Today in celebrity gossip: CAA's seedy party at the Sundance Film Festival has tongues wagging, Taylor Swift heads to London, and Lindsay Lohan says no to reality TV.
Though it's not meant to be a staid or conservative affair, the Sundance Film Festival is typically not thought of as a place for seediness. And yet that's what some partygoers encountered when they went to mega-agency CAA's big bash on Sunday night. Yesterday The Hollywood Reporter reported that guests were scandalized by "pole-shimmying, barely-dressed burlesque dancers," one of whom was seen "dancing with a strap-on penis, which sources say she used during an extended routine." Further causing monocles to shatter was the moment when "two dancers also performed what was described by a source as a simulated sex act on a bed in the party space." Yowsers! In Utah?? I just assumed people would wink out of existence if they tried anything like that in Utah, plucked into space by the angel Moroni. But, apparently not. Page Six was at the same party and reports that Nicole Kidman said "I think I prefer it out here" while standing outside. People also complained on Twitter. In response, a rep from CAA told THR that "the performance ... was more explicit than intended," adding "We regret if this created an uncomfortable setting for any of our guests." But then! Then Deadline got in the game, posting about THR's story only to add an all-important update: "UPDATE: Nikki Finke, who’s ill, reports that CAA is not apologetic for the party." So somehow Nikki Finke, who again is ill (amongst other things), has inside info that, despite some rep telling THR that they regret if they freaked out any squares, they don't actually give an F about the strap-on-wearing pole dancers or the simulated sex act. Nicole Kidman can stay outside all night if she wants to! Those Twitter haters can go suck a lemon. CAA had its mountaintop bacchanal and they're making no apologies for that. So says someone typing for Nikki Finke, anyway. I mean who really cares if, as Page Six reports, there was "a woman in lingerie atop a costumed man in a saddle who licked and bit guests"? You're telling me actors and other Hollywood types don't want to be licked and bit by a strange circus man? That's basically their job. Everyone cool out. Let your hair down. It's Sundance. Grab a strap-on and join the party. [The Hollywood Reporter; Deadline; Page Six]
Elsewhere at Sundance, heir turned media mogul Jay Penske, who owns the aforementioned Deadline and Hollywood Life and recently bought Variety, made it public that he is engaged to model and Almay spokeswoman Elaine Irwin. At 43, she is 9 years Penske's senior, and has two teenage children with her ex-husband, rock 'n' roller John Mellencamp. So yeah, the guy who owns Deadline is going to be the stepfather of Speck and Hud Mellencamp. (Their names are Speck and Hud.) How about that. [Us Weekly]