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Celebs are going to the Cooper Square! Well, "celebs" in the sense that these are people famous enough to land themselves on Page Six and famous enough to land the Cooper Square on Page Six, helping it make baby-steps toward becoming a new NYC celeb hotspot.
Per yesterday's Post:
The biggest surprise among Cinema Society guests at the Cooper Square Hotel following the screening of "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" was a lovely blonde who introduced herself to Page Six as Victoria Floethe. [...] Also there were the movie's stars, Sienna Miller and Peter Sarsgaard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Roberts, Gilles Bensimon and his ex-wife Kelly Bensimon, who was sporting her new boyfriend, South American actor Max Palacio.
Okay, alright. We're just joshin' we've definitely heard of Maggie, Emma, Peter and Sienna. In fact, we love us some Maggie G. But! Thompson LES got Madonna to show up when they first opened. How is a boutique NYC hotel supposed to top that?
Also: is anyone else staying at the Cooper Square? We haven't heard much lately. If you've been there recently, give us the scoop.
Apparently, NYC's Soho House the exclusive members-only hangout-slash-hotel (non-members can stay here too, but they have to fork over a bit more cash) is "returning to its artsy roots." And, rumor has it, they're doing so by shooing away the bankers and businessy types.
According to Page Six:
Soho House no longer wants to be a place where bankers flock to drink and flirt. Sources told us several financial types, already hit by the economy, had their egos slammed when they were notified by the club that their membership would not be renewed as it was returning to its "artsy" roots.
Soho House US operations director Mark Somen told us, "We recently celebrated our fifth anniversary and want to make sure we are staying true to our creative roots. We are not pinpointing specific industries, but want to make sure that our members are great creative types. In addition, members who are not respecting the House or our staff are not likely to have their memberships renewed. We are happy to have less members, and if the place is not so busy, that's totally fine."
As the whole Internet may be aware by now, Jennifer Aniston goes to the Sunset Tower a lot. So much so that we ended up writing an open letter to urge her to change her hotel habits and then we proceeded to ignore all reports of her showing up to the Sunset Tower since. We did what we had to do.
But now! We're delighted to relay the news that someone else has gone to the Sunset Tower. In fact, two other celebs besides John Mayer and Courtney Cox and whomever else goes there to meet Jen Aniston were spotted there by Page Six:
Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn seem to have smoked a peace pipe. Penn was said to be furious after Rourke - in line for an Oscar for his turn in "The Wrestler" - called Penn a "homophobe" and an "average" actor following Penn's performance in "Milk." But the two were at the Sunset Tower hotel pool Monday afternoon having drinks together.
Page Six's source told the rag that Mickey looked a little nervous "around Sean" but perhaps they were just nervous that Jen would bust out onto the pool deck and tell them to get off her turf. Well, probably not. Surely nobody would be crazy enough to charge two men smoking a proverbial "peace pipe" anyway.
This morning's Page Six has a sweet little hotel-room-destruction blind item about a certain Olympian who has been causing a bit of (harmless!) trouble of his fair share of hotels lately. Can anyone guess who? From the Post:
WHICH Olympic champion smoked pot for the first time recently at a Michigan hotel? The stoned athlete broke the TVs in his room, but later bought exact replicas so he could replace them before anybody at the hotel was the wiser.
Could they be suggesting...oh, we don't know: Michael Phelps, perhaps?
Alright, we know South Beach can get kinda skanky. It's known by many as a Spring Break destination and -- admit it -- parts of it are just kind of gross.
But for the most part, we'd figured the Delano Hotel was immune to falling down into the vortex of SoBe skankocity. It's super swanky -- and since it's charging in the $500+ range for basic rooms, one might assume a certain element of "class" to be present.
And by "class", our standards are not very high, people. All we mean is that we expect it would, you know, not be the location of a casting call for a porno movie.
While Michelle Obama may be the Michael Phelps-ish celebrity being talked about relentlessly this week, our superhero swimmer has fallen off the radar a little bit (compared to the last few weeks, at least).
So where'd our Mikey-Mike run off to? Well, if we were him, we'd come back to the U.S. triumphantly, do a tour of the country and expect a parade everywhere we went, but instead Page Six tells us he's in Portugal with friends living the good life.
He's supposedly chillin' at the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa, playing golf and laying low -- hopefully relaxing and basking in the golden glow of all those medals he picked up in Beijing.
Go stalk all over him. Check out that pool, too.
Now that gay marriage has been legalized in California, Ellen Degeneres and longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi are planning to wed -- and likely in a major, major way.
Page Six reports:
An insider tells Page Six they plan to hold the nuptials at the Riviera Resort and Spa in Palm Springs. "They didn't sign the contract yet, but they're working out final details and security," said the source.
"The hotel is doing $70 million in renovations that will be done in October. They said they wanted to have the ceremony in the tropical gardens by the pool and the reception in the grand ballroom. They will also close a significant portion of the hotel, so it looks big."
And they mean big: the function space in the hotel, upon its Fall 2008 reopening, is second only in size to the Palm Springs convention center and can accommodate events with guest lists up to 1,000.
We love us some Ellen, so we're happy to hear this thing will be huge and we certainly hope our invitations don't get lost in the mail.