Before arriving at last night's L.A.'s Shorts Festival premiere party,I wondered if Scarlett Johansson--who stepped behind the lens for the first time and directed "These Vagabond Shoes"--would trade her designer gowns in for the unofficial director's uniform: ill-fitting jeans,crumpled tee and a Yankees baseball cap.No dice.Instead the actress-turned-temporary-director wore
an Old Hollywood-feeling Prada dress,Christian Louboutin heels and glittery Neil Lane earrings.
Meanwhile Courteney Cox--who was also debuted her own short,entitled "The Monday Before Thanksgiving" went for a decidedly youthful look: a sleek ponytail and sexy Lanvin frock.And while Kirsten "Kiwi Smith" may be the screenwriter of *The House Bunny *andLegally Blonde,even the one non-movie star turned it out in chic LBD.(I heard that Laura Dern and Sheryl Crow snuck right before the lights went down,so I have no idea what they were wearing.Sorry ladies!)
Scarlett's artsy black and white short was the first one showcased,and she had a good sense of humor about the groans that accompanied the endless credits,which seemed to last longer than the film itself."I'm sorry--I know this is terrible," she apologized from somewhere in the dark theater as the credits continued to roll and roll,citing everyone from caterers to attorneys."I've never worked with any of those lawyers!" she joked.
While I won't give away any of the plot,I will say that the remarkable thing about Scarlett's movie is that it even though it had hardly any dialogue,it was still intimate and revealing.Granted,it's no secret that she adores hot hubby Ryan Reynolds,but her directorial debut showcased some surprising longtime loves: The original star of* Footloose*,for example."I've always loved Kevin Bacon," Scarlett said of her leading man.What else?"Obviously I love Nathan's hotdogs," she added,unapologetically about the classic New York street food.What would her* Iron Man 2* costar--and renowned health fanatic--Gwyneth Paltrow think?I can't say for sure,but I won't be surprised to read about the wonders of colonics onGOOPtomorrow.