BOYS WILL BE BOYS: Frat boys are known to be called many things, but “giving” doesn’t usually top the list. That hasn’t deterred USC students and Phi Kappa Si brothers Willie Ebersol and Elex Michaelson from teaming up with the Entertainment Industry Foundation to launch “Get Hands On,” a celebrity-studded campaign designed to drum up breast cancer awareness. Samuel Jackson, Keira Knightley, George Clooney and Courtney Cox Arquette are among the stars who have stamped their palm prints on T-shirts that will be auctioned online Friday at Charity Folks. Copies of the T-shirts will be available at James Perse that same day. Sales will benefit the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program.
The son of Dick Ebersol and Susan Saint James, Willie Ebersol is no stranger to the fame game, but it was Michaelson who locked in Clooney. Michaelson went up to the actor after a screening of “Good Night and Good Luck,” but didn’t get far into his spiel. Clooney immediately saw the humor in the concept. Michaelson said, “He said to me, ‘Hands on breasts? Of course, it’s a frat.’ He thought the idea was really funny. A lot of stars take a while to decide. I had come with a proposal to show him. But he said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it. Sure.'”
ARTY PARTY: Artists love to talk about how fashion inspires them, particularly when fashion houses sponsor their museums. So last week, the ever-gracious Francisco Costa and the ever-generous house of Calvin Klein hosted a party for the Whitney Museum, benefiting its Independent Study Program. Paintings were installed in the store for the evening, lots of ladies came and drank champagne, and the artists talked about the collaborations they were cooking up with the minimalist American label. “When I think of Calvin Klein,” said the artist Vik Muniz, “I think of underwear, really simple things beautifully done. So I did another version of the white shirt, and it looks like a white shirt, but then you get closer there’s a barbed-wire-like pattern, like the kind I had in my earliest works.”
“The white shirt is the most symbolic piece of Westernized clothing,” Costa said.
PITTSBURGH UNDERCOVER: Jeff Goldblum isn’t afraid to bare his soul, as evidenced by his performance in “Pittsburgh,” a documentary about how he appeared in his hometown’s regional theater production of “The Music Man” with his considerably younger girlfriend, Catherine Wreford. After Saturday’s Tribeca Film Festival screening of the flick, the “Jurassic Park” and “Independence Day” actor assured any naysayers that he was, in fact, the man in the three-piece white suit who put his big-time career on hold to star in the small-time, two-week run. Directors Chris Bradley and Kyle LaBrache said they weeded through 400 hours of footage to edit the film, which has some real exchanges, some fictional ones and plenty of improvisation.
Ileana Douglas, who appears as Goldblum’s longtime pal, Moby‘s monogamy-seeking girlfriend, and a “Music Man” cast member along with Ed Begley Jr., turned up for the screening in a jumper and polkadot blouse by her friend, Nanette Lepore. After seeing the film for the first time, Douglas joked: “I’m disappointed. You cut a lot of my dancing out.”
She went to bat for an absent Moby, who, in the film, is unrepentant about his interests in porn and breaks up with her while leading the Coney Island Mermaid Parade as King Neptune. “Moby is actually wonderful,” Douglas told the audience. “Since he’s not here to speak for himself, I’ll just say it’s based on true events.”
The self-effacing Goldblum was even more forthright, telling the crowd: “The question in this movie is, ‘Has Jeff Goldblum lost his mind?'”