Thursday, January 7, 2016
PRE-GOLDEN GLOBE PARTIES ARE IN FULL SWING WHILE RICKY GERVAIS CHOOSES HIS TARGETS FOR JOKES
I will be going to a dinner with the cast of Spotlight in Beverly Hills, to the party at the home of Netflix boss Ted Sarandos and possibly to Paramount's annual party at the Chateau Marmont, and on Saturday afternoon BAFTA will be playing host to most of the British nominees at the Four Seasons.
While most of those who will be attending the Globes show at the Beverly Hilton are looking forward to the event, some are nervously wondering what jibes host Ricky Gervais is planning.
He has already indicated that Donald Trump and Mel Gibson, who will be presenting an award, will be among his targets, gleefully tweeting:"Mel Gibson is presenting an award at The Golden Globes. Thank you Jesus."
And he said: "Trump might get a mention. He's put his head in a basket."
It is Ricky's fourth time hosting the show and each time he has caused controversy and in some cases, anger for his jokes.He previously poked fun at Gibson, joking in 2010: "I like a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson."
In 2011 Charlie Sheen was a target following reports he was struggling with substance abuse: "It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or as Charlie calls it: breakfast."
He was criticised for what some viewed as a homophobic attack on actress Jodie Foster when in 2012 he said "Jodie Foster's Beaver … I haven't seen it myself", referring to her film The Beaver in which she starred alongside Gibson.
Bruce Willis was a victim when he was introduced as Ashton Kutcher's dad. Kutcher was dating Willis' ex-wife at the time, Demi Moore.
And playboy chief Hugh Hefner was not off-limits: "Talking of the walking dead, congratulations to Hugh Hefner, who is getting married at age 84 to 24-year-old beauty Crystal Harris.
"When asked why she was marrying him, she said: 'He lied about his age. He told me he was 94.' Just don't look at it when you touch it."
Anticipating more criticism and controversy, Ricky says now: "Because I can see the future, I'd like to apologise now for the things I said at next week's Golden Globes. I was drunk & didn't give a f****."
It's always a pleasure seeing Nicole Kidman, whom I first met 21 years ago on Batman Forever. A lot of water under the bridge si...