Lily Collins Dazzles in ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Trailer (Watch)

The new trailer for Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply has been released, and paints a picture of old school Hollywood romance that we can’t help but fervently proclaim we’re excited for. Beatty has been nominated for 14 Oscars, and won for Best Director for Reds (1981).

“I decided when I won a talent contest that maybe I’d give it a go in Hollywood,” Lily Collins explains at the clip opens. She stars as an aspiring Los Angeles starlet who falls for a young man Frank Forbes, played by the gorgeous Alden Ehrenreich. Both characters work for the billionaire filmmaker Howard Hughes, played by Beatty, and are thus forbidden to engage romantically. Naturally, the pair decide to break a few rules.

The all-star cast includes such heavy-hitters as Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Taissa Farmiga, Martin Sheen, Chace Crawford, and Candice Bergen. If this teaser is any indication, Rules Don’t Apply is poised to be the gorgeous, classic moviegoing experience we’ve been in dire need of.

“When you told me the rules don’t apply to me, you know, they don’t apply to you either,” Collins proclaims as the clip ends.

Watch the trailer below.

Rules Don’t Apply hits theaters November 23.

The Last Act: Model and Singer Bebe Buell On Closing Down Hiro Ballroom

Hiro Ballroom will close its doors after Saturday evening’s bash, and with it goes yet another venue where rock, as we know it, could strut its stuff. The clubs, for the most part, feature hip hop, electronic, and house because those formats are featured by the bottle-buying public. Rockers drink bottles of beer, not bottles of Goose. Rock will be relegated to the cracks where it does better anyway. The closing of Hiro will not dampen the talented forces of rock and roll, but may force them into the creative cauldrons of Brooklyn. Marky Ramone’s band Blitzkrieg is headlining the perfectly imperfect venue The Bellhouse this Sunday, and so it will be. Rock won’t retreat or hide under a rock; it will simply wiggle to where it is wanted. It will survive where NY’s culture thrives …off the L train or the J or the F or someplace just a hop, skip, and a jump away via a Northside Car. The last hurrah of Hiro will be headlined by rock icon Bebe Buell. Known more for who she has famously slept with, sire Bebe offers rock purity from rock royalty as the Hiro doors ache to be shuttered. To get you to a place of understanding Bebe is Liv Tyler’s mom and has been linked over the decades with stars like Steven TylerTodd Rundgren, and Stiv Bators. Bebe is too often the subject of gossip because of her association with so many boldfaced names, but she is very much her own person and has her own talent. I once told her that she wasn’t cool because the rock stars dated her…they were seen as much cooler because she dated them. She liked me for that. She’s a busy Bebe but we squeezed in time between rehearsals to chat at the BlackBook office.

We are here because it is a sad day in the rock and roll world; Saturday is the last night of the Hiro Ballroom, which is one of the venues where cool bands have been playing for the last number of years. It’s going to be changed. The last act, the last night, is this coming Saturday and Bebe Buell is performing. Tell me about the band and tell me about what it means to you to close down the Hiro Ballroom.

Well, when I put my last album out before "Hard Love," which was "Sugar," it was Hiro Ballroom who gave me a platform to get back on stage again. I hadn’t been on stage in a while and so they are like family to me. It is one of my favorite rooms. I’ve done three sold-out shows there, and this one that I’m doing Saturday will be the last one. And there were quite a few bands in the city that wanted to close it down and I just stayed out of the entire thing, but they asked me if I wanted to do it. So I was really—a great honor.

So who is in the band?

Well I have Pete Marshall and he played with Iggy Pop and Glenn Danzig. He played with Iggy for years. He started as my bass player and now he is my second guitar player. I have Jimmy Walls, who was in D Generation for their last tour. He is the other guitar player. On bass I have Keith Roth. I had Enzo Penizzotto for my album; he played with Joan Jett for eight years and came back to me. I just lost him because he got the Memphis tour, you know that Broadway musical Memphis? He just got the whole touring thing. He is going to be going on the road with that so now I’ve got Keith Roth in my band, which is a real plus. He is also a radio guy. He does the Electric Ballroom and he also does Sirius. And I have Louisa Bradshaw on backing vocals; I have Sarah Tomek, a young girl from Asbury Park, on drums. And then I have on keyboards, my baby, I love him. He’s the baby of the bunch. Well he and Sarah are both the babies—Zac Lasher—and I found him

from a jam band, believe it or not, called U-Melt. I really saw his talent and I knew I had to get him in my band for obvious reasons. Juilliard protégé; he’s a genius.

