Chloë Sevigny Joins ‘Lovelace’

Now that Demi Moore has dropped out of the upcoming Linda Lovelace biopic to seek professional help, our favorite stylesetter Chloë Sevigny is stepping in. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sevigny will play "a feminist journalist on freelance assignment for a men’s magazine to find out who the real Linda Lovelace is."

Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Lovelace features Amanda Seyfriend as the famous porn star, supported by the likes of Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Peter Saarsgard, and James Franco as Hugh Hefner (really). You may recall the film’s revolving door of cast members first triggered when Lindsay Lohan was fired, so we’re not sure if this is the final-final star roster, but we really hope Sevigny sticks around.

Day and Night’s 5-Year Anniversary & Halloween Bashes

I’ve heard it said that I am "far out.” Really, I’ve heard that. Today I will talk about events that are not as near as usual. First, however, I must pause to congratulate the Koch brothers Daniel M. and Derek M. for their four-year anniversary of Day and Night. They and their usual suspects including MATT OLIVER, RANDY SCOTT, GREG GUILLEBAUT, PHILIPPE BONDON, MATT MONCADA, IAN PARMS, DAVID SCHULMAN, ERICA LAWRENCE, and YANN FRANTZ will celebrate this Saturday at Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St., with DJs Roger Sanchez and CLMD from Size Records. Reservations can be made by emailing PARTY@DAYANDNIGHTLIFE.COM or calling 212.201.1222.

Next up and far out there for me is the GEMS’ Girls Like Us Benefit Gala next Wednesday, October 17 at El Museo Del Barrio, 1230 5th Avenue between 104th and 105th Street, 6:30pm-10pm. The event will be hosted by Demi Moore and Arden Wohl. It’s cocktail attire with tickets at $300.

"The gala will honor Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, GEMS, the largest service provider to commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked girls and young women in the US. One hundred percent of the proceeds of this event will go to GEMS critical services for victims and survivors, ages 12 -24, of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Hosts Demi Moore and Arden Wohl will kick-off a star-studded dramatic reading of excerpts from Girls Like Us, the critically acclaimed memoir by GEMS founder and executive director Rachel Lloyd. Participants in the event include: Jada Pinkett Smith, Yolanda Ross, Natasha Lyonne, Roz Coleman, Jamie Hector, Adepero Oduye, Shontelle, and India Arie." 

Also out there is Social Life Magazine’s 7th Annual Halloween Ball with  a performance by Madame Mayhem at Center548 on Saturday, October 27th. It’s a Halloween costume affair. Mayhem has an album coming out on the 30th called White Noise with a single called "Save Me.” It starts at 7:30pm with a meet & greet with Madame Mayhem and Grammy Award winning producer Mark Hudson over champagne and hors d’oeuvres until 9pm. "General admission tickets are also available for $45 and holders will get to enjoy the costume ball and live performance by Madame Mayhem and her all star band. Doors open at 9pm and will include a full open bar and DJ spinning till 2am.A portion of the proceeds from each VIP ticket sold on eventbrite will aide Musicians on Call, which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities."

The 27th will be Halloween for most, as the Wednesday actual date is too much for the working class. All week is my norm. On the 27th I will DJ at the Empire Ballroom’s Monster Bash with DJ Kyle Rayner. I go from 9pm to 11pm, and Kyle goes after, unless I scare the crowd away with my spooky Halloween set. Having Halloween celebrated on a Saturday isn’t necessarily a good thing for operators as most spots are slammed anyway. The added revenues from the holiday on Wednesday would normally be a shot in the arm, but the midweek date will kill Thursdays and slow Fridays for most operators. More of this next week.

