Around the Town

AroundTheTown_JAN14

With Columnist Joe Alexander & Photographer Patrick McMullan

Leonardo DiCaprio’s new film is The Wolf of Wall Street. Leo, who consistently fails to remain incognito in clubs despite his omnipresent baseball cap, confessed, “Everywhere I go, somebody is staring at me, I don’t know if people are staring because they recognize me or because they think I’m a weirdo.”  The answer? Weirdo… Dashing Hoteliers Brandon and Hank Fried opened their Ski Chalet on the Sanctuary Hotel’s Haven Rooftop.  Snow machines added an authentic touch to their private chalets labeled Aspen, Courchevel, and St. Moritz. havenrooftop.com… Amy Adams, who stars in American Hustle, confesses, “Being an actress hasn’t made me insecure. I was insecure long before I declared I was an actress.” Her co-star Bradley Cooper revealed, “Getting ready every day took three hours. It was my hair.” … New York Daily News Columnists George Rush and Joanna Molly’s new book Scandal, is an insider’s view of the world of gossip AND is a must read. skyhorsepublishing.com … Julie Andrews on her off screen life, “Sometimes I’m so sweet, even I can’t stand it.” Her Saving Mr. Banks costar Emma Thompson talked about working with Mary Poppins saying, “She’s got quite a good English mouth on her so she’d swear a bit, so it was funny to try and respect her performance when off camera she was just a silly girl.”

Julia Roberts on her performance in August Osage County, “I’ve never worked so hard in my life – and I’ve given birth to three children.” … The Humane Society of New York, who devote themselves to saving our four legged best friends, teamed up with Wendy Diamond’s Animal Fair to give a Toys for Dogs Drive at the OUT NYC’s hip Rosebud Bar and Lounge on West 42nd Street and gave a book party for Cathleen Smith Bresciani’s “Sassafrass Jones and the Search For A Forever Home” at the jeweler Verdura’s elegant 5th Avenue atelier. The B-52’s Fred Schneider read from the book to the delight of Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford, Jean Shafiroff, Bill Cunningham, animal advocate Leesa Rowland, Jennifer Creel, Harriette Rose Katz, Patrick McDonald and the organizations popular and dedicated president Virginia Chipurnoi. humanesocietyny.org … Hedge fund wunderkind Jon L. Heinemann sponsored undefeated boxing star Amir “Hardcore” Mansour’s victorious fight against Kelvin Price in Atlantic City.  The savvy guests stayed at the Borgata’s sophisticated Water Club Hotel, whose new Immersion Spa is the talk of the East Coast. theborgata.com/hotel/the-water-club

Orlando Bloom, who plays an Elf in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opens up on how he got his character to look younger in this movie, “I work out, I drink juices. No, I’m joking!  I’m just very happy the wig still fits.”  His costar Evangeline Lilly said, “Who wants to watch nine hours of sweaty, ugly, hairy men? I look at the female company I’m keeping: Cate Blanchett and Liv Tyler – strong, beautiful, women.” Her costar Benedict Cumberbatch said, “I am a PR disaster because I talk too much.”  Love him. Witty writer George Wayne celebrated his 50th birthday at new hot spot Tokya. The dinner was prepared by master sushi chef Eiji “Taka” Takase. The party was fueled by 50 magnums of Altaneve, the world’s premium Prosecco that has connoisseurs ordering it by the case. altaneve.com Matthew McConaughey on his all-liquid diet to achieve the scary emaciated look for his role as Aids pioneer Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club said, “For me, it’s a mental thing more than a physical thing; it was also a spiritual cleanse.” His sexy co star Jennifer Garner, who just happens to be the wife of Ben Affleck, said, “All anybody says is, ‘All those boys lost 50 pounds. ‘ Do you know how much weight I lost before I did this movie? Fifty pounds! Has anyone given me a ticker tape parade? No!”

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