11:28 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 02/22/2013 02:40PM
Excitement is at an all time high for what promises to be a star-studded Oscar night, but for East Coast Academy members and celebrities that don't make the trek to L.A., Daniel is the place to be for the ceremony. Chef Daniel Boulud's namesake restaurant on the Upper East Side will be "the supporting actor" to the evening, Boulud says, revealing that the dishes he has planned are "a celebration of the movies" and "fun – not too cerebral."
Boulud also admitted he could not choose all the nominees to pay homage too. "[I] loved Argo, but except for giving you a big pile of caviar or a soup with saffron, I am not versed on Iranian dishes," he said at a preview of the meal earlier this week, adding he does "love the rice with butter" common to the country's cuisine.
As for the movies he did pick – No, Life of Pi, Kon-Tiki, Amour, Royal Affair and Les Misérables – he created six hors d'oeuvres inspired by the story and its setting. For Les Mis that means a bread basket of finger sandwiches because Boloud says "there will always be bread." And for Royal Affair he pairs smoked fish and potatoes for a "very Danish dish."
Originally posted 02/21/2013 10:40AM
If Steven Spielberg's Lincoln ever heads to Broadway as a musical, it will have no trouble finding its leading man.
In a comical bit of Oscars mischief, Hugh Jackman showed up to The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday dressed as the 16th president and proceeded to sing the opening line of the Gettysburg Address – to prove that he, and not Daniel Day-Lewis, deserves the Oscar for Best Actor.
"The truth is, I wanted to sway a few last-minute Oscar voters. I'll be honest. I mean, really, can Daniel Day-Lewis do this?" Jackman said before breaking into song.
Originally posted 02/11/2013 07:00AM
She's won big at the Golden Globes and now the BAFTAs, but will Anne Hathaway take home an Oscar?
Hathaway – who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Les Misérables – isn't spending too much time worrying about it.
"Whatever happens in two weeks, happens. It won't be the worst thing that happens to me if I don't win, and with my husband by my side it won't be the best thing either. So I am feeling very good about whatever," the actress, 30, told reporters backstage after nabbing a best supporting actress statue at Sunday's British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards in London.
Originally posted 12/18/2012 05:00PM
"It's almost secretive. But it's a good thing to talk about," the Les Misérables star says of his and Deb's infertility battle
Originally posted 12/14/2012 09:15AM
Hugh Jackman loves to sleep but he doesn't mind being awakened with good news – something he's getting used to of late.
When he got word that he was nominated for a Golden Globe this week, "it was about the best 5:45 a.m. wake up call I've had in my life," says the Les Misérables star on Friday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
But just as soon as the veteran theater actor learned about his nomination, Jackman, 44, (who'd been out until 2 a.m. the night before), told DeGeneres that he wasn't exactly overtaken by the excitement.
"I don't have a problem with sleeping. In fact, immediately after I found out I went back to sleep and actually had the best two hours from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. I've ever had in my life."
Originally posted 12/13/2012 05:10PM
I admit to nothing.
I will not confess to sobbing – twice – during director Tom Hooper's adaptation of the hit musical Les Misérables. That never happened.
I certainly did not gasp when Anne Hathaway, broken and degraded as Fantine, forced to sell her teeth and her body to feed her child, utterly crushed her solo, "I Dreamed a Dream," by beckoning the audience in instead of belting.
There is no evidence that I said that Hugh Jackman and his glorious tenor could rival Daniel Day-Lewis for an Oscar.
Originally posted 12/11/2012 08:00AM
Amanda Seyfried has worked with a lot of good-looking men, but there's one in particular who rises to the top of her list.
"Channing [Tatum] was amazing. He's a superstar," the actress, 27, tells the January issue of InStyle about PEOPLE's 2012 Sexiest Man Alive.
Seyfried, who starred opposite Tatum in 2010's Dear John, is well-aware of her former costar's appeal.
Originally posted 12/05/2012 03:30PM
Following a Sunday night screening of Les Miserables, the cast and crew dined at Porter House New York.
Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Russell Crowe and Sacha Baron Cohen were all on hand to celebrate the film.
Anna Wintour, Michael Kors, Joan Collins and Tony Danza were also there to enjoy passed items from Chef Michael Lomonaco including roasted sliced filet mignon with cabernet and shallot sauce, porcini mushroom ravioli with white truffle cream and bite-sized desserts including New York state apple pie, cream puffs and mini ice cream sandwiches.
But the most delicious part of the evening was when Jackman – accompanied by a pianist – serenaded Seyfried with "Happy Birthday" while she stood on top of the grand piano bench in the center of the dining room.
Originally posted 11/26/2012 10:35AM
With its theatrical release still 30 days away, Tom Hooper's Les Misérables is already being touted as an Oscar contender for Best Picture.
The movie musical screened for the first time on Friday afternoon at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York, where The Hollywood Reporter was on hand to report on general reactions.
Although Anne Hathaway's role as Fantine in the film is brief, she makes an "indelible impression" especially during "I Dreamed a Dream," THR writes.
Originally posted 11/12/2012 02:50PM
Preparing to play Fantine in Les Misérables could be perceived as miserable for Anne Hathaway.
No stranger to altering her lifestyle to fit a role – she went vegan and got into peak shape for The Dark Knight Rises – Hathaway, who turned 30 on Monday, went to extremes to stay true to her latest character.
Going on a strict cleanse before shooting Les Mis, the Academy Award-nominated actress lost 10 lbs. Then, living off of two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste per day, she lost another 15 lbs. in two weeks.
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