ROLL OUT RED CARPET FOR B’KLYN. Boro full of contenders. The Academy Awards

BROOKLYN, IT'S TIME for your closeup. The borough of kings will be well-represented on Hollywood's red carpet tonight. Among the hottest names up for an Oscar is Heath Ledger, the Australian actor and "Brokeback Mountain" star who recently moved to Boerum Hill. The 26-year-old heartthrob bought a multimillion-dollar home on Hoyt St. last fall with his fiancée Michelle Williams, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Ledger's wife in the film. Neighbors report seeing Ledger sipping coffee at the Cafe Nova and shyly introducing himself as Heath. "He rides here on his skateboard sometimes," said Solomon Macedo, 30, a Cobble Hill actor. "My roommate had a conversation with him and didn't recognize him until . . . he said his name, Heath." And Paul Giamatti, up for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Cinderella Man," is a longtime resident of tony Brooklyn Heights. He's also frequently seen out and about the neighborhood. "He's actually a regular customer," said Richard Bernstein at Heights Books on Montague St. "I didn't see the movie, but I'll be rooting for him." And the actors aren't Brooklyn's only Oscar connections. An early scene in "Capote," which got five nominations, including Best Picture, shows Truman Capote in his 70 Willow St. apartment in the Heights. Noah Baumbach, nominated for Best Original Screenplay for "The Squid and the Whale," grew up in Park Slope and set the movie there. And parts of Steven Spielberg's "Munich," an international thriller about hunting terrorists that's also up for Best Picture, were shot in Brooklyn as well. Randy Witherspoon lives in the Fort Greene brownstone where the Brooklyn scenes were filmed. "It was a three-day shoot that took four weeks," said Witherspoon, who works on "Wicked" on Broadway. No one could park on the block for days because the movie makers brought in cars dating from 1972, installed period street lamps and a phone booth. But it wasn't all bad. Continue Reading

MTV’S FASHION MOJO. Bring on the red-carpet divas as the VMAs kick off tonight from Radio City

'Emmy's with edge" is what stylists are predicting for tonight's MTV Video Music Awards. But fashion's wildest night - moved back here after two years in Miami - will make its mark, New York-style. "Expect the colors to be a bit darker and more subdued. The awards are, after all, back in NYC, where they belong, and black is our city color," said Neva Lindner of Wardrobe NYC, a company that lends designer clothing for high-profile events. As the wild stepchild of awards shows, the VMAs have always pushed the fashion envelope. This year, celebrity stylists expect the usual glamorous glitz. "It's going to be a lot of lace, royal gem tones, purples, greens, golds and silver," said stylist Rob Zangardi. Alexander Allen is dressing hip-hop star Monica for tonight's awards and says he is aiming for tasteful with a certain "sparkle and sexiness." "It's going to be youthful and a little bit edgy, so stay tuned," he tells us. "She has a new single, and since she isn't presenting, she needs to make her mark on the red carpet." The best part of the VMA red carpet? The dudes get just as decked out as the ladies. This year, they'll even borrow our skinny pants. "For men, I think we will see a lot of skinny suits, skinny pants and skinny jeans, very body conscious," Zangardi says. Last year's fashion highs included Kelly Clarkson, who hit the mark in a classy, low-backed floor-length gold gown, Hilary Duff looking smart in a beaded flapper frock, and Beyoncé, who was so stunning in her silver Dolce & Gabbana gown that she stopped men in their tracks on the white carpet. Hopefully, Gwen Stefani and Lindsay Lohan stayed in touch this week after showing up in nearly the same leopard print dress (neither was that flattering) at last year's awards. Jessica Simpson won't be repeating her frumpy flounce - a mistaken white top that made her look like an overdone milkmaid. We hear she will be going for something a little more put-together this year. But Continue Reading

OSCARS’ NEW ELEGANCE. Rich fabrics and pretty details ruled last night’s red carpet

And the award goes to ... whoever convinced designers to ditch their sequins. Celebs last night went for rich fabrics, kicky details and structured shapes - a fast departure from the glittery gloss that ruled red carpets in the recent past. We didn't miss the sparkly chiffon one bit. "I think the glitz moment is kind of gone," says Hal Rubenstein, fashion director at InStyle magazine. "Dresses look more couture even if they're not. It's more about the fabric - either ruching or tucking or folding or draping - so that you're more aware of the intricacy and construction of the dress rather than the surface application." Among the fun details that popped up last night were extra-long trains (Jennifer Aniston's saved an otherwise dull Rochas dress), embellished backs instead of bare (Maggie Gyllenhaal's chain-link gown wins our award for best use of metal) and casual-chic ponytails, like the one on Keira Knightley, that kept things looking young and fresh. Pockets on ball gowns - from Sandra Bullock's Angel Sanchez to Amy Adams' chocolate Carolina ­Herrera - is another casual trend started by Oscar de la Renta that, frankly, we totally dig. A girl's gotta have somewhere to keep her cell phone. "I love, love, love the pockets," says celebrity stylist Alexander Allen. "It's not only sophistication, but it's also comfort." Ladies didn't venture far out of their comfort zone when it came to color - pale pink, my friends, does not count - but one hue prevailed as a potential trendsetter: yellow, from Michelle Williams' mustardy Vera Wang to "Crash" star Bahar Soomekh, who picked a candy-yellow Calvin Klein. "They're very strong colors," points out Rubenstein. "But a couple of years ago, everybody wore the same dress. People are more conscious of looking like an individual." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

