John Edwards’s alleged mistress, Rielle Hunter, “used to be a real party girl,” according to Jay McInerney, who dated her in 1987 and based his recurring character Alison Poole on her. Jenna Jameson is pregnant with the child of boyfriend and UFC champ Tito Ortiz. Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal held hands at McCarren Pool during the free Deerhunter and Black Lips concert. Aubrey O’Day and Lydia Hearst made out at Butter as part of a short film directed by Tara Subkoff, not because they’re lesbians.
Howard Stern’s sidekick Artie Lange is definitely going to rehab, and Shia LaBeouf probably will, too. Two University of Maryland economists are claiming that Oprah Winfrey has delivered 1,105,519 votes to Barack Obama. A new book claims that televangelist Jerry Falwell died broke after a $20 million housing investment he made went sour. Shania Twain went lingerie shopping in Toronto. Montauk residents hate the trendy Surf Lodge so much that they are refusing to serve co-owner Jayma Cardosa at local bars and eateries. (She’s retaliating by threatening to keep the place open year-round.) Those recent photos of Britney Spears frolicking with dolphins in Cabo were allegedly set up by her camp. James Franco, who will be pursuing an M.F.A. in fiction at Columbia this fall, had lunch at Michael’s with Graydon Carter to celebrate Adam Davies’s new novel. Bette Midler blames MTV music videos for the fact that everyone lip-synchs now. Lindsay Lohan chatted up Ann Dexter Jones and Mark Ronson at the Bowery Hotel. Heather Graham and Star Room owner Charles Ferri have split after two years. For the first time, Hugh Hefner is selling tickets to the general public for his famous Midsummer Night’s Dream party this Saturday at the Playboy Mansion. (The Hef also wants Robert Downey Jr. to play him in Bret Ratner’s upcoming biopic, and said he supports Barack Obama.)