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Obama rubs fundraising elbows with Weinstein, Paltrow and Wintour

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President Obama tried his hand at being schmoozer-in-chief in New York on Thursday, attending a fundraiser in his honor at the home of studio exec Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein and wife, Georgina Chapman, welcomed celebs including Gwyneth Paltrow and hubby Chris Martin, Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Fallon, Pharrell Williams and cosmetics heiress Aerin Lauder.

The fete cost $35,800 per guest, with 50 guests reportedly seated at a total of 10 tables. The West Village townhouse was heavy on glamour, with some humor sprinkled between courses. "This is a pretty good-looking crowd," Obama said, knowing exactly which string to pull in a room full of entertainers.

Weinstein intimated that he'd been begging his wife for three years to hold a housewarming party. She finally did (For the record: One Ministry housewarming had bottles of La Crema, a premade crudite platter and, alas, no Gwyneth).

Obama touched on the stock market, debt crisis and healthcare in his speech to the exclusive crowd. He also mentioned that Weinstein was nice enough to loan him a rough cut of "The King's Speech" on his Martha's Vineyard vacation last year.

This year, Weinstein will send along "The Iron Lady," featuring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, according to Time.

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Photos, from left: President Obama, Georgina Chapman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anna Wintour and Harvey Weinstein. Credits, from left: Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press; Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images; Andrew Gombert / EPA;  Ian Gavan / Getty Images; Fred Prouser / Reuters.


Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin have a foodie date in Santa Monica

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

Cooking enthusiast Gwyneth Paltrow may know the way to a man's heart, and it seems Chris Martin is no stranger on how to please his wife right back: The Coldplay frontman found himself a seafood spot this week so appealing he took his wife back the next night for a meal together.

After dining Monday at the Hungry Cat in Santa Monica Canyon, Martin apparently couldn't resist returning to the place Tuesday with Paltrow in tow, a tipster told the Ministry.

The one-sheet menu at the low-key beach joint -- which also has locations in Hollywood and Santa Barbara -- is simple but highly curated, offering goodies such as cherrystone clams, King crab, Maine lobster and Pacific blue prawns. Bottles of wine and Champagne fetch up to $300 a pop.

The Santa Monica location, which opened in April, comes standard with an impossibly long reservation wait list. However, something tells us that these repeat customers had no problem getting in.

The Sunday before, Paltrow attended Baby Buggy's annual summer fundraising dinner in the Hamptons. Martin shuttled to Los Angeles with his better half for a performance at the Samsung AT&T Summer Krush concert, partially broadcast on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

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Left photo: Gwyneth Paltrow. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Right photo: Chris Martin. Credit: John Shearer / Getty Images


Gwyneth Paltrow makes beautiful music -- thanks to Beyonce

Gwyneth Paltrow is the cover girl for Elle's September issueFor mere mortals, advice on making it in the music business is hard to come by. For Gwyneth Paltrow -- she just calls Beyonce.

"This story always makes me cry," Paltrow said, recalling her performance of "Forget You" with Cee-Lo Green at the Grammy Awards.

"It's 10 in the morning and Beyonce schleps it all the way down to the Staples Center to watch," she told Elle. "I mean, she's Beyonce!"

Beyonce didn't just show up and wave, Paltrow said -- she gave feedback: "Beyonce's like, 'OK. The singing is great. But you're not having any fun.' She's like, 'Remember when we're at Jay's concert and Panjabi MC comes on and you do your crazy Indian dance? Do that. Be you!’”

During the Gwnyeth-can-actually-sing-tornado of last year, which saw the aforementioned Grammy performance as well as gigs on the CMA and Oscar telecasts, the record industry was clamoring for a Paltrow solo disc.

"Beyonce and Jay -- they think that I should just go do it by myself. That I should go … in a studio and see what happens. And if it’s good, do it. And if it’s not, don’t. So that’s probably what I’ll do.”

Uh, yeah, we'd do whatever they told us.

Paltrow also addressed the very private mechanics of her marriage to Coldplay singer Chris Martin. According to GP, the privacy is for good reason. 

"He makes music for his fans, and he doesn't want people to conjure a lame famous couple when they’re getting into his music. I get it," she said.

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Photo: Gwyneth Paltrow, in Louis Vuitton, plays cover girl to promote her flick "Contagion." Credit: Elle


Kanye West, Jay-Z party for 'Throne'; Paltrow hits the Hamptons

Kanye West and Jay-Z attend a "Watch The Throne" listening event.

Feud between Jay-Z and Kanye West? What feud? The Ministry has all the latest star sightings, including a very harmonious promo appearance by Jay and Mr. West to promote their joint album "Watch the Throne."

Despite rumors of creative differences in planning their hotly anticipated tour for the album, Jay-Z and Kanye turned up Monday at New York City's Hayden Planetarium, nestled within the American Museum of Natural History.

