Derek Jeter turns 35 today. Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson is turning 39. Patty Smyth is 52. Jason Schwartzman is turning 29. Music impresario Irv Gotti is 39. So is former music exec-turned-marketing honcho Steve Stoute. Joanna Molloy of the Daily News is 54. Art director George Lois is turning 78. Actor Sean Hayes is 39. Guitarist Mick Jones is turning 54. Chris Isaak turns 53. Chris O'Donnell is turning 39. Former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington is 33. And scandal-plagued quarterback Michael Vick turns 29 today. Weekend birthdays below.
The snowstorm didn't stop art and society scenesters from stopping off at the New York Academy of Art on Monday night. Guests at the Tribeca Ball included Liev Schreiber, Justin Timberlake, and event co-chair Eileen Guggenheim (left), along with Bill Clinton, Andre Balazs, Andy and Kate Spade, Adam Weinberg, Jason Wu, Nicole Miller and Kim Taipale, Monet Mazur, Alek Wek, Bettina Zilkha, Poppy de Villeneuve, Jennifer Creel, Jean-Pierre Roy, Ludwig Kuttner and Beatrix Ost, stylist Ric Pipino, Heather Mnuchin, Liam McMullan, Antoine and Maureen Chiquet, and artist Will Cotton. [PMc, Wireimage, VF, FWD, Style.com]
Gucci celebrated the launch of its Tattoo Heart Collection on Wednesday, a line of products that benefits UNICEF. Rihanna, who is the new face of the campaign, was joined Gucci creative director Frida Giannini at a snowflake lighting ceremony at the Grand Army Plaza, which was followed by an event at Gucci's flagship and dinner at the Plaza's Oak Room. Guests included Madonna, Penn Badgley, Blake Lively, Adrian Grenier, Monet Mazur, Timbaland, Mary J. Blige, Erin Wasson, Becki Newton and Chris Diamantopoulos, Kelly Rutherford, Patricia Field, Charlotte Ronson, Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss, Jessica Joffe, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Mamie Gummer, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Bethenny Frankel, Anja Rubik, Hal Rubenstein, Magnus Berger, Joe Zee, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and Maggie Betts. [Style.com, NYO, PMc, Wireimage]
Two weeks ago the news surfaced that Viacom chief Sumner Redstone and his second wife, Paula Fortunato, were divorcing after five years of marriage. Much was made of Redstone and Fortunato's 39-year age gap and the couple's pre-nup, which will provide Fortunato with a $5 million fortuno for the five years she spent by the not-so-healthy billionaire's side. But she's hardly the only one who has been married to someone who could easily pass for her father or granddad. After the jump, a list of famous New York couples and their equally famous age gaps.
Vera Wang turns 59 today. Fashion designer Norma Kamali is 63, Broadway producer Roger Berlind is 78, book editor Cindy Spiegel is 48, and Tobey Maguire is 33. On Saturday, scenester and rock star scion Alexandra Richards will turn 23. Editor Harry Evans will celebrate his 80th. Other people celebrating birthdays this weekend: Michael Cardozo, Wendy Kopp and Scott Heiferman.
Think of how easy it might have been to understand Arianna Huffington's bloggy animus toward Tim Russert if there were a book out chronicling all the sordid details of their decade-and-a-half-long secret feud. (There is.) Every gossip-mongering gadabout should know the full backstory on every spat, falling out, and long-running mutual antagonism in media. Below are the volumes no shelf should be without.
Sir Harry and Tina Brown are the closest thing the New York scene has to a royal couple. (Tina is Tina, and Harry is more charming and also better-looking than HRH Prince Charles of Edinburg.) On Sunday, aboard the Manhattan-sized cruise ship the Queen Mary II, they hosted a luncheon to benefit the American Institute for Stuttering. (Their son George for many years had a severe stutter.) Katie Couric was the M.C. Carly Simon was an honoree. Jack Welch sat in turtle-like repose as did, closer to the back, a very disengaged former gossip columnist Lloyd Grove. Candace Bushnell promised to set me up on a blind date and despite the early call to port—11 a.m.!—the champagne flowed freely. Joshua, still recovering from the BBQ festival avant-hier biked to Red Hook, following the limousines to the Cruise Terminal. Photographer Nikola Tamindzic took a cab.
