“Oh, there go the boys,” sighed Jada Pinkett Smith as she watched Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker literally stop rush-hour traffic to dart across Hollywood Boulevard and greet the throngs of die-hard fans who’d congregated across from Mann’s Chinese Theatre at the “Rush Hour 2” premiere on Thursday.
The real showstopper, however, turned out to be the performance that Zhang Ziyi delivers in the film. Ziyi — best known for her aerial kung fu in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” — reprises her high kicks, but this time as a comic villain, whose punching bag is Tucker. “I was both laughing and fighting,” she said.
Monday night at Moomba was equally chaotic as a youthful crowd filled the club to celebrate the release of ‘N Sync’s record-setting album “Celebrity.” As a caravan of black SUVs pulled up, normally blase actors craned their necks to catch a glimpse of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears making their entrances.
“We still don’t see ourselves as celebrities,” said bandmate J.C. Chasez, who was apparently oblivious to the surrounding hoopla. “I’ve seen these guys walk around in their underwear and it’s like, ‘No way, we’re just a bunch of guys who ride a bus and sing songs.”‘
The previous Friday night, Ione Skye presided over her first art opening, which was decidedly low key. As she and boyfriend, David Netto, lounged on a purple velvet couch in the garden of the Mediarare Gallery, prospective buyers Anna Getty, Heath Ledger, Amanda de Cadenet, Vincent Gallo and Matt Dillon surveyed the paintings. “I wanted this one, but somebody beat me to it,” complained Jackie Coppola Getty as she pointed to “Pink Flowers.” “Maybe she’ll make me another one?”