October 27, 2008 New York Post
Cindy Adams ~ Ticking of the Clock
Latest Wrinkle In Beauty Products
The passion for youth has created a big-time dermatology business of Restylane, Botox, collagen, Juvederm, peels, lasering, sucking out fat and sticking in fat. The plastic surgery craze has people lift the chin, drop the eyebrow, raise the nose, lower the ears, narrow the lid, fatten the lip. And all kinds of glop on the market supposedly eases laugh lines – those lines that are laughing even when you’re not.
Mariska Hargitay, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mary-Louise Parker, Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Garner, Emmy Rossum are into something called KaplanMD product. And Brad Pitt, who has himself created a fragrant biodegradable body wash, is now into another thing that does away with wrinkles.
I’m in the Denver airport. A nice-looking pleasant lady, Toni Barge, strikes up a conversation. Says she’s moving away from her longtime profession as a nurse. Getting into the beauty business because, she said, she has become “an anti-aging specialist.” She told me, “You can now erase the past with a new face machine I’m representing, which does away with wrinkles. Hollywood types like Brad Pitt are into it.
“Called Galvanic Spa, it’s demonstrated such positive results that NBC Channel 5 in Palm beach spotlighted it recently. It’s a home hand-held wrinkle device that irons your face. Look, do what you want. Try it, don’t try it. I don’t care. I’m only reporting.
For Rome’s International Film Festival, in comes Al Pacino to the Hassler Hotel 3:30 a.m. His baggage included his Italo-Argentinean ladyfriend. And where did both spend their one day? In the Rossano Ferretti spa getting their hairs cut and styled…Patricia Kennedy raised $100,000 for her new Step Up 4 Vets, which helps the transition back to civilian life. Meanwhile, Pat’s new jewelry collection is about to be exhibited in Moscow…Joan Jett, not really a biker, nailed the cover of Outlaw Biker magazine…With “Speed-the-Plow” getting critics’ raves, interesting to note it was to be Kevin Spacey for Raul Esparza’s role and Jeff Goldblum for Jeremy Piven’s. But Kevin wanted a specific director, and producers had already committed, fortunately, to Neil Pepe…Bloomy’s staff was against the third term, worrying it’ll generate negative p.r. But he got no presidential bid, nor promise of a Cabinet job, and he isn’t ready to ride off into the sunset, so…
Remember, Sunday it’s bye-bye Daylight Savings Time, hello Eastern Standard Time. It’s really lousy when you have 5 o’clock shadow. Every fall a guy has to set his face back one hour.
Meg Ryan’s latest movie is “The Women.” Mark Ruffalo’s, “Blindness.” In 2003 both did “In The Cut” and, he says, whilst they were in cinematic delicto, he had jitters doing those love scenes. Director Jane Campion kept yelling, “Bee more confident. You’re not in school here, boy.” And Mark remembers he kept recalling how her romantic past increased his pressure. He says, “I kept thinking, ‘She’s been with Russell Crowe. How can I compare to Russell Crowe?’”
Want to dress up for Halloween in Cher’s stretchy tank top with silver studs? Garbo’s purple skull cap? A pair of Marilyn’s authenticated garters? Rosie’s white men’s jockey shorts autographed on the butt? Try the celeb memorabilia joint Norma’s Jeans…Meryl Streep’s son one member of the clan not following in mom’s footsteps. Sticking to his rock ‘n’ roll music group…So do our financial crisis affect big-time big-money places? The day it hit, Sotheby’s had its huge Damien Hirst auction that broke records. And its best jewelry sale? Off all time? Ever? When the 1987 market tumbled…Watchdogs report McCain always says, “My fellow Americans.” Obama: “My fellow Democrats.”
Robert Blake just turned 75. This being Halloween week, I’m reporting a spooky trend surrounding his case, which those who worked on it are now remembering. It involves the letter “B.” The list begins with Blake himself. He played Baretta on TV. His wife was Bonnie Lee Bakley. His attorneys, Barry Levin and Harland Braun. The “B” connection continued with actor Gary Busey and Christian Brando, who were both possibly victims of Bonnie Lee Bakley’s schemes. Finally, the LA chief of police investigating the case? Bernard Parks.
England’s Miss Ann Widdecombe was presented a bill by techies repairing her computer. The check was to be made out to “Effing Technology.” Prim Miss Widdecombe phoned her bank to inform them the transaction was legit.
Only in Devon, kids, only in Devon.
The CVS Pharmacy at 272 Eighth Avenue hung the sign: “Beer selling permitted 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week, Except on Sundays between 3 and 8 a.m.”
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.