They’re heading home — the showbiz holiday escapees from Hawaii and Sun Valley. And with the ominous prediction of perhaps a week-long rainstorm, Oscar voters will now be the easy prey for wanna-be nominees. The DVDs will flow like water and the watering holes will welcome the lowly opinion-makers to rub shoulders with the high and mighty movie-makers who usually shun their attention and who are making a run for the gold with quickie stopovers in BevHills hotels as they inflight from their more stately mansions.
The holiday was also an opportunity for showbiz to spread its wares. For instance, up in Sun Valley, the Magic Lantern theater was the site for both a screening of Steven Sawalich’s “Music Within” and the preem-party for Denzel Washington’s “The Great Debaters,” hosted by Barbara and Warren Cowan. Among the celebrants were Jon Turteltaub (whose “National Treasure: Book Of Secrets” was leading the box office pack) and his parents Saul and Shirley Turteltaub, who are long-time Sun Valley residents. Ruth and Jake Bloom held their annual New Year’s party. Arnold Schwarzenegger, recuped from surgery, enjoyed skiing the slopes. Artist Jane Wooster Scott, another long-time Sun Valley resident, partied with Richard Riordan at Wednesday’s “Debaters” preem. Clint and Dina Eastwood took in the “Music Within” preem but a bad cold forced Clint to watch “The Great Debaters” on DVD at home. The MPAA’s David Glickman and wife Rhoda were also among the celebrants, as were Lori and Miguel Ferrer, Lois and Buzz Aldrin and residents Marcel and Adam West. Also winging to L.A. on Friday is director Tim Burton with, of course, a few words about “Sweeney Todd,” which has already lathered up the critics.