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The Emmy Awards aren till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nibble and toast to TV finest. Here our party report for Saturday, Aug. “Nashville Rayna James is “a woman that we need to see in country music,” says honoree Callie Khouri at the Women Making History Event, presented by the National Women History Museum and Glamour Magazine, at the Skirball Center. (She also teases that the “Nashville” premiere is going to feature two live performances in the show.) She thinks it incredible to see more women directing TV and as showrunners. “Nashville” boasts a largely female writing staff and women in main storylines. BAFTA/LA annual tea party is divided between the patio (“Los Angeles climate,” according to a sign) and an air conditioned room (London climate) at the SLS Hotel. Although tea is served, most guests opt for champagne. Who knew Geena Davis was so funny? Introducing Khouri, she jokes that turning “NWHM” upside down stands for “Women History. Men? No.” The crowd roars. She also jokes that she presenting a bottle of dish detergent as well as the award to Khouri. “She literally changed my life. She a revolutionary. T Bone Burnett leans in to hug Khouri as the sizzle reel comes to a close with applause. “I don think if myself as a woman making history,” says Khouri. “I knew that no matter what anyone says I deserved equal rights equal protection equal pay and equal opportunities. I hire women, I try to show women as they are, strong, independent. doing the best they can.” She stresses that the “enemy is the acceptance of an unjust world and I don accept it. Kiernan Shipka of “Mad Men” says the BAFTA/LA tea is her first party of the weekend. “It really cool, it a really fun weekend.” Yes, she has a curfew, but the 14 year old Shipka says she doesn stay out too late. British consul general Chris O welcomes guests. “British TV has nominations in every category,” he says. Thanks a bunch. Laverne Cox makes the rounds glad handing guests in a stunning white dress. “Downton Abbey Michelle Dockery and Joanne Froggatt have a reunion under an umbrella and Dockery says she has to leave soon after as she running late for the next event. But Froggatt stays to talk about her character, Anna, who faces a few more trials and tribulations. “It won be straightforward,” she says. “Fargo” actress Joey King says the producers are going to replace the entire cast of the show and start a new story line. “I was very sad. At the Performers Nominee Reception at the Pacific Design Center, TV Academy president Bruce Rosenblum says there are 23 receptions for the peer groups and he attends all of them. “I pace myself with water. Margo Martindale says she enjoys working in a drama (“The Americans”) and a comedy (“We the Millers”). “It doesn get better than this,” she says. Josh Charles congratulates Lizzy Caplan and says he a fan of her work. Guests sit down to a buffet dinner. Tory Kittles of “True Detective” recommends the steak and corn ravioli to his agent. The UTA party at Jay Sures Brentwood home is packed with a who who of the TV biz. The mini corn dogs and lobster rolls were going fast, and the gin and elderberry cocktails were a hit. At least three party staffers have asked if we need help navigating the sunken steps into a very impressive multilevel garage. And if we needed a heel protector. Agents think of everything. Warner Bros. Kevin Tsujihara is among the CEOs in attendance. He chatty but not about recent events at the corporate level. Rupert who? Showtime David Nevins arrives with his left arm in a sling after a mishap with a heavy gate at his home. It makes for a dramatic entrance but he in good spirits as is his boss Matt Blank, whose limbs are both in good working order. Starting with Uzo Aduba, Bruce Rosenblum calls out the nominees at the Performers Reception, and one by one, they get up on stage and shake Academy Gov. Bob Bergen hand and smile for the cameras. Josh Charles high fives those already on stage as if he were at a sporting event. Kate Mulgrew uses a fake deep voice to say, “Thank you very much,” at the Performers Nominee Reception. First celeb sighting at the Variety and Women in Film pre Emmys Celebration at Gracias Madre. Laura Prepon hits the carpet, still rocking the “Orange Is the New Black” hair and looking awesome.
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