NOT A FAN OF MUSTACHES? Like Tom Jones in days of yore, George Clooney seems to inspire women to take off their clothes in the strangest places. At the New York Film Festival's closing-night screening of The Descendants on Oct. 16, Fox Searchlight staff tried in vain to skedaddle a not particularly young woman near the arrival line donning a fake mustache -- and no top -- who was out to show off her goods to Clooney. However, they couldn't move her as she'd parked herself on private property near Lincoln Center's entrance. Clooney's reaction? None at all.
In the Mix at the Bowl
Among the folks who attended Bill Clinton's 65th birthday party on Oct. 15 at the Hollywood Bowl, perhaps the one that caused the biggest stir was Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. As the pregnant wife of former Congressman Anthony Weiner (nowhere in sight) made her way down an aisle in black leggings and a black knit top, she was besieged by people jumping up to hug her. Perhaps the most enthusiastic attendee of the night was Kelly Meyer, who couldn't stop dancing. When Lady Gaga came on, she broke into the Gaga-like monster claw dance. Her husband Ron did not follow suit.
Timing Is Everything
Berenice Bejo, star of film festival favorite The Artist, planned the birth of her first baby very well. She got to take her bows at the Cannes Film Festival, where her film received a standing ovation, and she was barely showing. In September, the Parisian star was able to make the Deauville fest but not Venice, Telluride or Toronto (where The Artist also played) as she was too far along to fly. She and her husband Michel Hazanavicius -- who wrote and directed the silent film -- had baby Gloria in late September in France. Bejo was able to fly to the U.S. for a New York Film Festival screening and Harvey Weinstein's afterparty, and she will surely be in L.A. for the Oct. 24 Hollywood Film Awards.
The Guy Who Could Quit His Day Job
In these hard economic times, even movie stars look to outside sources of income. Take Giovanni Ribisi: Despite a healthy career that includes parts in The Rum Diary, heading to theaters Oct. 28, and the in-production Gangster Squad (with Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Emma Stone), Ribisi started a company with William Sherak, son of Tom Sherak, and J. Christopher Mallick called Stereo D in 2009. Ribisi has always had an interest in technology and cameras, and Stereo D converts 2D imagery into 3D. The group did some work on Avatar, then converted Thor, The Green Hornet, Captain America: The First Avenger and Gulliver's Travels. In May, Stereo D was acquired by Deluxe Entertainment. The value of the deal was not disclosed, though Ribisi's side job sure paid off -- a source tells us he and his partners made $49 million. Stereo D would not comment on the financials of the transaction.
Happy 50th (Plus a Week)
Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross' Oct. 7 birthday fell this year on the day before Yom Kippur. So he celebrated his big 5-0 on Oct. 15 at Carondelet House, a private events space near L.A.'s MacArthur Park. Ross' guests included attorney Alan Hergott, Sean Bailey, Alan Bergman and Val Van Galder -- all of whom got to dine on what one attendee called "amazing food," including steak and chicken curry.
Much Ado About the Real Author
Roland Emmerich recently was given a Crystal Quill Award from the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles for his new film Anonymous, which posits that Shakespeare didn't write his plays. But scholar Martha Andreson, who also was honored, isn't getting on the Hollywood bandwagon. "I believe William Shakespeare wrote William Shakespeare," she says. "I'm open to the film and welcome the opportunity to hear about the Earl of Oxford and other candidates." Anonymous, out Oct. 28, makes the argument that the Earl of Oxford is the only author of the Bard's works. Emmerich has the backing of attorney Bert Fields, author of Players: The Mysterious Identity of William Shakespeare. "Emmerich has made a brilliant film that takes the view that the Earl of Oxford was the author, who's also one of my prime candidates," Fields tells THR. The question of Shakespeare's authorship came up in the 19th century, when scholars discovered that he never went to university. The Earl of Oxford theory is the most popular, but there are at least 70 other alternative candidates.
Barbra Streisand, her son Jason Gould and husband James Brolin eating a large meal at BLD on Beverly Boulevard on the eve of Yom Kippur. … Christina Hendricks, her stylist Lawren Sample, celebrity stylist Linda Medvene and Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant drinking Sancerre and dining outside at the Chateau Marmont, near Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiere, who apparently has started visiting L.A. regularly. Is he already looking ahead to awards season? … Next day, Ghesquiere dined with the label's marketing whiz Katherine Ross and her husband, LACMA director and CEO Michael Govan, at Sunset Tower next to Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. … On consecutive days at Sunset Tower's Tower Bar we saw CAA's Bryan Lourd, who met up with Anne Hathaway, while Kevin Huvane was with client Sandra Bullock. … Huvane also was spotted at Soho House with his son, Declan, as were Trisha Cardoso, new head of communications at Showtime, photographer Patrick McMullan, Tatum O'Neal, Project Runway producer Desiree Gruber and sitcom writer Alex Barnow. … Producer John Davis and wife Jordan enjoyed the fruits of Bouchon with blue-chip vintners Ann Colgin and Joe Wender of Colgin Cellars, in town for the Los Angeles Food & Wine festival. … Jimmy Kimmel hosted a four-hour party at West Hollywood's Fig & Olive with girlfriend Molly McNearny and pals Ryan Gosling, Bob Saget, Don Rickles and staffers from Jimmy Kimmel Live! They started with Grey Goose, moved on to red wine, then filet mignon and lamb chops. Gosling was particularly nice to the staff. … Revenge star Emily VanCamp spotted at 101 Coffee Shop; in the next booth was The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley. … Evangeline Lilly brought her baby son when she stopped into Sushi Roku Hollywood. … 90210's Jessica Lowndes enjoyed tandori scrimp at fresheast. … Matthew Modine, taking a break from filming Christopher Nolan's new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, lunched on an organic hot dog and hamburger at O! Burger. … John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan at Pastis in New York after shopping at Earnest Sewn. … Rachel McAdams grabbed sushi on the run from Katana.