Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and Jane Lynch were joined by their Glee cast members to honor Ryan Murphy as he received the PaleyFest Icon Award in LA last night. Lea wore a sheer black Vivienne Tam dress while her boyfriend, Cory, went for a simple suit at the event. The Glee cast weren't the only stars from Ryan's shows to attend the shindig — Leslie Bibb, Carly Pope, and Leslie Grossman from Ryan's first show, Popular, walked the red carpet along with Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha from The New Normal. Many of the stars of Ryan's shows have grown close with the prolific TV creator, and Andrew, Naya Rivera, and Darren Criss even did some impressions of Ryan Murphy on the red carpet for the Associated Press. After the award ceremony, Lea tweeted, "A beautiful night honoring the amazing Ryan Murphy. So happy for him. What a joy to be in such an amazing room with such incredible people."
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Martin Sheen were among the A-list actors who participated in the stage reading of 8 in LA last night. The play, written by Dustin Lance Black, showcases the proceedings of the 2010 Proposition 8 federal court battle about California's gay marriage ban that was approved in 2008. The real life events were not broadcast to the public so Dustin Lance Black wrote this script to show what went on behind those closed doors. The play made its debut on Broadway last year, but last night it was all about the star power. 8 streamed live on YouTube, where it will also be available to watch at any time for the next week. Other celebrities in the performance included Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson Jamie Lee Curtis, Matt Bomer, and more.
The overturning of Prop 8 is a cause that George and Brad have both spoken about many times. Clooney recently spoke about rumors about his own sexuality to The Advocate, saying, "I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a sh*t."
The first annual Critics' Choice Television Awards brought together some of TV's best this afternoon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The shows that took home the biggest wins of the day were best drama series Mad Men and best comedy series Modern Family, but many individual actors were honored for their work as well. Busy Philipps embraced Elijah Wood, who presented her with her statuette for best supporting actress in a comedy, before giving an emotional speech on the podium. Sarah Michelle Gellar also took the stage to dole out an honor as she gears up for her own return to the small screen this Fall. She'll star in the new show The Ringer, which requires her to play dual roles as twin sisters on the CW. Lots of stars took advantage of the chance to catch up and pose for pictures backstage. Busy cracked jokes with The Office's B.J. Novak, Jon Hamm got silly with his best leading actor in a drama award, and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland said hello to Community's Danny Pudi. TV fans who want to see all of today's action unfold can tune into the Critics' Choice Television Awards this Wednesday night at 8 p.m., EDT, on the Reelz Channel.
Jon Hamm, Courteney Cox, and More Small-Screen Stars Step Out For the Critics' Choice Television Awards
Some of TV's most popular actors made appearances at today's inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards. The festivities were held at the Beverly Hills Hotel to honor shows across categories that included reality, comedy, and drama. Cougar Town stars Courteney Cox and Busy Philipps were both on hand for the luncheon, and cable series were also well represented, with Sam Trammell attending ahead of True Blood's season four premiere on June 26. Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks from Mad Men were also there, and she picked up the very first honor of the afternoon, splitting the award for best supporting actress in a drama series with Justified actor Margo Martindale. Jon followed suit shortly after when when he was announced as the winner of best lead actor in a drama series. Fans of the show have a while longer to wait before Don Draper and his cohorts return to TV. New episodes are expected to be absent from the airwaves until March of 2012, though filming resumes next month.
Sue Sylvester is about to get the ultimate platform. Glee star Jane Lynch has been announced as this year's primetime Emmy host. The actress was recently rumored to be the top pick for the hosting job, but today Fox confirmed the news. This will be Lynch's first time as host when the TV awards ceremony airs on Sunday, Sept. 18. Things could be even more interesting if Lynch, who won an Emmy for Glee last year, is nominated again in the best supporting actress category.
Elton John held his 19th Annual AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at the Pacific Design Center last night. He performed on stage with Florence Welch, and Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale let loose on the dancefloor. Elton invited lots of Brits to his Oscars shindig, including Katie Price, Terri Seymour, and Sharon and Kelly Osbourne. Plenty of couples engaged in PDAs, like Heidi Klum and Seal, Darius Campbell and Natasha Henstridge, and Petra Nemcova and Jamie Belman. Other pairs who posed for pictures included Dave Annable and Odette Yustman, Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy, and Nicole Richie and Joel Madden. Inside the bash, Emma Roberts partied with Chace Crawford and Hayden Panettiere, and Elton posed with Kim Kardashian. Jamie Foxx and Steven Tyler hung out, and David Furnish chatted with Ryan Kwanten. Elton also had a laugh with Smokey Robinson and Cee Lo Green. Costars Rashida Jones and Paul Rudd walked the red carpet, as did Eric Stonestreet and Eric McCormack, while Prince, Rufus Wainwright, and Billy Zane enjoyed the do. Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, and Jenna Ushkowitz brought some Glee too.
Lots of celebs made their way to the annual Vanity Fair afterparty following the Oscars last night — and the party is still going on right now! Liv Tyler looked elegant in her strapless gown with her father Steven Tyler on the red carpet, while Robert Downey Jr gave Jude Law some support as they spoke to the press on their way in. Emma Stone rocked a modern look which was very different from her BAFTAs hairstyle, and Madonna took her gorgeous daughter Lourdes to the bash. Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Beckinsale, Rosario Dawson, Sandra Bullock, Justin Timberlake, Colin Firth, and many more are in the gallery, plus stars of Gossip Girl and Glee, so click through to check them all out!
Many big stars of the music world turned out in LA Saturday night for Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammys party held inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Marie Claire covergirl Miley Cyrus cozied up to her pal and So Undercover costar Kelly Osbourne, while Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey stopped to share about their Valentine's Day plans with BuzzSugar. Jennifer Hudson took the stage with performers like Matthew Morrison, who opened up at the bash about the joys of kissing Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee.
The new Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never attracted a star-studded audience to the premiere in LA last night. Whitney Port looked gorgeous in a sparkly top as she attended with her boyfriend Ben Nemtin, while Miley Cyrus rocked a relaxed look. Justin's rumoured girlfriend Selena Gomez looked striking in her purple dress, while Chloe Moretz posed like a pro. Leona Lewis showed off a new fringe — BellaUK wants to know if you prefer her with or without the fringe. Other guests included Will Smith, Usher, Jane Lynch and more.
If you're a Gleek like me, you've likely Wikipedia-ed all the cast members and are glued to your TV every Tuesday night to catch the latest episode. Even if you're not so into the show, I have a few behind-the-scenes Glee beauty tips that everyone can use. Ever wonder about the secret of Emma Pillsbury's luminous skin or Brittany Pierce's tawny glow? You will now.
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