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This story first appeared in the Jan. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Even the president didn’t get everything he wanted for the holidays.
Sitting at a back table Dec. 27 at Alan Wong‘s Honolulu restaurant, President Obama enjoyed an evening with the first lady, his half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng and friends. Although one of Obama’s favorite dishes of blanched Hamakua Springs tomatoes and Japanese cucumbers was gone from the menu, he looked to be in great spirits, greeting fellow patrons and posing with the staff before exiting into one of four SUVs. … Making the rounds in St. Barts were Leonardo DiCaprio, Salma Hayek, Rihanna and music producer Mark Sudack … In Miami, Golden Globe nominee Gina Rodriguez partied with her boyfriend. … Julianne Moore took a break from awards season by jetting to Rome. … Jennifer Lawrence spent the holidays in Kentucky, rooting for the Louisville Cardinals, her hometown college basketball team.
Harvey Weinstein spent the break in Gstaad, Switzerland. … Brian Grazer hit up Thailand and Bagan, Myanmar. …Fox TV’s Dana Walden was spotted in the Bahamas, as was WME’s Richard Weitz and Management 360’s Guymon Casady. … Newlyweds George and Amal Clooney spent quality time in Los Cabos, as did Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, while John Slattery and former Core chief Marc Graboff were in Punta Mita. … It was a ski holiday in Utah for CAA’s Tracy Brennan. Also in the state were Jennifer and Bert Salke and Untitled’s Jennifer Levine. … Hawaii was home to Oprah Winfrey, Adam Sandler and manager Chris Huvane. … The Imitation Game producer Nora Grossman traveled to New York with family, while helmer Morten Tyldum was stuck in L.A. with the flu. … Alejandro G. Inarritu traveled to Careyes, Mexico, between filming The Revenant. … Shonda Rhimes took her kids to Disneyland.
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