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Monday, February 28, 2005

Steve attends pre-Oscar party

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Lloyd Grove's Lowdown
New York Daily News
27 February 2005
An event made for moguls:The H'wood power picnic

After week-long rains of biblical intensity, there was only a touch of muddy grass drying under the Saturday-afternoon sun - and those in high-heeled Pradas were fine as long as they stuck to the Persian carpets.

Once again, Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg opened their park-like Beverly Hills estate for their pre-Oscar picnic in honor of Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter.

And once again - along with the likes of Warren Beatty and sister Shirley MacLaine, Steve Martin, Nora Ephron, Elle MacPherson, Tori Spelling and Oliver Stone - the moguls converged like colliding planets.

News Corp.'s craggy-faced Rupert Murdoch (with wife Wendi Deng and young children in tow) chatted amiably with Sony USA's Howard Stringer, and CBS Chairman Les Moonves showed off bride Julie Chen, while Disney's Michael Eisner, wearing a bright-red cable-knit sweater and a navy fireman's cap, yukked it up with - wait, is it just my imagination? - his sworn enemies, DreamWorks co-founders David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Geffen's best friend.

As Eisner and his new pals socialized, a single phrase - uttered by someone and repeated by Eisner - wafted mysteriously out of their conversational cluster: "Unprotected sex!"

Gales of laughter.

Elsewhere, environmental activist Laurie David, wife of curmudgeon Larry, dispensed pastel faux-leather "STOP GLOBAL WARMING" bracelets, snapping one into place on my wrist.

Beatty was sharing a confidence with Arianna Huffington when she stopped listening to answer her cell phone.

"Excuse me, am I interrupting?" Beatty quipped. "Tell them I'm not here."

Director Brett Ratner pulled Mariah Carey by the hand to a food station - but not without assuring me he's still dating Serena Williams.

And producer and manager-turned Paramount Pictures chief Brad Grey - who starts his new job tomorrow - wandered through the crowd and basked in all the conditional love.

"After this, I'm going to meet my wife at Brillstein-Grey and pack up my office in boxes," Grey told me. "It will be like the last episode of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' where Mary has a box in one hand, waves goodbye to Lou Grant for the last time. 'Bye, Lou!'"


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