Best Moments of the Summer

Best Moments of the Summer…

Lea Michele and Kristin Chenoweth’s Duet, Lizzy Caplan’s Train, Vince Gilligan and More


Kristin Chenoweth & Lea Michele’s duet seemed magical, starting off the Hollywood Bowl’s 2014 season with one of the best moments of the summer.

Their duet paid tribute to friendship, and they talked about theirs before launching into “For Good” from “Wicked,” the ultimate song about friendship, in their own uniquely brilliant voices and styles. 

Said Chenoweth: I look at this girl’s career and I’ve seen her grow up on Broadway and I’ve worked with her and I’ve seen her have to have her life in front of the world and I’m very, very proud to call her my friend – and tonight I have invited my dear little nugget… Miss Lea Michele.

Said Michele: “Last summer, I got an email from Kristin and she said that music will heal everything. At the time, I really didn’t quite get how that could be possible, but it really did. And so, a year later, to be here on this stage singing with her, it’s such a blessing and such an honor.”

OMEGA And Vanity Fair Celebrate the 45th Anniversary Of The Moon Landing
Click here for my Hollywood Bowl Opening Night story in the Los Angeles Times; and click here for my Opening Night story and pictures in Society News LA.

(And for my own best moment bonus, I had the opportunity to compliment Lea in person at the Aug. 23 Variety & Women In Film pre-Emmy party.)


Vince Gilligan talking about the journey to success of “Breaking Bad,” provided another of my best moments of the summer at Omega and Vanity Fair’s celebration of the 45th anniversary of man’s journey to the moon.

Also attended by moon man Buzz Aldrin, this otherworldly affair took place – appropriately enough – under the stars at the spectacular John Lautner-designed Sheats-Goldstein residence, complete with a James Turrell Skyspace.

Having created “Breaking Bad,” which became an addiction for so many people, Gilligan turned out to be surprisingly modest about the show’s popularity. “I was flabbergasted at the success of ‘Breaking Bad. It was astounding,” Gilligan said.

Click here for my story about the Moon Party in the Los Angeles Times; and click here for my story about the Moon Party and pictures in Society News LA.

Flash forward two months to the Governors Ball, following the show’s big win at Aug. 26 Emmy Awards: “I’m over the moon,” said Gilligan, his trophy for outstanding drama series in hand. The Emmys 5-award sweep supplied another great summer moment for all of us “Breaking Bad” fans.

Click here for my story about the official post-Emmys party – Governors Ball – with a multitude of pictures.



John Legend singing Marvin Gaye’s songs, made Gaye’s album, “What’s Going On,” seem as timely this summer at the Hollywood Bowl, as it must have seemed in 1971, the original release date.

Lest anyone miss the message, Legend came onstage for the second act in a T-shirt reading “Don’t Shoot.” To make the night even more special, the show also featured a variety of poets and Sharon Jones for the duets.


Kristen Bell’s song in “Hair” at the Hollywood Bowl couldn’t have been lovelier, and I was lucky to be there in a box on the one non-rainy night of the show’s 3-night run. (It poured on night 2; drizzled on night 3.)

Never mind that one tweeter complained that Kristen Bell added an “It’s” to the lyrics. Her “Easy to Be Hard” added to the summer’s best moments in a night of great moments: the “Glee” girls Amber Riley belting out “Aquarius” and Jenna Ushkowitz playing a delightfully wacky Jeanie; exceptional male leads: Hunter Parrish of “Weeds” and Benjamin Walker of “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer;” and Sarah Highland of “Modern Family,” delivering a charming rendition of “Frank Mills.” (Hyland, as an aside, looked particularly exquisite at the Variety & Women in Film pre-Emmy party.)

Also deserving of applause: director Adam Shankman for making this show, which has little in the way of 21st century substance, fun to watch nonetheless.

Lizzy Caplan


Lizzy Caplan’s traffic-stopping gown from Donna Karan Atelier topped my list of fashion picks at the Aug. 25 Emmy Awards  and provided a top fashion moment, too.

In the short time I spent waiting for the “Masters of Sex” star to finish her conversation with show creator Michelle Ashford, one woman tripped on the train and two others quickly stopped short as they spotted the floor-sweeping puddle of fabric beside Caplan.

No matter – she deserved the attention, looking nothing less than stunning in her otherwise nearly backless gown.

For years, so many actresses have played it so safe, fashion-wise, that their gowns practically looked alike. With variety reigning this year, let’s just hope this summer’s Emmy Awards prove a harbinger of more great fashion moments to come.

To read more about the Governors Ball and see more pictures, click here for my story about this official Post-Emmy Gala. 

More Great Moments…

What more can I say about meeting the Primetime Emmy nominees at the BAFTA TV Tea, the Television Academy’s Performers Nominee Reception and the Variety & Women in Film Television Nominees Reception. These events couldn’t have been better, which readers can see by clicking on the links.


Top photo: Kristin Chenoweth, left, and Lea Michele, opened the Hollywood Bowl’s 2014 season with one of the best moments of the summer –  their words and a duet about friendship, singing “For Good” from “Wicked” (photo,

Second photo:  Buzz Aldrin, left, and Vince Gilligan, creator of “Breaking Bad,” provided one of the best moments of the summer at the OMEGA and Vanity Fair Celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing (Photo by Donato Sardella/ Getty Images for OMEGA)

Third photo: John Legend at the piano, singing Marvin’s Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” was certainly one of the best moments of the summer (photo,

Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Bryan Cranston

Fourth photo: In a night of great fashions, Lizzy Caplan stood out in her gown by Donna Karan Atelier at the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Governors Ball (Photo by Jordan Strauss/ Invision/ AP)

Fifth photo: From left, holding their trophies at the Governors Ball, best supporting actor Aaron Paul, best supporting actress Anna Gunn and best lead actor Bryan Cranston of this year’s Primetime Emmy-winning drama series “Breaking Bad” (Photo by Frank Micelotta/ Invision for the Television Academy/ AP Images)

Sixth photo: The nominees onstage at the Television Academy’s 66th Emmy Awards Performers Nominee Reception at the Pacific Design Center  (Photo by Frank Micelotta/ Invision for the Television Academy/ AP Images)



“Breaking Bad” Praised at the Glamorous Governors Ball After the Emmys

Kerry Washington, Lea Michele, Selena Gomez and more at a Starry Variety & Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration

Billy Bob Thornton, Lizzy Caplan, Sarah Paulson, Taylor Schilling, Matt LeBlanc, Michelle Dockery Applauded at Performers Nominee Reception

BAFTA LA Celebrates Emmy Nominees Minnie Driver, Michelle Dockery, Lizzy Caplan, Allison Tolman, Uzo Aduba, More

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Leonardo DiCaprio Special Guest at Oceana Summer Party

Television Academy's 66th Emmy Awards Performers Nominee Recepti
Omega, Vanity Fair, the MAK Center and Buzz Aldrin Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2014: Quotes & Photos: Kristin Chenoweth, Lea Michele, Pink Martini, The Go-Go’s, Kathy Griffin, Helen Hunt and More

Kate Walsh to Host Gala Reception at LA Opera’s Season-Opening Ball

Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys Premiere Close LA Film Fest

Best Moments of the Summer

Published Sept. 2, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA