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Cinema Society's Hush-Hush New Moon Screening
Robert Pattinson Kristen Stewart Taylor Lautner
Robert Pattinson
Kristen Stewart
Taylor Lautner
Ashley Greene Kellan Lutz Peter Facinelli
Ashley Greene
Kellan Lutz
Peter Facinelli

New York, November 19, 2009 – We laughed when the Cinema Society requested that everyone keep their screening of Twilight: New Moon a secret.  But miraculously, there was no crowd of screaming tweens when we arrived at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and only a few waited forlornly in the rain when the movie was over. 

Robert Pattison, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner turned up unmolested, along with cast-mates Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser and Nikki Reed.  

And who came for a preview of the about-to-be-released record breaking blockbuster?  Howard Stern, Emma Roberts, Fergie, Natalie Portman, Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr, Ivanka Trump, Taylor Momsen, Joan Jett and Abigail Breslin, to name a few.   

Afterward, everyone headed over to The Box for a loud, crowded party, and as it got later and later, we realized that Pattinson, Stewart and Lautner never did turn up for the post-screening bash. 

On the Scene: MoMA Tribute to Tim Burton
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter & Tim Burton
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter & Tim Burton
Brooke Shields Danny DeVito & Grace DeVito Johnny Depp & Patti Smith
Brooke Shields
Danny DeVito & Grace DeVito
Johnny Depp & Patti Smith

New York, November 17, 2009 – The Museum of Modern Art’s tribute to filmmaker Tim Burton was an amazing event, with the director and his lady Helena Bonham Carter, his longtime collaborator Johnny Depp and other stars in attendance for dinner and a presentation recognizing Burton’s acclaimed directorial work.  The evening was also a revelation, a preview of a major exhibition of Tim Burton’s work, opening November 22 at MoMA. 

The exhibit traces Burton’s visual imagination, from his earliest childhood drawings through his mature work in film.  Included are 700 examples of rarely seen drawings, paintings, storyboards, moving-image works, puppets, maquettes, costumes and cinematic ephemera, not to mention an extensive film series spanning Burton’s 27-year career. 

Rock goddess Patti Smith was Johnny Depp's date, and they joined a really diverse group including Danny DeVito, Brooke Shields, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, David and Julia Koch and Zac Posen in singing Burton’s praises and cooing over his creativity. 

Elton John AIDS Foundation 8th Annual "An Enduring Vision" Benefit
Courtney Love David Furnish & Elton John Sharon Stone
Courtney Love
David Furnish, left & Elton John
Sharon Stone
Tony Bennett & Susan Bennett Anderson Cooper Daniel Craig & Satsuki Mitchell
Tony & Susan Bennett
Anderson Cooper
Daniel Craig & Satsuki Mitchell

New York, November 16, 2009 – Elton John made a rare visit to New York for the eighth annual An Enduring Vision gala benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation.  The notoriously temperamental superstar was in a good mood, joking with reporters and chatting with guests.  Sharon Stone brought movie star glamour to the gala, wearing a top hat and trench coat which she opened to reveal a lingerie-inspired couture dress.  But Courtney Love out-diva’d Sharon by arriving more than an hour late to the benefit, and entertaining everyone with her rock star antics.  CNN’s Anderson Cooper, he of the sparkling blue eyes, once again emceed the evening and guests included Tony Bennett, Gina Gershon, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Daniel Craig and Kenneth Cole


Photos: Joy E. Scheller

On the Scene: 2009 Glamour Women of the Year Awards
Rihanna Serena Williams Amy Poehler
Serena Williams
Amy Poehler
Maria Shriver Stella McCartney Lisa Ling & Laura Ling
Maria Shriver
Stella McCartney
Lisa Ling, left, & Laura Ling

New York, November 9, 2009 – Glamour magazine’s 2009 Women of the Year Awards were as thrilling as ever, honoring distinguished women like Maya Angelou, Amy Poehler, Stella McCartney, Rihanna, Maria Shriver and Michelle Obama.  Presenters included Bill Clinton, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  Each speech was more moving than the last, and comic Amy Poehler had everyone laughing, but Tyra Banks took the cake when she introduced tennis great Serena Williams with the following anecdote:

“A couple of days ago I went to the Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum here in New York City.  So I’m walking around, checking everything out and this one figure caught my eye; and I know the real person and have even broken bread with her before, but I never really felt comfortable enough to, like, really just, like, stare at her and, like, admire her strong biceps.  And, like, I wanted to grab her biceps when I was at dinner with her, and I wanted to just kind of like pull her dress up and really, you know, get a close up of those amazingly taut legs and…the booty.  You know, I wanted to…really, like, damn, mine are nowhere near that toned!  And of course I wasn’t going to touch her at dinner, but here I am at the Wax Museum.  So my dream came true: I started to squeeze the biceps and squeeze the legs and squeeze the booty, and I was, like, oh my god, I was in heaven!  And then these little girls actually came up to me, and they were like, ‘Tyra, what are you doing?’  They were like, you’re so not cool, you’re not supposed to be touching the exhibit.  And I was, like, you guys, I can’t help it.  This woman is so amazing, and she’s so powerful, I cannot help myself.”  

