Celebrities had a very busy weekend across the world as festivals and events took over.
Stars got into a charitable mood this weekend as international events took over Hollywood in New York among other places. Read on to see which actress is a new mom, who is celebrating life and which stars are grieving a great loss.
In an effort to raise money for the organization, Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), stars gathered for an hour long, commercial-free live telethon Friday night. The event aired on E! and featured celebrities like Gwyenth Paltrow Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Katie Couric, Jon Hamm, and many more literally standing up to share stories of survivors in order to raise donations for the cause while also honoring loved ones who have lost their battles.
Held in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Melissa McCarthy kicked off the evening by running a torch down Hollywood Blvd, then passing it off to Steve Carrell who starting running the torch up the Dolby Theatre stairs until opting out for the escalator option. Finally Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet carried the torch into the theatre and lit the "flame" which ignited the event.
Other celebrity speakers throughout the night featured Pierce Brosnan who spoke on behalf of his late wife and daughter, both of whom succumbed to ovarian cancer. Katie Couric, who was in charge of the social media communication of the night, lost her mother Elinor last week to cancer and Couric made a point to dedicate her contributions to her late mom.
Thanks 4 ur kind and loving words. Mom was proud of @StandUpToCancer so I am here. But my world and the world at large seems terribly off.— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) September 5, 2014
Joan Rivers Laid To Rest Hollywood Style
In Rivers’ 2012 book, I Hate Everyone… Starting With Me, the comedienne laid out the Hollywood guidelines of the funeral she wished to have. Requests such as "Meryl Streep crying in five different accents" and an all-out
"showbiz affair with lights, camera, and action," were almost all met, thanks to her daughter Melissa Rivers and grandson Cooper.
Rivers was cremated Saturday after a private ceremony was held for family and very close friends. Sunday morning around 11am, celebrities and friends gathered in true Hollywood form to honor Joan at New York synagogue, Temple Emanu-El. Stars who attended included Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Howard and Beth Stern, Donald and Melania Trump, Carolina Herrera, Whoopi Goldberg, Nick Jonas, Diane Sawyer, Rosie O’Donnell, Kathy Griffin, Barbara Walters, Kristin Chenoweth, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Rachael Ray, and Rivers' Fashion Police family - Giuliana and Bill Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, and George Kotsiopoulos. All gathered in fashionable ensembles, many black silhouettes with small pops of color (Joan would have approved).
Hugh Jackman sang "Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage," an ode to Rivers’ days on Broadway. The actor received a standing ovation. Other star-studded performances included the New York Gay Men’s Choir and Audra McDonald singing "Smile." The eulogy was read by Howard Stern who hosted Rivers on his radio show dozens of time, which Rivers speaks of in her most recent book, Diary of a Mad Diva.
Stern referred to Joan as his "good friend" and his "hero." The service concluded around 12:15pm where attendees poured out onto the streets New York. Fans stood outside with signs, yelling "We love you Joan" among other endearing messages. The New York City Police Department Emerald Society bagpipers and drummers serenaded everyone with "New York, New York" and ended with "Give My Regards to Broadway." After all, Joan always referred to herself as, more than anything, an actress.
ScarJo is now MomJo
Scarlett Johansson gave birth last week to her first child, a daughter, with fiancé Romain Dauriac. The 29-year-old's newborn was given the sweet name Rose Dorothy. Johannson’s rep confirmed that "mother and daughter are doing well." Dauriac, a French journalist, popped the question to Johansson almost exactly a year ago and six months later in March, the couple announced that they were expecting.
Johansson’s Avengers co-star, Robert Downey Jr. (who is awaiting his second child with wife Susan) gushed about ScarJo becoming a mother.
"She’s the greatest. I know she’s gonna be a great mom." Congrats to the new family!
The annual Toronto International Film Festival is being held this week in Canada and if stars aren’t being found at Fashion Week, they’re most likely making their appearances up north. InStyle hosted their annual party Saturday night with the Hollywood Foreign Press, which proved the place to be. Held at the Windsor Arms Hotel, attending actors included Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Matthew Goode, Felicity Jones, Salma Hayek, Jake Gyllenhaal, Channing Tatum, Naomi Watts, Kevin Costner, and Ansel Elgort. The festival runs for eleven days and kicked off Thursday night.
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