Hollywood Hits the Red Carpet

Star wattage was on display at the Venice and Deauville fests.

Venice Film Festival: The 69th annual festival got under way as director Mira Nair was feted for her thriller The Reluctant Fundamentalist on Aug. 29 and Winona Ryder won raves for her most notable role in a dozen years in Ariel Vromen's The Iceman. The biggest buzz came when celebrated director Paul Thomas Anderson made his Venice Lido debut with his anticipated drama The Master (a fictional account of the founding of a Scientology-like religion, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix). Hoffman waxed philosophical at the premiere about the character he portrays. "We ask ourselves, 'Why can't we run through the streets of Venice naked … and have sex with everyone we see?' " he said. "Sometimes we need a Master to help make sense of the world." -- Eric J. Lyman

THR's The Mindy Project Party: Mindy Kaling's past and present co-stars, including Jenna Fischer, Ellie Kemper and Ed Weeks, toasted the writer-actress' new Fox comedy, The Mindy Project, at the Mondrian's Skybar. Hosted by THR, the cocktail party celebrated the show's soft premiere (the network prescreened the series Aug. 26 in a handful of markets before its online debut the following day). Kaling's longtime pal and The Mindy Project executive producer B.J. Novak brought singer John Mayer to the soiree to meet his Office co-star (a big fan of the singer). Quipped the comedian and newly minted series lead of her next TV aspirations, "I'd want to be the showrunner on Breaking Bad." -- Michael O'Connell