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SHOW BITS: Party tent takes spotlight after Globes

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Show Bits brings you Sunday’s 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

Usher, left, and Idris Elba
Usher, left, and Idris Elba are seen at the 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff /Invision/AP)



Forget the fancy hotel, the makeshift tent outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel was the place to be following the Golden Globes.

It was there that Idris Elba, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and P. Diddy, among others, gathered to munch on sushi and dance to classic R&B at the Weinstein-Netflix post-Globes party.

Also among the revelers: Kristen Chenoweth, Steve Coogan, and Taylor Schilling and other stars from “Orange is the New Black.”

— Sandy Cohen — www.twitter.com/APSandy.



If the Golden Globes weren’t party enough, there was the InStyle after party, where Channing Tatum and his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, wasted no time cutting the rug to the sounds of Lionel Richie.

Meanwhile, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon made the event a family affair, attending with their daughter, Miss Golden Globe Sosie Bacon.

As Mads Mikkelsen sipped a beer, the Bacons’ daughter dug into a plate of appetizers.

Other revelers who dropped by included Uma Thurman, Jon Voight and Tom Hanks.

— Sandy Cohen — www.twitter.com/APSandy.



Just like everybody else, Hollywood’s biggest stars can’t resist pulling out their smartphones and letting the world know when they’re somewhere special.

At times during the Golden Globes it looked as if more heads were bowed over those phones than talking to tablemates or watching the show.

Just a few of those who were busily typing away: Kevin Spacey, Liev Schreiber and Amy Adams.

— Lynn Elber — www.twitter.com/lynnelber



The patio outside the International Ballroom at the Golden Globes is as star-studded as the room inside.

When Globes celebrants need fresh air — or nicotine-tinged air — they head straight there.

“12 Years A Slave” co-stars Michael Fassbender and Sarah Paulson dropped by to share a smoke and a laugh with actress Emma Roberts.

Elisabeth Moss juggled a cigarette in one hand and her Golden Globe for best actress in a miniseries or movie in the other.

Kate Beckinsale shared a smoke with Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, whose movie “The Past” was nominated in the foreign language category.

— Sandy Cohen, www.twitter.com/APSandy.



As a presenter, Emma Thompson personifies the ethos of the Golden Globes.

She arrived barefoot on stage to announce the screenplay winner holding her Christian Louboutin high heels in one hand, her martini glass in the other.

She sipped her drink, then, before tossing her shoes over her shoulder, offered a bit of party-infused wisdom: “I just want you to know, this red,” she confided, noting the shoes’ trademark red soles, “it’s my blood.”

— Frazier Moore — Twitterhttp://twitter.com/tvfrazier



Bruce Dern, enjoying a career renaissance at 77, made the Golden Globes a family affair this year.

The best actor nominee was accompanied to the awards show by his daughter, Laura Dern, a former Globe winner herself and also the event’s Miss Golden Globe when she was a teenager.

“It’s a thrill to have her with me,” the elder Dern said. “She’s been doing it since she was 9 years old. She’s one of those kids who just got it immediately, and as an actress, she’s not afraid to look you in the eye.”

This year she was busy introducing her father to such celebrity friends as “Girls” star Lena Dunham, “American Hustle” director David O. Russell and “Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron.

“It’s really an honor to celebrate him,” she said.

Another veteran actor back in the spotlight was Robert Redford, a nominee for the film “All Is Lost.”

Redford, accompanied by his wife, Sibylle Szaggars, indicated he can get along fine without the attention.

“I like nature,” he replied when asked how he liked being back in Hollywood.

— Beth Harris — www.twitter.com/bethharrisap



Director David O. Russell, a die-hard baseball fan, likens awards show season to his favorite sport.

“It is a blessing if you’re even in the game,” he said before Sunday’s Golden Globe awards. “You do have to get through every inning. This is an important inning. Anything can happen, you just have to believe in your picture from the heart.”

As a big New York Yankees fan, the “American Hustle” director said he was saddened to see Alex Rodriguez banned from baseball for a year over allegations involving performance-enhancing drugs.

