Ivana and her fiancé seem to have some pre-wedding jitters, Tom Cruise and Sumner Redstone canoodle, and still more New Yorkers cop to encounters with Ashley Alexandra Dupre in our daily roundup of news from New York's best gossip columns.
In the most hilarious press release we've received all week, today we learned that Ivanka Trump actually doesn't send nail polish to Madame Tussauds weekly to spruce up the wax mannequin in her likeness. We can only imagine the nasty personal phone calls that the Donald made to some poor executive at Tussauds in order to cause them to squeak out this apology. They probably involved a lot of scathing sarcasm and scowling head bobs that you could just hear through the phone. Below, the statement:
Madame Tussauds New York would like to set the record straight. On Friday, the Daily News called and was inadvertently given incorrect information by a Tussauds employee. Unfortunately, the employee thought the Daily News was asking about a different figure. Madame Tussauds New York does not in fact have a figure of Ivanka Trump... yet. We apologize for the confusion. Madame Tussauds loves the Trumps and is very proud of its figures of Donald and Ivana Trump, as well as its more than 200 lifelike figures.
OH MY GOD — are they saying Ivana Trump is sending nail polish for her wax likeness at the museum? That's even better!
• Will Aaron Charney ever have to work again? More than likely — he may not have gotten more than $100,000 in his sexual-harassment settlement with Sullivan & Cromwell. [PrawfsBlawg via Above the Law]
• Should law schools be more like business schools? One law prof thinks so, and he looks a little like Justin Timberlake, so he must be right. [Law Blog/WSJ]
• Do Cravath's two rounds of bonuses signal Big Law strength and more money for associates, or is the firm just hedging so they aren't locked in to paying the same amount next year? [NYT]
A prankster made lewd comments to Ann Curry and Matt Lauer during a media conference call between TV writers and the Today anchors. Banker Rafael Follieri, boyfriend of Anne Hathaway, flew commercial from Atlanta to New York despite supposedly owning a private jet. Padma Lakshmi was overheard telling someone she still was "still trying to work the secret to a great relationship out" hours before she made out with Salman Rushdie at Bungalow 8. (Rushdie also almost fell asleep during a play at the Guggenheim on Saturday.) Ivanka Trump couldn't get into East Village dive Black and White because she didn't have an I.D. The smoking hot ex–First Lady of France, Cecilia Sarkozy, is coming to visit New York with her kid.
Last night's launch party for Fox Business Network had so many media and business moguls, you couldn't throw a canapé without mussing up the rug of some very important dude. Seriously, our throats were burning from inhaling the perfume of wealth and success. In one corner of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur, Liz Smith chatted with Mel Brooks and Harvey Weinstein. (Apparently, Harvey loves the channel. "I love Roger Ailes," he said, though he would not tell us what he liked the best or whether he ate Money for Breakfast.) In another corner, Oscar and Annette de la Renta greeted Regis and Joy Philbin. And kingly in the middle of it all, like a pair of samurai and their husbands, were Rupert Murdoch, Les Moonves, Julie Chen, and Rupert's wife, Wendi Deng. "Wendi, we love your bracelets!" we cried in unison, suddenly morphing into Blair's sidekicks in Gossip Girl. "They were only twenty dollars," she exclaimed. Wow, we thought. Wendi is so down-to-earth! "But this wasn't," she laugh-cackled, flashing us her index finger, which was adorned with what looked to be the actual Hope Diamond.
Stop the presses! We have the best sighting for you: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were out dining together last night at Philippe with Rupert Murdoch! They noshed on the restaurant's famous chicken satay, they giggled, and they talked seriously. "They definitely looked like they were having a working dinner," said our spy. "Cordial and serious but some laughs at the table." Wait a minute. Jared Kushner, owner of the cash-strapped Observer, took his lady to a fancy midtown restaurant to have a serious talk with Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the largest media conglomerate in the world. Can this mean what we think it means? We're reluctant to acknowledge the implication of this power sighting, but we'll just have to face the possibility: J-Vanka might be into The Lifestyle.
Okay, so the Observer has been running excerpts from Donald Trump’s new book, Think Big & Kick Ass in Business and Life, on their Website every day for, you know, a week or something, and as everyone and most recently Howard Stern knows, the Observer owner Jared Kushner bones The Donald’s daughter Ivanka, and as we mentioned earlier the paper has been a little bit sycophantic to the Family Trump of late. So! Just so we’re clear, is the Observer succumbing to boy prince owner’s demands to promote his future father-in-law’s pap? Or are the daily koans of Trumpian wisdom just a big ironic joke?
