Christiane Amanpour Is Kinkier Than We ThoughtDid Blair kick Kati off ‘Gossip Girl’? Does Gwyneth really eat? Is Diane Von Furstenberg really a dominatrix? (Christiane Amanpour says so!) The answers to these questions lie in today’s roundup of gossip.
Robin Williams Bounces Back QuicklyWho is Robin Williams new girlfriend? Which socialite is shipping out of town? And which actress-singer’s voice “doesn’t match her face” according to a Grammy-winning artist? Find out in our daily rundown of the juiciest bits from New York’s gossip columns.
Jamie Dimon: ‘Many’ of Bear’s 14,000 Employees Will Lose JobsDid Bear Stearns collapse in part because of a whisper campaign? How will Starbucks keep its customers if everyone starts pinching pennies? And what did Sarah Jessica Parker think of Maxim naming her the “unsexiest woman alive”? Our weekly roundup of law, media, and business news.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon Set a Bad ExampleJake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon texted on their BlackBerrys during the matinee show of August: Osage County before sneaking out at intermission. Criminal! Judith Regan is now suing the lawyers who are suing her for alleged unpaid fees. Anna Wintour sat courtside at the Knicks-Cavs game last night courtesy of LeBron James (she’s putting him on the cover of Vogue’s shape issue with Gisele in April). Jeremy Piven texted two separate models he met in New York to come meet him at the Mercer Hotel, though he didn’t know at the time that they knew each other. The Champagne Marilyn Monroe drank during her famous 1962 shoot was spiked with either drugs or vodka.
‘Page Six’ Manages to Not Revel in Sarah Jessica Parker’s Failure Sarah Jessica Parker is not confident that her unreleased movie, Spinning Into Butter, will ever see the light of day. Barack Obama and his wife are slated to attend the opening of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Oprah on Thursday. Cosmetics heir Olivia Chantecaille got engaged to banker boyfriend Ren Grady. Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively took a bunch of friends shopping to Armani Exchange on Fifth Avenue. Shake Shack is opening a location on the Upper West Side! Sting, Diddy, and Josh Hartnett all hung out at Half Nelson producer Charlie Corwin’s birthday at Socialista, which is now back open after the hepatitis scare. Michael Musto will appear on the cover of The Village Voice spoofing this magazine’s Lindsay Lohan shoot.
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Stars Reveal ‘Sex and the City’ Movie Might Be Kind of a Downer
In case you didn’t get enough spoilers from the trailer for the Sex and the City movie — which suggests that Steve cheats on Miranda, Samantha cheats on Smith Jared, and Big leaves Carrie at the altar — the four stars sat down with Logo recently and elaborated a little more on the plotlines. For instance, Cynthia Nixon says Steve’s cheating is about “even more than unfaithfulness” and lets us know that we’re going to see a lot more of crazy-eyed Anne Meara swooping around with her Alzheimer’s. “Samantha is older,” Kim Cattrall says, “And that in itself is huge.” And something really bad goes down with Big and Carrie. “Something major happens that fundamentally changes who Carrie is,” says Sarah Jessica Parker, adding carefully that, “basically, it’s about the despair you feel when you’re 20 versus the despair you feel or the loss you feel when you’re 40.” Wow! This sure sounds like it’s going to be a fun night out with the girls! Then again, everyone knows SATC isn’t about the plot. It’s about the clothes. Only 88 more days! We can’t wait!
Sex and the City Movie: Interviews with Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis–And Yes! Sarah Jessica Parker! [Logo]
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The ‘Sex and the City’ Trailer Spoils Itself A new trailer for the Sex and the City movie has hit the Web, and it confirmed some of our greatest fears (no, not that all of the clothes would look like they were designed by Audrey Two). Click above to view. It seems like Carrie may, in fact, get dumped at the altar by Big, and that Steve does end up cheating on Miranda. Samantha has retained her roving eye, despite still being hooked up with the hot elf Smith Jared. And Charlotte gets pregnant on her own after adopting a Chinese baby in desperation, which isn’t so much disappointing as completely something that would awkwardly happen in real life. But the women and the clothes look good (even in HD!), and Mario Cantone makes an appearance, so we’re pleased. And India.Arie singing “The Heart of the Matter” in the background kind of helps. We’re excited! Not completely “Carried Away,” but certainly looking forward to it in a “Big Way.”
