“I’ve come a long way from Springfield, Ohio,” said Legend.
In New York nothing heralds the arrival of fall like the avalanche of Oscar hopefuls premiering all around town.
At the Paris Theatre Amy Sedaris and Tara Subkoff took in Craig Gillespie’s Lars and the Real Girl, a comedy about a man who orders a life-size doll online and comes to believe she’s real. Star Ryan Gosling actually preferred “Bianca” to some of the live divas he’s worked with. “I want to make all my pictures with her,” he said. “She was fascinating.”
Thankfully, some people still like real women. At the Tribeca Grand, the Cinema Society hosted a screening of Elizabeth: The Golden Age that drew Lauren Bacall, Val Kilmer, LL Cool J and star Cate Blanchett. During one particularly tense scene, the reel broke, prompting one audience member to yell out, “Tell us what happens next, Cate!” Luckily, before the actress could respond, the movie resumed. Uptown, Anjelica Huston, Adrien Brody and Francesco Clemente were among those on hand for the dinner that Louis Vuitton hosted at La Grenouille in honor of the cast of The Darjeeling Limited. Krug champagne flowed, there were ample plates of poulet, and guests bid on Louis Vuitton luggage from the film.
Of course, not everyone spent the early part of the social season munching popcorn in the dark. At the Park Avenue Armory, Tom Ford and Tobias Meyer cohosted an Art Production Fund event with APF cofounder Yvonne Force Villareal. Guests Rufus Wainwright, Chloë Sevigny, Gina Gershon and Sigourney Weaver were given earplugs, which came in handy when motorcyclists noisily premiered artist Aaron Young’s performance piece Greeting Card. “I’ve come a long way from Springfield, Ohio,” said John Legend after taking in the scene.