How long have you been playing rock and roll?

That’s funny! What a question. My first band I started in 1980 and I made my first record in 1979/1980 with Ric Ocasek from The Cars. The Cars played on my first album “Cover Girl” on Rhino. And Rick Derringer, remember Rick Derringer? Yeah, he produced a couple of tracks. It was actually an EP.

At one point I was gonna say you are a rock and roll coochie-coo. You’ve got rock roots.

I do. I have absolute rock roots. I actually came to New York City because my mother sent my high school graduation picture to Eileen Ford, and the next thing you know I was on an airplane. And I would have gotten to New York any way I could. So if I was going to get here through modeling, I was going to get here through modeling. But as soon as I got here, I got into lots of trouble. I wouldn’t really call it trouble.

Well some of that trouble is what made you famous!

I discovered Max’s Kansas City. I started a very long-term relationship with Todd Rundgren. We weren’t married so we lived a very crazy Bob-and-Ted-and-Carol-and- Alice lifestyle, which I wouldn’t recommend for anybody because it is emotionally draining. It took me about six years to actually get a band together and really get down to business.

The other day you told me something that was very funny. You said that most people think that Steven Tyler gave birth to Liv – that Liv actually came out of his penis.

Which is funny because for a lot of my career, you know, people have always called me the girlfriend of, the mother of, etc. And it has just become, almost, a giggle at this point. I don’t get upset about it; I don’t take it personally. I find it very one-dimensional. First of all, it takes two people to date. It takes two people to make a child. And the way the media works in our country, the person who has the bigger name is the one that gets the credit for everything, including giving birth. In Europe, it’s a whole different story. I love America; I live here. But I have always gotten more respect in the UK and foreign countries.

Well I said to you that, you know, some people think they are cool because you dated all these rock stars. And I said maybe they were cool because they dated Bebe Buell.

I don’t look at it either way. I think people date who they date. You meet somebody…it’s chemistry! I can honestly say that I have never dated somebody as a social or a political move. I have always followed my heart and have only dated people that I loved and that I really had feelings for. I’ve turned down some pretty big dates, trust me. Warren Beatty! When I met Shirley MacLaine –  a lot of people don’t realize they are brother and sister – I went to one of her spiritual things; you know, she talks a lot about metaphysics and past lifetimes and things. She used to do these wonder seminars. And I met her afterward and I looked at her and I said, “You know you and I have something in common." And she looked at me and said, “What’s that?” I said, “Both of us have never slept with Warren Beatty!”

Well, there is a funny story with that. Shirley was on the Johnny Carson Show and Johnny asked her, “ As you are Warren’s sister, you are aware he is famous for sleeping with all these starlets. Is his reputation warranted?” And she said, “Well Johnny, I think that Warren has slept with every starlet in Hollywood except me, and I’m not so sure about that."

Oh, that is hilarious. She’s funny and, of course, she has never slept with him. I have to say: Warren has very good taste. I met a couple of his girlfriends and now his wife, and he never went there. He never went with any riff-raff. He is not a bottom feeder.

Bebe Buell

I met you at a Stiv Bators show, a The Dead Boys show, at my father’s place in Long Island a long time ago. I was sitting with a beautiful girl and you were actually sitting at the same table as us and we didn’t watch the show. We were just watching you. You were the most amazing person we had ever seen and you were very, very sweet. I have always told everybody that you were the sweetest person to us. You made us feel like we were friends of yours.

Well I think it is important to make people feel comfortable and at ease when you are sort of the hostess at an event. 

You told me then and you told again recently, that the thing about Stiv… he was this firecracker, an incredible performer, but also – as well as being incredibly talented – he was very intelligent.

