Holiday spirit haunts Hollywood

Here at Daily Variety, we’re not afraid of using either C-word: Christmas or Chanukah . Whatever your inclination — Chrismukah, anyone? — there were parties aplenty this holiday season.

Holiday soirees popped up fast and furious after Thanksgiving for industryites not tuckered out from the anxious award season preem circuit. Studios and production shingles alike hosted parties for producers, journos and a sprinkling of stars, though press coverage was discouraged by some — for example, at Chris McGurk‘s annual holiday party and the Mouse House bash hosted by Oren Aviv and Dennis Rice last weekend.

DreamWorks threw open its New York office for a festive free-for-all that mixed staffers, journos and bigwigs alike. Jeffrey Katzenberg, reality TV whiz Mark Burnett and the studio’s marketing topper Terry Press talked turkey in one corner while a cadre of critics crashing the bar argued about awards season nearby. A few employees in elf hats blew off steam, making the studio’s swanky space feel like the world’s most luxurious dorm.

At Fine Line’s annual festivities, New Line honcho Michael Lynne held court for film writers and Javier Bardem crashed on a couch after a whirlwind of Gotham plugging and partying for “The Sea Inside.”

Other notable New York affairs were thrown by ContentFilm and the Tribeca Film Center.

Back on the warmer coast, HBO’s Carolyn Strauss accepted kudos for her feevee at the Outfestive bash earlier this month, while LL Cool J rocked out at Motorola’s annual Toys for Tots benefit. Earvin “Magic” Johnson greeted attendees at his Dec. 8 Christmas party on the red carpet and enlisted Teena Marie to perform for the crowd, which included Cedric the Entertainer.

Anonymous Content, meanwhile, was so intent on its guests having a good time that it insisted at least one of them — a certain shy Oscar- nommed scribe — remain, yes, anonymous.

(Krystal Hunt and Addie Morfoot contributed to this report.)

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