Tuesday, February 5th 2008, 4:00 AM
NY Daily News Ben
Widdicombe’s Gatecrasher column
Shakespeare in undying love
Why has it taken this long for someone to make a film called "Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern Are Undead"? "It is a sweet
love story between vampires and Shakespeareans set in present-day
New York," says turbaned party fixture and
jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia (a
favorite of director Wes Anderson), who appears in the film. He told Webster Hall's
Baird Jones at the Elise Overland
fashion show: "Jake Hoffman and Devon Aoki are also in it. Jake is almost a
vampire slayer - he is Dustin Hoffman's son, and he looks a lot like his dad. He
has a lot of that energy." The pic by
writer-director Jordan Galland (tag line: "Don't let your ex-girlfriend suck the
life out of you!") is due at the end of the year.
Jan. 29, 2008 NY Daily News
Paul Morrissey makes return to film
The last survivors of Andy Warhol's Factory are getting together again, in
director Paul Morrissey's first fiction film in almost 20 years. The untitled
movie had its genesis when publicist Kelly Cutrone, who was married to Warhol's late assistant Ronnie
Cutrone, discovered a male model in Mexico. Morrissey, after meeting the
model through photographer Bruce Weber, cast him as the reincarnation of Jesus.
The film also stars Warhol regulars Geraldine Smith and Viva. Smith, star of
Warhol's "Bad," told Webster Hall's Baird Jones, "I play a lesbian who is married to this girl for a green
card. I have a broken leg, and I am on crutches because I had an accident. I am
obsessed with these three-legged dogs, and I become crazy hysterical." Or, as
another insider puts it: "I don't think there is a plot. But in a Paul Morrissey
movie, is there ever?"
January 17, 2008 – NY Post Page Six column
CAVETT: WE WERE TALK TITANS
DICK Cavett doesn't have much sympathy for today's coddled late-night
talk-show hosts, who need teams of writers to be funny. At Julian Schnabel's
show at the Sperone Westwater Gallery, Cavett told Webster Hall's
Baird Jones, "Back in the day, we had
real men who could do five 90-minute shows a week. I realized the other day that
no one has done that in a very long time. It was like getting hit by one wave
and getting up on your knees and then getting hit by another, which knocks you
down. At one point, a car picked me up in Central Park, and I saw there were
leaves and I asked the driver, 'Are these new leaves or old leaves, did I miss
the summer?' It was the strangest sensation . . . That can't be good for you."
While Johnny Carson enjoyed three-day weekends, Cavett taped two 90-minute shows
back-to-back on Thursday. "That would kill an ordinary man," he said. "The last
15 minutes of the second show, I would notice the guests' lips had stopped
moving, and I would have no idea what they had said. I would just try to start
myself somewhere. Or I would say, 'That's a good point.' "
January 10th 2008 NY Daily News
Now that's art to die for
How would you like to have Ross Bleckner
hanging on your wall - literally?
The artist was at the opening of Julian Schnabel's "Navigation Drawings" at the
Sperone Westwater Gallery Monday night. He told Webster Hall's Baird Jones:
"When I die, I want my ashes to be mixed into paint and have my friends use that
paint in their work. I will be given to my friends like Julian Schnabel, Eric
Fischl, Brice Marden, Cy Twombly, Lucian Freud and Tom Sachs." Not Robert Rauschenberg, ventured Mr.
Jones? "Rauschenberg - oh, no!" Legendary art dealer
Mary Boone, who was in the room along with
Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel,
Ben Gazzara, Peter Brandt and
David Salle and Jeff Koons,
thinks there might be quite a market for Bleckner's remains. "Oh, absolutely," she said. "Of course it
Toronto Sun Jan. 1, 2008 Entertainment Other column
Room service, could I have a woman?
Moby supposedly had a failure to accurately communicate his desire for
ventilation in his hotel room when he was in
Kiev, Ukraine. "The hotel had no air conditioning," the
musician told Webster Hall nightclub's curator
Baird Jones, the New York Daily
News's Rush & Molloy reported. "At 4
a.m., I called the front desk and asked if they could send up a fan. The bellhop
disappeared and came back and said, 'There are no fans.' " Moby apparently tried to explain that he
wanted a fan by acting out his wishes, but he was met with the response: "There
are no women in the lobby."
December 24th 2007
NY Daily News Rush and Molloy column
stopped by the Village Pourhouse, still marvels at the hotel room service he got
in Kiev the last time he played
there. "The hotel had no air conditioning," he tells Webster Hall's
Baird Jones. "At 4 a.m., I called the front desk and asked if they
could send up a fan. The bellhop disappeared and came back and said, ‘There are
no fans.'" Despite moving his arms in a cooling propeller motion, the techno
master was told apologetically, "There are no women in the lobby."
November 3, 2007 NY Post Page Six
THERE are fans, and then there are fans. Techno maestro
Moby told Webster Hall's
Baird Jones about the time he was in
after performing: "It was very hot in the hotel and they had no
air-conditioning. At 4 in the morning, I called the front desk and asked if they
could send up a fan. The guy put me on hold, and came back, and said, 'There are
no fans.' We had this long confused conversation and finally he said he was
sorry, but there are no women in the lobby. He thought I meant a groupie.
Eventually I was able to explain to him that I meant a plastic thing that spun
in the air . . . So he was able to finally send up an actual plastic fan."
November 3, 2007 NY Post Page Six
Blind to Flesh
WILLEM Dafoe was oblivious to the female anatomy as a young man. "My
first job as a teenager was as a binder of Penthouse and Hustler magazines,"
Dafoe told Webster Hall's Baird Jones
at a recent party at the Costume National store. "It sounds exciting, but
actually it was just a typical Midwestern factory job. Everything just went by
in a constant flow of magazine pages. I did not look at the pictures, not even
one. It could just as easily have been National Geographic and Popular
Mechanics. There was nothing erotic to it at all."
Dec. 3, 2007, NY Daily News Ben Widdicombe’s Gatecrasher column
Dancing for dollars
Who would need a bribe to take a
supermodel to a dance? Let's ask Iman!
"When I had my prom, my father had to pay my own cousin to take me to it," the
Somalian stunner said at the Safe Horizons Benefit Wednesday night. "He had to
pay him a lot of money, at least a couple of hundred dollars. No one wanted to
take me out," Mrs.