Okay, sorry. We’ll stop, we promise.
Full-Length ‘Sex and the City’ Trailer [Towleroad]
Earlier: This Spring, Find Out Who Got Into Stanford!
Update: Oh, for the love of Aiden! The studio took the trailer off the internets. But we promise, it was good!
Update 2: Ah. Jezebel still has it.
Celebrities Are Behaving Erratically at PartiesHayden Panettiere dirty danced with guys while her mom sipped screwdrivers and watched over her at an Old Navy party. Prince refused to walk into the 50th birthday party of his buddy Benny Medina until Medina agreed to come out and personally walk him in. Kristen Dunst’s “erratic” behavior has friends thinking she may or may not be “on the verge of a breakdown.”
‘Cashmere Mafia’ vs. ‘Lipstick Jungle’: The Official Obsessed MatchupOkay, like every fight between tough bitches, the battle royale between Cashmere Mafia and Lipstick Jungle could only remain buried underneath rumor, speculation, and outfit comparison for so long. Next week, Jungle debuts on NBC. Its stars, Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, and Lindsay Price, as well as its creator, Candace Bushnell, have been gearing up for a showdown against the similarly themed Mafia since the announcements of both shows last year. Now, it’s no secret that the two series are trying to inherit the viewership gold mine that was Bushnell’s Sex and the City. One has four sexy, powerful New York women who have fabulous lives and wardrobes, and one has three. But how do they really compare to one another? Short answer: Cashmere sucks, and Lipstick merely gives you an over-the-pants hand job. But how do they handle the legacy of their grand, Jimmy Choo–clad matriarch? Only time will tell. Or, you know, us. Because we got our hands on the first couple of episodes of Jungle, and we thought you’d like to know how each of them fare against one another when dealing with the subjects that Sex and the City held so dear. Which show will truly inherit the Dolce & Gabbana sequined underpants that Carrie was wearing on the runway when she fell, in the best episode of any television show, ever?? Below, a tale of the tape.
S.J.P. and M.B. Have a Spat on the C/EMatthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker got into a fight on the platform of the downtown C/E train at 23rd Street. Alpha Media head Kent Brownridge married Hearst publicity head Alexandra Carlin at the Gordon Ramsay restaurant. Artie Lange tried unsuccessfully to get four Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders to disrobe on the Howard Stern show. A lot of foodies showed up at the preview of Alain Ducasse’s wine-themed restaurant, Adour, in the St. Regis. Bruce Springsteen waited a half hour for a lunch table at the Turning Point in Long Branch. Cindy Adams says Heath Ledger once tried to avoid her by saying, “You people from the press are not nice to me,” but that he smiled while saying it. Liz Smith approves of the fact that Jenna Bush is getting married in Crawford, Texas, and not the White House.
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Some (But Not All) ‘Sex and the City’ Stars Paid Bonuses for Not Being DivasCynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis were given bonuses for their work on the Sex and the City movie, Star reports. Is it because they were willing to bare their breasts again even though they are both over 40? (We all remember that sailor episode and that was half a decade ago.) Or was it because they are just such damn good actresses? No, reports the celebrity weekly. It’s because Kim Cattrall is a bitch. According to the magazine, Nixon and Davis were quietly paid a bonus under the table just for dealing with her divalike antics. Now, Star mastermind Bonnie Fuller loves to cut down her women, and the whole “Kim Cattrall is difficult to work with” story line is older than Samantha herself, so we take this story with a grain of salt. Still, we have to wonder what Star thinks could be so hard about working with her that the two actresses needed to be paid off? Could she possibly be any more cruel than the fifth lady on Sex and the City — Manhattan? Because we hear that bitch is a monster.
