Calvin Klein’s boy toy Nick Gruber hit a Fire Island party over the weekend at Lucas Entertainment CEO and porn king Michael Lucas’ house, where things didn’t go so smoothly for Klein’s sometime boyfriend.
The bash, called “Ascension,” kicked off under a large VIP tent, complete with dance floor, which Gruber crashed, announcing he was now straight.
“I saw this arrogant guy who was being rude to people, shoving two guys away after they bumped into him,” Lucas tells Confidenti@l. “He yelled, ‘Keep your hands away from me! I’m straight!’ ”
Lucas said he went over to Gruber, a former porn star, demanding to know why he was being so rude. The porn producer says Gruber replied, “I am straight, and I don’t want any gay people to touch me.”
Lucas then told Gruber that he wanted him to leave the premises.
“Then he started with, ‘Do you know who I am?’ ” Lucas tells us. “I told him that I don’t know, and I don’t even want to know.”
Lucas said Gruber grew angrier, allegedly yelling “Try me” while Lucas hailed security.
“I had him hauled away without his feet even touching the floor,” he said.
One partygoer then explained to Lucas that the screaming man was Calvin Klein’s ex-boyfriend, who just “came out as straight.”
“I guess he came to the gay party to let everyone know,” Lucas said.
Earlier this month we reported that Klein’s headline-grabbing ex was trying to remake his tarnished image with help from a publicist hired by the famous designer.
Gruber is being advised by Matt Rich, who previously worked for Klein and tried to remodel Stephen Baldwin’s image.
In July, Gruber had a bloody dustup at the East Hampton club Pink Elephant, with one man taken away by ambulance. Gruber was interviewed by police, but no charges have been filed.
The PR help isn’t the only lavish gift Gruber has received from his wealthy ex. Last year the designer reportedly paid for Gruber’s $35,000 Arizona rehab stint and flew him there on his private jet. The designer also paid two years advance rent on Gruber’s West Village apartment and covered pricey medical bills when he broke his finger skiing.
A rep for Gruber told us that his client was invited by friends who also hosted the party and that he only acted out after being bothered by fellow guests.
“Nick has privately apologized to Michael Lucas for overreacting,” Gruber’s spokesperson said.
The Empire strikes out with a digital Yoda, says makeup guru Todd Tucker.
CGI YODA MEANS THE FARCE IS WITH US
One of Hollywood’s leading makeup artists is begging J.J. Abrams to bring Yoda back to life in “Star Wars: Episode VII” and ditch the CGI version.
Todd Tucker, known for his work on “Ali” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” hopes to create a talking puppet for the forthcoming Disney flick of the sci-fi franchise.
“Everyone in this world wants to work on those films because there’s such high expectation, because it’s such a great franchise,” he told Confidenti@l. “I’d love to make the next Yoda.”
Tucker thinks the Jedi Master from the “Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” appealed more to fans than the Yoda used in the other four “Star Wars” franchise flicks.
“People got very upset when they did a CG Yoda because the puppet Yoda, as simple as it was, had a soul,” he said.
“My suggestion is you make a really good puppet. You do exactly what they did with the first one and then in post-production you CG-enhance certain movements in his face.”
And if that doesn’t work, use the Force.
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Lady Gaga lowers the bar for fashion at the ‘Good Morning America’ studios.
One, two, three, four — each outfit’s worse than the one before! Gaga stepped out in New York City Monday in a series of outfits that one can only describe as crazy. She looked straight out of the ’80s in a purple skirt and deep V-neck top topped with a gold belt, a flying nun in a white shredder getup and a morbid black sheath. She later recycled the gold belt from the morning to separate a furry black sweater and ill-fitting white pants. That’s just Gaga.
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Paul McCartney (above at a show this month in San Francisco) graciously sang at the Brett Yormark-Elaina Scotto wedding.
PAUL DOES WEDDINGS!
The best part about Paul McCartney attending Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark’s wedding to Elaina Scotto over the weekend, was the impromptu live performance he gave the crowd. “When he walked in they were playing ‘Let It Be,’ ” one guest tells us. “The band gave Paul the mic and he couldn’t have been nicer. He got up and sang a medley of pop songs, none his own.” Our source adds that the Beatle also posed for pics with whomever asked.
