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“This is fun” – Sophia Loren


Picture the scene; after completing more than a dozen television interviews, then facing ten photographers all clamoring for her attention on a red carpet lined with tall gold Oscar statues, Italian actress Sophia Loren was game enough to sit atop the base of one of the last Oscar statues used as backdrops. She settled herself, carefully arranged her dress so her long tan legs were shown to advantage and posed up a storm.

As she got up and prepared to head into the tribute honoring her at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Tribute in Beverly Hills, I thanked her for her patience. She turned to me and said “This is fun”.

I have covered red carpet events for Reuters in Los Angeles for the past 19 years - the routine premiere, the various award shows from Oscars to Grammys - but it still boils down to getting there early, hoping the publicist has marked a spot for you on the arrival line, and waiting.

Thursday night at the Academy, there were only about ten of us shooting. As luck would have it, I was placed next to last in line, right at the end of the arrivals line. It could have been good or bad. If the guest was in a hurry they would fly past. But it seemed luck was on my side as Miss Loren posed for the first group of photographers, I asked her publicist, Stan Rosenfield, if he would have her pose at the Oscar statue in front of my position, she posed for the others, then moved to right in front of me. She then proceeded to give the gift of a great pose, sitting at the base of the statue. As events go, one of the few remaining screen legends making a rare appearance in the U.S., this was one to be remembered.

Tonys turn up rosy for ScarJo after red carpet rain


BROADWAY-AWARDS/(Writing and Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst)

Pouring rain dampened the glitz, glamor and gab on the Tony Awards’ red carpet Sunday in New York. No tents or tarps were set up over the street where stars of Broadway and Hollywood arrived for U.S. theatre’s biggest night in their formal gowns and tuxes, dripping in diamonds and, well, H2O.

Celebrities and their media counterparts huddled under umbrellas. There was more than a little grumbling. But as they say on Broadway, on with the show! And for one, Scarlett Johansson was all smiles. “All of us knew there was going to be rain. For some reason nobody else did,” she said. “You just bring a giant umbrella and have a gorgeous man carry it.”

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Shooting on the red carpet


By Eric Gaillard, Vincent Kessler, Jean-Paul Pelissier, Yves Herman and Christian Hartmann

Each year in May dozens of stars and photographers converge on the French Riviera at Cannes to attend what is recognized as the biggest film festival in the world. Since 1985, a Reuters Pictures team has taken part in the extravaganza.

“Project Runway” — Oscar style


Oscar fashion 1Oscar fashion 3Heidi Klum won’t be hosting and Tim Gunn won’t be telling designers to “make it work,” as he does on hit fashion TV show “Project Runway,” but it will have all the glitz and glamor that Oscar and Hollywood can provide. And that’s a lot of glitz and glamor.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday unveiled a competition among nine “up-and-coming fashion designers” in which one lucky winner will see their gown worn by one of the Academy Award escorts — the models who bring the little golden boys onstage to hand to winners — on Oscar night, March 7.

Hollywood glamour reigns on Oscars red carpet


(Writing by Lisa Baertlein)

Glamour ruled on Hollywood’s biggest night, and “Slumdog Millionaire” star Freida Pinto was brilliant in a blue John Galliano gown, supporting actress winner Penelope Cruz donned a 60-year-old Balmain and best actress winner Kate Winslet dazzled in a one-shoulder number from Yves Saint Laurent.

Stars like Heidi Klum and Natalie Portman added splashes of color, but many stars including Anne Hathaway, Cruz, Taraji P. Henson and Evan Rachel Wood wore white and other light colors.

‘Practical’ black’s back at Calvin Klein


winslet3Listen up, all you Oscar fashion watchers.

Black is back in a big way because “it’s practical,” New York designer Francisco Costa told Reuters after his fall Calvin Klein Women’s runway show at New York Fashion Week, which ended on Friday. Black is also among the “in” colors for gowns on the red carpet this year and will very likely make a major appearance at the Oscars on Sunday. Kate Winslet already has been showing a penchant for black during Hollywood’s awards season.

Actress Kate Beckinsale, in a skintight black leather dress, was among thebeckinsale celebrities who packed the Calvin Klein showroom this week to see Costa’s fall collection of  tailored coats and sculptured dresses. Many had asymmetrical hems. The horsehair boots and shoes featured high rectangular heels that were open in the middle.

Golden Globes fashion: hits and misses


The Golden Globes were back this year, and no one was more excited than the stars themselves, who celebrated by walking down the red carpet in all their finest. But whose primping and preening paid off the most? And who fell horribly flat?

US Weekly Fashion Director Sasha Charnin Morrison listed Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie as two of her favorites, saying Marisa Tomei and Renee Zellweger’s looks were “clunkers.” Meanwhile, style expert Michael O’Connor said his top choices were Eva Mendes and Drew Barrymore.

Emmys Red Carpet: Who was best dressed?


heidiklum.jpgtinafey.jpgBraving blistering afternoon heat and more than a little sweat, the world’s top television stars rolled onto the red carpet at the Emmy Awards in downtown Los Angeles in all their finery.

Once the arrivals wrapped up and the show got started, it was left to us onlookers to decide who looked great and who, well, didn’t.

Fashion forward for Lauren Conrad, Keisha Whitaker


conrad2.jpgAfter her clothing line was yanked from all Los Angeles’ Kitson boutique stores, “The Hills” star Lauren Conrad is getting a new chance at showcasing her fashion design skills in a major way. The 22-year-old has been tapped to design a couture gown for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards trophy girls who hand out U.S. television’s top honors.

“When the show approached me, I was so excited,” Conrad said in an email to Reuters. “I love designing dresses and I can’t wait to see my own designs on the Primetime Emmy Awards.  The dress will be elegant yet simple with a Lauren Conrad Collection vibe.”

So, you want a spot on Hollywood’s Red Carpet?


resized.jpgWatch out all you Red Carpet pros on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and other celebrity TV shows, this September there will be a new face on Tinseltown’s glamour scene. And although that amateur may not know what the heck they are doing, he or she just might be aiming for your job. Remember, it’s not hard losing a coveted slot on the Red Carpet. Just ask Joan Rivers. and YouTube are unveiling a new channel on the video Web site dedicated to celebrity content provided by To kick off the channel, and YouTube, along with cosmetics company Revlon, are launching a contest where one ”Red Carpet Reporter” will be picked to interview celebrities at a star-filled event in September.