● Director Sofia Coppola and her indie rocker husband Thomas Mars of Phoenix welcomed their second daughter, Cosmina, in New York City, where she’ll be the coolest kid at daycare. [PopEater] ● Mena Suvari was married in Vatican City, dooming her union to be small, out of touch, and micromanaged. [People] ● Kate Gosselin’s botox makes Nicole Kidman look like Betty White. [US Weekly]
● Embattled asshole Chris Brown broke down in tears during a Michael Jackson tribute performance at the BET Awards because he is looking to soften his image. [Vulture] ● In other Michael Jackson news, his crystal-covered glove sold for $190,000 at auction, still smelling of sweat, greed, and excess. [PopEater] ● Newspaper correction of the week: “[Adam Lambert and his bass player] licked each other’s lips; Mr. Ratliff did not merely give Mr. Lambert a quick peck on the shoulder. (He did that later in the show.)” [NYTPicker]
● Mena Suvari at the Zac Posen for Target shopping party: “Sushi at Nobu.” ● Ginnifer Goodwin: “Candle 79 here. Madeleine Bistro in L.A.” ● Selma Blair: “I love the Savoy and I love Minetta Tavern.” ● Zac Posen: “My favorite restaurant Kai, just closed in New York. And I’m very saddened about Takashimaya. I love Casa Lever has the best steak and great pasta. It’s really good Italian.”
● Patricia Field: “Il Buco, around the corner from my house. Agnanti is a Greek restaurant out in Astoria. There are some very good Japanese restaurants that I love on East 43rd Street, between 2nd and 3rd. There’s a great saki bar there called Sakagura. Next door, there’s a really good Japanese barbecue, and across the street, one of the best sushi restaurants in the city.” ● Joe Zee: “Minetta Tavern. But my old standby restaurant for the last 15 years is Bar Pitti. ● Olivia Palermo: “Indochine.” ● Theodora Richards: “At the moment, it’s Sant Ambroeus, down on the west side. The mille-feuilles—I don’t know how to pronounce the French word for a thousand leaves—but the dessert, this pastry thing, is phenomenal, my new favorite.” ● Alek Wek: “Let’s say like Nobu downtown in Tribeca or Schillers, on the Lower East Side.” ● Kate Gosselin: @ the Discovery Channel’s 2010-11 Upfront reception. “I’m afraid if I tell because it’ll ruin my spots, and then I can’t go there anymore because the paparazzi will get me! I’m just kidding. You caught me off guard. In New York, I love Le Colonial
Apologies for the cliché title, but how could you not weave in Suvari’s ‘American’ connection with her personal interest in Character Project, an ongoing artistic initiative committed to celebrating the characters of–you guessed it–America! Last night Suvari, noticeably without pie or Kevin Spacey, discussed her own artistic undertakings as she played hostess for USA and Vanity Fair’s gallery opening of American Character: A Photographic Journey at the Stephen Weiss studio, along with Jeff Goldblum and a slew of supporters ranging from Lucy Lui to Christian Siriano.
The celebration kicked off the the two-day exhibition featuring 11 photographers’ perspectives with 150 photographs from the hardcover photography book titled American Character: A Photographic Journey. It was certainly easy to focus on the works of photographers Sylvia Plachy, Jeff Dunas, David Eustace, Eric Ogden, Marla Rutherford, Anna Mia Davidson, Joe Fornabaio and Eric McNatt. Once the photography ogling had waned, it was even easier to turn the focus on the characters wandering the gallery. Jeremy Kost turned the event into an opportunity to create, taking his soon-to-be famous Polaroids of attendees, including Donna Karan. Kost will be showing his work alongside Hedi Slimane sometime later this year. Suvari spoke of her own plans for an exhibition, a show presenting her own photographs taken during a trip as the African Medical & Research Foundation’s (AMREF USA) goodwill ambassador. “The most important thing,” she said demurely “is capturing the moment, the feeling, or the mood. Translating that is what ultimately makes the photograph.”
● Hayden Panettiere is proving her maturity post-breakup with costar Milo Ventimiglia by refusing to be on set with her ex at the same time. No surprise, as their age difference is said to be the cause of the split. [OKMagazine] ● Supermarkets in China are stoking contraception with actresses Mena Suvari and Kelly Brook on the packaging. Get a 12-pack of these celebrity condoms for the economical price of $1.50! [DailyMail] ● NASA has proven they have no sense of humor after refusing to consider Colbert, after Stephen Colbert, as a valid name for their international space station. Colbert suggested the moniker on his show last week and has garnered 115,000 votes. [Yahoo]
● This month’s Dazed and Confused will feature the top crop of party-child models like Pixie Geldof and Daisy Lowe rocking some serious 90s fashion and black lipstick. [DailyMail] ● Jennifer Aniston may be an animal person, but ferrets, not so much. Although working with one in Along Came Polly, Aniston says ferrets are a dealbreaker for her. John Mayer take note. [HollywoodRag] ● Some actors can’t accept that they are just good actors — some tempt fate and try singing careers. Here are the 10 worst actor-to-singer careers. The Return of Bruno, anyone? [Manofest]