The It List and Legend Missy Elliot Come Out for Alexander Wang X H&M

Jessica Chastain, Dakota Fanning, Eddie Redmayne, and Kate Mara strike a pose. Photo: Neil Rusman/BFAnyc.com

It’s the collection that everyone has been talking about and its literally (almost) here. The Alexander Wang X H&M Collection has been one of the most hyped about collaborations in history, so it’s no question why a team of A Wang’s A-List besties came out to support.

The crowd shopped a pop-up shop, and hip hop legend Missy Elliot performed. The perfect sound for his nostalgic meets futuristic collaboration. Not siblings with Beyoncé or engaged to Jennifer Aniston? No worries, we’ve got you covered with the night’s best looks. The collection will be up for grabs to the public November 6th. Better start camping out at your local H&M now!

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Karlie KlossALEXANDER WANG x H&M Launch EventPhoto: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com 

Nate Lowman and Justin TherouxALEXANDER WANG x H&M Launch EventPhoto: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com 

Jessica Chastain Billy-Farrell-4Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Emily WeissNeil-Rasmus-5Photo: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com 

Kate Mara and Mary J. Blige Neil-RasmusPhoto: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com

Dakota Fanning Billy-FarrellPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Solange Knowles Neil-Rasmus-3Photo: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com 

Alexander Wang X H&M Army ALEXANDER WANG x H&M Launch EventPhoto: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com

Check Out the Candid Faces of Sundance

While we’re all enoying ths 17 degree whether in New York, it’s good to know that when it comes to balancing looking good and not freezing to death, we can turn to those at Sundance for some much-needed style cues. The festival may be ending tomrorow but it’s been an exciting week of debuts and premieres, getting the chance to see Hollywood’s biggest stars mingling with newcomers, anticipation building as studios snatch up the rights to our future favorite films of 2013. So, as the week of cinematic celebration draws to a close, Vulture has published a photo essay of candid shots from Sundance—featuring everyone from Michael C. Hall to Dakota Fanning and Dave Grohl. Photographer Chuck Grant spent the week in Park City snapping shots of some of the faces behind the most talked about work at the festival.

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Morning Links: Khloe Kardashian’s Fox Nip Slip, Chuck Norris Officially ‘Worst Actor’

● “Thank God! I fucking love nipples,” tweeted Khloe Kardashian after falling victim to a minor wardrobe malfunction on Fox & Friends. Embracing a little nip on stodgy broadcast news? Bravo! [NYDN] ● Judd Apatow’s brood of regulars seems to be growing. Old stand-bys Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are already slated for the upcoming Knocked Up spin-off, while Bridesmaids Chris O’Dowd and funny ladies Lena Dunham and Charlene Yi are in negotiations to join the cast. [Variety] ● Dakota Fanning graduated high school yesterday, having rounded out her teenage experience with two homecoming queen crowns and a varsity letter for cheerleading. [People]

● Emma Watson says she dropped out of Brown not because of rumored bullying, but because of her fame: “”I wanted to pretend I wasn’t as famous as I was,” she said. “I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I’m in, and what happened.” [People] ● Matt Damon has postponed his previously planned fundraiser for embattled Congressman Anthony Weiner, but hasn’t yet given up hope: “Look, I really support his politics,” he told NYM. “Anybody who fights for the working class and the middle class, I’ll help in any way I can.” [NYM] ● Slate did some math using Rotten Tomatoes scores and found that Chuck Norris is the worst actor ever, something we all already knew and loved about him. Perhaps more tragically, Jennifer Love Hewitt was found to be the worst actress, having the “rare distinction of never having made a single ‘fresh’ (above 60 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) film.” [Slate]

FashionFeed: Alexander Wang Is Giving Back, Target Is Knocking Off

● Starting today, Alexander Wang will contribute 10% of all sales made at his new store and online to the Japanese Red Cross for one month. [Hint] ● The Proenza Schouler boys are not happy with Target’s PS1 knock-off (above). [NYT] ● Dakota Fanning may be the face of Marc Jacob’s new fragrance, “Oh Lola.” [Fashionista]

● Nine West salutes their new line of sky-high espadrilles with a spunky little campaign video. [HighSnobette] ● Look out for a new Chanel memoir entitled Chanel Sa Vie. [WWD]

Elle Fanning vs. Hailee Steinfeld: Who Gave the Best Tween Performance of 2010?

