Hollywood's Holiday Parties: Seth MacFarlane's Epic Annual Bash Draws Robert Pattinson, Lea Michele and More

Agencies had alternate holiday plans with UTA's fete canceled due to fires and a bittersweet mood at Fox's corporate event.
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Seth MacFarlane usually dusts the competition with his epic holiday party at his sprawling Beverly Hills estate — and this year was no exception: Entertainment included Baby Driver's Ansel Elgort perform­ing a rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" in front of a 70-piece orchestra. Guests included Robert Pattinson, Kate Hudson, Lea Michele and Bachelor star Nick Viall ("He must have taken 200 selfies with guests," reports one attendee).

Over at the talent agencies, the holiday festivities were more low-key. UTA's annual holiday party — scheduled for Dec. 6 at Tao — was canceled because of fires ripping through the area; WME celebrated by renting out Universal Studios on Dec. 14; CAA thanked its workers with an assistant appreciation week — starting Dec. 11 — offering conference room manicures and mini-massages.

Meanwhile, at Fox's corporate event Dec. 12 on the lot, the mood was bittersweet as employees contemplated being purchased by Disney (some guests were spotted in Mickey Mouse baseball caps).

This story first appeared in the Dec. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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