Bruce Willis Acts Like Liz Smith Was Born YesterdayBruce Willis says he’s dating a model because she’s pretty on the inside. Plus, Kirsten Dunst and Ryan Gosling go on a date, as do Silda and Eliot Spitzer, in our daily roundup of the juiciest bits from New York gossip columns.
Cameron Diaz to Invade ChelseaCameron Diaz is looking to buy an apartment in West Chelsea and also hooked up with Felicity’s Scott Speedman in the Bahamas. Samantha Stein-Wells, daughter of murdered real-estate broker Linda Stein, is turning her 35th birthday into a charity event in her mom’s name. Padma Lakshmi told Dave Zinczenko that she’d cover her body in chocolate if he put her on the cover of Men’s Health. Portfolio magazine named Newsweek fashion scribe Dana Thomas its European editor. Michelle Williams has pulled out of her upcoming movie with Ryan Gosling because she’s too beat up over Heath Ledger’s death. Maybe-pregnant Angelia Jolie went shopping at a baby boutique in Tribeca.
Hilary Swank Put Her Boob on Someone’s HeadKelly Ripa said she’s going to check out occasional Live With Regis and Kelly co-host Damien Fahey’s band tonight at the Cutting Room. Hilary Swank accidentally put her boob on P.S. I Love You co-star Bob Balaban’s head when she hugged him as he was having lunch. Robin
Quivers’s boyfriend, comic Jim Florentine, joked at Caroline’s that he’s not sure why she’s dating him because he’s “a loser.” The Olsen twins, Bob Saget, and John Stamos had a Full House reunion at the Bowery Hotel bar on Wednesday. Michael Jordan, ex-Knick Charles Oakley, and Ahmad Rashad hung out at Buddakan and then Socialista. Black Crowe Chris Robinson got six figures to play a half-hour set for a Wall Street firm at Arena.
Jessica Simpson Has the Same Crummy Friends As the Rest of UsJessica Simpson got totally pissed at Eva Longoria for hanging out with her ex John Mayer at GoldBar. MSNBC pundit Lawrence O’Donnell, who plays a lawyer on Big Love, bashed Mormonism on The McLaughlin Group on Sunday. Richard Belzer says he’s “hurt” his role on Law & Order: SVU has been cut back. PETA has dubbed the Olsen twins the “Trollsen Twins” because of their affinity for fur. Among the items in J.Lo’s gift registry for her twins are a Balmoral enameled black carriage for a $3,495 and a $289 suede play mat.
Ryan Gosling and Co-star Bianca Heat UpLast time we ran into smoking hot (even while tubby!) Ryan Gosling, he told us that he’d been living with his Lars and the Real Girl co-star, Bianca, the blow-up sex doll. So, where was Bianca tonight? “She’s at home, reading a book by the window,” he told us when we ran into him on a cigarette break from a post-screening dinner at the Plaza Athénée. As he spoke, he rested his hand gently on our back. Well, well! Maybe things aren’t so happy at home after all! We smiled adoringly at him. But leave it to Peggy Siegal to ruin our moment. “He’s taking her to St. Barts with him,” she interjected. “Do you know how much that doll costs? $10,000!” Gosling shushed his publicist. “Don’t put a price on her,” he said, removing his hand. Damn. So, does Ryan ever feel as shy as his character in the movie? “I feel pretty shy right now,” he said, very un-shyly. So, uh, what does a real girl like, a human one, have to do to try to steal his inanimate lover’s place? “That would be implying that she is inanimate,” Gosling warned sternly. Then he softened. “It’s a very special relationship, but they’re welcome to try.” Victory! So should we — uh, they — stay, you know, pretty still? “I think at this point I could use the conversation. She’s not the best conversationalist.” —Amy Preiser
Earlier: Ryan Gosling Keeps in Touch With His Co-star
Heath and Michelle: Everything’s Wrong!Michelle Williams may be leaving Boerum Hill because the brownstone she lives in is too big for just her and the baby. A pregnant Nicole Richie smoked a cigarette outside Da Silvano. Ed Westwick, a.k.a. Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl, likes playing the bad boy. (Also, he’s British!) Ryan Gosling shopped for flannel shirts at the Urban Outfitters on West 14th and also set off the store alarm. Jennifer Hudson canoodled with New York Jets free safety Kerri Rhodes at Cipriani. Joan Rivers claims her apartment was once haunted by a Jewish ghost from Larchmont. Natalie Portman couldn’t flirt her way to a table at LES restaurant Apizz. The launch party of the Supper Club at the National Arts Club was way too hot.
Kristen Johnston Turns Forgetful Into FunnyFormer mayor Ed
Koch said his scariest moment in office was when a bunch of doctors threw eggs at his face during the Iran hostage crisis. Kristen
Johnston forgot her lines while performing at The 24 Hour Plays. Bill
Clinton said that he’d like to do a makeover of Grumpy Old Men with Bill Crystal if Hillary is elected president. An assortment of famous folks ate at both Le
Cirque and the Waverley Inn. Donald Trump’s brother, Robert,
and wife Blaine got a divorce. Ben
Affleck said he’d rather worship Satan than flip baseball-team loyalty à la Rudy Giuliani. Maybe fat Ryan Gosling hung out with a hot brunette at Rose Bar.
