The Red Carpet Kiss That Launched a Career: Beware, Hollywood: The Ukrainian journalist who prompted two infamous Internet memes has moved to town ... and he wants to direct. Vitalii Sediuk, 23, is the brave soul who gave Madonna hydrangeas (which she said she "loathed" while cameras were rolling). That video and Madonna's mock "apology" made the rounds. He followed up by trying to kiss Will Smith at the Russian premiere of Men in Black 3, earning a slap from the actor and a confrontation at the Moscow train station with Sony representatives demanding he sign a letter absolving Smith of liability. Sediuk declined, saying he had no intention of suing. Now he's shopping a 20-minute short -- called "The Hydrangea," natch.
Hedi Times in Bev Hills
By now, almost everyone in Hollywood fashion circles knows that new Yves Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane has relocated the renamed Saint Laurent Paris design team to Los Angeles, where he initially made his home in 2007 after creating the skinny suit craze for Dior Homme (he became an L.A. photographer after that). But apparently some of the staff of the YSL boutique on Rodeo didn't know Slimane by his face. He's not exactly Karl Lagerfeld or Tom Ford. On his initial visit to the boutique, the designer asked for the manager -- who didn't recognize him. The employee was fired on the spot. Another Rodeo source confirms that this YSL store is indeed looking for a new manager. The label did not comment by press time.
Sacco to Toronto
NYC nightlife queen Amy Sacco is taking Bungalow 8 to the Toronto Film Festival in September. After three annual pop-ups at the Venice Film Festival, she's getting more committed to the screening circuit by colonizing the rooftop of the city's Thompson Hotel. "It's such a natural fit for us, with all of the palm trees and stripes and polka dots already decorating the rooftop," says Sacco. "Plus, a lot of my friends in the business already stay at the hotel, so it's a built-in clientele."
Producers Greg Berlanti and Dan Jinks shared a booth at Ammo. Across from them sat Stockard Channing and Holland Taylor. … AFI Festival director Jacqueline Lyanga visited Alcove. … Reese Witherspoon met her manager, Evelyn O'Neill, at Kate Mantilini. … At Cafe Gratitude, director Gil Kenan lunched a few steps away from actress Yunjin Kim. … Natalie Portman dropped by Culina with her mother. ... John Mayer and Katy Perry kissed at Pace. ... Down in the O.C., Justin Bieber popped into director McG's A Restaurant after a visit to Disneyland with two bodyguards.