Simon Wiesenthal Cen...

Barbra Streisand takes Trump to task during Simon Wiesenthal Center Dinner     From onstage at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s National Tribute Dinner and 40th anniversary celebration celebration, Barbra Streisand introduced Ron Meyer, recipient of the Center’s 2017 Humanitarian...

AARP Movies for Grow...

  Kathy Griffin Speaks Up for GrownUps at AARP’s Movie Awards     As emcee of AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards, Kathy Griffin called the Feb. 8 affair the hidden gem of the awards shows. Taking place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the event honored movies with appeal...

AFI Lifetime Achieve...

AFI Honors Jane Fonda With Lifetime Achievement Award     In one of the year’s most glamorous events – the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Awards Gala, Jane Fonda’s son Troy Garity told stories about growing up as “the son of Hanoi Jane,” i.e., being sent to...

UNICEF Ball Los Ange...

Michael Douglas, Ghada Irani and a Surprised Matt Damon Honored at the UNICEF Ball Los Angeles     Just days after Michael Douglas won out over Matt Damon at the Golden Globes for his performance as Liberace in “Behind the Candelabra,” Damon – his love interest in the film...

Help Haiti Home

Sean Penn & Friends Help Haiti to the Tune of $6 Million   Between parties the day before the Golden Globes telecast, I managed to sandwich in the “Sean Penn & Friends ‘HELP HAITI HOME’ Gala,” which raised an astonishing $6 million to benefit the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Presented by Giorgio Armani, and sponsored by NRG Energy, this Jan. 11 affair achieved a higher total take than that of any charity gala I’ve attended in all my years of event coverage in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA. For one big reason, there were bidding wars in the night’s live auction. At $1.4 million, Coldplay’s...

Preview: UNICEF Ball...

UNICEF Ball to Honor Michael Douglas and Regional Board Chair Ghada Irani Matt Damon and Jerry Weintraub to Emcee; Kristin Chenoweth Set to Perform   Given Michael Douglas and Ghada Irani as honorees, Matt Damon and Jerry Weintraub as the night’s emcees, and Kristin Chenoweth to...