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Events of the Week: ‘Poor Things,’ ‘The Color Purple’ and More

Here’s a look at this week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings in Los Angeles and New York, including events for Poor Things, The Color Purple and American Fiction.

Leave the World Behind premiere

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Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, Myha’la, Kevin Bacon, Farrah Mackenzie, Charlie Evans and writer-director Sam Esmail walked the carpet at the NYC premiere of their Netflix thriller on Monday.

Ethan Hawke and Julia Roberts
Ethan Hawke and Julia Roberts
Kevin Bacon, Sam Esmail, Ethan Hawke, Julia Roberts, Farrah Mackenzie, Charlie Evans, Mahershala Ali and Myha'la Herrold
Kevin Bacon, Sam Esmail, Ethan Hawke, Julia Roberts, Farrah Mackenzie, Charlie Evans, Mahershala Ali and Myha’la Herrold

American Fiction premiere

Writer-director Cord Jefferson joined stars Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross and Sterling K. Brown at their film’s Los Angeles premiere on Tuesday.

Cord Jefferson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jeffrey Wright, Sterling K. Brown, Erika Alexander, and Adam Brody attend the Los Angeles special screening of Amazon and MGM Studios' "American Fiction" at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on December 05, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California.
Cord Jefferson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jeffrey Wright, Sterling K. Brown, Erika Alexander and Adam Brody

Wish music celebration

The team behind the music of Wish, including star Ariana DeBose, celebrated with an event in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Julia Michaels, Angelique Cabral, Ariana DeBose, Alan Tudyk, and Benjamin Rice attend a special performance of the music from "Wish" in Los Angeles, California on December 5, 2023.
Julia Michaels, Angelique Cabral, Ariana DeBose, Alan Tudyk and Benjamin Rice

Mr. Monk’s Last Case premiere

Peacock celebrated the world premiere of Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie with the ultimate reunion of the original cast, executive producers and guest stars on Tuesday in NYC, 14 years after the Monk series finale.

David Hoberman, Jason Gray-Stanford, Andy Breckman, Tony Shalhoub, Melora Hardin, and Randy Zisk attend Peacock's "Mr. Monk's Last Case: A Monk Movie" New York premiere at Metrograph on December 05, 2023 in New York City.
David Hoberman, Jason Gray-Stanford, Andy Breckman, Tony Shalhoub, Melora Hardin and Randy Zisk

Poor Things premiere

Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley and Ramy Youssef joined director Yorgos Lanthimos at the NYC premiere of their Searchlight film on Wednesday.

Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Kathryn Hunter, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley and Ramy Youssef att
Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Kathryn Hunter, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley and Ramy Youssef
David Greenbaum, Yorgos Lanthimos, Emma Stone and Matthew Greenfield
David Greenbaum, Yorgos Lanthimos, Emma Stone and Matthew Greenfield

The Color Purple premiere

The team behind the musical adaptation — including producers Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, along with stars Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R. and Halle Bailey, walked the purple carpet at the L.A. premiere on Wednesday.

Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg
Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Deon Cole, Brenda Russell, Blitz Bazawule, Danielle Brooks, Alice Walker, Alicia Keys, Ciara and Fantasia Barrino-Taylor, Colman Domingo, Gabriella Wilson aka H.E.R., Taraji P. Henson, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, David Alan Grier, Corey Hawkins, Scott Sanders, and Steven Spielberg
Deon Cole, Brenda Russell, Blitz Bazawule, Danielle Brooks, Alice Walker, Alicia Keys, Ciara and Fantasia Barrino-Taylor, Colman Domingo, Gabriella Wilson aka H.E.R., Taraji P. Henson, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, David Alan Grier, Corey Hawkins, Scott Sanders, and Steven Spielberg

Lawmen: Bass Reeves special event

Oprah hosted a special screening of David Oyelowo’s new series on Dec. 1 in Los Angeles, with support from Gayle King and Oyelowo’s wife and kids.

Asher Oyolewo, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Zoe Oyelowo, Gayle King, Jessica Oyelowo and Penuel Oyelowo attend Oprah Winfrey Hosts Special Los Angeles Event For Paramount+'s "Lawmen: Bass Reeves" at Sunset Tower Hotel on December 01, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Asher Oyolewo, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Zoe Oyelowo, Gayle King, Jessica Oyelowo and Penuel Oyelowo

The Archies special screening

Netflix held a special screening of The Archies, with director Zoya Akhtar and writer/producer Reema Kagti and hosted by Prabal Gurung, on Dec. 1 in NYC.

