Caught & Social: Readers in the frame for today’s photo gallery

Those who were lucky enough to get their hands on tickets to the i party, were treated to an evening in front of the beautiful art which was on show at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. They also got to meet a few of the people who put the newspaper together every day, including the editor, some of our brilliant writers and section editors, as well as yours truly. So replacing the usual selection of public figures seen on this page are some of our readers, who had come from across the country. It’s just as well that you all turned out to be such a photogenic bunch…


Joaquin Phoenix,  is making a comeback. A year after “retiring”from acting to become a rapper for the purposes of a spoof documentary, he is apparently appearing alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in a religious drama directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. But how do we know he isn’t trying to trick us with this news as well? Speaking of tricking the press, Kate Middleton has ordered three different wedding gowns for the big day, reports FashionEtc. Sarah Burton and Jasper Conran are among the designers. In other fashion news, model Lizzie Jag ger, daughter of Sir Mick, has posed for next month’s Playboy magazine… Also appearing nude (in the bath with some ducks) is Zach Galifianakis in the new GQ… In more wholesome news, TV’s Holly Willoughby has given birth to a baby girl, Belle Baldwin.

That empty feeling

To another arty party last night, this one hosted by Wim Wenders. The acclaimed German film director opened an exhibition of his photographs entitled Places, Strange and Quiet at the Haunch of Venison gallery. After looking at pictures of empty spaces, we were happy to head to Nobu Berkeley Street for the celebratory sushi supper, which was thankfully neither strange nor quiet.

Scene & heard

Film critics needn’t watch Mickey Rourke’s new films, because he’s ready to do their rubbishing for them. In an interview in New York, he says that his film Passion Play, in which he stars with Megan Fox, is “a terrible movie”, but he’s OK with it: “in your career and all the movies you make, you’re going to make dozens of terrible ones.”He also described a film he had made with rapper 50 Cent as “so bad it can’t get out”. Strangely we now want to see them both. His band Coldplay have just been confirmed to headline Glastonbury, but Chris Martin played a much more low-key gig in London on Wednesday night. The singer was joined by actor Simon Pegg for a surprise show at the Boogaloo pub in Highgate, as part of a memorial party to the venue’s late landlord. Apologising for playing sad songs, he said: “Hey, I gotta get paid for all the abuse I get from people like Liam Gallagher.”Then a fan requested he play “Wonderwall”by Gallagher’s Oasis, which he duly did. Watch here: 5U

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