Vanity Fair party is a bust after the Oscars
The return of the Vanity Fair post-Oscars party after a year layoff because of the writers strike was a bit of a let down, the New York Post's Page Six says. Despite a big-time guest list, the mood was subdued because of the recession.
"It was very low-key, no one was raising Cain, and it just seems like no one really wants to be celebrating," a source said. Maybe that's because they just sat through a 3 1/2-hour show that wouldn't end.
And even with partiers like Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Ron Howard, Shirley MacLaine, Steven Spielberg, Daniel Craig, Cameron Crowe, Seth Rogen, Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet, Anne Hathaway, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, Tina Fey, Mickey Rourke, Taraji P. Henson and Christopher Walken milling about, there was one thing that was especially on everyone's mind.
"That event usually has the best gift bags. Last year they gave out iPhones, iPods -- you name it," another source said. "This year, in a sign of the times -- nothing."
That's pretty bad news when tickets to the shindig for normal folks run about $1,000. You'd think they could at least scrape together a couple Zunes or a random American-made automobile to hand out.
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