Next Week’s L.A. Happenings: Connie And Ted’s, Robert Zemeckis, & Spago’s New Bar Menu

Opening a trendy restaurant in West Hollywood during Gay Pride Week is genius, but even more brilliant is the restaurant itself. Connie and Ted’s, a new seafood spot by celeb Top Chef Michael Cimarusti, is a trendy little joint that, well, may serve the best seafood this side of Santa Monica. Connie & Ted’s is Michael’s dressed-down seafood joint to his formal Providence, just a short drive away. It’s named in honor of his grandparents, who taught Michael everything there is to know about preparing fish.

The modern-day seafood shack is bright and cheerful and totally fun. There’s an outdoor patio, nautical-themed cocktails, a fire-engine-red booth, and chairs with blonde wood tabletops. Expect raw bar options, three types of chowder (red, white, and cream-based) and even burgers, in addition to the usual suspects (lobster, clams, and—wait for it—fish).

If you haven’t already, nab a front-row seat at Rockwell: Table & Stage for its insanely wild and theatrical live performance called For The Record that pays tribute to a notable director. Playing until July 20th is For The Record: Zemeckis, where the talented (and, let’s face it, easy on the eyes) cast sings, dances and performs creative takes from Robert Zemeckis’ films like Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Flight, and Death Becomes Her.

The shows have been garnering a cult following and even the directors and actors from the movies themselves show up in the audience, in addition to A-list fans like Demi Moore, who attended opening night with her daughter Rumer.

Can’t get a table at Spago in Beverly Hills? The bar is just as impressive, especially now, since it’s just launched its new bar menu, offering sweet and intensely savory dishes like Bincho Grilled Chicken Wings and Spaghettini with little neck and razor clams. Wash it all down during the Tuesday to Saturday, 9pm to 11pm happy hour, which features specialty martinis for only $10 and premium wine pours starting at $8.

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Russell Brand Ruins Yoga For Everyone

There are two things I don’t particularly care for: yoga and Russell Brand. You can imagine how I’d feel if those two things were combined. I would like none of that, thank you very much! But here’s what I’m missing from the most L.A. yoga class ever: Russell Brand staged a walkout at the Golden Bridge yoga studio. And yes, Demi Moore did participate. 

It all started because Brand was upset that his yoga teacher and BFF, Tej Kaur Kalsa, wanted out of her yoga-teaching contract. Golden Bridge just wouldn’t budge! So, naturally, Brand insisted that everyone leave the class in protest.

“Russell absolutely adores Tej, and she has become something of a guru to him,” an insider tells Radar. “They are the best of friends. They meditate together, they hike, they go to vegan restaurants together, and Russell took it very personally when he found out that Tej wasn’t happy at Golden Bridge.

“Tej told Russell that she wanted to quit teaching at the studio, but claimed they wouldn’t let her out of her contract. That made him spitting mad and he vowed to take action on her behalf!”

So last Tuesday, at the start of morning class, Brand decided to fight the power and stage a mass walk out.

The source says that just as the students were getting situated on their mats, and fellow celeb Demi Moore was taking off her shoes and finding a spot on the floor, Russell marched to the front of the class, with Tej standing next to him.

“Golden Bridge is not treating my friend in a respectful manner,” Russell charged. “After years of dutiful service, they refuse to let her out of her contract. If you’d like to continue to study with her, follow me!”

An eyewitness says the crowd shifted nervously for a few seconds, wondering whether or not they were being Punk’d, but soon enough, at least half of the class, Moore included, rolled up their mats and followed Russell right out the door!

None of this sounds particularly relaxing. But can’t you just imagine how annoying it would be to have yoga with Russell Brand? Lots of farts coming from that jokester, I’m betting.