David Bowie told Webster Hall's Baird Jones. "I was an ugly duckling compared to the other girls. The
other girls were fatter than me. They like them round in my country!"
November 25th 2007 , NY Daily News
Ben Widdicombe’s Gatecrasher column
Deadly serious presidential debate
Next October's presidential candidate debate in Hempstead,
L.I., will be the first in the state for 48 years. And let's hope nobody dies
this time! Broadcasting legend Joe
Franklin was recording his talk show in the studio next to Richard Nixon and
John F. Kennedy when they squared off in 1960. "I had a man drop dead on my
program once," he told Webster Hall's Baird Jones. "I think I said I was so old I went back to when the
Dead Sea was only sick. It was a bad joke. I thought [the guest] was
laughing; he started to snort and then he fell on the floor. "Nixon and Kennedy
came racing in and tried to revive him. It was at the Channel 7 building. They
tried to revive the man from the floor, but he was gone." So who seemed more
concerned, the Democrat or the Republican? "Nixon and Kennedy could not have
cared less about the heart attack,"
shrugged. "They were so used to it."
Nov. 19, 2007 Phil Daily News Tattle column
How to marry a 'Medium'
Last week Thomas Jane told Tattle's Baird Jones at the premiere
party for "The Mist" at NYC's Rosa Mexicano how he popped the question to wife
Patricia Arquette. "My marriage
proposal was very simple," he said. "I cut myself into a Charlie Chaplin
film and rented out a silent movie theater in
Los Angeles and invited my wife to be
on a date to go see a silent film. " . .
. When we walked in, the theater was dark and you could not see that it was
empty. Then I had the projectionist and the owner laughing and trying to make it
sound like there were people there.
"About 20 minutes into it, I cut myself into the film with cards. Chaplin
swallowed a whistle and in the movie there was a host of a party who gathered
everyone around a piano to sing a song with cards. Then they cut to me with
cards and each card said, 'Will' 'You' 'Marry' 'Me' 'Patricia.' I had dressed
myself up like a waiter and Patricia (Arquette) was sitting there thinking to
herself, 'Who is this waiter?' " . . .
Finally it dawned on her what was going on. She shouted 'Yes' at the screen,
over and over. Then we had the projectionist run it again just for fun. I kept a
Nov. 14, 2007 NY Post Page Six column
NO TIME FOR LOVE
PAUL Sevigny is worried about his sister
Chloe Sevigny's love life, and he
blames it all on her L.A.-based HBO show, "Big Love." "Chloe goes out with a
wonderful man, Matt McAuley. I
introduced them seven years ago," Sevigny told Webster Hall's
Baird Jones at the Members Only party
at the Bowery Hotel. " 'Big Love' is not helping. It's a lot of sacrifice. She
gets maybe one day off in the week and she can't come home for just one day,
that's ridiculous. They work her extremely hard. But Matt has a job, too, and
can't go see her, so he is stuck in New York. It's a big problem."
November 3, 2007 NY Post Page Six
KERRY Washington won't forget her encounter with a gorilla while filming "The
Last King of Scotland" in Uganda. At the Movado Future Legends
Gala at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Washington, a graduate of the posh Spence
school, told Webster Hall's Baird Jones, "I got way too close to a female
gorilla, who started toward me. If you run, they run after you. So I did my best
gorilla imitation: chewing leaves, head scratch, kneeling. I remembered watching
animal behavior on TV and zoo trips." It worked. "I would not be having this
interview now if that gorilla had attacked me."
Oct. 28, 2007 NY Post Page Six
WHIT Stillman, who delved into the world of privileged preppies and
debutantes in "Metropolitan" (1990), is going in a different direction for his
next movie. "I'm doing a film set in Jamaica in the early '60s about the
gospel church and the music scene from pre-reggae days, including ska," Whitman
told Webster Hall's Baird Jones at
the party for "Grace Is Gone" at Osteria Del Circo. British producer
Jeremy Thomas ("The Last Emperor") is
backing Stillman, who hasn't directed a movie in eight years. "It's an all-black
cast. I'm thinking of Danny Glover and J.J. Walker
for parts," he said.
October 24th 2007 NY Daily News
Rush and Molloy column
Deepak Chopra shares archive of vintage presidential jokes
Stop Deepak Chopra if you've heard this one!
The physician and spiritualist showed a remarkable knowledge of the
history of presidential jokes on Monday night. Most of the gags he told our
correspondent were probably making Grover Cleveland groan. First there was the one about George W.
Bush and Dick Cheney going out to lunch, with Bush asking the waitress for "a
quickie." "The Vice President says, 'It's
[pronounced] quiche, George. It's quiche!'" Chopra quipped. Then there was a dirty one about Bush
meeting Bill Clinton and his former intern in hell. We can't really go into it,
but the punch line is the Devil saying, "Okay, move over Monica!" After three more similar gags at the
Iconoclasts party thrown by Grey Goose, the Sundance Channel and Condé Nast,
Chopra assumed a serious tone. "Here is
one which is not a joke. This happened three days ago with the Dalai Lama," he
told Webster Hall's Baird Jones. "It
was an embarrassing moment [when] George looked at the Dalai Lama and said,
'Toga, toga!'" While that might not
actually be true, at least it's not an old joke. It was born during Jay Leno's
"Tonight Show" monologue last Thursday.
Oct. 22, 2007 NY Daily News Rush and Molloy column
Sometimes husbands should not listen to their wives. The other night at his new
Sky360 Lounge on W. 57th. St., Rande Gerber
recalled how his, Cindy Crawford,
"made me quit racing-car lessons because she was worried they were too
dangerous." Shortly afterward, Gerber told Webster Hall's
Baird Jones, "Cindy and I were
driving in Malibu,
going up a hill. Coming up from the other side were a bunch of horses that had
gotten loose from a ranch. We hit the hill at the same time. We did a couple of
360s [and avoided them]. The car behind us hit the horses. My wife never
bothered me about my interest in racecar driving after that."
