Dispatch: Cannes, a Salute to Betty White, and TV Upfronts
From sunny Mediterranean vistas and film fêtes to the Friars Club roast of a comedic treasure.
May 21, 2012
FROM LEFT: Astrid Munoz and Lara Stone; Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, and Ludivine Sagnier at the IFP Euphoria Calvin Klein party
Thursday, Calvin Klein invited Dispatches to the sumptuous Villa St. Georges for the IFP Euphoria Calvin Klein fête, celebrating Women in Film at the Cannes Film Festival. Ten minutes from the Croisette, the dreamy Belle Epoque mansion on Avenue Roi Albert features a curved stone staircase with balustrades that sweeps up to the property. The pool has one serpentine edge and craggy olive trees at the far end; verdant gardens with palms overlook the bay.
The famous beauties in attendance, dressed by Klein, looked like color-coordinated art pastels. Shailene Woodley wore peach; Jessica Chastain had on a shorter pink number; Naomi Watts’ tan dress pooled an inch or two on the carpet; and Diane Kruger had her girls pushed way up in a sparkling, ankle-length pink gown.
And the buttons on Joshua Jackson’s shirt looked as if they might pop. “I don’t want to bust out," he quipped as Kruger pulled his jacket shut.
“It’s the most beautiful place,” said Naomi Watts of Cannes. “We just arrived and had a Bellini on the terrace,” she continued. “I met my darling Liev while wearing Calvin Klein.”
“I play a jaguar in Madagascar 3,” mentioned Jessica Chastain, her red hair pulled back tight, "and I’m also in Lawless. You hear about this festival your whole life.”
By the pool, tall, thin gas-burning pyramids warmed the air, and fuchsia flower petals floated on the water. Dispatches also spotted Ben Stiller and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Just in from Portofino was Euphoria model Lara Stone, with her husband, David Williams, the tall Swiss dude with bright blue eyes from Dinner with Schmucks.
Saturday, a hirsute Shia LaBeouf took his mom to the Lawless party, hosted by Harvey Weinstein and Johnnie Walker Blue Label at Cannes’ Baoli Beach. Chastain had her hair down and wore a gold sequined chiffon number.
FROM LEFT: Jennifer Connelly and Dustin Lance Black at a screening of Virginia; Betty White and Uggie the dog at the White's Friars Club roast
Virginia Screening, TV Upfronts, and the Friars Club Roast of Betty White
Back in New York, at the Cinema Society fête for Virginia, starring Jennifer Connelly, Jane Lynch said she was in town for the Fox Upfronts. Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes was holding hands with Juliette Lewis. She said that he was on tour and that they were thrilled that he got to take a break. “I enjoyed being brain-fucked for an hour and a half,” McCoy said of Virginia. “And I mean that in the best way possible.”
On Tuesday, The Gersh agency celebrated the TV Upfronts at Lilium, a dimly lit bar off Park Avenue South. I must have arrived early, because Kyle MacLachlan and I both said we were the only ones we knew at the whole party. Nice guy. My friend Liz Durand Streisand from UsWeekly was with her husband, who is apparently related to Barbara, but both MacLachlan and I thought he looked exactly like Matt Damon.
At the Friars Club roast for Betty White on Wednesday at the Sheridan, White told Dispatches: “I’m just going to listen and try to be a lady . . . I said try!” Gilbert Gottfried turned up the heat on the red carpet, saying that he and White do it, "she’s in an orthopedic bed with an IV attached . . . if she were 50 years younger, she’d be 1,000!”
At the USA Network Upfronts on Thursday, WWE wrestler CM Punk claimed that he doesn’t know how to tie a tie. I had recently caught Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals) in Same Time, Next Year, and then there she was walking the carpet. She said she had her dog with her in the car. Love that. And Carla Gugino (Political Animals) claimed that she punked her publicist by saying that she had her dog and that he needed a bone and water.