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Ashton Kutcher is generally more famous for his offscreen antics (marrying a hot older woman, punking celebrities, providing steady tabloid fodder) than for his screen roles, but with Spread, things may finally be changing. Though at first glimpse the movie might not look much different from Kutcher’s usual rom-com fare, Spread surprised everyone when it became the biggest deal (literally) at Sundance, selling for $4 million. This gigolo romp is all about Kutcher’s acting chops— but fear not ladies, his dashing good looks are still on full display. Jacket, shirt, pants, and scarf, all by Gucci. Gucci, 347 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451.
Depression is never an easy subject to tackle on celluloid, but perhaps it’s a case of art imitating life that helped Ashley Judd rise to the occasion with her powerful turn in the title role of Helen. “I have had experience with depression,” she admitted to audience members during a Q&A session at the festival. The resulting portrayal dazzled critics and crowds alike, taking a film that could have easily teetered into TV-movie terrain and turning it into an evocative exploration of how savagely the disease afflicts even those who appear successful, content, and well-adjusted. Jeans by Calvin Klein. Calvin Klein, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 310-854-3644.
Photographs by Jeff Vespa
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.