It’s Not That You’re Too Fat, Ryan Gosling, It’s That We Hate YouThinkFilm chief Mark Urman says Ryan Gosling wasn’t too fat for the role in The Lovely Bones, but too young and hot. We’ll buy that! “He gained weight for the role,” Urman said at the Cinema Society screening of Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, confirming what was reported earlier this week. “There seem to have been genuine creative differences,” as we heard originally. “I have to say I think he is at least fifteen years too young for the role,” Urman insisted. His firm has worked with Gosling, distributing the movie Half Nelson. “We had a great run with Ryan last year,” he told us. “He is divinely gifted and actually the sweetest guy in the world, and I genuinely think that there was, uh, a real difference [of opinion] in how to play the role.” Wow, sounds like there was a smackdown! We wish we could have seen that, Peter Jackson and Ryan Gosling going at it on set, maybe mud-wrestling. It would be just like that scene in Airplane when the Girl Scouts start fighting. You know, but with more slapping. —Bennett Marcus
Related: Ryan Gosling Left ‘The Lovely Bones’ Because He Was Too Fat? [Vulture]
Get tips on your next nude scene from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Milena Govich, and others at our complete coverage of the Cinema Society and Sagatiba Screening of Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.
Halle Is Berry SorryHalle Berry apologized for making an anti-Semitic joke as a guest on the Leno show. (NBC deleted it from the telecast.) Governor Spitzer hung out with his Horace Mann classmates at his 30th reunion. Renée Zellweger chooses to live in New York and Connecticut instead of L.A. because she hates the paparazzi out there. (She and George Clooney also send each other six-page politically charged e-mails.) Jennifer Lopez is refusing to pay a New York limo company $16,000 in fees she owes. The Devil Wears Prada producer Wendy Finerman bought a twelve-room duplex on 84th Street with her banker husband. Jay-Z says he’s not so good at retiring and blames the media for the breakup of most celebrity couples. Meryl Streep walked her puppy on the West Side Highway in sweats and a hat. Soap star Nathaniel Marston of One Life to Live was arrested for assaulting three people on Tenth Avenue in what was evidently a drug-fueled rage.
Ryan Gosling Keeps in Touch With His Sex-Doll Co-starPart of the reason people love Ryan Gosling is that it’s possible to suspect that in real life, he’s a little bit adorably weird, just like the characters he plays. That’s why it was exciting to catch up with him at the premiere of Lars and the Real Girl last night and realize that it’s true. The film’s plot follows Lars (Gosling) as he falls in love with a sex doll. Gosling told us he was nervous to work with his inanimate co-star at the start of filming, because he imagined he would have to be acting for two people. “But then I met her,” the Notebook star said. “She came to the read-through,” he explained. “I couldn’t stop staring at her. I was fascinated. She had all these beautiful freckles on her face. She was endlessly fascinating to me. I got excited about all of our scenes together.” What a delightfully odd turn of events! So where did the doll end up after filming? “Well, uh,” Gosling mumbled. “My house.”—Jocelyn Guest
Donald and Rosie, Still FightingDonald Trump tried to reignite his feud with Rose O’Donnell by sending Barbara Walters a giant framed bustier that O’Donnell wore in Exit to Eden. Usher’s fiancée may be pregnant, and it may not be Usher’s child. Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun had quite the send-off Tuesday at Jazz at Lincoln Center. A man is claiming to be Larry Birkhead’s former gay lover. Seagrams heir Matthew Bronfman unveils his Ikon condo complex in Williamsburg tonight. The father of deceased singer and socialite Kitty Carlisle Hart knew Abraham Lincoln. Nick Lachey is still sensitive about his divorce from Jessica Simpson. A lot of American films will screen at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Ryan Gosling won’t say whether his relationship with Rachel McAdams is over. Snoop Dogg’s love of video games and weed caused a chain reaction of snafus at the Pussycat Dolls’ UNICEF benefit at Cipriani Wall Street.
He Can’t Get No SatisfactionHas Jann Wenner been seeing Men’s Fitness editor-in-chief Neal Boulton? (And what about poor Matt Nye? And what about Jann and Matt’s new kid?) Tinsley, Fabiola, et al, are heading down to Turks and Caicos for a charity event. Speaking of Tinsley, she’s been intentionally wearing the same dresses as movie stars in an effort to make the “Who Wore It Better?” feature of gossip mags. Noho sushi joint Bond St. reopens tonight. An ad for The Year of Magical Thinking running in both the Times and the Post implies the Times gave the show a favorable review. It didn’t. Harvey Weinstein is looking to cast every actress and actor you’ve ever heard of for the film adaptation of musical Nine.
Also, There Were Parties After the OscarsLeonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, and Vince Vaughn cruised the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Morton’s solo. (Everyone who is anyone was there.) Except Brad Pitt, who was a no-show at the Oscars despite having starred in Babel and been a producer on The Departed. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard are leaving the West Village for Brooklyn because of the paparazzi. Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams are fighting. Oprah says that Barack Obama didn’t start the Clinton-Geffen feud. Zero-star Kobe Club owner Jeffrey Chodorow has banned Frank Bruni from all 29 of his restaurants. At $70,000, a private soccer lesson with David Beckham was the lowest winning bid at Elton John’s Oscar-night AIDS benefit. Natalie Portman left an Oscars party with Gael García Bernal.