Janice Min, who recently stepped down as the editor of Us Weekly, is celebrating her 40th birthday today. Martha Nelson, the woman who oversees People, is turning 57. Weatherman Sam Champion is 48. Sebastian Stan of Gossip Girl is turning 26. Danny Bonaduce is 50. Author and screenwriter Tom Perrotta is turning 48. Agnes Gund, the former president of the Museum of Modern Art, is 71. Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders is turning 76. And ex-Cuban president Fidel Castro turns 83 today.
♦ In his new book, Alec Baldwin goes off on TMZ's Harvey Levin, and says that the fallout from his infamously leaked voicemail made him want to commit suicide. [R&M]
♦ Barbra Streisand sang four songs at an Obama fundraiser last night. Attendees included Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. [Fox News]
♦ Anne Hathaway acted like a bit of a diva at an event in Toronto. She also smokes, which her publicist doesn't want you to know. [OK!, R&M]
♦ Sarah Palin's "secretive circle of stylists" dressed her in a $2,500 Valentino jacket for her big speech at the Republican convention. [P6]
♦ Bad news: Hugh Hefner says all three of the Girls Next Door are getting spinoffs. [E!]
♦ Even worse news: Heidi Montag and her sister Holly are "developing a top-secret project" together. [LAT]
New York City's favorite gay, orange-hued weatherman Sam Champion, turns 47 today. Us Weekly editor Janice Min is also celebrating. It's her 39th birthday today, which makes her approximately 25 years older than the average Us reader. She isn't the only magazine star who will be munching on cake in the office today: Martha Nelson of People is 56. Other birthdays: Fidel Castro is 82, Danny Bonaduce is 49, and art maven (and heiress) Agnes Gund turns 70. And actor Sebastian Stan, who may be better known as Leighton Meester's boyfriend, turns 25.
When it comes to the Oscars, who you bring is just as important as who you wear. And sure, it used to be cool to take your significant other or your mom, but now, thanks to one little off-the-cuff remark from Michael Moore, you're nobody unless you bring a dictator. On Tuesday, while walking the red carpet at the Semi-Pro premiere, the rotund documentarian joked about wanting to take the newly retired president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, as his date to the Academy Awards. As he says:
Fidel Castro has "resigned" as the ruler of Cuba, but he hasn't been seen in public for 19 months, so don't believe anything you read in the mainstream media until brave Perez Hilton explains to you how this means Castro is even more dead. (In the attached picture, Castro is shown holding a book published about a month after Perez's groundbreaking scoop that he was dead, click through for a larger picture.) UPDATE: At 6:30 AM, Perez confirmed that "Castro Steps Down!!!!!!!" Approximately 10 seconds later, his site receives the first in a long, ongoing series of comments along the lines of this one, number 42: "How can he step down if he's dead???? Perez what's going on?? Please bring us op to date!!"
· Oliver Stone's pro-Fidel Castro documentary has been bumped by the Tribeca Film Festival. [Page Six]
· Courtney Love in Rolling Stone: "I've never dated a guy with brown eyes, except for [Bush's] Gavin Rossdale,...I don't know if I've even fucked a dark-haired guy in my power yearssince 1989. Pre-1989, I pretty much fucked everybody. But it was because I had to get breakfast somehow." [Page Six]
· NBC's reality series about the opening of a Rocco di Spirito eatery, "The Restaurant," will air at the end of July. [Page Six]
· Restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow co-owns what used to be the nightclub Chaos at 225 East Houston and is now the "Manhattan Gentleman's Club" strip joint. [NY Daily News]
· Bruno Jamais' private restaurant features luxury products ensconced in display cases; Random House execs are snickering at Ann Godoff and Sonny Mehta's expressions of mutual respect; and Michael Gross runs a not-so-blind item about Harvey Weinstein looking for a $500 million bailout. [The Word]
· Oliver Stone is (not surprisingly) amazed Fidel Castro has never seen a shrink. [Page Six]
· A San Francisco doctor is retracting statements made to a Rolling Stone reporter stating that 25% of all HIV cases were contracted on purpose. [Page Six]
· Press clippings from Lotus double as passports in some countries. [Page Six]
· Robert Downey, Jr., on his music career: "I'd like to play some small venues, but under the name of whatever the band would be not like, 'Robert Downey Jr. invites you and David Hasselhoff to an auditorium,' because I just smell the demise right there." [Page Six]