Monday, July 22, 2024

Sting Serenades Meg Ryan, Matthew Modine, Stars at Wife Trudie Styler’s A List Party


What a night in Tribeca this past Wednesday for Trudie Styler and husband Sting. Styler and producing partner Celine Rattray celebrated their fifth anniversary as Maven Pictures with a swellegant dinner party at Tutto il Giorno in Tribeca. What a snazzy spot owned by Donna Karan’s daughter Gabby– a tony branch of her hit Southampton eatery.

I was lucky enough to be seated at a hot table: Meg Ryan (who I like so much) surrounded by Matthew Modine, director Paul Haggis, and famed British actor Richard E. Grant.

Just sitting behind us was Debbie Harry, who told me she’s off to Milwaukee today with Blondie to resume their tour. They have a new album coming out soon.

But Milwaukee? Think that’s glamorous? Well Sting and Peter Gabriel are headed to Columbus, Ohio today to rehearse their tour. They launch in Columbus on June 21st.

Elsewhere in the room I ran into “Pleasantville” director Gary Ross (he also wrote “Dave” and “Big” and has “Free State of Jones” out shortly), actress Zuleikha Robinson, director Ryan Fleck. the great Chazz Palminteri, Marisa Tomei, and so on. I was very happy to see Matthew Modine, who was a lifelong New Yorker until business took him out west. He says wife Cari “loves” Los Angeles, but swears they’ll move back to Greenwich Village one day.

Also at Tutto for the big event: CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield, still getting over the huge response to her reading of the letter from the Stanford rape victim. Banfield has been getting kudos and she should: she’s one of CNN’s greatest assets.

Trudie and Celine greeted their guests formally and thanked them for all their help. Maven will release “American Honey” this year, the big hit from Cannes, and Styler has just finished “Freak Show,” which stars Abigail Breslin (also there last night).

Then Styler said, “Here’s my boyfriend,” and Sting took the stage with his group of young musicians called The Last Bandoleros. They helped Sting turn out bravura versions of “Next to You,” “Message in a Bottle,” and “Every Breath You Take.” Los Caballeros are from San Antonio, where they admitted to once playing in a Police cover band called La Policia. Sting, “We played in San Antonio when we first started out.” He paused. “But none of you look like me,” he joked.



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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