Colin Farrell certainly has some loyal friends. When paparazzi began swarming around the star on the Miami-area set of Miami Vice, Angie Lee Cobbs, an assistant production coordinator for the movie, decided to do something about it. She teamed up with designer friend Cindy Epping and sent a warning to photogs with their “Leave Colin Alone” T-shirts, which have been worn by members of the cast (including Farrell costar Elizabeth Rodriguez) and crew.
Cobbs, who has worked as a personal assistant to Kate Hudson, says the paparazzi’s behavior got out of hand. “I understand taking photos at premieres and events, but when they follow him around like this it’s beyond normal,” she says. “They show up at our Miami locations and curse us out when we ask them not to shoot.” Cobbs even claims that the shooters descended on the Irish actor while he was working out at the gym.
And fans of the tees – which can be purchased on Cobbs’ Web site, www.leavecolinalone.com – aren’t just on the Miami Vice set. Since founding her site in mid-August, she has sold more than 75 shirts worldwide, to fans in Japan, Ireland, England and France. After expenses are paid, Cobbs intends to donate the profits to the Princess Diana Memorial Fund. “We feel protective toward him,” she says of her crusade for Farrell. “He’s such a sweetheart and a down-to-earth guy.”
Weekend for Two
Matt Damon and fiancée Luciana Barroso recently enjoyed a romantic weekend in the nation’s capital. Damon, who is in Washington, D.C., filming The Good Shepherd, a movie about the early years of the CIA directed by Robert De Niro, treated his sweetie to a stay at the Willard Inter-Continental. There, they strolled down the landmark hotel’s Peacock Alley and saw the lobby that, legend has it, inspired President Ulysses S. Grant to coin the term “lobbyist” for all the people who would approach him for favors there. No word on whether any fans “lobbied” the Oscar-winning actor while he was there.
Caught in the Act
• Drew Barrymore, hanging out with boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti at the Blue Water Grill in Chicago. Barrymore, who was in town for Wyclef Jean’s Hurricane Katrina benefit, smoked cigarettes and made out with Moretti while mostly hanging out in a private room with about 20 other guests, including Entourage star Jeremy Piven. The group ate sushi rolls, crab cakes and desserts, and Barrymore and her music man finally left the restaurant around 12:45 a.m.
• Paul McCartney, signing his children’s book High in the Clouds at a Barnes & Noble in Rockefeller Center. The former Beatle signed his books and memorabilia for 125 lucky fans, some of whom had waited overnight.
• Rachel Hunter, dancing enthusiastically with friends during a performance by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at the Maxim magazine music issue party at the New York City club Spirit.
• By LINDA TRISCHITTA, LINDA KRAMER, LESLEY R. MESSER, NATASHA STOYNOFF and CARYN MIDLER