Hilary and Brian Bowen Smith attended Geraldo Jewelry presents ‘Icons Of The Awards’ Benefiting The Art Of Elysium at Mr. C Beverly Hills on February 19 in Beverly Hills.
– Events Geraldo Jewelry Presents “Icons Of The Awards” Benefiting The Art Of Elysium – February 19 2015
With Oscar balloting having closed, the female nominees took time out of their busy schedules to attend an intimate luncheon thrown by designer Diane von Furstenberg Wednesday afternoon. Co-hosted by two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Anne Sweeney, the event was held at von Furstenberg’s Beverly Hills home and offered an easygoing respite from the madness of awards season.
Greeting attendees as they arrived, von Furstenberg revealed, “There are 44 women nominated this year and 20 are here today.” Those women included A-listers like Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon and Rosamund Pike, whose new baby Atom was the only male in the room. But it wasn’t just limited to famous faces; Von Furstenberg invited every female nominee, from sound editors to documentary short subject directors in a show of female solidarity and camaraderie.
“I know how busy everyone is this time of year and I’m so grateful that everyone could find time to take an afternoon off and be here today,” said von Furstenberg. But it was the attendees who seemed most grateful, taking time to enjoy a gorgeous afternoon surrounded by other women, many of whom they’ve worked with or admired for years.
The belle of the ball was undoubtedly Streep; many were lining up to talk to and take photos with the gracious 19-time nominee, who von Furstenberg noted, “Is a big supporter of women. Whenever women are involved, Meryl is there. She shows up.”
After a buffet lunch where guests lounged in the living room and backyard, von Furstenberg took time to give a speech, explaining this was the second year in a row she had held this luncheon. “The first one came about kind of by accident,” she noted, explaining she had a meeting with the Academy last year to discuss doing something in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of her infamous wrap dress. After discussing with Academy CEO Dawn Hudson that there was no such event to honor the women, they came up with the idea to throw the party last year, co-hosted by Anne Hathaway. Now, von Furstenberg plans to make it an annual event.
Von Furstenberg took time to introduce every attendee, even non-nominees, and when she passed the microphone to Swank the actress said, “I think you’ve said everything there is to say!” Von Furstenberg insisted that Streep say a few words, and the three-time Oscar winner praised von Furstenberg for all she’s done for women, such as contributing to the Vital Voices network and its Women in the World Conference. “You put your money where your mouth is!” proclaimed Streep. She then added that it was exciting to see so many women nominees in one room. “And next year I want to see the entire grounds covered in nominees!”
Yesterday Hilary, Rita Ora, Meryl Streep, Diane von Fürstenberg and Gugu Mbatha-Raw were together for a woman pre Oscar brunch which was hosted by Diane von Fürstenberg.
– Events Diane Von Furstenberg pre-oscar brunch – February 18 2015
Hilary is featured in Porter Spring Issue. So far check out some outtakes.
– Photoshoots Porter – Spring 2015
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank discusses her unique character Mary Bee Cuddy in our exclusive preview for The Homesman, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD February 17. Based on the award-winning novel by Glendon Swarthout, Hilary Swank stars as a woman who is tasked with taking three deranged women across the frontier. Along the way, Mary rescues George Briggs, played by director Tommy Lee Jones, who reluctantly helps Mary transport three women driven mad by the harsh frontier life across the treacherous land – where a kindly minister’s wife (Meryl Streep) has offered them hospice.
The unlikely pair soon realize just how daunting the journey will be as the group traverses the vast Nebraska Territories, marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant danger. Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones co-wrote, directed and stars in this critically acclaimed film, which features an all-star cast including John Lithgow, Miranda Otto, James Spader and Hailee Steinfeld. The Homesman was well-received by the nation’s critics, earning an 81% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Blu-ray and DVD bonus materials include two insightful behind-the-scenes featurettes along with a look at the life of women in the 19th century. Take a look at our exclusive preview featuring Hilary Swank before picking up The Homesman on Blu-ray and DVD next week. In case you don’t want to wait another week, the Western drama is currently available on Digital HD formats.
I finally was able to add full scans from the Interview magazine.
– Magazine Scans Interview (Germany)- February 2015
Hilary Swank and Susan Sarandon have taken voice roles in the 3D animated comedy “Spark,” joining Jessica Biel and Jace Norman.
“Spark” is directed by Aaron Woodley for ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co. and Gulfstream Pictures, which teamed on “The Nut Job.”
It’s the first time Swank has been cast for her voice in an animated feature. She’ll voice a noble queen, and Sarandon will voice a nanny robot.
The story follows a teenage monkey, Spark; a battle-ready fox; and a tech-savvy warthog as they embark on a mission to take back their planet from a power-mad general. The film is currently in production with plans for a 2016 release.
The film is produced by ToonBox and Redrover, in association with Gulfstream Pictures, which is handling U.S. sales. Executive producers are Hong Kim, Jay HJ Ahn and Daniel Woo and Gulfstream Pictures’ Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.
Redrover is fully financing.
I have added outtakes from Interview photoshoot.
– Photoshoots Interview – February 2015
Hilary is on the cover of Interview magazine Germany issue. Hopefully I will be able add scans from it soon.
– Scans Interview (Germany)- February 2015
Few actresses win one Oscar—let alone two. Hilary Swank did it in just five years, for Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, all before she turned 30. Since her first break in a 1990s Karate Kid sequel, Swank has come a long way in a short time to reach such a lofty plateau in the biz. It’s no surprise she likes to take on tough leads that others might not even attempt. This year alone she played a young wife afflicted with ALS in You’re Not You (a film she also produced) and a pioneering woman on a treacherous journey in the Tommy Lee Jones-directed The Homesman, the latest in a remarkable career to create yet more Oscar buzz. Like so many of her roles, Mary Bee Cuddy in Homesman was no easy task.