Photos: Hamptons Magazine Summer Kickoff

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Hamptons magazine threw a party for its Memorial Day issue, featuring cover girl Hilary Swank, and I’ve got the pictures. The event, held at a private estate by the ocean in Southampton, was masterminded by celebrity event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events and brought out such notables as: Mariska Hargitay, Rosanna Scotto, Ramona Singer, Jean Shafiroff, Debra Halpert, Samantha Yanks, Zach Vichinsky, Cody Vichinsky, Neil Sroka, Debbie Sroka, Campion Platt, Libby Langdon, Bradford Rand, Jeff Muhs and Beth McNeill.

The lavish celebration included gorgeous summer themed setting, stylishly decorated tables with fresh, colorful culinary creations, and an outdoor bar – elegantly arranged to suit the classic Southampton venue with an ocean view.  The invitation-only soiree marked the 39th annual summer season for Hamptons magazine.  Photos by Rob Rich of

Get Your Good News Gossip

Regular readers, and practically anyone who’s ever met me, know that I’m not a big fan of the snark. There are plenty out there who are, but I prefer to be more of a celebrator of the good things in life. Heck, that’s pretty much the founding principle of this blog. It’s also the impetus behind one of a series of columns–Hamptons Habitues–that I’m now writing for Hamptons Real Estate Showcase, for which I’m thrilled to be an Editor at Large. Yay! Hope you enjoy reading this column as much as I enjoyed writing it. If so, please also also check out my Haute Spot interview with Jill Rappaport and Long Distance Love  featuring PJ and Joe Delia, Lucette Lagnado and Doug Feiden, and some tasty morsels about Ina and Jeffrey Garten in the Presidents Day issue, now on newsstands all over the East End.



Hot Hamptons Scoop

Hungry for scoop on Hamptons taboo art, celebrity real estate and places where you might want to get immunized before you visit? Then enjoy this post and Happy July 4!

I didn’t make it to the Gallery Valentine opening of unauthorized Peter Beard works yesterday (too busy lazing around and hitting a fuzzy green ball back and forth) but I’m oh so curious to see how it went. The East Hampton art spot (formerly co-owned by Tommy Mottola and now by Ryan Ross and Todd Kramer) was set to throw a big private shindig showing yesterday afternoon and early evening in collaboration with JetSmarter and Talent Resources of model Natalie White’s collection of Beard’s work featuring subjects such as Pamela Anderson, Hannah Davis, Chanel Iman, Nina Agdal, Helena Christensen and Alexandra Richards. The 25 controversial pieces and the show surrounding them have been in the news quite a bit of late as there’s been some serious legal wrangling over whether or not the show should mount. Hoping for pix from the opening, which I’ll share if I get. Hungry for more of Beard’s work? Down the street, Guild Hall’s authorized exhibition, “Last Word From Paradise,” is on view through July 31.

Matt Lauer gets things DONE when it comes to real estate. His purchase of Richard Gere’s former Strongheart Manor in North Haven for somewhere in the neighborhood of $35 million in June has been widely reported. And now the Today show anchor’s Scotts Landing Road on Wooley Pond has hit the market for $3.9 million. I highly doubt that one will last very long.

Ivan Wilzig has also reportedly listed his estate at 400 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton, though I think that one might need some FEMA-worthy scrub downs before showings considering all the shenanigans that have gone on there. The house, recent host to a Killing Kittens polyamorous event (reported by Curbed waaaaay before everyone else), is listed for $6.5 million.


Learn to Act from Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin Head shot

I absolutely LOVE this!

Stony Brook Southampton is offering a Two-Day Acting Master Class with Alec Baldwin and Chekhov Technique Instructor Bethany Caputo on July 11 and 12. But you’ve got to hurry if you want to participate, as only a few slots remain.

The small workshop class is limited to only 16 and is part of the Southampton Theatre Conference at the Southampton Graduate Arts campus at Stony Brook Southampton. A video audition is required. Here are the submission guidelines. 

On the first day, Monday, July 11, students will work with Bethany Caputo to explore the Michael Chekhov Technique, a psychophysical approach to acting, and some of the basic tools and principles from Chekhov’s work with character. On Tuesday, July 12, Alec Baldwin joins Caputo in a scene and monologue intensive integrating some of the tools explored in the preceding day’s session.

