When Vanity Fair throws a party, everybody comes. So it was no surprise that when they threw a party at the Tribeca Film Festival, celebrities, old and new, and of every profession turned up. Young Hollywood was ably repp’d by Anna Kendrick and Abigail Breslin. Hollywood royalty, on the other hand, included the likes of Robert de Niro, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken and director, Ron Howard.
There were designers (Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg), rappers (Pharrell) and supermodels (Helena Christensen) that went as far back as Lauren Hutton, even! From the miscellaneous lot, Jerry Seinfeld, Zach Braff, Martha Stewart, Ed Burns, and Emily Mortimer showed up. Take a look at our gallery to watch the motley crew arriving at the do.
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Whether it’s questioning President Obama’s birth certificate or lambasting Rosie O’Donnell in the press, when Donald Trump fights, he goes for the throat. Yesterday Donald Trump blasted Jerry Seinfeld for canceling his stand-up performance at an Eric Trump Foundation benefit this coming September, attacking the comedian’s most sensitive spot: his awful show The Marriage Ref. There goes any hope of a clean campaign! “I just learned you canceled a show for my son’s charity because of the fact that I am being very aggressive with respect to President Obama, who is doing an absolutely terrible job as our leader,” Trump raged in his letter to Seinfeld. “What I do feel badly about is that I agreed to do, and did, your failed show The Marriage Ref, even though I thought it was absolutely terrible . . . Despite its poor ratings, I didn’t cancel on you like you canceled on my son and St. Jude. I only wish I did.” Wow, maybe Trump should be a politician: he’s willing to go personal, and he’ll do things he thinks are awful just to be on TV. He’s half-way to the White House already!
If you can imagine, publicly insulting him hasn’t exactly made Jerry Seinfeld climb aboard the Trump campaign bus. “Jerry . . . feels this kind of demagoguery has no place in public discourse,” Say Seinfeld’s rep. “He has respectfully withdrawn from the event, and is making a contribution both to the Eric Trump Foundation and to [St. Jude].” Instead, Brett Michaels will do Trump’s benefit in the comedian’s place. Wow, Jerry is going to feel pretty sheepish when Trump gets elected next year and it turns out he pissed off our future leader. Sheepish, and horrified.
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Disrespecting royalty is a proud American tradition—arguably, the first. But Jerry Seinfeld was being a little uncouth when he gave a big raspberry to the impending marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on the BBC’s Daybreak. “It’s a circus act, it’s an absurd act,” said the sitcom star when asked if he was excited. “You know, it’s a dress-up. It’s a classic English thing of let’s play dress-up. Let’s pretend that these are special people. OK, we’ll all pretend that—that’s what theater is….And that’s what the Royal Family is—it’s a huge game of pretend. These aren’t special people—it’s fake outfits, fake phoney hats and gowns. It’s fantastic. We don’t have anything like that.” Bill Maher would disagree, but let’s not risk pissing off any more people today.
Daybreak host Adrien Chiles was a little put off by Seinfeld’s open irreverence. “I’ll join in on any of that stuff, if it’s a Brit doing it. But I can’t bear Americans criticizing the Royal family. It turns me into a Royalist!…He’ll be doing [his upcoming live] show from the Tower of London, never mind the O2.” Considering Seinfeld’s big stand-up date isn’t until June—well after the wedding, hopefully everyone will have gotten this commoner’s impudence by then.
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Actor Len Lesser, best known for his role as Uncle Leo in Seinfeld, has died at the age of 88. Lesser’s portrayal of Uncle Leo is near and dear to us because we’re a teeny bit obsessed with the show about nothing. Lesser/Uncle Leo gave us the catch phrase “Jerry! Hello!” in addition to being a petty shoplifter at Brentanos book store and stealing Jerry’s watch out of he garbage (that Uncle Leo, he didn’t know the freegan movement he was setting off at the time). In addition to Seinfeld, Lesser has more than 160 other roles to his credit. We’re genuinely sad about the loss.