Although 12-year-old Elle Fanning and 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld were shut out of yesterday’s Golden Globe nominations, everyone agrees these two young actors gave the performances of their short lifetimes this year – Fanning in Sofia Coppola’s ode to ennui, Somewhere, and Steinfeld in the Coen Brothers’ steel-jawed Western, True Grit. But who was better? After the jump, we pit these two bright-eyed ingenues in a bloodless death match to find out.

Our Opinion: Full disclosure: We’ve only seen Somewhere, and in it, Fanning does her disconcertingly mature big sister Dakota proud by picking up the torch she left behind after playing a drugged out rocker in The Runaways. Considering Fanning plays an 11 year old in Coppola’s latest, that she seems more grown-up than her father (Stephen Dorff) is remarkable, and sort of the point. As for Steinfeld, we included her in our 2011 New Regime, and will take our own word for it that she shines in True Grit. Winner: Elle, by default.

Difficulty: Based on their experience, this should be Steinfeld’s category. Here’s a girl who’s only major acting credit before True Grit was a guest spot on the TV series Sons of Tucson. And now here she is, holding her own in a film stacked with Oscar winners including Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, and her directors. She told us that following some understandable first-day jitters, she quickly came into her own. Fanning, on the other hand, has the kind of filmography a seasoned actor would envy, having appeared in everything from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to an episode of Criminal Minds. She also comes from an acting family (Dakota steal scenes and hearts in movies like I Am Sam). In Somewhere, Fanning plays a little girl trying to reconnect with her father, while in True Grit, Steinfeld’s character is trying to avenge her father’s death. One is heady, the other is heavy. Winner: We give this to Steinfeld, if only for not getting intimidated by one serious boys club.

What the critics are saying: New York‘s David Edelstein calls Steinfeld’s performance “exceedingly accomplished,” while IndieWire‘s Anne Thompson writes that “Watching her earn the respect and admiration of the men who want to dismiss her is one of the great pleasures of this movie.” As for Fanning, Time‘s Richard Corliss writes that she “gives Cleo a fresh, winning goodness,” while Frank Bruni, in his lengthy profile of Fanning for The New York Times Magazine, writes that her “work in Somewhere, in fact, is distinguished by its restraint.” Winner: Neither actror is exactly earning raves, rather positive reviews highlighting their discipline. That means a tie.

Awards: Like we mentioned earlier, both actrors were snubbed by the Golden Globes, and rather surprisingly, so were their films. But Somewhere has already won one of the top film prizes of the year, the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion. But yesterday, the Toronto Film Critics made the surprise choice of awarding Hailee Steinfeld with a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in True Grit. She’s also been nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Houston Film Critics Society, the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association, the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association, and the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, all for for Best Supporting Actress. Elle Fanning, however, has yet to receive a major award or nomination for her role. Winner: Steinfeld, in a landslide.

Final Result: Hailee wins it 2-1, which means she gets to choose between being the next Jodie Foster or the next Meryl Streep, while Elle has to settle for being the next, er, Dakota Fanning. Thanks for playing!

Links: Darren Aronofsky & Rachel Weisz Break Up, Dakota Fanning Is Homecoming Queen

● Darren Aronofsky, director of the upcoming Black Swan, and his actress partner Rachel Weisz are splitting after nine years of dating without ever getting married. At least they’re saved when it comes to paperwork! [TMZ] ● Vivid Entertainment is considering a porn based on Kanye West and Taylor Swift. Key line: “Imma let you finish…” [Hollywood Life] ● Ke$ha’s new tour is called “Get $leazy.” Real letters just won’t do. [Vulture]

● Sixteen-year-old famous person Dakota Fanning was voted Homecoming Queen for the second year in a row at her normal people high school, proving that money does, in fact, lead to happiness. [X17] ● Bristol Palin is probably dating her Dancing With the Stars partner Mark Ballas, because the two are always touching anyway. [Page Six] ● Miranda Kerr is both pregnant and naked (and skinny!) because that’s what all the women are doing nowadays. [E! Online]

Do Kid Actors Ruin Action Films?

Yesterday a list went up on Ranker touting “The 7 Most Annoying Kids in Action Movie History,” and I was not, in the main, surprised by the choices. Edward Furlong in Terminator 2, Jake Lloyd in Star Wars Episode I, and Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds are all deserving of fan contempt. But there’s one name on the list that I cannot get behind, not at all.

