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August 9, 2012 | By Susan King
Perhaps Ricky Gervais penned the script to the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. 's installation luncheon Thursday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton because everyone seemed to be one-upping each other with quips and witty asides. Besides introducing the board of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the organization behind the Golden Globe Awards, the main purpose of the gathering was for the HFPA to award $1.2 million in grants to 40 arts organizations. That money comes from the license fee the group receives from the NBC telecast of the Golden Globe Awards every January.
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February 28, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, presented by the Lincoln Motor Co. The honorees were Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Academy Award-nominated actress Lupita Nyong'o of “12 Years a Slave”; Sundance Film Festival winner Ava DuVernay for directing “Middle of Nowhere”; and Stefani Saintonge, winner of the magazine's short film competition.    Given that 2014 marks the 50 th anniversary of the landmark civil rights act of 1964, the Feb. 27 affair at the Beverly Hills Hotel also recognized prominent figures involved in the civil rights movement: actors Diahann Carroll of “Julia,” Nichelle Nichols of “Star Trek,” Clarence Williams III of “The Mod Squad,” and Denise Nicholas of “Room 222”; sports legend Jim Brown; and author/poet Maya Angelou.
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November 26, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 USC interim Coach Ed Orgeron will be the guest speaker at Monday's Southern Section championship luncheon in Long Beach honoring the finalist teams for  next weekend's section finals. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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February 10, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As is usually the case, the mood was a convivial one at this year's Academy Award nominees luncheon, which throws together big-name stars and directors as well as animators, musicians, editors and other fellow contenders for Oscar gold. But the lighthearted mood didn't prevent some nominees from getting a bit serious while talking to the assembled reporters backstage. In particular, "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen, "Gravity" star Sandra Bullock, and "American Hustle" director and co-writer David O. Russell made the case for what one might call grown-up movies - films that aren't afraid of examining weighty subjects or doing things differently than moviegoers might be accustomed to. McQueen, for example, was asked about overcoming his film's reputation for being difficult to watch, even though it has been critically acclaimed.
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March 30, 2008 | Jenny Sundel
At the L.A. Conservation Corps luncheon on March 19, 1. Jake Gyllenhaal supplied the "Aw!" factor when he showed up -- on crutches, no less -- to surprise scholarship recipient Oscar Mejia, who helped him research his upcoming role in "Brothers." During Mejia's speech, the formerly at-risk 20-year-old revealed his dream to work in Sacramento someday. Hint, hint, Maria! The ever-obliging 2. Governator's wife, Maria Shriver, offered to put in a good word. The rest of the scholars hopped onstage at the Los Angeles Historic Park as their names were read by Wilmer Valderrama and 3. Xzibit, who arrived early and stayed late to sign autographs and pose for photos with the amped-up kids.
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September 18, 1987 | MARYLOUISE OATES
"I hate coming to these luncheons," businesswoman Lucie Bava kidded at the start of the Women For awards. "Look at these resumes." A longtime activist with the National Organization for Women, Bava wasn't kidding about the impressiveness of the resumes. Indeed, for the eighth year--starting with a small lunch in somebody's home and now selling out at the Beverly Hills' Crystal Room--Women For has brought together an extraordinary panel of awardees.
WORLD
September 25, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Carol J. Williams
TEHRAN -- While Western analysts have been speculating that Iran's moderate new leader failed to meet with President Obama at the United Nations this week because of opposition from hard-liners at home, Iranian political commentators are blaming the missed photo op on booze. The Iranian delegation declined to attend U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's luncheon on Tuesday for the 193-nation annual gathering, offering no reason for skipping the venue where Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would likely have run into Obama and extended a hand or offered a greeting.
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December 8, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Bill Redell used to be the chief executive of an insurance company, so the Westlake Village Oaks Christian football coach knows how to make a presentation that impresses people. That was the case in his brief appearance at the Southern Section luncheon in Long Beach, where players and coaches gathered to honor the teams participating in this weekend's championship games. Most schools brought three players and invited three administrators. Not Redell. He showed up with his six already-committed Division-I prospects -- Nick Montana (Washington)
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April 25, 1985 | From Reuters
Britain's Princess Michael, wife of a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, broke down in tears today while thanking the public for rallying around her since the disclosure that her father had been a member of Hitler's SS. "I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of people who have written to me," she said in a faltering voice with tears streaming down her face. "It has not been an easy 10 days," she said at a luncheon for physicians.
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April 25, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For most charities, finding fashion designers to present runway shows is a challenge. Not so for the Colleagues (www.thecolleagues.com). During a spring luncheon April 20 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Oscar de la Renta said he had already staged seven or eight shows for the group. "I hope I will be invited many more times," he told the audience of 600, adding, "please do not invite any other designers." The Colleagues support Children's Institute Inc., which provides care for abused and neglected children.
