Blake Lively Gets a Spanking and Kind of Enjoys It

A-Listers Line Up for a Pippa Lee Screening


Robin Wright Penn and Blake Lively   
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There's a lot more to the new film The Private Lives of Pippa Lee than a group of pretty women experimenting with S&M. But is it really that surprising that a scene in which Julianne Moore commands Blake Lively to receive a spanking has generated some prurient buzz?

Lively plays Robin Wright Penn's troubled main character in her wild youth; Moore, the lesbian vamp who (with the help of a camera and some props) coaxes out her naughty side. "Julianne is very professional," Lively assured us at last night's Cinema Society screening, which was co-hosted by A Diamond Is Forever. "I thought it was going to be really awkward, but as soon as they called action she snapped into the strongest character—it made it easy for me not to laugh or feel weird." So how did the Gossip Girl beauty feel attached to a leash? "Scared, but kind of enjoying it."

As Penélope Cruz and Marion Cotillard strolled past yelping photographers, director Rebecca Miller riffed on the bondage scene's thematic importance: "In a way, the whole film's about the way people are bound to each other. It's the central metaphor," she explained. Appropriately, Wright Penn walked the carpet in skin-tight Hervé Léger by Max Azria. No such constraints for co-star Keanu Reeves, who attended in a T-shirt, blazer, and vintage hiking boots—perfect footwear for the after-party at the thick-timbered Ace Hotel.

"They're comfortable," he shrugged, making his way through the hotel's yet-to-open Breslin restaurant (which, a server confided, will seat its first customers on the 23rd). "And it's Sunday night!"

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