Very smart. What people don’t realize is that he was just a small-town boy from Ohio. He was just a kid that went to see Iggy Pop. He handed him a jar of peanut butter and the rest is history. You know, but in some ways, he was even a more agile performer than Iggy Pop. Some of the things Stiv could do, I don’t think Iggy could do. Stiv could wrap himself up like a pretzel; he could hang himself. He could do all kinds of things. More like Alice Cooper. 

But Stiv was probably one of the sweetest, nicest boyfriends I ever had. We drifted apart. Stiv and I were like—my visual—we were sort of like a rock and roll, punk rock Sonny and Cher. I was a good three heads taller than him. He was extremely funny and when we were together we sort of had a banter like Sunny and Cher did. We would just tease each other and we had this crazy banter. In the end, we ended up becoming really good friends. Our romance peetered out and our friendship expounded, if that makes any sense. 

We used to have a house up in Maine and he would come and stay with me there. He would play on the monkey bars with the kids. The kids loved him. He was a pretzel; he could do any death-defying feat there is. All the kids loved to play with him because he could contort and do all these things to make them laugh, like push his thumbs back and all that kind of stuff. He was great with kids and he was great with animals. I mean, there are just sides to people that people don’t know about. They think its just like a girl goes “Ooh! I want that one!” and then they go and have sex in a dressing room. That’s just not real life. I have never had sex in a dressing room. I’ve never picked up one boyfriend I have ever had backstage.

You’ve dated very famous people. How did these people meet you? What kind of occasions?

It’s New York City! Models and rock stars have been pollinating for how long? This is nothing new. Rock stars who were making an iota of success – the first thing they want to do is upgrade the girls they date. That’s the first thing they want to do, and they want a model. Now it’s that they want a Playboy centerfold, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit girl. It is something they seek out.

So you prefer the word “model." Some people used to call you a groupie and I think that is a terrible name. I don’t think you were a groupie. Some people say you were one of the most famous groupies of all time.

No, I don’t think I was. I don’t think so. I think that title goes to that girl Pamela Des Barres. Pamela Miller, or whatever.

So you were not a groupie at all but you dated rock stars.

I think that’s the part about lazy journalism. The first thing they think of is “Oh! She is dating a rock star. She must be a groupie. Oh my goodness!”

Who else did you date besides rock stars?

The way you say all that! You act like I…

I just want the readers to know!

I can count my lovers on two hands. Can you?

Oh, absolutely not.

Ok. See! So, I always want to say to everybody else, “Tell me about all the people that you have dated. You’ve dated a lot more people than I have!”

What I’m asking you though is, in between all the rock stars, were there other people? Lawyers, doctors, etc.?

No, I never dated a lawyer. I never dated a doctor. I did date one photographer and his name was Clive Arrowsmith, which was really funny. I dated him when I was in London and he shot me for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and I did a lot of my best work, my biggest work, with him…he and David Bailey were the biggest photographers in the UK in the 1970s, in that early part of the ‘70s when I came up. Right before I started seeing Steven and before I got pregnant with Liv, I dated Clive Arrowsmith a little bit, which I think is hilarious because I went on to have a child with Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. Life is very interesting. If I had all the answers, if I could put together the puzzle for you, I would. But I can’t even explain to you—I have had this wonderful, serendipitous life. I have just had these synchronistic moments…I am like Forrest Gump. I tell everybody that. I just fall into these wonderful situations.

Bebe Buell

You are looking for this sort of energy that rockers give you.

I think we all look for the energy that we emanate. I have to be around the people that think like I do and that understand how I think. If I am asleep in the bed and get a song idea, I leap up out of the bed and get a pen and paper. When I lived with Elvis Costello, he did the same thing. When I lived with Todd (Rundgren), he did the same thing. I think like-minded people find each other.

What is the same about Steven, Elvis, and Todd? Where is the similarity?

Brilliant, multifaceted human beings. People don’t realize what a brilliant drummer Steven Tyler is. He started as a drummer.

When did the companion aspect end in the relationship? Hmmm, let me word this right: did you at times move off being a companion, like at a gig, and become just a fan like everyone else? Did that happen?

