Baby It's Cold Inside
Actor and actress couple David Duchovny and Téa Leoni haven’t offloaded their old New York City triplex yet (though they’ve reportedly been broken up for almost two years), but Ms. Leoni has already moved on: the Deep Impact star just picked up a three-bedroom combo spread at 190 Riverside Drive.
The eighth-floor corner unit is decked out in a thoroughly traditional (dare we say geriatric?) style, with “exquisite detailed moldings, stained glass doors, original fireplace mantels, bay windows and coffered ceilings”—fancifully-coffered ceilings beyond the standard square patterns, by the looks of it—according the listing description.
Given that it was our second evening in a row at Cipriani’s – albeit at the midtown franchise on this occasion – our usual penchant for the venue had been dampened somewhat, and the inclement weather certainly wasn’t helping. But the UNICEF Snowflake Ball managed to turn our well plucked frowns upside down in a glittering evening of philanthropic revelry, with celebrities in a multitude of fields pitching in to lend a hand. The sumptuous menu was designed by revered chefs; the entertainment led by a veritable swing legend, and the auction prizes donated by some of America’s hottest talent. It is fair to say that UNICEF, like the bartenders, got the mix just right.
Katy Perry was the evening’s surprise A-List attendee, swishing through the foyer’s revolving doors in a fishtail dress designed by another of the evening’s guests, Naeem Khan. The couturier’s wife, jewelry designer Ranjana Khan, recently ventured into reality TV land with several appearances on The Real Housewives of New York and was quick to dispel her involvement with any of the cattiness the show has become famed for.
“Being on RHONY was fun, but I didn’t get caught up in the drama,” she told The Observer on the red carpet. “My friend Carole [Radziwill] wanted me to be involved with the last season, and she’s returning for the next one, so I know she might want me to do something again.” Did Mrs. Khan just let an inside secret slip, perchance? Ms. Radziwill is yet to officially confirm her involvement with season six, but you heard it here straight from the jeweler’s mouth. The Observer 1, RHONY 0.
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YOU KILL ME
Running time 92 minutes
Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Directed by John Dahl
Starring Ben Kingsley, Téa Leoni, Luke Wilson
John Dahl’s You Kill Me, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, reaffirms Mr. Dahl’s distinctive role as the Val Lewton of B movies Read More
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Shake, Rattles and Roll
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