Home Uncategorized Oscars Are Over, Hollywood Returns to Regular Partying

The Oscars? So yesterday, so Sunday. At the hottest Hollywood boite, Craigs, on Melrose, it was back to business on Monday night. On Sunday Craigs hosted George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s party for Ben Affleck and “Argo.” While Vanity Fair held down the largest number of A listers, Craigs was still hopping.

Last night– Monday–it was back to normal for the restaurant that’s inherited Morton’s old Monday night notoriety. Clarence Avant celebrated his birthday with Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, and a big round table of friends. Sisters Jackie and Joan Collins took over their regular corner booth with Joan’s husband Percy Gibson and their own group of friends.

Meanwhile, Elton John’s managers, the beloved Eddie (Edwina) Barbis and husband Johnny, dined with U2 manager Paul McGuiness and MGM legal eagle Lori Silfen. That’s a lot of gossip to be generated in one room. McGuiness said he’s headed to the TED conference in Long Beach, where Bono will speak about world poverty. He was very vague about a new U2 album so I came home and put on The Joshua Tree.

PS Everyone is hung over or just exhausted. The people who went to Madonna’s “Celebrities Who Will Never Get Oscars” party in the middle of the night mostly talked about the loud rap music and the insufferable traffic snarl. Strike a pose!


Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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