I’m speaking of Jonathan Ke Quan, he of Short Round fame in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (“Feels like I step on fortune cookie!”). Ranker put him at number three on their list, but I maintain that the kid’s fucking great. Moreover, he has an almost unblemished, if abbreviated, record as a child actor: he did Temple and The Goonies and then effectively disappeared from the big screen. Today he works as a stunt coordinator, which is perhaps another reason not to bad mouth him.

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning Talk About ‘The Runaways’

Earlier this week Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, the stars of the Joan Jett-Cherie Currie biopic The Runaways, sat down with a room full of journalists to talk about the film. Here are the best parts of the round table discussion.

Kristen, you’ve played guitar for a long time, and in terms of the style of Joan Jett – she’s like a rhythm guitarist — what are some of the things you picked up from this movie? Kristen Stewart: It’s definitely gotten me playing more guitar. When I play music it’s sort of nothing like Joan’s. She’s a rhythm-guitar player. I’m like a weird, picky, little-like manic. I play so differently than that. I was really lucky that I play guitar, ’cause I had like such a small period of time to learn the songs and she has a very distinct way that she plays. Luckily, I didn’t have to worry about getting her sound right. When you hear guitar in the movie, it’s, actually, Joan playing. I had to learn the songs, so I could look like it.

What other cues did you learn from your real-life counterparts? Dakota Fanning: They were really involved in helping us as much as we wanted them to help us. To play a real person is the most daunting task. Cherie actually being there was helpful. KS: There were things that we would never know otherwise. There’s a million things tha would have been different in the movie, and it would have been telling the story wrong, had they not been there to correct us.

But in terms of physicality and posture, were you studying them? DF: I was, definitely, looking at the way Cherie was. Cherie, on-stage and off-stage, is very different, and so I wanted to make sure of the difference between the two. On-stage she emulated David Bowie and was bigger than life, and had so much confidence. But in real life, she’s, actually, very vulnerable and has an innocence about her.

You have great chemistry off-screen, and it seems like you’re really good friends in real life. What did you guys bond over and talk about when you were hanging out, when the camera’s not shooting or just hanging out in real life? KS: [To Dakota] You just spit on me a little bit! DF: She does that! She does that to me! KS: I mean, what do you talk to your friends about? DF: She’s like one of my closest friends, and I don’t know if there’s a specific thing we bond over. This experience is something that we share. KS: I don’t think we’ve ever hung out, and not referred to it at least— DF: Well, it’s impossible. KS: It’s impossible. Well, it’s just impossible. DF: I think me, Kristin, Joan and Cherie have something and it’s something that we’ll always have, and I don’t think anybody else will really ever understand that, just because of the experience that we’ve gone through, so that’s really cool. KS: We both really like what we do. We really love what we do. There’s not a whole lot of young actors that I talk to that, like, are as into it.

What was the biggest challenge? K: The whole thing was the performances, they were the most intimidating thing because they have such distinct styles. When I first started watching Joan do these songs, she was so full of something. I thought that I could never—that nobody could ever try to emulate it because it’s unique to her, and nobody else has that. When she looks into the crowd, there are certain videos that you get lucky and there’s a good shot of her–they’re kind of rare. But she stares into that camera, and I was just like, I’m never going to be able to do that.

Can you guys compare and contrast the energy that you get from fans? You know what it’s like to be in front of thousands of people screaming at you because of the “Twilight” movies, and then just playing a rock musician on-stage? DF: I think it’s hard comparing an actor with someone who’s in music. It’s really different. It’s kind of a different energy when you feel someone, actually screaming for you or cheering for you personally. With actors, most of the time people are fans of who’ve you played. They see you as that character, as opposed to a musician. KS: Musicians make statements. They’re like barely themselves, and that’s just not the way we are. I feel like they’re much more public figures than actors, almost, because they’re, like, themselves.

How would you describe your fans, either of you? DF: You have to have your fans to support your films. It’s so wonderful when someone is moved or inspired by something that you do, and that’s why I do what I do. KS: To share what you love with other people, there’s nothing more gratifying than that. It’s weird when people come up and, say, ‘Oh, I saw this random movie,” and in my head nobody saw it. And they liked it! It’s a cool feeling. There’s, actually, nothing like it.

The movie’s about music, but it’s also a lot about style. What did you take away from the looks and the fashions, and have you adopted any of those looks into your own wardrobe? D: I have most all of my wardrobe from the film.

What’s your favorite piece? DF: I love the corset. I love, like the stage clothes. I love the silver jumpsuit and the corset, just because they’re so iconic to Cherie.