I think, to have that consciousness when you are in a relationship, you have to think that way. And I just never thought that way. I don’t judge people and I don’t hero- worship. People ask me frequently who my heroes are and I hate to sound like an old punk rocker, but I am. I don’t have any heroes. I have people that I admire and respect and want to learn from. I can’t say that I have any heroes, but I can say that I worship some people: Albert Einstein, Oscar Wilde. The people that I really admire, they are all dead. You know…John Lennon. They are all human, too. People that I tend to admire are not perfect. They are fallible. I think that is why we all love John Lennon so much – because he wasn’t perfect. He was a man that made many mistakes.

You actually had a conversation with him, didn’t you? Tell me about that.

Well I did. I had many really in-depth amazing conversations with him. I met John through Mick (Jagger). It was my birthday and Todd was in the studio and I was a little sad that I didn’t have my boyfriend to spend my birthday with me. But Todd was a workaholic before it was even fashionable to be a workaholic. I think he even had the first computer in the ‘70s, probably even before Bill Gates had one. But Mick felt a little bad for me and said that we should go out to dinner. We went down to the Lower East Side to this Japanese place called Me; its not there anymore. He said that he had a surprise for me. And earlier in our relationship he had asked me, “If you could meet three people, who would you want to meet?” And I said Edgar Allen Poe, Albert Einstein, Oscar Wilde, my usual, and John Lennon. And he said, “Oh, well that is the only one alive out of that whole group." And then we went on to the next subject and I guess that stuck with him.

So after we got done eating we got in a cab and I said “Where are we going?” and he said, “Oh, you’ll see in a minute!” And it was during John’s time with May Pang and we got out of the cab. We arrived at this apartment uptown and we had to walk up some stairs. We came in and knocked on the door. The door opens and we had to go up a set of stairs and at the top of the staircase, taking a Polaroid of us as we ascended the stairs, was John Lennon. And that picture, that very photo that he took of us, is in May Pang’s book, the one filled with all the Polaroids. I think I could say that may have been the first time in my life that I may have been a little star-struck.

The second time was when I met Salvador Dali at The Ritz, at the magazine store. I adored him as a child. I thought he was just fascinating. He invited me to tea when I was eighteen at The Ritz-Carlton. So I went and had tea with Dali and Amanda Lear, and some other very unusual person who I cant remember anymore. Maybe it was Varushka? And I feel that it was one of those magical moments. He (John Lennon) said he had just seen a UFO, so we spent the entire time talking about aliens because May had heard it all before. I believed him and was very fascinated so I wanted to hear everything he had to say about aliens. And then we went down to Chinatown at four in the morning and ate in one of the all-night restaurants. These were the kind of stories…these are the most sacred memories to me because it is all about cutting your teeth and learning. I was really lucky to learn so much from so many exquisite human beings.

Well, I listened to the album and I have to say there were a lot of things on there that I feel were great, I mean, really great. Tell me more.

I’m just really excited to be playing the final Hiro. I am very touched. The album is "Hard Love." I think it is my best work. I think it is the best thing I have ever done. You know, I have made a lot of records. I’m New York’s best-kept secret. I am a cult artist and I always have been. I have never been Madonna or Lady Gaga. I have always been a little under the radar, a little underground. I think that I have never always gotten my shots because people are so occupied with the glamorous boyfriends that I had and the Playboy or whatever they are distracted by. But I don’t do this because I am trying to win any brownie points. I do this because it is who I am. I am a songwriter and a singer and I have been my whole life. I was a contra-alto in the sixth grade. I was the only contra-alto of my age group in four states. I have a background in singing and when you listen to my material, you can sing this. I’m not just some kid who picked up a microphone and said, “I think I am going to sing this week!”

So Saturday night at Hiro. I will be there and I guess a lot of the people who read this are going to run out.

Oh yeah, it is going to be a good night. A lot of people love Hiro, and one thing about New York City is that when we say goodbye to something or someone, everybody comes out to pay their respects. And it is also the one-year anniversary of the departure of Don Hill, so the timing of it is kind of auspicious. It is the end of a great room and the end of one of the greatest men…we made a slideshow for him. A beautiful Don Hill slideshow.

