“Everything these days is so five minutes ago, but it does seem cool again,” observed actress Katharine Towne. At Wednesday night’s kickoff party, Tobey Maguire, without his steady date Kirsten Dunst, chatted up Jennifer Love Hewitt, Luke and Owen Wilson and Sean Combs in a private cabana. Meanwhile, Minnie Driver and new beau Stevan Popovic kept to themselves in a back booth while guests murmured, “How old is he? 20?”
The next night at Rashida Jones’s birthday party in the back room, practically everybody was 20, or close to it.
“I’ll never tell my true age. Just bring on the presents,” joked the birthday girl, who turns 26 today.
The dance floor was dotted with rock progeny: Quincy’s grandson Sonny Jones, Bijou Phillips and boyfriend Sean Lennon, Nicole Ritchie, Anika and Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Tracee Ellis Ross. But there was also at least one gold record-aspiring heiress in the mix.
“I just moved to Los Angeles to pursue singing,” Casey Johnson told a newly shorn Samantha Kluge.
Across town, Josh Hartnett was celebrating the premiere of “40 Days and 40 Nights” — in which, as nearly everyone knows, he plays a man who gives up sex for Lent.
“But what I’d really like to give up is taking out the trash,” he said.
“I can’t give up anything sinful,” added actress Samaire Armstrong, “because once you do, you go back tenfold.”