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Oscars: A-List Stars Party at Soho House in Hollywood

By Roger Friedman I don’t know what goes on at Soho House when it isn’t awards season. But when the stars flock to L.A. for the big shows, the aerie Soho House on Sunset Blvd., at the border between West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, just goes nuts. Last night the CAA Foundation and Grey Goose hosted agent Josh Lieberman’s annual late hour soiree, with stars stars stars. It swamped all other events in town.

A sampling: Sean Penn, Robert DeNiro, Gerard Butler, Tobey Maguire were among those who chatted with Kobe Bryant–the basketball star was natty in suit and tie, and kept saying, “I’m like a fish out of water here!”
Demi Moore, sexy in a glimmering silver mini dress, reassured him, and told me: “I’m looking for a big action movie.” Demi met “War Horse” star Jeremy Irvine and told him she was sorry daughter Rumer wasn’t there–someone his own age. “Age is just a number, though,” she and I agreed. (Wholeheartedly, kids.)

More: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith fame, chatting up Axl Rose–we talked about Axl’s upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He expects to go to Cleveland, as long as he doesn’t have to deal with Slash. (Guys, make up already!) He wants to perform at the show, but with Elton John. Sounds good to me!

And more: Jessica Chastain, Benicio del Toro, Ron Burkle, Harvey Weinstein, Troy Garity of ”Boss” with wife Simone Bent, Starz Channel’s Chris Albrecht, Woody Harrelson, producer Laura Bickford telling me all about “Arbitrage,” which got the honey spot at Sundance (Saturday at 6:30pm) starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon.

Funniest moment: Steven Tyler putting Lawrence Fishburne ‘on. “Are you with CAA?” Tyler cracked as they hugged. “I’m actually with Paradigm,” Fishburne replied. “Then how did you get in here?” Tyler cried.
“Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce told me all about her remake of “Carrie.” She said, “I’m the biggest Stephen King fan. And Brian dePalma, believe me.” I do!

Mind you: all this followed Thursday night at Soho House, which featured Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Owen Wilson, Donovan Leitch, Al Pacino and Lawrence Fishburne, Jessica Chastain, and songwriter star Diane Warren, Nikki Haskell, among others. It’s hard to leave this place–come early and stay late, and you’ll see just about everyone who matters.

Meanwhile Kobe Bryant, very funny. He is hard to maneuver around in a small space. I can’t imagine trying to get a ball around him. “You should take up basketball,” I joked with him. “I may,” he replied. “But right now I’m into marine biology!”

Earlier: Cee Lo Green, in a serious red cashmere sweater hosted a table for 8 at the very hot Craig’s restaurant on Melrose.

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About Roger Friedman

Roger Friedman began his column in April after 10 years with Fox News where he helped create Friedman’s prior experience on the Internet is with MSN’s Cinemania column. Friedman also wrote the Intelligencer column as a contributing editor at "New York Magazine," where he covered the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. In addition, Friedman has been involved in book publishing and filmmaking (Only the Strong Survive). For more about Roger go to

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