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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Media-Whore D'Oeuvres



"Lady Gaga's first night in New York at Radio City Music Hall lured the fashion elite: in the orchestra section I spotted Tory Burch, Richard Chai, WWD's David Lipke, George Sotelo, Prabal Gurung, the Daily Beast's Jacob Bernstein, accessory/handbag king Rafe Totengco, Elle's Joe Zee and celebs like Sting. When Gaga told the crowd that she wouldn't 'go all the way' but would 'suck ___,' Donald and Melania Trump's weirdly smooth faces flashed on the huge screens looking shocked, strained and horrified. Equally not into Gaga's frequent X-rated banter? Barbara Walters, who got up and split mid-show, right before Gaga sang her ballad 'Speechless.' Wawa no likey Gaga." (Peter Davis/Papermag)



"Former presidential candidate John Edwards abandoned his long denial that he had fathered a child during an affair with a campaign aide and admitted today that he is the father of the almost 2-year-old girl. 'I am Quinn's father,' Edwards said in the bombshell statement this morning. 'I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves.' The former senator and presidential hopeful had an affair with campaign cinematographer Rielle Hunter, 42, and she later give birth to Frances Quinn. The admission comes a week before an interview with the man who had claimed he was the baby's father, former aide Andrew Young, was scheduled to appear on ABC News' '20/20' in an exclusive interview. In an excerpt from his upcoming interview with ABC News's Bob Woodruff, Young alleges that Edwards asked him to arrange a fake a paternity test. 'Get a doctor to fake the DNA results,' Young said Edwards told him. 'And he asked me ... to steal a diaper from the baby so he could secretly do a DNA test to find out if this [was] indeed his child.' Young recently wrote a book about the affair called 'The Politician.'" (ABCNews)



"As Hollywood decamps Thursday to snowy Park City, Utah, for 10 days of mountaintop dealmaking, John Cooper, a 20-year veteran of the Sundance Film Festival is anxious to see how the big changes he's implemented will play out. Since Cooper took over as festival director from Geoffrey Gilmore last year, the former head of programming said he's been trying to broaden the types of films and platforms featured at Sundance. Yes, there will still be the usual list of buzz films, including 'Hesher,' starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman' and 'The Runaways' with 'Twilight's' Kristen Stewart. And the closing night film is Joel Schumacher's 'Twelve.' (See accompanying slideshow for more buzz films.) But gone is the opening-night gala, long a staple of the festival. Instead, a series of in-competition films will screen on Thursday night, including 'Howl,' the Allen Ginsburg biopic; 'Restrepo,' an Afghanistan war documentary; and a selection of short films." (TheWrap)



"430 swells flew over the Atlantic for Philip Radziwill’s marriage to Devon Schuster, his childhood sweetheart, for a romantic but spectacular wedding in the snow-covered village of Gstaad, where the groom’s parents have a chalet ...No pouting Jade Jaggers stinking up the place with their self-importance, certainly no desperate publicity-seeking Paris Hilton types, just a lot of young good looking people having fun. The parents of the groom are very old and good friends of mine. The mother, Eugenie Radziwill, is actually a childhood friend. As is her husband John. I first met John’s father, Stas, when he was JFK’s brother-in-law. He was married to Jackie’s much prettier sister Lee, but the marriage I always thought to be a rocky one, and it ended in divorce sometime during the Seventies. Stas liked to have a good time and we used to hit the clubs together when he’d come to Paris. He would have enjoyed last weekend as he had an eye for the ladies, to say the least." (Takimag)



"Thompson LES, the hip hotel named for its location on 190 Allen Street (on the Lower East Side), hosted a benefit for Haiti last night, with proceeds supporting the American Red Cross relief efforts on the beleaguered island. As DJ Mark Ronson provided musical entertainment, a fashionable crowd sipped cocktails and socialized. The party hit its peak around midnight, and most of the action was on the boutique hotel's second floor, although Above Allen, the small seventh floor lounge with panoramic views of the city, was also open. Among the crowd: Derek Blasberg, Whitney Port, Topper Mortimer, and Russell Simmons." (NYSocialDiary)

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