Sunday, January 13, 2013

IT'S PARTY TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Steven Spielberg at the Polo Lounge
Daniel Day-Lewis (left) with Jeffrey Katzenberg
Roger Corman
  It’s the weekend of the Golden Globes so that means parties, parties and more parties. Like the movies nominated for awards, some are better than others. So while everyone else is ranking the movies, lets rank some of the parties.
Friday night was DreamWorks’s night and the studio took over the Polo Lounge for the first party of the party-heavy weekend. While the food and drink were excellent the Polo Lounge, despite its reputation, is not the ideal place for hundreds of milling people to move around and mingle. The celebrity quotient was quite high, though with Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and Steven Spielberg all putting appearances. Scarcely noticed among the crowd was one of my Hollywood heroes, the veteran writer-director-producer Roger Corman, the king of the B-movies, who launched the careers of so many directors and actors who went on to be Oscar winners (Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese etc. etc.)
 “But it’s tougher nowadays than it used to be,” the 86-year-old icon told me.
  Saturday saw the nominees and guests lining up on the red carpet at the Four Seasons Hotel for the annual BAFTA tea-and-alcohol party. Among those nibbling on cucumbers sandwiches were  Daniel Day-Lewis, Sienna Miller, Sally Field, Jennifer Lawrence, Frieda Pinto and Dev Patel. A relatively sedate and social afternoon.
   It was followed by Harvey Weinstein’s bash at the restaurant at Mr. Cs, a one-room venue packed with guests trying to get drink and/or food. Harvey served only champagne and vodka with hors d’oeuvres and it wasn’t long before guests moved on to the next party---the highspot of the evening at Spago,Wolfgang Puck’s trendy Beverly Hills eaterie.  
   Hosted by Universal who have high hopes of Globe and Oscar wins for Les Miserables, the party was a raucous success with plenty of party-spirited people, excellent food and unlimited drink served at two bars. Anne Hathaway put in an appearance along with other cast members from the movie and an assortment of other familiar faces.
   Kudos to Universal for the best party so far.
  But there are plenty more to come: Universal, Warner Bros, Fox, HBO and Weinstein are vying to outdo each other at their post-Globe parties. 
   Constitution permitting, I’ll be there to report on them all.

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