Dinner with Her Madgesty
Madonna ended the U.S. leg of her Re-Invention Tour with a private dinner party for 35 revelers at South Beach's tony Delano hotel (owned by the singer's pal Ian Schrager). As a DJ played in the hotel's candle-lit suite called the Apartment, guests dined from a raw bar and buffet of sushi, tuna and ceviche, washed down with mojitos, cosmopolitans and Guinness (for Madonna's husband, Guy Ritchie). The gathering, which wound down at 2 a.m., was too late for kids Lourdes and Rocco, who were in Miami but didn't join the festivities that night. The Re-Invention tour next moves to the U.K., with shows beginning Aug. 14.
Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom and director Cameron Crowe popped up in downtown Memphis recently, where the pair filmed part of their upcoming movie, Elizabethtown (also starring Kirsten Dunst and Susan Sarandon). Though Bloom enjoyed drinks in the lobby bar in the Peabody Hotel one night, he was all business by 7 a.m. the following day, when filming began at old Elvis Presley haunt the Arcade Restaurant. "They filmed (Bloom) eating chili for just about an hour," says owner Karan Zepatos. "He was very pleasant, said hello to everyone, took a lot of pictures and signed autographs for everyone." Crowe, who had prearranged the shoot, "told us to leave everything just as it is," says Zepatos, who noted the eatery was last remodeled in 1954.
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Before watching Alanis Morissette and the Barenaked Ladies perform on their Au Naturale tour stop at L.A.'s Greek Theater recently, celebs including Debra Messing and Andy Dick hung out in a "green" greenroom organized by Organic Style magazine. The backstage haven featured a relaxation/meditation room, and snacks included naturally raised meats and salmon and desserts such as organic chocolate chip cookies, peach tarts and ice cream – all served with biodegradable dinnerware and utensils (no plastic), of course. "The one thing I love about the greenroom looking this way is that it's inviting people into a way of viewing the world, showing them that it's not as hard as maybe it's perceived to be to live environmentally consciously," said Morissette. "Once people have a taste of it, my thought is that they'll not only like it, but be inspired to go continue that on in their day-to-day lives."
By NICK WHITE, LINDA TRISCHITTA, DONNIE SNOW and REBECCA GROSS