Oct. 11, 2007 NY Post Page Six
MAYBE naming their fashion line after themselves wasn't a great idea for
Mark Badgley and
James Mischka. The other night at the
Brides Magazine party at the Lotus space to launch Badgley Mischka's Something
Pink campaign against breast cancer, Mischka told Webster Hall's
Baird Jones: "Our name has been
mispronounced so many times. Once we were called Bagley Whiskers. Another time
it was Baggy Mishmash. We corrected the Baggy Mishmash one because it was at the
Emmys. Generally we don't correct them. Our attitude is as long as they are
trying to say it, we are happy."
Sept. 26, 2007 NY Post Page Six
JOSH Lucas was asked by Webster Hall's Baird Jones at the Tropfest
party at P.J. Clarke downtown the other night how he got his nickname, "Easy
Dent." "My parents were living on an Indian reservation, and they believed in
naming the child on what happened during the birth. I came out very easily, so
easily that the doctor pulled back and dented my head quite severely against the
bed post. There is a big dent." Lucas let Jones feel the hollow on the back of
his head - "It was huge," Jones told us.
Widdicombe’s Gatecrasher column
A kid tough to check on
It's hard to begrudge a 7-year-old his looks, even in these competitive times.
But it doesn't seem fair that Helena
Christensen's striking son should be a genius as well. "Mingus is really good at chess right
now. His teachers say that he foresaw 18 moves ahead," his dad,
Norman Reedus, said at the
Catherine Fulmer fashion show. "He
beat his teachers two games in a row his first day at school - he is in second
grade," Reedus told Webster Hall's Baird
Jones. So is he considered a genius? "Yes, absolutely," said his proud dad.
Mingus himself was asked how he felt about being the "discovery" of Fashion
Week. His response? "No no no!"
Sept 2, 2007 NY Post Page Six
Pal Has Sympathetic 'reid' On Tara
TARA Reid gets mocked for her hard partying and bad plastic surgery, but she has
a loyal defender in Constantine Maroulis, the "American Idol" alum. "I went to
high school with Tara Reid," Maroulis recently told Baird Jones. The two grew up
N.J. "I noticed her even be fore high
school because she also went to a private Catholic grade school," Maroulis said.
"She was so striking with that hair and she was pretty developed even when she
was a little kid . . . She was always a good girl, a sweet kid. It's tough, when
you are making a name in Hollywood with the press, the way people brand
you. People are unfair to her. Compared to the other party girls - Nicole,
Paris, Lindsay - Tara doesn't look so bad these
days. Tara did not go to prison, she never
broke the law. Tara is trying to clean up her
act. She is a talented girl."
Aug. 26, 2007 NY Post Page Six
LONG before there was famed chef
Rocco DiSpirito, there was
Rocco Ancarola, the nightclub king.
South African-born Ancarola had a Rocco's in Sag Harbor that was the hottest
place in the Hamptons
for a few summers. "Then [DiSpirito] opened Rocco's in
New York. A lot of people started getting
confused," Ancarola told Webster Hall's Baird Jones at the bash for "The Hunting Party" at Azza. "I thought
about suing him. Then I said, 'Just let it be. Let him have his five minutes of
fame.' Maybe I could have won a million. Now we're friends and we're talking
about opening a restaurant called Rocco & Rocco, so maybe I can make more than
$1 million down the line."
Aug. 24, 2007 NY Daily News Rush and Molloy column
CNN may have ejected Paula Zahn,
but she still leaves actor Steve Zahn tongue-tied. "I saw Paula
Zahn in a hallway and I almost talked to her," the "Rescue Dawn" star tells
Webster Hall's Baird Jones. "But she was just too pretty. I was
going to ask her if we were related." Maybe it's best he didn't. His
ice-breaker? "Zahn in German means ‘tooth.'"
July 27, 2006 Philadelphia Daily News Tattle column
Tovah Feldshuh spoke with Tattle's
Baird Jones at the
NYC Piaget reception for "Becoming Jane" (also opening next Friday). If
you ever call Tovah, who's married to attorney Andrew Harris Levy, now you'll
know if you dialed the right number:
"I have one message on my answering machine," she said, 'This is the Levy summer
home, summer home summer not, leave your message at the beep.' " "My other one is 'My Jewish mother is away
on jury duty, but they are sending her home because she keeps insisting that she
is the one who is guilty. Please leave a message for her at the sound of the
beep.' " As Henny Youngman used to say,
"Take my answering machine . . . please."
July 22, 2007 NY Post, Page Six
The Designer and the Minors
Anand Jon, 33 - who
is facing a total of 32 criminal charges, including sexual battery, committing a
lewd act on a child, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor by giving
her liquor - is obsessed with underage models, according to Juan Mendez, Jon's
personal assistant for two months in 2005. The other night at the
Dolce & Gabbana jewelry show at 532
Broadway, Mendez told Webster Hall's
Baird Jones: "Anand seemed like a decent guy. Sometimes I did question what
was going on behind closed doors . . . I never saw any girl come back crying . .
. When I heard the initial rape accusations, I was appalled but not surprised.
There were situations where alcohol was involved with minors. . . . I figured
because of that, a girl could always speculate about what had happened afterward
and fabricate a story. Then it could easily happen that one girl could build on
the story of another. But then it was five, 10, 20 kids coming forward . . . I
have not been questioned by the police yet because none of the rape accusations
are during the time I worked for him."
July 15, 2007 NY Post, Page Six
SCOTT Speedman, the heartthrob from
"Felicity," would be an athlete today if he hadn't injured himself. At the Veuve
Clicquot bash at 7 World Trade Center, Speedman told Webster Hall's
Baird Jones his parents were runners
who met at a track in
Scotland. By age 12, he was training five hours
a day. "I looked like a ghost. I was exhausted all the time," he recalls.
Speedman "busted up his shoulders" training for the 1996 Olympics swimming
relays: "I needed to get out of it, to become my own person. In a way, getting
injured was a good break."
