Rooney Mara in Alexander McQueen at the ‘Side Effects’ premiere: lovely or fug?

Here are some photos from last night’s NYC premiere of Side Effects, that Steven Soderbergh film which looks surprisingly good. I’m not sure if the film is actually supposed to be a suspense/thriller (as opposed to a straight drama), but that’s the way the commercials make it seem, and I’m up for it. Also surprising: everybody looked pretty good at the premiere. I think Catherine Zeta Jones looked the best – she wore this Michael Kors gown which looks stunning on her. Zeta killed it!

Rooney Mara, the controversial “star” of the film (Soderbergh wanted Blake Lively originally), wore white Alexander McQueen for her big premiere. You know what? I don’t hate it. I think this would have looked awful on most women, but it kind of works on someone with Rooney’s slight build. The middle-part/slicked-down hair is bad – I would love to see her hair with some body, some fluff, something different. But the dress is okay and it’s interesting.

As for the boys – Channing looked nice in his Dolce & Gabbana suit, although I’m not really crazy about his recently-shorn head. He just looks better with hair. This hairstyle makes him look even more meathead-ish. And Jude… well, Jude Law is making love to the cameras. Jude Law is the business. There’s a reason why he keeps getting ladies pregnant.

Photos courtesy of Andres Otero/

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  1. mkyarwood says:

    Rooney is so sad to be wearing white.

  2. Amelia says:

    Not a fan of CZJ’s mullet dress, I just can’t understand that trend. But she looks pretty awesome in general.
    I think Rooney looks quite dinky in the McQueen and the white is a nice contrast with her dark hair.
    All in all, I think it’s a pretty decent turnout, although the Charming Potato’s hair leaves a lot to be desired. I hope that’s just the lighting.

  3. yellowlala says:

    She always looks that way…sad, timid, over it..I like her dress but would have loved a pop of color fore shoes

  4. hatsumomo says:

    Yeah, CZJ looked awesome, she never ages. That dress on Mara looked like a frilly mess and I wish she’s stop slicking down her hair already. Its long enough by now to do something different with it.

  5. flor says:

    That is a look that only someone so tiny like Rooney can pull off.
    I agree about the hair but I think the relaxed hair thing is more Rooney and I like that she keeps it simple.

  6. allons-y alonso says:

    CZJ is a fierce bitch! That’s why i love her.

    I really don’t care for Rooney Mara or her dress.

  7. Eleonor says:

    All I can see is Jude Law’s eyes. he can get you pregnant with his eyes. Oh please!!!

  8. Launicaangelina says:

    Yum… Jude Law. I love looking at him.

    I’m tired of Rooney’s “I’m so serious / Woe is me” schtick. Crack a smile and do something with your hair.

  9. bns says:

    Rooney’s dress would’ve looked great on someone with a personality.

  10. Ms Kay says:

    How Channing Tatum gets all them roles is beyond me…

    Jude Law… Always <3

  11. marie says:

    fug, why does her hair always look so severe? the dress isn’t horrible, maybe just on her?

    and from the pics (even though I said no before) Jude Law- totally hit it.

  12. annabelle says:

    Look at Channing with his arm around CZJ, like a boss. Damn, I love him.

  13. mln76 says:

    She looks like she’s trying SO HARD to be interesting. UGH. I hope for her sake she gets her head sewed on straight and relaxes.

  14. Kaye says:

    Is this eyes-not-meeting-the-camera thing an affectation, or is Rooney Mara truly shy?

  15. T.C. says:

    These red carpet pictures take about 2 min. It’s not hard to fake it for 2 min and smile. Looking at you sour puss Rooney Mara and Jude Law. CZJ and Channing Tatum look great. Rooney thumbs down on that white crap, Jude is just meh.

  16. booger says:

    Jude Law is so *not* the business. He’s a little scrawny guy with an Easter Island size head in person.

  17. TheOriginalKitten says:


    …you asked.

  18. Malaney says:

    hate her attitude. a miserable c***t, just like kstew – but at least rooney’s pretty to look at.

  19. Christina says:

    The only thing my eyes cared about in this post was Jude freaking Law. He looks sexy in that suit. I do not get the Rooney Mara thing at all, she looks like a sad alien. The others look fine, but Jude is stealing the show with his beautiful face.

  20. La Calabaza says:

    I think it’s easy to compare Rooney’s lack of smile with Kristen Stewart’s smug but the difference is Rooney can act and has relative talent. She wants to act. Nothing more. She made it clear. I enjoy her in TGWTDT and in other film where she was at a boarding school or something and she dated an older guy. Too much drama. Anyway, I look foward to see this movie.

