'Wedding's' Unwelcome Guests
Is this what they mean by method acting? On two consecutive weekends, the film crew of "The Wedding Crashers," a comedy being shot on Maryland's Eastern Shore, has displaced real wedding party guests from the Tidewater Inn and Conference Center in Easton, where many Hollywood production people have set up shop.
On May 15, one of the maids of honor in the wedding of a New York couple was dislodged at the last minute, although she made reservations months ago. While noting the irony of this turn of events, Tidewater General Manager Stephen Creese also was profusely apologetic. "I wish I could turn the clock back," he said. "I am sending her a gift package."
He confirmed that guests in another nuptial party, coming from overseas last weekend, also were bumped. But "they're very, very happy about it," Creese said, explaining they were relocated to private, upscale digs elsewhere.
"There are a lot of wedding parties," a film spokesman told us yesterday. "Everyone has done their part to accommodate everyone we can."
Indeed, the movie's stars -- among them Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams and Jane Seymour -- also have dealt with room shortages since the production decamped from Washington for small Chesapeake communities, where filming will proceed through early June. Last weekend, the film rep told us, all the Hollywooders had to vacate the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels -- bumped by a wedding party!
Honest Abe, Still Uniting Disparate Forces
* Pundits who perceived Hillary Rodham Clinton's appearance with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on "Fox News Sunday" as some sort of watershed in bipartisanship should have seen her schmoozing and winning cheers last week at a book party with conservatives from the Heritage Foundation. "Usually in Washington at this time of the evening, we're going to fundraisers for political figures," Clinton remarked to the eclectic crowd of 75 Thursday at the Capitol Hill home of Heritage's James Swanson, a legal scholar and expert on a certain Republican named Abraham Lincoln. The Democratic senator from New York came to help Swanson celebrate her friend Harold Holzer's book "Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President."
An exec at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Holzer is co-chairman of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, appointed in 2000 by President Clinton. Other attendees included Chicago-based actor Mike Starr (of the TV series "Ed"); Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (and therefore a Bush appointee); Douglas Ginsburg, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District; and several young Heritage staffers (two of whom admitted to sitting in the corner "smirking" while Clinton spoke). "It was definitely a bipartisan crowd, which is what I wanted to do -- to bring people together from both sides who love books and love Lincoln," Swanson told us yesterday. "I was pleased that when Hillary arrived, people actually applauded. "
A Diarist's Safe-Sex Proviso
* A public service announcement for the half-dozen men (so far) caught up in the "Washingtonienne" sex scandal on Capitol Hill: It would be prudent to get HIV tests, advises Jessica Cutler, who wrote a diary of her sexual escapades, then posted it on the Internet, causing Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) to fire her last week for inappropriate use of Senate computers. "I'm not the only one in the world who should worry about this," Cutler, the 24-year-old former staff assistant who kept the Washingtonienne blog, told us yesterday.
"I was practicing safe sex, as much as that is possible," she added. Juggling media interviews and requests, Cutler said she intended to keep a previously scheduled doctor's appointment yesterday to get tested for the virus. "I get tested at least once a year. I'm fine as far as I know. It's not like I'm in a panic or anything."
But in an interview with us Friday, she seemed concerned about the potential transmission of HIV because of some of her partners' preferences or carelessness. "These people, these relationships, have been going on for various lengths of time. There are situations that are very questionable. You never know. . . . With AIDS, who's not afraid of that?"
Some Web sites are speculating on the names of various sexual partners whom Cutler only identified with initials. The sites are eager to ID a married, Bush-appointed "chief of staff" at a federal agency who she claimed paid her $400 for a lunch-hour tryst last Tuesday. But she held firm to her vow not to name names, declaring: "I'm not going to help anyone figure this out."
* Stephen Trachtenberg, president of George Washington University, went a little beyond the usual inspirational pablum at graduation ceremonies May 16, deciding to make a political statement. "If anybody has a mortarboard, you can move your tassels from right to left, right to left, which is what I hope happened to your politics in the last four years," he said. Sure, some laughed, but wasn't this further evidence of academe as an inculcator of liberal values? University spokesman Matt Lindsay insisted otherwise yesterday: "His politics are known, I would say, but I don't think he's trying to impose them on anybody."
With Anne Schroeder