Hamptons Party Girl is Being Read in Over 100 Countries

Hamptons Party Girl is Being Read in Over 100 Countries

The end of May marks my 1-year anniversary of starting Hamptons Party Girl and I’m happy to report that this blog has readers in 106 countries and counting. Yes, that map is a correct picture of the readership location statistics. Pretty cool.
HPG is being read everywhere from here (no surprise that the U.S. UK and Canada are the top-reading countries) to places like Bosnia, Ghana, Nicaragua, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Ethiopia. Cheers to being able to spread a little joy to places I would’ve never imagined possible while sitting here in front of my computer in Sag Harbor.
When I started writing the blog, I hoped to entertain a couple hundred people here in the Hamptons with my musings on our culture. My very first post was on Eric Fischl’s book “Bad Boy.” It was read by 40 people in the first 24 hours and I was beyond thrilled to have that many readers find what I had to say. Since, I’ve published 219 additional posts. The most popular so far has been “Cops Caught Sexing it up in East Hampton Cottage,” which received over 5,600 hits in a 24-hour span. I was pretty excited about my sleuthiness in posting a wildly popular bit that had a slightly harder news angle than is typical on this site. Until I realized about 2 seconds later that most of those page views probably came from people looking for porn. Ha. Whatever the case, my readership has grown steadily (several thousand hits this past Saturday, Sunday and Monday alone) and I’ll take the page views however people find me.
The most-read celebrity scoop I’ve posted here has been about Alexander Skarsgard, who has appeared in posts such as “Mere Mortal or Nordic Sex God?” and “Alexander Skarsgard just got hotter by signing up to help wounded American soldiers.” I’ve never really been into blondes but I can see why this very, very handsome man is a heartthrob of international scale. Other bold-face names who have garnered high stats here are: Bill O’Reilly, Stevie Nicks, Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow. On the news front, another big read was “Hundreds Show Up for Cull Protest in East Hampton.”
Most of my posts are on the lighter side. It’s always been my goal to write things that uplift and celebrate–Lord knows there are enough snarky gossip blogs–and I’m happy that readers seem to embrace my good-news philosophy. Thanks to you all for your readership and continued support. I feel beyond fortunate. Cheers to another great year!

Jane Krakowski on ‘Modern Family’ Tonight

'Hamptons Girl' Jane Krakowski on 'Modern Family' Tonight

Set your DVRS for what’s sure to be a good night of comedy. One of my favorites, Jane Krakowski, will be joining the fun on “Modern Family.” Oooh, and it gets even better, because she’ll be joined by Jesse Eisenberg and John Benjamin Hickey on the “Under Pressure” episode tonight.
We already know from the promos that Jane gets into a bit of a brawl with Sofia Vergara’s character, Gloria, but here’s why. Apparently the “30 Rock” alum will play a mean mom, Dr. Donna, to one of Manny’s (Rico Rodriguez) classmates. Love it when nice people are so convincing as the baddies.
It’s great to see such a talented performer getting steady work, even if it’s not on a series. I’ll admit it, I even heart her Trop 50 commercials–especially the latest one with Judy Greer.
I interviewed Jane–who recently started coming out to enjoy the spoils of the Hamptons, thanks to her old co-star Alec Balwin, who she called the “Mr. Hamptons”–a couple of years back. She was coming to the East End to perform at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Here’s the link to the story. http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Westhampton-Beach-Surrounding-Areas/396112/Jane-Krakowski-Live-At-The-PAC

Golden Globes: Hamptons Party West

Golden Globes: Hamptons Party West

I was keeping track of all our Hamptonites and Hamptons-related celebrities last night at the Golden Globes and boy oh boy did we ever represent!
Here’s the list of nominees and winners, with a few East End tidbits where I know them to be. More info is available from my Twitter account at @hamptonsprtygal.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine–Filmed on the East End, specifically Quogue and East Quogue and based on the life and crimes of Montauk’s Bernie Madoff.
Lupita N’yongo, 12 Years a Slave–Was screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival, hereafter referred to as “HIFF,” this year.
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County–Screened at HIFF.
June Squibb, Nebraska–Screened at HIFF.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family–Had lunch at Grand Prix Day at the Hampton Classic. I was right there and she really enjoyed that fried chicken! Frequent Hamptons visitor.

