The film Seven Psychopaths is certainly a unique one—a neo-western, achingly funny comedy with about as much gore as the entire Hostel franchise. Director Martin McDonagh told Style.com at the film’s Cinema Society and Hugo Boss-hosted screening in New York last night, “I wanted to explore my love of American cinema and to question our fondness for violence and to question cinematic violence.” And how did he get such a strong ensemble cast? “I knew Colin Farrell from In Bruges. Sam Rockwell and Chris Walken and I did a play a few years ago, and Woody Harrelson I knew from ten years back from the bars of Dublin,” he said at the Chelsea Cinema as cast members including Rockwell, Walken, Michael Pitt, and Abbie Cornish (pictured) made their way down the red carpet. Castmate Amanda Warren revealed of the on-set experience, “They were all so funny, you knew when you were together on set you were going to get a real ab workout.”
Although knee-slapping gore fest Seven Psychopaths is certainly a conversation piece, with the general election just a few weeks away, politics were the topic of the evening at the No.8 after-party a few blocks away, where the cast members were joined by the likes of Gerard Butler, Mariska Hargitay, and Julian Schnabel. Scarlett Johansson, arm in arm with artist Domingo Zapata, received praise for her speech at the Democratic National Convention. “Thank you so much. I was scared,” she admitted. Blythe Danner, taking a break from canvassing in Pennsylvania to support her longtime friend Christopher Walken, sported a Vote for Obama pin. “I almost like politics better than acting,” said Danner.
Stars like Ginnifer Goodwin, Christina Hendricks, Abbie Cornish, Marisa Tomei, and Perrey Reeves kicked off Oscar week last night in L.A. at a private reception, sponsored by Dior and Vanity Fair, for artist Kimberly Brooks’ (pictured, with Tomei) exhibition The Stylist Project. Call it a favor returned—the subjects of Brooks’ oil portraits are the men and women who spend their days making sure the celebs look good. And since those stylists—Arianne Phillips, Liz Goldwyn, Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant—most often spend their time behind the scenes (well, all except Rachel Zoe, another sitter), it was their night to shine. That’s not to say, of course, that the stylists are all retiring types. “I love that he’s talking and holding court,” said Tracee Ellis Ross after surveying the portrait of her friend, Decades’ Cameron Silver. Spoken like an actress. The man himself had professional concerns of his own. “All I cared about was looking young and skinny,” joked Silver, dressed in Alexander McQueen.
The Stylist Project runs through April 3 at Taylor De Cordoba, 2660 S. La Cienaga Blvd., L.A., (310) 559-9156, www.taylordecordoba.com.