|Photo by Mark 'Cobrasnake' Hunter|
Talk about revenge of the nerds. E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, not only invaded downtown’s Convention Center last week, but it took over the entire city with enough exclusive parties to make the hipsterati hyperventilate. Too bad only Webheads and select celebs scored invites. First up, at the Microsoft X-Box bash at The Shrine Auditorium on Monday, The Killers’ dance-rock ditties murdered a decidedly uncramped crowd who seemed more interested in the gigantic food-and-drink spreads. Virtually no chicks there, but we did spot deck diva Sandra Collins, Clubplanet.com’s Julian Leuthold and Rabbit in the Moon front man Bunny (whose beats are heard on the new Xbox game Conker) during The Chemical Brothers’ block-rockin’ set, which turned into a pseudo-rave illuminated by those green glowy necklaces. The Sony PSP gathering in Hollywood, hosted by party pros The Alliance, featured vandalized-classroom art installations by David LaChapelle and photography by Amanda De Cadenet (Duran Duran pretty boy John Taylor’s ex, and Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi’s current squeeze). With a Warhol Factory theme, this was the most fashionable fête of the week, with nary a cybergeek in the bunch. Actors Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves and Stephen Dorff; hip-hop heavies Eve, Ludacris and Jermaine Dupree; and local scenesters including bro-and-sis tag team Donovan Leitch and Ione Skye, Fresh Jive’s Rick Klotz and Ivar/Nacional proprietor Rick Calamaro mingled, while Interpol and openers Louis XIV rocked brief but ballsy sets. Later we chatted with Louis’ lead crooner, Jason Hill, or tried to — we kept getting interrupted by a freaky fan from a well-known local glam band who shall remain nameless. (Hint: They’ve got “cool” in their name.) The BPM/Best Buy Inside E3 event on Wednesday, with top turntable talents including Deep Dish, Interpol’s Carlos D., DJ A.M., and our fave rock/disco/hip-hop masher of the eve, Mark Ronson, had the craziest door scene, longest wait and best VIP swag ($25 Best Buy gift cards). In the tiny Spider Club, game consoles, free drinks and snacks were enjoyed by Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, Melissa Rivers, Napoleon Dynamite’s Pedro (living up to our “It boy” tag in a top hat and tails), and Kevin Federline’s babies’ mama, Shar Jackson, who hogged her video game — the only one played while lying down — most of the night. We tried to wait for it, but after partying with joystickers for three nights in a row, we ended up duckin’ out and crashing quicker than a cheap hard drive.