Two seats down, Dreamgirls' Anika Noni Rose chatted about her recent two-month stay in Botswana to film Anthony Minghella's TV adaption of "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency." "Most shoots are full of ego on the set. This one wasn't. It was OK to laugh and trip and fall a bit. Anthony really has a wonderful way about him," she said.
ISN'T THAT WHAT THE WEB IS FOR?: Tom Ford's new ad campaign for his Tom Ford for Men fragrance already has people hot and bothered. While the images for fashion magazines are toned down — showing a woman with the bottle between her breasts — the campaign, shot by Terry Richardson, has a B-roll brimming with even more explicit imagery. For all those voyeurs, those images go live on Tom Ford's Web site today as part of the build-up to the juice's official launch at Saks Fifth Avenue on Sept. 24. Users will be given a password to peruse the graphic photos, which are housed on a protective page on tomford.com. On the 24th, visitors will be able to e-mail the photos to friends as well as download them as desktop wallpaper. "I was just behaving," Ford said last week, referring to his short sabbatical from his signature steamy slant. "I was ready for a little sexy again. Sexy never goes out of style."
TAKE TWO: LeAnn Rimes and Michele Trachtenberg willingly braved the flashbulbs to sit side-by-side at Monique Lhuillier's show Tuesday. "It's definitely something you have to deal with," Trachtenberg said. "I truly love and have a passion for fashion, but I only go to my friends' shows — Monique and Marc Jacobs."