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Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund bring 'Country Strong' out West

December 15, 2010 |  2:20 pm

Garrett Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw and Leighton Meester at a "Country Strong" screening in Beverly Hills

The cast of "Country Strong" brought a little twang to the Los Angeles area on Tuesday evening, hosting a special screening for the Nashville drama starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

Country-strong-gallery The actress cum lifestyle blogger was joined by costars Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester.

McGraw's wife, Faith Hill, came to support, as did producer Tobey Maguire and his partner Jenno Topping, for a brief but intense red carpet call followed by a showing of the film at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. Click on the pic of Hill, right, for more pictures from the event.

With Paltrow in ghostly white, Meester was the floral-explosion opposite in a Dior mini. The "Gossip Girl" star plays a rising country star with plenty of ambition but some genuine disappointment that her mentor (played by Paltrow) feels threatened by her.

"That's never happened to be in real life," Meester told the Ministry. "I've been lucky that everyone I admire, including Gwyneth, has been amazing and, really, just helpful."

Clean-shaven and rocking Calvin Klein, Hedlund looked quite different from the bearded, plaid-clad crooner he plays in the movie. The Minnesota native, whose "Tron: Legacy" comes out this week, went through Nashville boot camp prior to cameras rolling on the country flick.

"I really can't describe the gift that [director] Shana Feste gave me," he said. "I can go home any time and pick up the guitar."

"Country Strong" opens in limited release Dec. 22 and goes wide Jan. 7.


Gwyneth Paltrow is 'Country Strong' at the CMAs

Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester premiere 'Country Strong' in Nashville

— Matt Donnelly

Photos:  "Country Strong" cast members Garrett Hedlund, left, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw and Leighton Meester, top, attend a special screening of the film in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night. At right, Faith Hill also hit the red carpet. Credits: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.