RSVIP: Three Days of Golden Globes Fetes
On Friday, at the 16th Annual VH1 Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium, getting to my spot on the red carpet involved passing by a trailer kitchen along the back of the venue, where long tables were covered with confections decorated with tall sticks of chocolate displaying purple flowers. Yum.
At the Luxist position on the carpet, power cables crossed under the rug, acting like a de facto speed bump. Likely thanks to said cables, a well-amplified Maroon 5 jammed live in the background.
Rip Taylor, there to lampoon "The Black Swan," mentioned that to prepare for the event, he'd sent his wig out to be dry-cleaned. Onstage, he and the cast of "Jackass" would perform a skit about "The Black Swan." But, before the show, Taylor, who was holding my arm to remain steady on the bump, handed over a photo of himself in full drag as "the Black Swan" for the skit. For her part, a pregnant Natalie Portman, showing her own bump, claimed that the fun poked at the role "has actually been one of the fun things about the whole process. "'30 Rock,' 'SNL'--it's easily mockable," she said.
A well-dressed Ryan Gosling, who plays opposite Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine," speeded by Luxist without stopping, hit the bump, and nearly went flying.
Later, at the Chateau Marmont, Dom Perignon served vintage 2002 to the swells who came to fete W magazine. The Chateau, a hotel revered by young Hollywood, was an iconoclast hangout as early as the 1960s. Sofia Coppola recently told Luxist she was inspired by the location for her film "Somewhere." W editor Stefano Tonchi, the host, wore a natty suit by Dries Van Noten. "It's a little bit 1970s, not my usual thing," he said.
The turnout at the Chateau was head-turning. Rooney Mara, the tiny starlet from "The Social Network" who will play the lead in the American version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," wore Miu Miu. Mila Kunis, of "The Black Swan," stopped Joe Jonas to chat. "I'm just sayin' . . . ," she shouted after Jonas as she later hid from cameras in a corner of an indoor parking lot. And late arrival, Helena Bonham Carter, nearly fell into a reporter's arms out front. "That wasn't good," she later informed Luxist. "Cobblestones and these heels are terrible."
"Darling, are you all right?" offered Colin Firth, hands on her shoulders.
On his way into the Chateau, Armie Hammer, who plays both Winklevoss twins in "The Social Network," mentioned to a nosy reporter that he and his relatively new bride both sleep in the nude. "Isn't that the idea?" he asked rhetorically.
The next morning, Luxist drove by the "Access Hollywood" Stuff You Must Lounge at the Sofitel, across from the Beverly Center, servicing swag-hungry would-be Globe attendees. There, Taylor Armstrong, of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" fame was asked to taste Diet Pepsi through a straw for a lensman. "I can't," she told a rep, who ended up offering her a thin curly straw instead. "Every time I eat something on the show," she said. "People write in that my lips make them feel ill." To be fair, Armstrong's lips are plump, but it felt sad that the blogs have made her so self-aware. She moved on to the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 booth.
Meanwhile, Armstrong's co-star, the delightful Lisa Vanderpump, carried Giggy, her wee Pomeranian. And heartthrob Gilles Marini of "Brothers and Sisters" and, memorably naked in "Sex and the City II," tried on Vintage Revolution jeans and walked away from yet another booth in a pair of New Balance sneakers, although he says that his heart beats too slowly for him to actually run.
Also Saturday, at the Four Seasons hotel, Luxist noticed signage for luxurious HBO and In Style Globes-gifting suites when we attended the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Los Angeles afternoon tea. The BAFTA tea party--Globes related--took place in a grand salon off the back of the hotel, which opens onto a leafy walled garden complete with a fountain decorated with copper tines that sprinkle and spin.
Simon Beaufoy, who wrote the script for "127 Hours," actor James Franco's tour de force, claimed that he and director Danny Boyle did not expect audience members to swoon and pass out at the most graphic point in their film about a trapped rock climber, played by Franco, who must cut off his own arm to survive. They had first tested the film with an audience in New Jersey, and he said, "They hollered and screamed, 'Yeah!'" at that point in the film.
A slenderized Kathy Griffin appeared demure in a green dress by Oscar de la Renta. "I work out and try to eat better," she said, explaining her new A-list figure.
Eric Stonestreet, of "Modern Family," who also stopped by for tea sandwiches, kidded that he had doused himself in cologne to kick off his Globes weekend.
Helena Bonham Carter, of "The King's Speech," said that she had met numerous members of the royal family over the years. "Frankly, they've helped my career," she said. "Because I've played about four queens now."
Inside, Jennifer Love Hewitt and her boyfriend tucked into cheese sandwiches. And a bearded James Remar, Harry Morgan on "Dexter," who also played Samantha's beau Richard on "Sex and the City," tried the cheese-and-cucumber. Also spotted were Michelle Williams and Nicole Kidman.
That night, at the sprawling California Science Center downtown, The Art of Elysium hosted its fourth annual black-tie gala, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Relativity Media, and Vogue magazine's Lisa Love. The Art of Elysium encourages artists, actors, and musicians to dedicate their time to workshops with children who face challenging medical conditions.