Can you guys talk about what made the Runaways iconic? KS: Joan was the first woman to start her own record label. She was basically told after the Runaways broke up that she was done, and that was it, she peaked. And, despite the Runaways success, people still didn’t want to hear her. People still didn’t like her style. People still thought she was too aggressive, and people didn’t want to see that from a girl, and she was ugly, and she wasn’t girly enough, or whatever. And she’s not just a famous musician because she makes cool music. She makes really great music, and it’s filled with her. She says it all the time: ‘If you want to know me, read my lyrics.” DF: For Cherie, I think what I took away was the sacrifice that she made. To give up what she loves to do because–she even says it today– she would have died, if she had continued on the path that she was on. And to watch someone give that sacrifice… I was looking at myself, and thinking, Could I give that up? And, obviously, I’m not on a downward spiral like she was, but, that’s a really hard thing to do. And to watch the person that you’re closest to become Joan Jett, and to have zero resentment and be so proud of Joan, is such an amazing thing to watch in Cherie, so she’s pretty inspiring to me.

What do think people are going to take away from The Runaways, especially girls your age? DF: I don’t think a lot of people my age know who The Runaways are, so they’ll definitely know who they are. And I don’t think a lot of people know Cherie Currie’s story, so I think that’ll be really great. And to bring their music to a different generation. KS: There’s, definitely, that. It’s nice to deliver the story to people who don’t know about it. I think it’s good to know where we came from. I’ve never thought once, I think, that I couldn’t do or say something or look a certain way. It’s just not how I was raised, and it was different for them. And also, Joan’s really excited, and we’re all really excited about that people are excited about the music again.You see a lot of girls playing instruments now. You see a lot of girls playing music, but it’s not aggressive, none of it. None of it’s hard. Nobody plays hard rock anymore, like no girls. And that would be awesome, if people got more into it and felt like they could do that again.

Michael Shannon On the Burden of Playing Someone Real

Michael Shannon has a knack for playing unsettling characters, the kind of parts that are a tad uncomfortable to watch. After a string of theatrical roles, he introduced himself to audiences as an eerily unhinged soldier in William Friedkin’s paranoid thriller Bug, opposite Ashley Judd. His big break came in 2008’s Revolutionary Road. Sitting at a dining table across from Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, he stole the show. His performance as the mentally disturbed truth-teller John Givens earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Now, Shannon takes on the role of Kim Fowley, the eccentric, kinda creepy band manager of an all-girl rock group in Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. We sat down with Shannon to talk about the burden of playing a real person, his upcoming HBO show Boardwalk Empire, his love of all things music.

What attracted you to this project? Well, I’m just a big fan of rock n’ roll in general, and I’ve always wanted to do a movie about it. I was familiar with Joan Jett. I wasn’t as familiar with the Runaways per say. I knew a couple of their songs, but I was interested enough to come in for the meeting. When I went into the meeting, Floria–the director– showed me a clip of Kim. She said, “This is the guy I want you to play.” It was an interview he had done on The Tom Snyder Show. There was Kim in all his glory, sitting there in that orange suit that he really liked to wear. He was all made up. He was just really the most spellbinding person I’ve ever seen. I was totally intrigued by him. So, they basically hooked me in with that footage.

I heard you got to meet him? Yeah. My first day of shooting, at the end of the day, Kristen and Joan invited me to have dinner with Kim. We met him at a Denny’s in the Valley and we sat and talked. He told me his life story–all about his childhood, his parents and his history in the music business. That was a really nice dinner.

Was Joan Jett on set a lot? Joan was on set a lot–pretty much every day I was there. Cherie was around a lot too–not quite as much as Joan, but she was around a lot. They were both very kind to me. They seemed to be kind to everybody, but they were kind to me.

What were the greatest challenges of the role? Well, as exuberant or crazy as I may look, I’m actually trying to do something very specific. I can’t just go out and do whatever I want. I’m trying to capture him precisely the way he seemed to me, at least. Kristen and Dakota were doing the same thing.

Is there is a burden in representing someone real? Exactly. Yeah. Kim said to me when we had dinner that night, “When I die, people that don’t know me are going to remember me from this movie–from what you do in this movie. So please try and get it right?” He was half-kidding.

