Charlize Theron in yellow Dior at Cannes ‘Mad Max’ premiere: fab or fug?


Charlize Theron brought her boyfriend to the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road. Because they are now that couple. Part of me thinks it’s actually a little bit sweet: Sean Penn is 54 years old and he’s finally found a girlfriend who makes him want to travel halfway around the world just to walk on her arm. I’ve already seen a lot of people compare these photos to the many photos of Brangelina walking the Cannes red carpet over the years. I can kind of see that, although for me the Jolie-Pitts will always be more compelling than Theron-Penns.

The first thing I thought when I saw these photos? Angelina in Ungaro at Cannes in 2007. Remember that? A diva in canary yellow in the South of France – it works. I would even say that Charlize looks better than Angelina in canary yellow. Charlize’s dress is Dior, of course. I like the back of the gown more than the front – it feels like the front should look smoother? Why are so many Dior looks these days so poorly tailored? Charlize’s diamond earrings are Chopard. Good earring choice. But Charlize usually accessorizes well.

There was a pronounced lack of Tom Hardy photos actually on the red carpet. Like, he doesn’t seem to have posed solo for very long, but he did go to the steps to pose with the cast. Once again, he sort of looks short next to Charlize. Poor Tom. Still… so very hot.




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  1. Anna B says:

    Apparently at the press conference Theron and Hardy didn’t look at each other or interact in any way. The film sounds great, but the meltdowns on set must have been epic.

    • Kiddo says:

      He was blinded by the ugly yellow, she from the reflection of said ugly yellow on his head.

      • Jib says:

        Right??? I hate this yellow on her. Sorry!!

        And she has some puss face on in the pics with Sean Penn. Maybe she’s waking up to what a piece of crap he is. I find nothing sweet, nice or appealing to anyone being with him. He is a woman abuser, for pete’s sake!!!!

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:

      It’s not true.They just interacted very little and Miller talked much much

    • LB says:

      They fought a lot on set – both openly admit it. But Hardy did give her a gift at the end of the shoot – a self portrait with a red handprint on the back and an inscription that said (paraphrased) she was a nightmare but also f’ing awesome and he would kinda miss her. I thought that was hilarious. I doubt they’ll be friends but there’s grudging respect.

      Btw why no Nicholas Hoult pictures? He’s been looking good at Cannes. Tom Ford, I bet.

      • lisa2 says:

        They all looked so grumpy when they were together.

        The film is getting wonderful reviews so it should be a big hit.

      • Patricia says:

        that’s what Charlize said so I won’t believe it went that way, even it he did gave her a gift (and that’s relatively common among co-.starts in long shootings). In all this press tour right from the beginning Tom never looked happy, never smiled, he doesn’t seems happy to be promoting the film, and he’s doing the minimum as his contract requires.

    • Sarah says:

      Perhaps he couldn’t stand to look at that ugly dress. Oh Dior… can you make Charlize Theron unattractive?

      • Sabrine says:

        This yellow color does not look good on Charlize. It makes her face look drawn and sallow. I don’t care for the front styling with the points. People wonder why Charlize is with Sean Penn but she sees the person he is and she admires that. She didn’t date anyone for a long time but in Penn she has found someone who is intelligent, kind and loyal who spends time with and is good to her child.

      • mytbean says:

        Portman was doing this in the red dress … I don’t like the “My straps are there but are in an invisible dimension” look. It’s just weird to me.

      • Patricia says:

        Sabrine: “kind and loyal” are not the first words that come to mind when speaking about Penn. He’s never been that, never will be. He’s in his best behavior with Charlize, he knows he can’t f— up this one too, maybe his last chance, but I doubt he’s a changed man. She will eventually find it out, they’ve been together just for a year

    • Anne tommy says:

      Charlize Looks lovely. Hardy is not even lukewarm, never mind hot.

      • deehunny says:

        It would beautiful on another woman or on her in another color. It washes her out.

  2. TracySmiles says:

    I’m only here for Tom – damn he’s…. just…. gah!

    Oh, Charlize rocks yellow and Sean looks crap in orange.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Charlize looks GORGEOUS! I think she might be the mot beautiful woman in Hollywood right now. I just can’t understand why she’s with Sean Penn.

    I do believe she and Tom Hardy hate each other. There were a lot of bad stories from the set but I think the movie is going to be a hit.

    • Sarah says:

      Really?!? I think she’s less lovely as the years go by – the work she’s had done is not subtle and not flattering

  4. bellenola says:

    Charlize looks tired and pissed off.

    • Jennifer Grady says:

      And smug and stiff as usual.

    • Tara says:

      She looks fine to me. There were several pics of her smiling too. Tom Hardy can look pissed off and stone faced on the red carpet and no one calls him names or judges him.

    • bellenola says:

      I was coming from a place of observation, not judgement. I dig Charlize and I am not seeing the happy.

  5. Abbott says:

    So excited for Mad Max!!! More excited to drive around my WalMart parking lot this weekend like Furiosa.

