The World Trade Center attacks have hit pretty close to home for Bruce Springsteen. The tragedy claimed the lives of more than 160 people from the Rumson, N.J., area where Springsteen lives. Some of the victims include the parents of his children’s classmates. I’m told that in response the singer has written a new song about Sept. 11 and will perform it during two sold-out benefit concerts at the Count Basie Theatre in nearby Red Bank Oct. 18 and 19. Another famous New Jersey rocker, Jon Bon Jovi, will also perform. Even with 200 of the 1,400 seats going to the victims’ families each night, the concerts have raised $700,000 for those affected in the Rum-son area.
Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis was seated in the first-class cabin of American Airlines Flight 1 scheduled to depart New York’s JFK Airport for Los Angeles at 9 a.m. on Sept. 11 when word started to spread of the unfolding tragedy. After American canceled the flight, Davis had to get the captain to pick up her golden retriever, Callie, from the cargo hold. “With the phone lines out, her friends and family frantically tried to reach her. Fortunately, she and costar Sarah Jessica Parker were able to “BlackBerry” one another with their portable e-mail devices to let everyone know she was all right, albeit stranded. Finally, at 3:30 that afternoon, a married couple who work for the airline recognized Davis and, wanting to help, volunteered to drive her and Callie to their home in Islip, N.Y., before chauf-feuring her to East Hampton. She got to L.A. four days later on a private jet owned by HBO, with Callie on her lap and Quincy Jones as her cabin mate.
Outdoorsy couple Ted Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen marked their sixth wedding anniversary on Oct.7 in Wyoming’s Jackson Hole. “Since we fell in love on a river, we always find a river someplace,” he told me at a fund-raiser honoring Bill Clinton and benefiting the charity Danson founded: the American Oceans Campaign. “We kayak, paddle around, whatever. Last year, it was a rowboat in Central Park because Mary was working.”
Not that dimwit Derek Zoolander could ever spell Malaysia, but reports that the new movie Zoolander has been banned in that country are not true. In the fashion farce, director and star Ben Stiller plays a supermodel brainwashed into assassinating the president of Malaysia, whose plans to close the sweatshops threaten the fashion industry. The film’s studio, Paramount, will release the film there in January, after it’s cleared by Malaysian censors. By the way, the Southeast Asian nation doesn’t have a president. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has run the country since 1981. Let’s hope he has a sense of humor.