Last Night's Parties: Kanye West Surprises Leighton Meester, 50 Cent Digs Cormac McCarthy

by Mara Siegler · February 2, 2011

Kanye West continued to hit the nightlife circuit, Tommy Lee Jones dined on filet mignon, Martha Stewart reminiscences about high school, and Whitney Port was shocked by her own inexplicable popularity. Last night was full of the unexpected! Let's take a look...

NYLON Celebrates The February Issue

Where: W New York - Dowtown

Who Was There: Kanye West, Jessica Szoh, Nicole Fiscell, Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester, Chiddy Bang, Jared Let, Irina Shayek, Julie Henderson

Other Details: Kanye West is living large lately, popping up at The Jane, The Standard, and Avenue. Last night he surprised everyone when he showed up at Nylon's bash to fete Leighton Meester's cover. @raspberried who Twitpic'd this image wrote (either super excitedly or drunk): "HE JUST RANDOMLY SHOWED UP TO HER NYLON RELEASE PARTY. I JUST. HONORED TO EVEN STAN." said "Kanye @ nylon party taking pics w strangers woah." Could we see him on the cover of a future issue? Jared Leto, for his part, was wearing what looked to be a badass designer snuggie that Jordan Catalano would never approve. You can see more photos from the party HERE.  [Via]

HBO Films & The Cinema Society Screening & After Party For  of "SUNSET LIMITED"

Where: Screening Room, 1 Time Warner Center/Porter House

Who Was There: Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L Jackson, Cormac McCarthy, 50 Cent, Josh Lucas, Josh Duhamel, Patricia Clarkson, Paul Haggis, Jason Reitman, Epatha Merkerson, Stephen Baldwin, Andrew Saffir

Other Details: Tommy Lee Jones acts in and directs HBO's new movie "The Sunset Limited," based on the play by Cormac McCarthy. The actor and author were in attendance along with Tommy's costar Samuel L Jackson. Post screening, the actors and their friends hit Porter House at Time Warner for filet mignon, drinks and conversation. 50 Cent was in the house, wearing his own brand of wireless headphones. [Via]

THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN ORCHID DINNER

Where: Mandarin Hotel

Who Was There: Carolyn Englefield, Bunny Williams, Martha Stewart, Dara Caponigro, Gregory Long, Barbara Tober, Donald Tober

Other Details: The Orchid Dinner was held at Mandarin hotel again this year after its previously location, the Rainbow Room, was shuttered. John A. Thain, chairman and chief executive officer of CIT Group Inc best known for spending $35,000 on a golden toilet, bought an orchid sweetly named Cattleya Pastoral Innocence for $170.  Martha Stewart got herself orchids with pink tips, telling Bloomberg “They remind me of high-school corsages." [Via]

Whitney Port Signs Copies Of "True Whit"

Where: Barnes & Noble Tribeca

Who Was There: Whitney Port, fans of "The City"

Other Details: Whitney Port, recognizable by her perpetual empty expression, signed copies of her book "True Whit." After, she took to Twitter writing:  “To everyone who has come out the past two nights! You are all the reason why I do this, you keep me going! A special thank you to all of...” and " “You who have written me such sweet & kind cards! You bring tears to my eyes! I love you all. Off to sleep! New jersey, see you tomorrow!!!” [Via]

Basta Surf Celebrates New Collection

Where: Tribeca Grand

Who Was There: Irina Shayk, Samantha August, Julie Henderso, Lorenzo Martone

Other Details: The swimwear brand presented its line at the hotel with the help of hosts Valerie Boster and Julie Henderson. Guests were treated to a viewing of the short film "Sayulita."

Manhattan Theater Club's "The Whipping Man" Opening Night Party

Where: Beacon Theater

Who Was There: Andre Braugher, Afton Williamson , Saycon Sengbloh, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Kate Jennings Grant, Andre Holland, Jay Wilkison

Other Details: Sounds like this is one to see. Says PAPER's Whitney Spaner: Jay Wilkinson stars as a Jewish Confederate soldier who, despite the gangrene on his leg, manages to be the cutest Confederate we've ever seen. When Wilkinson comes home from the war, he finds his house ruined and abandoned, with two of his family's long-time, now-freed slaves, played by the fabulous Andre Braugher and Andre Holland, residing there. There's an interesting twist at the end that had the audience gasping in surprise at the performance we were at this past weekend. [Via]