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Celebrities dish at HBO after-party
Posted 9/24/2012 9:51 AM ET
The bash:

HBO Emmys after-party

Where: The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Anthony Bourdain, Marisa Tomei, Ashley Judd, Natasha Lyonne, Zooey Deschanel, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Bill Maher, Zosia Mamet, Ricky Gervais, Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Adam Driver, Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Clive Owen, James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy, Wyatt Cenac, Al Madrigal, Ginnifer Goodwin, Peter Dinklage, Jerry Ferrara, Kerry Washington, Sophia Vergara, Zachary Quinto, Ashlee Simpson, Jimmy Fallon, Nicole Holofcener, Olivia Munn, Aziz Ansari, Andrew Rannells

Scene and heard

The mood: The gigantic, shagadelic bash, held in a craftily redesigned outdoor plaza at the Pacific Design Center, featured 1960s psychedelic floral decor, oversized floral installations, Dry Bar and Stila hair and touch-up lounges and a bongo trio that worked in tandem with the house DJ. The stars began flooding in around 9 p.m., and by midnight, it was still packed. We spotted Fallon dancing to P.Y.T. and Vergara sitting down to a plate of food near the dance floor with fiance Nick Loeb just after midnight. The Veep cast, including Emmy winner Louis-Dreyfus, didn't arrive until around 11 p.m. The schmooze-fest saw all sorts of stars mixing: We saw Judd chatting with Dunham, Quinto chatting up Washington and Fox introducing himself to Bourdain.

Snacks galore: Leave it to Wolfgang Puck. The awards season veteran treated guests to passed appetizers including hamachi, pork belly and tomato tartlets, and served a buffet that offered up kale salad with shaved artichokes, corn and fava bean salad, rosemary sea salted purple potatoes, roasted chicken with gnocchi, crispy goat cheese and stuffed squash blossoms, lobster and spot prawn paella, NY strip steak with wilted spinach and tortellini in a summer tomato sauce. The playful dessert bar was just as decadent, with chocolate mousse push up pops, strawberry and white chocolate buttermilk cake, mini cupcakes, raspberry and pistachio macarons and white chocolate cheesecake pops. "How many people are here? 1,500?" asked Bourdain. "Wolfgang always does a really credible job of feeding that many people well in the time period allowed. It's a hard thing. I don't know of anybody that does it better."

Grading the show host: Kimmel got a lot of love from the HBO crowd. "I loved his hosting job and I love when he kicked his parents out," said Rannells, who was hanging with his Girls pals (he played Dunham's ex-boyfriend in Season 1). "That was genius. And the Tracy Morgan bit was hilarious." Co-star Williams is a fan too. "He was fantastic," she said. "I loved his intros that were deadpan. They were so effective." Ansari gave kudos to Kimmel's opening video. "That was really funny. I just thought he did a great job. It's a tough gig hosting those award shows and he did it well."

Bourdain's new show: Bourdain dished on moving from the Travel Channel to CNN. "Same concept, same crew, same editors, same shooters. Same everybody," he said. The difference? "Bigger budget. Cooler locations. I can go to places that I couldn't have gone previously like Libya, Congo. CNN has the infrastructure and people on the ground to make those things happen." His favorite shows right now? "I'm a huge Justified fan," he said. "And Archer. Breaking Bad. Mad Men. And Treme of course, I write for Treme." Does that mean he was broken up over Homeland's win for best drama? Nah, he said. "Mad Men is not suffering from a drought of love."

Entourage news: Ferrara gave us a hint about the direction of the upcoming Entourage movie. "I think it will definitely be a little bit of a throwback to the earlier years," he said. What does he want to see his character, Turtle, do on the big screen? "Can I say smoke more weed?" he laughed. "That's a joke! I really want to see the four guys together, running around, much like you saw on the first two seasons where you're experiencing L.A. through their eyes. I think that's what we're looking to get back to."

Girls sneak peek: Rannells had Monday off from shooting The New Normal, but his other post-Emmys obligation let a little cat out of the bag. "Tomorrow I'm very excited we're doing a couple photo shoots for Girls," he said. So that means he's coming back in Season 2? "I know!" he grinned. "So I get to spend a lot of time tomorrow with Lena Dunham, which was really fun."

Posted 9/24/2012 9:51 AM ET
Julia Louis-Dreyfus hit the party around 11 p.m. with her cast and her Emmy.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus hit the party around 11 p.m. with her cast and her Emmy.

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