Celebrities turned out for A Night to Benefit Raising Malawi and UNICEF at the United Nations in New York City, yesterday. The stars included Brooke Shields, Cynthia Nixon, Debra Messing, Kimora Lee Simmons, Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Zoe, Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes, Ali Larter, Drew Barrymore & Justin Long, Molly Sims, Lucy Lui, Chris Ivery & Ellen Pompeo, Rihanna, Demi Moore, Madonna & Lourdes, Jessica & Jerry Seinfeld, and Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony.
Madonna hosted the star-studded fundraiser for Malawi orphans, last night.
The legendary singer, who has a two-year-old adopted son David from the African country, threw the New York bash for her Raising Malawi Foundation, United Nations children’s organization UNICEF and to celebrate the opening of a new Gucci store.
Madonna, who dismissed rumors the event was raising money for Kabbalah, said: “I am grateful that Gucci has underwritten this event, that’s all that matters to me – their generosity. There’s always controversy surrounding anything that involves change.
“I want to put Raising Malawi on the map. I want credibility as a philanthropic organization. I want to inspire people. I don’t want them to just write me a check – I want them to give me a piece of their heart.”
Lucy Liu leaving the Valentino fashion show during Paris Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2008, January 23. Don’t ask me what I think, I’m still trying to figure out what the crap it is. It looks like a jellyfish is attacking her. I have to admit, I really want to touch it.
The Insider’s Lara Spencer sat down with Lucy Liu on the set of her new TV series Cashmere Mafia in an interview to air Wednesday, January 2nd. Liu says she prefers living in New York where she was born and raised, “My favorite thing about New York is that it never sleeps. You can go out and you see all different kinds of people. People in Los Angeles are beautiful. People in New York might not look as perfect, but that is what makes them sexy. They’re flawed, they look different, but there is something about them that’s charming. If somebody is perfect, its almost like you can’t communicate with them.”
Liu tells THE INSIDER she puts 100% into everything she does, “If you go for something you have to really go for it. I want to give myself and commit to it completely, and if it fails I want to totally scrape my face off. I want to fall hard and be great with that. That is the only way you can know you gave yourself completely to it.”
ABC has canceled its planned premiere later this month of new drama series Cashmere Mafia due to the WGA strike.
Cashmere, which stars Lucy Liu, Frances O’Connor, Miranda Otto, and Bonnie Somerville as successful, driven women in New York City, was set to debut at 10 p.m. on Nov. 27, behind the finale of Dancing With the Stars, before moving to its regular spot at 9 p.m. Tuesdays.
ABC has opted to hold the show in case it needs more scripted programming later in the season. Instead, the network will bump the two-hour Dancing With the Stars finale to 9 p.m. on Nov. 27 and air specials in the Tuesday 9 p.m. slot.
I’m not sure how I feel about that dress…