The celebs who couldn't attend sent videos that were put together by the Weinstein staff, they say. Among the well wishers were Hillary and Bill Clinton, Mayor Mike Bloomberg. George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Heidi Klum, and "English Patient" director Anthony Minghella. "Chicago" director Rob Marshall sent dancers who put on a live show for the guests in a parody of the musical. Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow, each of whom owe their careers to Weinstein, also sent videos. Matt Damon, who also got his start with the visionary moviemaker, didn't, however.
There must have been odd moments. I'm told that Anna Wintour was none too pleased when introduced to "Devil Wears Prada" star Hathaway. Hathaway's boyfriend, Rafael Follieri managed to steer clear of Burkle. The latter was until recently suing him. A doublewide Lopez must have done a doubletake to see two exes -- Affleck and Sean Combs -- in the video reel. When Lopez was congratulated for keeping her pregnancy out of the news with regular denials, she responded, "I am still am!" A guest asked her when the "babies" were due--she's having twins, also unannounced -- Lopez said, "Sometime in early 2008."