A few years ago I wrote a popular blog post about a game the ex and I used to play called “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” It dawned me as I watched the Golden Globes this past weekend that it might be fun to do a similar dinner party, but with a strictly Hollywood twist.
The rules are you can invite up to 9 people (you make the 10th), anyone from the silver screen past or present, living or deceased, who you feel would make the most interesting dinner companions. Think both in front of, and behind the camera, and don’t forget to let us know why you have invited them – would they be great eye candy for the table, witty, controversial, or simply a fabulous conversationist? Will it be a casual or formal affair? What will you serve?
Hollywood represents glamour to me, and there are so few occasions to get all dolled up these days, so I think I’ll throw a formal affair with a dress code of shimmering evening gowns, heels, and tuxedos. Of course the ladies will be dripping in jewels, so the menu should be as opulent and overflowing with Crystal Rose Champagne (it is an imaginary party, so I get to have a glass or two or my fav). Here is my Silver Screen Guest List:
Jared Leto: Not only has he mastered the “man bun” (I’ve always been a sucker for men with long hair), the multitalented musician-songwriter-actor-director-artist transformed a transgender woman battling HIV (a character who might otherwise reside on the fringe of society) into the mainstream of our hearts in Dallas Buyers Club. One of, if not the, best performance of the season.
Edith Head: I do have an alterior motive for bringing the costume design icon back- I want her to do my gown for the evening, plus it would be a fascinating conversation to hear what she makes of today’s fashion and costume designers – many of whom have been heavily influenced by the glamour she regaled upon Hollywood.
Steve Coogan: Philomena surprised me when it became one of my favorite films. He injected just enough comedic relief when necessary, while holding his own opposite Dame Judy Dench. He also co-wrote the screenplay with the journalist he portrayed, so I have a feeling he’s quite capable of provoking a lively debate or two.
Margot Robbie: The Wolf of Wall Street actress reminds me of a blond Angelina Jolie in that utterly mesmerizing combination of intense beauty with serious acting chops. Just watch this space – her star is destined for the stratosphere.
Walt Disney: Anti-semite, mysogynist, or not, I don’t care, because I’d like a closer glimpse into the mind and imagination that created such magic on the screen for so many generations. Besides, he reminds me of my grandfather – same hair, mustache, style of suit, and both men were from Kansas City.
Amanda Eliasch: For those of you who don’t know, my friend directed one of the most daring and artistically stunning documentaries of the year, The Cake, The Gun, And The Butterfly. She’s deserves a place at the table because she’s fearless and marches to the beat of her own drum.
Chris Hemsworth: I’ve been a Formula One fan for years and you have to admit the Rush star is beyond gorgeous. Plus, Amanda will thank me profusely for sitting her next to him.
Emma Thompson: I’ve seen the Oscar winning actress-writer-director do several Q&A’s, and she has a razor sharp wit that will keep everyone on their toes. Plus I enjoyed watching Saving Mr. Banks so much that I’ve watched the film three times.
Spike Jonze: There is nothing sexier (to me anyhow) than sheer genius, and the courage to be original in an industry that’s rarely willing to veer off the beaten path. I’d love to get Lost in Translation with the shy director of Her!
Which film luminaries (both living and beyond) would you most like to invite to your dinner party, why, and what would you serve? Do tell us in the comment section below! I fancy some lobster…
Sous Vide Lobster in Champagne Beurre Blanc
Melt in your mouth tender lobster seared quickly in clarified butter and herbs, dribbled with a rich tangy Champagne sauce . This recipe does require a little more technique and special equipment than usual, but my friend and mentor Chef Joe DiMaggio Jr. taught me the technique over the phone, so I know you can master it too.