Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis at a lunch for "The Help"
This week, one of the surprise contenders of the Oscar race, "The Help," hit DVD and Blu-ray following a blockbuster theatrical run where it grossed over $150 million domestically.
In honor of the DreamWorks film, two of its stars, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, headlined an intimate and very
posh lunch at Desmond's on the Upper East Side on Friday, Dec. 2 hosted by The Peggy Siegel Company.
The two did the rounds, as stars do during awards season, gamely bantering with each table in the room. As desert was passed around, the ladies were forced to give an impromptu speech from the front of the room. Davis gladly rose to the challenge.
"This movie really was a labor of love," she said. "We were all in Greenwood, Mississippi, in the dead of Summer, 108 degrees, 100 percent humidity, and we all wanted to make it work. There were so many expectations placed on us. Expectations from the African-American community, expectations from the people who read the book and really wanted to keep the integrity of the characters, expectations from people who lived this live. And then our expectations.
"And then what we ultimately saw was something that made us so proud. It’s something unlike anything that’s out there...just in the hues of the people --."
"And the size!" Spencer shot back.
"The Help" wasn't the only film celebrated this week. Below, find photos from other events posted on iPOP this week.
iPOP: Dec. 2 to Dec. 9, 2011
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'Pariah' Crew Hit Up BAM
Director Dee Rees, producer Nekisa Cooper, and cast members Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, and Kim Wayans answer questions for an enthusiastic crowd following a sold out sneak preview screening of Focus Features’ "Pariah" on Friday, December 2. [Photo credit: BAMcinématek/GODLIS]
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David Gordon Green at BAM
Director-writer David Gordon Green was at Brooklyn's BAM Wednesday, Dec. 7 to present a special sneak preview of his latest comedy, "The Sitter." Green is currently the company's Cinema Club Chair.
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Brooklyn Brewery Comes to Nitehawk
Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema celebrated its recent success in legalizing drinking in New York movie theaters by openings its doors to Brooklyn Brewery on Tuesday. Brewmaster Garrett Oliver hosted an evening of clips with themes tied to a five-course meal prepared by head chef Saul Bolton and beers to go along with it. The clip segments included "I'm An American, Goddammit!" (featuring excerpts from classics like "Dr. Strangelove," served with Brooklyn Lager) and "The Power and the Glory," served with Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Patrons shelled out $90 per person for the sold-out event.
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Whistleblower Victor DeNoble at 'Addiction Incorporated' Screening
"Addiction Incorporated" subject Victor DeNoble took part in a Q&A after a special screening of the documentary on Dec. 5 in New York at MoMA. The film tells the story of the influential whistleblower who discovered that nicotine is addictive while working as a research scientist for Philip Morris. Following The Peggy Siegel Company hosted screening, guests all dined at Osteria Del Circo Uptown. [Photo by Amanda Schwab/Starpix]
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"Roadie" Screens in NY
"Roadie" stars Bobby Cannavele (left) and Ron Eldard (right) at a special screening Dec. 6 of the Magnolia Pictures release. In the indie drama, Eldard plays Jimmy, a roadie who has just been fired by the band he loves. With nowhere else to go, he returns to his mother in Queens. "Roadie" opens in theaters on Jan. 6 and is currently available on VOD. [Photo by Amanda Schwab/Starpix]
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Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer Lunch for "The Help"
"The Help" stars (and awards hopefuls) Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer attended a lunch in honor of their hit film Friday, Dec. 2nd in New York. The intimate event, held at Desmond's on the Upper East Side and hosted by The Peggy Siegel Company, attracted the likes of Dana Ivey, Tony winner Nikki M. James, Vogue's Andre Leon Talley (pictured above) and Celia Watson. [Photo by Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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Madonna Brings "W.E." to NY's MoMA
The Material Girl unveiled her ambitious directorial effort, "W.E.," with its star Andrea Riseborough in tow, to a starry crowd at MoMA on Sunday, Dec. 4. Among those that showed up in support of the icon: Chloe Sevigny, Adrien Brody, Kim Cattrall, Parker Posey, Valentino, Donna Karan, Julian Schnabel, Patti Smith, Anderson Cooper and Alan Cumming. The glam night was hosted by The Cinema Society and Piaget. [Photo by Shaun Mader/Patric McMullan Co.]
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"War Horse" World Premieres in NY
Steven Spielberg's anticipated "War Horse" world premiered Sunday, Dec. 4 in New York at Avery Fisher Hall. Newcomer Jeremy Irvine (left) is pictured above with his co-star Tom Hiddleston ("Thor"). The star studded event attracted the likes of Elizabeth Olsen, Joel Coen, Hope Davis, Anika Noni Rose, Kathy Lee Gifford, Whit Stillman, Mariska Hargitay and Stephen Lang. [Photo by Patrick McMullan]
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"The Seminarian" Premieres in L.A.
"The Seminarian" star Mark Cirillo with comedy writer Bruce Vilanch at the L.A. premiere of the drama directed by Joshua Lim. The film concerns Ryan (Cirillo), a closeted gay student in his final semester of seminary studies who embarks on a relationship with a man while trying to complete his thesis. [Photo by Jerry Buteyn]