At the Gossip Girl premiere party last night, things were running late. The bash started at 7, but by 9:30, cast member Blake Lively was still a no-show. Über-publicist Leslie Sloane-Zelnick loitered behind the red carpet, waiting. "I'm with Blake," she told a reporter. Of course the biggest star in the show would work with Zelnick, who reps Jennifer Lopez and Anne Hathaway, and helped Britney and Lindsay back in their glory days. "Hey, all these kids are stars!" Zelnick insisted, but that's not what it looked like. The rest of the show's cast lingered upstairs at Tenjune, waiting until Lively turned up at 9:45 to enter the hellishly crowded party. The youngest talent, 17-year-old Connor Paolo (OMG! he played a young Colin Farrell in Alexander!) and 14-year-old Taylor Momsen (OMG! she played Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!!) dawdled in a corner doing what else – gossiping. "The reporters asked me what 'gossip' is, and if I could tell them a rumor about someone one set," said Momsen. "What did they ask you?" "They asked me if I had a crush on anyone in Hollywood, who would it be?" said Paolo. "They asked me for gossip, too. I said I wanted to punch Zac Efron in the face." Wait, what? "Don't you think everyone wants to see him get punched?" he asked. Wow, if possible, we love this show even more.
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In Feast of Love Morgan Freeman plays a professor taking a leave of absence to sort out his "issues." In his time off he guides younger characters, including one played by Greg Kinnear, through their love lives in a close-knit Portland neighborhood. We caught him on the red carpet before the screening and asked him about his worst date ever — but he seemed more interested in ballroom dancing with New York's party reporter than answering questions.
Freeman: [Taking New York in his arms, to dance] How do you do?
New York: [Pause, to be dipped by Freeman] Wonderful. Now you always have these wise roles.
Freeman: Yeah, I'm a wise kind of man — look at me.
New York: Now since this is a movie about love relationships — [interrupted by another ballroom dip] — Umm
Freeman: Sorry. Greg [Kinnear] didn't do that, did he?
Viggo Mortensen goes full frontal in a knife fight scene in new David Cronenberg Russian Mob flick Eastern Promises. At the premiere, Cronenberg told New York that Mortensen suggested the nudity himself when they choreographed the scene, which takes place in a bathhouse. "He said, 'You know, it's obvious I'm going to have to do this naked.' And I said, 'Great.' That was pretty much the discussion," Cronenberg said at a screening after-party at the Soho Grand. "If he had had this towel wrapped around him that never moved, you would've noticed that. But this was so real." [Ed. note: Then where did he hide his knife??]
The chaotic, shutterbug-infested scene at Zac Posen's show meant that celebrities from Demi on down to Ivanka Trump were unavailable for us to chat up. And so Serena Williams, sitting just outside the fray, provided the rote quotes.
Kim Gordon has always represented unstudied badassness to us, so when we spotted her in three front rows — 3.1 Phillip Lim, Anna Sui, and Marc Jacobs — we were determined to ask just how she pulls it off. The answer: H&M.
We’ve been spotting Vincent Gallo all over the place — that is, when we can see past the facial hair — and our curiosity finally got the better of us. Why has he been going to so many shows? Does he really know anything about fashion? Would he even deign to talk to us?
"I just think that people need a good acre of space," Terrence Howard said, "ya know?" Riding in a filled-to-capacity elevator just after the premiere of his New York–based movie The Brave One he told Daily Intel, "I don't really like a lot of people surrounding me." On cue, elevator-mate and co-star Naveen Andrews politely backed away. Earlier, on the red carpet, Howard told TV crews "I'm not a New Yorker, I'll never be a New Yorker, there's too many people. But I have a good time in New York." He admitted that Manhattan has been the backdrop of his dearest memories — his first audition, falling in love with his wife, the birth of his first daughter — but it's obvious none of those events took place in a prewar studio apartment. "Your next-door neighbor should never hear you unless you want them to hear you," says Howard. "People need a little more land, they shouldn't be living on top of each other." Suspicious that we'd write something about him hating the city, he assured us, "It's a nice place to live, but I like the farm." —Maggie GrayEarlier: Righteous Dude: Terrence Howard
So we were in the middle of talking to Fern Mallis, head of Fashion Week, about her favorite shows so far and trends for spring when a woman who has apparently been the scourge of Mallis's week sat down in an empty front row seat nearby.
Tony Bennett's pop-culture relevance may have quietly passed away long ago (his tour this year is sponsored by the AARP), but to a certain subset of the population, the octogenarian's still a heartthrob. At last night's sold-out "The Best Is Yet to Come" concert at Radio City Music Hall, the crowd was still screaming, "I love you, Tony!" Just like the fifties! A benefit for the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts that Bennett founded, the show featured collaborators from his last year's Duets album: a shaky James Taylor, a preternaturally dapper John Legend, and k.d. lang, who even got an (admittedly squandered) onstage kiss from the silver stud. After the concert, the crowd moved across the street to the Rockefeller Center Summer Garden. Bill Clinton arrived late because he was stopped at the Cucina & Co. market down the hall. "He's getting food? That could take a while!" cracked Regis, stalling during introductions. Oh, Regis! When he finally arrived, the former Pres and Reeg traded tales of Bennett's painting acumen. During one interview, the leathery Live host said Tony actually took out the brushes. "And I still have that portrait today!" Later, packages, like original Annie Leibovitz prints and private tennis lessons with Andre Agassi, were auctioned off for the charity. The night's biggest seller? A watercolor, by Mr. Tony Bennett. —Amos Barshad
According to spies at the Dazed & Confused dinner at the Bowery Hotel last night, Heath Ledger rolled into the room with five friends, looked around, and asked the first person he saw, "Is there food?"
Famous people who work, the fashion clueless, and top designers were among the A-listers at Ralph Lauren’s My Fair Lady–themed 40th-anniversary show and dinner last night in Central Park. The occasion seemed to put guests in a mood for reminiscing.
It wouldn't be Fashion Week if the Europeans weren't descending to promote something or pick up an award or simply swan about, then disappearing just as quickly as they'd come. Following in the wake of the Alber Elbaz's New York flyby was Donatella Versace, who somehow managed to get Mischa Barton and Demi Moore to take time off from their busy showgoing schedules to pop into Versace flagship earlier this week, hitting the private sixth-floor space for Versace's luncheon. The event was held in honor of Versace's HIT bag, a hot leather number that was Donatella's favorite from this year's line, and the fashion house's first ever Official "It" Bag. (Guess they've learned from Balenciaga that if you name something the most awesome bag of the season, the orders will simply come.)