Prabal Gurung, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, Marian Lee, and Bela Bajaria attend The Archies NY Tastemaker Event at The Paris Theatre on December 01, 2023 in New York City.
Prabal Gurung, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, Marian Lee and Bela Bajaria

Get Lit Gala

Get Lit- Words Ignite — the Los Angeles-based education nonprofit whose mission is to increase literacy, mobilize youth, and energize communities through poetry and visual media — honored Anderson .Paak at its event on Saturday. WME and Vans were also recognized as this year’s Ignite Award honorees.

Mason Granger, Anderson Paak, Diane Luby Lane and Alberto M. Carvalho attend Get Lit's 13th Annual Gala at Skirball Cultural Center on December 02, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Mason Granger, Anderson .Paak, Diane Luby Lane and Alberto M. Carvalho

Nyad special screening

Jared Leto hosted a special screening of Nyad with director Jimmy Chin, Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll on Saturday.

Jimmy Chin, Bonnie Stoll, Diana Nyad and Jared Leto attend Netflix's NYAD LA Tastemaker Event at San Vicente Bungalows on December 02, 2023 in West Hollywood, California.
Jimmy Chin, Bonnie Stoll, Diana Nyad and Jared Leto

Society of the Snow special screening

Tom Holland moderated a special screening of the Netflix film in Los Angeles on Saturday.

(L-R) Roberto Canessa, Enzo Vogrincic, Tom Holland and Director J. A. Bayona
Roberto Canessa, Enzo Vogrincic, Tom Holland and director J. A. Bayona

The Beanie Bubble special screening

Renee Zellweger hosted and moderated a special screening of The Beanie Bubble at CAA on Sunday, where she interviewed first-time directors Kristin Gore and Damian Kulash. Elizabeth Banks, who co-stars, introduced the film.

Elizabeth Banks, Damian Kulash, Kristin Gore and Renee Zellweger
Elizabeth Banks, Damian Kulash, Kristin Gore and Renee Zellweger

Camila Cabello + Lauren Sánchez holiday event

Camila Cabello, with sponsorship by Lauren Sánchez, hosted a holiday celebration on Sunday for reunified families in Miami. The event was put on in partnership with This Is About Humanity, Miami Freedom Project and Catholic Legal Services.

Camila Cabello + Lauren Sanchez Unite to Enhance Holiday Season for Reunified Families
Camila Cabello and Lauren Sánchez

Moving Image Award for Career Achievement

The Museum of the Moving Image honored May December director Todd Haynes with the Moving Image Award for Career Achievement on Monday, accompanied by a complete film retrospective, gallery exhibit and publication of a new book about his process.

Todd Haynes and Julianne Moore attend the Museum of the Moving Image event honoring Todd Haynes with the 2023 Winter Moving Image Award for Career Achievement on December 04, 2023 in New York City.
Julianne Moore and Todd Haynes

Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Cinema & Television: Honoring Black, Latino and AAPI Achievements

The Critics Choice Association presented the Celebration of Cinema & Television: Honoring Black, Latino and AAPI Achievements, hosted by Nicco Annan, on Monday in Los Angeles, handing out awards to Allen Hughes (Documentary Series Award), America Ferrera (Groundbreaker Award), Camila Morrone (Breakthrough Actress Award – TV), Charles D. King (Producer Award), Charles Melton (Breakthrough Actor Award – Film), Colman Domingo (Actor Award – Film & Ensemble Award), Damson Idris (Actor Award – TV), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Supporting Actress Award – Film), Edward James Olmos (Icon Award), Eva Longoria (Breakthrough Director Award – Film), Greta Lee (Actress Award – Film), Jamie Foxx (Vanguard Award), Jeffrey Wright (Visionary Award), Jessica Williams (Supporting Actress Award – TV), Keivonn Woodard (Rising Star Award), Kemp Powers (Animation Award), Ken Jeong (Comedy Trailblazer Award), Lee Sung Jin (Breakthrough Director Award – TV), Makoto Shinkai (International Animation Award), Oscar Montoya (Supporting Actor Award – TV), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Career Achievement Award), Teyana Taylor (Breakthrough Actress Award – Film), Xolo Maridueña and The Color Purple cast (Ensemble Award).

