Happy Birthday

cityfile · 11/11/09 08:01AM

Demi Moore turns 47 today. Leonardo DiCaprio is turning 35. Calista Flockhart is 45. Senator Barbara Boxer of California is turning 69. Stanley Tucci is 49. Jane Pratt, the founder of Sassy and Jane, is 47. Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick is turning 44. Writer Mary Gaitskill is turning 55. Comedian and actor Jonathan Winters is 84. Interior designer Mariette Himes-Gomez is 67. Jessica Sierra, the American Idol contestant-turned-Celebrity Rehab patient, is 24. And Carson Kressley celebrates his 40th birthday today.

Newly Betrothed 'Will & Grace' Creator A Little Too Attached To His Characters' Names

Seth Abramovitch · 11/03/08 07:05PM

A hearty mazel tov goes out to Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick and new husband Erik Hyman, who married in a traditional Jewish ceremony over the weekend that also incorporated the naming of their month-old baby daughters. While every step of the weekend was carefully planned, no one could have foreseen the soul of Sean Hayes enveloping both bridegrooms during the simchat bat ritual, leading to a last-minute decision to ditch the settled-upon Rose and Evan in favor of two more residuals-friendly monikers that scored higher in key demos. View the slideshow here.

Fairchilds Sell on Sutton, Lerner Buys in the Village

cityfile · 10/03/08 08:00AM

♦ James Fairchild—the son of John Fairchild, the founder of Fairchild Publications—and wife Whitney have sold their third-floor apartment at 1 Sutton Place for $9 million. [Cityfile]
♦ The buyer of Max Mutchnick's two-bedroom West Village apartment is sports mogul Randy Lerner, who owns both the Cleveland Browns and the Aston Villa soccer club in England. [Cityfile]
♦ Mariann Florio, the widow of former Condé Nast CEO Steve Florio, has put her waterfront house in Key Largo on the market for $8.9 million. The Florios paid just $4.8 million for the six-bedroom Mediterranean mansion back in 2001. [WSJ, Sotheby's]
♦ Interior designer Lorraine Kirke has slashed the price of her 7,000-square-foot East Hampton home twice since first putting it on the market for $14.5 million last year. It's now down to $11.5 million. [Newsday, Sotheby's]

Will & Grace Co-Creator Sells, Kimora Buys

cityfile · 09/30/08 11:40AM

Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick and his partner Erik Hyman have sold their two-bedroom pied à terre at 15 West 11th Street for $4.1 million. Mutchnick originally bought the sixth-floor co-op for $2.59 million in 2005. [Real Estalker]
♦ Scott Latham, executive director of Cushman & Wakefield and one of the highest-paid commercial brokers in the country, has sold the three-bedroom at 269 Broadway that he shares with his wife for $4 million. [Cityfile]
Kimora Lee Simmons has reportedly picked up yet another mansion in Beverly Hills. This time she's paying $11.5 million for a 9,405-square-foot Mediterranean-style villa. [Real Estalker]
♦ The 15 Central Park West owners who listed their ninth-floor apartments jointly for $21.5 million this summer have already lowered the asking price by more than $2 million. The two can now be yours for $19.495 million. [Curbed]

'Will & Grace' Creators Finally Give Up On Thinly Veiling Their Personal Experiences

mark · 11/02/06 12:45PM

After writers Max Mutchnick and David Kohan made enough money to have a 50-foot, solid gold Colossi erected inside the CBS Radford lot by mining their personal histories for laughs in Will & Grace (the title characters were based on Mutchnick and his best friend), they've found that each subsequent comedy excavation trip through their pasts has yielded fewer riches and quicker cancellations (see Good Morning Miami and Four Kings, based on their morning show experience and friendship, respectively.) But the THR reports that the duo has convinced CBS to forget about their string of misfires and give them yet another chance to recapture the kind of highly lucrative, homo/hetero buddy-sitcom magic they once stumbled upon with Will & Grace by stripping away all pretense of creativity and just writing about themselves: