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Emmys: Jane Lynch, Heidi Klum and a happy 'Family' at Governors Ball

Guy Pearce at the 2011 Emmy Awards governors ball

Perhaps it was the big "Modern Family" sweep that had everyone on their best behavior: The 2011 Emmy Awards Governors Ball was one of the most efficient the Ministry has ever seen.

Host Jane Lynch was swept in just after 8:15 p.m., gliding from the Nokia Theatre to the Los Angeles Convention Center, where she screamed she was excited for "dinner time!"

Pictures: The scene at the 2011 Emmy Awards Governors Ball

Amy Poehler and husband Will Arnett came hand-in-hand for the black-and-white gala, which featured trippy color-blocked carpets and a touch of "Clockwork Orange" face paint on service staff.

Harlequin dancers in checkered body suits performed for winners Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, as well as their costars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara.

Heidi Klum and Seal at the 2011 Emmy Awards governors ball We tried to shout out a compliment to Melissa McCarthy, who designed her own dress, but the winner for outstanding actress in a comedy was too inundated with well-wishers.

Kathy Griffin and Seth Meyers shared a chat outside around several golden trophies, while reality show host Heidi Klum sneaked in in a gorgeous flounced beige gown with floral detail. Husband Seal was her best accessory.

"Glee" didn't make it to the main stage, but McKinley High students including Lea Michele, Dianna Agron and Chris Colfer munched on tomato salad and gabbed. As did most of the crowd -- it was a rarity to find bottoms in seats just after the telecast.

Although eyes were peeled for Kate Winslet, the best actress in a miniseries victor, her winning costar Guy Pearce did just fine accepting kudos from the HBO crowd. The big winners from "Mad Men" stuck to themselves, as Jon Hamm, John Slattery and creator Matthew Weiner all conversed in tailored suits.

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Christina Hendricks, curvy as ever, slipped gracefully in with Elizabeth Moss on her heels. And speaking of heels: Nominee Kristen Wiig of "Saturday Night Live" had a partygoer nail the train of her brown silk gown with a stiletto heel. She smiled it off.

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Upper photo: Guy Pearce arrives at the Governors Ball with his 2011 Emmy Award award for outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries for "Mildred Pierce." Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Lower photo: Heidi Klum and Seal slip into the party. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters



Do Something Awards get done with Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber [Pictures]

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Plenty was accomplished at the Do Something Awards on Sunday: A comeback performance from Demi Lovato, a healthy dose of Justin Bieber, a hosting dry-run for Emmys emcee-to-be Jane Lynch and some honoring of charitable youth all went down in Hollywood during the ceremony.

The Do Something Awards, hosted again by "Glee" star Lynch, brought celebrities out to celebrate a young generation of leaders who care about causes such as special-needs kids, ending hunger and educating refugee children.

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Do Something athlete winner and new dad David Beckham dropped in to scoop up his trophy, a silver sneaker sporting angel wings presented by chef Gordon Ramsay.

"Ramsay's supposed to be 'round my house now cooking my children dinner," Beckham joked. Having just welcomed his first daughter with wife Victoria, the father of four touched on the importance of teaching his kids to give back.

"The best example I can give them is to show them to give back, and let them know they can help change the world," Beckham said.

Photos: 2011 Do Something Awards arrivals

Bieber was honored for his work with Pencils of Promise, which builds schools around the world, and was quite excited getting handed his prize by geek pinup Olivia Munn. Olivia Wilde, Sophia Bush and Tyra Banks were other big winners, with Kristen Bell, Zachary Levi, Nick Cannon and Kerry Washington among the presenters.

Demi Lovato capped the show with her first TV performance since her slow climb back to work from rehab. Kim Kardashian, who described herself as a longtime pal, introduced the singer. Fog machines and Texas hair brought lots of drama as Lovato crooned "Skyscraper" with surprising skill.

Young female fans, of which there were plenty, screamed messages of support while the former "Sonny With a Chance" star's gear and lights were being set up.

"You're an inspiration, Demi!" one fan shouted.

That seemed to be theme, which will go wide when the special airs Thursday on VH1.

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Photo: Justin Bieber nabs a sweet sneaker trophy at the Do Something Awards on Sunday for his work with Pencils of Promise. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Reuters


Jane Lynch will host Primetime Emmys

Janelynchemmy The Cheerios whistle has sounded -- Jane Lynch will host the Emmy awards.

"Glee"'s Sue Sylvester will play emcee for television's biggest night on Sept. 18, when the telecast airs on her home network Fox. 

"I am tickled pink to be hosting the Primetime Emmys on Fox. I'm looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit," the actress said in a statement

Rumors have been circulating that Lynch would headline the trophy-fest, the third female to do so behind Ellen DeGeneres, 2005, and Angela Lansbury, 1993. 

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Photo: Jane Lynch attends the 2011 Screen Actors Guild awards. Lynch will host this year's Primetime Emmys. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Jane Lynch in talks to host Emmy awards, report says

Janelynch Could Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester tracksuit be jogging to the Emmy Awards? 

The "Glee" favorite could be tap-dancing on television's biggest night as host, a new report says.

