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“Glee” and “Lost” stars rehearse for the Emmys

HollywoodNews.com: Sunday, Aug. 29 is the big day for television. The Emmy Awards honor the television shows of last year, and they’re putting on a big show themselves. On Saturday, August 28, the presenters rehearsed their bits all day at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Afterwards, they could browse through the P.F. Chang’s Frozen Moments Gift Lounge.

P.F. Chang’s asked stars to open a fortune cookie and suggest a moment of theirs that they’d like frozen in time, to support their new line of frozen entrees. Other companies like Vera Bradley, Palm, AMC Entertainment, Aqua Swiss, Hasbro, Magnanni and Vintage Revolution offered celebrity visitors a chance to try their products.

Glee villain Jane Lynch spoke with Hollywood News after collecting a Vera Bradley (www.verabradley.com) cooler. She also showed off her new accessories.

“I got some cool shoes,” Lynch said. “Check these out. They’re mens from Magnanni. I got an Aqua Swiss watch.”

It’s clearly a perk of celebrity to not only get awards, but be given gifts by name brand companies. Lynch keeps it all in perspective. “When they’re handing you things, you’ve just got to pinch yourself,” she said. “It’s a really nice thing.”

For its landmark first year, Glee seems like a sure bet to sweep the Emmys. “You never know,” Lynch said. “I don’t expect anything. We’re so busy working and with our lives that we rarely think about it. Tomorrow we’ll come and we’ll be just as excited if we walk away with nothing.”

Either way, Glee already has the love. “I think there is a great deal of love for Glee and I think it has to do with the fact that people just love music. Even the most cynical among us, they really love breaking into song to express how you feel. I think that’s what endears the show to so many people.”

It’s already a personal win for Lynch. She’s dreamed of the Emmys since before she started acting. “To be a part of this community, I’m thrilled with it. I’ve watched the Emmys forever as a child and always fantasized, ‘Gosh, what if I got to go. What if I was nominated.’ Here I am.”

Also stopping by the P.F. Chang’s Gift Lounge was Lost’s Jorge Garcia. He also ended up at the Vera Bradley station, where he chose a stationary set for his girlfriend. He also walked away with a collection of entertainment items.

“I got the Scrabble flash game and free movies for a year,” Garcia said. “Headphones, I always love when you get headphones in a gifting suite.”

Headphones are especially appropriate for Garcia because Hurley was always listening to music on the island. He’ll also be using the AMC movie pass regularly. “I like to go see anything and everything so that’s definitely something I’m going to be taking advantage of.”

This will be Lost’s last year at the Emmys. Having weathered the emotional and controversial finale, awards are a piece of cake. “Just to enjoy myself and kind of see some old friends and celebrate the show one last time,” Garcia said. “I don’t expect anything out of award shows anymore. There’s nothing you can expect. I’m just going to go and if you win, it’s going to be sweet. If you don’t win, you’re still going to have a good time.”

The Emmys air Sunday at 8 ET/5 PT on NBC.

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Fred Topel has been an entertainment journalist in Los Angeles since 1999, for websites like Daily Radar, About.com, Crave Online and Sci Fi Wire. Follow his celebrity encounters on Twitter @FredTopel.

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