R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe finally comes clean about being gay in this month's Spin.Marc Jacobs and boyfriend Jason Preston got into numerous screaming matches while on vacation together in Turks and Caicos and flew back on separate private jets. Danny Masterson had his 32nd-birthday party at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, and it had a mechanical bull. An unnamed socialite dropped from a size 14 to a size 0 by picking up a heroin habit. Eminem, however, has hired a personal trainer to help him lose weight.
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Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon texted on their BlackBerrys during the matinee show of August: Osage County before sneaking out at intermission. Criminal! Judith Regan is now suing the lawyers who are suing her for alleged unpaid fees. Anna Wintour sat courtside at the Knicks-Cavs game last night courtesy of LeBron James (she's putting him on the cover of Vogue's shape issue with Gisele in April). Jeremy Piven texted two separate models he met in New York to come meet him at the Mercer Hotel, though he didn't know at the time that they knew each other. The Champagne Marilyn Monroe drank during her famous 1962 shoot was spiked with either drugs or vodka.
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Chace Crawford and J.C. Chasez hung out with girls and drank Cristal at a Vegas party thrown by Michael Strahan. A bunch of Upper East Side housewives at the premiere of The Real Housewives of New York City hated on the show. Because they were jealous. Among the stipulations in Kimora Lee Simmons's contract rider is that her glass of Champagne must be filled whenever it gets below one inch. Employees at Philippe may have been watching celebs like Tom Brady and Gisele hook up in the restaurant's private room via security camera. A party in honor of Baird Jones (open bar, naturally) will be held at Plumm this Friday, with a memorial service to be held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine Saturday afternoon.
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The cast of Spring Awakening likes watching the parody video "Celine Dion Is Fucking Amazing" before taking the stage. Jamie Johnson'sThe One Percent, the second movie he's made about rich Upper East Siders, premieres tonight. Alice + Olive designer Stacey Bendet got engaged to Eric Eisner, son of former Disney chief Michael Eisner. Entertainment Weekly canceled its annual Oscar-night viewing party at Elaine's. Mary-Kate Olsen hung out with pals at old standby the Bowery Hotel on Friday.
So this auction season has finally limped to a close, with lackluster results from the city's third auction house. The Times reports that the offerings of Phillips de Pury, whose contemporary sale included small works by big-name artists and a smattering of works by hipper, younger artists, "seemed like leftovers." Sotheby's and Christie's sold like gangbusters this season, but Phillips (perhaps owing to the timing of the sale or the uncomfortable location, surmises the Times), didn't seem to have much steam. Only a smattering of dealers stuck around through the end of the sale, though the pieces that did best were the ones that were selling for well under $1 million. Which is bad news for Phillips but could be great news for none other than Brandon Davis. With Phillips focusing its energies on their London office right now, some of the air might be going out of the lower end of the contemporary market. Upon hearing that Brandon Davis wanted to come to the city to become an art dealer to the young and overbudgeted, one auction-house source scoffed to us, "I can't wait to see Gagosian eat him for breakfast." But who's to say that Davis isn't coming at exactly the right time? Is this face going to be the new icon of the day sale? Is this what the future of new contemporary looks like?
We want to know so we can prepare. We just weren't ready for the face of young art to be so, you know, shiny.
Fall Art Auctions Limp to Finish on Mixed Night at Phillips [NYT]
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Jon Bon Jovi lives in Soho but is keeping a house in Jersey because he may run for governor there one day. Alec Baldwin is worried that Hillary Clinton won't vote "no" on a $10 billion farm bill that subsidizes farmers who provide fattening foods to schools. Kelly Ripa claims she treats her butt like her breasts by buying really tight jeans and pushing her cheeks together. Cindy Adams claims that Time Warner may be looking to sell People magazine and In Style to Hachette. A stylist for Frederic Fekkai had to wear rubber gloves before shampooing a tweaked-out, sweaty Brandon Davis. High-end TV network Plum TV laid off a bunch of people and may be closing. Makeup maven Olivia Chantecaille has a new banker boyfriend. Liz Hurley and Hugh Grant are still buddies and attended a dinner party at the Upper East Side townhouse of Valentino.
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Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams are creating identical bedrooms for their daughter at their respective abodes in Soho and Brooklyn. Sumner Redstone and his daughter have reconciled after a lengthy feud over money. A Detroit preacher has come to the defense of Star Jones, who was accused of skipping out of a charity event for overweight girls. Office mates John Krasinski and Rashida Jones canoodled at an SNL after-party. Brandon Davis was "surprisingly sober-esque" at the fifth-anniversary party for Butter, only falling down once. Philanthropist Loida Lewis sold her Fifth Avenue co-op for $33 million ($12 million less than the asking price).
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As if the violence in Union Square and excess of exposed, mottled flesh on the streets didn't make this Halloween scary enough, Brandon Davis was apparently also haunting New York. The Daily News knew for sure it was the Oilcrotch, and not someone wearing what would have been a mind-bogglingly brilliant costume, because they saw the dude terrorizing an employee at the New York Costume shop.
After one of the bimbos with bratty Brandon told him the feathery, glittery mask he was trying on looked bad, we personally saw him throw it across the counter, hitting the cashier.
The News hopefully suggests that Davis won't be in town for long, but didn't he just say he was moving here to start an art dealership? Which means maybe he wasn't visiting at all, maybe he has already moved in. Mwahahahhahahaha. Now that's spooky.
Rush and Molloy [NYDN]
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Jennifer Aniston says she'd like to move to New York in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar. “I don’t know, I’m just tired of Los Angeles," she told the fashion mag. "In New York, you’re not just in that same car, looking at that same dashboard, driving down the same street.” We know your first reaction is, What will the Jolie-Pitts think, since they've only just set up house here? But we think the bigger news is that there's lately been a celebrity diaspora. Many stars are leaving their traditional homeland of Los Angeles and winding up living in exile in New York. After the Jolie-Pitts came Lindsay Lohan, who is a symbol of La La Land practically as important as Grauman's Chinese Theater (and has welcomed nearly as many visitors).
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Donald Trump is trying to get Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton to appear on his upcoming Celebrity Apprentice. Justin Timberlake hung out with a brunette at the Tribeca Grand. (Others say he hung out with six girls.) NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman is catching flack for not returning agents' phone calls and for passing out fake NBC tattoos at a company retreat, but he doesn't care about either. New York Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch put up his Fifth Avenue bachelor pad for sale and will be renting a $75,000-a-month condo at Trump Park Avenue. Authorities are cracking down on the St. Tropez party scene and have recently broken up a cocaine and prostitution ring.
A waste-hauling company dumped 60 cubic yards of horse manure onto Paul Sorvino's Pennsylvania driveway after he and his daughter disputed a bill. The feud between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall ended after Cattrall sent Parker flowers. Suge Knight bit Kevin Connolly's finger during a playful wrestling match after the ESPYs. Steve Martin is marrying Vogue writer Anne Stringfield. An upcoming documentary will allegedly "out" twenty gay Broadway actors and dancers who are trying to cure their homosexuality by attending underground support groups. A resident of Katonah has recorded an anti–Martha Stewart tune on YouTube in response to her effort to trademark the town's name for a line of furniture. CSI star Gary Dourdan assaulted a photographer, broke his camera, and then sped off on a motorcycle outside a West Hollywood club. Spencer Tunick — a.k.a. that guy who takes photos of large crowds of naked people — is planning a shoot in the Swiss Alps to raise awareness for global warming. David Duchovny likes Barry Manilow.