Pret-a-Reporter

Hollywood Hits the Red Carpet

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It was Twilight night at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk as Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner dominated the awards, taking home five popcorn statuettes. Host Jason Sudeikis took on everyone from the former governor ("The entire balcony has been fathered by Arnold Schwarzenegger!") to Ashton Kutcher ("He's doing what he does best, replacing an older celebrity"), even biting the hand that fed him with digs at car-crasher Snooki and MTV's dwindling airtime for music videos. Outside at the on-site afterparty, VIP attendees scattered for cover from the rain, eventually landing at Soho House for an after-afterparty, where the likes of Steven Spielberg and Cameron Diaz mingled and sipped cocktails. -- THR Staff

Making Peace With the Ocean Benefit
Owen Wilson and Rick Rubin were among 200 wet-suited supporters who paddled surfboards into Paradise Cove to form a peace sign as the kickoff to a laid-back benefit for the Natural Resources Defense Council's Ocean Initiative. Sponsored by Chanel's J12 watch line and hosted by Ron and Kelly Meyer at their modernist beach house, the event raised $2.66 million to "help Mother Nature do as she does," as Diane Lane put it. A vegetarian dinner followed on the tennis court, where NRDC president Frances Beinecke spoke of the organization's success in stopping offshore drilling in Southern California. "Humans are really great at adapting. We get used to things," said Jeff Bridges, who performed during dinner with T Bone Burnett. "We shouldn't get used to our oceans being so polluted." -- Degen Pener

Venice Biennale
Everyone from Elton John and Michael Stipe to Salma Hayek and Rachel Griffiths swarmed the city for the opening of the 54th Venice Biennale art exhibition. Julian Schnabel debuted his retrospective "The Whole Planet Is Sinking" at the Museo Correr. Courtney Love performed "Under My Thumb" with an orchestra at the dinner for "Venice in Venice," an exhibit showcasing work by Venice, Calif.-based artists including Larry Bell and Ed Ruscha. At the raucous fete for Moscow's Garage Center for Contemporary Culture exhibit, attended by the likes of CAA's Beth Swofford and Maroon 5's Adam Levine, fights broke out among guests waiting to get in and out of the party. Notably absent was James Franco, whose much-hyped Rebel Without a Cause-inspired art exhibit was indefinitely postponed. The opening weekend concluded with the Venice jury (which included director John Waters) awarding the Golden Lion for best artwork to Christian Marclay for "The Clock," a 24-hour montage of clock scenes taken from films. Conveniently, it's also on view at LACMA until July 31. -- Yasha Wallin

4 Shows Not to Miss

Allora and Calzadilla at the American Pavilion: With a treadmill atop an upturned tank and an ATM machine that cues a church organ upon use, Puerto Rican artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Galzadilla's "Gloria" show takes a witty look at American culture.

"Venice in Venice" at the Palazzo: Contarini dagli Scrigni This group exhibit brings the work of 23 influential Venice, Calif., artists to its sister city of canals.

The New Fondazione Prada Museum: Prada has just opened its Fondazione Prada, which juxtaposes pieces by the likes of Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst with beautiful baroque architecture.

Christoph Schlingensief at the German Pavilion: This show of the late video artist's work, which includes a re-creation of his childhood church, won Venice's Golden Lion for best exhibition.

 
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