Sunday, May 19, 2024

Exclusive: Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon Chat About Jake At A List Party


Tabloids, eat your hearts out: Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon had a big confab last night at CAA agent Bryan Lourd’s annual Oscar party. Their topic: Jake Gyllenhaal, who was standing right there! I’m sure all the tabs will steal this morsel–but it’s the big news from the Lourd soiree where another ex couple, Hillary Swank and Chad Lowe, were each present. It’s unlikely they spoke to each other, however. Also at the rain drenched digs: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, Uma Thurman, Kevin Spacey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg, Matthew McConnaughey, Colin FarrellĀ and Ashton Kutcher, who did not come with Demi Moore. She may have been planning her annual Oscar Party for People Who Will Never Get Oscars with Madonna for Sunday night. Our sharp eyed observer said: “Ashton flirted with a bunch of girls, and left with one whose coat he retrieved. He kept saying, Is this yours? Maybe it was his stepdaughter.”

Not at Lourd’s party even though she’s a CAA Oscar nominee: Nicole Kidman, who did appear earlier in the evening with Keith Urban at Arianna Huffington’s home for a book party for Kathy Freston (more on that later).

Last night featured the worst, constant downpour I’ve seen on an Oscar weekend in some time. William Morris Endeavor and UTA also had parties, but the hot ticket of the night was James Franco and Gus van Sant’s art show at the Gagosian gallery in Beverly HIlls followed by their party in Bungalow 1 at the Chateau Marmont.

Rain poured down the hill in front of the Chateau, meantime, as girls in the skimpiest of dresses and highest of heels slipped and slid their into the main Chateau for a singles mixer thrown by German art dealer Nicolas Berggruen. That gathering boasted one celebrity: Russell Simmons. Berggruen chucked his old publicist Nadine Johnson for New York’s super efficient Dina Wise, because an observer said, “Last year Nadine let anyone in.” Dina tried valiantly, but it wasn’t like the guest list was so exclusive in he first place.

Still chewing over Taylor, Reese, and Jake? I’m sure by tomorrow all the tabs will have them in a nasty catfight, or a menage a trois!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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