Before he was creepy Count Olaf in the hit family flick Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Jim Carrey was another cartoonish holiday villain: The Grinch. So, in real life, does the rubber-faced funnyman resemble one of his onscreen scoundrels? “The Grinch just wants to be left alone. Count Olaf wants to be seen by everyone and revered by everyone and thought of as a genius by everyone. So he’s closer to the real me,” Carrey said at a recent event in London. As for his unabashedly over-the-top performance in Snicket, any real-life inspirations? “Bruce Willis,” Carrey deadpanned, adding quickly: “I’m kidding, Bruce, don’t hunt me down.” Next up for Carrey: a remake of Fun with Dick and Jane, which he said is more relevant today than when it was first released in 1977. “It’s set in the year 2000, just before Enron, before George (Bush) got in,” he said. “It’s about people who are losing their middle-class lifestyle and decide to rob 7-Elevens.”
Feisty former supermodel Janice Dickinson almost didn’t make it to the recent season-end viewing party of America’s Next Top Model at Hollywood hotspot Ivar. On the way there, Dickinson asked the limo driver to make an extra stop to pick up her daughter, but he said he was told to make only one stop and then go directly to the party. Well, apparently Ms. Dickinson doesn’t reserve her toughness for the Tyra Banks-hosted reality show: Within minutes she got into a yelling match with the driver, who then called his boss to confirm the one-stop rule. Though Dickinson also tried to play hardball with the boss, it didn’t seem to work, as the driver eventually pulled over and ejected Dickinson and her guests. Luckily, a second car full of friends was right behind the limo, so they didn’t have to call a taxi to get to the event.
Tis the Season
What are stars buying for the holidays? Looks like if you’re on a celeb’s list, you’re likely to get some cozy pj’s this year. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw ordered matching Nick & Nora Sock Monkey pajamas from Sleepyheads.com for their whole family, says a source. Also on the Nick & Nora bandwagon is Melissa Gilbert, who picked up the jammies in three different patterns at $68 each. Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera went glam, ordering $358 white, fur-adorned Breakfast at Tiffany’s loungewear (though we suspect they’re for herself).
Caught in the Act
• Jessica Simpson, lunching with her mom at Cafe Med in West Hollywood. Later that night, Simpson and husband Nick Lachey joined a group of friends at the Sunset Marquis Hotel’s Whiskey Bar.
• Jennifer Love Hewitt and American Pie star Alyson Hannigan, having lunch at L.A. eatery the Newsroom Cafe, across from celeb favorite the Ivy.
• Chris Kattan, Amy Smart, Ethan Embry, Jaron Lowenstein and Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue), shopping at a holiday party at the newly remodeled Lacoste boutique on Rodeo Drive.
• By ELLEN TUMPOSKY, CHRIS GARDNER, KC BAKER, KIM LANSING and MARISA LAUDADIO