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David Patrick Columbia runs the society blog "New York Social Diary." Columbia's a former Angeleno and often includes dish from his friends on the West Coast. Recently, he attended a screeing of "The Aviator" in New York and was introduced to the film's star, Leonardo Di Caprio. He writes:

Then I told [Di Caprio] I had lunch the other day with his next door neighbor in the Hollywood Hills – Joan Linclau, who owns the house just above his. When we visited her out there a couple summers ago, she told us Leo liked to shoot hoops in the wee hours – this she knew because … ahem … she could hear the bouncing ball. The other day, when I asked her about the late night hoop shots, she told me he’d built a full basketball court in its place. Which was quite a production, lights and all. However, she told me that although she was worried at the outset, they've done a great job on the court and that it won’t affect her sleep. And, that “Leo couldn’t have been nicer.” Their neighborhood is pure star-land. Leo lives in Madonna’s old house. On the other side of Joan is Keanu Reeves and one beyond that is Toby Maguire.

The problem these days in that neck of the woods is not late night basketball courts, but burglaries. There’s a wave of break-ins among those multi-million dollar villas. (Michael Shnayerson’s got the scoop in the next Vanity Fair) The perps always hit when no one is home. Some believe it’s a ring with insider’s knowledge of their victim’s homes as they seem to go right for the stuff and are out long before the cops get there.

We wonder what Leo said in response. In the meantime, we're so worried about the threat to Keanu's possessions that LAist volunteers, with great sacrifice, to stand guard in his driveway, morning, noon and night.