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16 posts tagged "Cinema Society"

Lucky Zac


It is difficult to imagine Zac Efron at war, armies of teen female fans not withstanding, which makes his latest role as a returning marine in The Lucky One no mean feat. “Nothing in my own life even comes close,” said an earnest, Balenciaga-suited Efron at last night’s Cinema Society screening of the film. “But I did have my imagination, and believe it or not, I spent some time on Camp Pendleton.”

Luckily for audience credulity, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation mostly centers on Efron’s post-war quest to find, then woo, the woman whose photo he believes kept him safe in the trenches (Efron later told that his only real-life talisman is his family). She’s played by Taylor Schilling, who arrived at the James Hotel after-party looking the very picture of luck in a Calvin Klein dress and Fred Leighton rocks. Joining them were director Lee Daniels, singer Natasha Bedingfield, and snowboarder Shaun White, who wore an Acne suit accessorized with an unprintable slogan pin (a less charming luck charm, perhaps). On the roof, Dylan Lauren held court in one corner, SNL‘s Abby Elliott and Vanessa Bayer in another. “He’s so cute, isn’t he?” said Elliott of Efron. “And yes, I cried. I always cry. The Notebook is my favorite thing, like, ever.”

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Footloose Once More


“I was probably 10 years old when I first saw the original, on VHS from Blockbuster,” Kenny Wormald, who stars as Ren MacCormack in the new remake of the 1984 dance classic, said. “Going into this, I knew the magnitude of the film and the responsibility that we had—I think we upheld that.”

Last night came the true test when the film made its New York debut at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. Wormald and his co-star Julianne Hough stepped out for the Cinema Society screening, alongside Brad Goreski, Christian Siriano, Petra Nemcova, and Lorenzo Martone. Before the screening, both the actors and guests couldn’t help but chatter about their favorite dance films, citing everything from Dirty Dancing to Save the Last Dance. “I grew up tap dancing, so Singing in the Rain was a key one for me,” said Wormald, who kicked off his dance career at age 6 after deciding soccer and baseball weren’t going to work out.

Though both Wormald and Hough have strong dance credentials, they still had to put in plenty of prep time for the Craig Brewer-directed film, shot in Atlanta. “I definitely worked out really hard for this role,” Hough admits. “I show off my stomach in the movie and just putting on those red boots and tight little jeans, that was fun.”

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Brits Do It Better


“The British, I think they just have a better sense of humor,” Dree Hemingway said last night at the after-party for English director Stephen Frears’ new film Tamara Drewe at the Crosby Street Hotel. She’d spent the rainy evening taking in a Cinema Society and Altoids-hosted screening and got a kick out of the dark comedy, which is adapted from the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds. The dreary, perfect movie-watching weather brought her good company: Frears alum Glenn Close (who starred in the director’s award-winning Dangerous Liaisons), Matthew Broderick, and Dominic Cooper among them. Gemma Arterton (left), the film’s star and also on hand, laid claim to the moody drizzle. “I always bring the weather with me and I came from London,” the actress confessed.

While there weren’t any debonair spies for the former Bond girl this time around, Arterton’s character—a feisty journalist with a nose job—does spend the film wreaking havoc in the English countryside. It was shot on location, which makes it a homecoming, of sorts, for the actress. “I used to go to Somerset, which is the county next door, and it’s my favorite part of England. It’s most beautiful in fall,” she said. “Luckily, I’ve worked there twice already—see, I’m meant to be there!”

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Cinema Society Keeps On Trucking


“It’s great to have a regular movie night!” said Michelle Monaghan at Friday night’s Cinema Society screening of her new film Trucker. Well, at least as regular as these things can get. Instead of a velvet-rope affair, the opening mixed it up downtown at the Village East Cinema, where regular fans noshed their popcorn alongside the likes of Arlenis Sosa and Karolina Kurkova—hitting her nine-month mark this week. Still, Monaghan had cleaned up for the occasion sporting head-to-toe Calvin Klein in honor of the night’s co-host. It’s a far glossier look than her character in the film, a tough truck driver who has to make room in her life for her estranged son. Afterward, the group headed to dinner at Charles in the West Village, where Mary Alice Stephenson surprised Monaghan with a French show tune sung by burlesque performer Lady Rizo. It was all in celebration of Monaghan’s role, which some are comparing to Sally Field in Norma Rae. “For me, this was the role of a lifetime,” said Monaghan. “It’s not often that you get to read characters that are not just one-dimensional.”

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Talking Sex, Drugs, And Older Men At Cinema Society


It was a buzzy evening for the Cinema Society crowd last night—a chance to see Oscar contender pic An Education with rising-star ingenue Carey Mulligan and to check out the new Crosby Street Hotel. There to take in the event, co-hosted by Dior Beauty and Möet & Chandon, were Rachel Roy, Susan Sarandon, Charlotte Ronson, and Agyness Deyn. The film centers on a teenaged Mulligan coming of age in sixties-era suburban London with the help of much older man, played by Peter Sarsgaard. So what was growing up in that era really like? “It was a very empowering time,” said Sarandon, who is Mulligan’s cast mate in the upcoming Wall Street 2. “You felt you could change the course of history, and you did. The music was great, the drugs were great, the sex was great.” Mulligan, however, got a different picture while researching through friends’ parents and her on-set driver. “My driver told me it was dull,” said the 24-year-old Brit. “It was sort of boring as depicted in the film.” Mulligan also relied on secondhand study to portray a love-struck girl in a relationship with a healthy age gap. “I’ve played it very safe,” said Mulligan, who very recently became a tabloid fixture for her budding relationship with another Wall Street 2 co-star, Shia LaBeouf. “It’s mostly because I’ve just never met anyone older. But I think men that are a little bit older is a good thing and I can understand the appeal.”

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