A Weekend of ‘Bu-BQs

The surefire way to tell that summer has arrived in Hollywood: sponsored beach houses along the Malibu coastline (and the pesky, inevitable noise complaints that inevitably follow). On Sunday, Nivea hosted celebs at a seaside spot overlooking Point Dume with a good ol’-fashioned Memorial Day BBQ and Shay Todd bikini bash. Surely it was the […]

Last Updated: March 11, 2010 @ 12:38 PM

The surefire way to tell that summer has arrived in Hollywood: sponsored beach houses along the Malibu coastline (and the pesky, inevitable noise complaints that inevitably follow). On Sunday, Nivea hosted celebs at a seaside spot overlooking Point Dume with a good ol’-fashioned Memorial Day BBQ and Shay Todd bikini bash. Surely it was the latter that brought out Zach Braff, who recorded the day with his camera, and Jeremy Piven, who rocked out to Randy Coleman’s acoustic set. Lance Bass, however, was probably more interested in the traditional grub: hot dogs, hamburgers, and shrimp. Models donned everything from bright bikinis to more modest one-pieces, while tabloid target Kim Kardashian found a way to profit off the constant chatter over her, ahem, assets. She donned two suits to show off the results of her “Good-bye Cellulite, Hello Bikini” challenge sponsored by — who else? — Nivea! Meanwhile, Michelle Trachtenberg, Samaire Armstrong and Emmy Rossum kept their clothes on, but left with string bikinis and armloads of Nivea product. Not bad for a lazy Sunday afternoon … 

Another ‘Bu-BQ: On Saturday, 400 guests piled into the backyard of Adam and Lynette Carolla’s cliffside home for the Shakespeare Festival/L.A.’s Inaugural ShakesBEER Kegger, which seeks to bring the Bard to people from all walks of life — including, apparently, the brewski drinkers. Jay Leno (at left, with Adam Carolla), Bob Saget, Patton Oswalt, Jeffrey Ross and Jim Norton recited dirty jokes, not sonnets, at the daytime affair, where guests noshed on hot-dog-on-a-sticks and chugged Sierra Nevada. Leno goaded guests into bidding higher during a live auction, which featured a $10,000 tour of his famed vintage car collection and a more recession-friendly $1,300 peek into Carolla’s garage. Seems like his “cheap bastard” comments worked — $100,000 was raised by day’s end …

On Sunday, Halle Berry exposed her infant daughter to hippies at the Topanga Days Country Fair, where Santana’s original lead singer Gregg Rolie performed. Meanwhile, Erykah Badu and De La Soul took the stage at the 23rd Jazz Reggae Festival on the UCLA campus …

Just before the three-day weekend, Brooke Shields scared sun worshippers straight at Coppertone’s “Suncare Awakening: Seeing is Believing” launch party on the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel, where a DermaPhoto Booth revealed damage underneath the skin’s surface …

And on Thursday night, the Academy celebrated legendary writer, director and producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz with a Centennial Salute in Beverly Hills. Sidney Poitier and Martin Landau (pictured at right) mingled with the Mankiewicz clan, including widow Rosemary, son and screenwriter Tom and great-nephew, TV host, and event emcee Ben at a reception before a 30-minute panel. Then guests watched the recently restored print of “Suddenly, Last Summer” to mark the film’s 50th anniversary. Afterwards, the Mankiewiczes headed to Kate Mantilini for a family reunion dinner …

Finally, for the preggers: tonight Ari Emanuel and Nancy Josephson will host a book party for “Your Best Birth” by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein