Seth MacFarlane had yet to hear the news of the season ending shutdown on “Two and a Half Men” at the Hollywood Domino Gala at the Sunset Tower on Thursday night.
When TheWrap broke the news to him around 10 P.M., he said “(Exec Producer) Chuck Lorre has that format down. (With or without Sheen) he can do whatever he wants.” While running three network shows, how would he handle a similar situation within one of his productions? “We have a no assholes policy,” he said.
An ABC Executive Producer who asked not to be identified said, “In one sense, I'm proud of CBS for forgoing profits and taking a stand. On the other hand, there are now hundreds of crew out of work. The crew earns less working on every season of the show than Charlie makes per episode.”
MacFarlane and his jazz orchestra (including the guitarist who played Michael J. Fox’s iconic solo in “Back to the Future”) belted out two sets of Rat Pack classics alongside a bottle of jack and an indoor cigarette at the Sunset Tower on Thursday night for Hayden Panettierre, Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers, Dane Cook, and MacFarlane’s own actress/Oscar presenter Mila Kunis in support of the Seven Bar Foundation. (Photo by Wireimage/Dimitrios Kambouris.)
Besides “Men”, the topic of other unfinished projects came , Kellan Lutz told TheWRAP he’s heading back to Baton Rouge on Monday to finish shooting the latest installment of the “Twilight” franchise, and that he’s about 75% done with production. Paris Hilton (arriving with sister Nicky and keeping tight with cane-carrying promoter Josh Richman) said she has one week left on her new Oxygen reality series that co-stars Sheen’s future ex-wife Brooke Mueller.
Hayes MacArthur(“Perfect Couples”) and running mate for the night Ben Silverman broke up an NBC family chat with Maria Menounos to make a break for Soho House. The private club was a popular last stop for many departing the Spirit Awards pre-party across the street at the Andaz and Vanity Fair’s party with Fox Searchlight at Bar Marmont (Natalie Portman, John Hawkes, Claire Danes, and Kunis’ next stop).
While civilians got regular flutes, producers made sure that all the celeb guests like Superbowl MVP Aaron Rodgers, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Cuba Gooding Jr. got the signature Moet flute bottles that photograph better. Bing, Sensible Portion baked snacks, and Rums of Puerto Rico sponsored the 40’s themed gala where more women than men showed up on point with the dresscode.
Earlier in the day, Best Actor nominee Colin Firth’s costume was “gym clothes” in the Four Seasons lobby as he dodged well wishers by wearing headphones as he speed walked to a workout.
Meanwhile over at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Niecy Nash, Tia Mowry, Kimora Lee Simmons and Serena Williams grouped up at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, one of many Moet events.
The night before, after hitting TheWrap’s bash, Directing nominee Tom Hooper and an Elvis Cotello-glasses wearing Anne Hathaway dined with the Weinsteins, Dior, and the ubiquitous bubbly, as did Sharon Stone and Rosario Dawson. (Photos by Donato Sardello). Stone, Harvey Weinstein, and Adrien Brody were amongst the last to leave, staying until 12:30.