‘Peppermint’ star wears Rami Kadi gown to Hollywood premiere

Annie Ilonzeh stars alongside Jennifer Garner in ‘Peppermint.’ (File photo: AFP)
Updated 01 September 2018
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‘Peppermint’ star wears Rami Kadi gown to Hollywood premiere

  • The star attended the premiere of 'Peppermint,' starring Jennifer Garner
  • US actress Annie Ilonzeh wore a futuristic gown by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi

DUBAI: US actress Annie Ilonzeh wore a futuristic gown by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi to the premiere of new Hollywood flick “Peppermint” in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Due for US release on Sept. 7, the film stars Jennifer Garner who portrays a woman who becomes a vigilante after her husband and daughter are killed in a drive-by shooting by members of a cartel. Meanwhile, Ilonzeh plays an FBI agent.
Ilonzeh wore a fitted gown to the premiere, complete with a black bodice with a gaping peekaboo cutout and a multi-colored skirt made up of strips of metallic material.
From 2010 to 2011, the actress starred on the ABC daytime soap opera “General Hospital” and then went on to play a role in the short-lived ABC reboot of “Charlie’s Angels.”
In the new film, Ilonzeh stars alongside Garner, who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday to honor a glittering career that has included roles in acclaimed movies from “Juno” to “Dallas Buyers Club.”

S actress Annie Ilonzeh (R) wore a futuristic gown by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi. Instagram


“Today for me is a moment to mark 24 years really joyfully lived, in a job that I love so much. And to get to share with my family and friends is pretty amazing and special,” the 46-year-old star told AFP. Actors Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston — who starred with Garner respectively in the 2014 comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and 2016’s “Wakefield” — paid glowing tribute.
Also on hand to celebrate was Judy Greer, who appeared alongside Garner in 2004 fantasy comedy-romance “13 Going on 30” and 2014 comedy-drama “Men, Women and Children” before directing her in the 2017 comedy, “A Happening of Monumental Proportions.” In 2001, Garner got the role that catapulted her onto the A-list, as CIA agent Sydney Bristow in ABC series “Alias,” which ran for five seasons. Garner received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for the part, as well as four outstanding lead actress nominations at the Emmys, AFP reported.
For her part, Ilonzeh posted a series of photographs in which she is posing with Garner and captioned the post “Enjoyed working with you all! Can’t wait to do it again.” The actress even paid homage to Garner, hashtagging a photo of the Hollywood star with the word “idol.”


Lebanese designers take over Los Angeles awards show... again

Updated 20 November 2018
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Lebanese designers take over Los Angeles awards show... again

DUBAI: The red carpet at the annual Governors Awards in Hollywood was awash with Middle Eastern gowns as the likes of Rashida Jones, Michelle Yeoh and Lily Collins chose to wear creations by Lebanese designers — proving that the region’s fashion stars are as popular as ever with the who’s who of the film industry.
British-American actress Collins, who starred in 2017’s “To the Bone,” chose a gown by Georges Chakra, with a sparkling purple skirt and off-the-shoulder black bodice for Sunday night’s event in Los Angeles.

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Meanwhile, “Parks and Recreation” actress Jones went for a sunset orange kaftan with a peek-a-boo cut out and silver detailing at the neckline by Reem Acra.

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For her part, Yeoh, who starred in blockbuster hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” wore an ice blue, figure-hugging gown by Elie Saab, complete with cutouts on the heavily beaded bodice.

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The event honoring the careers of film industry legends Tyson, Levy and composer Lalo Schifrin brought some of Hollywood’s biggest names — Oprah, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood among them — to the Ray Dolby Ballroom in the heart of Hollywood to reminisce, laugh and schmooze without the pressure, as Hanks said, of “being nervous about who is going to win.”
The Governors Awards celebrate the careers of a few entertainment veterans who have not yet won an Academy Award by bestowing them with an honorary Oscar statuette. Recipients are voted on by the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
For the 93-year-old Tyson, it was a half lifetime coming. It had been 45 years since her first and only nomination, for “Sounder” in 1972.
“This is a culmination of all those years of haves and have nots,” Tyson said, noting that she’ll be turning 94 next month.
The private, untelevised dinner gala at the Hollywood & Highland complex has also become an important stop on the campaign trail to the Academy Awards for some of the year’s awards hopefuls, making the event one of the most star-studded of the season. In a spin around the room, The Associated Press saw Nicole Kidman chatting with “First Man” director Damien Chazelle, Disney CEO Bob Iger leaving his seat next to Ford to meet Lady Gaga, “Eighth Grade” director Bo Burnham and “Roma” director Alfonso Cuaron deep in conversation, Hanks and Rita Wilson stopping to greet Melissa McCarthy, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt saying hello to Hilary Swank, the cast of “Black Panther” posing for a photo with Marvel chief Kevin Feige and Lin-Manuel Miranda hanging out with the “Crazy Rich Asians” cast and, later, Jonah Hill.
But all turned their full attention to the stage and the titans being honored when the time came. For while the event may be in its 10th year, and the honorary Oscar itself in its 60th, there was still room for a few firsts. Levy became the first member of the public relations branch of the film academy to win an honorary Oscar, while Kennedy became the first woman to win the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial award — an honor that she shared with her husband and partner Marshall.