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.
The power of naming is a wonderful thing. Call our current economic crisis a recession, and the stores are empty; call a spending spree a charity shopping weekend and, voilà—charge it, please. That’s what Saks Fifth Avenue and the EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund are hoping for, at least, and judging by the A-listers at the tenth annual Key to the Cure cocktail kick-off party, they’ll be in luck. The shopping starts Thursday the 16th, but since hydration is clutch to any successful store visit, guests like Rachel Roy, Lindsay Lohan, and Stephanie Seymour gathered at the Top of the Rock Tuesday night to start the imbibing process early. 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski seemed right at home in her TV office, but admitted, “I’m always still in awe of this building, and not just its history, but by the people who’ve walked its halls.” (Jane, your show’s a hit. Relax.) Blythe Danner played the modesty card, too. “I don’t know that I’m in demand,” she demurred, when asked about her burgeoning career. “I’ve really been taking a backseat and turning things down because I wanted to be around my grandchildren.” Well, that’s not what IMDB says. Danner’s explanation for her influx of projects was just as modest, if not terribly reassuring: “With the economy the way it is, I have to get busy.” And here we’d almost forgotten about the recession.