June 19, 2007 NY Daily News Rush and Molloy column
Heidi Klum isn't just a supermodel,
she's a noble one. "We used to be very rich and then we got very poor and we
sold our title, which was von Klum," she told Webster Hall's Baird Jones at the
401 Projects Gallery exhibit of Magnum photos. "I would have been Baroness von
The Daily India
Feb 18 (ANI): Their careers as movie stars may have made them famous in their
adult life, but Hollywood celebrities such as Robin William
and Sylvester Stallone
have revealed that their class mates in
school never thought that they would succeed in life. Robin Williams
told Webster Hall curator Baird Jones
that in school, his
classmates were so sure that he would fail to make it big, that they listed him
in the yearbook as the one 'Least Likely to Succeed'. "I was isolated, which was
made worse when I moved to California when I was 16 and I went to Redwood High
School in Marin. When I graduated in 1969, they listed me in the yearbook as the
'Least Likely to Succeed' - which is an awful thing to read about oneself,"
Contactmusic quoted him, as saying. "But all that talking to myself by then had
paid off because I could really make people laugh. That's something I already
knew about myself," he added.
didn't have much luck either, for his
high-school classmates voted him "Most Likely to End Up in the Electric Chair."
The men are not alone, for "X-Files" babe Gillian Anderson was not only voted
the one "Most Likely to be Arrested" by her classmates in high school, but she
was in fact arrested on her graduation night for trying to glue the locks shut
at her school. (ANI)
January 18, 2007 E! Online
- About why he named his daughter True and son Ocean:
"I want those names to be their destiny, for my daughter to be honest and my son
to be expansive. I try to be like a forest, revitalizing and constantly
growing." Forest knows an odd name can be hard for a child: "Kids would tease
me, calling me 'Little Bush'. But ... I thought being called Forest helped me
find my identity." --Whitaker to Webster Hall curator Baird Jones
quoted in the New York Post, December 11, 1999
January 11, 2007 NY Post, PageSix
IVANA Trump hasn't fared so well with building projects in
, but she's bullish on
. At the party for Michael Musto's book, "La Dolce Musto," at
Room Service, the bouncy Czech told Webster Hall curator Baird Jones
she's going ahead with the 27-story seaside condo she's helping design in the
Lebanese capital even though war broke out there last summer, just three days
after the luxury project was announced. "We are actually in a better position
than before," said Ivana. "There is so much damage, but there are also many
people coming to build schools and roads. It is going forward."
January 2, 2007 NY Post, PageSix
RICHARD Bey, who hosted a trashy talk show on Ch. 9 a few years ago, had
a Christmas party at his
West 56th Street
penthouse last week, and told Webster Hall's Baird Jones about his new
career as a fledgling actor. "I am rehearsing to play a sanitation worker in an
off-Broadway play, so I showed up all dirty in costume at the playhouse. On the
street, a woman recognized me and said, 'Richard Bey, is the best job you can
get now as a garbage man?' I replied, 'Lady, it was always trash TV. It's a step
up to go straight to trash.' She just looked stunned."
Nov. 28, 2006 NY Post, PageSix
BEFORE Robert Altman became a famous movie director, he made a living
tattooing dogs' ears with ID numbers. Shortly before he died last week, Altman
told Webster Hall's Baird Jones he "invented a whole new occupation" in
in 1945: "I had seen livestock get tattooed growing up around
. I thought the West Coast would be open to dog tattoos as a new idea." He even
ID'd Harry Truman's dog, which helped his company "really take off initially."
The start-up didn't go far after that. After two years of dog inking, Altman
sold his business, took the money and got into movies.
Nov. 28, 2006 NY Post
Oct. 29, 2006
Herald Inside Track column
From the Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda File: “Saving Private Ryan” star Ed Burns
said he was offered the Mark Wahlberg role in the 2000 made-in-Gloucester
flick “The Perfect Storm” and to his eternal regret, he turned it down! “I was
young and naive,” Burns told Big Apple man-about-town Baird Jones at a
FilmAid International Benefit in NYC. “I look back on my career and say, ‘What
an idiot I was.’ At the time I did not want to be an actor. I knew those films
were going to be a success. I knew ‘Perfect Storm’ was going to be George
Clooney . . . My part went to Mark Wahlberg . . . I turned down the
meeting with (director) Wolfgang Petersen. But I read the script. I even looked
into the rights for the film for me as a director. I certainly have thought
about how much money I could have made if I had made that film as an actor.”
Burns said he also turned down the Dermot Mulroney part in “My Best Friend’s
Wedding” and a part in a second Julia Roberts flick, “Michael Collins.” “When
you are a filmmaker you are not an actor,” he said. “Acting is like a hobby.
Like a nighttime job. But I should have done those parts.” File Under: Storm
Oct. 27, 2006
Sun-Times Bill Zwecker column
GIFT GAB: Hugh Jackman may make many women swoon, but hopefully his
gift-giving skills have improved with age. At the opening of the James Houston
photo exhibit at Milk Studios in
, the actor told my Big Apple stringer Baird Jones he gave his sister
Sonia some Mum deodorant for Christmas after seeing the product in a TV
commercial. Jackman thought everyone in the ad
"seemed very happy ... felt pretty and beautiful."
His sister, natch, was horrified and threw it out.
Jackman can be forgiven for his faux pas. After all, he was only 7 at the
Oct. 26, 2006
Daily News Tattle column
When Tattle was little, we bought our mom a Johnny Guitar can-opener for her
birthday. We thought it was the coolest thing ever - this can-opener shaped like
a guitar. Mom mocked that gift for the next 20 years. Turns out we're not the
only ones with bad taste in presents. At the James Houston photo exhibit at Milk
Studios in NYC,
Hugh Jackman ("The Prestige") told Tattle's Baird Jones, "When I
was 7 years old I gave deodorant to my sister, Sonia, for Christmas. "The
product was called Mum. I saw the commercial on TV and it looked amazing. She
cried and she said, 'How dare you give that to me?' I said, 'I had no idea!' I
saw the commercial and everyone seemed very happy. They felt pretty and
beautiful and that was it. I never did it again. It went right in the bin."
September 28, 2006 Daily News Rush and Molloy
Beniahana mogul Rocky Aoki was set for takeoff in his balloon yesterday
"I have broken over 30 bones flying in balloons," he told Webster Hall's
at Ferro's restaurant. "When there is a crash, I don't feel fear. If I am
afraid of dying, I am afraid of living also."
