Saturday, April 20, 2024

Vanity Fair Throws A-Plus List Party with Robert DeNiro, Mike Myers, Courteney Cox, Etc.


Graydon Carter knows how to publish a magazine, and he really knows how to throw a party. His annual fete for the Tribeca Film Festival is usually on the front patios of the New York State Supreme Court house in Foley Square. But it was freezing and extremely windy last night, so the party was moved inside the massive Gothic-columned lobby.

This is usually where lawyers, defendants, and judges line up in the morning, go through metal detectors, and hope their appearance doesn’t set off a guard dog. Somehow, VF cleaned the place up, polished the brass fixtures, scrubbed down the alabaster sconces and made it presentable for celebrities and media elite.

Carter, his wife Anna, Robert and Grace DeNiro, and Jane Rosenthal in a beautiful red gown welcomed quite a gang. Mike Myers came with rock manager Shep Gordon, subject of his new documentary. They chatted with Courteney Cox, who has a film at Tribeca, too, as well as director Ron Howard, Bob and Lynn Balaban, and Kate Walsh of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame who just had a cool run in the Fargo TV series.

Also spotted: Christy Turlington with Edward Burns, America Ferrera and her producer-writer husband Ryan, Lake Bell, both Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Barker and Tom Bernard of Sony Pictures Classics, uber manager Johnnie Planco and wife Lois, the legendary Boaty Boatwright, CAA’s Josh Lieberman, as well as Peggy Siegal, former NYPD Commish Ray Kelly with wife Veronica, and the ever terrific Sandra Bernhard. Perri Peltz toured the room with Tory Burch. New York Observer published Jared Kushner chatted with the DeNiros, John McEnroe and Patty Smyth.

What made the party so great? Yeah, the people were pretty interesting. But the food was from Per Se. Thomas Keller was lurking around, making sure everything was just so. Was it the food, ‘per se’? Uh, yes. Now I see why restaurant Per Se is so expensive! If only they had sample sales!

And still I made it to the Theater at Madison Square Garden to see Sting, Sam Moore, and Chris Botti go guest spots with Italian rock star Zucchero. Sam and famed rock promoter Ron Delsener, who are the same age and met in the 1960s, greeted each other the same way, trying to beat each other to the punch: “I thought you were dead!” they said as they hugged. Zucchero’s audience stood all the way through his guests’ duets with him. Sting brought the house down with “Every Breath You Take” and “Mad About You.” Sam unleashed a wild version of “Soul Man” and a poignant “You are So Beautiful,” dedicated to Billy Preston.

Meantime, it’s frigid cold and blowing up a storm outside. Everyone’s wearing winter coats on April 23rd. Mike Bloomberg would never have let the weather get so out of hand! Bill DeBlasio, pull some strings already!



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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