The Celebrity Magnet Tom Murro hit up Hollywood’s hottest events and got the latest celebrity dish from last week’s Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2012 Gala, Paul Simon’ s party, and the Met Gala.
TIMEMagazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2012 Gala
TIMEMagazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2012 Gala was held at Jazz Lincoln Center last Tuesday April 24, in NYC. This gala was more than trending celebrities or whoever has the most followers on Twitter; the guest list included a range of musicians, politicians, media notables, and people around the world who have made a real impact on society. The venue was beautiful, jazzy, and garnished with its fair share of U.S. Secret Service agents and their K-9 colleagues.
Once Murro got through security, he was able to spend a few minutes chatting with Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. The Clintons were actually Murro’s summer neighbors on Martha’s Vineyard approximately 12 years ago. Mrs. Clinton had some of her own recollections from the island. She summarized her sand-filled memory lane with, “We had great times there.” When I asked if she had been there recently she said no, “I really miss it; we need to get back there soon.”
Now a man Murro didn’t expect to see at the event, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan — yes, the Pope’s righthand man, or at least one of his fingers. Murro’s tone gave away the ignorance to religious protocol when I asked for a photo, but he smiled and said, “It would be my honor.” The Cardinal placed Murro in a comfortable headlock as we cheesed it up for a few pictures.
At this point, Murro had no reservation about frolicking amongst the other top 100 people of the world, most he says he’s never heard of. Pete Cashmore, the CEO and Founder of Mashable.com, was one of the honored 100, but still had to rely on his smoking hot girlfriend/professional photographer Lisa Bettany for his mini photo shoot.
Noticeably missing party notables on the TIME 100 list were President Obama, Mitt Romney, Warren Buffett and Pippa Middleton.
Next up was a young woman on the 100 list named Manan Al Sharif, who should have been on Cosmo‘s “Fun And Fearless” list too, for defying a driving ban for woman in Saudi Arabia by cruising around in her car or something. Murro foudn this out when he went home because he Googled her name when he got home. While he floundered around in conversation trying to figure out why she was on the list, she jokingly asked, ”Will you mention that you met a hot Saudi girl in your article?” Murro was glad he didn’t disappoint.
This is about the time Hilary and T.C. Dolan bounced from the scene. The Secret Service soon followed, bringing their fancy metal detectors and furry friends with them.
A conservatively dressed Rihanna then performed a song to wrap up the evening, or so Murro thought. This is when the after party kicked into gear, hosted by Korean Air. Murro briefly hung out with Louis C.K., Emmy and Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, talking about his FX series and a couple of FX family members, Russell Brand and Charlie Sheen. C.K. expressed some disappointment in missing Sheen and Brand at the FX Upfront event.
The party was winding down, so Murro decided to call it a night and hopped into the elevator with Mr. C.K and SNL’s version of Hilary Clinton, Amy Poehler. Upon exiting the box, they were met with 20 or so loitering fans stalking the exit elevators. Obviously Murro had nothing to worry about andheI did spotted Victor Cruz making a mad dash for his car.
Paul Simon Gala
Murro also had the chance to attend the Paul Simon Gala last Wednesday evening and got into a bit of a scuffle involving the online editor of Cigar Aficianodo. He was also able to capture an exlusive performance featuring Paul Simon playing “The Sound of Silence.”
MET Gala and Afterparty
The Celebrity Magnet also attended the MET Gala last Monday evening and a few after parties.
“Kim and her camp deny that she wasn’t invited by saying that she had business in LA, but that is a lie. She would have done anything to be there with all the A-listers,” the source added. “The Met Gala is $25,000 a ticket, but Kim couldn’t even buy her way in.”