Lynch has been approached by the TV academy to play emcee, according to the Hollywood Reporter, as the telecast will air on Fox this year. Lynch is a prime candidate to host, given that she's a versatile and beloved star on a network that has no late-night funnyman (typically tapped in this scenario).

The report notes that Lynch would be the third female to host solo in the history of the telecast, on the heels of Ellen DeGeneres in 2005 and Angela Lansbury in 1993.

Last year's ceremony was aired on NBC, hosted by comic Jimmy Fallon.

Do you think Jane would make a decent host? Tell us in comments. 

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Photo: Jane Lynch attends the PaleyFest's celebration of "Glee" in March in Beverly Hills. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images


'Paul' movie premiere: Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost get out of this world

Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig premiere 'Paul'

Alien-friendly actors Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost abducted the red carpet for the Monday premiere of "Paul," their genre-mixing, extraterrestrial-and-a-road-trip movie.

Written by and starring "Hot Fuzz" masterminds Frost and Pegg, the film follows two British friends who visit Comic-Con International before roadtripping to visit famous UFO hot spots around the U.S. But on their journey, they encounter a real-life, wise-cracking alien, voiced by Rogen.

"We came up with the idea for 'Paul' on the set of 'Shaun of the Dead.' It was a way of making a movie somewhere the weather wasn't British," Pegg said in a live chat with Hero Complex on Tuesday. "It was kind of a joke but it struck a chord. We thought we might have something here."

Bill Hader, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the Paul premiere "Paul" pokes fun at the alien/sci-fi genre in the same vein that "Hot Fuzz" spoofed cop movies and "Shaun of the Dead" knocked zombie flicks.

The buddy comedy also stars Jason Bateman as Agent Zoil, who tries to capture Paul, and Kristin Wiig, who plays Ruth, a conservative Christian enlisted to help protect the animated alien. At the premiere, Wiig stepped out in a gorgeous black ruffled number.

"Glee's" Jane Lynch and "Saturday Night Live's" Bill Hader joined Rogen and Bateman on the red carpet at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The two make appearances in the film as a diner owner and federal agent, respectively. Joe Lo Truglio, who reteamed with his "Superbad" director Greg Mottola in "Paul," and plays federal agent O'Reilly.

Liev Schreiber, who also previously worked with Mottola, in 1996's "The Daytrippers," joined Naomi Watts, Jeffrey Tambor, Blythe Danner, David Koechner and the rest of the comic-studded cast at the premiere. Click the pics for more photos from the red carpet.

"Paul" invades theaters March 18.

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Top photo: Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig, cast members in "Paul," pose together at the Hollywood premiere of the film on March 14, 2011. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Left photo: Bill Hader, left, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the "Paul" premiere. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

 


Jane Lynch, Ellen DeGeneres and more sign letter to Obama to kick off same-sex marriage campaign

Jane Lynch and Lara Embry sign same-sex marriage letter to Obama This post has been updated. See the note below for details.

Celebs and VIPs including Jane Lynch, Anne Hathaway and Ellen DeGeneres kicked off the "Say I Do" campaign Monday with a letter to President Obama asking him for clarity on the topic of same-sex marriage and urging him to support an end to "exclusion from marriage."

The campaign will continue until Obama expresses his support, according to Freedom to Marry, the group behind the effort.

Other signers from the entertainment ranks include actors Eric McCormack, Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner and Portia DeGeneres, musicians Melissa Etheridge, Mya and Rufus Wainwright, playwright Tony Kushner, and studio honchos Bob Wright, with wife Susan, and David Geffen, The Times has learned exclusively.

Tech VIPs signing their names along with those of civil rights leaders and other activists include Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, Chris Hughes of Facebook, Sean Parker of Napster and Mark Pincus of Zynga, along with athletes Brendon Ayanbadejo and Scott Fujita of the NFL.

"My wife and I were married in May of 2010, and I can say without a doubt that marriage matters," Lynch said in connection with the letter, which will be delivered to the White House by same-sex couples and families this spring.

"As President Obama continues his journey toward recognizing our right to equal taxation, protection and dignity under the law, I encourage him to listen to gay and lesbian couples and families so he can better understand how marriage equality affects us all."

Tony Kushner signs same-sex marriage letter to Obama Lynch and Lara Embry got hitched in Massachusetts, one of five states -- plus the District of Columbia -- where same-sex couples can marry. Ellen DeGeneres married Portia de Rossi locally in 2008, during the window when same-sex marriage was legal in California. De Rossi has since changed her name to Portia DeGeneres.

Kushner and editor-writer Mark Harris, another signatory, had a commitment ceremony in New York in 2003 and planned to be wed in California in 2008, but ultimately tied the knot that year in Massachusetts. Tomlin is not married to Wagner, her partner since 1971, but said in February that although it's not her thing, "I certainly want anybody in the gay community to marry if they wish to."

"In law, in love, in life, marriage says 'we are family' in a way that nothing else does," the letter reads. "Marriage is the coming together of two lives, marked by a public promise of love and responsibility in front of friends and family. And marriage brings not only public respect and personal significance, but also a safety net of legal protections, rights, and responsibilities for which there is no substitute."