August 25, 2006 Daily News Lloyd Grove Lowdown
That was aging rocker Alice Cooper bragging about his celebrity golf game
the other night to Webster Hall's Baird Jones: "I play golf often with
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Michael is a masterpiece in
the works. His iron goes to the right but his putting is strong, with a good
chip shot. He is a 12 handicap. Catherine has a smooth swing and she is good off
the tee with steady mid-irons, but her handicap is more like a 25. She has
potential, and boy, is she a distraction to play alongside! I am a 5 handicap. I
have had three hole in ones, which is rare. Many great golfers like Ben Hogan
have never had a hole in one. The only negative about a hole in one is that if
you hit one, you have to buy drinks for everyone in the club." A good talk
August 12, 2006 NY Post PageSix
IT took decades before Dominic Chianese, who plays Uncle Junior on "The
Sopranos," won his dad's respect. At the party the other night for
ChatWithAStar.com at the 40/40 Club, Chianese told Webster Hall's Baird Jones:
"I got my start playing John Hancock in a public-school third-grade production
of "The Signing of the Constitution' . . . Everyone gave us a standing ovation
except for my father, who was a bricklayer from The Bronx. He remained
completely suspicious of my acting, until 37 years later, I played Johnny Ola in
'The Godfather II.' Then he finally shook my hand, after he'd realized I could
make a lot of money doing it."
July 6, 2006
Sun Times Bill Zwecker column
HE'S BACK: Anthony Michael Hall is busy directing and acting in a comedy
called "Life and Death in
." At the Loft 21 party at
's Skylight Studios, Hall told my Big Apple correspondent Baird Jones, "I
have Wayne Newton, George Carlin and Mike Epps on board."
plays a Donald Trump-Steve Wynn kind of guy who finds a way to screw a bunch of
people out of their inheritances. Years later they find out and go to reclaim
them. Hall is producing the film with his dad,
and says Paris Hilton has read the script and may possibly play
July 5, 2006 Daily News Lloyd Grove Lowdown
SHAGGY ACTRESS STORY "Big Love" star Chloe Sevigny recently told Webster
Hall's Baird Jones: "I shaved my head when I was 17 years old. I had
really long hair down to my waist. I wanted a rebirth. I sold it for $500 to a
famous Broadway wigmaker. He had all these poor immigrant women sewing wigs
strand by strand. Caucasian hair is rare in the wig trade, and my hair was blond
and had never been dyed. I probably could have gotten a lot more money for it. I
should have gotten $1,000. My mother and my brother were so thrilled because my
hair had always been so greasy, and I always wore it in my face. They said I
never looked better than when I had a shaved head. I would never do a buzz
again, but I would like to do a
Farrow-Jean Seberg really short look for a movie. If you have to shave your
head, you get an extra paycheck. But this time it would not be $500. It would be
$500,000." Nice work if you can get it.
June 22, 2006 SF Chronicle Leah Garchik column
New York movie fan and man-about-town Baird Jones forwards a note from
JoBlo.com saying the opening of the "Zodiac'' movie that was filmed around here
has been delayed from mid- to late November to early January. Additional
shooting is in the works. (As to other local movie angles, Jones, who's at most
every New York premiere, told me that at the party for "Invincible,'' Greg
Kinnear said he once worked in Fremont as a purchasing agent of industrial
lightbulbs. Last week Kinnear's wife, Helen, gave birth to their second child,
Mae. That family fact has nothing to do with lightbulbs.)
June 18, 2006 NY Post PageSix
FREDDIE Prinze Jr. has seen the dark side of teen girlhood. "I was in the
airport, and I was speaking with a young girl," the actor told Webster Hall's
Baird Jones at the Vonage V Phone party at Aer nightclub. "She asked if I
was Freddie Prinze Jr., and I said I was. She kind of giggled, and while I was
talking with her, her girlfriend ran up and took my sandwich. I did not call out
after her. I didn't know what to do. I had never had anyone steal food from me
before. How do you react if someone takes your sandwich? I just finished my cup
of coffee and got on the plane and flew home."
June 18, 2006 NY Post PageSix
HOW did Ethan Hawke become a whiz at learning dialogue? Thank his lust
for the ladies. "I did the memorization to improve my memory. When I was 16, I
memorized the first 15 pages of 'Catcher in the
,' " Hawke told Webster Hall's Baird Jones at the
Public Library Young Lions dinner. "I only let girls know I was doing it. I
convinced myself I would use it for an audition somewhere sometime - but really
I did it to woo chicks."
June 15,2006 NY Daily News Rush and Molloy
Norman Mailer wants Bill O'Reilly and others to stop confusing a
"factoid" for a fact. "I coined the term 'factoid' in my book on Marilyn Monroe
in 1973," Mailer tells Webster Hall's Baird Jones. "It is not even a lie,
it is a misrepresentation of a void. People think it is a fact because it
appears in the papers over and over." ...
June 12, 2006 ,
GOOD MEMORY: At the New York Public Library Young Lions dinner last week,
told my Big Apple correspondent Baird Jones that even in his teens Hawke
could memorize huge chunks of everything from Catcher in the Rye to
"Hamlet." "I only let girls know," said Hawke. "I convinced myself I would use
it for an audition somewhere, sometime, but really I did it to woo chicks."
June 12,2006 NY Daily News Rush and Molloy
Raking over the past
James Toback says he's neutered his inner horndog. In 1989, a Spy
magazine investigation of the filmmaker's libido suggested that there was little
difference between Toback and the rake Robert Downey Jr. played in Toback's "The
Pick-Up Artist." But that was then.
Thursday, at a VIP screening of "The Outsider," Nicholas Jarecki's rollicking
new documentary about Toback, the fabled conquistador couldn't have looked more
devoted to his wife, Stephanie, and his 6-year-old son, Andre.
"There's such a misconception about me," Toback told us at the party afterward
's financier father, Henry Jarecki. "Partly I'm to blame, because I wrote about
the excesses of living with Jim Brown, which even I can't believe I survived.
But I could name a dozen directors who are much worse."
Setting the record straight on other subjects, Toback denied that he
resented pal Warren Beatty not getting a screenplay credit on "Bulworth." "It
was his idea, it was his movie, and he did a terrific job," he told Webster
Hall's Baird Jones. He also disputed the perception, fostered
in Lorraine Bracco's new book, that her former lover Harvey Keitel is a madman. "When I directed Harvey Keitel in
'Fingers,' he never did anything but act in the most harmonious, spiritually
connected way," said Toback, "I like Lorraine Bracco, but you have to take her
with a grain of salt." Also at the preview for the movie, which
opens Friday, were Adrian Grenier, Bret
Ellis, Matthew Modine, Norma Kamali, Wu Tang Clan's Power, Monica Crowley
and Danielle Evin.