Bonuses for Satc’s Kristin and Cynthia [Star via Defamer]
The ‘Sex and the City’ Trailer Arriveth!Five months before the movie hits theaters (and approximately one week after filming ended and we had found out everything that happens in the movie because they filmed all of it in front of us), the Sex and the City movie preview is on YouTube. Click above to view it in all its meringue-y glory. And look for the tagline, which is so perfectly punny we actually shrieked when we saw it: “This Spring,” reads the large purple lettering, “Get Carried Away.” CARRIE-D AWAY? Oh God. We have five more months of this to deal with. What’s next? “It’s the Biggest Event of the Season”? “This Year, Things Get Harry With Charlotte”? “You’ll Be Jonesing for More”? By March, it’ll be “This Spring, Get Read Your Miranda Rights.” And by May, we can just see it: “This Spring, Find Out Who Got Into Stanford!”
Earlier: Our complete coverage of the Sex and the City movie
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Sticks And Stones May Break SJP’s Bones (Okay, Just Sticks, Even), But Words…Sarah Jessica Parker claims that she wasn’t hurt when Maxim named her the Unsexiest Woman Alive, but we detect a certain amount of defensiveness in her response, which came out in the London Sunday Express. “I believe in the old ‘sticks and stones’ philosophy, so frankly their words don’t come close to hurting,” the Sex and the City star said, but couldn’t help adding: “How many women wouldn’t want to step into the Manolos that are waiting for me in the wardrobe department every morning?” Not many, we bet! But it doesn’t matter. “What they don’t know is that one day I’ll wake up fat,” SJP explained. “But I’ll still be happy, just like I am now.” Hmmm. Two things: One, the idea that you could suddenly wake up obese, having gone to bed a toothpick, is really awesome. (Can we make a ray gun that does that to people? Can we test it out on Ann Coulter?) And two, Sarah Jessica Parker barely gained weight when she had an entire other human inside her. Remember all those skimpy outfits she wore in the dreaded pregnancy season of SatC? She’s too much of a workaholic — there’s no way that lady is ever going to wake up fat. Until, you know, we get our hands on that ray gun.
The Sexiest Put-Down [British Vogue]
Meet Your ‘Six in the City’ Columnist, Faran KrentcilWe’ve been following the action behind the search for a writer of Page Six the Magazine’s “Six in the City” column for a couple of months, and were interested to see their final choice of scribe was Faran Krentcil, writer of the Fashionista.com blog. Faran has been running around fashion parties for years now, ever since she started working at Fashion Week Daily, and we’ve always suspected she had a little something of a Carrie Bradshaw complex. And lo and behold, witness her introductory column:
The problem with clichés is they’re usually true. Case in point: Me, the blonde, curly-haired girl writing tales of my “fabulous” life. You know what to expect – I breakfast at Tiffany’s sans carbs, I meet devils in Prada, and then I report back to you. Except, of course, it’s not that easy. Celebrities aren’t just like us. And socialites are sometimes just girls who get high in high heels. But there’s some gorgeousness, too, the kind that makes you live in NYC in the first place. It’s my job to find it and serve it up to you.
Oh dear. You can just hear Sarah Jessica Parker’s voice slowly reading that out loud, straining to make it sound wise, or at least world-weary. (Disclosure, Krentcil has contributed to nymag.com’s Best Bets feature.) Since the column isn’t available online, we’ve reproduced the rest of it for you after the jump. It only gets punnier.
Some Save the World by Creating Vaccines; Patricia Field Makes Giant FlowersIt’s hard to believe, but going into fashion was really something Patricia Field struggled with. Like, philosophically. Because in addition to being the Picasso to Sarah Jessica Parker’s Dora Maar, a scorner of the big-boned, and the woman responsible for turning every woman into a clone of Carrie Fucking Bradshaw, Patricia Field is a philosopher. “I studied philosophy and art and history, and I spent a large portion of my life dealing with fashion and thinking how frivolous it is,” she tells Fashion Week Daily. “But now, with all the ugliness we see around us today, I’m thinking that the work I do isn’t so frivolous. It brings beauty and happiness to a world that’s so tortured, and it makes me really happy that I can be a part of that.” Now if she could only get Mahmoud Ahmadinejad out of that suit.