Angus Mitchell, of Angus Mitchell Salon in Beverly Hills, who inherited much of the Paul Mitchell empire from his late father, arrived with an entourage in Halloween-like costumes. Together, they created hair for a Vogue fashion show.
Mitchell himself said he had picked up his deconstructed suit coat at Brown's in London. He also collects historic cars. He told Luxist that his collection includes "a '57 Chevy street hotrod and a '73 Corvette with plates that read, 'California Dreamin'.'"
"127 Hours" star James Franco, who had much time for the disadvantaged children at the event, is now also attending graduate school at Yale and suggested that he has "about seven more years left."
Tatttoo artist Kat Von D entered holding hands with Jesse James, Sandra Bullock's ex. His hand later rested on D's back end. Rashida Jones, of "The Social Network," wore Marchesa with a leather jacket for warmth.
During cocktails, Fat Burger staff passed out juicy hamburgers. Before sitting for dinner at long tables inside, tiny Nicole Richie, who mentioned that she was starving, grabbed one.
By Sunday, just after 2:00 p.m., an acre of red carpet blanketed the curved driveway at the Beverly Hilton. Here, the Golden Globes began with a cavalcade of well-dressed stars, Michael Douglas, looking slightly stronger than in recent months, Johnny Depp, and Brangelina, walking the gauntlet of shouting international press.
"I didn't even know Justin Bieber was here," "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson mentioned to Luxist on his way inside. "That's pretty funny. As soon as I get out of the car, I find that I'm completely befuddled. I never get used to it. I took about 15 minutes getting ready. I was working this morning, so I had to go back to my hotel and get dressed."
Jolie, a mom many times over, paused for a Beiber encounter. In person he appeared tiny in comparison to all the larger than life stars.
"They sent a sketch a few weeks ago," said curvy "Modern Family" siren Sofia Vergara of the Vera Wang creation she had on. "It's like a dream."
Megan Fox wore Armani Privé .
"These bouncy limousines don't work so well with these dresses," said Melissa Leo who plays Mark Wahlberg's mother in "The Fighter." "They make you sit very erect in the back," she said. "So I travel in the front."
"Tron"'s Olivia Wilde, who wore an enormous dress by Marchesa, said that she "lost 20 pounds and became pure muscle" for the sci-fi feature. When we finished speaking, she wasn't able to move, however, because a reporter from "Extra" was standing on her sparkling train.
Natalie Portman, with a large sequined red rose on her chest, said that she was wearing Victor and Rolf. "It's just amazing to be in the room with so many people I admire," she said. "People I watch in awe. . . . It's like a blunt knock to the head."
Julianna Margulies, wearing vintage YSL, gave the best tip for indulging after the Globes. "At the end of the night," she said. "While we're waiting for our car, we call room service at our hotel and order club sandwiches and French fries." Comfort food.
Nicole Kidman, holding on to Keith Urban as she passed, mentioned that her dress was Prada. "I like it," she offered, "because it's comfortable."
"The King's Speech" star Geoffrey Rush hid his newly shaved head under a brimmed hat. Rush offered that he particularly appreciated the screaming fans in the bleachers. "People have been out here for hours," he claimed.
Backstage after winning, young "Glee" star Chris Colfer mentioned his big moment on the red carpet. "I completely embarrassed myself in front of Helena Bonham Carter, who I absolutely love," he said. "I saw her on the red carpet and literally screamed in her face."
While emerald was a big color on the carpet (Zeta-Jones, Jolie), Claire Danes wore a pink dress by Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein. "This was made for me," she said backstage. "It was very exciting. Pink, you know--it's nice to look like a girl for one night."
The Marie Claire magazine and Weinstein party after the Globes took place under clear tents at the back of the hotel, off a restaurant known as Bar 210. The top of the tent created triangles overhead that resembled the glass pyramids at the Louvre. Inside, the local Soho House came to mind--lots of couches, large lampshades overhead, and silver satin chairs.
We're not sure what Freud would say, but Thomas Jane, of the TV series "Hung," carried a broad San Cristobal cigar between his fingers, unlit.
Kathy Griffin had on Michael Kors, "altered within an inch of its life," she said. Helena Bonham Carter explained the origin of the unmatched color of her two shoes, each a very different jewel tone, courtesy of Miu Miu. The coif of Gene Simmons, of Kiss, had the consistency of spun rubber, like a car seat cover. "I wake up like this," he said. "And I put on a lot of hairspray so it doesn't move."
Paris Hilton, who posed like a pro on the carpet, mentioned that she'd gone skydiving a few weeks earlier. "I'm obsessed," she also noted, concerning her two aunts, who appear on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the hotel, at the Circa 55 restaurant, Kyle Richards, Paris' aunt, was posing for photos with her hunky husband, Mauricio Umansky. Here HBO had outfitted the outdoor Olympic-sized pool with islands of lit torches. Richards' floor length dress, with a peacock pattern, matched the napkins stacked near the elegant desserts, including various forms of mousse parfait.
"I wept when I heard the news," mentioned Paz de la Huerta of her "Broadway Empire" co-star Steve Buscemi's win. When Luxist last spotted her, near midnight, in a hallway at the Beverly Hilton on her way to her car, her every wobbly step required assistance.
But this is, after all, the Golden Globes . . . where wobbly stars are a beloved tradition.