Eva Mendes Joins Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut ‘How to Catch a Monster,’ Obviously

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes pretty much have it made. They’re both disgustingly beautiful and extremely talented—yes they deserve each other, who else could even compare, right? And after starring together in Derek Cianfrance’s upcoming epic drama, The Place Beyond the Pines—where they got to quality practice in tortured love—the two are now not only making us exceedingly jealous of their love life, but it’s been announced that Mendes will join the cast of Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster.

Now, it’s one thing to fall in love with your co-star, it’s another to star in a film written and directed by your boyfriend. Look what happened to Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty on Reds. "It is always a dicey proposition when an actress works with a star or director—both, in this case—with whom she has an offscreen relationship. ‘It’s like running down a street with a plate of consommé and trying not to spill any,’ Beatty says," as Peter Bart recalled in his Vanity Fair piece "Thunder to the Left."

But anyhow, hoping for the best! And as someone who has had the chance to closely observe the incredible work of everyone from Terrence Malick to Nicolas Winding Ref, let’s assume some of that magic has rubbed off on ol’ Gos and this long-awaited debut will be the energetic kick we’d expect from the talented actor who has constantly morphed himself throughout his career. 

How to Catch a Monster, penned by Gosling, tells the story of Billy, a single mother of two who is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Christina Hendricks is set to play the leading role with fellow Pines actor Ben Mendelhson also starring. Mendes looks to be playing "Cat" a prominent figure of the Big Bad Wolf Club. Shooting is scheduled for May with hopefully a festival release the following year.

Last question: Does this mean Dead Man’s Bones will be scoring the film?! I certainly hope so.

Oscar Deathmatch: Pitting the Casts of ‘Reds’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Against Each Other

Silver Linings Playbook is slowly edging its way closer and closer to grabbing up some Oscars, and the feel-good film about feeling weird has an aggressive campaign, courtesy of those schemin’ Weinsteins, bent on stealing those trophies away from Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, Tommy Lee Jones, and Anne Hathaway. While it’s unlikely that the entire cast of Silver Linings Playbook will get to walk on stage at the end of February to collect their golden statues (although Jennifer Lawrence’s recent SAG win increases her chances), the film is notable for being the first in 31 years to get nominations in all four acting categories. The other film, of course, was Reds, Warren Beatty’s epic drama about the Russian Revolution. 

Here’s my question: can you really expect the cast of Silver Linings Playbook, a movie about feeeeelings, to go head-to-head with the heavyweights in Reds, a movie about political activism and the endurance of love amid historical revolution? No, you cannot! The cast of Reds would not only drink the cast of Silver Linings Playbook under the table, but I’m willing to bet they could easily knock them off faster than you can sing "Ho Hey." 

But let’s not stop there! Let’s take a look at what each of these eight actors have to offer, shall we?

Warren Beatty vs. Bradley Cooper

Warren Beatty is like, "Who?" Sorry, but Beatty is too busy resting because he’s super exhausted from fucking literally everything in Hollywood. Sure, he’s settled down now with Annette Bening, but his real life made both The Hangover and The Hangover Part II look like The Sandlot. What does Bradley Cooper bring the table? Sure, he can act like a obsessive-compulsive manic-depressive (let’s not forget that Jack Nicholson set the standard back in As Good As It Gets, by the way), and apparently he can tango or something. But can he do all that while writing, producing, and directing a movie—about the Russian Revolution? That clocks in at over three hours? And features documentary-style interviews with the likes of Henry Miller? Cool it, B-Coop. We’ll call you when we re-make Shampoo.

Diane Keaton vs. Jennifer Lawrence

Ohhhh, brother. Diane Keaton has more wacky charm in her pinky than the 22-year-old it-girl has in her entire body. But nevermind the off-screen abilities of these two; let’s talk about their roles in these two movies. Lawrence plays a woman who acts out after the death of her husband by screwing everything in sight, jogging next to a man who wears a plastic bag as a shirt, layering her face with eye-liner, and ballroom dancing. Keaton’s character, on the other hand, falls in love with poet and activist John Reed and alcoholic playwright Eugene O’Neill. The gal from Silver Linings learns to dance, whereas Keaton’s Louise Bryant is present when the course of history is changed forever. Way to put your stamps on the world! 

