Globes parties broken up



In a major blow to NBC's hopes for star attendance at the Beverly Hilton on the night of the Golden Globes, most of the studios and networks late Monday canceled their Globes bashes.

The HBO, NBC Universal/Focus and the Warner Bros./In Style parties were called off, while a representative for the Weinstein Co. said the indie company was still mulling its options.

As of Friday night, the Weinstein Co. was moving ahead with its shindig, to be held in the former Trader Vic's restaurant location. HBO, NBC Universal/Focus and Warner Bros./In Style were holding off on sending out invitations in anticipation of a final word on whether NBC would proceed with broadcasting a picketed ceremony or cancel the telecast for a picket-free affair.

After the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. said Monday that not only the broadcast but also the Globes ceremony was being canceled in favor of a one-hour news conference announcing the winners, the companies behind the three major post-Globes parties called them off.

Observers pegged the cost of elaborate parties that feature heavy decor at $750,000-$1.5 million.

A portion of that money already spent on decorations, food and drinks is nonrefundable. Most vendors have yet to tell organizers how much they already have spent, but an industry source estimated that for the Warner Bros./In Style party, the companies are in for about $800,000.

A rep for Warner Bros. could not be reached for comment Monday night.

Sources also indicated that the Beverly Hilton has been understanding about the extraordinary circumstances surrounding this year's Globes and has offered to apply some of the rental fees paid by the studios and networks this year toward next year's parties.

Gregg Kilday contributed to this report.