69th Annual Golden Globes Awards - Show
Updated: February 18, 2012 8:07AM
T HE GOLDEN GLOBE awards show Sunday night was kind of boring maybe because host Ricky Gervais was not his usual insulting self. He toned it down for sure. But what difference does it make? Millions tune in more for the red carpet fashion show than the awards. With that said, my best-dressed favorites include Nicole Kidman, Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon, Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Idris Alba and Jane Fonda. The worst dressed: presenter Jessica Biel, whose beige lace embroidered dress made her look like she had three droopy boobs; Emma Stone; Lea Michele (whose gun metal gown made my flesh crawl); and Madonna, whose dress was underwhelming. So were the dresses of Mila Kunis, Amanda Peet and Claire Danes. And young Kelly Osbourne gray hair color looks just crazy!
THE READING SET: For you die-hard book fans, author Gail Rubin will be at the Piser Funeral Chapel in Skokie on Jan. 26 for a book signing of her latest: “A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die.” . . . For a more “lively” evening: Jennifer (“Skinny Minnie”) Hudson signing her “I Got This” book at Barnes & Noble in Skokie at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
PRESIDENT BARACK Obama’s many highbrow supporters were out in force for his Jan. 11 fund-raisers in Chicago that included a concert at the UIC Forum, and private donor parties at the Hyde Park home of equity manager Stuart Taylor and wife, Evonne and at the Lake View home of Newsweb founder Fred Eychaner. The big spenders included John Rogers, Les Coney, Marty Nesbitt, Adela Cepeda, Austan Goolsbee, Diane Primo, Kenny Williams, James and Sheree Hill, Jill Dodds, John Levi, Susan McKeever, Isobel Neal, Pauline Montgomery, Jeanette Sublett Neal, William and Amie Osborne, Alan & Sophia King, Bill Daley, Valerie Jarrett, Eric & Cheryl Whitaker, Allison & Susan Davis, Mike & Adrienne Pitts and more.
AND besides stopping by his seldom-used Kenwood house to check the mail, President Barack Obama stopped by the home of his new next-door neighbors, plastic surgeon Dr. George Moynihan and his wife, Lara, to say hi with no press around. And Jarrett visited her mom, who lives a block away from the prez.
POP VOCALIST Adele (“Rolling in the Deep”) is struggling to stop smoking. She recently had surgery on her vocal cords for a benign polyp. Folks say she is still puffing away! . . . Is Jennifer “J Lo” Lopez giving her boytoy, 24-year-old dancer Casper Smart, $10,000 a week? Hey, can we say “Sugar Momma in the house!” . . . Chicago Gateway Green/Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce honoring Gerald J. Roper at Hyatt Regency Jan. 25.
VALENTINE’S DAY CROONING: For all of you lovers and even the ones who are creeping around, R&B artists Fantasia, Keith Sweat and Eric Benet will be in concert at the Arie Crown Feb. 14.
ABOUT TOWN: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and family at the opening Sunday of “Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting” at the Lookingglass. Mesirow exec Les Coney, baseball’s Minnie Minoso, businessman Bill Bartholomay, gallery owners Paul & Dee Gray were also there . . . Ald. Ed Burke and son Travis at the McCormick Place “Boat Show” . . . The Cubs’ Randy Wells and Travis Wood at the Harry Caray’s bar, and at the HC Tavern at Navy Pier, former Cubbies Rick Sutcliffe, Jody Davis and Keith Moreland were hanging out . . . WLS-Channel 7 anchor Ravi Baichwal and hockey great Stan Mikita ate at the popular Palace Grill separately . . . Mastro’s was jammin’ with the Cubs’ Geovany Soto, the Hawks’ Sami Lepisto, the Bulls’ Carlos Boozer and the Bears’ Chris Williams . . . The Hawks’ Jimmy Hayes dined at Carmine’s.
THE FOOD NETWORK star Anne Burrell, host of “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef” and author of “Cook Like a Rock Star,” appearing at the “Divine Dine & Wine” culinary event Feb. 9 at the Venue One, benefitting the West Central Association Chamber of Commerce. “Windy City Live” co-host Ryan Chiaverini will emcee.
BIRTHDAY SWEETIES: First lady Michelle Obama, WVON radio’s Pierre Cooper, Muhammad Ali, Newton Minow, Channel 7’s Chuck Goudie and Stacey Baca and belated to Prairie Shore’s AnnaBell Garrett and Ethel James. On Wednesday: Rev. John Wall, Betty White and anniversary wishes to Armando (LaScarola) Vasquez and Anna.
CONDOLENCES to the family of Cook County Judge Donna Phelps-Felton, who passed away much too soon. And a big shoutout
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