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February 10, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Everyone's a winner - or at least no one is yet a loser -  at the annual Academy Awards nominee luncheon, where a glitzy crowd of actors, directors and behind-the-scenes creative types rub elbows and offer a few choice sound bites before the final stretch of the Oscar race. At Monday's event, a procession of big-name nominees spoke to assembled reporters about making their movies, picking their outfits, surviving awards season and more. Here are some highlights. "Dallas Buyers Club" actor  Matthew McConaughey , on how he'll celebrate if he wins: "I'm going to celebrate no matter what.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
At a Sunset Tower Hotel luncheon on Friday, Clovis Taittinger raised a glass of his family brand bubbly in honor of Hollywood as the Champagne flowed freely through a room full of Hollywood movers, shakers, stars and star makers that included actresses Emily Blunt, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Shiva Rose and Jessica Joffe, agent Chris Andrews, pro basketball player Jason Collins and publicist Gary Mantoosh. "Thank you all very much for attending this bubbly lunch, celebrating our 14- or 15-year partnership [with the Screen Actors Guild Awards]
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December 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The Orange County Athletic Directors' Retired Coaches' Luncheon is set for Jan. 15 at noon in the Crystal Ballroom at the Santa Ana Elks Lodge. Retiring coaches will be honored. Dennis Farrell, commissioner of the Big West Conference, will be the guest speaker. Information: sweethawk25@gmail.com.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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November 26, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 USC interim Coach Ed Orgeron will be the guest speaker at Monday's Southern Section championship luncheon in Long Beach honoring the finalist teams for  next weekend's section finals. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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November 15, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Winston-Salem State quarterback Rudy Johnson was beaten and charges were filed against Virginia State's Lamont Daniel Britt after players from the two teams fought in a restroom during a luncheon for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assn. championship-game contenders at Winston-Salem, N.C. The conference announced that the title game set for Saturday at Winston-Salem has been canceled. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assn. released a statement Friday on the WSSU website announcing the decision to cancel the football game as well as the volleyball championships, which in part read: "Based on the incident that occurred today, and after consulting with the leadership of each institution and the Football and Volleyball championship committees, the CIAA is saddened to announce that this weekend's Football and Volleyball conference championships that were scheduled to take place in Winston-Salem have been canceled.
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November 15, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
The CIAA football championship game has been canceled after the quarterback from host Winston-Salem State University was allegedly beaten by one or more players from Virginia State University during a luncheon on Friday. Winston-Salem State campus police have one suspect, who reportedly admits to taking part, in custody on suspicion of assault, the university's website said. [ Update, 6:10 p.m.: WSSU spokeswoman Nancy Young identified the suspect as 22-year-old Lamont Daniel Britt, a running back from Portsmouth, Va., according to the Associated Press.]
NEWS
June 5, 1986 | David Nelson
Karon Luce cooked dinner at home Sunday evening for her husband, Gordon; several other relatives, and close pals Charles and Susan Edwards. This news, which on its face sounds somewhat less than earthshaking, gains more than a little interest from the fact that one of the relatives--albeit a quite distant one--was Ambassador Clare Boothe Luce, the author, playwright and former congresswoman who was Dwight D. Eisenhower's emissary to Italy.
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March 14, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At the Louis Vuitton dinner to celebrate "Glamour's Most Glamorous," it seemed as if there were as many definitions for the word "glamour" as there were guests. "Glamour used to be something you put together in a very Hollywood way," said Cindi Leive, the magazine's editor in chief, speaking at the Beverly Hills Louis Vuitton boutique. "Now we see it as a sense of style and confidence, of having that indefinable quality that makes people want to turn around and look at you." Amanda Seyfried and Zoe Saldana were among those who topped the list in April's "50 most glam women of 2010" issue.
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November 10, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Sharon Stone hosted the 8th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon, honoring artists Lita Albuquerque, Helen Pashgian, Nancy Rubins and Betye Saar. An Academy Award nominee for "Casino," Stone recently portrayed Linda Lovelace's mother in the film "Lovelace. " The fashion show: More than an awards ceremony, the Wednesday affair at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel culminated in a fashion show by Just One Eye, a Los Angeles boutique co-founded by Paola Russo with an eclectic selection from well-known luxury designers and rising stars.
WORLD
September 25, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Carol J. Williams
TEHRAN -- While Western analysts have been speculating that Iran's moderate new leader failed to meet with President Obama at the United Nations this week because of opposition from hard-liners at home, Iranian political commentators are blaming the missed photo op on booze. The Iranian delegation declined to attend U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's luncheon on Tuesday for the 193-nation annual gathering, offering no reason for skipping the venue where Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would likely have run into Obama and extended a hand or offered a greeting.
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