Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Macaulay Culkin is up to some strange things, Taylor Kitsch is a bit shy, and Britney and Demi are the best of friends.
What ever became of young Macaulay Culkin, the big-time child actor of the early 1990s who popped up recently in a paparazzi photo looking shockingly thin, only to disappear again? Well, he's a DJ now, or at least he hosts a monthly party at Le Poisson Rouge in the West Village, during which he plays his iPod and everyone kinda gathers around a central theme. The party described by Ramin Settodeh in The Daily Beast today was a dinosaur-themed fake kids birthday party, with face paint and costumes and all that. Random club kids show up to this thing and so do Macaulay's brothers and friends, but Settodeh was unable to talk to him, only observe him from afar, and it's all very strange. Settodeh compares him to Jay Gatsby, but doesn't an elusive adult who throws youth-themed parties (he also did a school dance/prom theme once) sound like someone else, someone a little realer and more connected to Macaulay Culkin? Meaning, is little Kevin McAllister turning into a New York version of Michael Jackson? Remember when they used to hang out? Remember how they basically had the same childhood? It's all a little sad and spooky to think about, but it's what this story kinda makes us think. Anyway, it's a short thing, and worth a read. Sigh. [The Daily Beast]
Onto less serious matters, Taylor Kitsch says that filming sex scenes with Blake Lively for the upcoming movie Savages was "very awkward to do" and that he was "just glad it was over with" when they'd finished. Aha. OK, sure. Yes. Filming graphic sex scenes with a relative stranger in front of dozens of other strangers would probably be somewhat awkward, yes. But also, like, you're Taylor Kitsch and she's Blake Lively. Tim Riggins and Serena van der Woodsen doin' it can't inherently be that awkward. Not when normal people actually