Plus, some “True Blood,” some “Glee” and a Ray Romano reunion
The scene at Friday night’s Lotus launch suggested that in an alternate universe, the Baldwin brothers could have been automotive dynasty like Cal Worthington instead of a dramatic band of brothers.
On Friday, Alec, Billy, Daniel, Stephen (and even Stephen’s daughter Alaia) gathered at a private residence for the launch event of five new Lotus sports cars. The luxury Brit brand donated an “Evora” to the family’s foundation to support mother Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, while showing off the new wheels ahead of this week’s L.A .Auto Show.
Those who didn’t get a new car at least got a surprise with Harry & David Moose Munch waiting in their cars at valet.
Party regulars Michelle Rodriguez , Chord Overstreet (“Glee”) and Taryn Manning were joined by Demi Moore and the increasingly ubiquitous Olivia Munn.
The next morning, pregnant Hollywood came out for the March of Dimes Foundation’s annual Celebration of Babies at the Four Seasons. The “Stork Club” is the organization’s select group of industry personalities lending their starpower and pregnancies to a cause. “ET’s” Samantha Harris led the charge for Premature Awareness Month this year, bringing out Sarah Chalke, Joey Lawrence, and hoopster Lisa Leslie to follow in the footsteps of iconic March of Dimes talent ambassadors like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra. Destination Maternity smartly sponsored the annual luncheon.
Mandeville Films and the producers of the Mark Wahlberg awards hopeful “The Fighter” hosted an intimate fight-night party at producer David Hoberman’s Mandeville Canyon spread during Saturday night’s Manny Pacquiao boxing match. A heavy media crowd, including THR publisher Lori Burgess, Variety Executive Editor Steve Gaydos and social captain for the evening Ross Johnson (PMK-BNC) took in Pacquiao’s bloody destruction of Antonio Margarito over some Tres L.A. Gossip orbits collided as the new-in-town Richard Johnson (former king of “Page Six,” now launching a new outlet with News Corp.) hung out with Mike Walker, the National Enquirer’s main-man and weekly Howard Stern contributor. (At right, host Hoberman and his Mandeville producing partner Todd Lieberman.)
Meanwhile over at Hollywood and Highland, the Motion Picture Academy was handing out its Governor’s Awards at the increasingly popular fall event. See Steve Pond’s full coverage here.
Elsewhere, four charity galas drew talent and deep pockets to Hollywood, the Miracle Mile, and Beverly Hills.
Environmentalist/documentarian/drummer Adrien Grenier, his band “The Honey Brothers” and Jeff Goldblum each took the stage to celebrate Oceana’s sustained efforts to save the oceans at the group’s benefit, one of the final events at this year’s Esquire House. Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Nicollette Sheridan, and Sam Trammell all got eyes on the $18.9M bachelor pad before it closes its doors with the Oxfam benefit this Thursday.
Over at Raleigh Studios, Tatum O’Neal and Jimmy Smits hit the Annual Dream Awards. Julie Bowen dodged the photographers by slipping in late to the annual event for “Hollywood Arts,” an organization that uses an arts based projects to empower homeless youth in LA. Smits presented an award to his former “NYPD Blue” co-star Esai Morales.
Meanwhile, Funny guys Ray Romano, Carlos Mencia, Jeff Garlin and his on-screen wife Susie Essman all took the stage at International Myeloma Foundation Charity event on Saturday night. Dana Carvey mined his repertoire to pull out impressions of President Obama, former President George W. Bush, and soon-to-be former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during his set, while Mencia easily took down a heckler.
“The Hangover’s” Dr. Ken Jeong left little to the imagination in a silver velvet one-piece unitard on stage. Deductive Spoiler Alert: Jeong must not be sharing any screen time with President Bill Clinton, who was shooting a cameo in the Thailand-based sequel this weekend according to TMZ.
Backstage, Romano took a break from his hosting duties with Fred Willard and Doris Roberts at the event benefitting their former “Raymond” co-star Peter Boyle’s Memorial Fund. (Photograph by Harris-Merrit)
Finally, over in Beverly Hills Roselyn Sanchez (“Without a Trace”) picked up an honor at the Montage Beverly Hills during the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) Holiday of the Heart Gala, funding extra-curricular programs for Los Angeles youth.