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Strike Won't Stop Flow of Stars' Swag

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"Even though there's a writers' strike, it doesn't mean that we shouldn't be honouring actors for their accomplishments," said Gavin Keilly, who organized a gift suite in Beverly Hills. He's donating a portion of its proceeds to the Writers Guild Foundation, he said. "They didn't feel comfortable because of the strike," he said. "They didn't think people would come." "I knew the actors would... (see full summary)

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By Sandy Cohen

LOS ANGELES -- Despite the Golden Globes being reduced from swanky dinner party to no-frills news conference because of the writers' strike, gift suites remain in full swag.

At least five freebie-filled events beckoned nominees Friday. And since the show is off, vendors hoped their wares -- which included jewelry, evening gowns and climate-controlled pet carriers -- might take centre stage. A few wondered if gifting was appropriate this year, but most decided stars need their swag.

"Even though there's a writers' strike, it doesn't mean that we shouldn't be honouring actors for their accomplishments," said Gavin Keilly, who organized a gift suite in Beverly Hills. He's donating a portion of its proceeds to the Writers Guild Foundation, he said.

A few of his usual vendors cancelled.

"They didn't feel comfortable because of the strike," he said. "They didn't think people would come."

Under threat of picketing and a boycott by nominated actors, Sunday's Golden Globes switched from a star-studded live ceremony to a news conference at which winners simply...

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