Were there any particular aspects of Kim that you felt you really hit or missed? I feel pretty comfortable with it when I watch it. One of reasons Floria wanted me to do the part is because I’m tall and there seems to be some physical resemblance between me and Kim. The thing is, I’m not chubby or anything, but I’m not nearly as skinny as Kim was. The way he moves is almost like a marionette or a praying mantis. You always feel like he has these visible strings being pulled. It’s almost like he’s always dancing. I just find the way he moves so beautiful to watch.

Well, it’s not an exact recreation. That’s the thing. I’ve never seen anyone do a scene exactly like whoever they’re playing. Philip Seymour Hoffman is amazing in Capote, but he doesn’t look and act exactly like Truman Capote. It’s his version of Truman Capote. It’s not Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum. You’re trying to make a living, breathing thing happen.

How long did you film for? I think they filmed about six weeks. It was really fast. One of the reasons I didn’t get this job until the last minute, they had already started shooting. They hadn’t even cast me yet. One of the problems was I was doing other projects then. I was doing the pilot for Boardwalk Empire. It was a scheduling conflict and at the last minute, they worked it out. I was literally going back and forth. I would shoot a day in New York, go, shoot a couple days in L.A., go back and forth. There was a group. Kristen and Dakota got very close. They spent a lot of time together. I wasn’t really in that. I would just kind of show up, do my stuff and leave. I shot about ten days spread out over the course of a month.

What kind of music do you listen to? I’m a music freak. It’s my favorite thing in the whole world. I like all different kinds of music. I like rock as much as I like jazz as much as I like classical and country. Unfortunately, the only kind of music I tend to not like is the most popular kind of music, the kind that you hear every where you go.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Yeah, but it’s unfortunately what’s playing everywhere. I could tell you what I’ve been listening to recently, but it wouldn’t be in any way indicative of my overall musical sensibility. There’s this Dinosaur Jr. album I like called You’re Living All Over Me. That’s one of the best albums you could buy from that genre for sure. I just got the Appeal Sessions from the Galaxy 500. They do a version of “Don’t Let Your Youth Go to Waste” by Jonathan Richman. That’s one of my favorite songs. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Grant Green. He’s an amazing jazz guitar player. There’s this band from Chicago called the Cocktails that play this weird Midwestern kind of classical rock like Aaron Copland-ish music. The punk era is one of my favorite eras, particularly the New York punk era–The Talking Heads, The Ramones, all that. Precursor to that–the Velvet Underground. It’s definitely one of my favorite musical eras, and now the L.A. punk scene.

Can you tell me about Boardwalk Empire and your other upcoming releases? Boardwalk Empire is a show I’m working on for HBO. I guess it’s probably going to come out in the fall. It’s set in Atlantic City, during Prohibition. The first episode is the beginning of Prohibition and I play a Prohibition agent from the Treasury Department–special agent Van Alden and it’s my job to try and make sure Prohibition is enforced. He’s a very upright citizen. He’s very puritanical, very religious. He really believes that people should stop drinking. He’s just trying to make sure that happens.

So he’s authentic in his crusade. Yeah. There’s a ton of characters on the show, a lot of story lines. It’s from some of the same writers as the Sopranos. Tim Van Patten who has The Pacific out right now, he’s directed a lot of episodes. Of course, the pilot was directed by Scorsese which everybody’s really excited about. What else I got? I worked on this film Jonah Hex which is like a big comic book movie.

Are you still doing theater? Yeah. Right now I’m doing Our Town at the Barrow Street Theater in the West Village. Barrow on Bleecker and 7th Avenue. I’ll be doing that through the end of May. I’m doing that and shooting Boardwalk Empire right now.

Do you have a different approach to acting on stage versus on film? Not really. They’re more similar. The only thing that different is that with a play you get to go out and do the whole thing from beginning to end. You don’t have to keep stopping all the time which is nice because you get a sense of momentum. In terms of the actual acting of it, it’s not as different because a lot of the theaters I work in are very small and you’re very close to the people anyway. It’s not like you can be bigger or whatever. The same rules apply.

You maintain that same sense of intimacy. Yeah. I think back in the old days, if you did theater, you did theater in an 800 seat theater where everyone sat 800 feet away from you. There would be a broader difference [between that and film]. I think nowadays a lot of theaters–at least the ones I work at–are incredibly intimate.

Do you have a favorite restaurant or bar in the city? Frankie’s 457 on Court Street in Brooklyn. That’s my favorite Italian restaurant – Frankie’s 457. They have a great wine list. Right now, they have an amazing pork shoulder. I highly recommend it. They have cavatelli with sausage that is the best! Frankie’s 457.