June 2, 2006 NY Daily News Rush and Molloy
Fire in the roll!
A fire in the women's bathroom of the HBO Mobile launch party at Mr. Chow's
downtown Wednesday night didn't even faze the gaggle of models primping,
preening and gossiping. The leggy ladies just stood there and
stared as a pile of paper towels went up in flames, supposedly when a lighted
candle fell off a shelf. The blaze had fully engulfed the towels before jewelry
designer Kathleen Cavallaro heroically started cupping water in her hands to put
the fire out. "Nobody cared," Cavallaro told us. "They seemed oblivious."
Elsewhere at the party, Robert Downey Jr. recalled to Webster Hall
curator Baird Jones how he used to be a living sculpture at the 1980s
club Area, - a venue much frequented by Andy Warhol - only a few blocks up
"I think Andy had a crush on me because he used to stare at me all the time. He
probably liked me because I was young and I had a good figure."
May 29, 2006 NY Post PageSix
SHARON Stone plays for keeps. Harry Winston Inc. once had to sue her to
get back some diamond jewelry. Now comes word that she has a rule on photo
shoots: "I wear it; I keep it." Photographer Todd Eberle was at the Free
Arts NYC benefit at the Phillips de Pury auction house when he bumped into
Webster Hall's Baird Jones. Eberle told the story of how he shot Sharon
Stone for Allure magazine a few years ago. "She actually showed up six hours
late. One of the items was a $25,000 couture Galliano kimono. Sharon Stone
walked in with an entourage of at least eight women; it was bewildering. At
first, she was very polite and professional. We messed up the bed, and she was
going to pose there.
said quite loudly, so everyone in the room could hear it, 'I wear it. I keep
it.' But on magazine shoots, the editor always takes the clothes back. So I shot
her in this plain leather miniskirt she was already wearing, and she just looked
ridiculous, and they published that." Stone's spokeswoman didn't recall the
photo shoot, but said Eberle's recollections seemed implausible.
May 16, 2006 NY Daily News Rush and Molloy
Rusell Simmons wants to set the record straight about the time when he
was leaving his mark on the mean streets. "It's not true that I shot at
someone's head," the cross rap mogul told Webster Hall's Baird Jones at
the opening for the Tribecca Mr. Chow's.
"I was not trying to shoot the guy. I intentionally shot over someone's head. I
was 15. Now get out of here." ...
May 9, 2006 NY Daily News Rush and Molloy
Could Mark Wahlberg and his entourage have stopped the 9/11 hijackers?
The actor says he and some buddies booked seats on one of the flights from
that tragic day, but later decided to depart from
. "We certainly would have tried to do something [to fight]," the brawny
"Invincible" star tells Webster Hall's Baird Jones. "I've had probably
over 50 dreams about it."
March 26, 2006 NY Post Page Six
BESIDES a killer bod, Brazilian bombshell lian
Gisele Bundchen has an intellectual pedigree of sorts. "My father, Valdir,
wrote a book about how to better yourself as a human being," Bundchen told
Baird Jones at the Vogue Eyewear
party at Eyebeam Atelier the other night. "In Portuguese, it's called, 'Como
Construir a Si Mesmo.' The title in English is, 'How You Can Build Yourself as a
Better Person,' I guess. Someone told me that it is available on Amazon, and I
was surprised because I did not know you could buy it in
America. My father is not a professor at a
university. He just says that." March 11, 2006
New York Post, PageSix
March 11, 2006
New York Post, PageSix
Harlow has set the record straight on
those reports from Britain
that she wants to explore outer space to meet extraterrestrials. "It got
misinterpreted," the model/actress told Webster Hall's
Baird Jones at the premiere party for
"Game 6" at restaurant Sapa. "Growing up, I wanted to be an astronaut. I wanted
to start with the moon because that seemed like a safe place to start. Then I
wanted to check out the nebulae like the God's Eye . . . I always wanted to
travel in outer space, but not to meet aliens . . . I just wanted to be an
March 19, 2006 NY Post Page 6
HANGOVER HELPERS OF THE STARS
CAMERON Diaz once said she stopped eating pork when someone told her pigs have the same
mental capacity as a 3-year-old child. The bubble-brained star admits it's been
especially tough since bacon was her favorite hangover cure. On the topic of
celebrity hangover helpers in the wake of St. Patrick's Day, be advised that
Julia Roberts swears by champagne and carrot juice, Limp Bizkit lunkhead
Fred Durst guzzles blackcurrant-flavored Pedialyte baby formula and Radiohead singer Thom
Yorke likes a cocktail called the "corpse reviver," reports trusty Webster Hall
curator Baird Jones.
November 6, 2005 The
Feb. 11, 2006, Page Six
-- WITH Valentine's Day coming up, Webster Hall's ubiquitous curator
* Q'Orianka Kilcher, who was 14 when she played Pocahontas in "The New
World," tells movies.com her first kiss ever was with lusty leprechaun Colin
"We were shooting, and all of a sudden, out of the blue, director Terrence
Malick goes, 'OK, now kiss her, Colin,' " Q'Orianka recalls. "I totally froze up
. . . I know my face went pale, and that was exactly the way Terrence had
written it in the script." The smooch was cut out of the epic, but will surely
be on the DVD.
* Tyra Banks was 13: "[My boyfriend] tried to kiss me at the movies, and
he put his tongue in my mouth. It felt like a worm, like a slug in my mouth."
* Heather Graham: "I was 9. This boy I had a crush on said, 'If I give
you a dollar, will you kiss me?' I said, 'I don't know.' Then he asked, 'What if
I give you 50 cents?' I finally kissed him for free."
* Uma Thurman dished to Premiere magazine that she was 8: "It was brief,
swift, and then it was done. It was a professional job. I needed to be kissed,
and I was kissed."
* Charlize Theron recalled: "He had braces. It was in the back yard after
we had just watched 'Friday the 13th.' His name was Nicky, and I'm like, 'You
wanna do it, you wanna do it?' We're standing there arguing about it for so
long, and it was just awful - darkness, saliva and tongue."
