What if you threw a party and everybody came, plus three? RayGun Media found out Saturday night when 2,000 RSVPs translated into critical mass and then some at its relaunch party of Bikini Magazine and the six-year anniversary of RayGun Magazine at the brand new Miauhaus Studios at 1201 S. La Brea Ave.
The affair, slated to begin at 9 p.m. was shut down before midnight when a phalanx of firefighters and about 60 police in riot gear descended on the throng, leaving such celebs as Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Vince Vaughn and Mark Wahlberg standing in the cold. Even hostess Rose McGowan, stuck in a limo with beau Marilyn Manson, couldn’t get into her own party when La Brea was blocked off between Olympic and Pico boulevards.
What could’ve been considered a debacle was laughed off by Miauhaus owner/artist Gottfried Tollman, a German transplant by way of Paris who lingered in the aftermath with a congenial air of joie de vivre. “I didn’t know many of the people, and I didn’t care. I had a good time.”
When asked how he reacted to all the law enforcement, replete with billy clubs and helicopters hovering overhead, Tollman said it reminded him of Berkeley in 1965. “I liked it, that’s my generation.”
As for the stranded celebs, Tollman’s most valiant effort came in the aid of Diaz, whom he tried to sneak in through the back, only to be repelled by helmeted authorities at the last moment. But she, like Tollman, appeared to take it in stride. “She was standing outside all the time,” he recalled, “talking to all the people, explaining to the fire marshal, ‘But I’m Cameron Diaz.’ ”