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Actors Still Perky at SAG Awards
Felicity Huffman with SAG Award
A few of the women of Crash: Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Jennifer Esposito & Bahar Soomekh
Nick Lachey
Lost stars Naveen Andrews & Maggie Grace
Rachel Weisz communicates with her future child

Los Angeles, Jan. 29, 2006 – The appropriately named SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards on Sunday – we’re beginning to sag from the endless round of award shows – honored actors for their work; just like the Directors Guild Awards, the day before, honored directors’ accomplishments. And so we dragged ourselves to the Shrine Exposition Center, where all the attendees were far shinier and perkier than we were.

Felicity Huffman needs to write a new acceptance speech. Winning a SAG award for her TV role on Desperate Housewives, Huffman delivered much the same speech that she did at the National Board of Review Awards, which recognized her film performance in Transamerica. Granted, the NBR Awards wasn’t televised, but we’re filling you in.

SAG was a good night for Desperate Housewives; the entire cast was recognized for ensemble work. It was also a big evening for one family – Reese Witherspoon was named best actress, and her husband, Ryan Phillippe, was one of the winning movie ensemble, Crash. Ensembles were a theme, with those huge casts and that of Lost crowding the stage to pick up awards. Back in the press room, we could barely fit each ensemble into a single photo.

You may have noticed that best supporting actress winner Rachel Weisz looked a bit zaftig; she has announced that she’s pregnant, and she’s starting to show.

Brokeback Mountain stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger got together again, for the second time in as many days, but didn’t pick up any awards. Nick Lachey was also overlooked; well, actually, he wasn’t nominated.

Doggie Bag - The Week's Leftovers
Maggie Gyllenhaal celebrates her Reebok ad
Nigo & Pharrell Williams celebrate A Bathing Ape store first anniversary
Jada Pinkett Smith at David Letterman show with her band
Mischa Barton at David Letterman show
Jon Bon Jovi yawns while ringing the NASDAQ closing bell

New York, Jan. 21-27, 2006 – We stopped at the David Letterman studios on Wednesday where O.C. queen Mischa Barton was a guest. That day’s musical guest was heavy metal band Wicked Wisdom, and the butch looking lead singer was none other than Jada Pinkett Smith! Well, her husband Will Smith is so cuddly, someone has to be tough in the family.

Maggie Gyllenhaal doesn’t strike us as sporty, but for some reason she has an ad campaign for Reebok, which she celebrated at the impossible-to-get-into West Village hotspot, The Spotted Pig.

Jon Bon Jovi is more than just a sports fan, he’s an owner of Arena Football League team Philadelphia Soul. Arena football is played indoors, and, believe it or not, the league is twenty years old, and Bon Jovi celebrated by ringing the closing bell at the NASDAQ stock market.

Natalie Portman didn’t seem the least bit phased when she showed up at Marquee and inadvertently crashed the one-year anniversary party for Pharrell Williams’ Soho boutique, A Bathing Ape. Overly-tattooed MTV reality star Travis Barker and wife Shanna Moakler, Eric Balfour and rappers’ favorite Jacob the Jeweler all monkeyed around.


Gyllenhaal photo: Joy E. Scheller/LFI

Pharrell photo: Caroline Torem Craig/LFI

Reese & Ryan Run, Jake & Heath Reunite at DGA Awards
Heath Ledger couldn't quit Jake Gyllenhaal after all
Ryan Phillippe & Reese Witherspoon are looking at you, paparazzi
Patricia Clarkson wants to know what George Clooney thinks of her shoes
Photos: Mike Williams/Startraks

Los Angeles, Jan. 28, 2006 – Despite the dismissal of at least one of their paparazzi car-chase cases, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe exacted their own form of justice on their nemeses at the Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday. Walking the red carpet, Phillippe kept his eyes on the floor, looking carefully at the clearly marked spots where media outlets were stationed. Halfway along the receiving line, Ryan turned to Reese and said, “Come on, we’re done.” Photographers protested, and the actor said, “You’re the paparazzi. You chase us.” Assurances that they were legitimate members of the press, invited to cover the awards, went unheeded. Phillippe pointed out to his wife a sign bearing the name of photo agency Bauer-Griffin, which, the couple stated, represented one of the paparazzo that chased them. Then they turned and walked off, hand-in-hand.

Heath Ledger arrived at the DGA Awards with baby mama Michelle Williams, but reunited with his Brokeback Mountain costar Jake Gyllenhaal to celebrate Ang Lee’s best director win. With their movie a major contender for virtually all of this year’s film honors, the two onscreen lovers had, until now, not attended any award ceremonies together, including the Golden Globes, where Jake was glaringly absent.

Bridge & Tunnel to Broadway
Meryl Streep parties at the U.N.
Kim Cattrall windswept arriving at the theater
Natalie Portman at Bridge & Tunnel opening night
Cattrall & Portman photos by Dan Herrick/KPA

New York, Jan. 26, 2006 – Gosh, it was almost exactly two years ago that Sarah Jones’ one-woman show, Bridge & Tunnel opened off Broadway, where Meryl Streep, the show’s producer, forced Diddy and Sarah Jessica Parker to opening night. (Yes, it is scary that we know that.) Now, the brilliant show made it to Broadway, which can only mean one thing: the tickets are more expensive. It also meant Kim Cattrall, Natalie Portman, Bebe Neuwirth, Star Jones, Celeste Holme and other notables joined Streep for the big opening. For the second time that day, we found ourselves at the United Nations building, the location of the after-show party.

Topic A(merica) with Tina Brown & BHL
Bernard-Henri Levy
Tina Brown
Lauren Bacall & Diane von Furstenberg talk in the library

New York, Jan. 26, 2006 – He’s not quite Angelina or Britney, but Bernard-Henri Levy is a star in France, where they refer to him simply as “BHL”. Like other European superstars – hello, Robbie Williams – the French intellectual is trying to break into the U.S. market, publishing his 30th book in the States before any other country. The book, American Vertigo, chronicles Levy’s travels across the country by car, which, with true Gallic chic, the handsome philosopher undertook with the services of a chauffer.

And so, to the strains of Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again, Levy entered the New York Public Library on Thursday, and greeted an audience that included Lauren Bacall, Diane von Furstenberg and writer Harold Evans. Evans’ wife, British journalist Tina Brown, took time out from writing her book about Princess Diana to talk with Levy about his new work.

Nicole Kidman & Ring at U.N.
Nicole Kidman addresses the United Nations
Nicole Kidman's diamond ring glitters at the U.N.

New York, Jan. 26, 2006 – Nicole Kidman visited the United Nations headquarters in New York today, where she was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). The actress will travel to “devastated countries” learning about the organization’s projects and the role of women.

Looking around the room, Kidman joked that it was a subdued crowd, compared with Cannes. The Australian Oscar winner didn’t seem self-conscious about her diamond ring that has been the source of much speculation in the media, and a flutter of cameras went into overdrive every time her hands went up. She did not comment on how her U.N. duties and extensive travels would affect her relationships with her children with Tom Cruise, or with her “good friend”, country star Keith Urban.

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