Mrs. Tina Brown gets a firm drubbing in the transcript released of Rupert Murdoch with two Wall Street Journal reporters. Harry Evans was the editor of the London Times a million years ago. Rupert says:
News of the World, the Sunday paper most likely to be sued by a celebrity and with England's biggest circ, and the London Times, the former home of Harry Evans, have cut 50 editorial positions. If these News International company papers are among Rupert Murdoch's more successful holdings (the Times less so), and overall they're going to cut 60 million bucks out of the annual budget, it must be grim for his least. Why would he allow this now, when he's still wooing the Bancroft family for Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal and trying to squeeze on his most lovable mogul mask?
Who's behind the barely literate yet endlessly compelling socialite PR organ cum bitchy LiveJournal that is Socialite Rank? It's become this weird question that everyone keeps asking and no one ever answers. But in anticipation of SR themed expos s in Vanity Fair and New York, not to mention SR's big "announcement" next week, Radar's Sarah Horne has created a poll where you can vote for your favorite suspect. Genius! Crazy genius, in fact, because after dispatching the usual suspects (Lauren Davis, Derek Blasberg, Peter Davis, etc), Radar fingers (ew!) Tina Brown and Harry Evans, among other extreme wild cards. We're voting for Russian fashion writers Olga and Valentine Rei, mostly because it makes total sense to assume that SR isn't written by native English speakers ("It's all leading up to the few crowing events during the next few weeks," reads a recent post). But then there's this analysis of why the poison-pen blogger isn't gossip boy made good Hud Morgan: "His grasp on the English language is somewhat more evolved than whoever pens SR." Actually, maybe SR is Radar's Sarah Horne!
The significance of holding last night's party to celebrate the New York Observer and its new website at the Four Seasons restaurant was intentional, obvious, and not at all lost on anyone. Despite its recent Frank Bruni demotion to two New York Times stars, the restaurant remains the symbolic and probably actual center of New York old-guard media power. After so many years of playing gadfly to the media, politics, and real estate elite of this city, the Observer and its boy-owner and his advisers chose to make a very specific sort of statement.
Forbes' agenda-setting media reporter this week catches up with an up-and-comer named Harry Evans, and he fills us in on the breaking news that Evans is married to Tina Brown, used to edit London's Times, and currently does some work for Felix Dennis's The Week. (Who knew?) We particularly like his meet-cute account of how Evans and Brown first met:
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According to NY Mag, anyone attending a dinner party at ex-Talk editor Tina Brown's "must visit the 'loo'it�s covered in carefully preserved press clippings about [Tina and husband, Harry Evans]." Also: no seating arrangements. "'It was a little intimidating,' says one visitor of a party given for Stephen Daldry. 'You're wandering around, and the only empty seat is next to Harrison Ford.' 'She knows how to network but not entertain,' says another, equally intimidated guest. 'It's like survival of the fittest.'"
The dish on dinner [NY Mag]
FilmMagic has pictures from the March 10 media bias panel at Grand Centralpresumably taken before the sparks flew. Notice a smiling Janeane Garofalo before moderator Harry Evans told the panelist to stay and sign their books except Janeane because "you don't have a book." See also a smiling Tina Brown before she "dissed" Entertainment Weekly founder Jeff Jarvis. (Jarvis says, "She didn't diss me; she only ignored me; when you're famous, you have to do that all day.")
The Week media panel [FilmMagic]
Tina disses mag mogul [Page Six]
Harry Evans, explaining the existence of his SUV at a party he co-hosted with wife Tina Brown for Arianna Huffington: Their S.U.V., he said, was bought "with visions of living on the coast, with visions of snow, hurricanes and floods, so every day is a burden of guilt." He adds, "I have an energy-abstemious bicycle. I'm not wholly guilty."
Die, SUV-driving swine! [NYT]