  6. MG says:

    She looks tired.

  7. Bishg says:

    Sean Penn is her worst accessory.

    • Crumpet says:

      Little scrunchy faced troll that he is.

    • bella says:

      someone please tell me why she is with him????

      • Bishg says:

        I guess she’s in for the animal sex and the “Hollywood power-couple” factor.

        To be honest, even though I still think she could do so much better, I dislike Charlize as well.. they can stay together and let us all go “MEH” as long as they want to. By all accounts she’s an arrogant prick and a pain in the ass to work with. I am a supporter of the good ol’ adage “when there’s smoke, there’s probably fire”, and in Charlize’s case there is so much smoke all over, around her, in her nostrils and what not.

      • Sabrine says:

        Because he is interesting, intelligent, kind to her and her child. Maybe that’s why?

      • Mel M says:

        And about that giant rock she’s sporting on her left ring finger.

      • Jib says:

        Sabrine, do you know what he did to madonna?? Tied her to a chair for nine hours and beat her? Made her perform a sex act on him, while he hit her with a bat.

        Oh, Yes!! That is the kind man I want with my child!!!

  8. Hudson Girl says:

    She looked like Big Bird and on her, that dress needed a statement necklace.
    Not a good shade of yellow for her, you notice the dress not the Hollywood star. Bad choice, then again it was Dior. They are usually painful now. I’ll just go look through their archives to remember their glory days.

    • Sugar says:

      The color of the dress was statement enough, I think. A statement necklace would have been overkill.

      She loves amazing in that color. Too bad the dress isn’t tailored properly. All those puckers ruin the effect.

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:

      Galliano ‘s days! Franco Ferre ‘s days!

  9. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I don’t think yellow is her color. She looks beautiful anyway, but I don’t care for the dress.

    • SnarkGirl says:

      Yellow is a hard colour for fair-skinned women to wear. It can make you look really washed out and sickly. This dress on someone with a deeper skin tone (and a great necklace) would be stunning.

  10. Margaret says:

    Tom Hardy looks taller than Sean Penn next to Charlize. Can’t wait to see this movie.

  11. Jen says:

    Charlize looks great, but what is that leathery, orange-y, Gollum-on-steroids thingy she’s attached to? Whatever it is, it’s pulling her whole look down

  12. Lucy2 says:

    I’m never a big fan of yellow. I like the flowing skirt but that’s about it.

  13. jen2 says:

    The dress reminds me of a mullet. Business in the front and party in the back. The train is very dramatic and the front is just nothing special and I am not fond of the neckline. My favorite parts of the outfit are her hair and rings, one of which looks like an engagement ring. But a good necklace would have helped. Penn looks under dressed standing next to her (and a bit like shoe leather. He needs to stay out of the sun). The open shirt is odd. He needs a tie. The other folks look a bit strained. They have what looks to be a hit on their hands, so they should all be smiling.

    • FingerBinger says:

      Maybe you missed it in your assessment but Charlize, Tom and George Miller are all smiling.

  14. sills says:

    I like this pretty springy yellow for Cannes, with the long dramatic train, chic and sleek. What’s killing it for me is (1) no “verve”–she looks tired, and (2) that over-baked accessory on her arm.

  15. Viv says:

    Her and Marion Cotillard and the most beautiful actresses in the world. She’s just flawless.

  16. Greek chic says:

    Beautiful woman. She looks great!

    Angelina looked amazing in yellow

  17. MSat says:

    I have always wanted to wear yellow like that, but it looks so bad on me!

  18. meme says:

    I’m kind of MEH on the dress but Charlize still looks like a goddess.

  19. Tig says:

    She is stunning- I have really enjoyed the gowns I have seen so far. Is there a reason CB isn’t posting more pics? Julienne Moore’s maroon gown from yesterday was breathtaking. Is she being honored bec I haven’t seen a word about any film she’s in debuting at Cannes.

  20. Suzy from Ontario says:

    I don’t like the front with the points. It feels like there are straps missing or something. She pulls off the colour and she has a great body so that’s not a problem, but I think she could’ve looked better in something else.

  21. Tara says:

    This dress should have been fit better. Also they should have given her a red lip. That would have been stunning. Still she is the most beautiful woman in Hollywood and she is so poised she carries it off. I love the train. She wore yellow on a major red carpet before Angelina though. I’m thinking of the Golden Globes in 2004.

    Anyway who is going to piss off the MRA and see Mad Max? Charlize and the film are getting so many raves.

    • MacScore says:

      Oh you are so right! A classic red lip would have really picked up this look for her. As it is, I think it looks blah and bland – yellow is not really doing her any favors.

      • Tara says:

        Right? The red lip would have made a huge difference. Otherwise the yellow with natural make up just doesn’t make her beauty pop. She looks washed out. Or imagine if that dress were dark purple or light blue.

  22. DavidBowie says:

    I think she looks beautiful if a bit tired. Abut that leathery troll next to her…

  23. Carmen says:

    Love the yellow and it looks great on her.