Lesser passed away on Wednesday after suffering from cancer-related pneumonia. In honor of his life, please check out an Uncle Leo YouTube memorial after the jump. Hello! And… Goodbye.
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Believe it or not, the last time Chris Tucker made a movie without Jackie Chan was Jackie Brown. Variety says that Tucker, who has only made the three Rush Hour movies since 1998, may star in The Rabbit, an upcoming action flick about a Vegas magician hired by the CIA to find a Russian counterfeit artist. Keeping away from more obscene movies (like the Friday sequels) after becoming a born-again Christian in the late ’90s, Tucker’s previously been in talks to make Agent Double-O Soul (basically an Undercover Brother before Undercover Brother) in the late ’90s, and a movie about Frank Sinatra‘s valet in 2007. But aside from appearing in Michael Jackson‘s “You Rock My World” video, Tucker’s only role has been Det. James Carter of the LAPD. We’d love to see him play Ruby Rhod again, though—any market for The Sixth Element?
Between his charity work and TV appearances (who could forget his face after Kanye West slammed Bush at the Katrina benefit?), a lot of you probably never realized Chris was just barely keeping up his career as a movie star. See what’s up with four other comedy semi-recluses in the gallery below. Can you think of any other funny people you’d like to see get out of their mansions more?
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Jerry Seinfeld is taking a bold stand against Lady Gaga after her behavior in the stands at the Mets and Yankees games last week. As if anyone could forget, Gaga attended games at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field and managed to cause a ruckus (and throw the middle finger around) at both. At Citi Field, where the Mets play, Gaga was moved from the grandstand to Seinfeld’s private box, which the Mets apologized to the comedian for after the fact.
Seinfeld first responded Ã‚Â to Gaga‘s behavior by brushing it off, but when he was later interviewed on WFAN Sports Radio and said “You know, I changed my mind. This woman’s a jerk. I hate her. I can’t believe they put her in my box that I paid for! You give people the finger and you get upgraded? Is that the world we’re living in now? But she is talented,Ã¢â‚¬Â he conceded. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I don’t know why she’s doing this stuff.” We love that he makes it sound like her rude behavior is a drug.
Seinfeld, at age 56, is on the one hand acting like a grumpy old man, but on the other hand we totally agree with him. Guess that makes us grumpy old men, too.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus beat Jerry Seinfeld in receiving a star on the Walk of Fame. Still, it could very well have turned into the Walk of Shame for the actress, because the L.A. Chamber of Commerce misspelled her name on her own square. It was spelled “Julia Luis Dreyfus,” missing the “o” in “Louis” as well as the hyphen.
CNN’s David Daniel spotted the boo-boo and called a press rep (who surely had the worst day ever!). “They were startled, and a little unsure what to do – after all, the ceremony was in four hours, and you can’t just print up a new star at the local CopyMart, ” wrote David.
But all is well that ends well. Julia thought it was hilarious and wanted them to leave it the way it was. They’ve ended up chiseling out “Luis” (they’re giving it to her as a souvenir) and replacing it with a temporary correction. Nice save! [Photos: Getty Images]
Which Hills star and soon-to-be second time mom were spotted getting manicures and pedicures at the same nail salon in Santa Monica, CA?
What’s the deal with celebrities these days? It’s like the moon is a wee bit off, and therefore everything is just a little crazy; or perhaps someone went back in time and stepped on a mosquito, subsequently altering the life as we know it. These are the only logical reasons we can come up with as to why Madonna and Jerry Seinfeld are suddenly best friends. Apparently they’ve been pals for years, growing close as neighbors on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. A couple of weeks ago Madonna and her special slugger Alex Rodriguez hopped into separate helicopters and jetted out to the Hamptons to dine with Jerry and his wife Jessica. No one will comment as to why the foursome got together, but we have an idea – a rousing game of sharades where the answers are all Guy Ritchie movies. [NYP. Photos: GettyImages, WireImage]
Here’s a look back at celeb sightings of the past week. See Gwyneth strolling, TomKat grinning, Keira working, Paris parading, and Lourdes…in hot pants? Oh, and we threw in a Suri pic for good measure.