MILANO-WOOD: After Clive Owen and Naomi Watts upped Milan's celebrity status last fall when they shot scenes for "The International" around town, the city and the Lake Como shoreline are back in the limelight, this time for director Richard Eyre's adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's novel, "The Other Man." Antonio Banderas, Liam Neeson and Laura Linney just landed in Milan, where the cameras will whir in such distinctive landmarks as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and the artsy Brera area. Prior to Milan, they filmed in and around Villa D'Este, the storied hotel on Lake Como. The plot centers around Peter (Neeson), who is convinced his wife (Linney) cheated on him and seeks out her lover (Banderas). But since all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, the cast soaked in Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper" on Sunday and on Tuesday got a kick out of a very Italian experience — watching a soccer match. The threesome headed to Milan's San Siro stadium to cheer the city's AC Milan team playing against Arsenal in the Champions League.
COLD FRONT: Industrial designer Marc Newson took in a few fashion shows in Paris amidst numerous projects. Newson revealed that he'll be presenting the fruits of a collaboration with appliance giant Smeg in Milan next month, and that he also recently hooked up with Swarovski for a commercial project due for the end of the year. "Let's just say it's an optical project," he said.
ALE'S WELL: Mark Morris helped make his friend and collaborator, Isaac Mizrahi, a beer-drinking man — but it was all in the name of work, of course. The pair's latest effort can be seen in New York City Opera's production of Henry Purcell's "King Arthur," when it bows tonight. As co-chairs, they surely will raise a mug for honoree and City Opera board member Edmée de M. Firth at the spring gala. "I never liked beer before I started working on 'King Arthur,'" said Mizrahi. "Just being in London [where the opera made its debut] and [the fact that] Mark is a big beer lover made me start drinking it — only to discover that it is practically the most fattening thing you could have. What's funny now is I love beer and I drink light beer."