GOLDEN GLOBES: PROBLEM SOLVED

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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.

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Posted by Janet on December 21, 2006

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  1. By Anonymous
    On December 21, 2006 at

    Like the celebrities don’t already make enough money that they need free stuff? They make me ill.

  2. By joe
    On December 21, 2006 at

    it is such a materialistic industry in such a materialistic world…
    next, celebs will be charging for a smile…

  3. By Anonymous
    On December 21, 2006 at

    Who is worse? 1-The companies that give the celebs the ridiculous swag gift bags for free. 2-The greedy celebs who show up at the suite, have their eogmaniac asses kissed and accept all the free junk they don’t need. 3-The pathetic public who rush out to get the shoes or bag they saw on Blowhan at some stupid premiere??

  4. By Anonymous
    On December 22, 2006 at

    I have no doubt the IRS will be following this very closely.
    These overpriveleged idiots are not going to get away with this.

  5. By TT
    On December 22, 2006 at

    9:36 is SOOOO right.

  6. By Anonymous
    On December 22, 2006 at

    LOOKS TO ME LIKE JOAQUIN FELL IN LOVE WITH REESE, BUT SHE WAS NOT YET SEPARATED, SOOOOO.
    MY PREDICTION IS THAT THEY WILL, INDEED, DATE WHEN REESE IS DIVORCED.
    HE IS LOOKING AT HER LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE, WHO CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

  7. By Anonymous
    On December 22, 2006 at

    It is so gross that celebs show up at these giveaway events with their hands out asking for more and more. They should donate at least some of the things from the gift boutiques to charity. How about a silent auction on items at the gift boutiques with profits going to local organizations? The coprorations still get the exposure they so desperately want with a celebrity angle. How many ipods or oversized Chanel sunglasses does Paris Hilton need?? Hollywood gets very preachy around election time, but I don’t see that many of them sharing the excess with others they are allotted over and over. It’s so easy to tell others to buy a Prius and conserve, and they they hop on a private jet that uses ten tons of fuel because they won’t fly commercial with the rest of us creatins. When was the last time you spotted Leo DeCaprio on Continental? Sanctimonious bullshitters!

  8. By Anonymous
    On December 23, 2006 at

    I don’t know why everyone is so self-righteous about this issue. I have a very small business – I am the sole employee and owner – and it can make or break my year to have a celeb wear my designs. Any gift to a celeb comes out of my marketing budget; it’s no different from taking an ad and a LOT cheaper. If people didn’t hunger to wear what celebs wear, it wouldn’t be worthwhile, but a million people will jump on the celeb bandwagon. My business doesn’t break even now, so I’m not some huge corporation acting in greedy excess. There are often more than two sides to every story, so I don’t care for people being sanctimonious about the celebs getting goods and sparing no thought at all for people who are trying very hard to stay in business.

  9. By 10:24
    On December 23, 2006 at

    P.S. I give 10% of my online sales to charity, so if I want to give to charity, I’ll damn well do it myself, directly. I do NOT want a celeb taking my gift and donating it to charity. That is not the purpose of a celeb gift.

  10. By Hedda Bopper
    On December 24, 2006 at

    Oh god why do these shit stains get free stuff?Because they get shown in some supermarket rag holding the new phone,purse,sunglasses.Than every fat housefrau from encino to long island has to have them.Its sad but true. Its how this town is run.The rich get it for free,the rest of us just get fucked……Oye Vey.

  11. By Anonymous
    On December 24, 2006 at

    I love you Hedda Bopper!

  12. By Anonymous
    On December 24, 2006 at

    hello 10:24
    I don’t think anyone is going after the small guy here-we are all a bit disgusted with the billion dollar companies whoring their wares to the greedy celebs who seem to expect to be lavished upon and never seem to share the wealth with any local charity-good luck to you and your business-these rants ane not directed toward you.

  13. By Grand Mesa
    On January 23, 2007 at

    If Babel is nominated for best picture of the year, there is definitely something wrong here.
    It was one of the most boring films my wife and I have ever seen and we are members of the film industry.
    But we painfully sat through it.
    The ending was predictable.
    Who are these ppl that do the nominating for the Golden Globe?
    There must be monies handed out under the table.
    Babel was nothing but crap and why ‘they’ even bothered to put film in the camera is a big question.
    Kind of makes you wonder about the producers and the studio…………….

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