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August 29 2014

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Georgina Chapman Gets Behind the Camera

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Georgina ChapmanMarchesa’s Georgina Chapman is the latest designer to get behind a movie camera—in her case, with a bit of mentoring from Hollywood veteran Ron Howard. She premiered the resulting sixteen-minute film, A Dream of Flying, last night at the Crosby Street Hotel.

Chapman’s directorial debut is part of Project Imagination, a new initiative from Canon (with help from Howard) that aims to make filmmakers out of everyone. For the moment, the camera company has outsourced the task to five celebrities—Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and Twitter’s Biz Stone in addition to Chapman—in order to get the ball rolling. The whole batch will have a glitzy premiere next week, with the films going live on the Internet next Friday.

Chapman’s little advance-sneak drew the likes of Rachel Roy and Chapman’s husband, Harvey Weinstein, who offered her tips of his own throughout the process. Her film is a fantastical parable about a little girl (played at one point by Dree Hemingway) who spends an entire lifetime resisting a suitor desperate to have her take to the skies with him.

She used her favorite costume designers as reference points, Chapman said—among them Martin Scorsese go-to Sandy Powell and Milena Canonera, whose credits range all the way from A Clockwork Orange (1971) to Wes Anderson’s upcoming film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Of course, for this job, the designer couldn’t focus on the clothes alone. “There are so many components you have to think about,” Chapman remarked. “Not only are you doing the visual, but you also have to do the emotional, and have a business mind, and put together all the other parts.” Might she take on the role again—for an upcoming Marchesa campaign, say? “I had a really amazing time with this,” Chapman said. “You know, we’ll see.”

Photo: Jemal Countess / Getty Images

Susan Sarandon On Little Girls Vs. Grown Men

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She’s New York’s most visible Ping-Pong propagandist, but it’s Oscar week, so Susan Sarandon is spreading the word in L.A. The SPiN NYC investor was holding court at the Mondrian, where the club—which, by the way, is looking to open an L.A. branch—was hosting a party with Herbalife. “Ping-Pong has a very, very wide demographic. And it’s the only sport where little girls can beat grown men,” the actress offered. As for helping focus frazzled brains, she said, “It’s even supposedly better than crossword puzzles.”

Trendy, supposedly therapeutic—it goes without saying that the game’s got a celebrity following. Josh Brolin lurked near the tables on the Mondrian’s pool patio, while an Entourage crew scouted the setup space for a future episode. Later on, Jamie Foxx came by to show off some of the skills that have made him the rumored king of Ping-Pong’s big-name enthusiasts—a crowd that also includes George Clooney, Sean Penn, and Ed Norton.

The game has a foothold here—less clear is whether Tinseltown is ready for the harsh realities of competitive Ping-Pong. As Sarandon pointed out, “It’s not like basketball or football, where you know immediately that you suck. You really can delusionally think that you’re pretty good—and then suddenly, you get killed.”

Photo: Amanda Schwab / Startraks Photo

The Love-ly Homeowner: Courtney Snags Village Pad for Daughter

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Turns out Marc Jacobs isn’t the only one who’s been house-hunting in the West Village. At the after-party for last night’s Paramount Pictures and Cinema Society-sponsored screening of The Lovely Bones, Courtney Love told us a new place is on her Christmas list, too—not for herself, but for her daughter. “I’m getting my child a mortgage,” she said. “She split time between New York and L.A. growing up, but she’s a New Yorker. It’s a house in the West Village, which is all she wants in life.” Good to know young Frances Bean can knock on Marc and Lorenzo’s door for the proverbial cup of sugar, but as for Love herself, she’s hitting the road: “I gotta go on tour,” she said. Well, she’ll have a place to crash in New York, at least.

Meanwhile, Susan Sarandon—who plays a whiskey-swigging, chain-smoking grandmother in the film—made a recent real-estate deal herself: The actress is one of the backers of the recently opened SPiN Ping-Pong club, though she’s the first to admit she’s not yet a pro. “I’m not good. I’m more of a propagandist than a player,” the actress admitted. Others have apparently been less modest. “I’d like to see George Clooney play Jamie Foxx, because they both think they’re really good. Ed Norton has also said he’s really good,” Sarandon said with a sly smile. Now there’s a tourney we’d line up to see.

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