Category: Nightlife

Justin Timberlake and Olivia Wilde share 'cozy' night out

Justin Timberlake
and Olivia Wilde are enjoying their new status as singles -- together.

The sexy pair rolled out to the Roxbury on Saturday, seated together in the VIP section of the Hollywood venue. Both rocking casual jeans and T-shirts the twosome "snuggled" at one point, an eyewitness tells the Ministry.

Sipping vodka, Timberlake led Wilde from the VIP to an outdoor patio around 1 a.m. so the actor/singer could better hear a hip-hop set from the DJ. They left together around 3 a.m.

While our partygoer witness insisted the pair were on a date, a source told People magazine the stars are just friends, and have been since meeting on the set of 2006's "Alpha Dog."

Wilde dropped a bombshell in March by filing for divorce from Italian royal Tao Ruspoli -- the husband no one quite knew she had. Timberlake announced his own split from longtime girlfriend Jessica Biel in mid-March. 


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photos: Justin Timberlake at the Screen Actors Guild Awards; Olivia Wilde at Emmy Awards. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times; Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles Times 

Chris Hemsworth leads a celebrity storm at Tao Sundance

Chris Hemsworth The Ministry appreciates Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford, with his quiet grace and undying love for filmmaking -- but honestly, who doesn't occasionally need a little Patron on the rocks and some quality star gazing?

That's why we love the annual Tao nightclub pop-up that comes to the festival in Park City, Utah, this year in residence at the Samsung Galaxy Tab Lift.

On Friday's opening night, an army of hot young things turned up to party -- including "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth with his new bride, Elsa Pataky, and actor-brother, Liam Hemsworth.

Hotelier Andre Balazs circulated with the likes of James Franco, bachelor Dominick Cooper, Claire Danes' man Hugh Dancy and Rachel Leigh Cook.

Representing the winter sports was Olympian Shawn White, taking in Robin Antin and the girls of the Pussycat Dolls getting down in the packed space.

Also spotted: actor Kyle Howard sans girlfriend Lauren Conrad, Tinsley Mortimer and Brandon Davis (what, pray tell, are those two doing in town?), and former Brody Jenner flame Jayde Nicole.

Enough snow-covered celebs for you? Tell us in the comments section below.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo:  Chris Hemsworth at Comic-Con 2010. Credit: Jerod Harris / Getty Images

Sightings: Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris Brown party coast to coast

Chris-brown-sightings Hump day was a busy one for celebrities in West Hollywood and New York, coaxing out the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris Brown, respectively.

In West Hollywood, nightspot Trousdale toasted partner Darren Dzienciol's birthday Wednesday with a room full of bold names. DiCaprio was surrounded by usual suspects Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Piven, while Olivia Munn held court nearby Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino.

David Arquette showed, sans wife Courteney Cox-Arquette, and was clearly in good spirits -- an onlooker tells us that on his way out the actor broke into an impromptu rap with a street performer.

In New York, celbs ceelbrated the 10th anniversary of BET's video countdown show "106 & Park" at NYC nightlife staple Marquee. Brown "stole the show," according to partygoers, dancing into the night alongside Bow Wow, Trey Songz and Ja Rule.

Brown even hopped on the mike, thanking fans for "sticking by him" and doing a cover of Kanye West's new single "Runaway Love." 

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Chris Brown rocks the mike in 2009. Credit: EPA

Get all the latest Star Sightings from the Ministry of Gossip.

Porn star Sasha Grey is one New York nightclub's Sept. 11 party host

Sasha-grey Just in time for Sunday's "Entourage" season finale, porn star Sasha Grey will be the celebrity host at a Sept. 11 club event in New York City.

Grey, the California girl born Marina Ann Hantzis, has been knocking on mainstream entertainment's door since her turn in Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience," and her story arc as the girlfriend to Adrian Grenier's Vincent Chase on "Entourage" has introduced her to the nation's HBO-subscribing living rooms.

As to whether New York can handle the award-winning Sasha hosting Webster Hall's weekly Circus on the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks (it's not a benefit) -- well, what's more American ...

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Star sightings: Leo DiCaprio's usual boys club, Victoria's Secret sexy time

Candice, Sam Trammell, & Rosie As the thermometer pushes to summer temperatures, Los Angeles nights are getting equally hot. The Ministry has the latest sightings from the nightlife dens to the lingerie parties.

We begin with Leonardo DiCaprio. Although he's been out and about again with model gal Bar Refaeli, Wednesday night was all about his boys. The "Inception" actor rolled out to Hollywood's Las Palmas with longtime friend Lukas Haas and actor Emile Hirsch.

DiCaprio donned his requisite baseball cap while his friends danced. Just outside, at Las Palmas' newly opened Taco Stand, band members from Maroon 5 snacked and shot the breeze.

Over at the Hollywood Roosevelt, Nylon magazine hosted a bash with YouTube celebrating its May issue. Cover girl Vanessa Hudgens showed with boyfriend Zac Efron, "Twilight" lady Ashley Green popped in, and Brody Jenner and Kristin Cavallari taped a segment for "The Hills." 

Just down the street at the W Hollywood (What? This is a busy town) actress Malin Akerman celebrated her 32nd birthday at restaurant Delphine. Close pals including Emmanuelle Chriqui toasted with Chopin martinis and snacked on oysters.

On Tuesday evening, above Delphine at Drai's Hollywood, the beauties of Victoria's Secret revealed their fifth annual "What's Sexy? List: Bombshell Edition," with hosts Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Candice Swanepoel and Chanel Iman. (Say that 10 times fast.)