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Bill DeBlasio’s (l.) star power includes Cynthia Nixon (with microphone) and Susan Sarandon (l. of Nixon).
BANKING ON BIG NAMES
Bill de Blasio is the mayoral hopeful with all the celeb friends, and Tuesday night Steve Buscemi will help run a phone bank in Park Slope for the public advocate. The “Reservoir Dogs” actor and de Blasio have a long history — they were arrested together protesting firehouse closures in Brooklyn in 2003 and toured storm-damaged Breezy Point right after Hurricane Sandy hit. The phone bank follows a de Blasio fund-raiser Sunday where Susan Sarandon and Cynthia Nixon turned out at Sarandon’s ping-pong bar SPiN in the Flatiron District.
Chelsea Clinton brought back some good old days with her online photo of herself wishing Bill a happy birthday.
CLINTON CANDLE POWER
Happy birthday, President Clinton! Number 42 turned 67 Monday, and former first daughter Chelsea posted this vintage photo on her Facebook page along with the caption “Happy birthday Dad! Looking forward to sharing many more happy years ahead [and cake too]!” The White House’s official Twitter page posted a photo of Presidents Obama and Clinton shaking hands along with the message “Happy birthday, President @BillClinton.”
LOTS OF POP AT PIERS
Tennis ace Roger Federer will host Moet and Chandon’s 270th anniversary party at Chelsea Piers Tuesday. The 17-time grand slam winner will be joined by singer Emeli Sande, DJ Bob Sinclar, Ben Kingsley, Jeffrey Wright, Josh Lucas, Jonny Lee Miller, Jessica Hart, Dree Hemingway, Christian Siriano and Ian Schrager at the star-studded birthday bash for the world’s largest Champagne producer.
‘GRANDMASTER’ WINNING MOVE
Harvey Weinstein held an intimate screening in the Hamptons Sunday for his new film “The Grandmaster.” Guests at the dinner included Renee Zellweger, former Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel and Weinstein’s gorgeous designer wife, Georgina Chapman of Marchesa. “They had dinner and a movie at art dealer Larry Gagosian’s home in the evening,” a source says.
BRAUNSTEIN TRIES BALLOT BOXING
New York City politics has always been full of characters and the City Council race has recently acquired one of its most colorful. The eccentric Aaron Braunstein, father of “Orange Is the New Black” actress Natasha Lyonne, is campaigning for Gale Brewer’s Sixth District upper West Side seat. Braunstein is a radio talk show host and a former boxing promoter who lives in Mike Tyson’s old apartment on the upper West Side and drives around in a yellow Rolls-Royce. “You can’t make this up,” chirps our City Hall insider.
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AnnaLynne McCord raises the glam factor at the 18 for18 Summer Soiree.
AnnaLynne McCord hangs on to summer in floral at the 18for18 soiree, an event for the Somaly Mam Foundation (a nonprofit group that fights sex slavery), in Venice, Calif.
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Tiffani-Amber Thiessen treated pals to a big night out in East Hampton.
BIG NIGHT IN EATS HAMPTON
Call it dinner at Tiffani’s. “Saved by the Bell” and “Beverly Hills 90210” alum Tiffani-Amber Thiessen hosted seven pals at East Hampton’s Georgica Restaurant and Lounge Saturday. The whole gang wined on Cabernet Sauvignon and Cloudy Bay’s “Te Koko” while Thiessen started lite with a watermelon, tomato and feta salad before moving on to the filet mignon. She burned off some calories with a scenic country run on Sunday, only to come home to a spider in her shower.
A FERRY LONG WAIT
New York Times photog Bill Cunningham was overheard complaining about the two-hour ferry line Sunday to get into the Jazz Age Lawn Party hosted by St. Germain over the weekend on Governors Island. The 84-year-old, clad in his familiar blue windbreaker, was nearly lost among the 4,500 guests who flocked to the island for the fete. A spy tells us that oddly, Cunningham himself was photographed all day. Also there was Josh Lucas, dancing with his wife and baby.