If there was any sort of competition between the year’s most anticipated superhero films, “Iron Man 3” and “Man of Steel” — which opened at the U.S. box office six weeks apart — “Iron Man” actress Gwyneth Paltrow hadn’t heard anything about it.
Surprisingly, Paltrow wasn’t even aware the Superman reboot existed.
“I didn’t even know there was a Superman movie coming out,” Paltrow, laughing, said Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, where she was honored by Gene Siskel Film Center, before turning to her publicist and asking in all seriousness, “Did they really make another ‘Superman?’”
Even if she did know about the highly anticipated film starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, Paltrow probably wouldn’t have spent the weekend checking the reviews or box office numbers for “Man of Steel” and comparing them to those of “Iron Man 3.” She was busy receiving the Renaissance Award and getting interviewed on stage by Amanda de Cadenet, host of Lifetime’s “The Conversation.” (“Iron Man” co-star Robert Downey Jr. received the award in 2010 and taped a video message for Paltrow, which was shown during Saturday’s gala). And besides, Paltrow said she’s not the rivalry type.
“I’m not competitive,” Paltrow said. “Let the best (superhero) win.”
(That honor, at the box office, easily went to “Iron Man 3.” “Man of Steel” earned more than $125 million its opening weekend at the domestic box office and scored a 56 percent approval rating on Rottentomatoes.com while “Iron Man 3” earned $174 million in its opening weekend last month and scored a 78 percent.)
The producers of “Iron Man 3,” coincidentally, considered filming the movie in the Chicago area, which is where “Man of Steel” filmed, before deciding there wasn’t enough studio space. Not only would that have been great business for the Chicago film community, but it would have allowed Paltrow to spend more time in a city she loves. In 2011, she came up with a list of her favorites spots in Chicago for her lifestyle newsletter, Goop.
“People really liked it and asked for more,” Paltrow said of the list, which included restaurants Schwa in Wicker Park and Riccardo Trattoria in Lincoln Park, and stores Moncler in the Gold Coast and Blake on the Near North Side.
“I definitely got a positive response from the businesses we included. I like to include places I’ve been to, myself. I’ve been here a few times since then and think we’re going to update the coverage.”
About this week: “Man of Steel” actor Michael Shannon will host a screening of the film Saturday at AMC Loews 600 North Michigan 9 to benefit A Red Orchid Theatre in Old Town, which he co-founded. There will be a reception at Rockit Bar & Grill following the screening. ... The Fire’s Chris Rolfe and Logan Pause and coach Frank Klopas will be on hand Tuesday for the U.S.-Honduras World Cup qualifying match viewing party in Grant Park.
Celeb dish: DMK Burger Bar in Lakeview is serving a burger named after the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane that will be available until the end of the Stanley Cup Final. “The Patrick Kane” features blue cheese dressing, chili-rubbed onion strings, shaved celery and — in honor of Kane’s Buffalo, N.Y., roots — buffalo sauce.
Watch it: The first season of TruTV’s “Hardcore Pawn: Chicago” — which revolves around Royal Pawn Shop, co-owned by brothers Randy and Wayne Cohen — returns with new episodes Tuesday. The reality TV show’s season premiere in Jan. was the network’s most-watched season premiere.
Sightings: Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”) dined Friday at Paris Club while Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban partied upstairs at Studio Paris. … Singer Sting worked out June 9 at Yogaview in Lincoln Park. ... Seth Meyers (“Saturday Night Live”) hung out Friday at Hub 51 while in Chicago for the TBS Just for Laughs festival. Tim Meadows (“The Ladies Man”) and David Cross (“Arrested Development”) had dinner Thursday at Hub 51. … Pop star Ke$ha dined June 9 at Nellcote. ... Lauren Conrad (“The Hills”) dined Thursday at RA Sushi in Lombard. ... Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q and Jai Courtney — who are in Chicago filming “Divergent” — dined Friday at Sunda, as did singer Mike Posner, separately. … Michael Jordan dined Wednesday at Michael Jordan’s Steak House in the InterContinental Hotel. … Marian Hossa had lunch Friday at Japonais. Fellow Blackhawk Corey Crawford had dinner Tuesday at Del Frisco’s with teammate Ray Emery and Thursday at Chicago Cut Steakhouse with teammates Andrew Shaw and Brandon Bollig. ... New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dined Thursday at RPM Italian. ... Model Fabio had dinner Wednesday at Joe’s Stone Crab. ... Molly Holly stopped by the Squared Circle Thursday. Fellow ex-WWE star Superstar Rikishi and current WWE Superstar star Alicia Fox were there Friday.