Thoroughly ‘Modern’ in WeHo

Ferguson makes up for lack of gay talk at Obama fund-raiser

Barack Obama came to the House of Blues on Monday to fund-raise, and despite it being West Hollywood, the president mentioned DADT only once and DOMA and same-sex marriage not at all.

Emcee Jesse Tyler Ferguson made up for the lack of gay talk.

“I know many of you think I’m the mayor of West Hollywood,” he began. “Neil Patrick Harris is.”

The “Modern Family” star spoke of Obama being a “skinny kid who grew up in Hawaii with a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya.” Ferguson, on the other hand, was a “gay guy who grew up in Missoula, Montana. Who faced greater challenges it is hard to say,” he added.

Ferguson did thank Obama for getting rid of DADT. “Now gay kids can have a career other than show business,” he quipped.

Outside the fund-raiser, for which Dems ponied anywhere from $250 to $10,000, Sunset Boulevard looked empty to the point of apocalyptic. From there, the Obama entourage went south a few blocks to Fig & Olive, where $17,500 got donors not just a speech but dinner with the president and Jeffrey Katzenberg, among others.

– Robert Hofler

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Thesps have a tendency not to talk about a pic’s mixed reviews at a movie’s preem. Gerard Butler, however, had no problem taking on the crix of his “Machine Gun Preacher.”

“It’s like, are we sitting in the same fucking movie?” he said at the Sept. 21 Academy screening. “It got a standing ovation from the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild, where the reaction has been incredible. I’ve never seen such a powerful reaction from the TV presenters and radio hosts I’ve been speaking to, and then you read the reviews.”

– Jeff Sneider

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Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and wife Blaire opened up their Holmby Hills home Monday night for an intimate party celebrating the long-awaited bow of Fox’s “Terra Nova.” The family-friendly aspect of the dino-drama was reinforced by the squeals from the Kaplans’ three young daughters as they took in the show on the giant-screen TV set up in front of their play area in the backyard. Among those who came to toast the unleashing of “Terra Nova” were Kaplan’s fellow exec producers Brannon Braga, DreamWorks TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, Chernin Entertainment’s Katherine Pope and Lauren Stein, 20th Century Fox TV’s Gary Newman and Michael Thorn, Fox’s Terence Carter and WME’s Ari Greenburg and Richard Weitz.

-Cynthia Littleton

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