* Brad Pitt: "I was in the fourth grade. We actually made a plan at
school and to meet in her garage and kiss. It was like this business deal. It
took me half an hour to [find] courage to go. So I get there. I go right up to
her. I kiss her. Then I ran home."
* Burt Reynolds tells the Enquirer he was in sixth grade: "Her name was
Marilyn. She had beautiful black hair and one front tooth that was longer than
the other. At a party we played spin the bottle, and I prayed it would stop in
front of her. When it did, we kissed a long sweet kiss with everybody looking.
She dumped me for a guy who already had hair under his arms."
* Jack Osbourne fondly reminisces: "I was 8, and it was with my sister's
11-year-old friend. I like older women."
* Matthew McConaughey had technical difficulties on his first try: "Old
Amy had braces, and my lip got caught. I almost threw up, but it was all right."
January 23, 2006 NY Daily News
'Factory' film on Warhol no work of art, says Reed
Sienna Miller, Hayden Christensen and Guy Pearce just started
filming "¬Factory Girl," in which Miller plays Andy Warhol's drug-addled muse
Edie Sedgwick. But Lou Reed has already formed
his opinion of director George Hickenlooper and his cast.
"They're all a bunch of whores," the rock god tells us.
Reed knew Sedgwick, and his band, The Velvet Underground, provided the
jagged soundtrack to her 1960s scene. In "Factory Girl," The Velvets are played
by the highly regarded indie rockers Weezer. Hickenlooper says that guitarist
Brian Bell, as Reed, does a terrific cover of "Heroin."
But Reed is far from flattered. "I read that script," Reed said the
other night at a party for his new photo shows at the Hermès boutique and the
Steven Kasher Gallery. "It's one of the most disgusting, foul things I've seen —
by any illiterate retard — in a long time. There's no limit to how low some
people will go to write something to make money."
Reed was asked at one point to get involved with the project.
"I wouldn't be part of that," said the rocker. "Just like I wouldn't be
part of 'I Shot Andy Warhol,' " Mary Harron's 1996 film about Valerie Solanas'
assassination attempt on the artist. "They tried to turn Valerie Solanas into a
heroine. They're all a bunch of whores."
Reached on his set in
, Hickenlooper questioned whether Reed had read the latest script by
"Wonderland" writer Captain Mauzner.
"There've been several Edie screenplays over the years," said Hickenlooper. "I
adore Lou Reed. I love him for hating my project, which can only bring it more
attention. But nobody is making big money on it. We're all working for scale to
tell a complex story about a wonderful young woman.
"Lou will be making some money, since we've licensed his song." Also at the
party for Reed's book, "Lou Reed's New York," was Moby (who turned down a
part in "Factory Girl" as a speed freak, "only because I can't act"), Julian
Schnabel, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, and Reed's girlfriend,
performance artist Laurie Anderson, who may have more in common with last
weekend's Miss America contestants than anyone knew. "When I was growing up in
, I was a maniac enthusiast for entering beauty contests," she told Webster
Baird Jones. "At 18, I even won the big one, Junior Miss
. That's my horrible secret. It still makes me hang my head."
January 22, 2006
NY Post Page 6
ARTIST-TO-ARTIST RESCUE TALE
ARTIST-about-town Julian Schnabel is a real lifesaver - just ask his
painter pal, Ross Bleckner. During a party last week at the Lehman Maupin
Gallery for the Juergen Teller photography exhibition, Bleckner blabbed all the
details to Webster Hall curator Baird Jones: "In 1979, Julian Schnabel
saved my life when my leg got crushed in an elevator. Julian called the
ambulance. He was the only person there. One of Julian's cousins turned out to
be the doctor, too, which was unbelievable. Since I owned the building, I could
not sue myself for the elevator's being negligent. I had always been very
accident prone ... But I had never experienced pain like that, nothing even
close to it. I was completely immobilized. I was in shock. I could have died if
it were not for Julian ... So in gratitude afterwards, we exchanged canvases.
Perhaps I owe him more than that in retrospect. Maybe I owe him a big wet kiss."
Nov. 30, 2005 NY Daily News Rush and Molloy
Tony Curtis never misses the
when he returns to
. "Each of the masterpieces speaks to me," he tells Webster Hall's Baird
Jones. Now he can talk to himself: The museum has bought one of the
80-year-old's canvases for its permanent collection.
Nov. 30, 2005 NY Daily News Rush and Molloy
Tony Curtis never misses the
when he returns to
. "Each of the masterpieces speaks to me," he tells Webster Hall's Baird
Jones. Now he can talk to himself: The museum has bought one of the
80-year-old's canvases for its permanent collection.
Nov. 20, 2005 NY Post Page 6
NOVELIST/columnist Kurt Andersen thinks Catherine Zeta-Jones would make a
great witch, and he's written a new musical, "Broomhilda," with the Welsh sexpot
in mind as the lead. At the Bill Viola show at the James Cohan Gallery, Andersen
told Webster Hall's Baird Jones, "Broomhilda is actually a 1,500-year-old
witch, although we want her to be played by a vivacious star. [Co-author] Martin
Charnin actually discovered Catherine Zeta-Jones, who got her start as Annie 30
Nov. 11, 2005 NY Daily News Rush and Molloy
While you're waiting for the rumored reunion of Genesis, you can check out
ceramic self-portraits in the Sentimental Sculptures show curated by Webster
Baird Jones at SoHo's
and Cartoon Art.
May 3, 2005 The Daily New Rush & Molloy
waxes on at Tussaud fete
Paris Hilton met her wax replica at Madame Tussaud's in
yesterday. And, even though the paraffin double seemed to mimic the hotel
heiress' blank-eyed stare perfectly, the original
found her knockoff lacking. "I'd like it to be in a pretty dress," she
told The News' Joe Neumaier. "And I'd cut the hair; it's too long."