IT’S A RED CARPET FASHION FRENZY! As the Golden Globes kick off, here’s how designers, stylists and starlets manage the who and how-to-dress stress

Will Scarlett Johansson tap Roland Mouret again? Will Nicole Kidman be a walking billboard for Chanel? Will Eva Longoria opt for short-and-sassy Oscar de la Renta or long-and-languid Angel Sanchez? And does anyone have any surprises up her non-existent sleeve? Yep, it's that time of year again, when the golden girls of Hollywood are knee deep in the slapdown over who'll-wear-what to the parade of award ceremonies, which get underway Monday night with the Golden Globes. The dresses! The jewels! The bags! The shoes! With everything down to the stars' thongs up for grabs, the drama behind the dressing-room curtain is way more entertaining than any nominated performance. Think rival designers vying for every Cate and Kiera. Think rival actresses demanding gowns as original as an undoctored script. There's bound to be combustion. "There is so much ego connected with it that it's nauseating: 'I'll give you this to wear my dress, I'll give you that. ' You could probably put up a hot-air balloon with it," says designer Allan B. Schwartz, who probably watches the ceremonies more closely than anyone, turning the top red-carpet looks into reinterpreted pieces in his A. B. S. line. Indeed, in recent years, reports have intensified that couturiers and jewelers have paid out as much as six figures to have celebs like Charlize Theron and Hilary Swank wear their designs. The hottest celeb this year - which is to say, the one every house is fighting to dress - is Johansson, who, veteran awards-watchers agree, combines beauty, a quirky sense of style and a nominated movie ("Match Point"). Last year, she tapped Mouret, the British designer little known beyond fashion insiders, for both the Globes (strapless gold silk) and the Oscars (cap-sleeve black taffeta) and won high marks for it. So far, this year, there's not a whisper if she'll follow suit. Just as closely watched: such best-actress and supporting-actress nominees as Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line"), Continue Reading

Tony Awards 2015: Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming hit the red carpet in style

She was vintage glam in silver bugle beads. He was playful in a blue suit with shorts. Tony Awards odd-couple cohosts Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming went together like peanut butter and chocolate — two great things that go great together — as they strutted individual looks on the red carpet at the 69th annual Tonys. They joked that about being in a state of “panic” and needing “Xanxax” in advance of the show at Radio City Music Hall. But the Broadway pros, who each have already won a Tony, have the emcee act covered. And they’ll look great while they’re at it. Throughout the show, they each change about a half-dozen times. She’ll make her entrance in a classy black tuxedo jacket dress. He keeps the shorts look. And more looks follow. Chenoweth, a nomin ee, and Cumming get in on the act of performances, including a celebration of lifetime achievement Tony winner Tommy Tune. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.  Continue Reading

Amy Schumer explains red carpet faceplant in front of Kanye West, Kim Kardashian: ‘I think falling is the funniest thing’

Amy Schumer memorably upstaged Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the Time 100 gala – and now she’s fessing up why. The comedian opened up about the red carpet pratfall during her appearance on the “The Graham Norton Show." “You know when you’re doing interviews and the person sees somebody more important behind you,” Schumer said on the UK talk show, referring to how reporters preferred to talk to Kimye over her. Since the experience felt like “being at a party and there's a hotter girl behind you,” Schumer explained she decided to take a fall to get out of the way. "All the reporters were going crazy and it was Kim and Kanye, just standing there, owning it, being short and important," Schumer said, getting laughs from the crowd. "And I think falling is the funniest thing, so I took a dive in front of them." The “Inside Amy Schumer” star also revealed that she apologized to the Wests for her red carpet tumble during the gala. “Kanye was smiling at me, but as if you programmed a robot to smile,” the TV star said. “But there’s no way that either of them had any idea who I was,” she added. “That was comforting.” Kimye might not know who Schumer is, but the comedian has made a name for herself due to her hit Comedy Central show "Inside Amy Schumer." Earlier this week, she accepted a Peabody Award and was named one of Glamour UK's Women of the Year. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Kelly Osbourne returns to red carpet to co-host ‘MTV Movie Awards’ after bolting ‘Fashion Police’ due to Giuliana Rancic’s comments about Zendaya

