GOLDEN GLOBES: PROBLEM SOLVED
Will the Golden Globes committee have a hard time booking A-list celebrities as presenters now that they are no longer handing out $40,000 gift bags? We suspected the stars might be a tad less cooperative. The Hollywood Foreign Press gave up the goody bag practice not so much because of Edward Norton’s recent comments in New York magazine about the “shameful” practice, but because they are being forced to pay a million dollars to the IRS for LAST year’s swag bags! But like everything else, there’s a way around this dilemma. Before the Globes event, big companies have rented suites in the Beverly Hilton hotel that will be turned into “gift boutiques” for celebrities. Now the stars can pick out whatever they want, still tax free, and the Globes people have nothing to do with it.