Robin Thede and Sheryl Lee Ralph
Robin Thede and Sheryl Lee Ralph
Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, and Fantasia Barrino
Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks and Fantasia Barrino
Paul Feig and Eva Longoria
Paul Feig and Eva Longoria

Stonewall Inn Brick Awards Gala

On Monday night in NYC, The Stonewall Inn and its official charitable giving organization, The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative (SIGBI), hosted the inaugural Stonewall Inn Brick Awards Gala to benefit SIGBI’s Safe Spaces Initiative and honor global LGBTQ+ leaders, and presented actress Dominique Jackson with the Icon Award.

Dominique Jackson, Murray Hill and Jeff Hiller attend the Stonewall Inn Brick Awards Gala at Racket NYC on December 04, 2023 in New York City.
Dominique Jackson, Murray Hill and Jeff Hiller

Comic Relief US’ inaugural gala

Comic Relief US hosted its inaugural Winter Féte in NYC on Tuesday, supporting their mission to leverage the power of entertainment to raise funds and awareness to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. The night honored Funny or Die owner and chairman Henry R. Muñoz III with the first-ever Visionary Award, with special introductions from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and The View co-host Ana Navarro.

Richard Curtis and Henry R. Muñoz III
Richard Curtis and Henry R. Muñoz III

Elle’s Women in Hollywood event

America Ferrera, Danielle Brooks, Eva Longoria, Fantasia Barrino Taylor, Greta Lee, Jennifer Lopez, Jodie Foster, Lily Gladstone and Taraji P. Henson were celebrated at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event on Tuesday.

Fantasia Barrino, Lily Gladstone, Jodie Foster, Greta Lee, America Ferrera, Jennifer Lopez, Danielle Brooks, Eva Longoria, Taraji P. Henson and Elle Editor-in-Chief Nina García attend ELLE's 2023 Women in Hollywood Celebration Presented by Ralph Lauren, Harry Winston and Viarae at Nya Studios on December 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Fantasia Barrino, Lily Gladstone, Jodie Foster, Greta Lee, America Ferrera, Jennifer Lopez, Danielle Brooks, Eva Longoria, Taraji P. Henson and Elle editor-in-chief Nina García

Memory special screening

Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard joined writer-director Michel Franco at a Los Angeles special screening of their film on Tuesday.

Memory Special Screening Los Angeles
Peter Sarsgaard, Michel Franco and Jessica Chastain

Education through Music Los Angeles gala

Education through Music Los Angeles held its 18th annual gala on Tuesday, honoring Christophe Beck (composer of Disney’s Frozen, Frozen II, Marvel’s Ant-Man), music educator Lydia Lee (vocal music director at John Muir Middle School), and SEL4CA (Social Emotional Learning Alliance for California). Kristen Bell, Chris Columbus and Bryan Cranston were among the stars in attendance.

Bryan Cranston, Amy Cranston, Jackie Tohn, Lydia Lee, Christophe Beck, Chris Columbus and Kristen Bell attend the Education Through Music Los Angeles 18th Annual Benefit Gala at Skirball Cultural Center on December 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Bryan Cranston, Amy Cranston, Jackie Tohn, Lydia Lee, Christophe Beck, Chris Columbus and Kristen Bell

Jane Fonda “Better with Age” conversation

Jane Fonda sat down with Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism dean Willow Bay on Tuesday for a conversation about aging, held at Wallis Annenberg GenSpace. The event kicked off a three-part series called “Better with Age.”

Gen Space Better With Age
Willow Bay and Jane Fonda

Maestro Cares 10th annual gala

Maestro Cares Foundation co-founders Marc Anthony and Henry Cárdenas celebrated their 10th annual Changing Lives, Building Dreams Gala in NYC on Tuesday, where Queen Latifah, Sam Nazarian and Eugenio Derbez were honored.

Eugenio Derbez Celebrated at The Maestro Cares 10th Annual Gala
Sam Nazarian, Queen Latifah, Marc Anthony and Eugenio Derbez

The Paley Center for Media conversation

The Paley Center for Media hosted a conversation on Tuesday with NBCUniversal Media Group’s chairman Mark Lazarus and NBC News’ Today co-anchor Hoda Kotb for a conversation on the intersection of TV and streaming and how NBCU has leveraged its ecosystem to reach new voices.

Hoda Kotb Mark Lazarus
Hoda Kotb and Mark Lazarus

Lord of Misrule premiere

Director William Brent Bell attended the Los Angeles premiere of his new film on Tuesday.