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Linkage: Lindsay Lohan Might Be an Escort, Jessica Simpson Can’t Stop Bonin’, & a Kris Kross Reunion

If you’re wondering how the hell Lindsay Lohan can get away with jetting across the globe and staying in fancy hotels with nothing but money from Playboy shoots and Lifetime movies, here’s a possible explanation on where she gets her money: she might be working as a high-class escort for the rich and not-so-famous. Some of her alleged clients include Prince Haji Abdul Azim, third in line of the throne of Brunei (which is a real place, not like Genovia), and painter Domingo Zapata. Of course, these allegations come from her scumbag father, Michael Lohan, so take them with a couple shakers of salt. [Radar]

Nicole Kidman is on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter, and she dishes about Scientology—sort of. When pressed, she’ll say only: ‘I’ve chosen not to speak publicly about Scientology. I have two children [adopted with Cruise] who are Scientologists—Connor [the Red Dawn actor is now 17] and Isabella [20]—and I utterly respect their beliefs.’” The cover story also revels that Modern Family’s Sophia Vergara was director Lee Daniels’s first choice for Kidman’s role in The Paperboy, so just imagine that crazy lady doing her own hair and makeup and peeing on Zac Efron. [THR]

Jessica Simpson, as always, is both a good indicator of the failures of sex education in this country and an example of how annoying celebrities can be if their publicists can’t get them to shut the hell up. The occasional singer and sometimes actress told Jay Leno last night that she’d like to get married to fiancé Eric Johnson, with whom she has one child and a second on the way, but, in her words, “he keeps knocking me up.” [Fox News]

Sarah Jessica Parker replaced Demi Moore as Gloria Steinem in the upcoming Lovelace, premiering at Sundance, after Moore’s hospitalization for exhaustion early last year. It turns out it was all for naught: Steinem’s role in the film has been cut. [EW]

Because of money, NBC is going to roll poor Betty White out again and make her watch a bunch of people “pay tribute” to her for Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special. The party’s guest list includes folks like Blake Shelton, Bill Clinton, and Larry King, because who else could possibly ruminate on all of Betty White’s achievements as an old actress who still makes dirty jokes when forced to read from cue cards in front of a TV camera? [Deadline]

Kris Kross are getting back together because they left a lot of things unsaid, a lot of pants unsagged, and also realized how much of a boner everyone has for the ’90s. [Vulture]

Does keeping a “princess-free” household promote feminist ideals in children or just keep them from having fun? [Jezebel]

Die Hard director John McTiernan is headed to jail for a year and must pay a $100,000 fine. And no, it’s not because he directed that Rollerball remake. [Indiewire]

R.I.P., old guy from old TV show. [TMZ]

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Morning Links: Best Coast Gets an Urban Outfitters Line, Scar-Jo Cast as ‘Psycho’ Janet Leigh

● Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino revealed on Twitter yesterday that she is following in the trendy footsteps of Kim Gordon before her and launching a clothing line for Urban Outfitters this May. "i’m stoked to dress y’all this spring," she wrote, adding that, "boys- you will look cute in a crop top, too!" [Stereogum]

Liquor stores need not worry: producers from Snooki’s Jersey Shore spin-off tipped off Jersey City’s baby boutiques weeks ago. [TMZ]

● Unusually thorough, Viggo Mortensen does not let a childhood hero go forgotten in this interview. Not even one. [BostonGlobe]

● Kanye West’s Giuseppe Zanotti ivory-beaded sandals, as debuted on the runways at Paris Fashion Week, can be yours for a mere $5,800. [Us]

● Scarlett Johnasson has scored the role of Psycho character Janet Leigh in Sacha Gervasi’s behind-the-scenes drama, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. Anthony Hopkins will play Hitchcock, Helen Mirren will play Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville. [Variety]

● Demi Moore has traded her fancy Cirque Lodge rehab for "vacation" at an undisclosed location. "She’s in no rush to get back to L.A.," explains someone close to her. Can you blame her? [E!]

