Globes carpet already warming up

Posted at 5:32 PM, Jan 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 07:00:35-05

 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- It's still hours to showtime, but the Golden Globes red carpet is already warming up.

With intermittent sun beating down outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel following days of rain, "Today" show co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie rehearsed for celebrity arrivals at their prime, rose-covered red carpet location. Dressed casually with shades covering their faces, the pair interviewed a stand-in wearing a pink Jennifer Lawrence sign around her neck.

With the threat of rain diminished, "Entertainment Tonight" stagehands ascended ladders on the other side of the carpet to remove tarps covering their red carpet headquarters. If there is any drizzle, a transparent tent will protect celebrities -- but not the fans.

In the uncovered bleachers, a group of about 40 fans of the TV series "Outlander" gathered -- a few in costume -- to catch a glimpse and root for the cast and crew of the Starz series.

"We apologize in advance if we're loud and obnoxious," said Leona Barad told to the rest of the crowd in the bleachers.

Barad coordinated with dozens of other "Outlander" fans on Facebook for the group to sit among the audience overlooking the awards show entrance. When cameras from E! panned across the crowd, they screame "OUTLANDER!" in unison.

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