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CNBC's Erin Burnett's Favorite Characteristic in a Mate Is Money

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CNBC business anchor Erin Burnett dreams of men spending copious amounts of dough on her. Gus Wenner, son of Rolling Stone honcho Jann Wenner, was accepted early decision to Brown, and Jack Byrne, son of Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne, was accepted to Bard. Jimmy Fallon and new wife Nancy Juvonen ate at Pastis. An upcoming "oral history" of Rudy Giuliani chronicles the former mayor's "petty, vindictive, small-minded maneuvering." Jay-Z says he is not concerned with the problematic rumors surrounding the opening of his new 40/40 club. Mary-Louise Parker and boyfriend Jeffrey Dean Morgan had coffee at Local on Sullivan Street.

Pissed Daddy

Sean Combs threw a hissy fit when he wasn't allowed into CAA's post–Golden Globes party, may have gotten himself banned from Sunset Tower. Lindsay Lohan may have hit the bottle, and then hit rehab, after being rebuffed by James Franco. Paris Hilton's left eyelid is droopy because she once had surgery to raise her lids, and it's getting worse because she continues to wear tinted contact lenses. (We can't believe we just typed that.) British chef Marco Pierre White claims the New York Times once hired a private eye to dig up dirt on him in an unsuccessful attempt to prove he had a booze and drug problem. Hillary Clinton to throw a book party for Chuck Schumer at his favorite Chinese restaurant on Capitol Hill.

Globes Were Golden, Leo Less So

Orlando Bloom celebrated his 30th birthday in L.A. with Penélope Cruz, and lots of celebs attended. (A lot of celebs also attended HBO's pre–Golden Globes party.) Also at the Globes, Leonardo DiCaprio and model girlfriend Bar Rafaeli stocked up on a lot of swag, didn't pose for promotional pics. Isaac Cohen was driving with girlfriend Britney Spears while covered with vomit, unless it was peanut butter. Renée Zellweger went on a date with Luke Perry. DreamWorks sent a cease-and-desist letter to artist Alex Hiro, whose work featured some of the studio's animated characters participating in lewd acts. Fubu chose some suspect characters to help launch its fragrance, which may have been why it tanked. Spalding Gray's two sons are quite the performers. Lindsay Lohan is dating Girls Gone Wild goon Joe Francis. Philip Roth ate dinner with Mia Farrow. Georgina Chapman is going to star in a movie (and no, it's not one of hubby Harvey Weinstein's). Liz Smith uses the Donald-Rosie feud to remind us she was once on Trump's bad side.

Quantifying the Pointlessness of the Golden Globes

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With your TV tuned to the Golden Globes tonight (8 p.m., NBC), the question you should be asking is not the David Carr–esque "Will Scorsese finally win?" It's the Joel Stein–ian "Who gives a damn what these people think anyway?" As well publicized as the mechanics of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are, every year someone is shocked to hear that the second-most-fussed-about award in Hollywood is being handed out by a cagey club with membership in double digits. So, in honor of tonight's event, we present Daily Intel's quick tutorial on the HFPA, lovingly garnered from CNN, Luke Ford, and other sources including our acquaintance on the inside (voting member Serge Rakhlin). Members: 89 Estimated number of actual full-time journalists: About two dozen Entry rules: Nearly impossible to crack — any applicant can be vetoed by any one member Trademark privilege: Allowed to be photographed with the stars after the junket (originally, to prove to the overseas editor that the interview took place) Other perks: Two paid trips to any film festival each year Status among U.S. film critics: Extremely low (colleagues, from David Denby to Richard Schickel, describe HFPA members as "fawning," gift-addicted flacks) Arguable low point: 1982, naming Pia Zadora "New Star of the Year" weeks after enjoying a weekend in Vegas courtesy of her wealthy husband Arguable high point: 2006, awarding Best Drama to Brokeback Mountain; 2007, reluctantly renouncing $62,000 goody bags Hollywood Foreign Press Association [Official site]