Remember the naked guy in the room next to Samantha in the film Sex and the City? Well, that was Dancing with The Stars All Stars contestant Gilles Marini. And his family recently joined him at The Venetian and The Palazzo, Las Vegas to kick off the second annual Winter in Venice.
They took the Gondola ride, skating at the first rink on the Las Vegas strip.
“It’s December, it’s still 70 degrees outside,” he said. “But here at The Venetian, the vibe is still snowy and wintery, I love it!”
But who does he think will win this season of Dancing With The Stars All Stars? “My heart says Val and Kelly,” indicated Marini. “She has a really good sense of the show…they are real. But who is gonna win? Derek Hough.”
Was in Los Angeles for the American Music Awards last Sunday and couldn’t help but hit The Original Pantry downtown for breakfast. .. twice! Sat and Sun. I think that is my waiter, pictured. I practically go every time I’m in LA, and am usually wearing a tux for some red carpet Awards show. Don’t know if he knows I don’t live there. They wear black bow ties behind the counter. And it just brings me back to Mildred Pierce days. Has been open and crowded since 1924. Sour dough toast. So much bacon you feel as if your heart will stop. Enough potatoes–crisp on top– for an infantry troop. And you could practically swim in the ice coffee.
Also I got my hair cut at Gornik & Drucker in the basement at the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills on North Cannon (lower lobby). There is an old brass steamed towel machine (formerly likely used coal). Tons of pics of Ronald Reagan, who used to get his hair cut there. The guy who did my cut took forever, but he used to work for Vidal Sassoon (all through the 70s), so he really knew what he was doing. Old LA really gets to me . . .
Tao now Mr. Bloom. What went down on Saturday at the Vegas hotspot? 90210 star Jessica Lowndes celebrated her 24th birthday at TAO at The Venetian with her hunky beau, Olympic freestyle mogul skier–and internet mogul–Jeremy Bloom (recently inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame). They dined at Asian bistro. And he is pictured below possibly checking out her moguls. Also at TAO, Wilmer Valderrama, a regular, did dinner and shots with friends. And Ashley Tisdale and Sarah Hyland, hit Tao for a friend’s birthday. The smokin’ young ladies sizzling order included satay bass. Plenty of curves in their party as well . . .
Jessica Lowndes Photo: Al Powers/Powers Imagery
Ashley Tisdale Photo: Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery
Pretty setting, pretty hostess. Do you really even care about the food and mimosas at that point? But, by the way, Laurel Hardware is crazy yummy–included cocktail list and menu. And so is Rachel Bilson who co-hosted a one year anniversary fete on Saturday for ShoeMint, her shoe line with Nicole Chavez. Seated outdoors were Jamie King, Lauren Conrad, Cacee Cobb (Jessica Simpson’s BFF), Current Elliot designers Emily Current and Merritt Elliot.
Was running in the park the other day and I stopped by Crown (24 East 81, NYC) in a sweat suit, believe it or not, to make a reservation. Jay Fielden, the editor of Town & Country, was sitting at the bar with his wife and adorable girls eating burgers. Just assumed they were displaced by the storm to an uptown hotel; but for all I know he lives in the neighborhood. I do, just a few blocks away. And today, I decided to copy him. Brought my sons to the bar. Declan, my little one, kept saying, “You’re copying your editor?” It was an inspired idea. So, er, yes. And he was only my editor on one piece for Men’s Vogue.
While not free, brunch is the sensational deal at Crown. The restaurant is set in the grandest of grand townhouses. And they actually have my brother Hunt’s bunny paintings down the back stairs and filling the secret private room behind the book case.
While dinner has set us back $100 each at Crown, brunch was $125 for all four of us (before the tip). And the burgers are great. My wife had one. The kids loved their BLTs. I got the lobster fritata, $18. It didn’t come with bread, but I asked my waiter and he brought me a croissant (and kindly didn’t charge). The decor is beyond sumptuous, even at the bar. Tables make sense for everyone else, but if you have kids, it is very relaxed at the bar, and quiet, at least on Sunday. We actually talked for once.
I would rather do this every once in a while, rather than jam in at a noisy Sarabeth’s often. My hat is off to Fielden & famille.
Director John Turturro shot a scene with Woody Allen at Lexington Luncheonette last night. Spoke with a waitress this morning who said she was “thrilled to have the day off.”
“You could barely move in here,” said the gent at the cash register this morning of Friday’s shoot which the crew began breaking down around 9 p.m., “they had so much equipment.” Lex was lined with trucks. “Woody Allen sat here [at counter] said the insider, “But first, John was here with him at [the first] table.” They shot the scene three different ways. Allen only shoots a scene once, so the film definitely has the mark of Turturro, who is directing. Fading Gigolo, written by Turturro, also stars Sofia Vergara, Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone, Turturro, and French pop star Vanessa Paradis. It is the story of a man who becomes an aging Don Juan to raise money for a friend, managed by Murry, played by Allen. Choice casting. Great location. Perhaps the Upper East is getting hipper. DJ Cassidy, who lives in the neighborhood, swears by this diner. And Madonna lives just a few blocks away.
Blame it on the live element, but the American Music Awards have a longstanding tradition of being America’s great SHOW ME Awards show. Stars from Rihanna to Beyonce to Jessica Simpson, above and below, and Jlo, left, have worn dresses with major cut outs over the years. Hi Mom!
And not only is this reporter attending, I look forward to stars going all out to perform, while wearing precious little to cover up for Prime Time. The show airs live on Sunday, November 18 8/7 Central Time on ABC. Who will wear the skimpiest getup and win America’s heart?
Stay tuned . . .
Shout out to Dick Clark productions. . .