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I don’t know what goes on at Soho House when it isn’t awards season. But when the stars flock to L.A. for the big shows, the aerie Soho House on Sunset Blvd., at the border between West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, just goes nuts. Last night the CAA Foundation and Grey Goose hosted agent Josh Lieberman’s annual late hour soiree, with stars stars stars. It swamped all other events in town.

A sampling: Sean Penn, Robert DeNiro, Gerard Butler, Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon were among those who chatted with Kobe Bryant–the basketball star was natty in suit and tie, and kept saying, “I’m like a fish out of water here!”

Demi Moore, sexy in a glimmering silver mini dress, reassured him, and told me: “I’m looking for a big action movie.” Demi met “War Horse” star Jeremy Irvine and told him she was sorry daughter Rumer wasn’t there–someone his own age. “Age is just a number, though,” she and I agreed. (Wholeheartedly, kids.)

More: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith fame, chatting up Axl Rose–we talked about Axl’s upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He expects to go to Cleveland, as long as he doesn’t have to deal with Slash. (Guys, make up already!) He wants to perform at the show, but with Elton John. Sounds good to me!

And more: Salma Hayek, Jessica Chastain, Benicio del Toro, Ron Burkle, Harvey Weinstein, Troy Garity of “Boss” with wife Simone Bent, Starz Channel’s Chris Albrecht, Woody Harrelson, producer Laura Bickford telling me all about “Arbitrage,” which got the honey spot at Sundance (Saturday at 6:30pm) starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon.

Funniest moment: Steven Tyler putting Lawrence Fishburne ‘on. “Are you with CAA?” Tyler cracked as they hugged. “I’m actually with Paradigm,” Fishburne replied. “Then how did you get in here?” Tyler cried.

“Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce told me all about her remake of “Carrie.” She said, “I’m the biggest Stephen King fan. And Brian dePalma, believe me.” I do!

Mind you: all this followed Thursday night at Soho House, which featured Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Owen Wilson, Donovan Leitch, Al Pacino and Lawrence Fishburne, Jessica Chastain, and songwriter star Diane Warren, Nikki Haskell, among others. It’s hard to leave this place–come early and stay late, and you’ll see just about everyone who matters.

Meanwhile Kobe Bryant, very funny. He is hard to maneuver around in a small space. I can’t imagine trying to get a ball around him. “You should take up basketball,” I joked with him. “I may,” he replied. “But right now I’m into marine biology!”

Earlier: Cee Lo Green, in a serious red cashmere sweater hosted a table for 8 at the very hot Craig’s restaurant on Melrose.


Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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