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Glamour Women of the Year Awards

       
  Jennifer Lopez presents   Sarah Michelle Gellar and husband Freddie Prinze Jr.   Sigourney Weaver, lifetime achiever  

October 28 - Not to be outdone by the men folk at GQ (see below), the13th annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards recognized female achievers including vampire slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, songbird Alanis Morissette, news anchor Katie Couric, actress Sigourney Weaver, World Trade Center survivor Lauren Manning, Columbia Pictures chairman Amy Pascal and Enron whistleblower Sherron Watkins. Interesting personalities in the crowd included Hillary Clinton, Anita Hill, Angela Bassett and Freddie Prinze Jr., who Sarah Michelle Gellar conquered and married. The festivities were at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jennifer Lopez came solo, sneaking in and out via a side door to avoid the press.

 

 

Vanity Fair "In Concert" Series Benefit Launch

       
  Anjelica Huston   Ben Stiller   Brooke Shields  

October 17 - On a stormy evening, we got wind of a little party at fashion designer Donna Karan's Madison Avenue boutique. The evening celebrated both Vanity Fair's "In Concert" Series benefiting Step Up Women's Network, and the launch of new fragrance Donna Karan Black Cashmere. The guest list shimmered with actors Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor, Brooke Shields, young "it" couple Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, Natalie Portman, Broadway's Bernadette Peters and comedian Sandra Bernhard. The luxury shop was turned into a nightclub with Paul Sevigny on the turntables. Yes, the merchandise was cleared away so we could safely slosh champagne.

 

 

GQ "Men of the Year" Awards

       
  Hugh Grant, Heidi Klum   Lenny Kravitz, Denzel Washington   Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood  

October 16 - The awards just keep piling up. The GQ "Men of the Year" Awards honored eighteen men of distinction in the worlds of music, fashion, film, literature, sports, comedy, television, theater and the culinary arts. Whew, that covers a lot. GQ wisely left out the fields of business and politics; today's awardees could be tomorrow's convicts.

The savvy folks at GQ have this award trademarked ("TM" symbol above), so those of you planning your own GQ "Men of the Year" Awards ceremony are out of luck. It'll be televised December 14th on NBC, so we won't reveal the winners now, but we will say that we did not win any. Maybe next year.

 

 

VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards

       
  Debra Messing   John Travolta   Tom Ford & Kate Blanchett  
       
  Jean Paul Gaultier   Ralph & Ricky Lauren   Christina Ricci  

October 15 - We don't talk about it in polite society, but the open secret is that the Paris, Milan and New York fashion shows gang raped the Grammy Awards. Even more shocking, this union begat a child! Yes, folks, we bring you the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards.

We're not sure exactly what this award ceremony is - best rock star who dresses? - but it brought out scores of Celebs, and let's face it, that's much more fun than some boring war with Iraq.

Debra Messing, of TV's Will and Grace, hosted the televised event wearing a wedding cake designed by Alexander McQueen. McQueen won the award for Revolutionary Designer. (Note to VH1/Vogue - you may want to rename that one in these terrorism-ridden days.) Jennifer Lopez won the Most Influential Artist of the Year award. J. Lo is a big star, plus she has a groovy boyfriend with whom she swaps $130,000 gifts every Saturday, according to the tabloids. We're buying a Bentley just like hers - that's influence. Another resume-builder went to Gwyneth Paltrow, who won the award for Red Carpet. It is gratifying when your talent is recognized.

 

 

40th New York Film Festival

       
  Jessica Lange at the premiere of Almodovar's Talk To Her   Paul Thomas Anderson, Adam Sandler at Punch Drunk Love   Maria Bello, Greg Kinnear, Rita Wilson at Auto Focus  
       
  Pedro Almodovar   Willem Dafoe, Elizabeth Lecompte at Auto Focus   Julian Schnabel at Talk To Her  

Sept. 27 - Oct. 13 - Movie gluttons feasted on international delights for two weeks at The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 40th New York Film Festival. No one could possibly attend all of the screenings, so we pored over the festival schedule to select films meeting our high standards for cultural relevance: those attracting the biggest Celebs. In addition to the opening night extravaganza (see below), star-magnets were Auto Focus, Punch Drunk Love and Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her.

Paul Schrader, who wrote Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, directed Auto Focus, the story of sex-addicted TV star Bob Crane. Greg Kinnear stars with Rita Wilson (Mrs. Tom Hanks), Willem Dafoe, Maria Bello and Ron Leibman. Actors Parker Posey, John Turturro, Harvey Keitel and Kirsten Dunst joined Punch Drunk Love's Adam Sandler, as goofy in person as he is onscreen, Luis Guzman and director Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights). Talk To Her could only be Almodovar's; it's the story of a friendship between two men, both in love with comatose women. Rosario Flores, who plays a female matador in the film, is also a popular singer and Latin Grammy Award winner. Almodovar is held in high esteem in filmdom, judging by the turnout including actresses Jessica Lange and Kathleen Turner, directors Wes Anderson, John Waters, Jim Jarmusch and artist-director Julian Schnabel.

 

 

Premieres: Grey Zone, Rules of Attraction, Porn 'N Chicken

       
  Kirsten Dunst, Ginnifer Goodwin   Mira Sorvino at The Grey Zone   James Van Der Beek, Heather McComb  
       
 

Ian Somerhalder

  Holly Hunter at The Grey Zone   Harvey Keitel at The Grey Zone  

October 8 - 10 - Movies are bursting out like blossoms in June. A screening of Nazi death camp tale The Grey Zone was aptly held on New York's Lower East Side, home to many Jewish refugees. Joining the film's stars David Arquette, Lisa Benavides-Nelson, Mira Sorvino, Harvey Keitel and Natasha Lyonne were Rosie O'Donnell and actress Holly Hunter.

A gang of young movie stars-in-the-making turned out for the premiere of The Rules of Attraction, based on Brett Easton Ellis' novel of self-absorbed rich college kids. Future household names James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Ian Somerhalder, "Felicity's" Scott Foley, "Ed's" Justin Long and "Dawson's Creek's" Meredith Monroe prettied up the party. The film's more seasoned stars Faye Dunaway, Eric Stolz and Swoosie Kurtz stayed home.

Comedy Central previewed Porn 'n Chicken at Studio 54. The film is based on the true story of an underground Yale University group that gathers weekly to eat fried chicken and watch pornography. The group eventually made their own porn film featuring fellow students as actors. This movie also stars up and comers like Ginnifer Goodwin of TV's "Ed", whose Hollywood buddies Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Julia Stiles came out to support her. Not a bad bunch to have on speed dial. Watch it on Comedy Central October 13. Fried chicken optional.

 

 

7th Annual National Arts Awards

       
  Wrapper Christo   Actor Natalie Portman   Author Amy Tan  

October 7 - Art, money and power converged at the 7th National Arts Awards ceremony. The annual shindig by the nonprofit organization Americans for the Arts honors artists and those who support the arts. Cipriani was a vortex of influence with honorees and attendees like artists Jeff Koons and island-wrapper Christo, actress Natalie Portman, author Amy Tan, New York Pops conductor Skitch Henderson and magazine mavens Tina Brown and Helen Gurley Brown, both wearing black (almost everyone wearing black, actually, a dignified affair). Mogul types Barry Diller, David Rockefeller, Veronica Hearst and Ronald Lauder were among those who can't do, but can afford.

 

 

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