Magnolia Pictures LA premiere of Lord of Misrule, directed by William Brent Bell
William Brent Bell

Below 60° Holiday Cocktail Reception

Below 60° hosted a festive cocktail reception on Tuesday at The Maybourne Beverly Hills, with support from chief brand director Hilary Duff.

Hilary Duff attends the Below 60° Festive Cocktail Reception at The Maybourne Beverly Hills on December 5, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. Hosted by Chief Brand Director Hilary Duff, the party celebrated the launch of Below 60°, the next generation of air fragrance devices and can be found at www.below60.com
Hilary Duff

Amazon Small Business’ holiday event

Hailee Steinfeld joined Amazon in celebrating small business owners and artisans at an intimate cocktail reception in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Hailee Steinfeld Attends Amazon Small Business’ Holiday Event in LA
Hailee Steinfeld

Hollywood Houselift with Jeff Lewis premiere

Celebrity designer Jeff Lewis and his team celebrated the upcoming premiere of Hollywood Houselift with Jeff Lewis on Wednesday, which just debuted its second season on Amazon Freevee.

Shane Douglas, Jeff Lewis, Megan Weaver, Tyler Meyerkorth and Andrew Coleman
Shane Douglas, Jeff Lewis, Megan Weaver, Tyler Meyerkorth and Andrew Coleman

RFK Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala

Fran Drescher was honored at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Annual Gala in NYC on Wednesday, where Alec Baldwin served as emcee.

Kerry Kennedy, Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin, and Fran Drescher
Kerry Kennedy, Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin and Fran Drescher

Roger Vivier Dinner 

Laura Brown and Kiernan Shipka hosted a Roger Vivier dinner in honor of Gherardo Felloni on Wednesday in Los Angeles, with support from Allison Janney, Lana Condor, Alexandra Daddario, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Beckinsale, Alexandra Shipp and Danai Gurira.

Roger Vivier Dinner
Kiernan Shipka, Lana Condor and Alexandra Shipp
Roger Vivier Dinner
Allison Janney and Lily Rabe

Feeding Tomorrow screening

Environmental documentary Feeding Tomorrow, from Oliver and Simon English, had a screening with Amanda Hearst and her charity, WELL/BEINGS, in NYC on Wednesday.

Breanna Schultz, Simon English, Oliver English, and Amanda Hearst attend the WELL/BEINGS and “Feeding Tomorrow” Private Film Screening at Hearst Tower
Breanna Schultz, Simon English, Oliver English and Amanda Hearst

American Symphony premiere

Netflix celebrated American Symphony at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans on Thursday, where special guest and Former First Lady Michelle Obama, who serves as one of the film’s executive producers, joined Jon Batiste and partner Suleika Jaouad.

Suleika Jaouad, Jon Batiste, and Michelle Obama attend the American Symphony New Orleans Premiere on December 07, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Suleika Jaouad, Jon Batiste and Michelle Obama

W Magazine and Ralph Lauren’s Art Basel Celebration

W Magazine and Ralph Lauren hosted a special celebration of art, fashion and design during Art Basel in Miami on Thursday, with guests including Janelle Monáe, Becky G, Leon Bridges, SAINt JHN, Sebastián Yatra, Shameik Moore, Taylour Paige, Miguel, James Blake, Chanel Iman, Genesis Tramaine, Lindsay Vonn and Alix Earle.

Janelle Monae and SAINt JHN attend W Magazine And Ralph Lauren's Art Basel Celebration on December 07, 2023 in Miami Beach, Florida.
Janelle Monáe and SAINt JHN

A Father’s Promise concert and summit

Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Kevin Bacon, Bernie Williams and Rozzi were among the stars who took part in a concert and summit on preventing gun violence on Thursday in NYC, on behalf of film A Father’s Promise.

(L-R) Kevin Bacon, Sheryl Crow and Peter Frampton
Kevin Bacon, Sheryl Crow and Peter Frampton

Christmas on Cherry Lane premiere

Hallmark’s Christmas on Cherry Lane premiered in NYC on Thursday with stars Catherine Bell, Jonathan Bennett, John Brotherton, Erin Cahill, James Denton and Vincent Rodriguez III.

(L-R) James Denton, Catherine Bell, Vincent Rodriguez III, Jonathan Bennett, Erin Cahill and John Brotherton attend Hallmark Channel’s Christmas on Cherry Lane New York Screening honoring the nation’s first responders and military at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater on December 07, 2023 in New York City.
James Denton, Catherine Bell, Vincent Rodriguez III, Jonathan Bennett, Erin Cahill and John Brotherton

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