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Behind the Candelabra
American Horror Story: Coven
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
White Queen

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Winner: Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House Of Cards–Not a Hamptons sighting but Kevin Spacey did use to date one of my coworkers at the Institute for International Research and would pop in every once in a while.
Masters Of Sex

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Winner: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan–Hamptons resident. Seriously considered buying the house of a friend of mine.
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards–see above
James Spader, The Blacklist

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Alex Ebert, All Is Lost–not quite a Hamptons reference but Diddy, who lives in East Hampton, gave him an on-stage shoutout.
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years A Slave–HIFF

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Ordinary Love, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Atlas, Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Let It Go, Frozen
Please Mr Kennedy, Inside Llewyn Davis–screened at HIFF
Sweeter Than Fiction, One Chance

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Josh Charles, The Good Wife–has played in the annual Artists & Writers softball game. Skinny legs.
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County–screened at HIFF

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Winner: Robin Wright, House Of Cards
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife–haven’t met her but have interviewed/photographed frequent Good Wife costars Nathan Lane and Alan Cumming. Met Chris Noth a long time ago back in the city. Hubba hubba!
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is The New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal–Went to fancy Spence with Gwyneth Paltrow and a journalism friend of mine.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle–frequent Hamptons visitor
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave–HIFF screener

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Her–HIFF screener
Nebraska–HIFF screener, Bruce Dern and Will Forte came out and gave an awesome talk at Bay Street Theatre.
Philomena
12 Years A Slave–HIFF
American Hustle

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Winner: The Great Beaty
Blue is the Warmest Color–HIFF
The Hunt
The Past
The Wind Rises

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Winner: Frozen
The Croods
Despicable Me 2

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Winner: 12 Years A Slave–Again, HIFF.
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Winner: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine–see above. Also, how could we not mention her co-star Alec Baldwin!
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Winner: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips–I was supposed to interview his wife, Rita Wilson, to preview her engagement at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center but the timing never worked out. Sigh. But I DID interview his old Bosom Buddies co-star, Peter Scolari, for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and he was one of the nicest people I’ve ever interviewed.
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: American Hustle
Her–HIFF
Inside Lleywn Davis–HIFF
Nebraska–HIFF
The Wolf Of Wall Street–set here in the Hamptons, though not really something to brag about.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska–HIFF
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis–HIFF
Joaquin Phoenix, Her–HIFF

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave–HIFF
Alexander Payne, Nebraska–HIFF
David O. Russell, American Hustle

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Big Bang Theory
Girls–Adam Driver was one of HIFF’s Breakthrough Stars in 2013. Good guy. Not a weirdo as one might believe. See also my note on Peter Scolari.
Modern Family–note on Sofia Vergara above. Her boyfriend is good friends with a big-time luxury builder out here. I remember him telling me about how she stayed in his house the first time and how he almost had a heart attack when she emerged from the pool in her swimsuit. She IS pretty va-va-va-voom, though MUCH smaller than you’d expect.
Parks & Recreation

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie–Hamptons resident. I frequently see her shopping in Bridgehampton.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show–lives in Quogue
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor–I interviewed her at HIFF this summer for Burton and Taylor. Absolutely LOVELY and super funny!
Rebecca Ferguson, White Queen
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Let us not forget that this year’s Miss Golden Globes, Sosie Bacon, whose parents Kevin and Kyra are East Enders.
Water Mill’s Matt Lauer, who hosted the pre-show.
Presenter Jessica Chastain was a HIFF breakthrough performer.
Ben Affleck’s “Argo” was a big HIFF hit last year.
Diane Keaton’s “Something’s Gotta Give” house is right out here on Dune Road in Southampton.
Chris Martin, who got a shoutout from Bono, was supporting his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, at this year’s Authors Night for the East Hampton Library.
Presenter Naomi Watts lives here with her husband, Liev Schrieber.
I’m sure I’m missing stuff but I’m tired and sleep deprived.
Looking forward to awards show season!
* Helena Bonham Carter–who was MIA at the Globes–photo taken by me before our interview at this year’s HIFF.

Mystery celeb revealed

Mystery ceeb revealed

And here Sofia Vergara is from a more recognizable angle. Take a look at the last two “guess” posts today. Do you see her?
Thanks for playing. I especially liked Nick Nolte and Fred Armisen guesses.
The next one won’t be as hard. Promise.