The two men beamed at one another as they played tracks for a few lucky fans, including Jay-Z's wife Beyonce, her Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland, rapper Nas and Beyonce's "Obsessed" costar Idris Elba.

The tension-free event doesn't mean the "Throne" tour will come without complication, however. Ticket demand and added dates have pushed a slated Sept. 22 start in Detroit to Oct. 29 in Atlanta, according to promoter Live Nation.

Gwyneth Paltrow goes buggy

Gwyneth Paltrow enchanted the Hamptons with mother Blythe Danner the day of the "Throne" preview, as the annual Baby Buggy Summer Celebration took place Sunday in the celeb beach haven.

Championed by Jessica Seinfeld, wife of funnyman Jerry, Baby Buggy supplies families in need with essentials to care for young children. Paltrow and Danner, Rachel Zoe, Gayle King, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos all came through, raising almost $300,000 for the cause.

Over on the Left Coast

Los Angeles has seen all kinds of summer sightings from off-duty celebs. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his on-the-mend son Christopher enjoyed some quality time recently in Santa Monica. The actor-turned-politician and his boy, hobbling a bit but in good spirits, were spotted together at the Fairmont Hotel.

Over in Malibu, close Kardashian family pal Brittany Gastineau hosted a day of girly glamour on a beachfront property for her mom Lisa and entertainment anchor Maria Menounous. "Entourage" star Jerry Ferrara stopped through with girlfriend Alexandra Blodgett while the ladies sipped VnC speciality cocktails and received Keratin complex dry shampoo treatments.

Also spotted out: Charlize Theron enjoying a business lunch at West Hollywood Italian joint Ago. Later on at dinnertime a newly single Kiefer Sutherland stopped through with two male pals ... Trace Cyrus relaxing at Hemingway's in Hollywood, telling friends he's kicking his smoking habit with a South Beach Smoke e-cigarette.

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Photo: Kayne West and Jay-Z attend the exclusive listening event for "Watch The Throne" at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Monday. Credit: Kevin Mazur / WireImage


Might Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow reconcile at Venice Film Festival?

Venice Film Fest serves up a window for Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow to restore their love

Might the Venice Film Festival provide the perfect opportunity for Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna to make amends over their probably-but-maybe-not-but-still-fight? Call us optimists, but we at the Ministry see that window.

The official lineup of films premiering and competing in this year's festival reveals two key events: Madge's directorial debut, the love story "W.E.," will have its first major screening in Venice, as will Paltrow's massive ensemble disease flick, "Contagion."

Though the two could maneuver around each other in all the festival madness, an A-list collision just seems easier. Be it at a Vanity Fair bash, at a private dinner thrown by Valentino or simply over plain old vino on two barstools — can't ya'll just work it out?

The rift was rumored to have begun in summer 2010, when whispers about jealousy supplanted their history girls nights in London and family vacations in the Hamptons. We'd like more of the latter, please.

The Venice Film Festival kicks off Aug. 31. Catch more about it at 24 Frames.

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Photo: Left, Madonna attends the 2011 Met Gala in New York CIty. Right, Gwyneth Paltrow makes a sunny stop in England on tour with her cookbook, "My Father's Daughter." Credit: EPA / Reuters.

 


Gwyneth Paltrow surprises fans with 'Glee Live' appearance [Video]

Gwyneth Paltrow memorably sang Cee Lo's "Forget You" for her first guest appearance on "Glee" -- and on Thursday night decided to remind one New Jersey audience that she can in fact bring it.

Paltrow made a surprise visit to a stop of the "Glee Live! In Concert" arena tour, where she donned her grey mini skirt and belted the track out alongside Lea Michele, Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith and Mark Salling.

East Rutherford went nuts over the Paltrow sighting, which she tweeted about ahead of time, saying, "On my way to Glee live! Rock. On."

Another fascinating Paltrowism? It appears she's had her first run-in with the notorious TSA scanners, and made an observation about the pose most pedestrians assume when passing through.

"Going through the airport, saw a very elderly lady getting scanned by that new xray thing...the TSA has everybody throwing up the ROC, its too good," she wrote. The ROC would be throwing your diamond in the sky in praise of Jay-Z (longtime Paltrow pal) and his empire.

Meanwhile, the "Glee" kids keep rolling across the nation. On Wednesday evening following their New York show they hosted AT&T Samsung's Spring Fling event, greeting fans for prom-style photos. Monteith rolled through the Gansevoort Hotel with Naya Rivera, and surprised costar Kevin McHale with a cake for his birthday.

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Heidi Klum does not read lifestyle blogger Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop

Heidi Klum No hard feelings, Gwyneth Paltrow, but Heidi Klum isn't getting cheese board recommendations and Tracy Anderson workout tips from Goop.

Klum, supermodel-cum-mogul, is launching her own lifestyle blog, Heidi Klum on AOL -- and she wants to stay as original as possible.

"I usually don't go on other people's sites," Klum told the Ministry recently when asked whether she reads Goop, "just like I don't watch other people's TV shows. You know, with 'Project Runway' there were a few other shows that were compared to us, but ... I don't do it because I would never want to [read] and get ideas."

Indeed, Klum wants her product to be unique. It follows a Paltrow-esque format in that she breaks down the components of her own life -- fashion and beauty, fitness, design, crafts and kids -- and assigns each an expert who has helped her build her own identity.

"For years people have come up to me and asked what I'm wearing, what are my favorite toys for the kids ... and my experts are all respected in the industry," she said. "They're also my friends."

Klum, now versed in a variety of digital platforms, was dragged into the modern age by her husband, Seal.

"My husband is a tech wizard. He bought me my first computer! We would chat together back when you had a webcam that was the little ball on top," she recalled. 

So will Seal be popping up on her site with some gadget tips?

"I'm sure," Klum said, "my husband's always game." 

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Photo: Heidi Klum in Cologne at a taping of "Germany's Next Top Model" Tuesday. Credit: Henning Kaiser / European Pressphoto Agency



Gwyneth Paltrow struts her way into the Twitterverse


 
Gwynethpaltrow Welcome to Twitter, Gwyneth Paltrow.

The actress and lifestyle blogger has finally decided to commit to various social media endeavors, and her first tweet comes complete with a video. 

"Hi, I'm trying to join the 21st century," she says in the clip (above) strutting down a city block in a white constructed jacket and ponytail.

"So it's me, I'm on Facebook and Twitter, but not right now. I'm walking down the street looking for a cab. See ya!"

While her verified page only boasts the single tweet, notice her avatar photo -- Paltrow in her element on a Hampton's style patio, before a massive outdoor kitchen with a little blond guy we can only hope is son Moses.

While you're at it, follow the Ministry, we're @LATCelebs.

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Royal wedding: Official program, new picture of Kate and William released

A new official picture of Prince William and Kate Middleton, photo by Mario Testino.

This post has been corrected. see the note below for details.

Prince William and Kate Middleton's official wedding program was released Thursday on the royal wedding's official website.

Official Royal Wedding Program Available for download as a souvenir for enthusiasts worldwide as a PDF or iBook, the guide offers a complete run-of-show, announcing the processional order for William; his father, Charles, Prince of Wales; her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; the bridal party; and Catherine, on the arm of father Michael Middleton.

"We are both so delighted that you are able to join us in celebrating what we hope will be one of the happiest days of our lives," the pair writes at the top of the 13-page missive from St. James's Palace.

"The affection shown to us by so many people during our engagement has been incredibly moving, and has touched us both deeply. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone most sincerely for their kindness," they conclude, signing off informally with their first names.

The program is accompanied by a new shot of the couple by Mario Testino, longtime friend of William's late mother, Princesss Diana, the same man who photographed Kate and the prince's engagement protraits. And yes, he's on the guest list.

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[For the record, 2:30 p.m. April 28: This post originally referred to Queen Elizabeth II as "her royal highness." The proper term to refer to the queen is "her majesty." Thanks to commenter @Richard Grand for the catch.]

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Top photo: Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Credit: Mario Testino / St. James's Palace.

Left photo: Cover of the official program.


'Glee' extra Nicole Crowther fired for revealing prom king and queen on Twitter

'Glee' producer Brad Falchuk gets angry at extra for tweeting prom spoiler

"Glee" extra Nicole Crowther was fired from the hit show for tweeting spoilers about the upcoming prom episode, specifically, who would be prom queen and king.

The somewhat cryptic message was understandable to fans of the show, and "Glee" co-creator Brad Falchuk was less than pleased about the leak. So he went off on the actress, which ultimately resulted in Crowther deactivating her Twitter account and getting the boot from the Fox show.

Those Gleeks don't mess around.

SPOILER ALERT: Do NOT click on the upcoming link if you prefer to be in the dark. Read the tweet here.

A series of angry messages from Gleeks bombarded the micro-blogging site after Crowther sent out the spoilerific tweet, which prompted Falchuk to speak out.

"Who are you to spoil something talented people have spent months to create? Hope you're qualified to do something besides work in entertainment," he tweeted to the regular extra.

Ouch. And so Crowther was fired from the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Fox show.

"They are not doing reshoots because of my careless mistake so shut up haters and leave me alone. Grow up and get a life," was her final tweet before deactivating her account.

However, a source close to the show said standard Screen Actors Guild day-player union contracts used by the show do not contain non-disclosure agreements, which lay out punishments when plot secrets are blabbed, so the legal ramifications are less serious.

But still, she better watch her back or else she might be thrown up against a locker or get a slushie to the face. Just saying.

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Photo: "Glee" creators Brad Falchuk, left, and Ian Brennan, right. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images


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