Sunday, July 21, 2024

Mick Jagger Gives “The King’s Speech” Some Satisfaction


Awards season in Hollywood and New York is still going on for front runners “The Social Network and “The King’s Speech. ” Tomorrow night in New York, Tina Brown is hosting an A list cocktail party for the “Network” team. Hopefully, producer Scott Rudin will be well enough to attend and welcome star guests like Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue. Last night in Hollywood: an eclectic group of celebs starting with rock stars like Mick Jagger, Lenny Kravitz, and Marc Anthony and JLO, toasted “The King’s Speech” gang (Firth, Rush, Hooper) at the Chateau Marmont. The Audi sponsored get together included an invite to nominees from all 10 Best Picture candidates who’d been at the Academy nominees lunch earlier that day. Jane Fonda and Richard Perry, Renee Zellweger, “Blue Valentine” nominee Michelle Williams with bff Busy Phillips (they were on “Dawson’s Creek” together), cast members from “Glee” (Cory Montieth) and “Modern Family,” (Jesse Tyler Ferguson). Mickey and Jan Rooney, Don Rickles–yes Don Rickles!, Nikki Haskell, and Lucy Punch helped give nominee Geoffrey Rush a send off to New York where he starts his play, “Diary of a Mad Man,” at BAM on Friday night. (Rush will get a big welcome tonight in New York for his acclaimed stage performance transferring from Australia.)

There were lots of reunions, too: actor brothers Keith and Robert Carradine were on hand. And a bevy of actors who worked in classic Miramax films were there like Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard (with son Alex, the hot star of “True Blood”) from “Good Will Hunting”; Timothy Spall from “The King’s Speech” and  “Love’s Labours Lost”; plus Anthony LaPaglia, Amanda Seyfried, “Lord of the Rings” guys Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan, Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Jennifer Beals, Jeremy Piven, and Brit superstar Anthony Andrews, who’s in “TKS” but is fondly remembered here for “Brideshead Revisited.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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