    I agree with Kaizer that she should do something different with her hair .

  21. bea says:

    Sorry, but RM’s perpetually haunted/distracted/bored facial expression kills it for me.

    In the last pic of the dress from the back, it literally looks like a long-sleeved leotard with an attached skirt. Hideous.

  22. andrea says:

    Oof. To me, everyone in these pics is looking pretty rough. Rooney looks ghostly and sad, Channing looks bloated and slowly suffocating in that tie, CZJ looks almost unrecognizable in the face, Jude looks rumped and cranky, and Michael, well, he looks just like Kirk now.

  23. mel says:

    She looks like my 7 year old when she is pissed…what is this attitude? Would it kill you to effing smile. She can be assured that this attitude has not done KStew any favors…

  24. MJ says:

    Is Jude Law having a ball sweat crisis in the fourth shot down?!

  25. taxi says:

    Channing’s thumbs – is it paint or wounds?

  26. Becks says:

    I don’t get the fuss over Channing….he looks like a meat head with or without hair. This is the sexiest man alive? Me thinks not!

  27. sunny says:

    Jude looks fantastic! There are plenty of pictures from this premiere on other sites that feature him smiling. CB picked the ones where he wasn’t. So that’s that, whatevs. And incidentally, I don’t think having children by two mothers qualifies a “keeps getting the ladies pregnant” comment. If you could get pregnant by his eyes alone, then I would have gladly complied with the rules when I saw him in New York last year. They are BEAUTIFUL in person!! Also, he’s very polite and courteous and his voice is the sexiest daggum thing ever!

    • sweetpea says:

      Jude looks the best among all. I am ok with CZJ. Cannot say a bad word about her after what she and MD have gone through in their lives.

      Cannot stand Rooney Mara. Her expression is always the same. Hate the way she poses with her knees turned inwards – ugh!

      • sunny says:

        Yeah, Cath Zj does look good. As for Rooney, I’ve seen a couple of pictures with her smiling and she looked so pretty. She needs to smile all the time, I’m not in with the moodiness.
        More about Jude, as good as he looks in pictures, he truly is 10 times better in person, and when he’s on stage in a play, you can’t take your eyes off him, he has such physicality. I love to watch his interviews, too, especially if he’s with a good interview host. He’s very thoughtful in his responses and really bites into meaningful questions, you can always tell when he’s over the silly empty questions, even though he does respond politely. He’s prone to blushing, too, which is too adorable. I think this movie is going to be really good, I’m ready to see it.

  28. lylaooooo says:

    i dont understand why CZJ killed it!! her drees is boring…she is a beaitful woman but the drees is blah!

  29. rose says:

    Channing and Jude<3

    I like Rooney dress.

  30. Lina says:

    Is Rooney Mara still a thing?

  31. Mouse says:

    CZJ is looking great, what a woman. Next to her, Mara looks completely plain and overly dramatic and judging by that look on her face, she’s knows it!

    Eh, Tatum and Law do nothing for me but at least they’re making eye contact with the camera, unlike their costar.

  32. Gemini08 says:

    I like Rooney’s dress- hate Catherine’s. But then I just don’t like her in general.

  33. snappyfish says:

    rooney looks just like liz lemon when she dressed up like princess leia to get out of jury duty on “30 rock.”

  34. Nina says:

    Like rooneys dress and style in general – always looks interesting to me.

    Her attitude needs improvement.

    Czj’s dress seems blah to me but I think it may be czj who looks off…

  35. missiecoco says:

    Chaaannniiing!!! Where is Jenna? I want to see her killing it with her pregnancy fashion styles.

  36. KellyinSeattle says:

    Rooney Mara reminds me of Maris in Fraiser.

  37. PrincessDi says:

    I feel like Rooney Mara doesn’t know how to not be dour and not be Lisbeth Salander. It’s like she lost herself in the role and never emerged or something.

  38. DreamyK says:

    Michael looks every bit of his 68 yrs. And that’s after he had plastic surgery in 2005. Yikes. Not aging well at all.

  39. SnarkAttack says:

    Fug. Rooney Mara is pretty much always fug.

  40. Mazunte says:

    I love Rooney’s dress. It’s original and looks great on her.
    Jude is looking SO sexy! I think he dresses pretty well.
    Channing T. doesn’t do it for me at all.