Touring the exhibit based on her thriller, "House of Wax," Hilton squealed at
the ghouls, checked her hair in a prop mirror, critiqued the Jennifer Aniston
wax figure ("She's prettier in real life"), and beamed a live iPod broadcast
around the world. "No such thing as too much
," she said with a smile. P.S. Keith
Richards' daughter Theodora doesn't envy Hilton's notoriety. The rock
child of the Stones guitarist and former supermodel Patti Hansen is dying
for her own horror movie role, but "all I get is scripts where I'm giving guys
[oral sex]." "I don't want to be another
Hilton," she told Webster Hall's Baird Jones at the Massimo Ferragamo
exhibit "Origin: Mother and Child." "I would never do a porno video."
April 17, 2005 NY Daily News Rush and Molloy
The lost power-chord
Maria Bartiromo learned the hard way: You snooze, you lose.
Wall Street's "Money Honey" struck up an unlikely friendship with Joey
shortly before the punk pioneer (and amateur stock-picker) died of cancer four
years ago. Ramone even wrote a song for her.
"Joey said to come at midnight to CBGB's and he would play it for me," Bartiromo
told Webster Hall's Baird Jones at the book party for Jack and
Suzy Welch's "Winning." "But I get up at 5 a.m. to do my TV show, so I had
to miss it. When I heard he died a few weeks later, I was so upset. I had missed
hearing my song, and I would never get another chance."
April 17, 2005 NY Post Page
'TITANIC' DIRECTOR SINKS SHIP CAPTAIN
MARKING the 93rd anniversary of the Titanic disaster (the liner sank on April
15, 1912), Webster Hall curator Baird Jones reveals that James Cameron,
who directed the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster, blames the mental state
of the ship's captain, Edward John Smith, for the loss of over 1,500 lives. "In
the huge banquet halls amidships, there were dozens of enormous, but remarkably
easily moved, wooden tables which could have been transformed into makeshift
lifeboats, sufficient to have saved all the lives that were needlessly lost,"
Cameron told Jones. "However, these banquet tables were located on D-deck, five
decks below sea level. By the time the officers in charge of D-deck appreciated
the crisis occurring, D-deck was already flooded and unreachable. The captain
became borderline catatonic and ceased functioning soon after the ship struck
the iceberg. The tables could have been used immediately. But the danger was
recognized too late. There was plenty of time if the captain had only remained
April 16, 2005 Daily News Ben Widdicombe Gate
Famke says Bond isn't for Euro Ys only
Could the name be Bond, Jane Bond? Actress Famke Janssen says the next
007 doesn't need no stinkin' Y chromosome.
"James Bond can have blond hair," she said about speculation the next Bond could
be goldilocked actor, Daniel Craig. "It is 2005, anything can happen. I
think even James Bond being black is a great idea. I think James Bond could be a
woman at this point." Janssen played Bond vixen Xenia Onatopp, an
assassin with killer gams, in "GoldenEye."
She told Webster Hall curator Baird Jones: "When I crushed people
between my legs in 'GoldenEye,' it was an interesting, weird role, and it was
fun, but it was just a character in a movie. It was not erotically stimulating
for me." Yes, but your victims died with a smile.
April 8, 2005
Post Names and Faces column
Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather held his head high at Wednesday night's
book party for Jack and Suzy Welch's tome "Winning" at the Four Seasons in
. "I did not think Walter Cronkite was too critical," Rather told our
spy, Baird Jones. "My respect for Walter knows no bounds. You will never
hear anything critical about Walter Cronkite out of my mouth." When Jones asked
if it seemed Cronkite held a grudge, Rather denied, denied, denied: "I did not
see it that way at all. Walter has had one of the rightfully legendary careers
in the history of television. If that is what he thought, then he had a right to
say it. . . . We have had a private conversation about it, but I would like to
keep that private."
March 30, 2005
Daily News Rush and Molloy column
It's no news "D.E.B.S." star Sara Foster has been seeing Benicio Del
(they were first linked nearly six months ago). But at least this time around,
Foster is glad that no one will think she's dating a girl. "When I was engaged
to Ashley Hamilton, because of his first name I used to hear constantly 'Have
you become a lesbian?'" Foster told Webster Hall's Baird Jones at
March 26, 2005 NY Post Page 6
"AS long as they are still talking about me, let them talk. I don't mind. I
don't think kissing a man is a bad thing. If you like someone, kiss them" —
Fabian Basabe at the Mercedes-Benz party at Milk Studios after being asked by
Webster Hall's Baird Jones whether he was bothered by a recent sighting.
March 23, 2005 NY Daily News Gatecrasher column
A HoJo with mojo
Who knew the Times Square HoJo was such a school for celebrities? Director
and actor Gene Hackman are both graduates.
"When I was 17, for my first job, I worked at the midtown Howard
Johnson's," Nichols said. "A customer asked me what our ice-cream flavor of the
week was, which was a dumb question, because there was a huge banner showing
that it was maple. So I told him that it was chicken. The customer laughed, but
the manager fired me immediately. They were bastards there."
And Hackman told Webster Hall curator Baird Jones: "I came to
when I was 25, and I worked at Howard Johnson's in
, where I did the door in this completely silly uniform.
"Before that, I had been a student at the Pasadena Playhouse, where I had
been awarded the least-likely-to-succeed prize, along with my pal Dustin
Hoffman, which was a big reason we set off for
together. Out of nowhere, this teacher I totally despised at the Pasadena
Playhouse suddenly walked by HoJo's and came right up into my face and shouted,
'See, Hackman, I told you that you would never amount to anything!' I felt 1
And before you ask — I have no idea how Baird gets these insane stories
out of people, either
March 15, 2005
Daily News Tattle column
There are many reasons people get into acting. For Debra Winger, it took
a bump on the head.
At the premiere party for "In My Country" at
Athenee, Winger told Tattle's Baird Jones, "When I was 17, I was working
as a troll at an amusement park in
I was getting changed into my troll costume in the back of a truck when the
truck jolted forward and I fell out on to my head. I was in a coma for three
days. No one expected me to pull through. When I came to, suddenly I just
absolutely knew I had to become an actor... From that day, I devoted myself to
acting no matter what." Good news for acting. Bad news for trolls.
March 10, 2005
Rushdie turns script writer
: Noted writer Salman Rushdie is working on a script, which will be
directed by his wife Padma Lakshmi." I am working on a script for Padma to
direct. It starts as a comedy, then becomes tragedy and finally ends in
horrendous violence," the
Daily News quoted Rushdie as saying to Webster Hall's Baird Jones.