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Hollywood Hits the Red Carpet

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Actors schmoozed with other actors at Jan. 29's  SAG Awards, telecast on TNT. On the carpet outside the Shrine Auditorium, George Clooney caught up with his Leatherheads co-star John Krasinski while Alec Baldwin wanted to know from Steve Carell what it's like working with Jim Carrey on the in-production comedy Burt Wonderstone. Backstage, Baldwin also jumped into the mix of the cast of Modern Family, winner of best ensemble comedy, and said (jokingly, we think): "I'm looking for work. My show may be ending." At the afterparty thrown by People and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the newly minted winners of The Help cast giggled as they took over one corner of the room, where iconic actress Cicely Tyson found herself being fawned over. The Glee gang considered crashing the stage, where a house band played, for an impromptu performance but ended up nixing the idea, with Lea Michele, Harry Shum Jr., Amber Riley and Chord Overstreet hitting the dance floor. "I'm mostly happy to just hang out with my own cast," said B.J. Novak, star of The Office, nominated for best TV comedy cast. "We don't usually get to sit together at these things, so this is a very fun event." – THR Staff

Directors Guild of America Awards

There were plenty of emotional moments And some genuine laughs at the Directors Guild of America's 64th annual awards dinner. DGA president Taylor Hackford set the tone by offering a toast to the late Gil Cates, who led the guild through many a negotiation; nominee Alexander Payne spoke publicly for the first time of his debt to the late Czech director Jiri Weiss; and Ed Sherin, who received the Honorary Life Membership Award, recalled how he finally found "my own repertory company" on the set of Law & Order. As for the jokes, first-time host Kelsey Grammer did just fine, observing that the guild reps 14,500 directors, about the same number of names in "the end credits of a Peter Jackson film." -- Gregg Kilday

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