After wooing Nicky Hilton and Dancing With the Stars’ Julianne Hough, Entourage’s “unlikely Casanova” Kevin Connolly was spotted getting cozy with Chloë Sevigny at Nobu 57, where the duo “went outside for a cigarette, where they seemed clearly interested in each other.” Connolly also sat front row at Lady Gaga’s Fontainebleau Miami concert, along with Chace Crawford and Hayden Panettiere (with whom he’s also been romantically linked), before heading to the after-party at Liv, where Chris Brown “stayed very low-key, sipped water, and kept to himself.” Mariah Carey braved the New Year’s Eve chill by walking into M2 sporting a skimpy silver dress, sans jacket, while Mickey Rourke canoodled with his Russian fiancée at Avenue, Gerard Butler flirted with some brunette all night, and Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo didn’t leave each other’s sides. And J.Lo rang in 2010 by following her Times Square performance with dinner at the Charles with Marc Anthony and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Warren Beatty denies that he authorized Peter Biskind’s new book, Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America, despite its claim that he bedded “12,775 women, give or take, a figure that does not include daytime quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses, and so on.”
Elton John gushes about his help in Eminem’s recovery from drug addiction, boasting, “I’ve been helping Eminem over the last 18 months and he’s doing brilliantly.” Leighton Meester gave a “racy live performance” at Chicago’s Underground (after throwing back a pre-show Champagne and Grey Goose), and she’s been taking career advice from Cyndi Lauper. CNN issued an apology after Kathy Griffin dropped the F-bomb on Anderson Cooper’s New Year’s Eve show. And rapper Bow Wow is getting flak for drinking, driving, and tweeting about it, while cruising in his Lamborghini with Chris Brown and Akon on New Year’s, subtly noting, “I’m f—ed up!!! Ohhhh damn. Y i drive the lambo. Chris might have to drive after next spot.” But then he tweetpologized a few hours later.
As a thank-you for clearing his name from a prostitution scandal, the new Nets owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, is hosting Vladimir Putin at his ski chalet in the French Alps. Paris Hilton partied it up in Aspen for New Year’s with her current flame, Doug Reinhardt, and her ex, Brandon Davis. We hear, however, that she kept her pet pig at home, even though Princess Piglette usually cuddles in bed with Hilton and Reinhardt. While partying on St. Barts with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Lindsay Lohan warned her tweet-followers about the “Lohan Mayhem” to come in 2010. Jamie-Lynn Sigler partied with Ben Lyons and Jonah Hill at Bardot. Rihanna is releasing a 144-page photo-heavy book called Rihanna: The Last Girl on Earth, featuring racy pictures of herself. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz are ready to move in together, and they have their eyes on a multi-million-dollar penthouse across from Gracie Mansion. Camila Alvas birthed Matthew McConaughey’s baby girl, named Vida. And despite reports stating the contrary, Tila Tequila is not pregnant with her brother’s child.