  24. khaveman says:

    Her hair looks really odd, color-wise. Greasy? Oversprayed? That being said, her bad hair days are everyone’s excellent hair days. Goddess.

  25. Loulou says:

    Tom Hardy first having to share the red carpet with Mel Gibson then Sean Penn? Guy’s not having a great time of it.

  26. db says:

    What is it with being with Sean that sucks the light right out of the women in his life…

  27. cujokay says:

    It looks okay. Nothing to write home about. It’s plain. At least she’d not showing us her who-ha!

  28. TheVoice says:

    I think Charlize is beautiful but she doesn’t dress well for her body type. She’s got a wide ribcage and wide shoulders so a different silhouette would’ve been more fitting. Kind of reminds me of Kelly Bensimone’s body type. I should know – I’m built similarly so I always have a hard time finding formal dresses. I wish I could wear something whispy and dainty but I just look like a linebacker when I try. These celebs have the best designers at their disposal, you’d think they can find something fitting.

    • A says:

      I think wide shoulders on tall women are beautiful! I never got the whole “linebacker” thing, especially if you have some boobs there too, I think it’s statuesque and so very beautiful. I like this siluette on Charlize, I like that she doesn’t try to minimize it or her height. You bloody well should show it off because it’s frickin’ beautiful!

  29. Catelina says:

    This is supposed to be our Brangelina substitute? No thanks. They both look so stiff and bored. Tom Hardy too. Actually he always looks upset offscreen.

  30. V. says:

    Not a Charlize fan, she isn’t likeable, she should try to be more likeable. She’s no Jolie! And Penn is no Pitt! That is what they were going for here…am I right! FAIL!

    • A says:

      Oh come on.
      I always thought they (jolie-pitt) were trying too hard on the red carpet and look a bit silly.
      Angelina with her chin in the air and looking at brad like he shits roses and fairies and he not returning the loving looks but instead posing hard, usually with dumb looking shades on.
      A bit cringe and cheesy looking truthfully.

      • Booopybettes says:

        Oh ‘A,’ you come on dear. Your rabid jealousy a decade later is so effing sad. Don’t you team aniston mad cows give it a rest? It’s been a decade. Let it GO. Are you still mad as fck your hairdo got dumped OR are you trapped in upside down opposite land?

        Why the f would brangelina have to try at all with those exquisite faces, and careers – let alone try hard. You want try hard, look up banana nosed TV sitcom hacks who look like Babs Streisand’s uglier sister who can’t act. I’d bring up her hilarious desperate Oscar campaign but that’s just too easy.

        But I’ll have to say…that’s a new one for an aniston Stan..Brangelina ‘try hard?’ Um, OK. Whatever gets u through the night hon. Let’s remember the whole point of brangelina is that they don’t need to try hard at all, and they don’t – they’re the king and queen. The most beautiful couple in the world. I could see if you look like Dustin Hoffman’s tootsie and need to buy a hipster balding fiance and buy your own crappy films you’d earn that nick…butbut Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie? Bahahaha! Right!

        As for attacking Angie for her loving looks at her man, and he her (yea, I saw you try to infer he doesn’t – when we all know maniston’s fanistons have been crying about brad’s hand on Angelina’s azz for eons. In fact, when Angelina was in Cannes in her canary yellow, there’s vid of Brad all over her looking cow eyed and making out in their car…and you know this.

        Now, sure – it makes you feel better to pretend Jolie, the woman Brad Pitt changed his kids name for, is not feeling her (after all, you will always side with the boring queen of women scorned that no one wants) .

        Poor thing…are we ragey cuz aniston can only keep an unemployed no name bald shrimpy little date mate who lives on an opposite coast and never sees her? Bahahah. Oh girl I know. It stings. Stings so bad you’re still going meangirl ham 10+ years later on Ange. So effing sad for you ..and hilarious for me.

    • siri says:

      What makes you think they were ‘going’ for anything? They both are very successful in their own right, so no need to copy anyone.

  31. Sasa says:

    She looks stoned, and Sean too.

  32. Jag says:

    I like the color of the dress, but not so much on her. And the top of the dress is just awful. I agree – why such poor tailoring lately on women’s dresses and men’s suits? For the amount of money that dress most likely costs, it should be perfect!

  33. maggie says:

    She is absolutely gorgeous. Most beautiful in HW!

  34. pirategirl says:

    Personally I think she looks great. She’s an asshole to work with, but a fantastic actress. The film was great, loved her & Tom Hardy in it.

  35. LAK says:

    She looks good.

  36. Mel says:

    Charlize is dangerously close to Nicole Kidman levels with the work she has done on her face. Both beautiful women, both not needing any sort of botox and surgery, yet both still went for it. What a pity.

  37. Sara says:

    I must say, Angie did it better. The dress is just ok, which is a surprise because Charlize is so beautiful you’d think nothing would look bad on her. I think the color is too cool and washes her out and the fit is off, she could do way, way better.