Jack Nicholson vs. Robert De Niro

This seems like the ultimate match-up, although it’s a bit unfair to put a 44-year-old Jack Nicholson against 69-year-old Robert De Niro. But it must happen, because everyone’s losing their minds over Robert De Niro crying and watching football. Meanwhile, in Reds, Nicholson was busy boning Diane Keaton and writing a Pulitzer Prize-winning play. No biggie. 

Maureen Stapleton vs. Jacki Weaver

Maureen Stapleton won an Oscar for her portrayal of radical feminist activist Emma Goldman. Jacki Weaver got an Oscar nomination for saying "crabby snacks and homemades" twice (and also because they just needed some nominees because we all know that Anne Hathaway is going to get that thing). This seems like an incredibly even match, right? I’d just like to see Maureen Stapleton’s Emma Goldman clomp around modern-day Philadelphia teaching these people what real suffering is like. Get me on the phone with David O. Russell: I’ve got a great idea for his next dramedy.

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Warren Beatty Bedded Madonna, Diane Keaton & 12,773 Other Women (Maybe!)

Either Warren Beatty slept with 12,775 women or he did not. It’s a large number to expect to be exact, but that’s the figure put forth in Peter Biskind’s upcoming book Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America, an “authorized” biography that Beatty says he did not authorize. Are these the kind of rumors men dispute?

“Mr. Biskind’s tedious and boring book on Mr. Beatty was not authorized by Mr. Beatty and should not be published as an authorized biography,” Beatty’s attorney told The Huffington Post after the New York Post “leaked” the salacious gossip.

Biskind says he arrived at the figure “using simple arithmetic” and that it “does not include daytime quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses and so on.” Meaning, what, third base and onward, but only over two minutes? Assuming for the sake of hygiene that Beatty limited himself to one woman a day, by this basic math, he may have spent 35-years-worth of nights getting laid. And though Beatty is denying the claims, even plus-or-minus 10,000 females, it’s still an impressive number! (And since 1 in 5 Americans are believed to have the active form of herpes, Beatty’s got about the same chances as a porn star of not having that STD.)

The prodigious total puts Beatty in the company of insatiable, doubtlessly disease-riddled studs like Gene Simmons (approx. 5,000) and basketball star Wilt Chamberlain, whose second autobiography A View From Above put his bedpost notches around 20,000, or about 8 women per week. Simmons’ commitmentphobic wisdom: “All relationships are open.”

Beatty’s greatest hits to be named so far include Jane Fonda, Joan Collins, Julie Christie, Diane Keaton and Madonna. “I thought he was gay,” Fonda told Biskind about their tender kiss in 1960. Apparently, Beatty spent the subsequent half-century proving her wrong.

Madonna & Maripol & Lino Meoli

There was a time when Madonna was clubbing as a girl with potential. Somewhere I have a Xeroxed blue paper invite with her name on it; we paid her like 500 bucks to play Danceteria … I was upset with her because I needed the dressing room after her gig. She zoomed to the top soon after, and the last time I could talk to her as a human was when she was shooting Desperately Seeking Susan. After that, if I wanted her for an event or to come to an opening, I dealt with Maripol. It was Maripol who got her to the Palladium one night, and a million photos were taken of Madonna sitting on the Michael Todd Room bar reading the magazine that the party was about. It was Maripol who did the famous jewelry that the Material Girl wore in photo shoots and videos. Maripol the documentarian, the creator of underground film Downtown 81. She is club royalty.

