Seeing Stars at the Creative Coalition Ball
Many creative (read: Hollywood) types were out in full force last night at the Creative Coalition's Inaugural Ball. Post.com movies editrix Jen Chaney and I were there, too, to capture the chaos that inevitably follows a collision of stars of this magnitude. The ball was one of several unofficial fetes taking place across the city last night -- but don't tell that to a pack of publicists who took their tenuous control of the red (actually blue) carpet seriously.
And who can blame them when huge stars like, well, Star Jones and Jeffrey Ross were heating up the
red blue carpet. Oh, alright -- A-Listers Anne Hathaway and Marisa Tomei -- who alas didn't re-create any of her "Wrestler" looks -- also made the scene. In fact, the press-shy Tomei totally won Celebritology's best dressed of the evening superlative for her cocktail length noir-ish frock.
If a glimpse of Tomei's dress isn't enough, you may also want to get Susan Sarandon's thoughts on Obama's prospects, a sense of just how spacey Matthew Modine really is and why Heather Graham feels the need to tell us she watched the inaugural ceremony in bed with her unidentified boyfriend. TMI, already.
I did want to award the Most Invisible Companion of a Celeb superlative to Star Jones's boyfriend Herb Wilson, who has totally mastered his impression of a potted palm. In other companion news, high five to Alfre Woodard's husband Roderick Spencer -- who didn't get at all cranky or disappear into the backdrop when the press scrum descended upon his wife. A professor of screenwriting and directing, HE stopped to talk to us. And we're glad he did because we found out he's related (by marriage) to former Postie Meg Rosenfeld. He also said what may possibly be the most sensible line of the night:
"No woman in her right mind can be happy about dressing up in a nightgown and going out in 20 degree weather."
I couldn't agree more. Achoo.
More from Jen Chaney after the jump
I, Jen Chaney, also want to add this quick, handy, best-of list, to give you an even fuller sense of what it was like to spend the evening in a "heated" tent, while squashed up against other reporters who also really, really want to talk to Ellen Burstyn.
Best Dressed: I have to agree with Liz and go with Marisa Tomei, whose black dress with the perfectly bell-shaped skirt was simple, elegant and the envy of every woman who saw it. Strong runners-up: The always fashionable Anne Hathaway, who was striking in red (see photo in this here gallery) and Kerry Washington, whose sparkling skirt was cut up to there-ish and prompted one photographer to declare, "Man, she's hot."
Best Political Gabber: Everyone was eager to talk about the inauguration and how change has come to America. But nobody dishes political discourse better than the true pro, Susan Sarandon, who held court with members of the media for so long that Maura Tierney -- who was holding Sarandon's coat -- finally gave up on waiting for her and had to ask a handler to hang on to the "Bull Durham" star's outer wear.
Biggest Faux Pas: When a talent wrangler banged into Alfre Woodard while she was in the middle of an interview, jarring the actress so much that she just gave up on finishing. The wrangler didn't mean to bump into her, and looked stricken a few seconds later when she realized what she had done. Just painful to watch all around.
Best Quote: Samuel L. Jackson walked in late and made a valiant effort to avoid talking to the media. But a producer for NBC -- a woman who made me tense just watching her -- insisted that he come over to chat with Maria Menounos because she was "doing a special." Jackson's response: "Everyone is doing a damn special." For the record, he agreed, as did every single famous person who came down the line, which leads me to my next entry...
Person I Most Wished I Was (Sort Of) Last Night: Maria Menounos! Seriously, girlfriend got to talk to everybody. She wasn't squeezed into a teeny area with the rest of us press riff-raff. Her producer ran off and grabbed every star, then deposited them directly in front of her. Someone even brought her a hot beverage. That's livin', people.
Best Hat of the Night: The honor goes to Spike Lee, who wore a stovepipe hat in what may have been an homage to Abe Lincoln. I never got close enough to Spike to measure, but I think the hat might have been as tall as he is.
My Personal Favorite Moment of the Night: Getting to tell the lovely Connie Britton how much I appreciate her barely watched TV series, "Friday Night Lights." For "FNL" fans who are wondering, Mrs. Coach Taylor said she wasn't sure whether the show will return for a fourth season, but, on a hopeful note, added that this year's arrangement -- in which DirecTV aired the third season episodes before NBC began broadcasting them last Friday -- seemed to work well for DirecTV. So we'll see.
Runner-up personal favorite moment: When I finally started to get feeling back in my feet after standing in that "heated" tent all night. Heavenly.
| January 21, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories: Celebrities, Inauguration
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