Chace Crawford and Blake Lively brunched with their families at Norma’s on Monday. At the premiere of Law Abiding Citizen, a dateless Gerard Butler told OK! that he would have brought his “pint-sized pooch,” Lolita, but he “couldn’t find her a dress because she is so small.” Tina Fey is bringing back Sarah Palin! Rejoice. Woe is Ruth Reichl. Gourmet’s former editor-in-chief stopped to buy a sandwich at Newark airport yesterday, and the woman behind the counter said, “I’m so sorry; this one’s on me.” Never mind that Lindsay Lohan’s nipple-showcasing line for Ungaro was a disaster, her mother, Dina, wants to be a designer, too. She’s launching her shoe line, “Shoe-Han,” at Trump Plaza today.
In keeping with the trajectory of the Beatrice Inn, the Fire Department and the Department of Buildings raided West Village hot spot the Jane Hotel Friday night, leading the hotel’s management to “voluntarily” close the ballroom for the next several weeks, keeping just the front bar open to the public, or at least the portion of the public they decide to let in. Kirsten Dunst walked out of Joe’s Pub in the middle of cabaret singer Justin Bond’s homage to Karen Carpenter. Kanye has a thing for Alexander McQueen. A very pregnant Heidi Klum filed papers to legally change her name to Heidi Samuel, matching the last name of her husband, Seal, and their soon-to-be-four children. Jude Law won brownie points with his kids by taking them to Serendipity 3 and Dylan’s Candy Bar. And during his toast at the Soho Grand Hotel, Governor Paterson noted to Reverend Al Sharpton that the state’s black leadership is “kind of like a family, and he’s like the prince. I’ve moved up to king.” Then Sharpton grabbed the mike and proclaimed, “The only way I can be king is to kill the king.”
Daniel Boulud raced back to his flagship restaurant Daniel when he heard Times food critic Sam Sifton was there. Diane Sawyer stood with Mike Nichols, signing autographs before Nora and Delia Ephron’s play Love, Loss, and What I Wore. A Joel-less Katie Lee is launching her second book by serving up comfort food for Giada De Laurentiis, Wendi Murdoch, and Isaac Mizrahi tonight at Hill Country. Barbra Streisand’s just-released album beat out those of both Madonna and Mariah Carey. Robert “Joe” Halderman says he didn’t care about extorting money from David Letterman, he just wanted to get back at him for sleeping with his girlfriend. Which is why he asked for $2 million.
Ashley Dupré partied with a group of guys at Marquee on Saturday. Audrina Patridge supports breast-cancer awareness. Barack Obama joined the New York Comedy Festival’s Stand Up for Heroes Committee. And Star Jones and Vivica A. Fox’s former friend, LisaRaye McCoy, has a bone to pick with them after they supposedly abandoned her following her divorce, so she’s doing what any sensible estranged-bestie would do: starting a reality show to trash them on national TV.