Backstage At The Independent Spirit Awards


Sure, there are those pesky Academy Awards this weekend.

But everyone knows the most fun Oscar weekend takes place Sunday on the beach in Santa Monica at the Independent Spirit Awards, where the dress code is casual and the mood is California chill.

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Access Hollywood is exclusive backstage at the On3 Productions celebrity gift lounge, were we're watching celebs to be the first to try out the sexy Palm Pre — excuse us while our inner geek emerges.

1:40 PM -- The Dish is interviewing Rachel Lefevre from "Twilight." She says that she just started training for the wire work stunts in "New Moon"! She says that the cast doesn't learn anything about "the rumors," but that she heard Vanessa Hudgens was "in… then out… then maybe back in." She also tells us that she is doing a special new workout training program, only in Hollywood, called "GST."

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1:12 PM — More sightings: Rosie Perez (old school!), Andie McDowell, Bryan Cranston, Michelle Monaghan, Kerry Washington and Dana Delaney.

1:02 PM — Bradley Cooper arrives with his girlfriend. The Dish has drool coming out of both sides of her mouth now.

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12:55 PM -- Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeld are here — she was so good in "Grey's Anatomy" the past few weeks. We admit it … we both cried.

The Dish is drooling. He's hanging back, while his lovely wife checks everything out.

12:50 PM — Now it's heating up back here. Taraji P. Henson is here. Queenie herself!

12:25 PM — John Waters is here, looking dapper, as always! He is holding up a pink polka dotted bra — I'd expect nothing less!

Noon — The red carpet has just opened and Shaun Robinson is out there for us. The Dish of Salt is backstage. The first to arrive back here is Michael Bolton and he's quick to check out the Palm Pre station. We need to get over there soon ourselves to see it!

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