Wednesday night, Hugh Jackman, Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg were stopped entering the Waverly Inn by protesting residents from the nearby Jane Street Hotel. The residents said the hotel was infested with rats and had barely any heat or hot water while it was being converted to a luxury spot by Waverly Inn biz partners Eric Goode and Sean McPherson, which the residents called “Slumlords!” Ronn Torossian, you are good on your word. We never should have doubted you! Moving on: New, $161 mil Yankees recruit CC Sabathia got a standing ovation when he walked into eatery Tao with Joba Chamberlain. Jack Welch, his wife Suzy, and Charlie Rose had lunch at Fred’s at Barneys, near the tables of Al Roker and Vera Wang. What an electrifying, bloviating, weight-fluctuating wedding dress of an afternoon. Kirsten Dunst is back to partying, dancing, and drinking vodka sodas at the Kingswood Lounge until 3:30 a.m. Sounds fun, girl, hope moderation management works for you.
Hillary Clinton hosted a luncheon at Buddakan for Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, who said that choosing her as secretary of State was Obama’s “most important decision ever.” Well! Cindy gets a crabby quote out of Prince about Christmas. And Robert Downey Jr. tells her he used to scare kids dressed up as Santa but really drunk. But Cin, you’re a little flat today, where’s the sass? Donald Trump Jr. and his wife got their own Christmas tree and also a small one for their two Havanese puppies, Fraggle and Faluffa. What about Fallujah? Cornelia Guest has moved back from L.A. to the family estate in Old Westbury, Connecticut, where next-door neighbor Victoria Gotti is putting her tacky place on the market for $3.5 million and plans to move.
Calvin’s daughter and SNL producer Marci Klein and her husband, model Scott Murphy, are splitting up, people murmur. Scarlett Johansson is auctioning off, for anti-hunger group USA Harvest, a tissue she blew her nose into from a cold she caught from Samuel L. Jackson, and so far the bidding is up to $2,200. Roger Clemens’s mistress, country singer Mindy McCready, is in stable condition after a wrist-cutting suicide attempt. That’s a relief. Girl, you have to know that you were just 15 when you got involved with him and if you haven’t been in therapy to work some of that stuff out, it’s time. Don’t take the anger and pain out on yourself.
Bernie Madoff is also hated in St. Tropez, where some folks mortgaged estates to invest with him and will now see those homes up for sale. Leo DiCaprio went to the nightclub Paris Hilton has inside her house but spent most of the night BlackBerrying. Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman, both linked to Tom Cruise, have both been spotted with cold sores on their lips this week. Good investigative reporting, Post. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt seem to be dating. That was fast. And Oprah is house-hunting in D.C. to be as close to the other Big O as possible.