Around The Town

With Columnist Joe Alexander & Photographer Patrick McMullan

Daniel Radcliffe on his Oscar-buzzed about performance as the poet Allen Ginsberg: "Kill Your Darlings is a film about young love, there is no difference in how heterosexual and homosexual people fall in love. People ask if it's a gay love story but for me, it's just a love story." Adding of the script that has him having sex with his co-star Dane DeHaan, "It is slightly salacious, but if that gets people to buy a ticket then I'm happy with that." Go!…….Also screening at this year's fun Hamptons International Film Festival were the thought provoking 12 Years a Slave, the charming About Time and the amusing Burton and Taylor starring the wondrous Helena Bonham Carter who said, "Elizabeth Taylor lasted eight decades. She survived all those drugs and all that fame and drink. To sustain that amount of fame and beauty from such a young age was a miracle. Look at Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland and what happened to them. Liz loved life and had a great appetite for it. There will be no one like her ever again."…Michael Fassbender is not nude in 12 Years a Slave but lets hope this doesn't diminish his opportunities during awards season. The infamously endowed star confessed after the hype surrounding Shame. "When I found out I wasn't going to the Oscars, I was very upset by it. The first reaction was 'What the f…?'" Maybe this time, Michael. Among the Festival's sponsors were The Village Latch Inn ( and Piper Heidsieck Champagne.……. Machete Kills' Sofia Vergara on being beautiful: "To be a voluptuous girl, has opened many doors for me; I would be ungrateful to say it's all because of my brains and my talent." Broadway stars Kenny Holcomb and Mike Schwitter from The Book of Mormon and Glee's Telly Leung helped Dougie Meyer celebrate his birthday during Monday Musicals at XL in THE OUT NYC……. Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers was feted at the Sanctuary Hotel's Haven Rooftop and noted, "Once you get past funny, my other qualities are so below average. It's not like I'm handy." He's kidding, right?

Baggage Claim star Paula Patton takes the big questions. Asked about the "Blurred Lines" video, where the message —"Robin Thicke has a big d-ck" is flashed across the screen she laughs and quotes her husband as saying, "If I'm in the Miami Heat's locker room, I don't know where I stand," while confessing in her eyes he's super-sized. As to the report that Robin claims to have turned her into a bad girl, she reveals, "I hope I'm still a good girl and a bad girl at the same time."…..Why is Robert Redford, 76, back on the screen in the absorbing All is Lost?  "I work because I want to work, work keeps me going." …..Hugh Jackman on his compelling new thriller Prisoners: "With action movies, violence is almost glorified. This is a bit like the first time I saw a real fight in a bar. At first you and your mates are all like 'Yeah!' but then when it happens, everyone goes quiet and it's ugly and uncomfortable and I think it's a little like that with this movie."… Ann-Margret, who starred in Viva Las Vegas with Elvis Presley said, "Ever since I was four years old, I loved making people smile, making them think and making them feel some kind of emotion" The Hollywood goddess attended the Transition for Dancers Benefit where she received the Rolex Dance Award with her pal and gala co-chair, philanthropist Michele Riggi.

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