Many pay lip service to the Golden Globes as a valuable
early predictor of Oscar winners, but according to the
stars strolling down the red carpet last night, everyone
really just comes to dress up and party down. "I haven't
been before," Catherine Zeta-Jones
told TV Guide
Online. "It's my first time, but my husband tells me
it's a real hoot." Standing protectively by his young
bride's side, hubby Michael Douglas
) added: "What's really nice is it's one of the
only places that television and movies come together.
You don't have the usual elitism and separation [between
the two], and so you get to see a lot of your fellow
actors that you haven't seen in a while. It's a lot of
fun because there's food and wine being served, and the
whole place has got a loosey goosey feel that makes it
much more pleasurable than some of the other events."
Not far in line behind Zeta-Jones was her brunette
doppelganger, former Law & Order regular
Jill Hennessy. Demurring at comparisons between
herself and the Traffic siren, the actress
chuckled, "Are you serious? Well, please keep it up. I
think she is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen."
Actually, Hennessy's more often likened to another
famous beauty, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, whom she
portrays in the upcoming NBC miniseries, Jackie Ethel
Joan: Women of Camelot. "[Playing Jackie] was
incredibly daunting, but exciting because of that fact,"
she said. "I guess I like being scared!"
Looking nothing like her old Dr. Quinn persona in
a sparkling Escada gown, Jane Seymour couldn't
resist telling TV Guide Online about her latest TV
thriller, Blackout. "It's about a family who ends
up in a mall in the middle of a blackout, which of
course could not be more appropriate right now since
we're getting rolling blackouts in California. It's
about what havoc ensues in a [darkened] mall, especially
when there's a killer [on the] loose." Yikes!
Fortunately, Seymour's lovely daughter, Katie
Flynn who served as this year's Miss Golden
Globe was considerably less frightening. "Katie
has acted in the past and she was signed by a modeling
agency, [though] she's very shy to tell people that,"
beamed the proud mom. "She's studying writing at
Columbia University, and I have another daughter here
tonight at Vassar College. I have brainy girls!"
The Practice star Michael Badalucco said
he's no longer nervous about attending glitzy
awardsfests though he sadly lacked a supportive
familial entourage like Seymour's. "When I first came
here, it was sort of 'Homina homina homina,'" he
laughs. "Now it's a piece of cake for me. The only thing
I regret is that I couldn't get a ticket for my wife,
because she already bought two dresses for tonight.
She'd love [to have come to] this, but I guess she made
out well anyway."
"It's great to see Al Pacino getting a lifetime
achievement award tonight," Badalucco continued,
brightening up. "He's one of the influences who really
inspired me when I was in college. I feel blessed to be
part of this." Decidedly less reverent about the
proceedings was Sting, whose song "My Funny
Friend and Me" from The Emperor's New Groove was
nominated for best original song. "I've never been to
the Golden Globes before," the rock star shrugged. "I
don't know how important it is, but it's fun. It's all
about having fun, isn't it? And the drinks."
Arriving stag after his widely reported breakup with
Meg Ryan, Gladiator star Russell
Crowe shared similarly low expectations for the
evening. "I think I'll warm a seat," he smirked, "and
then I think I'll drink as much of the free wine as I