Elizabeth Hurley Launches “Beach” – Her Swimsuit Line

April 21st, 2005

If you read the New York Times regularly, you’ll have noticed that they indulge in celebrity worship quite a bit. Recently, they described how Elizabeth Hurley is managing to transition out of the model phase of her life and become a designer. The Times was very impressed by this endeavor.

To me though, it seems like a move that anyone in a similar position might attempt. Hurley is quite a sharp and elegant woman, so I expect that she will go as far as she wants with it.

As part of this transformation, she appeared at Saks today with models in tow to launch “beach,” her new line of swimwear. To me, the name “beach” sounds like that episode of Seinfeld when Kramer launches his cologne of the same name. Life imitating art.

Elizabeth Hurley

Leonard Lauder, the elderly billionaire CEO of Estee Lauder, hovered off stage out of sight, so it appears she’s got the financial backing she needs to succeed. The suits look great, especially if you already look like Elizabeth Hurley.

Vanity Fair Party Celebrating the Tribeca Film Festival

April 20th, 2005

Vanity Fair has been able to position itself as the classiest of American celeb oriented magazines. Their cover is reserved for only the most bankable movie stars in the world, so it is a coveted opportunity. Consquently, if a star gets invited to one of their parties, the star tends to go. The Vanity Fair party after the Oscars is the premier Oscar afterparty, and this event sets the tone for every other event the magazine holds for the rest of the year.

It’s a sign of Robert Deniro’s clout that Vanity Fair throws an annual party every year to help open the Tribeca Film Festival. Although the guest list is a mere shadow of their Oscar party, it’s still a very useful event to cover. It’s even more interesting that Vanity Fair and the festival are able to have their party in the New York State Supreme Court building. The court is located downtown and is best known as the venue where Martha Stewart strolled in and out carrying various expensive handbags during her trial.

Who do you call to rent a courthouse for a party? It’s hard to imagine the red tape involved. Nonetheless Vanity Fair was allowed to turn the place into a glamorous night club for the evening.

New York Supreme Court

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The Interpreter Premiere

April 19th, 2005

The big event tonight was the premiere of the “Interpreter” starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. It was the opening feature of the Tribeca Film Festival, an institution founded by Robert Deniro in the wake of 9/11. From an entertainment reporter’s perspective, it was a “perfect storm” of people who don’t like getting their picture taken. Nicole Kidman, Robert Deniro, and Sean Penn all appeared on the carpet. However, they shot down the carpet with such speed that one photographer likened them to jets taking off from an aircraft carrier.

Here’s Nicole running by.
Nicole Kidman
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Demi Shows Up for Ashton Kutcher’s “A Lot Like Love” Premiere

April 18th, 2005

Ever the devoted couple, Ashton and Demi show up hand in hand to promote his latest romantic comedy, “A Lot Like Love.” They moved slower than usual on the carpet, despite seeming to be uncomfortable with all the attention. Ashton in particular appeared to be low-key to the point of almost bashful. They both watched the entire movie. Many times stars will skip out on sitting through a premiere, but these two did the work.

Ashton Kutcher Demi Moore

Mariah Carey Promotes “Mimi”

April 14th, 2005

Mariah Carey is releasing a new CD on April 21, 2005, “The Emancipation of Mimi”. She’s been hitting New York hard this week making at least a half dozen appearances. She popped out of David Letterman today to greet the press. She didn’t say anything though; she doesn’t use her voice at all for 48 hours before a concert.

Mariah Carey Letterman

Katie Holmes and Anne Hathway Support The Starlight Starbright Foundation

April 13th, 2005

Katie Holmes and Anne Hathway appear together at the annual gala of the Starlight Starbright Foundation, a charity for seriously ill kids. Katie appeared solo; Anne brought her boyfriend Raffaello Follieri, a New York real estate developer.

Katie Holmes Anne Hathaway 2

Courtney Cox Shows Up at Sephora

April 13th, 2005

Suprise of surprises, Courtney Cox made a corporate promotional appearance at Sephora today. She hasn’t been seen here in several years, so it caught us off guard to hear that she would break her low profile with a simple corporate endorsement. There were some restrictions; no one was allowed to shoot her in the store, so we were all outside. That worried us at the outset, but she got out of her SUV and played nice. Very calm, methodical, and stable. Not a bad performance on her part. Thanks tons CC.

Courtney Cox

A Snowy Day to Welcome the King and Queen of Norway

March 1st, 2005

This photo opp was a little different. King Harald and Queen Sonja opened an painting exhibition at the Scandanavia House in New York City. Nearly all the paintings were landscapes of Norway, though one was an Andy Warhol-esque portrait of Queen Sonja. She was mortified to see it, and here’s the moment.

At another event, the American Legacy Honors, Mena Suvari braved the snow and came out in high fashion. Many stars look good, but only a few are really radiant in person. Suvari is radiant in an almost supernatural way; its a little unnverving.

Mena Suvari Head Shot

and the full length:

Mena Suvari

A Quiet Night

February 26th, 2005

Nothing but a view of Laila Ali, Muhammed Ali’s daughter. She was out celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Addidas Superstar sneaker, now named after Jam Master Jay of RUN DMC.

Celebrity Perp Walk

February 25th, 2005

A time honored custom of the court house and precinct is to offer no comfort to the rich and famous who have to do business therein. Police or lawyers usher the legally-afflicted in and out of these legal arenas under the scrutiny of the media. This photo strikes me as being of that genre, despite the fact that no courthouse is involved. Christina Ricci is walking to her SUV after appearing on Total Request Live at the MTV Studios. Why she requires two people to hold her steady on this journey of 30 paces is unknown.

Ricci leaving MTV