Ben Affleck slipped out of the premiere of his Gone Baby Gone to go watch the Red Sox game. (Ben says he left because he gets nervous during his screenings. Cindy Adams thinks he's getting "gorgeouser and gorgeouser"). Fifty of the world's greatest chefs are having dinner tonight at Le Bernadin to celebrate the book My Last Supper. Le Cirque owner Sirio Maccioni shelled out $7,000 for a 1.1-pound Italian white truffle. Tim Robbins had his birthday party on Tuesday at the Beatrice Inn. Barneys creative director Simon Doonan thought Phillip Bloch had gone blind, though he was actually just preparing for a movie role.
Richard Gere may buy the penthouse in Julian Schnabel's West Village building, if he can sell his Sullivan Street townhouse for $12 million first. Henry Kissinger, Michael Eisner, and Barry Diller were among the power players who ate at Michael's for lunch yesterday. Some designers are refusing to use the Earth Pledge's ecofriendly "Sea Leather" because it's actually made out of dead fish skin. Ivana Trump's new engagement ring, from daughter Ivanka's jewelry line, costs $250,000. Anderson Cooper told Conan that he has a "fatty deposit" under his eye that is visible in high definition. NBC refused to run a Larry Craig–inspired political commercial, though CNN picked it up. (Perhaps it had something to do with Matt Lauer's interview with the disgraced senator?)
It's our tireless duty to report that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were spotted taking in the Maroon 5 show at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Judging from the way Ivanka had to coax her boy mogul — who didn't look a day over 18 in his scrappy blue tee — from his seat after a few songs, our tipster guessed that she's the one with a deep appreciation for singer Adam Levine the band's modern funk stylings. To his credit, Kushner remained on his feet through the rest of the concert, although he was totally checking his BlackBerry at the start of "This Love." Putting business before one of the most (annoyingly) addictive anthems of our generation? We knew this kid wasn't as young as he says he is.
Today, Donald Trump joins the ranks fellow one-named megalomaniacs Rachel, Oprah, Martha, and his very special friend Rosie with his very own magazine. This is not Trump's first time, mind you. In the past he helmed Trump Style and Trump World. But both of those were distributed to residents of his hotels and residences only. This time the magazine called, simply, Trump will be distributed to the populace with the help of Ocean Drive Media Group. the nation's premier purveyors of wealthporn. What will Trump cover? Well, in the first issue, they are planning features on Guantánamo and Pakistan's political future. Only kidding!
The Scores stripper who had the photos of Oscar De La Hoya in drag is now saying she cannot "personally verify the authenticity of the images," likely because she was threatened by De La Hoya's lawyer. Lever House owner and real-estate mogul Abe Rosen is forcing tenants (including art collector Robert Wilson) out of his nine-story building on 67 Vestry Street to turn it into a luxury condo building. Miss USA Rachel Smith says she wants to be taken seriously as a TV reporter and not "end up like Katie Couric." Donald Trump denied having once punched his second-grade music teacher, despite having written about the story in a book. Bruce Willis and his eight-person entourage were denied entry to Socialista at 3 a.m. Ivanka Trump's jewelry line predictably does not include diamond grills. Dates with some hot firefighters are being auctioned off for charity at Turtle Bay Lounge tonight.
Despite the continuing possibility of a lawsuit from Soho Alliance to try to stop its progress, Donald Trump celebrated the first day of sales in his evolving West Soho condo-hotel project today, riding up the side of the building on an external hoist (with a red carpet, natch, but without a hard hat). A gaggle of protesters gathered outside, led by Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. They argued that the high building will change the character of the hood, but everyone was too high up to listen. Atop the project, Eric Trump dutifully explained the rules of the 400-unit, 45-story tower: You can buy a unit but can only use it for a set number of days each month, renting it out the rest of the time. The Donald promised he'd have no trouble finding buyers — "We have over 3,200 applications," he crowed. Ivanka can't wait to start selling, either. "The receptionist constantly hands me memos from people asking," she crowed. "And now we can start to process them." Evidently the Trump Organization has no Instant Messenger. Architect Gary Handel defended the tower in a caucus with reporters: The rooftop swimming pool and street-level arcade, he said, can become modern-day "salons" for city dwellers and provide welcome spark to a dreary stretch of Spring Street. For his part, The Donald took it to the tawdry place: "Who's coming to the party tonight?" he said from the stage. "Tribeca Rooftop, everyone's invited. Britney Spears will be escorted by OJ Simpson!" —Alec Appelbaum