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Joan Mangum—BAFTA Tea Celebrates Emmy Award Nominees, Vanity Fair, Maybelline Toast HBO’s ‘Veep’

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles celebrated Emmy weekend with its annual BAFTA TV Tea, one of the more prestigious events in the annual awards calendar. Held last Saturday afternoon before The Primetime Emmy Awards, honored were this year’s nominees from the UK, Commonwealth and America. With leading television executives and celebrities, the event raised awareness and support for BAFTA’s  extensive community outreach and education programs.

Spotted in the crowd were …Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jacqueline Bisset, Betsy Brandt, Lizzy Caplan, Anna Chlumsky, Michelle Dockery, Minnie Driver, Kevin Dunn, Carey Elwes, James Frain, Laura Fraser, Joanne Froggatt, Ken Howard, Robbie Merchant, Miss J Alexander, RJ Mitte, Joe Morton, Bailey Noble, James Remar, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Christiane Seidel, Kiernan Shipka, Tim Simons and Mira Sorvino.

Sponsors included co-presenting sponsors BBC America and Jaguar along with event partner, the British Film Commission.

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Vanity Fair and Maybelline New York toasted the year’s Emmy nominees from HBO’s hit show Veep at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Emmy winner Julia Louis Dreyfus and nominee Anna Chlumsky as well as co-star Sufe Bradshaw brought a touch of beauty and glamour to the event.

Other Veep stars and guests included its creator Armando Iannucci, Tony Hale, Gary Cole, Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn and Matt Walsh, Tony Goldwyn, newlyweds Robert Kennedy Jr. and Cheryl Hines, Lisa Kudrow, Jeff Perry and Cecily Strong.

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The premier socially conscious luxury event – Ecoluxe Lounge – celebrated the 66th Primetime Emmy nominees and presenters while raising awareness and funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles. One of L.A.’s leading sustainable TV/film product placement producers, Debbie Durkin, brought eco conscious brands, luxury vacations, and the best in lifestyle together in one place for an unforgettable event.

Held at The Beverly Hilton, guests enjoyed a Sunday filled with wine tastings from Club W, farm to-table-fare from Circa 55, luxury travel vacations from Caribbean Living magazine, the best in fall fashion and beauty, a celebrity pet lounge and music from DJ Dime, all in a spectacular space designed by White Lotus Productions.

Spotted were Beau Bridges, Damien Puckler, Sam Richardson, Alysia Reiner, Madeline Brewer, Elliot Gould, Teyonah Parris, Wes Ramsey, Alex Meneses, and Octavius Johnson.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater L.A. makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives on young people.

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Entertainment Weekly celebrated TV’s biggest weekend with its annual pre-Emmy party honoring the nominees and the stars of the new fall TV season. Presenting sponsor L’Oreal Paris and fine jewelry sponsor Hearts On Fire celebrated this year’s accomplishments and toast to the very best in television at Fig & Olive.

Guests, some wearing diamond jewelry-designs by Hearts On Fire, mingled and experienced L’Oreal Paris’ new app, “Makeup Genius” – an interactive virtual makeup tester that instantly applies makeup to your reflection in real-time, and follows your face as you move and make expressions… Fantastic.

Enjoying the event… Candice Accola, Sasha Alexander, Scott Bakula, Angela Bassett, Jason Biggs, Julie Bowen, Betsy Brandt, Lizzy Caplan, Gaius Charles, Josh Charles, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Tom Colicchio, Micaela Conlin, Kaley Cuoco, Brett Dalton, Tony Denison, Kerris Dorsey, Omar Dorsey, Minnie Driver, Kevin Dunn, Colin Egglesfield, Ben Feldman, Scott Foley, Laura Fraser, Joanne Froggatt, Johnny Galecki, Marcia Gay Harden, Michael Gill, Elliott Gould, Nolan Gould, Colin Hanks, Angie Harmon, Allison Janney, Michael Kelly, Padma Lakshmi, Cloris Leachman, Rex Lee, Rachelle Lefevre, Katharine McPhee, Jessica Lowndes, Camilla Luddington, Gerald McRaney, Dash Mihok, RJ Mitte, Alex Newell, Wendell Pierce, Rico Rodriguez, Kiernan Shipka, Terri Seymour, Mira Sorvino, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kerry Washington, Ariel Winter and Jon Voight.

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The Thalians, Hollywood’s leading nonprofit dedicated to the treatment of mental health, socked away $1 million at its annual gala, the biggest fundraiser in its 56 years and a star-studded homage to show biz who’s who. Rock‘ n’ Roll Hall of Famer Smokey Robinson was honored for a lifetime of entertainment and philanthropy with the Thalians’ Mr. Wonderful Award.  According to Rolling Stone:  Bob Dylan called Smokey Robinson “America’s greatest living poet.”  In addition to providing the label with 27 “Top 40” hits with the Miracles, he also wrote, co-wrote, or produced some of Motown’s biggest hits – from The Temptations to Mary Wells.

The 56th gala, presented for the first time at The House of Blues, was hosted by powerhouse philanthropists and event co-chairs Robert “Bob” and Kira Lorsch.  “This year’s $1 million raise is a huge achievement for one of Hollywood’s oldest, most venerable charities.”

International super-star (and new dad) Guy Sebastian, Debbie Allen, Florence Henderson, Operation Mend Soldiers, Gordy/Motown family members and more were all on-hand for dazzling performances, a live auction and sumptuous Whole Foods Market feast. 

Music Producer Rodney Jerkins presented the award. Artists performing Smokey’s songs included, multi-platinum recording artist Guy Sebastian, Taylor Dayne, “Cheech” Marin with his wife Natasha, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., rock group Player, “The 5h Dimension’s” Florence LaRue, Joy Enriquez, Quinton Marcel and Bobby Arvon, all backed by musical director Todd Schroeder and The Thalians Orchestra.

The Thalians, long led by entertainment legend and President Debbie Reynolds and Board Chair Ruta Lee, has raised more than $30 million in support of mental health diseases.  This year’s event benefited UCLA Operation Mend, healing U.S. military men and women severely injured during service in Iraq and Afghanistan, mind body and spirit. 

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