2013 Costume Institute Gala - PUNK: Chaos To Couture
Updated: June 9, 2013 6:21AM
Two recent high-profile appearances by Tiger Woods — far from any golf course — have a couple of friends of the links legend concerned.
While Woods did appear overtly affectionate toward his new girlfriend, ski champ Lindsey Vonn, at Monday’s glitzy Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, I’ve heard the golfer’s heavy drinking upset Vonn.
“Lindsey was not happy about Tiger getting so loaded,” said one observer. “Even before he stumbled on the stairs [at the post-party at Standard Hotel], Lindsey was urging him to stop boozing.”
† While Woods and Vonn did appear to be very cozy and comfortable together earlier in the evening, another longtime associate of Vonn’s reports the skier “doesn’t seem quite as smitten with Tiger as she was — even a few weeks ago. … Maybe his moodiness is getting to her.”
† That “moodiness” certainly appeared to be obvious as Woods was seen scowling a lot as a solo guest at Michael Jordan’s Palm Beach wedding April 28. “I just figured he missed Lindsey,” said a spy at the nuptials. “But maybe it’s because there’s a bit of trouble in paradise for Tiger and Lindsey? … Guess we’ll find out soon if things are falling apart.”
LITTLE LOST LINDSAY: A source at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., checked in with me Tuesday, saying, “I’m not surprised Lindsay [Lohan] was quoted recently as saying, ‘Rehab for me is a waste of time,’ indicating she doesn’t need it. … It’s just like the last time she was here. She’s not ready to face the reality that she’s an addict and needs to seriously work on her recovery.
“Until that happens, she will not be able to get well and have a good life.”
† That comment dovetails with Lohan’s recent interview with Piers Morgan — when she claimed she only used cocaine “four or five times in my life,” and said she didn’t like it.
One longtime Hollywood insider scoffed at that. “I’ve been at four or five parties where I know Lindsay was high on coke. Could that have been the only four or five times she tried it? I don’t think so.”
Such skepticism has been rampant in Hollywood, as numerous club contacts and entertainment world types repeat similar stories about the actress’ alleged drug use over the years.
IMAGE MAKEOVER: While former Downers Grove resident Denise Richards has continued to act — mostly in TV projects like her ex-hubby Charlie Sheen’s “Anger Management” and the upcoming “Twisted” — it’s in her role as a stable, common-sense-focused mom that has made many in Hollywood into big fans lately. Along with her own kids, Richards, as we know, is now taking care of long-troubled Brooke Mueller’s twin boys — fathered by Sheen when he was married to Mueller.
“Denise was long thought to be just a flighty, party girl who couldn’t figure out how to rein in Charlie,” said a top L.A. entertainment attorney who has known all the players here for years. “But she’s proved she’s the solid one in this situation — providing balance not only to those kids, but also to Charlie, who checks in with her often to ask her advice.”
THE GUY DIGS FLICKS: No wonder Seth MacFarlane hosted the Oscars — and just may be convinced to do it again next year. The “Family Guy” creator is such a film and video aficionado, he has one of the most sophisticated home entertainment systems available in his California bachelor pad — uber-pricey, even by Hollywood standards. According to the Hollywood Reporter’s Merle Ginsberg, MacFarlane not only had a $35,000 digital box installed, but he also subscribes to the Prima Cinema service that allows him to access opening weekend releases at the cost of $500 per film.
Next up? MacFarlane is in the process of installing a $1 million IMAX theater/system in his Beverly Hills home.
SPEAKING OF FILMS: Actor, writer and director John Francis Daley (“Freaks and Geeks,” “Bones,” “Horrible Bosses,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2”) will be the special guest at the opening night of the Chicago International Film Festival’s “Cine Youth” young filmmakers festival, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash. Free Cine Youth screenings run through Saturday.
TOUGH LOCATIONS: The next film for Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanvicius (“The Artist”) is set in Chechnya, that troubled Russian region back in the news so much lately due to the horror in Boston, but Hazanvicius won’t be shooting there. Instead he plans to make the movie this fall in nearby Georgia — yet another troubled nation once part of the Soviet Union.
PINK POWER: Cubs fans are invited to join the Chicago Cubs Charities “Pink Out” event being presented by Advocate Health Care for the 1:20 Wednesday game against the Cardinals. Among players’ wives slated to participate are Kate Schierholtz, Susan Stewart, Kim DeJesus, Lindsay Barney and Brittany Wood — handing out special “Pink Out” Cubs caps to fans buying seats in the Budweiser Bleachers, with all funds going to support breast cancer awareness.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: R&B recording artist Ne-Yo happily watched the Bulls defeat the Miami Heat Monday night at River North gastropub Public House. … Not surprisingly, the Bulls’ star Joakim Noah was cheered as he entered Joe’s Stone Crab, where (separately) ex-Bear Johnny Knox and Cubs owner Tom Ricketts were spotted recently. … Rhea Perlman is checking out Our Town’s vibrant theater scene while here rehearsing for the world premiere of “Stella & Lou” at Northlight. Armed with congratulatory cupcakes for the cast, Perlman showed up at the opening of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” at Raven Theatre on Monday — there to support director Cody Estle, who also is assisting B.J. Jones on her Northlight production.… Cubs catcher Carlos Villanueva dined at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush.