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Kavanaugh’s Microsoft Slip of the Lip
Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh was a popular guy at the Golden Globes, with his movie The Fighter grabbing both supporting actor awards. But the night before, at the Art of Elysium benefit at L.A.’s California Science Center, he came off a like a much more good-hearted Ricky Gervais — though for a good cause. Kavanaugh is board chair of the charity, which helps seriously ill children. During this year’s event — sponsored by Relativity, Vogue, Mercedes and Microsoft — Devo performed, and supporters including James Franco and Eva Mendes showed up. But after many guests paid at least $5,000 a ticket, some felt strong-armed when Kavanaugh took to the stage and pronounced, “No one is leaving here without giving more money!” Out marched a fleet of ladies with devices to swipe credit cards — devices Kavanaugh called “iPads.” He quickly amended that: “I mean, Microsoft tablets.” Apparently, the Microsoft team wasn’t too happy; its sponsorship buy-in, says a source, was in the six figures. But everyone was undoubtedly happy with the $1.4 million raised during the evening.

Seated in Siberia
Why did superproducer Chuck Lorre wind up in the upper-tier section of the Beverly Hilton at the Golden Globes — adjacent to the bathroom? It surely didn’t have anything to do with Lorre’s long-running gripes, er, jokes about the lack of love the HFPA gives him. A number of his notorious “Official Vanity Cards” that run at the end of Lorre’s CBS hits Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory — which go by so fast they require a DVR and pause button to read — have shown annoyance with his lack of noms and wins. “Any chance for a recount? ... Did ya check the chads?” read one titled “An open letter to the Golden Globe voters.” CBS rep Phil Gonzalez’s reaction? “Traditionally, the TV people get seated farther back, and the movie stars are seated in the pit.” Meanwhile, Big Bang’s Jim Parsons did pull off a win for best comedy actor, and the show got a best comedy series nom. Better table next year?

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Elle’s Power TV Dinner
Elle magazine has hosted a successful Women in Film awards event and done a Hollywood-themed issue once a year for 16 years. But suddenly, Elle is venturing into the world of television — even though big fashion glossies have notoriously turned up  their noses at TV for years. On Jan. 27, Elle will host its first Women in TV dinner at Soho House to celebrate its upcoming issue; Sofia Vergara, Rashida Jones, Cory Monteith, Molly Sims, Abbe Raven, Eileen O’Neill, Anne Sweeney and Nancy Dubuc are confirmed. The question is, what was Elle creative director Joe Zee’s motivation for doing this issue? Zee is starring on and producing a Sundance Channel designer-line fashion makeover show, All on the Line — Sundance’s first reality series, which debuts March 29 — and the New York-based Zee has made no secret of the fact that he’d like to move to Los Angeles and be a TV star/producer.

Exes Make Nice at CAA
CAA had two Golden Globe parties — one Jan. 14 at Soho House and its well-established post-Globes party at the Sunset Tower. While the New York Post’s Page Six reported that ex-spouses Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman avoided each other, our sources inside the party report that Tom and Nicole did in fact spend much of the evening chatting, with Keith Urban alongside — but not Katie Holmes. She was spied on the other side of the room. As for Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson reportedly shooting daggers because Sandra “stole” Ryan Reynolds away? Our source says the two female stars — who, coincidentally, wore similar outfits that evening — teamed up and worked the party, flirting cheerfully with every single man they could find.

POWER LUNCH

The restaurant at the Sunset Marquis hotel had a good week: Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem lunched with director Guillermo del Toro, and Simon Fuller was spotted a few days later, tucking into a Cobb salad. … In Park City, Harry Belafonte and Ken Sunshine met up at the Stella Artois Cafe, at the Samsung Galaxy Tab Lift. … Brad Grey in a lunch meeting at Osteria Angelini. … Lucques was the dining spot of choice for Selma Blair, her baby bump and designer boyfriend Jason Bleick of Ever on Jan. 14. The next day saw UTA’s Jim Berkus, along with Jamie Lee Curtis and a group of female friends. … Tilda Swinton at Sunset Tower the day before the Globes, across from Desiree Gruber and Kyle MacLachlan. … Defying pregnancy rumors, Hilary Duff downed pinot noir and tuna tartare with pals at Cleo at the Redbury Hotel. … At Katsuya Brentwood, Christina Aguilera — in a figure-hugging LBD and Louboutins — showed up with friends an hour late to meet boyfriend Matthew Rutler and celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves. … Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson dined with Martin Short at Katsuya Brentwood the same night, spotting David Duchovny across the room and beckoning him to the table. … Stephen Moyer grabbing lunch on the go from Momed. … DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg and Sacha Baron Cohen at Century City’s Katsuya for lunch, moving from salads to crispy rice. Cohen picked up the check — sounds like a project brewing. … The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace celebrating nabbing the starring role in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus with manager Shelley Browning and UTA agent Tracey Jacobs at Cut on Jan. 15.

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