Portia and Ellen DeGeneres sign same-sex marriage letter to Obama A Pew Research Institute poll released the first week of March shows, among those expressing an opinion, about equal numbers for and against same-sex marriage, a significant change from 2-to-1 opposition a decade ago. In the West and Northeast, a majority of people give it the thumbs-up, the poll said.

In addition to the letter, the "Say I Do" campaign will spotlight stories of same-sex couples and their family members across a variety of media, organizers said.

Updated at 10:40 a.m., March 14: This post originally neglected to mention the District of Columbia as a spot in the U.S. where same-sex marriage is licensed. Thanks to commenter @Fabrisse for the reminder.

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Upper photo: Jane Lynch and Lara Embry. Credit: Craig Barritt / Getty Images

Middle photo: Tony Kushner. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Lower photo: Portia and Ellen DeGeneres, lower left. Credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times


Zac Efron, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch kick off Golden Globes week

Zac Efron at a Golden Globe Awards kickoff party How appropriate that Sue Sylvester's bullhorn would ring in the real start of award season. Jane Lynch and other Golden Globes-nominated lovelies turned up in West Hollywood on Sunday to celebrate the start of a hectic week.

A buzz-cut-sporting Zac Efron stopped by the bash, thrown by Audi and designer J. Mendel at Italian restaurant Cecconi's, arriving solo despite reports he's reconciled with Vanessa Hudgens. The young actor chatted with "Hairspray" costar Brittany Snow and their director, Adam Shankman.

While "Avatar" beauty Zoe Saldana held court in a private booth with fiancé Keith Britton, funny lady Kathy Griffin got her schmooze on with the likes of "Modern Family" stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sofia Vergara.

James Marsden (who recently shared a hot tub with Ferguson on an episode of "Family") came through, as did a late-arriving Matthew Morrison, inbound from the Lakers game.

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Photo: Zac Efron arrives at Cecconi's Restaurant in West Hollywood for the Audi-J Mendel party kicking off Golden Globes week on Jan. 9, 2011. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images


Rachel Bilson found her wedding song (yes, it will surprise you)

Rachel Bilson may be dunzo with longtime flame Hayden Christensen, but that doesn't mean a girl can't plan her dream wedding -- like nailing down the perfect song.

Fine, the Ministry may have given you a banana peel to slip on, but we're technically correct. Bilson recently participated in a video tribute to Super Mario Bros., the feisty little Italian heroes celebrating their 25th anniversary. 

"It may be the song I walk down the aisle to one day," Bilson said of the video game's theme song, of which she sings a few bars.

Other celeb well-wishers in the video include an adorable Penn Badgley, and Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer of "Glee." 

"It's been 25 years, and the princess still keeps managing to get herself caught," Colfer says. "It might be time for you and her to start seeing other people."

Do you think Bilson should do her bridal march with Mario? Tell us in comments, and get more on your favorite game and geek characters at Hero Complex.

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Betty White, Jeff Bridges scoop up Britannia Awards

Dakota Fanning at the BAFTA Brittania Awards Brits know true royalty when they see it, so naturally they're just as wild about Betty White as we are. Before she received a standing -- and cheering -- ovation at Thursday's Britannia Awards, host Stephen Fry declared her "one of my absolutely all-time favorite people on the surface of this planet."

White added the latest bauble to her ever-growing stash of trophies at the top awards event of the British Academy of Television and Film/Los Angeles, where honorees Jeff Bridges, Michael Sheen, "Inception" director Christopher Nolan and the directing and producing brothers Scott -- Ridley and Tony -- also took home the gold from the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

White received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy from fellow "it" girl Jane Lynch and "Hot in Cleveland" costars Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli. She chalked up her winning streak to passion. "I wouldn't be the lucky old broad that I am -- I mean 'old' in a facetious way -- if I weren't so passionate about show business, about animals," she said, looking sparkly in a red jacket and black trousers.

The parade of presenters also included Dakota Fanning, Rosario Dawson, Marion Cotillard, Jerry Bruckheimer, Cillian Murphy and the suddenly ubiquitous Carey Mulligan. (Click here to launch a gallery of pictures from the event.)

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'Glee' premiere: The gang's all here to celebrate Season 2

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Glee-gallery-refer Just in case the gang from "Glee" hadn't been seen on enough red carpets in recent months, the Fox show celebrated the impending kickoff of its second season Tuesday night with a party at the Studios at Paramount.

Diana Agron, Jayma Mays, Lea Michele and Naya Rivera rocked some frocks on arrival, while costars Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith and Mark Salling dressed it down a bit. On the nerd chic front: Kevin McHale and Mike O'Malley (dad to Chris Colfer's character, Kurt), one sporting a bow tie and the other topped with a cap.

Also on hand: Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Iqbal Theba, Harry Shum Jr., Jessalyn Gilsig, Josh Sussman and Romy Rosemont, who plays Finn's mom. Click the picture of rowdy grown-ups Matthew Morrison and John Stamos, left, to launch a gallery of arrival pictures.

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