● Harvey Weinstein wants Katy Perry to make her big screen debut as the wife of mobile-phone salesman turned Britian’s Got Talent winner, Paul Potts, but only if his first choice, Adele, won’t take the role. Ouch. [Page Six]

Morning Links: M.I.A. Flips the Bird, Demi Moore Checks Into Rehab

● M.I.A. won Madonna’s Super Bowl half-time show when she punctuated her "Give Me All Your Lovin’" verse with a middle finger. She really "don’t give a shit." [Rap-Up]

● Should it land in court, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’s divorce trial will likely be televised much like the popular Conrad Murray or O.J. Simpson trials. Nancy Grace is clearing her schedule now. [Huff Post]

● Reports have it that Demi Moore quietly checked into Cirque Lodge in Sundance, Utah this weekend for help with her eating disorder and addiction issues. [Us]

● David Beckham got kicked out of his son Romeo’s soccer game for unsoliceted side-line reffing. [E!]

●"I would argue that the uncomfortable feelings she elicits are simply the by-product of watching a woman wanting and taking like a man," writes Liz Phair of Lana Del Rey in the Wall Street Journal. "You see, Lana Del Rey is exactly what I was hoping to inspire when I took on the male rock establishment almost twenty years ago." [WSJ]

● Katy Perry out of the picture, Russell Brand has set his sights on Zooey Deschanel, the human being who looks the most like Katy Perry. [DailyMail]

Morning Links: Roseanne Barr Makes Presidential Bid, Demi Moore Partied With Miley Cyrus

● Roseanne Barr announced Thursday that she has filed the requisite paperwork to run for the Green Party nomination, just as she said she would. "The Democrats and Republicans have proven that they are servants — bought and paid for by the 1 percent — who are not doing what’s in the best interest of the American people," she said, impressing also that, "Mainstream media will be unable to ignore me, but more importantly they will be unable to overlook the needs of average Americans in the run-up to the 2012 election." [AP]

● It seems that Bridget Jones 3 is in trouble, as script issues have put a kink in the shooting schedule. And as The Hollywood Reporter writes, "Any stoppage, however, could lead an indefinite, if not permanent, shutdown." [THR]

● With a hand from Nicki Minaj on "Make Me Proud," Drake has surpassed Diddy and broken a Billboard record with 11 number one Rap singles. [RapRadar]

● Just days before her hospitalization, Demi Moore and her daughter Rumer drank Red Bulls at Miley Cyrus’s now infamous penis cake party. [TMZ]

● Behold, the dames and dudes of Downtown Abbey, as they are on- and off-screen. [Paper]

● Word of warning to Ryan Reynolds and other suitors: Blake Lively is only interested in birthing high-heel wearing children. Or, as she puts it in this month’s Elle, "I hope to have a few girls one day. If not girls, they better be trannies. Because I have some amazing shoes and bags and stories that need to be appreciated."[TheCut]

Sarah Jessica Parker Replaces Demi Moore in Lovelace Biopic

Now that Demi Moore is taking time off to attend her ‘health problems’ after winding up in the hospital for smoking incense (???), the Lovelace biopic is wasting no time to fill her spot.  Sarah Jessica Parker will be replacing the former Mrs. Kutcher as feminist icon Gloria Steinem.  What? Will she be able to pull it off?

Odd casting choice, brilliant career move, both?  Parker went from being pigeon-holed as the bubbly friend in ‘80’s flicks like Footloose and Girls Just Want to Have Fun to the bubbly lead character with a financially un-savvy shoe addiction in Sex and the City. Since then she’s been unable-despite a recent romcom about handling motherhood and career called I Don’t Know How She Does It-to break out of that role.  It’s going to take some serious acting skills to make audiences see past Carrie Bradshaw to view a woman capable of starting an intellectual revolution.

What is going to make this even more difficult? Chris Noth, Mr. Big himself, is also in the film. Even if viewers make it past a pink, diamond encrusted and pun-filled mental block chances are Noth could trigger those SATC images even if they don’t share screen time.

We’ll see. This could give Parker’s career a more serious arc or it could just start a clothing trend of bell bottoms and over-sized glasses.  Rounding out the cast are Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, a recently cast Chloe Sevigny, Bobby Cannavale, Adam Brody, James Franco, Wes Bentley, and Juno Temple.

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