Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Emmy Awards Parties: Variety Beats Hollywood Reporter in Trade War, BAFTA Brings the Brits


The trade war in tinsel town is about the trade newspapers, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, and which could throw the best Emmy Awards weekend party.

Variety won by a mile, hooking up with Women in Film and taking over Cecconi’s hot spot on Melrose formerly Morton’s and the location of the annual Vanity Fair party during its heyday.

The Variety WiF gala had all the energy of the old VF shindig, except with TV stars– a few of whom should be aiming for movies ASAP. I do mean Sterling K. Brown of “This is Us” fame, who will another statue on Monday night as supporting actor in a drama (Tony Shalhoub should get comedy). It’s time for him to get off that show and make his move into top notch film. (He will. He has a contract. But hey — Jack is dead. It can happen to anyone!)

There as an intense moment at VWiF when it seemed like tons of familiar faces were there, from Brown to Thandie Newton (who made the rounds with RuPaul all day, spotted earlier at BAFTA’s swell garden get together at the Beverly Hilton), plus Ann Dowd, Jenna Dewan, Trevor Noah, “Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce, Jenna Elfman (looking very much like Rosamund Pike), Lakeith Stanfield, Alison Brie, Busy Phillips, Laverne Cox, Geoffrey Wright, the kids from “Stranger Things), Samira Wiley, Sarah Hyland from “Modern Family,” and a blonde. just-turned-30 Rumer Willis, who has really grown into a beautiful young woman. There was also a special appearance by Caitlyn Jenner.

Just an hour earlier, the BAFTA garden party hosted the great Hal Linden of “Barney Miller” fame, movie mogul Byron Allen, “Young and Restless” EP Mal Young, “Crazy Rich Asians” star Henry Golding, plus Jared Harris, Justin Hartley, the ever-gorgeous Lynn Whitfield, “St Elsewhere” alums Cynthia Sikes and Christina Pickles, a very low key Celia Imrie, plus producer Sam Sokolow, Louie Anderson, and the hot as a pistol nominee from “Jesus Christ Superstar” Broadway star Brandon Victor Dixon.



Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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