The new movie Cyrus started out as a bunch of dudes. Directors Jay and Mark Duplass wrote the part of a down-and-out single guy specifically for John C. Reilly, then cast Jonah Hill as the clingy, weird, full-grown son of the woman he falls for.
And then? “Honestly, we had a little bit of a freak-out,” Jay Duplass explained at last night’s Blackberry-sponsored Cinema Society screening of the film at the Crosby Hotel. “We had these two guys who are just really funny, brilliant minds, and we were like, we’ve got to find a girl who can hold her own.”
Enter Marisa Tomei (left, with Jay Duplass). “What I enjoyed was that it was a fuller picture of a woman than a lot of times we get to see,” said the actress, who came by the screening in a Lela Rose dress and Brian Atwood heels. Tomei did decide to tweak the character’s wardrobe, though. “The guys were wanting it to be really low-key—serious low-key, like sweat pants. But she’s the muse to this really creative, eccentric child. I just thought she was more of a creative person and that it would be expressed somewhat more through her style.”
“She was really picky about what she wore,” Duplass confirmed. But the gents were happy to oblige. “Once we realized the level of her heightened awareness of clothes, we were like, girl, just go with it. We don’t even need to approve it, just pick what you want. That’s awesome.”
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.
L.A. fashion week is getting a splash of organized glam tonight with a runway show, photography exhibit, and video installation at MoCA courtesy of Cameron Silver and Downtown L.A. Fashion Week, a new group looking to fill the void left by IMG and Smashbox Studios. Celebs like Marisa Tomei, Kelly Lynch, and Zoë Saldana are slated to attend this benefit (proceeds from ticket sales, available at www.DowntownLaFashionWeek.com, go back to the museum), which will see pieces from Silver’s vintage collection gliding down the runway. On tap from the Decades’ archives: a hot-pink strapless number from Christian Dior once slipped into by Gwyneth Paltrow and the second-skin Azzaro frock Nicole Kidman wore to the NYC premiere of Moulin Rouge!Madonna fave Louis Verdad’s new collection, shot in painterly fashion by August Bradley and filmed by Robertino Fonseca, should satisfy attendees’ cravings for this season’s prevailing trend toward multimedia fashion shows.