One hears Martin Scorsese used the power of his Golden Globe win to talk fellow winner Nicole Kidman into starring as Ava Gardner in his upcoming film on the life of Howard Hughes, to be called "The Aviator." Leonardo DiCaprio will play the reclusive...

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The next night, there will be a cocktail reception at the Brazilian Court with chef Daniel Boulud in honor of all the dealers and the launch of a new magazine, Palm Beach Cottages and Gardens. Boulud will be in town to kick off his Café Boulud, which opens at the Brazilian Court in March. And if that’s not enough, the night after that, Lars Bolander and his wife, Nadina Kalachnikoff, will host their own soiree for David Linley at their place on Worth Avenue. Lars is a designer and an antiques dealer who also has a gallery in East Hampton and plans to open another one in the Meatpacking District in the spring. Doesn’t anyone pack meat there anymore?

Whitney Tower Jr. of the Vanderbilt and Whitney families is just engaged to pretty blond interior designer Dana Dodds of Pittsburgh, whose late father, Robert J. Dodds, was a noted attorney and one of the original owners of the city’s hockey team, the Penguins. The two have known each other for more than a year and are now living together quietly in Palm Beach. Dana laughed when he told this story over dinner at Tsunami last weekend.

"When I asked my 15-year-old son, Whitney Tower 3rd, for permission to remarry, he said, ‘Go for it, dude!’" And that’s exactly what he plans to do later this year. (Won’t you be glad when the word "dude" descends into oblivion and takes "cool" and "you guys" along with it?)

Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill, the daughter of the Duke of Marlborough, whose stately family home is Blenham Palace, has designed a bedroom setting for the AOL/Time Warner Tower at 1 Columbus Circle opening this fall. She will unveil her beauty at Bergdorf’s tonight along with such fellow designers as Mica Ertegun, Vicente Wolf, Alexa Hampton, Robert Couturier and Tony Ingrao. Jazz at Lincoln Center, which will make its home on the ground floor of this building, will provide all that jazz for the party, the better to jazz in and out of.

The fate of Gianni Versace’s dream house in Miami Beach called Casa Casuarina has been a constant conundrum since Versace’s murder in 1997. Donatella Versace said she couldn’t bear keeping the Mediterranean-style palazzo and not only sold it for $19 million in 2000, but stripped it of all its art antiques and furnishings, which were auctioned off for many millions more. The current owner, Peter Loftin, is in the midst of serious financial reverses and has floated many ideas for the property, including turning it into a hotel and spa. Although he received permission from the city to do exactly that, he remarked at a party he gave at the mansion over the weekend that he now hopes to turn it into a museum for 20th century costume. Meanwhile, others whispered behind his back that it is for sale at $26 million.
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