Party Beat [Fashion Week Daily]
Earlier: ‘Sex and the City’ Violates Fashion in Its House of Worship
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‘Sex and the City’ Violates Fashion in Its House of WorshipMan, Sarah Jessica Parker gets everything. She and the Sex and the City crew got to run around in the Condé Nast offices and pretend they work at Vogue, reports WWD. Willie Garson (a.k.a. Stanford Blatch) spilled the beans on the exclusive shoot — recall, The Devil Wears Prada was mysteriously barred from filming in the building — and even said that Anna Wintour consulted on the segments involving her magazine. While WWD says it was the actual Vogue offices that were used, we hear shooting took place elsewhere at 4 Times Square. Namely, the Teen Vogue offices. We can’t say we’re surprised. If SJP showed up at the real Vogue in one of her heinous movie outfits, she’d be taken out by interns with blow darts before she left the elevator.
Will There Be Coat Throwing? [WWD]
Earlier: ‘Sex and the City’ Movie Continues Series’ Violence Against Fashion
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Patricia Field Dresses Sarah Jessica Parker Up in Her LoveThough fashion is full of men and their muses —Yves and Loulou, Marc and Sofia, Isabella and Phillip — rarely do female designers cop to having a special lady of their own. But corsage-crazy moppet and noted destroyer of women’s fashion Patricia Field is apparently the exception. “Sarah Jessica Parker has the best body that I have experienced and probably will experience in the future,” she rhapsodizes in today’s Observer. “Because I mean, she’s just got great proportion, great tone, great movement, grace,” she continued. “She’s got long legs, a high ass. She’s miniature, but it’s all perfect.” Yeah, nothing like that hulking Germanic horse Meryl Streep.
How Patricia Field ‘Experiences’ Sarah Jessica Parker’s Body [NYO]
Carrie Has to Remarry for ‘Sex and the City’Sex and the City producers have to reshoot the wedding sequence between Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big at the New York Public Library because they rushed through it the first time. (Also, Kim Cattrall shows up to work last every day.) ABC contacted Cosmo’s hottest New York Bachelor of 2007, Patrick Clark, about staring in The Bachelor. Bonnie Evans, widow of Charles Evans (brother of producer Bob Evans), is putting up her Park Avenue triplex for sale for $30 million. Josh Hartnett claimed that “half–95%” of what is written about him is not true but declined to say whether his hooking up with Rihanna was included in that figure. The Autumn, the play starring Meryl Streep’s daughter Mamie Gummer, is coming to Broadway. Law & Order: SVU star Richard Belzer spends a lot of time looking for UFOs. Cindy Adams discusses reruns on TV.
Willie Garson Drops ‘SATC’ Hints at Project A.L.S. BenefitAt last night’s Project A.L.S. tenth-anniversary gala, Jennifer Hudson was “preserving” her voice by not speaking to reporters. But we managed to slightly raise the veil of secrecy on the Sex and the City movie by hurling questions at Willie Garson, who plays Sarah Jessica Parker’s gay BFF, Stanford. After he described a recent scene to a horde of shouting journos with, “No! I can’t give it away. I’d have to kill you,” we slipped in our query: Why did Big miss the wedding, as paparazzi shots of the set would have you believe? “I can’t tell you that either!” Garson said. Then he caught himself. “What wedding? That’s how I’m supposed to answer — what wedding?” Did we detect some gossip in there? Anyway, Garson tried to assure us that the movie is a whole big lovefest, too (even though we didn’t ask). “We actually shot a scene last night with all of us sitting around a table, and it was like the Last Supper,” he said. “It was absolutely ridiculous that we were all sitting there together. It was completely surreal.” Again, we feel like we detect some gossip in there. —Bennett Marcus
How smart is Jennifer Hudson? Why are celebrities moving from L.A. to New York? Steven Webber and Julianna Margulies have all the answers at our complete coverage of the Project A.L.S. tenth-anniversary gala.
Rejecting the Celebrity TransfusionEarlier today, we noted that the Us Weekly set seems to be migrating from Los Angeles to New York, what with Lindsay Lohan and Brangelina and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Brandon Fucking Davis all settling in, and Jennifer Aniston talking about moving. We don’t know exactly why this is happening. Could the Second Gilded Age, with its luxury apartment buildings and $400 omakase menus, have created a kind of reverse gold rush, with the very rich moving here to liquidate? Are they really running from the paparazzi, as they say? Or are glare of TMZ’s klieg lights, combined with the massive brown pollution cloud that hovers over Los Angeles, just really bad for your skin?