It was Maripol who booked the movie premier party for Madonna’s flick Truth or Dare at the Palace de Beauté, where the Petco is now in Union Square. She came through the back door and asked me to help her get Warren Beatty in, who Madonna was dating at the time. Warren was a bit flustered by the legions of paparazzi, but seemingly wanting to talk with every one of them. He had an aura of brilliant innocence. The party was all celebrities, the tightest door I can remember. I talked to Madonna briefly — couldn’t really think of much to say, other than “Wow, have you grown since I last saw you” type crap. I saw my best friend Arthur Weinstein and a pal Nicky D approaching the front door, and I hid a little … Madonna asked me why I was hiding, and I told her “There’s someone at the door I can’t say no to, but I am trying to honor your guest list.” She went out and took them in. She was amazing. Later, Nicky D approached while I was talking to Warren and told him boldly about a film project he was working on. Warren said, “Hey, write down my number, and we’ll talk about this.” I was shocked by his friendliness and interest. I read the tabloids and the scandals and the success and failures of the Material Girl and remember that when I knew her, just a little, back in the day. She was a lady, and despite the swirls and fodder put out by the press, I must believe she is still wonderful. Maripol’s son Lino Meoli and Patrick McMullan’s kid Liam were introduced to me long before they could speak. As babies they were sometimes at the chicest parties, and now both are making their mark. Lino takes after his dad Gigi Meoli and is DJing.

Lino Meoli
, you are the first person that I have interviewed that I’ve known since you were a baby. 
 Oh really?


Your mother is an old friend of mine. We go way back to Fiorucci days, when your mother was designing her Maripolitan Jewelry line. She is famous for styling Madonna and being the art director for Fiorucci. Early on, if you knew Maripol, you were one degree of separation from Madonna. In fact, Madonna is your godmother, correct? Spiritual godmother.
She sends me presents and stuff like that.


Your father is one of my favorite DJs. Your father and Moby were DJ partners at my club, the Palace de Beauté. No! That’s crazy.

You have these dynamic parents — your dad’s a DJ and your mom is a jewelry designer who’s styled Madonna. I saw you at events and in my office when you were a baby. When did you become aware of clubs?
 I had my fourth birthday in a really nice club I used to go to back in the 80s or something. I don’t remember the name of it. It had a Kenny Scharf interior.


Palladium?
 Right, it’s the Palladium. My birthday was at the Palladium. All these celebrities — Lauren Hutton showed up. I was smaller, I didn’t care.


Who were some of the celebrities in your life growing up?
 Kenny Scharf. Patrick McMullan, many others. I didn’t know they were celebrities then

This lifestyle you were born into. You were never going to be a doctor or a lawyer. No way.
I was either into music or art. Or film. 


How did you become a DJ?
 I’m self-taught. Autodidact? We say it in French that way. We had the room with all the equipment I wasn’t allowed into when I was little because dad thought I would break it. I would sneak inside and play with it anyways. I would put on Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”


Did you hear you dad DJ?
 Yah! I went with him to Crobar in Miami. I’d carry his records and because he had bladder problems — which is a problem when you’re a DJ — I had to help him make sure the next song would come on.


So you were his bathroom fill-in. When he went into the bathroom, you had to press the button.
 Yah, I did that once or twice. That really got me into it. 


So you got the bug. You’re standing in the DJ booth watching your dad.
 Watching my dad. Looking at the crowd. People coming in.


There was something inside … you knew it was something you wanted to do. You DJed at subMercer … the room packed out you killed it. The room really loved your set. The music you played was not a modern or an electro set, but an old school funk, soul, rock, vocal house, which seems to be your direction. I’m really into hip hop too. I was told to play more disco that night, but I played a little of everything.


Your father was a mixed-format DJ long before the rest of the world. When Gigi was on, he was on and was one of the greatest DJs I’ve ever heard. But he was moody. Not angry, but he would sometimes go into a mellow set. I was thinking about that the other day.

But you’re not like that. You’re up, up, up, up, up. Your set is very energetic.
 I felt energy in New York. That really New York energy. Paris is lacking in all this energy. The club scene in Paris is over. 
Musically, Paris seems to be backwards.

In every other aspect of culture they’re ahead of us, but there just don’t seem to be any musical chops in Paris. They like the commercial stuff. They like the electro, electro minimal, minimal music.


