Mick Jagger's Daughter Gives Shelter to Boyfriend
I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall were at the Prince's Trust dinner on Monday night in London. But where do you suppose their 17-year-old daughter is?
According to my sources, Elizabeth Jagger — who turned 17, by the way, a mere 12 days ago — is living right here in New York with her 22-year-old boyfriend, male model Damien van Zyl.
Jagger and blond haired, blue-eyed South African van Zyl, who is the new Calvin Klein model, are apparently sharing Mick's five-floor townhouse on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Sounds cozy, no?
Recently, Jerry Hall told an interviewer that Elizabeth — who was then just 16 — was living in New York, in Mick's house, and had her "own" money.
"I want her to be independent," Jerry said.
Let's not forget that Mick's daughter Jade, who also had wonderful parental supervision, was pregnant at age 20, and is now a 29-year-old divorcée with two kids.
Someone said to me yesterday, "Are you surprised? Look at the role models."
Well, yeah, sorry. In the old days, young models like Elizabeth lived in chaperoned housing. But if the model — Elizabeth is signed to Ford Models — is independently wealthy, I guess she can do any damn thing she pleases.
Van Zyl, according to my source, recently returned from a trip to Europe and found his living arrangements with a male friend (Platonic, the old-fashioned roomie kind) were over.
So he moved in with Elizabeth, who apparently entertains at Mick's house with dinner parties for her girlfriends, who are also teen models. The happy couple met during preparation for a Tommy Hilfiger show, I am told.
"Damien doesn't want to mooch off of her," a friend of his said. "He's looking for a place of his own. He's been checking out lofts. He's close to finding something."
But with a full staff at his disposal, a clutch of nubile young girls, and a complete collection of Rolling Stones CDs, I ask you: How hard do you think he's looking?
A spokesman at Next Models, Damien's agency, said he was "too busy" to answer questions and needed written ones. Imagine that — a model too busy. I'm still on the floor about that one. LOL as they say in the Internet world.
The screenplay for Steven Soderbergh's film Traffic is credited to Stephen Gaghan, who has been nominated for an Oscar. But a new magazine article goes to some length explaining where Gaghan got his inspiration, if not some of his ideas.
According to a piece in the current issue of Brill's Content, the Traffic team was infused with knowledge about the Mexican drug wars from reporting by New York Times reporter Tim Golden.
Indeed, Traffic producer Laura Bickford told Brill's, "The entire Mexico storyline was inspired by Tim's reporting."
Golden, who received a consultant credit for Traffic, evidently took the main filmmakers (Bickford, Gaghan, Soderbergh) down to the Mexican border and introduced them to his world. In the original British mini-series, Traffik, the drug war takes place in Pakistan, not Mexico.
According to Brill's, several scenes in the film are lifted from Golden's published experiences in the Times. One of these is the pivotal opening scene in which Benicio Del Toro and Jacob Vargas, as Mexican cops, are undermined by the Mexican federales during a drug bust. The whole scene, with the airplane, etc., appeared in the New York Times on April 19, 1995.
I spoke to Golden yesterday at the Times and he was very clear about one thing: He's happy, and he's not griping about anything.
"I grew up in L.A. around movie people," Golden said. "I knew when I met Steve Soderbergh I was in privileged company. He 'got' it. I talked to him about a bunch of stories. He's a very bright guy, very determined to try and get it right. I don't think it's a situation where someone could have laid out all my clips and written a movie."
Gaghan, it's clear from Brill's, would probably prefer it if Golden's name would just evaporate. And Golden is not doing anything to remind him of his participation. Indeed, word from the set was that Golden and Gaghan had almost nothing to do with each other — they both worked through Soderbergh.
But it was Golden's contacts as well that helped Soderbergh put the movie together. He introduced the director to Craig Chretien, retired head of intelligence for the DEA. Chretien wound up acting in the film, giving Michael Douglas's character a tour through the DEA intelligence center.
"They hired me to be story consultant and tell them what I knew," Golden said. "There are a lot of people who contributed to this movie," he said. "Some who are thanked at the end, and some who aren't, at their request."
And so far he doesn't know if he's going to the Oscars. "But I'll definitely be watching."