Sources say that Tyra Banks’s America’s Next Top Model cattle calls for contestants are just for publicity. Producers had supposedly selected model-wannabes even before the countrywide tryouts were held. Is Whitney Port running back to Kelly Cutrone? Sources say she is out of her “job” at DVF and was seen filming next season’s City scenes at People’s Revolution. Samantha Ronson made a LiLo-less appearance at Maria Sharapova’s party at the Chateau Marmont. Miley Cyrus tells Teen Vogue how Alice in Wonderland is “such a perverted movie,” and that it’s “all about Ecstasy.” Despite earlier denials that they’re not dating, Bethenny Frankel and Alex Rodriguez were spotted out on a romantic evening in Miami. We are medium sure we are happy for at least one of those two.
The real tragedy of the Madoff scandal? Ruth Madoff has been banned from getting her hair colored at the Pierre Michel Salon, out of respect for its other customers. Dana Giacchetto, the broker who swindled Ben Affleck, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire out of $10 million, is selling all his stuff on eBay, including the rights to his story for $5,000 (down from $100,000 last fall). George W. Bush didn’t make the cut for Washington Life magazine’s A-list, but Dick Cheney did. Spike Lee is getting a six-figure check for letting Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant film their upcoming comedy, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, in his Upper East Side townhouse, formerly owned by Jasper Johns.
While Rihanna is preparing her case against Chris Brown with the L.A. district attorneys, Brown is dating a University of Mary Washington student. In a Britney-circa-2007 moment, singer Cassie shaved her head, then twittered about it. Chris Cornell also shaved his guitarist’s head during his show’s encore at Webster Hall. Katy Perry says she and Lady Gaga are friends because they both stopped wearing pants at the same time. Eminem bailed on his Our World Live concert appearance after he found out Dr. Dre wouldn’t be there. Woody Harrelson says dealing with TMZ reporters at LaGuardia reminded him of fighting packs of the undead in his upcoming film, Zombieland.
Following last week’s debacle at Posto, Jimmy Fallon managed to make it through his whole meal at Izakaya in Atlantic City. Sienna Miller partied at Rose Bar till 3 a.m. following the Cinema Society’s screening of Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Billy Joel sang along to “Siento Hermosa” (“I Feel Pretty”) at West Side Story on Broadway. Brangelina is looking for their seventh baby in the Philippines. Suri Cruise will be starting school at Will Smith’s Scientology-friendly New Village Academy, where students follow a strict low-carb, low-sodium, and low-sugar organic diet.