Sarah Jessica Parker Doesn’t Hate All of Her CastmatesJames Mackenroth, a contestant on the upcoming season of Project Runway, may have been voted off in part because of a staph infection made worse by his HIV. Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Hudson filmed a scene for the Sex and the City movie together at the Carlyle Hotel, and SJP gave JHud a CD! A-Rod and Martha Stewart posed for photos together at Nobu 57. Contrary to a previous “Page Six” report, attendees at the Rolling Stone reunion in San Francisco actually did drink the Champagne that Jann Wenner sent. James Gandolfini pulled out of appearing at a John McCain fund-raiser in New York because of “scheduling conflicts.” Anderson Cooper thinks Britney Spears is underreported on.
Derek Jeter Hearts Gabrielle UnionSex and the City spoiler alert! Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big tie the knot at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Cameron Diaz and new fling Bradley Cooper spent a romantic weekend going to the SNL after-party at Primehouse and hanging out on the sideline of the Giants game. Denise Rich is throwing a party aboard her yacht in New York Harbor for those who donated to her cancer foundation. Richard Prince sent a sincere thank-you note to ArtNet.com after the site’s critic panned his Guggenheim show. Derek Jeter’s current flame is Gabrielle Union. David Blaine tried to hypnotize some exotic dancers at Tens. Kelly Ripa ate on the Upper West Side without makeup. James Gandolfini honked at Secret Service near the Four Seasons in his Mercedes.
‘Sex and the City’ Movie Continues Series’ Violence Against Fashion
Patricia Field, apparently unsatisfied with the trends she visited on an innocent population when Sex and the City was on the air, is once again running wild and unchecked on the streets of New York. Early today, Jennifer Hudson was spotted wearing stirrup pants. And now, like those weird weeds that appear giant and fully formed, the Giant Flower has returned.
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Sarah Jessica Parker Still Loves Girlfriend-Beater Chris Albrecht
Nestled in the Times coverage of disgraced HBO exec Chris Albrecht’s move to IMG are oddly effusive statements of love and support for former HBO star Sarah Jessica Parker. Albrecht, it was just announced, will be helping IMG chairman Ted Forstmann expand his empire into more media and entertainment ventures by setting up a new investment fund. Forstmann, since taking over IMG in 2004, has already quadrupled the company’s profits and vastly spread its domain. It now produces Fashion Week, broadcasts major sporting events like the U.S. Open, and owns television-production companies in the U.K. Albrecht is a good catch for Forstmann, as he has been much sought after since his ouster from HBO, even though his departure came after a domestic-battery arrest and revelations that he once choked a female co-worker.
Mayor Bloomberg Smooches Janice MinDanny Fields, manager of Iggy Pop and the Ramones, filed a $100-million suit against Out magazine for making him seem like a pedophile. Heath Ledger crashed a party at the Bowery Hotel with three Australian friends and drank champagne. Mayor Bloomberg kissed Janice Min after Us Weekly named him one of the 25 Most Stylish New Yorkers. Kanye West bailed on gigs at the Today show, Letterman, and TRL because he doesn’t think he needs to promote his new album. Jennifer Hudson will play Sarah Jessica Parker’s assistant in the Sex and the City movie. Wilmer Valderrama took Mandy Moore shopping for blazers at Saks. Damien Hirst didn’t know who the Olsen twins were before they came to his party at the Prada store on Friday.
Si to Shutter ‘Teen Vogue’?Teen Vogue may be the next Condé Nast magazine to fold. Some 370 girls auditioned to be Rockettes recently; two were hired. Reggie Jackson took issue with the scene in The Bronx Is Burning in which he loses his temper. Usher and Tameka Foster may be married in the Hamptons this week. Kelly Clarkson apologized to Clive Davis after realizing that her album was as bad as he claimed it was. Diddy wrote a song and shot a video about ex-girlfriend Kim Porter. A 9-year-old girl cried after being rebuffed for an autograph by Hilary Duff. Flava Flav got the celebrity-roast treatment. Elle is throwing a party for August cover girl Sarah Jessica Parker in the Hamptons. John Legend shopped for BBQ fixings at the Houston Street Whole Foods.
