Australia played host to lots of exciting events and stars this week, and celebrities caught cool moments on camera and shared them on social media. Stephanie Rice was one of the VIP guests at the Zegna Wool Trophies and met Chris Hemsworth, who flew in for the awards. Cosmopolitan held its 40th birthday lunch in Woolloomooloo, where some of Sydney’s social set mingled under a canopy of balloons. Meanwhile, expats Phoebe Tonkin and Margot Robbie enjoyed the festivities of Coachella’s second weekend, and Lara Bingle sprawled herself out on the pristine sand of White Haven Beach in an itty-bitty bikini.
Iron Man's not the only Avenger who's coming back to cinemas this year — Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to the big screen in October, and he's got quite a lot on his plate. His first priority is coming back to Earth for Jane (Natalie Portman), his girlfriend, whom he plucks out of London right in the middle of a science experiment. Odin isn't exactly safe for a human, though, because there's a new bad guy in town named Malekith who has an entire army of Dark Elves. So whom does Thor turn to? Why, his deranged brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who is now locked up (and hasn't seemed to have washed his hair).
I loved the lighter, sillier tone of the original Thor movie (compared to, say, Captain America), but the trailer isn't exactly packed with jokes — though I guess that's to be expected when the word "dark" is right there in the title. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing what develops in Thor's action-packed next chapter come Oct. 31. Watch the trailer after the jump.
Chris Hemsworth touched down in Sydney yesterday for a whirlwind visit as one of the special guests at the 50th edition of the Ermenegildo Zegna Wool Trophies, which was held at the Royal Hall of Industries last night. The star-studded affair featured the longest men’s fashion show that’s been staged in Australia, and a Zegna-clad Chris was front row for the action, along with Korean-American actor Daniel Henney, Hong Kong-based actor and singer Leon Lai, and Megan Gale, who acted as an emcee for some of the night’s proceedings. More than 1,000 VIP guests were gathered for the event, including Samara Weaving, Celebrity Apprentice stars Stephanie Rice, Rob Mills and Prinnie Stevens, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Charlotte Dawson and Darren McMullen. After the show the night kicked on with an after party, where celebrities ate, drank and mingled while listening to a set by Temper Trap.
Those Italians sure know how to have a good time! Paolo and Gildo Zegna, Chairman and CEO respectively, of Ermenegildo Zegna flew in to Australia to present the 50th anniversary Wool Trophy Awards last night in Sydney. The Royal Hall of Industries was transformed into a three-pronged spectacular: encompassing a multi-media digital installation, Australia's longest ever mens catwalk show and a chic cocktail party for the 1,000 VIP guests. The Temper Trap played, Chris Hemsworth made a cameo, the drinks flowed and the guests were dressed to the nines!
Special mention goes to Prinnie Stevens in lemon Steven Khalil, hostess for the evening Megan Gale (opened proceedings in fluent Italian) who looked elegant in an Agnona LBD and Kerri-Anne Kennerley who shone in Alex Perry. Want to see more? Step inside to snoop all the stylish A-list arrivals.
Chris, Liam and Luke Hemsworth joined several celebrities in LA on Saturday for City Year's third annual Spring Break: Destination Education party, a fundraiser to keep at-risk students on the path to graduation. The Hemsworth brothers posed on the red carpet with AmeriCorps members — who serve as tutors, mentors and role models to students — while television heartthrobs Ed Westwick and Max Greenfield followed suit. The non-profit cause also brought out Julianne Hough, Rashida Jones, Hailee Steinfeld in a striped Dolce & Gabbana dress, Octavia Spencer, and others.
Inside the event, stars snacked on food, checked out interactive booths, and caught performances from DJ Sky Blu of LMFAO and Skylar Grey. Octavia was on hand to pass out City Year jackets as one of the organisation's host committee members, which included Channing Tatum, Anne Hathaway, Vince Vaughn, and others who were unable to attend.
We had plenty keeping us busy here in Australia, what with the Logies (well done, Asher!) and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia happening within 24 hours of each other, but there was lots going on overseas this week as well! Halle Berry displayed her teensy baby bump when she attended a film premiere in Buenos Aires, while Aussie beauty Miranda Kerr held the hand of her bub Flynn on a walk in Beverly Hills. Nicole Richie and Jessica Alba flaunted their fabulous figures while on a girls' trip to St. Barts, and Charlize Theron and Seth MacFarlane set tongues wagging when they left a restaurant together. That's not even the half of it! Click through to see what else your favourite stars got up to this week.
"The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel," proclaims Chris Hemsworth in the trailer for Rush. He stars as James Hunt, the dashing English racer who ruled the high-speed European track in the 1970s. Ron Howard is behind the camera depicting Hunt's rivalry with Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), the Austrian driver whose run in the 1976 German Grand Prix resulted in a coma, while Hunt took the gold home. The story doesn't end there — Lauda recovers, his crash only sparking the competition between Hunt and himself. Olivia Wilde also stars as Hunt's wife.
Am I the only one with goosebumps? Howard is a reliably good director, and it appears he's giving the delicate story a tender and honest tone. I'm also impressed with Hemsworth, and it's refreshing to see him out of the Thor armour. The movie opens in October, and until then, watch the trailer after the jump.
It was a day of brotherly bonding for Chris and Luke Hemsworth in NYC today. Earlier in the day the Aussie actors strolled around SoHo with their respective wives, Elsa Pataky and Samantha, and then the group got all dressed up for the Oceana Ball held at Christie’s. The gala is a fundraising event that raises money to protect and restore the world’s oceans. Both couples have young children but it seems they were able to enjoy a night off from parenting duties.
Chris and Luke’s younger brother, Liam, wasn’t with them in NYC. Since returning to the US from his secret trip to Australia last month, the youngest Hemsworth has been spotted working out in LA. His engagement to Miley Cyrus has been under scrutiny the past few weeks with reports that they’d called their wedding off, but they seem to be working on their relationship even though it’s been a while since they attended an event together.
Just in case we needed reminding that Kate Middleton is the coolest royal out, she picked up a ping pong bat this week — while six months pregnant, if you don't mind — and had a bit of a game with her equally-sweet husband Prince William. Also carrying babies (albeit, in a slightly different way)? Chris Hemsworth and Victoria Beckham, both of whom carted around their adorable daughters on a day out in Los Angeles — we love seeing celebrities clocking up some quality family time! Elsewhere, Hayden Panettiere set tongues wagging for a couple of reasons when she hit the beach in Malibu, and here in Australia, Jessica McNamee and Lara Bingle were sitting pretty at a pre-fashion week show. There's plenty more — click through to see it all!
Happy Easter, everyone! We may be in the middle of a long weekend now, but this week just past has been as busy as every for our favourite celebs both in Australia and abroad. Kicking off the week with the Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, we were treated to cute pictures of celebrities kicking up their heels, and cooing over baby bumps — like Selena Gomez and Katy Perry getting hands-on with fellow singer Fergie's. Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth showed his daughter India some love while they took a walk together, and TV presenter Kylie Gillies knocked all the competition out of the water when she showed off her incredible figure at the Prix de Marie Claire Awards in Sydney. Oh, and then there was the small matter of Ellen being in the country. . .