IT TAKES TWO TO BINGO
Trend watch: Will bingo become the next craze in Hollywood theme parties? The game was at the center of the surprise 38th-birthday bash tossed by Geena Davis for her boyfriend, Hollywood security guru Gavin de Becker. With 30 or so of their friends on hand, and actor Ed Begley Jr. calling out the numbers, the Davis—De Becker party was held Oct. 26 at the swank Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Davis, 35, and De Becker have been seeing one another for over a year, yet each has gone to great lengths to keep the relationship quiet. Not any longer. A source at the hotel tells us that in addition to arranging the bingo game, Davis arranged for the University of Southern California Marching Band to boom out some of De Becker's favorite songs.
THE COMMON TOUCH
The hot ticket in Manhattan these days is not a Broadway show or a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. It's Henri Matisse: A Retrospective, on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art until Jan. 12.
Now, you might think that members of the cultural elite wanting to view the show are given preferential treatment. But a MoMA spokesperson tells us that "there are no private viewings or celebrity hours," and the famous pay their $12.50 and take in the exhibit "with everyone else." Spotted recently doing just that were Oprah
Winfrey (with bodyguard); Madonna
(with entourage); Anjelica Huston; and Princess Di's stepmother, Raine Countess Spencer.
HOME ALONE AND POUTING
Macaulay Culkin and 11-year-old Laura Dundy, an actress from Kentucky who attends school in New York City, aren't exactly boyfriend and girlfriend. But they must be something, considering that he sent her a dozen roses last Valentine's Day and recently fetched her in a limo when she flew in from a trip home.
Earlier this year, Bundy won a role in her first movie, Disney's new The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (due out next spring). The word is that Culkin, 12, handled burglars Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern better than he did the news that Bundy was scripted for an onscreen kiss with Elijah Wood, 11.
A source says Culkin grew so concerned last month that "he wanted to fly down to Mississippi," where Finn was shooting, to be on hand for the Big Smooch. He didn't go, but the story may not be over. Culkin's next movie is The Good Son, for Fox, and his costar will be—yup—Elijah Wood.