tina fey tk  Tina Fey has revealed it was Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels who suggested she and Amy Poehler should sign on to host the Golden Globes for two more years.

And she has given an insight into how she and Amy plan their remarks and jokes.

“After the first time, Amy and I were saying, ‘Oh we had so much fun, would it be a bad idea to try to do it again?’ ” she said. “And Lorne said, ‘You should do it for two more years because when you do it the second time it won’t be up in the air as to whether you get invited back. Then you come back one more time as a good bye and then you are done.’

“I thought that was very good advice—he might know what he’s doing in show business.”

She said she and Amy don’t start planning for the Globes until they see who the nominees are. “You can’t work on it too soon,” she said. “So we usually start a couple of weeks ahead of time when we rally all our friends to start writing jokes. The most time-consuming thing is to watch all the movies. We don’t get flown to junkets and stuff so we have to watch all the screeners. I thought last year was a particularly great fun year for movies and I can’t wait to see what presents itself this year as the big one.”


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Our Emmy nominated hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler


This year’s Golden Globes show, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, has earned two Emmy nominations.

Produced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in association with dick clark productions, it is the fourth consecutive year the Globes have been nominated in the Outstanding Special Class Program.

Adding to the honours this year is a nomination for outstanding writing to a team of writes headed by Barry Adelman, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, contributing special material.

HFPA president Theo Kingma said: “Congratulations to everyone involved, particularly Tina and Amy who did so much to make the show the wonderful success it was.  It is a great honor to be recognized for what was indeed an outstanding show and we intend to make next year’s even better.”




VERA ANDERSON takes a trip down Memory Lane and looks back at the early days of the Golden Globes

Cocoanut Grove

The Cocoanut Grove

Nearly three decades after it opened, the Cocoanut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel was still the hottest night spot in Southern California in 1950, attracting the biggest stars in an endless celebration of the Golden Age of Hollywood.  So naturally it was a perfect match for the 7th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony.  The still-fledging awards event, put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, had already visited four venues in its brief history – from Fox Studios to the Beverly Hills, Hollywood Knickerbocker, and Hollywood Roosevelt hotels. But for the next two decades, with only four exceptions the Awards would make their home at the Cocoanut Grove.

In those days before the existence of personal publicists and the kind of media and press overload the entertainment industry experiences today, the very concept of marketing to the foreign market seemed somewhat elusive and inaccessible – which was the very reason this group of international journalists had come together to try as a collective to bridge that gap. As recent expats from their respective countries, some of the members seemed colorful and even exotic as they adapted to their new lives in Hollywood. Imagine the delicious visual of the mustachioed Unger twins, Bertil – wearing his monocle in his left eye, and Gustav, wearing his monocle in the right, and both corresponding for Scandinavian publications. At the 1954 Awards banquet, another set of twins, Amad and Aly Sadick, got into fisticuffs with the Ungers – an unfortunate bit of drama but one that guests seems to take in their  stride.

Marylin Monroe with the Golden Globe trophy

Marilyn Monroe with the Golden Globe trophy

The night of the Globes is always memorable but one standout at the Cocoanut Grove was in 1954 – the year the hottest star in the room, Marilyn Monroe, was upstaged when all eyes followed actress Vicki Dugan, whose dress left little to the imagination on the backside.  Not that it mattered to Marilyn, who still got plenty of love as she clutched her trophy for the World’s Favourite Actress, at that time called the Henrietta Award.  Marilyn, being Marilyn, knew how to work the press, and in the end she and her Globe were the most photographed couple of the night. Nothing was going to stop the flow of champagne and laughter at what was already considered the best party in town.

The first telecasts of the Globes were from 1958-1963 but were only aired locally in L.A. Then the Globes’ telecast went national  during a special segment on The Andy Williams Show beginning in 1964.

Phil Elwell, who was  a waiter at the Grove during those telecasts, has supplied the HFPA with the schedule and script of the telecast for the 1966 show, which now rest in the HFPA archives. The star guests then included Jerry Lewis, Barbara Stanwyck, Mia Farrow, Ben Gazzarra, Dean Martin, Joanne Woodward, Claudia Cardinale, Gene Kelly, Jill St. John, Dorothy Malone, Lorne Greene and Vince Edwards.

Phil Elwell

Phil Elwell

The documents include the transcript of the welcoming remarks by then-president Bertil Unger, and the script for commercials for Kraft Cheez Whiz and Kraft Strawberry Preserves.

“It was a wonderful, star-studded night, recalls Phil Elwell, who went on to open the highly successful Olde King’s Head British pub in Santa Monica.  “I was present at one of the meetings at the Ambassador and I remember Bertil Unger telling the members: ‘This awards show will grow and grow and become as famous as that other awards show.’

“He was so right.”



oliviaGolden Globe excitement is building  with the announcement that Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Aziz Ansari will reveal the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards nominations on Thursday. Also on hand will be Sosie Bacon, the 21-year-old daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, who is Miss Golden Globe 2014.

The announcements will air live on NBC’s Today show beginning at 8:38 a.m. ET.

The Golden Globe Awards will take place Sunday, January 12 with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning to the Beverly Hilton Hotel to host the show. The telecast begins at 8 p.m. ET.



tfThe two funny ladies are coming back to the Globes!

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will once again host our annual awards show in January—-and want to return the following year, too.

“It’s wonderful news,” said HFPA president Theo Kingma. “They have always been our first choice as hosts and we’re delighted they are back for the next two years.”

If this year’s show is anything to go by, next year’s should be full of laughs.

Right at the onset Poehler — the star of “Parks and Recreation” — assured the audience that there would only be good-natured jokes during the broadcast, because as the more biting Ricky Gervais has shown, “when you run afoul of the Hollywood Foreign Press, they make you host the show two more times.”

Among their greatest hits:

• “When it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.” — Poehler, referring to Kathryn Bigelow, the director of the movie “Zero Dark Thirty,” which stirred controversy over its portrayal of the torture of terror detainees.

• “I have not seen someone so totally alone and abandoned like that since you were on stage with James Franco at the Oscars.” — Fey to Anne Hathaway about the latter’s performance in “Les Miserables.”

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