May 23, 2017
By Jeffrey Slonim | May 29, 2015 | People
How did two Entourage stars prep for "the most awkward scene ever," and did you know that Guy Pearce won a body buidling competition back in the day? Jeffrey Slonim has the scoop on that and more in this week's celebrity news....
What Did Kevin Connolly & Sabina Gadecki Do Before Their Awkward Entourage Scene?
At the Paris Theater during a special screening of Entourage, Sabina Gadecki, who plays Kevin Connolly’s love interest Melanie in the film, indicated that Connolly, “Facebook messaged me and exchanged numbers to grab a drink before we had to film ‘the most awkward scene ever.’”
Meanwhile, Jerry Ferrara—who plays Turtle in Entourage—discussed cage fighting with Ronda Rousey on camera. “I would not want to be on the other end of that in real life,” he said. “She has broken [the] ribs [of men] far bigger than [me].”
Socialites Show Up for Bettina Zilkha’s Big Cocktail Party
On Thursday, Bettina Zilkha hosted her annual cocktail fête at her apartment with fab views of Central Park. We spotted Sharon Bush, Somers Farkas, Jamee Gregory, and nearly every last socialite.
Club Promoter Danny Abeckaser Stars in a Film Based on His Life
If you ever attended former club promoter Danny A. Abeckaser’s model-packed annual birthday party, as Leonardo DiCaprio often did, you may know him best as Danny A. Now Abeckaser is taking on the role of screenwriter and actor to portray his early years in the film Club Life, which debuted on Tuesday. Jerry Ferrara plays Johnny D, who is not-so-loosely based on Danny A. “I think it’s a really accurate portrayal of the nightlife that we know, the models and bottles,” said Abeckaser, who plays a club tough onscreen. Danny A’s A-list threw an after-party at Avenue with Artichoke Pizza following the screening.
How Jimmy Darmody Got That Cool Hair on Boardwalk Empire
Also on Thursday, New York Women in Film & Television’s Designing Women honored the hair and makeup stars behind the scenes on Empire, Orange is the New Black, and Boardwalk Empire. “I do the designing for Boardwalk,” said Francis Paris. “With Jimmy Darmody [who is played by Michael Pitt], I decided to straighten his hair and shave it on the side [to create] one hot, sexy gangster.”
At Results Premiere, Guy Pearce Reveals He Won a Body Building Competition
On Wednesday, FIJI Water kept the Cinema Society Results premiere hydrated. Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders play workout instructors Trevor and Kat in the film. Pearce pointed out that he won a body building competition in Australia when he was 16. He remains ripped. And Smulders said she had to “kick it up a notch” after Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Results crew after-partied with Qui Tequila cocktails at STK Rooftop.
Jim Parsons Talks Nerves Before the Act of God Premiere
We also caught up with Jim Parsons at Studio 54 after his debut in An Act of God on Thursday. We’re hearing this may be the first play to derive from a Twitter account that made it to Broadway. David Javerbaum, who wrote the show, also pens the @TheTweetOfGod account, which so happens to have two million followers.
“I was very nervous about opening,” said Parsons. “I didn’t know that Javerbaum ran the Twitter account before I started working on the play, but I think that benefited me.”
Other Sightings Around Town: Who Was Rebel Wilson Getting Cozy With at Beauty & Essex?
We spied Leonardo DiCaprio at Blue Ribbon Sushi in Brookfield Plaza.
Dancing with the Stars vet Mark Ballas celebrated his 29th birthday at Beauty & Essex on Tuesday. His entourage ordered lobster tacos, while Ballas tucked into a thick-cut filet and barbecue fries.
Also on Tuesday at Beauty & Essex, we spotted Rebel Wilson getting cuddly with a dude. They ordered chicken meatballs and topped the meal off with a box of donuts and an Elvis Presley Sundae.
On Tuesday, former CBS news anchor Dan Rather ordered light—grilled chicken salad and iced tea—at Virgil’s. And the Today show celebrated its win over Good Morning America last Thursday with barbecue from Virgil’s.
We spied Lindsay Lohan and Jill Zarin at Villagio on the Park on Wednesday.
LeAnn Rimes caught an early dinner at CATCH NYC on Thursday.
We spotted Harry Belafonte at chef Vincent Chirico’s Vai restaurant on Thursday, too.
Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada were seen at the Hunt & Fish Club on Sunday. And last Monday, Hugh Jackman had breakfast with SiriusXM’s The MOMS, Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein, at Hunt & Fish Club. He discussed his skin cancer scare and new PureSunDefense website. Tommy Lasorda and Tino Martinez were also recently spotted here.
Tim Gunn spent Memorial Day at Carmine’s on the Upper West Side. He and a friend enjoyed Chardonnay, Caesar salad, and fried calamari.
We also spied RHONY’s Sonja Morgan at AG Kitchen.
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May 3, 2017