Celeb admirers of the lingerie beauties included Jamie Foxx, Shaun White, Bryan Greenberg, Ryan Phillippe, Camila Alves and "True Blood" star Sam Trammell.  

In the same hood Monday evening, School Night at Bardot went up with performances from Angela McCluskey and Papercranes. Joaquin Phoenix came out to support his sister Rain (lead singer of Papercranes) with pal Casey Affleck in tow.

Daryl Hannah popped onstage to offer backup vocals with McCluskey.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Sam Trammell, we think, just learned Victoria's Secret. Credit: Victoria's Secret

Peep the latest sightings from the Ministry of Gossip. We also tweet live from events around town, which you can cop in story form on Facebook.

Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel cozy up for Timbaland's birthday

Justin timberlake jessica biel The only thing on the rocks between Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel on Wednesday night was a bottle of bubbly -- the reportedly strained couple looked perfectly happy celebrating rapper-producer Timbaland's birthday in Los Angeles.

In the private lounge of nightspot Drai's Hollywood, Timberlake's Tequila 901 and Black Star Beer hosted the bash, which also toasted the birthday of Timbaland's wife, Monique Idlett.

Timberlake and Biel sat close in the lounge, touching and laughing until guests including Ciara, Paris Hilton and Jaime Foxx started to arrive. The pair worked their way around the room, eventually coming together for more close conversation.

The couple slipped out together after about two hours, but not before Timberlake made friends with the lounge's DJ and selected a few tracks for partygoers.

R&B siblings Brandy Norwood and Ray J made an appearance after Timbaland moved the party upstairs to the main club, which overlooks Hollywood Boulevard.

Sometime after midnight, Lindsay Lohan entered the space with seven or so guests in tow, holding court at a table across from Ciara's.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Justin Timberlake and Jessica  Biel at New York Fashion Week in February. Credit: Getty Images

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'Glee' guys Matthew Morrison and Mark Salling rock out at Bardot

Mark salling2We all know they can harmonize, but it looks like a few "Glee" guys also love to rock.

I spotted stars Matthew Morrison and Mark Salling at nightspot Bardot Hollywood on Thursday, turning out for Jason Scoppa's weekly "Bardot Sessions" -- a live performance series that features contemporary vocalists covering classic tracks.

Morrison and Salling seemed like old pals, talking quietly at a table before the set and then hitting the bar together for cocktails. Salling, who plays Puck on the fan-favorite series, covered his signature faux hawk with a gray fedora.

Morrison is slated to release an album for Mercury Records this fall, and if he wanted a master course in arrangement, Bardot was the place to go. Scoppa's always-unique lineup included Macy Gray this week. The soul singer got the crowd on their feet with Arcade Fire's "Wake Up," with the Rhythm Roots Allstars rolling in a full percussion section. 

Sum 41 rocker and Avril Lavigne's ex Deryck Whibley also jammed with singer Todd Morse, covering "London Calling" by the Clash, while "Ghostbusters" actor Dan Aykroyd and venue owner John Lyons looked on.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Mark Salling wasn't hiding his faux hawk at the People's Choice Awards. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

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Star sightings: A 'Glee'-filled Sin City birthday; Chloe Sevigny looking to strike

Glee cast las vegas

While you're at home marking days off the calendar until the April return of "Glee," rest assured that the cast is managing to cope with the downtime.

Some of the musical gang hit Sin City to celebrate the birthday of Naya Rivera, who plays mean girl cheerleader Santana Lopez on Ryan Murphy's hit.

Fellow on-screen cheerleader Heather Morris, hot bad boy Mark Salling and crooners Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz joined her in Vegas for festivities at the Mirage Hotel and Casino's Jet nightclub.

Meanwhile in Hollywood, a leading Pussycat Doll made a Hollywood venue her own personal playground ...

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Park City parties with Sundance stars Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Katie Holmes and more

Ryan Gosling Michelle Williams While the Sundance Film Festival chugs along in snowy Park City, Utah, selling flicks and shilling swag, the Ministry has a comprehensive guide to what star-packed parties have been held.

Prepare for a schmooze-fest starring Ben Affleck, Renee Zellweger, Bradley Cooper, Katie Holmes, Kristen Stewart, pro-boarder Shaun White and even (shudder) Jon Gosselin!

With movies the obvious centerpiece, many a glass was toasted to A-list attendance at private parties throughout the village. At Bing's Supper Club at the House of Hype, star Justin Bartha celebrated his performance in "Holy Rollers" with Gerard Butler, Cooper, Harvey Weinstein and Adrien Brody.

While chef Philippe Chow cooked up goodies at Bing, the Village at the Yard and DirecTV threw a soiree for Affleck's effort in "Company Men."

Jennifer Garner's main squeeze chatted up co-star Tommy Lee Jones all night, while Ron Livingston and Rosemary Dewitt got cozy in a corner, sipping Stella Artois and talking with friends. Paris Hilton also dropped in.

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New Year's Eve 2009: Parties, pampering, diets and more!

Joel Madden and Nicole Richie

Hollywood is gearing up for a fantastic 2010, and the Ministry has been keeping tabs on all your favorite celebs: where they're partying, how they're grooming and pampering for the big night, and details on those all-important ways to ward off the holiday weight.

Check out what some familiar and fabulous faces -- including Nicole Richie, Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kristin Cavallari -- are all doing as they gear up for the big ball drop at midnight ...

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