Anne Hathaway, Are You Dating Another Shady Dude?Brown alums say the star’s new boyfriend was known as an ‘opportunist’ in college. Plus, Fergie lingered around an undressing Jeremy Piven, and M.I.A. continues to be awesome, in the daily gossip roundup.
Diddy, Still Fighting After All These Years
Diddy and a hip-hop marketing man fought over a model at Soho club Upstairs. The publisher of Forbes and the editor of Sports Illustrated really like white truffles. Butter owners Richie Akiva and Scott Sartiano were hit with a $120 million lawsuit by the developer of their new Chelsea club. Terrence Howard will make his Broadway debut in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. were congratulated at dinner at Primola because Gellar changed her last name to Prinze. At Da Tomasso, Celine Dion ordered fourteen dishes of ravioli with tomatoes and peppers.
Terrence Howard Needs an Acre“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 Gray
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Bella Abzug Was Not in ‘The Apartment’Congresswoman Bella Azbug was once asked to be a stand-in for Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment, but she declined. On the set of her first movie, Kim Cattrall was told she resembled Marilyn Monroe, “not in looks, of course, but in lack of talent.” Harold Ford and three blondes hung out at Blue Ribbon Sushi till 2 a.m. Chris Robinson is happy that ex Kate Hudson is dating Dax Shepard because now he has more time to hang out with their 3-year-old son. The kiddie imprint of Simon & Schuster is releasing a guide to orgy etiquette. Ted Turner still owes merely $642 million of the $1 billion he pledged to donate to the U.N. a decade ago. Elton John once tried to commit suicide by sticking his head in an oven, though he used a pillow and put the gas on low.
Free Alfred TaubmanFormer Sotheby’s head Alfred Taubman claims he had no part in the price-fixing scandal that put him in jail in 2002. A cabbie claims Terrence Howard asked a blonde lady friend to engage in a rather disgusting grooming procedure, though Howard’s rep denies it was he. Bono took a private tour of Harvard, perhaps for one of his kids. Tina Brown and Harold Evans threw a dinner party for Helen Mirren. Judith Miller had lunch with Mort Zuckerman. Lindsay Lohan left one club for another because she thought her dad, recently released from prison, was about to show up. More firings may be imminent in CBS’ news division. Natalia McLennan, once dubbed the No. 1 call girl in the city by New York Magazine, is back working as a prostitute.