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Adrian Grenier Banged Bongos in Brooklyn

Plus: Victoria Beckham does the robot dance, Jamie-Lynn Sigler plays ping-pong, and other expressions of celebrity joy, in today's gossip roundup.

By Katie Goldsmith

Chace Crawford Must Really Love 'NSync

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Former 'NSync member J.C. Chasez and Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford hung out with a bunch of cute boys at Elton John's Oscar party. Javier Bardem lip-synched to "You Shook Me All Night Long" at the No Country for Old Men after-party at Bar Marmont. Ben Affleck and Jimmy Kimmel needed ten takes to film the "almost kiss" scene in "I'm Fucking Ben Affleck," because they couldn't stop laughing. Diablo Cody refused to wear Stuart Weiztman's $1 million diamond-encrusted heels at the Oscars when she figured out it was a publicity stunt. Donald Rumsfeld and Mayor Bloomberg both ate dinner at Café des Artistes, but didn't say hello to each other.

OMG, Someone New: Perrey Reeves at Monique Lhullier

>Monique Lhuillier's show is traditionally jam-packed with pretty young things in the market for pretty new things to wear, and Tuesday's show was true to form. In addition to reliable old Sophia Bush, who seems to be losing her voice after her week of nonstop yapping, we spotted Entourage's Perrey Reeves — a new face, thank goodness!

Max Azria Draws Out Brittany Murphy's Lifetime of Hurt

We may have borne inadvertent witness to a catharsis of sorts for twig-size actress Brittany Murphy. At Monday evening's Max Azria show, we caught sight of Murphy — the first celebrity to wander out from backstage after photographers waited for about 40 minutes — refusing an interview with one gossip-magazine reporter by placing her hand gently on the girl's arm and intoning, "Not for that magazine. Your magazine HURT. MY. LIFE."

Paris Likes Chinese

Paris Hilton's first meal out of the clink was takeout from Mr. Chow. Former gossip columnist Charlotte Hays has written a book about attractive women and the rich men they marry. Rudy Giuliani wasn't a fan of France until Nicolas Sarkoz — the "French Rudy" — was elected president. Brooke Astor may have cancer. Bill Clinton won't be attending his personal trainer's Chappaqua book signing. Laura Albert, better known as JT LeRoy, wants to pose for Playboy, though the magazine hasn't made her an offer. Ashton, Demi, and their daughter went to the "Bodies" exhibit at South Street Seaport. A bunch of waiters are suing Sparks Steak House for allegedly using tip money to pay bartenders and others not entitled to it. Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman is throwing a party for Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy.

Hollywood Agent Exaggerates!

A former colleague of Hollywood superagent (and Ari Gold inspiration) Ari Emanuel says he intentionally threw tantrums when talking to Entourage producer Doug Ellin so they'd make it into the show's script. Donna Hogan plans to make over her appearance — plastic surgery and all — so that she looks just like sister Anna Nicole Smith. NBC's Campbell Brown may take Paula Zahn's spot at CNN if she leaves. Jason Binn's wife is pregnant. Dina Lohan denies saying she ever called herself the "White Oprah," except that she did. Patti Smith is covering the Doors' "Soul Kitchen" because a sanitation truck that almost ran her over was playing that song. Emma Thompson pissed off Will Smith when she pulled out a lit cigarette at the Waverly Inn. Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer is an investor in a lounge in Sag Harbor.

RIP, Isabella

The death of Isabella Blow by either cancer or suicide dominated conversation at the Costume Institute Gala last night. (We've got a Costume Institute slideshow and a tribute to Blow by Harriet Mays Powell and Amy Larocca.) Tom Brokaw won't return to the anchor's seat at NBC News despite the network's slip in the ratings. While out shopping, Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson had difficulty getting into Tom Ford's new store. The widow of Dr. Robert Atkins is embroiled in a legal battle for her late husband's $100 million trust. Rosie O'Donnell is angling for the host slot on The Price Is Right. Amy Poehler and Will Arnett upgraded their West Village digs. Dan Abrams broke some cuff links, so he had to use dental floss to fasten plastic clips on his shirt. Like every other actor in New York, Cynthia Nixon will appear on an episode of Law & Order.