LIfe’s getting all warm and fuzzy for Kelly Osbourne after “Fashion Police.” The rock offspring left E!’s fashion show in February amid criticism that it had become mean-spirited, following a storm over co-host Giuliana Rancic’s remark about Zendaya’s hair possibly smelling of “weed” at the Oscars. Osbourne is returning to the red carpet for the first time since her sudden E! exit, and her new producers are focused on her “expressing herself in whichever why she’s comfortable.” The former reality star will host the preshow for Sunday night’s “MTV Movie Awards” along with “Bang Bang” singer Jessie J and MTV’s Josh Horowitz. The show’s executive producer Garrett English tells [email protected] that Osbourne won’t be passing judgment like she did with Joan Rivers and Rancic. “It’s not so much commentary as doing whatever she’s comfortable doing at the top of carpet, interviewing celebrities,” English tells us, adding that it’s something of a homecoming for Osbourne because she hosted the show in 2002. “The ‘Movie Awards’ preshow has always had a positive tone throughout,” he says. “We’re excited about having Kelly expressing herself in whichever way she’s comfortable and we want to support her in having fun and returning to the show in a fun and vibrant way. “There’s no specific creative (intention) around that that we’re looking for, other than having her be herself and enjoy being with us in the broadcast,” said English. “Certainly the stuff she’s done on E! is top of mind for everybody, but I think our interest is more about what the tenor of the red carpet is and what happens preceding the ‘Movie Awards,’ and having a lot of fun at red carpet,” said English. Osbourne told People, “I want to make Continue Reading

Jennifer Lopez shows lots of skin for the Billboard Music Awards 2015 red carpet

The latest red carpet fashion trend is going nearly nude. Super stars such as Jennifer Lopez have been dressing in skintight see-through dresses, with strategically placed pieces of fabric that makes them look stunning. Lopez, who presented at the Billboard Music Awards 2015, rolled up at the red carpet with a white and silver embellished gown that didn't cover much of her fit body. The 45-year-old also wore a red see-through dress last week at the Met Gala that only covered her breasts and lower private areas. Lopez told the media that she was attending the award ceremony 'solo' and that she was looking forward to her Las Vegas residency, which she announced last Tuesday. "We're going to do an amazing show," the "Jenny from the Block" singer said about her upcoming performances. "[It’ll be] High energy what you know from my stage performances." The international superstar is getting ready to finish her run as a judge on Fox's hit show "American Idol," which is coming to an end after its 15th season. "It was such a great experience for me," Lopez said about missing Idol. "I love the people I love the journey and I love getting to know the kids every year. It's an amazing thing." Continue Reading

This year’s Tonys promise to be glamorous, with nominees dressed by Anna Wintour for the red carpet

The Tonys on Sunday promise to pump up the glamour. Anna Wintour and her team of stylemeisters have invited nominees into the Vogue closet to check out red-carpet ready clothes and accessories. MORE: THE TONY AWARDS ARE ONLY A WEEK AWAY, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE A SECRET Right on cue, “LIVE! From the Red Carpet” — a first-ever live-streamed Tonys red carpet special — will share the dazzle. Darren Criss and two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes host the special airing 5:30 to 8 p.m. EST on and MORE: JOE MANGANIELLO, BRADLEY COOPER, BRYAN CRANSTON, KIEFER SUTHERLAND TO HAND OUT TONY AWARDS Look for “The King and I” star Kelli O’Hara in a Vogue-sanctioned head-to-toe ensemble for her sixth nod. And look for Steven Boyer, a best actor nominee for “Hand to God,” to be looking sharp in a Marc Jacobs tux. “They hooked me up,” says Boyer. “I feel good.” Continue Reading

Anna Wintour comes to the Tony Awards with white-hot red carpet looks

The Tonys’ red carpet was white hot. Best Actress nominee Elisabeth Moss stunned in a floor-length Oscar de la Renta gown with floral appliqué. The total whiteout was capped by Patina Miller in a shimmering Jason Wu sheath (and flats!), Judith Light owning her embroidered pantsuit and Helen Mirren ruling in an ivory Badgley Mischka creation. “The looks are no longer from a a Miss America pageant,” said celebrity stylist Robert Verdi. “This is higher fashion. It’s much more current. There are more memorable gowns.” TONY AWARDS 2015: 10 BEST MOMENTS YOU DIDN'T SEE ON TV “That doesn’t feel Tonys — that feels Hollywood,” said Verdi, admiringly. The ladies in red were Rose Byrne, flashing serious cleavage in a crimson Del Pozo, and Carey Mulligan in a strapless wine-colored Balenciaga. Ruth Wilson was perfectly classic in a fuchsia Ralph Lauren Collection gown. And Best Actress winner Mirren reigned supreme in her custom number, complete with a lacy cape. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading