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BEVERLY HILLS, California — Show Bits brings you the 72nd annual Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.


TAKING A CHAT BREAK

For TV viewers, commercials are a chance to hit the fridge or pay even closer attention to their smartphones.

In the Golden Globes ballroom, it's a schmooze opportunity.

Among those taking impromptu meetings was George Clooney, who with his new wife, Amal, at his side and a "Je Suis Charlie" button prominently on his lapel, chatted up former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, now head of the Motion Picture Industry Association.

Other confabs: Jane Fonda and Robert Duvall, and the sibling duo, Maggie and Jake Gyllenhall.

And let's not overlook the three-way bromance: Jake Gyllenhall hugging Mark Ruffalo hugging Matthew McConaughey.

— Lynn Elber — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lynnelber


FACT-CHECKING MOVIES

Between "Selma," ''Foxcatcher" and "The Imitation Game," there has been no shortage of criticism over the historical accuracy of fact-based films this awards season.

Jessica Chastain is no stranger to this scrutiny.

The actress, nominated for a Golden Globe for her supporting turn in "A Most Violent Year," recalled the intense scrutiny her film "Zero Dark Thirty" came under a few years ago, specifically over how accurate her portrayal of the woman who tracked down Osama bin Laden was.

"To be honest, it makes me really sad," Chastain told The Associated Press on the Globes' red carpet. "We don't make documentaries. We're supposed to hold a mirror up to society, tell us where we've been in our history, where we are today and where we're going in our future. That means we have a take on it, we get to comment on that."

— Lindsey Bahr — Twitter: http://www.twitter/ldbahr.

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OUT OF THE WAY, THERE'S A SHOW TO WATCH

Perennial It-Girls Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon crammed as much catching up as possible during a Golden Globes commercial break.

But when a loudspeaker announcement boomed over the ballroom that only 30 seconds remained before the show returned live, the guy who plays Ironman in the movies wasn't shy about telling them to wrap it up.

"Sorry, ladies, may I please get to my seat?" said Robert Downey Jr.

Witherspoon blushed and stepped aside, then joked to Aniston, "So rude, that one. So rude."

—Sandy Cohen — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/APSandy.


ALL DRESSED UP AND TIME TO GO

With minutes to go before the Golden Globes got underway, the place to be was the women's restroom line that snaked out the door.

The queue included Julianna Margulies and Claire Danes, who complimented each other's gown as they waited patiently.

"Here we are, all dressed up," Frances McDormand said wryly as she brushed by them on her way to the ceremony.

— Lynn Elber — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lynnelber


QUICKQUOTE: BILLY BOB THORNTON

"I'm not much of a drinker, so I'm going to eat seven pounds of pork." — Billy Bob Thornton describing how he'll celebrate his best supporting actor win for "Fargo"

— Lindsey Bahr — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ldbahr.


BLING ENVY

Standing beside Oprah Winfrey's table near the stage, Anna Faris experienced bling envy when she spotted Lupita N'yongo.

"I may need these after the show," Faris told the Oscar winner for "12 Years a Slave" as she fingered the emeralds dangling from her ears.

"I know, right?" N'yongo said. "If only we got to keep them."

— Sandy Cohen — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/APSandy.


QUICKQUOTE: J.K. SIMMONS

"There are thousands of people I would like to say thank you to. If I took the time to say thank you to everyone that I would honestly like to thank, Richard Linklater would have to make the movie and it would be 12 years long." — J.K. Simmons, accepting his Golden Globe for best actor in a supporting role, motion picture, for "Whiplash"

—Lindsey Bahr — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ldbahr.


POEHLER, FEY TAKE ON NORTH KOREA

North Korea wasn't spared a lampooning from Golden Globes co-hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in their riotous opening duologue at this year's Golden Globes.

Neither was the movie that aroused North Korea's wrath.

Poehler said the country's demand that "The Interview" not be shown ended up "forcing us to pretend we wanted to see it."

Fey added that North Korea's reaction to "The Interview" (the country said it considered it an act of war) was "not the worst review the film got" either.

—Frazier Moore — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier.


EAT FAST OR YOU DON'T GET FED

Everyone knows it's the only major awards show with a sit-down dinner, but if you don't get to the Golden Globes early you don't eat.

Awards hopefuls and their guests have to finish up a half-hour before the show starts to ensure no dinner plates are seen on camera.

Naomi Watts and partner Liev Schreiber found their seats near the front of the ballroom early to make sure they got fed.

Ethan Hawke may have arrived a bit too late, so he and his dinner companions tore into the gold box of Godiva chocolates that are handed to each guest. Jane Fonda spent her dinner time chatting with Robert Duvall before taking her seat next to Lily Tomlin.

— Sandy Cohen — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/APSandy.


AN IDEA CHRIS PRATT WOULD GO FOR

Chris Pratt got out of a limo with wife Anna Faris and was greeted with a wave of cheers.

One voice broke through the crowd, however. It belonged to whoever shouted, "Jurassic Park and Recreation!"

Pratt, the star of "Parks and Recreation" and the upcoming "Jurassic World" film, smiled and pumped his fist at the idea.

—Anthony McCartney — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com /mccartneyAP


RED CARPET ROMANCE

When John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen finally made it safely down a Golden Globes red carpet jammed with fellow celebrities and publicists, they decided to enjoy a reward: A quick kiss and exchange of smiles.

—Lynn Elber — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lynnelber


GEORGE CLOONEY'S POSSE

George Clooney arrived exactly an hour before the start of the Golden Globe Awards, and he brought along some famous friends.

Model Cindy Crawford and actor Bill Murray rode in a sport utility vehicle with Clooney, who upon exiting the vehicle pointed out his new wife, Amal, to bleacher fans.

The group received boisterous cheers, but the loudest ones were reserved for Mr. and Mrs. Clooney.

—Anthony McCartney — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com /mccartneyAP


GETTING THE 'ENTOURAGE' BACK TOGETHER

Before the other big-name celebrities arrived at the Golden Globes, Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier and other stars of the HBO show "Entourage" put in a little work.

The actors and co-stars Kevin Dillon and Kevin Connolly appeared to be shooting scenes for the upcoming "Entourage" movie. Between takes, they chatted and joked while other members of the production worked.

Just before their other acting friends and colleagues arrived to walk the red carpet for real, the "Entourage" group called things a wrap.

—Anthony McCartney — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com /mccartneyAP


AND THE GLOBE FOR SAFETY GOES TO ...

One VIP guest came to the Golden Globes nearly naked and boldly sat by the door as though nothing was amiss.

Salem, a canine expert at sniffing out explosives, just wore his regular work vest to the black-tie affair at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where Lena Dunham, Felicity Huffman and John Legend were among the early arrivals.

Salem's handler said it's the dog's fifth Golden Globes ceremony.

"But he's been nominated twice," she joked.

—Sandy Cohen — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/APSandy.


WATCH YOUR STEP

The red carpet is a treacherous place for a long dress, as Allison Janney learned the hard way when "The Imitation Game" director Morten Tyldum stepped on Janney's red gown, causing the "Mom" star to stumble.

Once Tyldum realized what he'd done, he turned to face a laughing Janney.

The actress, clearly looking relieved that she hadn't taken a more dramatic trip, assured him everything was OK.

—Lindsey Bahr — Twitter: http://www.twitter/ldbahr.


SELFIE FIRST, RED CARPET NEXT

Jack Black looked like a man on a mission as he stepped out of a sport utility vehicle and headed straight to the bleachers — not the red carpet — so he could begin his Golden Globes night posing for selfies with fans.

After stopping for one group and then another, the actor eventually made his way to the carpet.

Black was the first star to get close to fans during Sunday's Golden Globes but not the only early arrival to show them the love. Renee Russo blew a kiss to the crowd as she walked by.

— Anthony McCartney — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com /mccartneyAP


QUICKQUOTE: RUBEN ÖSTLUND

"In some screenings in Europe, people are saying 'Oh, it's a horrifying movie. I can't stand watching it.' But here everybody talks about it like a comedy. I like that." —"Force Majeure" director Ruben Östlund on the difference between European and American audiences

—Lindsey Bahr — Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ldbahr.


EDITOR'S NOTE — Show Bits brings you the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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