Cronenberg, Gyllenhaal, MacLaine feted at desert event

PALM SPRINGS — Palm Springs could teach Hollywood a thing or two about how to conduct its kudofests. Starting dinner almost punctually at 6:40, Saturday night’s black-tie gala at the Convention Center was finished by 9.

Event honored David Cronenberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Felicity Huffman, Michael London, Shirley MacLaine, Thomas Newman and Charlize Theron.

“I believe in imagi-fucking-nation,” MacLaine said, coining a word. “If the imagination sees beauty, if the imagination sees truth, it’s there because it’s imaginative.”

When it was his turn, Gyllenhaal tried to get the audience to join in with him as he sang a few bars from “Night Fever” when he came up to accept his award. “I’ve done craft service, but I prefer acting,” he said before admitting he’d forgotten what he was supposed to say next.

Tiffany and Harper’s Bazaar Magazine sponsored a gala after-bash at Parker Palm Springs that drew MacLaine, Howard, Viggo Mortensen, Paul Haggis and Kathy Bates. Howard made a pitch for the new SAG center to help actors put together reels, etc., at a SAG Foundation brunch Sunday at Parker.

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