Here’s the bad news: Even Hollywood isn’t immune to the ravages of the current recession, as recent layoffs in the industry can attest. And the trickle-down effect is reaching the most treasured of Hollywood traditions: Golden Globes afterparties. At press time, companies that have long had celebrations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, including E!, Paramount and the Weinstein Co., had decided not to throw their annual soirees.
Here’s the good news: Four parties are happening Sunday night, come hell or high water — and they promise to be doozies.
Details were under wraps at press time, but word has it that AMC will be taking over the Stardust Room in a big way, with a viewing party that starts at 5 p.m. and segues to a post-Globes celebration at 9 p.m. Expect the cast of “Mad Men” to be out in full force.
Circa 55 restaurant and the adjoining pool area is once again the site for HBO’s gathering. In keeping with the venue’s sultry vibe, party producer Billy Butchkavitz designed a sexy 1960s-themed event, replete with a retro banana yellow and chocolate brown color palette inspired by the works of Mexican architect Luis Barragan. Look for outdoor lounge areas that sizzle with glass and chrome fire pits as well as towering yellow walls with sculptural buttresses along the party space perimeter. Even the refreshments fit the yellow and brown color scheme, including chocolate lemon drop martinis; corn fritters topped with sour cream and yellow caviar; macaroni and cheese with truffles; and lemon and chocolate cupcakes. New York’s Qool DJ Marv will set the musical tone for the evening.
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The Golden Age of Hollywood will be celebrated at NBC Uni’s rooftop party, where even the tent — draped in gold silk fabric accented with black Milano velvet drapes — reflects the elegance of a bygone era. Design highlights include large Murano-styled, black-crystal chandeliers and, on each table, imported white flowers in gold- and black-lacquered vases. A VIP section will receive A-listers including Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin and Ron Howard, and guests will feast at a sushi bar while sipping Moet & Chandon, the party’s signature bubbly. The evening will be considered complete after a trip to the soiree’s decadent make-your-own-sundae station.
Recycling is hip, so why waste an elegant decor if it can still be put to good use? Tom Ford created just such a thing for last year’s ankled-at-the-last-minute Warner Bros./InStyle party. This time around, the decor, inspired by the work of artist and costume designer Tony Duquette, will festoon the Oasis Courtyard. Expect a French theme that’s equal parts Hollywood and boho chic, with tones in magenta, burgundy and silver. At press time, details were still being finalized, including the menu, which will feed those associated with “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight” and “Gran Torino,” among others.
Other soirees about town …
Saturday: Walt Disney and Miramax at the Beverly Wilshire; L.A. Confidential at Skybar.
Sunday: Showtime at the Peninsula; Fox Searchlight at an undisclosed location.