George Clooney’s response to a question asking whether he planned on marrying Sarah Lawson: “What kind of question is that to ask in front of her? Let’s just say I’m fine the way I am right now, thank you.” Four Seasons owner Julian Niccolini is selling his own Sauvignon Blanc, available at Dean & DeLuca. After falling ill in Israel (perhaps with dysentery), Maureen Dowd got medical attention from White House doc Richard Tubb and hitched a ride home on Air Force One. Some pro-life bloggers are angry that Vogue did a fashion shoot with a woman who got an abortion 22 weeks into her pregnancy. Diddy is hiring both a personal and an executive assistant. (One responsibility: acting as a “liaison” between the chairman and his family.) Diane Keaton ate at Michael Jordan’s The Steak House in Grand Central Terminal.
Former talk-show host Dick Cavett says that today’s late-night hosts aren’t real men because they need teams of writers. A book about the nascent stages of Pixar chronicles the sweatshoplike work conditions at the animation studio. John Mellencamp says the Dalai Lama is his hero because the Tibetan spiritual leader once held his hand for five minutes. Cop-slugging, naked-picture-sending anchor Alycia Lane put her Philly condo up for sale. Chris Robinson thinks today’s crop of rockers is too hygienic. Model Maggie Rizer’s AIDS documentary is being put on hold because she ran out of money. Sienna Miller may have facilitated the breakup between Sean Penn and Robert Wright Penn. There is a lot of swag at Sundance this year (iPhones, iPods, PlayStations — oh my!). Jeremy Piven has a crush on Dita Von Teese and even bought her a black satin dress. Johnny Depp wants to be the first male to play the lead in Alice in Wonderland. Eddie Murphy and Tracie Edwards, who were “symbolically” married in Bora Bora a few weeks ago, have broken up. Playboy covergirl Tiffany Fallon is sad she didn’t get to say good-bye to anyone on Celebrity Apprentice after being kicked off the show. Friends remember Brad Renfro as a “sweet kid” who was just “troubled,” as well as one who would have gotten more film offers had he not had a drug problem. Sheldon Adelson, the world’s third-richest man, is celebrating the opening of his Palazzo Las Vegas property with a three-day party. Studios and networks aren’t sponsoring the SAG Awards because SAG supports the striking writers.