Light years ago an Elizabeth Taylor husband produced “Around the World in 80 Days,” starring a glossy crateload: David Niven, Mexico’s Cantinflas, Sinatra, Dietrich, etc. Now, today’s Mike Todd, another multiple talent/ego/winner/producer — Harvey Weinstein — is cooking it into a Broadway musical.
Among big names sampling his future show’s big songs — James Corden. Minutes ago who knew James Corden? In 2012, this Brit grabbed the Tony for “One Man, Two Guvnors.” In 2015, he takes over Craig Ferguson’s belated late late thing. Now even Colonists know him. With his hand across his wife’s stunning behind, he told me:
“About starting this TV show, how do I feel? Frightened. Absolutely terrified. All I know is, all I’ll keep thinking is what my job is, and that’s to make lots of people laugh before they go to sleep.”
In a dress skinnier than a Band-Aid — model Petra Nemcova, whose name’s wider than her bosom: “Don’t think I don’t eat. Every day I have chocolate. Not milk chocolate. Dark chocolate because that’s high in cacao. Cacao’s healthy and good for you. Not fattening.” Great. I’ll pass that on to Chris Christie.
Another foodie? Jennifer Lopez in a clingy white armless chestless silk gown with rhinestone straps: “I just had plates of corn dogs, burgers and fries. It was my daughter’s seventh birthday party. I ate everything.” Maybe I’ll e-mail Chunky Christie.
Whitney Houston’s vocal coach Gary Catona: “Thinking of Bobbi Kristina, the best anyone can say is her lifestyle was definitely no healthy environment.”
Alongside Sharon Osbourne, Tommy Hilfiger: “I haven’t sold my apartment yet. It was for sale last year, but my children love using it.” (Big surprise. I’ve been in it. A hotel duplex with terrace, antiques, crystals, china, Warhols. Beats a Hamptons share. What’s not to like?)
In ’96, reporter Roger Friedman told Jeff Bezos: “Your Amazon idea’s ridiculous. Why’d anyone do that? Who’d buy that way? People can go right to bookstores. The idea’s dumb. It’ll never work.” At dinner, Friedman approached the amazonian entrepreneur. Mr. Bezos smiled thinly.
Harvey’s party, dinner, guests, concert and “Around the World in 80 Days,” garnered more applause than Friedman’s business acumen.
Dancing to the stage next
At Bruce Bozzi Jr.’s Palm Restaurant in Beverly Hills, Catherine Tambini, who produced Oscar’s nominated Suzanne Farrell doc, and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, who produced Elaine Stritch’s, are now doing “Dance With Me,” about physically challenged Americans . . . A first. JetBlue has for the first time first-class seating. Be it known its Dave Barger, who built JetBlue into what it is today, has just left.
World champ Floyd Mayweather, traveling in a black SUV fleet with TMT — which stands for The Money Team — painted on the doors, hit 42 West. The entourage dropped $50,000 on Champagne and left a $10,000 tip . . . AT Times Square’s Liberty Theater, superfine gentleman No. 2 Puff Daddy took the mike demanding music he could dance to. The DJ quickly spun one of Puff’s own songs, along with which he sang and pranced. Puffed up Puffy also flashed a $100,000 diamond pendant.
So what’s an Academy Award nominee do the week she’s up for an Academy Award?
If she’s Patricia Arquette she does a fund-raiser for Haiti . . . AND what’s an Academy Award nominee do when filming in NYC? If he’s Michael Keaton it’s: “I rode my bike through Manhattan, which was oddly peaceful and had a pastrami sandwich, which was wonderfully terrific.”
Snarky Five Towns lady, with jewelry hanging from every orifice, was asked, if possible, could she please break a half-dollar? Reply: “I don’t keep change.”
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.