Since 1980, Alec Baldwin has received a Tony nomination (“A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1992) an Oscar nomination (“The Cooler” in 2004) and won two Emmy awards, three Golden Globes and seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC-TV’s “30 Rock.” His films include “The Hunt for Red October,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Malice,” “The Edge,” “It’s Complicated,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Still Alice” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” among many others.

Bethany Caputo is an actress and a teacher in New York City who performs regionally at such theatres as Arena Stage, The Goodman and Actors Theatre of Louisville. In 2015, she appeared with Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf in Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” at the John Drew theater in East Hampton, NY. Ms. Caputo studied at the Moscow Art Theatre where she was introduced to the Chekhov technique in 1997. She is now on faculty with MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York City and with Stony Brook University Graduate Department.

Other offerings in the 2016 Southampton Theatre Conference include workshops in playwriting with Lucas Hnath (“The Christians,” “Red Speedo”) and Stephen Adly Guirgis (2015 Pulitzer Prize, “Between Riverside and Crazy”). Click here for additional  information.

Hamptons in the News


I’ll be sending out of weekend Hot Picks later today, but in the meantime I thought I’d share some of the bigger Hamptons stories that have landed on my radar from afar. Not surprisingly, three out of four are all about the green stuff.

Here’s what the rest of the world is saying about the East End:

The word is out. West of the Shinnecock is now hot. So spare the wallet and spoil the child, and yourself, by buying there before Westhampton house prices become as pricey as those of Southampton, Sag Harbor and East Hampton.  Here’s what the New York Post has to say about it. 

The New York Times says you can’t do the Hamptons without shopping. Maybe that’s where you can spend all that extra cash if you buy west of the canal.

Forbes, on the other hand, has much higher price tags in mind. It’s a rehash of billionaire’s homes, but I still couldn’t resist clicking on the link.

And lastly, it’s not a Hamptons celebrity post without mention of Alec Baldwin. reports that he’s hosting “Live with Kelly” next Friday. Hey, that’s two East Enders for the price of one!



John McEnroe Is All Over the News Lately


Tennis legend John McEnroe, who is reportedly selling his $14.5 million Squabble Lane estate in Southampton, will soon be the subject of a movie.

The film, a bio-pic titled “Borg/McEnroe,” will focus on the intense rivalry between the formerly hot-headed pro and his famously sweatband-headed Swedish superstar competitor Bjorn Borg. Shia LaBeouf, who will still need to practice his backhand even if he’s got the tantrum part down pat, will play the seven-time Grand Slam Singles champ who became almost better known for his confrontational style than his expertise back in the early days. Note that now the former Captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team and current newscaster is a pussycat on and off the court–not just fun to watch but charming, playful and respectful of authority.

Swedish star Sverrir Gudnason will play Borg. Stellan Skarsgard is rumored to be playing Borg’s coach, Lennart Bergelin. No word yet on who else will star in this can’t-miss movie.

Expect to see lots of drama as the film will chronicle the heated competition between the pair, who famously faced off 14 times in the 1970s and ’80s, splitting the wins equally. LaBeouf, no stranger to controversial antics, said this about playing his character during a press event for a different film today at the Cannes Film Festival:

“Jake is me. So is McEnroe. That’s it man,” said LaBeouf, speaking at a press conference. “I understand these people, I empathize with them. I get it. You turn things up and turn things down. It’s me.”

The movie will shoot in in Sweden, New York, London and Monaco this fall and a 2017 release is expected.

As for the real estate, McEnroe’s home–which used to be owned by Standard Oil barn Henry Rogers, according to–features a Har-Tru tennis court, pool, deeded access to the beach, 2 acres in one of the best neighborhoods in the Hamptons (Howard Stern, Calvin Klein and Brooke Shields all live nearby), eight bedrooms and seven baths.


Good Morning with Gwyneth


I don’t stay up for late night TV. Ever. But the stories frequently show up in my feeds the next day.

This “Toddlerography” clip with James Corden and Gwyneth Paltrow put a smile on my face this morning. Hope it does the same for you.