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JOAN MANGUM – 09/28/12

Among the pre- and post-Emmy events last weekend: Entertainment Weekly celebrated with a party honoring the nominees and stars of the new fall TV season.  Presenting sponsor L’Oreal Paris celebrated at the Fig & Olive  in West Hollywood. Guests enjoyed champagne and a vintage photo booth while listening to music by DJ Mick Boggie.  Here’s a small sampling of those on hand:  Jason Ritter, Minnie Driver, Joey Lawrence, Chris McDonald, Chris Noth, Marisa Tomei, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mark Cuban, Jeannie Garth, Rumer Willis, Kate Walsh, Ty Burrell, Francis Conroy, Jeremy Davis, Cat Deetey, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth Moss, Julia Ormond, Martha Plimpton and Ben Feldman.

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The annual “Evening Before” benefiting the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which provides for more than 60,000 industry members, was  at Century Park in Century City.

This year’s presenting sponsors were essie, HP, People magazine and Target, with additional support from platinum sponsors including AMC Networks and ThinkThin.

“One of the things I love about this event is our ability to remind the television community that MPTF is here for everyone in our business – film and TV in our mission of caring for our own,” said Ken Scherer, CEO of the MPTF Foundation.

“Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of so many people, the MPTF can continue to do its work of serving our community members most in need,” added Jeffrey Katzenberg, foundation chair and CEO of DreamWorks Animation.

We spotted such as Julianne Moore, Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, Ryan Seacrest, Christina Applegate, Steve Buscemi, Kristin Davis, Zooey Deshand, Jim Parsons, Michael Strahan, Christina Baransky, Ty Burrell, Octavia Spencer, and Morrison Matthew.

Produced  by Robyn Leuthe Norris, Silver Birches designing the relaxed town square atmosphere in the park.

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A fun event was the L.A.chapter of the British Academy of Film & TV Arts  celebrating its 25th anniversary. BAFTA held a TV tea on the rooftop of the London Hotel and honored this year’s nominees from the UK and America.

Just a few of the many here… Jacqueline Bisset, Hugh Bonneville, Christopher McDonald, Gareth Neame, Navid Negahban, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Jim Carter, Mark Margolis, Robbie Jarvis, Emilia Clark, Neil Cross, Simon Blackwell, Damian Lewis, and Michael Edelstein.

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And finally…  another terrific event I always enjoy and where I ran into many ex-clients is the GBK Emmy Gift Lounge held at the W Hotel in Hollywood.

Not only do they have a terrific group of vendors (the swag bags were superb), they also support various charities.  This year, through the GBK’s foundational belief of giving back, the following charities were the lucky recipients …Dream Center,  Somaly Mam Foundation,  Best Friends Animal Society – NKLA (No-Kill L.A.), and One World Foundation.

Here’s just a very short list of whom we saw here:  Joanne Froggatt, Jackson Pace, Reid Scott, Dot-Marie Jones, Betsy Brandt, Lindsay Pulsipher, Aaron Staton, Joshua Malina, Jim Carter, Lisa Edelstein, Mare Winningham, Mayim Bialik, Giancarlo Esposito, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Kearran Giovanni, Madeline Zima, Tamala Jones, Aldis Hodge, Kate Flannery, Bruno Tonioli, and Margaret Judson.

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Ever wanted to see the alien head from V up close, or Tony Soprano’s robe?  How about Daisy Duke’s actual “Daisy Dukes”?  Sit on the Central Park Café’s sofa from Friends or stand at the Presidents podium from The West Wing, now’s your chance!

Warner Bros. Television is teaming up with The Paley Center for Media to take the TV out of the box, inviting all to peer inside with the new interactive, multimedia museum exhibit.

Highlights include iconic series ranging from The Bugs Bunny  Show to The Big Bang Theory, Kung Fu to The Closer, Murphy Brown to The Mentalist… and more.  Exhibit features props, costumes, photos, set pieces, video clips, photo ops, and original animation runs for 3 years with new items added periodically.

Guests attending the event were Donna Mills, Michelle Lee and Joan Van Ark of Knots Landing as well as 6 cast members of The Waltons, along with the show’s creator, Earl Hamner, Jr.

And speaking of The Waltons, a star studded event is scheduled Sunday night at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre to celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary.

This will benefit the Environmental Charter Middle School, which offers students a small and caring environment  supporting their transition from elementary school and preparing them for high school success. The educational program is designed for students to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes to succeed in a college preparatory high school and to be effective stewards of their community.

Among the cast in attendance will be Ralph Waite, Michael Leonard, Jon Walmsley, Judy Norton, Eric Scott, Mary McDonough, David Harper, Kami Cotler, Hal Williams, Ronnie Claire Edwards, Joe Conley, Lynn Hamilton and the show’s creator, Earl Hamner, Jr.

Special guests are Florence Henderson, Jonathan Frakes, Lee Purcell, Charlotte Stewart, Todd Bridges, Marla Gibbs, Bruce Davison, Paul Peterson, Gerald McRaney and many more.  The evening will also include a live performance by Paul Cardall.

For more information, visit http://waltons40th.com.

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Great items for a specialcause…  Runner-up of the second of The Voice, Juliet Simms, is speaking out and volunteering to be cast in plaster for the Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB), a non-profit seeking to increase breast cancer awareness by informing young people about methods of prevention, early detection and support.  For information about the Keep A Breast Foundation, visit www.keep-a-breast.org.

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It was a star-studded event when Charlie Sheen, Russell Brand, Elijah Wood and W. Kamau Bell, among many others came out to celebrate the premieres of their new comedy shows at the FX Comedies Party.

Showing up fashionably late to the party at Lure in Hollywood was the above mentioned Charlie, who immediately had a crowd flocking around him and locking their eyes on him all evening.  His TV comeback with the starring role in Anger Management is already a hit.

Another celeb getting lots of attention was Russell Brand, as he walked the aqua carpet at the FX Comedies Party. Unfortunately, Brand couldn’t celebrate long and left after walking the carpet to finish editing his new comedy show, Brand X, in which he stars and produces.

Grabbing a glass of champagne as soon as he came  was Elijah Wood, who was celebrating the premiere of his new comedy Wilfred on FX.

W. Kamau Bell was all smiles, mingling with network execs and fellow FX actors.  Bell was celebrating his new FX comedy show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, produced by Chris Rock.

Also in attendance were Selma Blair and Chris Klein, among many others.

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