about. It kind of actually means that I'm doing it," Chastain said, taking in her surroundings.

"I've wanted to be an actor and now it's like, 'Wow, I'm at the Oscars. This is great,'" said the supporting actress nominee, whose "Help" costar Octavia Spencer wound up taking home the trophy.

"I'm with my grandma and so that calms me down a bit because it reminds me to see it all through her eyes."



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— Amy Kaufman

Photo: Jessica Chastain on the Oscars red carpet Sunday. Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press


Oscars 2012: Milla Jovovich explores Oscar's 'city'

Milla Jovovich had an apt comparison for her first trip to the Oscars on Sunday: "It's like a really condensed Cannes," she said on the red carpet in Hollywood.

The French film festival destination is a whole city, she said, but the Academy Awards setup was "almost like a whole city's worth of press. ... It's absolutely stunning to see it all come together.

"It's very exciting to be here as a presenter," she said before noting that she'd like to run into anyone from "The Help," or perhaps Berenice Bejo from "The Artist."


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-- Geoff Boucher

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Oscars 2012: What was Billy Crystal's lamest joke? [Poll]


Billy CrystalThe reviews of pinch-hit Oscar host Billy Crystal, who replaced Eddie Murphy when he bolted with producer Brett Ratner, were mixed. Detractors said a little Borscht Belt schtick went a long way, while supporters thought Crystal brought some sharp wit to the proceedings.

As The Times' Greg Braxton reported, the evening had its share of uncomfortable moments and instances of what appeared to be cultural insensitivity. And Crystal quickly came under fire in social media for a couple of his bits.

Among them:

Crystal appeared in blackface as Sammy Davis Jr. during the show’s opening film montage. Crystal as Davis Jr. — a throwback to his days on “Saturday Night Live” — parodied Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris" with Justin Bieber.

Crystal joked shortly after Octavia Spencer's supporting actress win for “The Help” that he loved the film so much he came out of the theater wanting to hug the first black woman he saw. “Which, from Beverly Hills," he quipped, "is about a 45-minute drive.”

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Oscars 2012: Brad Pitt throws 'Moneyball' a comedic curve

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt's stop on the red carpet was almost eclipsed by a monstrous wave of shouts from photographers aimed at attracting the attention his better half, Angelina Jolie, but he still managed to share a bit of what his baseball film "Moneyball" was all about.

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"If you avoid the star system you'll find equally talented people for a lot less money," he said about the message behind the best picture nominee.

"And then," he said with a smile, "they cast me."




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-- Geoff Boucher

Photo: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the 84th Annual Academy Awards show Sunday at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times


Oscars 2012: For nominee Viola Davis, it's 'the final celebration'

Viola Davis

After months of exhaustive press tours to promote her role in "The Help," Viola Davis on Sunday said Oscar night brought a sense of relief.

"It's the final celebration. The final blow-out," the best actress nominee said with a smile.

By her side, as usual, was her husband Julius Tennon, who has supported her on every red carpet this award season.

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"From the moment I met him, I said, 'I gotta have him,' because he's the best man in the world," she gushed. "His integrity and his capacity to love and his loyalty -- you can't compare."

Davis, an academy member, didn't have words as kind for the organization. Asked to respond to the argument that the academy is only as diverse as the industry, the actress said: "I don't think that that's what Hollywood is.

"I think that that's probably who's just accepted into the academy."



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-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Viola Davis on the Oscars red carpet Sunday. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Oscars: Writers Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo at a loss for words

"Bridesmaids" writers Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig

"Bridesmaids" original screenplay nominees Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo were nothing on the red carpet if not, well, overwhelmed.

"It's very exciting and shocking and overwhelming and we're very grateful and happy to be here," Wiig said Sunday before the Academy Awards.

As for response to their film, Mumolo said, it's been "overwhelming and unexpected and ... it made us very happy to know that we reached some people."

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The craziness of the carpet had the usually glib Wiig searching for a word to describe it all -- but Mumolo stepped in.

"It sounded like a football game was going on in here when we were in line."

That's something to be happy about.



Oscars 2012: Where in the world is Ryan Gosling?

Oscars 2012: Nick Nolte doesn't really hang out with this crowd

Oscars red carpet: Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Dictator' targets Ryan Seacrest

-- Geoff Boucher

Photo: Annie Mumolo, left, and Kristen Wiig on the 84th Annual Academy Awards red carpet Sunday at the Hollywood &  Highland Center. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times


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