Renee Zellweger walking through JFK to catch a flight to Spain with Bradley Cooper... Mickey Rourke walking in the West Village ... Michelle Williams getting ice cream with daughter Matilda Rose at Blue Marble in Brooklyn ... Julia Roberts on the set of Eat, Pray, Love set in Brooklyn ... Famke Janssen eating outside at Da Silvano ... Uma Thurman walking in the meatpacking district ... Kate Hudson watching a game at Yankees Stadium with Matt Franco, Kurt Russell, and Goldie Hawn ... Tracy Morgan sitting on a stoop with his dogs in SoHo ... Drew Barrymore on the set of her new movie in Central Park ... Teri Hatcher taking a photo of a friend on the street ... Justin Bartha leaving Ashley Olsen's townhouse in the Village ... Mischa Barton taking her dogs for a walk in SoHo ... Julia Stiles walking downtown ... and Yoko Ono leaving Da Silvano with Sean Lennon.
Mariah Carey turns 39 today. Quentin Tarantino is turning 46. Fergie is 34. Dance Theatre of Harlem founder Arthur Mitchell turns 75. British actor Michael York is 67. Wall Street Journal tech columnist Walt Mossberg is 62. Nancy Peretsman, investment banker to Oprah and Martha, is 55. And Talisa Soto, former model and current wife of actor Benjamin Bratt, turns 42 today. Weekend birthdays follow below.
Julia Stiles walking in the snow ... Cameron Diaz and Paul Sculfor shopping in SoHo ... Naomi Campbell walking to lunch in Midtown ... Natalie Portman filming scenes for her new movie downtown ... Katie Holmes and Suri visiting a pre-school ... Dustin Hoffman crossing the street ... Liam Neeson walking in Central Park ... Jessica Szohr carrying presents in Midtown ... Richard Chamberlain leaving the Trump International hotel ... Renee Zellweger leaving a building with a coffee cup in a hand ... and John Mayer and Jennifer Aniston going to dinner at La Esquina, around the same time Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos turned up, too.
♦ Remember last month when Gwyneth Paltrow said she was trying to be supportive of her good friend Madonna during her divorce? It seems Madge was less than moved by the gesture and now she's warning Gwyneth to keep her mouth shut and "say nothing about me or my divorce." [National Enquirer]
♦ Meanwhile, Madonna has supposedly been telling a "close pal" that Alex Rodriguez sends her poetry and "has the heart of a poet trapped inside an insanely gorgeous body." [P6]
♦ Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson are supposedly planning to "officially get engaged" while they're in Paris this week. [The Sun]
♦ Now that she's back from London (where she reportedly brought 20 pieces of luggage on a three-day trip), Mariah Carey is supposedly organizing her holiday vacation to Aspen, where her plans include rolling around in the snow in a red bikini and decorating her bedroom to look like the North Pole. [MSNBC, The Sun, P6]
» Zac Posen showed the kind of pretty dresses that made him famous. What has also made him famous, of course, is his dazzling knack for networking, which was in full effect with a starry audience of Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy, Marisa Tomei, Leighton Meester, Venus and Serena Williams, Anna Wintour, André Leon Talley, Bernadette Peters, Diddy, Julian Schnabel, Bette Midler, Juliette Lewis, Kate Mara, Jada Pinkett Smith, Veronica Webb, Joy Bryant, Rachel Zoe, Ingrid Sischy, and Fern Mallis. [WSJ, Wireimage]
Naomi Watts doing some pre-baby shopping with a friend in Union Square ... Sarah Jessica Parker taking a walk downtown ... Petra Nemcova walking into the Diesel show ... Rosario Dawson crossing the street outside Balthazar ... Julia Stiles shopping in the West Village ... Bette Midler hugging her daughter outside the Bryant Park tents ... Betsey Johnson walking through the rain in Midtown ... Jessica Alba carrying her baby ... Mary-Kate Olsen sitting front row at the Proenza Schouler show ... Adrian Grenier having lunch outside with friends ... Jessica Simpson getting out of a taxi with pal Ken Paves ... Kanye West and Jay-Z making their way into the Marc Jacobs show ... Natalie Portman showing up to the front row at the Derek Lam show ... Martha Stewart leaving Bryant Park after attending Marc Jacobs' show ... and Marc Jacobs and Victoria Beckham leaving the Waverly Inn.
Remember how Barack Obama gave that inspiring speech in which he pointed out that what William Faulkner wrote back in 1951 — "the past isn't dead and buried. In fact, it isn't even past" — was still totally true today? Obviously he was totally right. The past isn't past; but it is (if you have been watching cable news anyway) most emphatically post-. We are post-feminist, post-political, post-Sex & The City, post-9/11. I am almost tempted to call it the "OMG So Over It Already! Election," except we are venturing into a post-OMG era. On Monday night we watched the "fresh" new MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow get props from some obsequious guest for coining the term "post-rational" to describe all this madness. That was ridiculous enough to seem "post-"something in itself, so we took the opportunity to put together a post-linear, post-chronological (and, of course, post-rational) post giving you a brief history of our favorite "post-" terms of this campaign (and all time.)
"Esther Greenwood has a strong outlook on life, and we're really looking to bring out the humor in the character. We don't want to do a depressing descent into the world of suicide," Bell Jar flick co-producer Celine Rattray told Variety today, announcing that Julia Stiles was signed on to star. Right on! Who wants to snooze through some downer movie anyway? But there's still the problem of that bummerific title. Former teenage girls will recall that the bell jar is a metaphor for clinical depression—"To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream," etc. Not very upbeat! We decided to help Julia out with some cheerier suggestions.
· Paris Hilton's entrance to a party at her parents' house: "Paris and [friend] Nicole [Richie] arrived in a helicopter on the lawn. Paris was with her 'abused' dog Tinkerbell and they were wearing matching Chanel outifts. Paris even made Tinkerbell wear tiny little Chanel shoes. Tinkerbell looked like she was in hell." [Page Six]
· From an email to the Junior International Club (association for young socialites) mailing list: "[we've] decided there is not a party for people of our social set to enjoy. And at any time it is attempted, the party is ruined by individuals from the nether-regions (read: anywhere other than Manhattan). So we have formed a committee to benefit the rotting of our livers. It is to be a roaming party that will occur on a non-regular basis (read: whenever it strikes our fancy)" [Page Six]
· Potential Anna sighting: "Julianne Moore, Julia Stiles, Rosie Perez, Annabella Sciorra, Stephanie March and Anna Wintour will be among guests attending Cartier's celebration of Le Baiser du Dragon, a collection of Chinese-inspired jewels, tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., at the Cartier Mansion on Fifth Ave." [NY Daily News]