Dispatch: From Boston to Blue Book
April 25, 2013 | Homepage
Monday last week, Dispatches unofficially covered the Boston Marathon, standing on the sidelines about 400 yards from the finish line posting photos on Twitter. Fortunately, my wife (who ran her third Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 37 minutes that day) is speedy and we were beyond blessed to miss the sadly gruesome scene of mayhem and tragedy that occurred only some 30 minutes after she’d finished. We were on the subway exactly one stop from the bombsite when the explosions occurred. As our train was somberly evacuated, we hurried up the stairs and eventually out of town. The New York skyline has never looked so welcoming as it did that day.
Vanity Fair Hosts Tribeca Film Festival Opening Party
On Tuesday, I still had the jitters at the Vanity Fair fête for the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse. (I even pointed out a pile of unsecured bags of garbage across the street to security.) Chef Thomas Keller did a group photo on the stairs out front before the event with his formidable cooking staff. “Great place to have a party,” mentioned co-host Graydon Carter, who resembles a founding father with his halo of fluffy gray hair. “Honored to do it with Bob [De Niro] and Ronald [Lauder]. I have no idea what Thomas Keller has cooked, but he’s got the best [hors d'oeuvres] in the world.”
On her way inside, Whoopi Goldberg spoke about her film festival entry, a documentary on Moms Mabley. “She was this amazing female standup comic who was black,” noted Goldberg. “For 40 years, she was the only female standup in the country.”
Also spotted: Robert De Niro, Drew Nieporent, Tory Burch, Evan Rachel Wood, and Carolina Herrera.
Stars Support Marriage Equality, Elton John Performs at the Hot Pink Party
The next night, Calvin Klein Collection and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) hosted an intimate yet powerful event for Americans for Marriage Equality at the Calvin Klein flagship store on Madison. “It’s an issue that’s very dear to me,” offered Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, wearing Calvin Klein and standing beside fiancé Justin Mikita. “We’re getting married in July here in New York City, because that’s where it’s legal. We’d love to do it in California, the state we live in, but we’re taking our business elsewhere.”
“The HRC has a lot of power in the conversation right now,” Neil Patrick Harris assured Dispatches. “There is a long way to go to marriage equality,” added Harris’ partner David Burtka, “but hopefully supporting events like this will give even more traction.”
That same night, The Hot Pink Party for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) was held at the Waldorf Astoria, where Sir Elton John performed and Elizabeth Hurley (who revealed that she’ll soon return to the big screen in a film with Gerard Depardieu) wore a sexy gown by Blumarine. “Evelyn Lauder was a force of nature,” said Michael Kors about his late friend who championed BCRF. "What she did with her life is so major . . . and this event proves that it is going strong.”
Tiffany Blue Book Ball Blings It
On Thursday, Tiffany hosted its elegantly well-funded Blue Book Ball in the skating rink at Rockefeller Center—but this was no average skating party. The entire sunken plaza was transformed into a giant Art Deco ballroom, with custom Deco-inspired décor (specially designed furniture, wall-to-wall carpeting), a Moët Champagne tower, and a buffet brimming with lobster and filet.
Gwyneth Paltrow, who appeared thinner, blonder, and more beautiful than ever, said she was wearing a Ralph Lauren dress chosen by her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman. “I love the butterfly,” she said, giving a nod to her seriously bejeweled pin.
“This is all Tiffany,” admitted Sarah Jessica Parker on her way inside. “And you, too, can have it at midnight, when I am stripped of it. I’m not to leave the premises [with it].”
"I’m wearing Reem Acra,” said Kate Hudson before downing Tic Tacs. And Carey Mulligan, star of the new Gatsby film, said that she was wearing Victoria Beckham. “I got an opportunity to wear a lot of Tiffany jewelry in Gatsby,” she said, “so I feel very lucky.”
Bronx High School of Science Fêtes 75 Years, Reese Witherspoon Steps Out After Arrest
On Friday, like everyone else, Dispatches was glued to coverage of the manhunt for the two alleged Boston marathon bombers. Nonetheless, switching gears yet again, on Saturday it was back to the Waldorf for the 75th Anniversary Gala for The Bronx High School of Science. E.L. Doctorow said he found his four years at Bronx Science, “very stressful,” especially when it came to trigonometry. Meanwhile, Jon Favreau recalled having had a crush on the present principal, Valerie Reidy, when she was his biology teacher in the ’80s.
After an incident on Friday in which Reese Witherspoon was arrested by Atlanta police for allegedly interfering with the arrest of husband Jim Toth, nabbed for a possible DUI, the couple still showed for the Cinema Society- and FIJI Water-sponsored debut of Witherspoon’s latest film, Mud, at MoMA.
Understandably, Witherspoon wasn’t chatty. But Matthew McConaughey, there with spouse Camila Alves, said that not showering to look like a guy living on the Mississippi for the role was “like being a kid again.” Other challenges? They actually shot on the Mississippi. “There are snakes everywhere,” claimed director Jeff Nichols. “Cottonmouths. We all got snake boots.”
During the screening, McConaughey, Alves, Toth, and Witherspoon snuck off to dinner. As one might expect, however, only McConaughey and Alves turned up at the Harlow for the afterfête.
Fifteen cast members, one hour to film them. We sat down with the current crop of SNL talent, and got their thoughts on SNL, potential skits for James Franco, and whether Adnan is guilty.