Classic Mystery Blonde

Classic Mystery Blonde

Since today marks exactly one week since Grand Prix Sunday at the Hampton Classic, I thought I’d end my Classic celebrity posts with a little quiz. Do you recognize this woman? I have to admit, I wouldn’t have had a friend not pointed her out to me.
She’s a horse owner but is more known for being in the tabloids than she is for anything else these days. Fame is a double-edged sword, particularly when a person’s actions are out of the ordinary. But let’s face it–famous people, by virtue of their celebrity, are not ordinary.
I heard from a few friends after the fact that this particular diva was having none of it when it came to getting her picture taken last Sunday but this was much later than when I encountered her. Actually, I wasn’t all that interested in getting her photo since she was so bedraggled looking. I hate to take mean pictures of people. Not my style.
I will say this though; last Sunday it was very steamy under the VIP tent. Predicting this, I pulled my hair back in a bun and shied away from being in photos since I knew that I’d be far from my best. I get not wanting to pose Mystery Lady, and I know that the Hamptons are definitely a bit more laid back than other places, but most of us still manage to drag a comb through our hair when we leave the house.
The interesting thing is that this woman is known for being chic, at least in fashion circles. The man with her is also well known but let me tell you, he gets a bad rap in the photos I’ve seen of him. It was shocking to me but I couldn’t believe how handsome he is in real life. Seriously. He’s schlubby looking in every published image I’ve ever seen of him but in person, he’s drop-dead devastatingly hot.
This was the second such observation I made that day; as the same was true of Sofia Vergara’s man, Nick Loeb. Man, it must suck to date a celebrity sometimes.

Jon Bon Jovi at the Hampton Classic

Jon Bon Jovi at the Hampton Classic

So many worlds have collided in the last few days here on the East End. First there was Jon Bon Jovi (my “friend” from Great Chefs) chatting with Matt and Annette Lauer about their newly opened Bright Side Farm (Not only did I have the pleasure of visiting their Water Mill-based stables two weeks ago, they both made a point to tell me on Sunday that they liked the article I wrote about the experience. How cool is that!) at Grand Prix day at the Hampton Classic on Sunday. Then last night I was out for dinner with a friend and bumped into Billy Joel (fellow Sag Harborite and everywhere man) while we were waiting for a table at the restaurant. Scoop: he said he’s planning a few concerts soon. Yay!
That’s two bona-fide rock stars and the most recognized man on American morning television in two days. These encounters are in addition to running into just about everybody at the Classic on Sunday, including Billy’s ex-wife and dear woman Christie Brinkley; Jerry Seinfeld; Sofia Vergara; James Lipton; New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg; his daughter Georgina, who managed to earn third place in the Grand Prix even though she’s now heavily pregnant; Beth Stern (no Howard in sight, for me at least) and Kyle McLachlan. Pinch me.
I don’t expect to run into anyone today–the Tuesday after Labor Day is referred to locally as “Tumbleweed Tuesday” as all the seasonal folks make a mass exodus back to the city–but who knows. As someone who has bumped into Edie Falco at the Bridgehampton K-Mart more than once, nothing surprises this Hamptons Party Girl.

Sofia Vergara: a (Hampton) Classic beauty

Sofia Vergara: a (Hampton) Classic beauty

The Hampton Classic was chock-full of stars yesterday for Grand Prix day, including the “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, who attended a VIP luncheon with her fiancée Nick Loeb.
The couple were guests at the Douglas Elliman table. My guess is that they were invited by the real estate company’s chairman, Howard Lorber, who is also the chair of Nathan’s Famous hotdogs, which recently started carrying Nick’s Onion Crunch toppings.
Just as we’ve all read in many news items, Nick really does travel with Onion Crunch; I saw him shaking it on his plate and those of his tablemates. But here’s a real shocker–he’s incredibly handsome and tall. I would’ve never guessed either of those things in a million years. Additionally, contrary to many reports, he (at least yesterday) seems to adore Sofia and absolutely doted on her all afternoon.
Now here’s a bit of disappointing news for every woman in the world who looks to Sofia as an inspiration for voluptuous figures–she’s MAYBE a size 4. She’s tall, she’s got a beautiful figure and she definitely has those natural, notable assets but she’s certainly not the amply curvy gal Hollywood touts her to be.
As I’ve noticed with Drew Barrymore, Kim Kardashian and now Ms. Vergara, the camera really does add serious pounds. Good thing for skinny Minnies like Susan Lucci but not so great for the rest of us.
Other bad news for regular-sized women: Sofia doesn’t look as if she’s a crazy dieter who struggles to maintain her svelte frame; I saw her eat and enjoy a generous portion of fried chicken. That’s great for her but boy was I ever envious.
Stay tuned over the next few days for shots and stories on Jon Bon Jovi, Matt Lauer, Mary Kate Olsen, Christie Brinkley, Kyle McLachlan and more celebs who showed up at the Hampton Classic’s Grand Prix day.