A Little of the Old In and Out
In: The Howard Stern-Page Six-Lloyd Grove Imbroglio.
In: Allegra Beck. This from the New York Times:
"At the end of this month, on her 18th birthday, Allegra Beck will come into control of her 50 percent of the privately held Versace firm; her mother owns 20 percent and Santo, 30 percent. The family's holdings include the fashion business, which had sales last year of $486 million, as well as a villa on Lake Como and a town house in New York. The family has sold the Miami Beach house.
"Though her name is as prominent as a Hilton, Ms. Beck isn't a typical heiress. This is in part because of what she has endured and in part because her father, Paul Beck, and her mother, who are separated, have shielded her from the news media. She attends a private school in Milan and is often present at her mother's runway shows. But, while Ms. Beck will soon be free to exert control over one of the most famous labels in fashion, she plans to enroll this fall in an American university to study drama and business."
The Corsair would like to take this opportunity to formally extend to Allegra Beck a full scholarship to the Ron Mwangaguhunga School of Drama and Business, registration guaranteed upon turning 18. Call me?
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Out: Paul McCartney, birthday boy. According to Jeanette Walls:
"Crew members on the set of the singer�s concert are up in arms because the staunch vegetarian has banned the eating of meat by anyone working on the tour.
"'It�s completely crazy,' one worker in Oslo, Norway, where the former Beatle is performing tonight, told the paper Aftenposten, according to our translator."
I suppose he won't be hanging with carnivores Jay Z and Beyonce anytime soon?
Out: Johnny Depp's panties. (2nd story down) According to Liz Smith, David Beckham apparently snagged them:
"So here's the latest Beckham rumor. He wants to channel Johnny Depp. He thinks the actor is just terrific. When Johnny's underpants sold for more than $3,000 at a recent charity auction in London, it is said that Beckham was the purchaser. A 'close celebrity pal' of David and Victoria Beckham insists, 'He's had the underwear framed, and hanging in their bedroom.'"
Can I even muster the amount of snark that this little chestnut deserves? No. Upon consideration it appears that I can't. Since brevity is the soul of wit, I'll just move right along to the next item.
In: Oprah Winfrey. I've been hard on the Ope in the past, but making Anna Karenina a part of her book club is a noble idea. For just a moment, at least, people who would be fearful to approach Great Works -- okay, Middle aged housewives -- will be exposed to Tolstoy. Way to go, Ope.
Out: New York is, at least for Steve Garbarino who is headed to LA, according to the scoopsters at Fashionweekdaily:
"Vanity Fair contributing editor Steve Garbarino is leaving Manhattan and moving to L.A. to work on his HBO pilot 'Freak Beat,' which is on track to fill the void left by 'Sex and the City,' we hear. The show is loosely based on Garbarino�s own life covering off-beat subjects like the Hell�s Angels and oddball 'Heaven�s Gate' director Michael Cimino for VF. At least until the channel gives the green light for the full series, Garbarino will continue to write for VF and The New York Times Magazine. Meanwhile his name has been floated as a possible candidate for the editorial director�s job at Playboy."
In: Director Noel Baumbach. I saw Kicking and Screaming last night and loved it all over again. I'd love to shake Noah Baumbach's hand. Anyone know when his next movies out? I'm so there.