Sightings 2002


12-28-2002: Drinks with Robert de Niro, Greg Kinnear, Nick Hamm (Park Hyatt, Toronto, Canada)

11-15-2002: Palms' one-year anniversary festivities (Las Vegas, NV)

11-04-2002: US Premiere of "Femme Fatale" (Cinerama Dome, Hollywood. CA) [Pictures]

10-10-2002: Launch of the U.S. Branch of the SABERA Foundation (L.A.) [Pictures]
At a recent party at Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas' house in Los Angeles, $1.6 million was raised to benefit the Sabera Foundation for the "social transformation of Indian women." An auction featuring actresses, models, their significant others and their designer dresses was too complicated a fund-raising mechanism to describe here, but it should be noted that Rebecca Romijn got $5,000 more when she tossed in her underwear, and 20 little girls were flown in from Calcutta especially for the event. If the combination of elements - a $5,000 thong and children from India - seems unlikely, readers should ponder the theory of Hollywood relativity, which explains absolutely everything.

09-14-2002: 27th Toronto Int. Film Festival (Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto, Canada) [Pictures]
The beautiful people took to the stage this afternoon (09-14-2002, RRF) for the final press conference of the Toronto International Film Festival. Actors Antonio Banderas, Rebecca Romijn and acclaimed director Brian De Palma were all smiles as they discussed the closing gala film, Femme Fatale.

Romijn had "big shoes to fill", when she realized that her role paid homage to some of the greatest actresses of all time. "I had to put all my trust into Brian. Everything I did, I listened to the man. The whole movie was in his head, it is entirely his vision," she said.

Femme Fatale is likely to stir controversy, with certain scenes that might be considered as objectifying women. Romijn was insistent that her character is an "amazing role" for an actress. "There are lots of these roles out there for men, but very few woman characters are allowed to be bad and to own their sexuality. I was totally in charge of everything I did," said the actress.

09-09-2002: The WRAP Party for John Stamos Last Performance in Cabaret (Pressure, NYC) [Pictures]
The cast of "Cabaret" transformed the lounge at Pressure into a bacchanalian Berlin-above-a-bowling-alley on Sunday. John Stamos, ending his run as the decadent Emcee that night, hosted a farewell bash that featured him taking a spin on the dance floor with a man who was one of several revelers to get bare naked. Rebecca Romijn got into the act, flashing the henna tattoos around her nipples, our spy tells The Post's Dan Mangan. More demure were Molly "Sally Bowles" Ringwald, *NSYNC's Joey Fatone and J.Lo's little sister Linda, who hobbled around in a foot cast.

07-22-2002: Austin Powers Premiere (Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA) [Pictures]

07-20-2002: "The Justice Ball" (Park Plaza Hotel, L.A.)

07-09-2002: Stand Up New York comedy club (NYC)

06-22-2002: Mohegan Sun - Grand Opening Celebration (Uncasville, CT)
Sightings Supermodel Carol Alt attended the Rosie/Ray/Aretha event with her beau, NHL star Alexei Yashin of the New York Islanders. Former Victoria's Secret model-turned-actress Rebecca Romijn, headed into Saturday night's gala sitdown dinner for 1,800, was diverted from the red-carpet entrance by security staff. Instead of the fancy spread in the ballroom, Romijn reportedly stopped for dinner at Boston chef Todd English 's Tuscany before returning to the ballroom in time to see Rosie O'Donnell take the stage. Speaking of Victoria's Secret models, Ines Rivero was wearing a stunning dress by Alberta Ferretti as she strolled down the red carpet.

06-21-2002: Mohegan Sun - Dan Aykroyd's Birthday Party (Uncasville, CT) [Pictures]

06-20-2002: Creative Coalition Debate (Chadwick Restaurant, Beverly Hills, CA)
Free speech during wartime? People are talking about last week's (06-20-2002, RRF) Creative Coalition debate in Beverly Hills, Calif., that had "New York Intellectuals" written all over it. Rebecca Romijn, Daniel Stern, Timothy Dalton and Sharon Lawrence were in the packed audience, along with producers and directors, as the 90-minute argument took place. Panelists included Politically Incorrect host Bill Maher, CNN's Tucker Carlson, and there were smart questions from audience members such as Mary Stuart Masterson.

After, at Chadwick's restaurant, the chef Ben Ford (Harrison's son), Newsweek's investigator Michael Isikoff and Watergate's Carl Bernstein mingled with the coalition's prexy, William Baldwin, and Variety's Peter Bart and Charlie Koones.

05-26-2002: Palmares Awards Ceremony (Cannes, France) [Pictures]
Still fresh from the midnight screening of Femme Fatale the night before, Rebecca Romijn and Antonio Banderas presented the Grand Prize to Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki at the closing ceremonies of the Cannes Film Festival May 26th. Kaurismaki won for his film, The Man Without A Past. Rebecca and Antonio were introduced by Virginie Ledoyen as "the couple from the latest film of Brian De Palma, Femme Fatale." Roman Polanski, a director whose films have been a great influence on Brian De Palma's cinema, won the Palme d'Or for The Pianist, one of the most personal films of his career.