Tell me about your career. I’m living in Paris actually. Started DJing there. First gig at Le Baron. I started at this club which was very rock and roll, chic, punk club. It was probably the one club in Paris that reminded me of New York. So I guess that’s where I felt at home in Paris.
In the beginning I was there once a week for two or three months, for the whole summer. Then after that I started playing everywhere. Since I’ve been in Paris, I’ve pretty much played everywhere. And since I’ve played everywhere, I’ve seen everyone. In two years I’ve basically seen all of Paris. I want to come back and mark my territory in New York. 


I was there. I saw they offered you residency at subMercer the other night.
 They did?


Yes they did. Is that something you would consider?
 Definitely. If I could get three or four residencies a week in New York, I would move here in a heartbeat.


Would you live with your mom?
 That’s a trick question. Don’t answer that.
 I would like to live with my mom. She’s so artistic, and there’s so much energy.

So is Gigi in Miami?
 Yah, my dad is in Miami. And my dad told me that back then it was my mom that was hooking him up with all the gigs. You know because she was with Madonna back then. She started doing the same for me.

What do you see as the major difference between Paris and New York? I like that mix of whole different cultures. In Paris you’ll have only snobby white French people with their suits on. Blonde Barbie dolls. And there’s this other club scene — I’d have to say that Le Baron has the most legitimate club scene in Paris. 


How old are you now? I’m 19 going on 20. 
I can work in nightclubs as long as I don’t drink. In Paris actually a lot of young kids go out because the legal drinking age is 18. New York is 21. It’s a big difference. In Paris it didn’t matter. I got a gig like this. I got my first gig on my own, now I DJ all over.

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Links: Warren Beatty + Lindsay Lohan, ‘Total Recall’ Recalled

● Warren Beatty has a new film project in the works — his first in almost a decade — and he wants Lindsay Lohan to act opposite him. The only catch is Lohan must live with Beatty during the filming … I suppose as a way to monitor her partying ways. Sounds like a movie in itself. [FoxNews] ● Evidently Ben Stiller’s Joaquin Phoenix/Hasidic meth lab worker bit was a surprise to Oscar producers. Stiller created the bit and kept it a secret till he got on stage after he had a meltdown over the planned script. [P6] ● Kanye West was left embarrassed, for once, after fashion maven Vivienne Westwood had no idea who he was. West congratulated the designer on her show, and Westwood just stared at the “greatest rapper of our generation” blankly. Word is Kayne’s head exploded Murakami-style from the diss. [NYDN]

● A remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick Total Recall looks very likely. Before you react, remember this is one of the few Hollywood films that could benefit from the advances in technology and special effects. Still: We are officially out of ideas. [ComingSoon] ● U2 is playing a “secret” street gig in London on Friday. Oh wait, guess the “secret’s” out. [DigitalSpy] ● The new season of Dancing with the Stars hasn’t even started yet, but contestant Jewel may have to sit this season out due to a bad case of tendonitis. [US Weekly]

Icons of Cool: The Playboys, Adrian Grenier & Warren Beatty

As Vincent Chase, the skirt-chasing superstar on HBO’s enduring bro-com Entourage, Adrian Grenier cuts the kind of swath through Hollywood pioneered by Warren Beatty, the original sexual firestarter. But the bond between these two symbols of success extends far past the reach of dark, tousled hair and shirts open to the waist.

Certainly, Beatty is a woman’s man, which is not the same thing as a ladies’ man (although, he has also dabbled in that pool, with equal success). His romantic skill set is legendary and as well-founded in fact as the career of Alexander the Great. He has always been great to look at, wonderful to listen to and cannily astute about his choices. Put him alongside Grenier in the guise of an heir apparent and one begins to see another angle to all of those genetic lottery winnings.

Grenier can’t — and doesn’t — rely on his handsome features alone, just as Beatty’s looks without his brains would have peaked with a stint of Brylcreem commercials. What Grenier throws into relief is the importance of, well, being earnest. Both actors are something they do not need to be: nice guys. One almost gets the sense that they don’t entirely know why people make such a fuss over them. Armed with a lack of self-consciousness, Grenier and Beatty are free to be themselves, organically, which in Hollywood is a state so rare that one wants to stand up and salute it.