Well. The Hepatitis Awareness Council is probably happy about this one. Last week, as you know, Ashton Kutcher celebrated his 30th birthday at Socialista with a crowd that included Roberto Cavalli, Rebecca Gayheart, Molly Sims, Liv Tyler, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, and, of course, his wife Demi Moore and her ex-husband/BFF Bruce Willis. As it happens, the bartender serving them all caiparinhas had just gotten back from Honduras, where he or she apparently contacted a wee case of Hepatitis A. Hep A is spread “primarily through food or water contaminated by stool from an infected person," the Health Department said, which means that the bartender would have to had crap on his or her hands when she touched Madonna's ice, but the Health Department isn't taking any chances. They've gotten the press to spread the news as far as Thailand, in hopes of getting people who went to Socialista on the days the bartender worked to go and get a vaccination this weekend. Socialista must be thrilled. But hey, at least they've got an answer for people who say the place isn't authentic.
Hepatitis A Crashes Ashton Kutcher’s Birthday Party[WSJ via Grub Street]
Earlier: Ashton Kutcher Borrows Madonna’s Guest List for His 30th
Ha-ha, Los Angeles! You see what happens when you threaten to take the Oscars away from the pretty people? They come here to New York to party! Okay, so maybe it's more that Madonna just invited them all to come to New York, and you can't say no to Her Madgesty (she clearly knows how to do that Famke Janssen kill move from Goldeneye, and she likes it). But still, her Gucci/Malawi party was on Wednesday, and according to PageSix.com and Us Weekly, many celebs stuck around last night to attend Ashton Kutcher's birthday party at Gemma. Kutcher claims it was his 30th birthday, and to celebrate, Salma Hayek, François-Henri Pinault, Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, and Kate Hudson all showed up. Madonna even sang "Happy Birthday" (okay, for all our bitterness, we must admit that's pretty effing cool)! Later in the evening they went to Socialista, where they were joined by Roberto Cavalli, Rebecca Gayheart, Molly Sims, Liv Tyler, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Nice job, Ashton! Way to party like it's still 1999!
Demi Moore's A-List Birthday Bash for Ashton Kutcher [Us Weekly]
Ashton's A-List B-Day [PageSix.com]
Lindsay Lohan was rumored to appear at the Calvin Klein show on Thursday, but we saw neither hide nor hair of the leggings-loving former redhead. Tragic, yet not surprising: LiLo seems like the sort to ditch. We also wondered if we'd see Kate Bosworth, since she's appearing on CK billboards all over town.
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