Kanye West seems to have settled down a bit now that he’s “married” to architect Bianca Censori (they exchanged vows in a non-binding ceremony last month.)The newlyweds have been living in a hotel while Kanye renovates his Malibu house, and they’ve both grown fond of hotel living. Kanye’s Malibu house renovation is expected to take awhile, so Kanye is shopping for a condo in the city that’s attached to a posh hotel. They’re considering the Ritz Carlton in downtown LA, the Four Seasons residences near Beverly Hills, the Pendry on Sunset Strip, and other similar properties. Kanye and Bianca like the idea of 24 hour room service and all the other amenities hotel living offers (who wouldn’t?) He’s obviously not worried about money because such places can sell for well over ten million dollars…
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it sounds like most of us missed the screening party of the season Tuesday night and we wish we’d been there! Cable channel Freeform (it’s related to Disney) had a first-of-its kind covid careful event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel celebrating the 90’s and their new series Cruel Summer. (Jessica Biel is executive producer) 80 hotel rooms were rented for the premier and guests watched the first two episodes of the series from their balconies facing a 70 foot screen, with special speakers in every room. Each hotel room was stocked with 90’s inspired decor -band posters, teen magazines, scrunchies etc, and 90’s snacks like Hot Pockets and Capri Sun. 90s music played in every room before and after. Guests were invited to stay overnight if they wanted to. What a fun night! Cruel Summer is about a missing teen and the story takes place on a single day in 93, 94, and 95. Catch it on Freeform or Hulu, later on.
Sorry to say this, because I’ve been a fan of Robert De Niro’s acting since Mean Streets, but as a person, he turned out to be a big disappointment. In 2017, he railed against the The New York Post for writing that he was heard complaining to his then-wife Grace about her extravagant spending. He told her “I wouldn’t have to keep making these sh—-y movies if you didn’t spend all my money!” His publicist Stan Rosenfeld swore that it never happened. Last week De Niro’s divorce attorney made exactly the same claim in court – that De Niro was overworked trying to pay for Grace’s thirst for Stella McCartney. I had a similar experience with the not-so-honest not-so-nice actor. Back in the 90’s my source -an employee at a posh NY hotel – was laughing when he called to report that De Niro had made a “Don’t you know who I AM?” scene late that night in the lobby, trying to access the room of a woman staying there. He was told by the hotel manager the room occupant would have to come to the lobby and get him. Hotel rules. An attractive back female celebrity came to the lobby in her robe to retrieve the sputtering and furious actor. When the gossip item came out in Star Magazine, De Niro had his people call my editor and try to get me fired – he claimed the story was NOT true- and he called the hotel to gripe about the “leak,” hoping to get someone fired. My source and I were both scared. A few weeks later I was at an event and the woman De Niro visited at that hotel came up and told me the story was absolutely true and SHE thought it was funny.
If you EVER thought Harvey Weinstein might have a milligram of decency in him, you WON’T when you read the Hollywood Reporter story about how he and his colleagues behave in expensive hotels. Chris Gardner interviewed some anonymous hotel employees about their experiences with Harvey and other powerful showbiz moguls and we were APPALLED. If his room service order was delayed, he’d flip over the tray!! SCREAMING and belittling hotel employees was an everyday activity. He would walk into the restaurant and demand to know why his table wasn’t ready – even if he had no reservation. And that’s the TIP of the iceberg. After all that bad behavior, he didn’t TIP. No amount of rehab – sex or otherwise – is going to change someone THAT entitled and deeply unethical.
Rob Pattinson won’t be buying a house in your neighborhood any time soon. With all his money, it might be a good investment, but Rob fears that his fans will be hanging out around the property (or sneaking IN) and paparazzi might camp outside. He figures the best way to avoid all that aggravation is to move around a lot and live in hotels. He already has trouble enjoying a drink in a bar – he’s the target of his fans’ jealous boyfriends who want to start a fight. Rob just leaves.
The best news we’ve heard in ages is the possibility that Chelsea Handler’s boyfriend, hotelier Andre Balazs, is considering building a boutique hotel at the empty Eero Saarinen designed TWA terminal at JFK. The Port Authority is hoping for just this kind of salvation for the architectural masterpiece. The space age terminal was completed in 1962, and reflected the optimism of jet travel of the future. Sadly, it has been empty for years, but is still unsurpassed as the most magnificent and seductive terminal in the world. Those lucky enough to have experienced the terminal when it was functioning felt their spirits soar as they walked into “the world of tomorrow.” (We confess we are very passionate about this structure.) Hopefully, if Balazs takes over, he will keep it as intact as possible. As you can see, it is incredibly photogenic.
The Standard hotel in New York is creating quite a stir thanks to their exhibitionistic guests. The hipster hotel features floor to ceiling windows and guests are fond of stripping and performing x-rated acts in full view of the public in the park below. Oddly enough, the Standard in West Hollywood has always featured these nudie acts in their windows but no one has ever complained. Probably because the windows face the pool and people at the pool have always found it highly entertaining. A topless Britney Spears is rumored to have been featured in the window show and former hard partiers Robert Downey Jr, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Eminem were regular voyeurs in the past. Spontaneity is encouraged at this hotel – they have vending machines at the poolside bar that sell Quicksilver bikinis and board shorts.
“Heroes” star Zachary Quinto slips in and steals the show as Spock in the new Star Trek. The movie is all about how The Enterprise crew came together in the beginning and it’s this human element that makes the action film palatable. Chris Pine makes a perfect cocky Captain Kirk, but you can’t take your eyes off Zachary. Quinto noted his resemblance to the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy, and talked about yearning to play the role back in 2006. Nimoy noticed, and the next thing you know, Quinto was cast. While filming, Zachary had to keep his prominent eyebrows shaved off for seven months. It was worth it. His subtle and elegant performance brings humanity to the character, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the original TV series.
This New York businessman is actually one of the most famous actors in the world. Stumped? It’s Robert DeNiro! The actor was photographed meeting with business partners to check out a property in the West Village. He’s deeply involved in the restaurant and hotel business these days, but his mafioso roles are not over. He and Martin Scorsese are teaming up again for “I Heard You Paint Houses” – about the mob assassin who bumped off Jimmy >Hoffa.