05-26-2002: "Femme Fatale" Dinner (Cannes, France) [Pictures]

05-25-2002: "Femme Fatale" Photocall (Cannes, France) [Pictures]

05-25-2002: "Femme Fatale" Premiere (Cannes, France)

05-23-2002: Cinema Against AIDS gala (Cannes, France) [Pictures]
Everybody got Stoned at Thursday night's AmFAR bash, held in the tented garden restaurant Le Moulin de Mougins on the outskirts of Cannes. Versace-clad Sharon Stone, that irrepressible festival du film femme, was the source of audience amusement at the star-studded gala that raised $720,000 for AIDS research.

All that money was raised thanks to big-hearted celeb guests such as Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John, crouching tigress Michelle Yeoh, Milla Jovovich, Stephen Baldwin, Iman, Rebecca Romijn, Bianca Jagger, designers Hubert Givenchy, Marina Prada and Carla Fendi, director Barbet Schroeder, New York debutante Cornelia Guest, photographer David LaChappelle and the new toast of Cannes, Bowling for Columbine director Michael Moore.

Later during the dinner party, Harvey Weinstein paid $100 grand to have Stone, Jovovich and Romijn sing back up on "Twist and Shout" with Elton John and R&B legend Sam Moore. Diamond junkie Taylor tried to get her rocks off by tugging playfully--we think--on Iman's borrowed 03-carat, pear-shaped diamond necklace. And when Stone's diamond necklace was auctioned off for a cool $175,000, Jovovich was inspired to belt an impromptu version of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."

05-19-2002: 2002 World Stunt Awards (Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA) [Pictures]

05-13-2002: Khalifa Airways Party (Paris, France) [Pictures]
Was it the brightest night of the year? In any case, it was the sexiest of evenings at the Etoile, which has been stacking up wild nights one after another. The dinner, organized by Tony Gomez for Rafik Khalifa, was star-studded with overbooked celebrities who rarely make appearances, all brought together in an elegant melting pot. The uncontested star of the evening was Rebecca Romijn, who came over in a private plane from the U.S. and made a stop in Paris before going to Cannes.

Beautiful people and the media, hailing from the worlds of fashion, film, and theater...The line-up was impressive to celebrate the opening of the Paris-Alger line by the Khalifa Airways company, owned by Rafik Khalifa, who has suddenly emerged into Parisian society. The success story of this former pharmacist was published in a recent book. Rebecca Romijn put on a performance as exciting as her strip tease in the movie "Femme Fatale," in which she played the starring role and incited mass worship among many men!

04-19-2002: Jason Strauss' birthday (The Emperor's Box, Tao)
Howard Stern had drinks with John Stamos and Rebecca Romijn in "The Emperor's Box" at Tao on Friday. Also there to celebrate party promoter Jason Strauss' birthday were David Blaine, James King, Rhea Durham, Nicky Hilton, and Roberto Cavall

04-13-2002: ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards: (Universal Amphitheatre, L.A.)

04-10-2002: The Last Waltz (NYC)

02-28-2002: Family Jewels Inc. Tea Party (L.A.) [Pictures]

02-03-2002: Super Bowl (The Superdome, New Orleans, LA) [Pictures]

02-02-2002: MTV TRL Super Bowl (New Orleans Convention Center, New Orleans, LA) [Pictures]

02-01-2002: The Friday Night Super Bowl Bash (New Orleans, LA)
A one-hour CBS special airing at 10 p.m. (live ET, tape-delayed PT) from the New Orleans Arena, spotlights Sting and No Doubt performing current hits and classic cover songs. LL Cool J and Rebecca Romijn will introduce performers while Deion Sanders interviews musicians and NFL players.

02-01-2002: Maxim Super Bowl Party (The Ruins, New Orleans, LA)

01-31-2002: EA Sports party (French Quarter, New Orleans, LA)

01-09-2002: American Music Awards (Shrine Auditorium, L.A.) [Pictures]
The bands played on even after the American Music Awards Wednesday, with parties at the St. Regis Hotel Presidential Penthouse and Deep, among others.

The Deep bash in Hollywood doubled as a congratulatory affair for Universal Music Group's golden boy Nelly, marking his acting debut in `Snipes,' which bowed at the Toronto Film Festival last year and is set for release soon.

A Nelly TV Cam was set up for attendees to congratulate the rapper on camera.

Commenting on the events of the evening, Nelly told Daily Variety, 'I am just taking it all in. I had nothing to do with putting the party together. (Universal) told me to invite a bunch of my friends, and that is what I did.'

Clive Davis helped celebrate the wins of his J Records artists Alicia Keys and Luther Vandross at the St. Regis with Carlos Santana, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, 'N Sync, India.Arie, Snoop Dogg, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Method Man, Redman, Usher and Mandy Moore.

Those watching the kudocast on big flat-screen TVs with state-of-the-art sound included Barbara Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Robinson Peete, Joan Collins, Jennifer Love Hewitt and John Stamos with Rebecca Romijn.

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