Crosby, Stills & Nash Rock Bette Midler's Hulaween Bash
Michael Kors
Bette Midler & Crosby Stills & Nash
Bette Midler & Crosby
Stills & Nash
Martha Stewart Judy Gold
Michael Kors
Martha Stewart
Judy Gold

New York, October 30, 2009 – “I think tonight is about all the greenery that Bette brings to the city, and then of course the cherry on the cake is Crosby, Stills and Nash, so it’s a Woodstock kind of night,” Michael Kors, costumed in full hippie regalia, told us at Bette Midler’s Hulaween Ball. 

Whoopi Goldberg kicked things off.  “You know, I have cats, so I don’t need to f--k with trees.  But I know people love to see them,” Whoopi told the dinner crowd.  Bette, whose costume was a “show ghoul”, said she was shocked that so many people showed up for the benefit.  “Because when I made my calls, so many people told me to go f--k myself,” she said before launching into her trademark foul-mouthed fundraising schtick, laced with songs and stand-up comedy. Midler made her way among the tables, embarrassing people into buying trees for the project.  Katie Couric, wearing a Kate Gosselin wig, pledged some money, but demanded in return that Midler sing a lullaby for her “eight children.”  Bette promptly launched into “If I Were a Rich Man.” 

CSN took the stage, and Graham Nash said, “I bought a $2,500 tree. Of course, the only plant David [Crosby] ever bought was some weed.”  The crowd sang along to Goodbye Ruby Tuesday, and by the time they did Teach Your Children – dedicated to Bette’s daughter, Sophie – everyone was dancing in the aisles.  

Backstage at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concerts
Fergie Penn Badgley Ana Ortiz
Fergie wears a Unitee pendant
Penn Badgley bites Zirh soap
Ana Ortiz looks hot in Schott
Lenny Kravitz Mark Indelicato
Lenny Kravitz signs Bacardi bottle to benefit Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Mark Indelicato shows off Guitar Hero skills

New York, October 29-30, 2009 – Backstage at this weekend’s fabulous Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concerts, celebrities checked out the swag in the gift lounge. 

Bacardi, the “official spirit” sponsor, was a big hit.  While Steve Van Zandt, Lenny Kravitz and Bruce Springsteen signed commemorative bottles to be auctioned off for charity, Alan Cumming and Billy Joel swigged it straight and Penn Badgley had a Cuba Libre. 

All eyes were on New Moon hottie Chaske Spencer when he stopped at the Cult of Individuality jeans station – everyone was hoping he would drop his pants and try on a pair.  No such luck, but they are sending him a pair of skinny jeans.  Tiny Christian Siriano fits into Anoname women’s jeans. 

Aretha Franklin wished she’d gotten the AMC movie pass a few days earlier – she said she’d just seen the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It at one of their theaters.

Schott NYC outerwear was a hit with Bonnie Raitt, Fergie, David Crosby, Jackson Browne and Ana OrtizTom Hanks quipped, “Where were you when I was poor?  I have enough money to buy anything in the world, but nothing pleases me more than getting a free coat!”

Hugh Jackman Hosts Wordwide Orphans Gala
Daniel Craig & Satsuki Mitchell Hugh Jackman & Deborra Lee Furness Mary Louise Parker
Daniel Craig & Satsuki Mitchell
Hugh Jackman & Deborra-Lee Furness
Mary Louise Parker

New York, October 26, 2009 – Hugh Jackman’s biggest regret about hosting the Worldwide Orphans Foundation gala honoring his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness?  His speech was limited to three minutes.  “I could go on for hours about Deb’s work,” the Wolverine star said.  Jackman and his wife are adoptive parents, as is Mary Louise Parker, who came to lend her support to the fundraiser.  The common thread is the organization’s founder, Dr. Jane Aronson, a pediatrician who treats many of the children adopted by these high-profile parents.  WWO is dedicated to transforming the lives of orphaned children around the world in their native countries. 

Stars, Politicians Join Cicely Tyson at Arts School Unveiling
Jon Corzine Oprah Winfrey & Cicely Tyson Angela Bassett
NJ Gov. Jon Corzine
Oprah Winfrey & Cicely Tyson share a laugh
Angela Bassett

East Orange, NJ, October 24, 2009 – Our high school was never like this!  Cicely Tyson unveiled the new home for her namesake school for the performing and fine arts in East Orange, NJ on Saturday, with a slew of stars cheering on the ribbon cutting.  Oprah Winfrey, Angela Bassett, Tamara Tunie and BeBe Winans took in performances in the new $143 million state-of-the-art facility, where more than 1,000 students are currently enrolled.  New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine even took time out from his contentious reelection campaign to christen the school. 

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