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Exclusive: Details Behind The Oscars Biggest After-Party, The Governors Ball

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1,500 guests, 50 imaginative dishes and thousands of stars shining above, Hollywood’s heavy hitters will attend the most coveted awards after-party of the year: The Academy Awards Governors Ball.

On Thursday, Hiphollywood attended a preview of the ball’s food and decor at the Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles where it was all about the numbers.

World renowned chef, Wolfgang Puck and his staff of 350 will return to create the brilliant menu featuring a plethora of hor d’oeuvres, platters and yummy treats.

“This is our 20th anniversary and we are very excited,” Wolfgang told us. “We make our golden chocolate Oscar … We make 5,000 of them so they [guests] can take them home. We ordered 50,000 lobsters and we are going to order a thousand pounds of fish so that we have enough for steamed fish and sashimi.”

And when it comes to drinks, the numbers get even larger. 13,000 glasses for beverages, 1,350 bottles of champagne and 2,400 bottles of sterling vineyards wine to list a few.

As guest arrive, they will enter a very lush, beautiful garden setting, with the sweet smell of 10,000 blooms from all over the world filling the room as John Legend plays in the background. Mark Held has been selected to design the extensive floral decor which he tell us will be something guests have never seen before.

“This year we are doing something very different,” he told us. “We will have flowers on the table, but this year we have them on the walls too. We are doing these gardens suspended on the wall around the room. When people walk in they are going to be surrounded by flowers.”

The production for this kind of event takes months of preparation, so we caught up with producer, Cheryl Cecchetto to talk about what goes in to putting on such a marvelous soiree.

“It’s a massive production team,” she said. “There are 50 semi-tractor trailer trucks to load up all the equipment into the ballroom. That in itself really says the type of details and production work that goes into producing a Governors Ball.”

The Governors Ball will immediately follow the 86th Oscars ceremony on Sunday March 2.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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