Paul Sorvino Is Full of CrapA waste-hauling company dumped 60 cubic yards of horse manure onto Paul Sorvino’s Pennsylvania driveway after he and his daughter disputed a bill. The feud between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall ended after Cattrall sent Parker flowers. Suge Knight bit Kevin Connolly’s finger during a playful wrestling match after the ESPYs. Steve Martin is marrying Vogue writer Anne Stringfield. An upcoming documentary will allegedly “out” twenty gay Broadway actors and dancers who are trying to cure their homosexuality by attending underground support groups. A resident of Katonah has recorded an anti–Martha Stewart tune on YouTube in response to her effort to trademark the town’s name for a line of furniture. CSI star Gary Dourdan assaulted a photographer, broke his camera, and then sped off on a motorcycle outside a West Hollywood club. Spencer Tunick — a.k.a. that guy who takes photos of large crowds of naked people — is planning a shoot in the Swiss Alps to raise awareness for global warming. David Duchovny likes Barry Manilow.
Sex and the Big Screen
You’re as surprised as we are, no doubt. A Sex and the City movie, which we’d long thought was dead — Kim Cattrall wouldn’t play nice with the other girls, we were told, and Sarah Jessica had moved on to bigger and better things, like TV commercials — is actually, really, finally happening. This news comes from today’s Variety, which also reports that series creator Michael Patrick King will write and direct the film and that New Line Cinema — like HBO, a Time Warner unit — will produce it. We’d like to say we’re happy about this development, but we live in the West Village and we’re not looking forward to the additional influx of fanny-pack-wearing Midwesterners this movie will deliver. They’re only cupcakes, people.
Dust Off Your Manolos: ‘Sex and the City’ Heading to the Big Screen [Vulture]
SJP Won’t Bite at Bitten Launch, But Amy Sacco Warns Us About Ellen Barkin
Sarah Jessica Parker wasn’t talking to the press at last night’s press event for her new clothing line, called Bitten, for cheapie department store Steve and Barry’s. (“Thank you for respecting our no-interviews request,” her rep hissed. We heard a rumor that was because People had an exclusive, but the rep insisted it was merely because they’d rather we “write about the exciting new line of affordable clothing” than pay attention to the celebrity they were using to get attention for the line.) So instead we asked our bite-focused questions to the very svelte Amy Sacco, who reported that she has largely stopped biting. “I’m over food,” she said. “I’m doing all fish and really light stuff like salads. I want to get into a bikini this summer and be brave.” What about other kinds of biting? No doubt some kinky stuff happens late-night at Bungalow. “I’ve been bitten by Ellen Barkin,” Sacco gamely reported. “Ellen Barkin gave me a hickey. You have to be careful. She is very fast and you don’t see it coming.” If only Ron Perelman had known. —Shira Levine
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The Fug Girls: How to Hire a Celebrity Fashion Designer Desperate to join the ranks of retailers who’ve used celebrities for brand cachet, cheapie clothier Steve + Barry’s has decided to follow up its first attempt Sarah Jessica Parker’s fashion line Bitten by partnering with actress Amanda Bynes. Who? Exactly. Either Steve + Barry only watch Nickelodeon, or the founders just haven’t had a proper lesson in picking the proper celebrity to pimp their wares. Thank God we’re here with some sage advice (after the jump). You’re welcome, boys.
Sarah Jessica Parker Wants You to Hydrate
New York City, as we all know, has the best tap water in the world — it does, dammit! — so it should be no problem for you to drink a big ole glass or two when you eat out today. As Sarah Jessica Parker pointed out by downing the clear stuff in front of photographers at the Hearst Tower last night, today is World Water Day. When you order a glass at participating restaurants around the city, you’ll be asked to donate a buck to UNICEF’s TAP Project, which provides clean drinking water to the 21 percent of developing-world children who have none. So go ahead. Chug. —Jada Yuan
The TAP Project [Official site]
V-Day in CeleblandSpike Jonze and Drew Barrymore spent Valentine’s Day together. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban spent Valentine’s Day apart. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick spent Valentine’s Day together, but seemed “distant.” Mike Myers, Hugh Jackman, and Joan Collins all spent Valentine’s Day at the Waverly Inn, though, presumably, not together. Mike Bloomberg’s favorite singer is Aretha Franklin. Liz Smith says Steve Schwarzman’s birthday blowout could have cost as much as $15 million.