Hollywood Hits the Red Carpet

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Don't look now, but awards season is upon us. The first film out of the gate is DreamWorks and Participant Media's 1960s-era drama The Help, directed by Tate Taylor and based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel. The premiere at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater was followed by a buffet dinner complete with Southern food in the lobby, where stars Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Sissy Spacek and Bryce Dallas Howard mingled with DreamWorks co-chairman Stacey Snider, Participant president Ricky Strauss and Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross (Disney is distributing Help domestically). "The best compliment is that most people who have read the book say that the film met their expectations," said executive producer Mark Radcliffe. "That is phenomenal." -- Pamela McClintock