Tom Ford got some major star power on the red carpet Monday night for the New York premiere of his directorial debut "A Single Man."  None other than Madonna, who rarely attends such functions, strutted her stuff to help bring attention to Ford's impressive drama at its Museum of Modern Art screening.  Considering how much the Weinstein's attention appears to be centered on "Nine," it was a nice paparazzi boost for the film which opens in limited release this Friday in Los Angeles and New York.  Expected Best Actor nominee Colin Firth, Best Supporting Actress contender Julianne Moore and Nicholas Hoult were all in the house and, as you'd guess, all in fashionable black.  Of course, Ford wouldn't have to be worrying about a marketing campaign for "Single Man" if he'd gone with other suitors, but you can't knock loyalty and a ten year friendship with Harvey.  This is one pundit hoping the film pulls off its own miracle and finds a wide audience.

In other news...

- HitFix's Drew McWeeny had the opportunity to sit down with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon to talk about their moving new drama "Invictus."  The duo are reflective about the responsibility playing two important men in the history of South Africa. Check out the interview here.

- It appears that Adam Shankman's constant tweeting is making Academy officials anxious (it took this long?).  The Hollywood Reporter chronicles the Oscar producer's hilarious weekend exploits of asking fans who should be on the show this year (Adam Lambert! Robert Pattinson! Kristen Stewart! Zac Efron!) and his instance to those few concerned the show will be at the level of his current judging gig "So You Think You Can Dance." Shankman tweeted, "I promise that the glamour and sense of occasion will be present! It's the oscRs for god sakes! I'm good at this. They are going to be great." Uh, whew?

- The battle for the Best Actor trophy is going to go through Jeff Bridges, George Clooney and Morgan Freeman, so its no surprise the "Crazy Heart" star has locked down yet another awards season honor.  Bridges will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award (whatever that means) at the 21st Annual Palm Springs Film Festival in early January.  Previous winners of the award include Daniel Day-Lewis, Jake Gyllenhaal, Liam Neeson, Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, John Travolta and Jimmy Stewart. The star of the upcoming "Tron Legacy" is a four-time Oscar nominee hoping to finally win on his fifth try.

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