Cautious Cooper

Anderson Cooper showers in his underwear at the gym to ward off camera-phone-wielding fans. Tyra Banks and Russell Simmons dined-and-dashed at the Brooklyn Diner. Robert De Niro may be mad at David Bowie because the rock star is kicking off his High Line Festival three days after Tribeca ends. (As New York’s Vulture reported yesterday.) LL Cool J may star in a revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Taki Theodoroacpulos won the U.S. National Judo Championship in 70-to-75 age bracket. In his upcoming tell-all, Michael Strahan compares playing pro football to being stabbed repeatedly. Former O.C. stars Adam Brody and Benjamin McKenzie witnessed a fight at GoldBar. Susan Sarandon’s daughter, Eva Amuri, is pleased with her two sex scenes in Fred Durst’s directorial debut, The Education of Charlie Banks.

East Hampton eatery JL East is turning into a steak-and-sushi joint. At the White House Correspondents Dinner, the Newsweek cocktail party had the most star wattage of all the pre-dinner fêtes. Jessica Simpson’s dad wants to manage Britney Spears. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is to attend all open-bar parties with his AA sponsor. Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupree gave out $2,000 during a show at a Miami club. Fergie needed eighteen takes to nail her “live” segment on American Idol. Katie Holmes’s co-stars on Mad Money are sick of Tom Cruise’s presence on set. Stevie Nicks predicts that Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears will regret their hard-partying days. Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown is convinced that Eddie Murphy is the father of her baby.