“I’m glad they finally got steroids out of cinema,” he joked.

“Alfonso Cuaron was juicing this season,” he said of his fellow director, nominated for the film “Gravity.”

“It’s obvious if you’ve seen ‘Gravity,'” Russell added.

— Beth Harris — Twitter: www.twitter.com/bethharrisap



Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson each could give a master class in acting.

But as the pair chatted and held hands during a break in the Golden Globes show, Thompson had a different tip to offer.

“Slim,” she told Streep, striking a pose and pretending to pull her already flat tummy in.

Streep let out a knowing laugh.

— Lynn Elber — www.twitter.com/lynnelber



Most of the guests you see on TV at the Golden Globes are hungry — and not just for awards.

Never mind the food sacrifices made for fashion and those body-hugging dresses. Although the Globes is ostensibly a dinner party, the waiters remove all the meals before the curtain rises. Get there fashionably late and you don’t eat.

Platters of sandwiches and cold cuts are served in an adjacent room off camera.

By the first commercial break, only crumbs remained.

— Sandy Cohen — Twitter: www.twitter.com/APSandy.



Jonah Hill and Bradley Cooper shared a brotherly hug and a mutual “I love you” during the first commercial break at the Golden Globes show.

Then Cooper introduced Hill to his Golden Globes date for the evening, his mother, Gloria.

— Sandy Cohen — Twitter: www.twitter.com/APSandy.



With just minutes left to get inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom for the Golden Globe Awards, there was nearly a chain-reaction celebrity pileup at the front door.

Kevin Spacey did some fancy footwork to avoid running into Matthew McConaughey. Then he slapped his fellow actor on the shoulder of McConaughey’s green velvet tux and said, “What a year you’re having, buddy.”

McConaughey, nominated for a best actor award for “Dallas Buyers Club,” grinned.

“Thanks,” he said. “It’s good!”

— Sandy Cohen — Twitter: www.twitter.com/APSandy.



“Ugh, these dresses. Everything’s always falling out.” — Robin Wright in a sleek silver gown, with nothing falling out.

— Sandy Cohen — Twitter: www.twitter.com/APSandy.



Nerves? What nerves?

Less than an hour to go until show time, Golden Globes co-host Amy Poehler was all smiles as she walked the red carpet, pausing to exchange greetings with Emma Thompson.

“So great to meet you!” said Poehler, offering a hug to Thompson’s date for the evening — the actress’ daughter.

— Sandy Cohen — Twitter: www.twitter.com/APSandy.



Navigating a crowded red carpet sometimes requires a lifeline.

After posing for photographers, Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” joined hands with two other women to make it through a crowd of people.

Similarly, actress Zosia Mamet of “Girls” required a steadying hand to guide her to a TV interview.

For actor Bruce Dern, his guiding hand came from daughter and actress Laura Dern. She held onto her father not only while walking the red carpet but also during a joint interview.

— Anthony McCartney — Twitter: http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP



Kelly Osbourne had to make a dash down the red carpet earlier than most — rushing past cameras as fast as her high heels could carry her.

Osbourne, who is providing fashion coverage on E! Entertainment Television, had begun a celebrity stroll down the carpet as she headed toward the position where the photographers are stationed.

But as other stars started arriving, and it got closer to the start of the pre-show events, she had to hoof it, paying more attention to her footing than the fans screaming her name.

— Anthony McCartney — Twitterhttp://twitter.com/mccartneyAP



Overcast skies parted to let the sun shine on the Golden Globe Awards red carpet moments before the stars started arriving for the telecast.

Although there wasn’t a threat of rain for the awards extravaganza, some of the red carpet got drenched when a lighting rig set off a fire sprinkler a few hours before show time.

A video posted on the Los Angeles Fox affiliate Instagram account showed the sprinkler dousing an area where crews later used vacuums to dry up.

— Anthony McCartney — Twitterhttp://twitter.com/mccartneyAP

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SHOW BITS: Party tent takes spotlight after Globes