Stars Pick Up Swag For Charity At Indie Spirit Awards
First Published: February 27, 2011 5:42 PM EST Credit: WireImage
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Host Joel McHale may have made everyone laugh their way through Sunday’s Independent Spirits Awards on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday afternoon, but meanwhile there was a frenzy of celeb activity in the gift lounge backstage.
Walking around the LG Cinema 3D HDTV Gift Lounge, Rosario Dawson bumped into good friend Vanessa Hudgens and the two quickly hugged and looked for their shared manager to demand they shoot their next movie together. Newly single Hudgens, star of the upcoming “Sucker Punch,” showed up with “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” co-star Josh Hutcherson. They two spent the last few weeks shooting in Hawaii. Vanessa was clearly giddy about Josh – the two did not leave each other’s side once and she couldn’t help but dance around the lounge all day. Before leaving together, Vanessa made sure to introduce Josh to all of her friends including Rosario! Another celeb impressed with the LG’s Next Generation 3D TV was “Gossip Girl” star Michelle Trachtenberg. Michelle put on the Swarovski 3D glasses and shouted, “Who has more bling - my ring or the TV?” She loved the 3D TV’s so much she put in an LG Cinema 3D HDTV order the same day. Though she and Vanessa reportedly were not on speaking terms after Michelle filmed “16 Again” with Vanessa’s ex-flame Zac Efron, the hatchet seemed to have been buried. Naomi Watts, nominated for best supporting female, and her best friend Nicole Kidman who was nominated for best female lead, stopped by the LG Cinema 3D HDTV Gift Lounge together to experience the Next Generation of 3D TV. The two kept close, giggling, and ran off to meet up with Naomi’s husband Liev Schreiber shortly after. Later that night at the Spirit Awards Voters Viewing Party presented by LG Cinema 3D HDTV, Gerard Butler met up with Hilary Swank and talked about their upcoming projects. Before they even took a second to catch up, they were excitedly trying on LG Cinema 3D HDTV glasses and experiencing the Next Generation of 3D TV. While Gerard enjoyed the clear 3D image through his fancy frames, Hilary and other guests enjoyed the sight of dapper Gerard in his new accessories. After the success of two-dimensional “P.S. I Love You,” there is still no word on how many dimensions their next project will have. While experiencing the Next Generation of 3D TV in the LG Cinema 3D HDTV Gift Lounge backstage at the Spirit Awards, actress Jane Lynch took a moment to share her thoughts on the next generation of Hollywood. When asked what she thought of Justin Bieber’s new haircut, the “Glee” star replied, “It’s cute, but he still looks like a lesbian.” Trachtenberg didn’t mind the trim noting that Justin “is adorable in every way” before joining actress Malin Akerman for an LG Cinema 3D HDTV adventure. No word yet on whether the girls made a date to see Justin’s new 3D film “Never Say Never.” Akerman, who was so busy getting ready for the Spirit Awards she didn’t have time to eat that morning, made a beeline for the bowl of Pure Dark chocolate as soon as she stepped into the LG Cinema 3D HDTV Gift Lounge. Leaving her husband at home, Malin’s plus one for the occasion was a close friend who had been her roommate when both their careers took off. After partaking in more than her share of Pure Dark chocolate, Malin confessed to being a chocoholic. A loyal friend to the end, Malin said, “Good energy brings good things,” before chatting up Michelle Trachtenberg, Vanessa Hudgens and Jesse Eisenberg.
Despite the windy weather outside, actress Anne Heche and boyfriend James Tupper were cozy inside the LG Cinema 3D HDTV Gift Lounge. The couple couldn’t keep their hands off each other as James helped his lady pick out a skimpy Nautica bikini before grabbing matching Vera Bradley beach totes. The only time they left each other’s side, was when Anne ran over to snap a quick picture with Vanessa Hudgens and begged for the photographer to send her the picture - her son is a huge fan!
Despite playing a notorious ladies’ man on TV, “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm only had eyes for his lady Jennifer Westfeldt inside the LG Cinema 3D HDTV Gift Lounge at the Spirit Awards. Stopping to grab Altoids SMALLS, Jon popped a mint into his mouth before leaning in to kiss Jennifer while checking out the Next Generation of 3D TV. After their tender moment, they both snagged some his and hers Nautica swimsuits to prepare an upcoming vacation.
After being a part of last year’s biggest 3D blockbuster, “Avatar” star Zoe Saldana was thrilled to experience the Next Generation of 3D TV in the LG Cinema 3D HDTV Gift Lounge at the Spirit Awards. Despite relentless winds and wintry temperatures, the starlet’s sun dress and dandelion pumps caught the eye of Heche who was clearly ready for a change of seasons in her maxi floral dress. After exchanging pleasantries about the unpredictable weather, Zoe admitted that her outfit was “perfect for spring, but I’m freezing my cheeks off!” Though they’ve had their fair share of relationship drama on TV, “Private Practice” actors Kate Walsh and Taye Diggs were inseparable at the LG Cinema 3D HDTV Gift Lounge backstage at the Spirit Awards. Chivalrous Taye waited outside the ladies room for Kate and the starlet returned the favor by walking her co-star around the Lounge. The two were so close that they were handed an AMC Theater gift card to share, but quickly clarified that they would need separate gifts so that they could take their respective significant others.
Stopping by LG Cinema 3D HDTV Gift Lounge after the show, Spirit Awards host Joel McHale tried on the LG Cinema 3D HDTV glasses and exclaimed, “I look like a Kardashian!” Meanwhile, Spirit Awards nominee Mark Ruffalo’s wife Sunrise Coigney handed her husband a pair of New Balance RevLite 890 and joked, “My husband needs to get in shape to play The Hulk!” Mark, who recently signed on to star in Marvel Studio’s new Hulk movie, did not let his wife’s jab get to him and headed over to Joel to check out LG’s Next Generation 3D TV. Testing the 3D TV from all angles, Mark was so impressed he decided to take one home to his three kids exclaiming “My kids will love it!”
In the midst of red carpet royalty, another favorite couple of friends in the LG Cinema 3D HDTV Gift Lounge were actress Nia Vardalos and “The Office’s” Kate Flannery. The two were attached at the hip while previewing the merchandise from booth to booth. They tried on matching New Balance RevLite 890’s and filled up on Pure Dark chocolate before running into Kate’s costars Rainn Wilson and Craig Robinson.
LG Cinema 3D made a donation on behalf of each star who stopped by to “tune in for charity” raising $125,000 for Project Involve, Film Independent’s signature program for increasing diversity in the film industry.
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