- Last Updated: 11:28 PM, May 1, 2012
- Posted: 10:29 PM, May 1, 2012
Be it known that at the White House Correspondents Dinner, biggies made pit stops at Lindsay Lohan’s table. If not ecstatic to hire her, they’re sure happy to meet her. Spielberg came by and she said: “I feel like a kid, because I’m so excited to meet you.” Even Clooney, who basically lumbered over to discuss the Sudan with tablemate Greta Van Susteren, said hi. LL’s biggest moment? Hello-ing Diane Keaton.
CHARLES Matthau, 51. Walter’s son. Director and screenwriter of “a dark sexy campy romp through 1974 Detroit about a sex crime investigation that goes awry.” Christian Slater, Crispin Glover, Andy Dick star. Its “Freaky Deaky” title doesn’t sound like it’ll top the Best Picture list. Said Matthau:
“Right now I’m calling from Racine, Wisconsin. On location scouting for my next, which is a mix between ‘Hangover’ and ‘The Full Monty’ with a little ‘Caddyshack’ thrown in. It’s called ‘The Sugar Shack’ and takes place in a strip club. It’s classy with a capital K.
“This is my fifth feature. Listen, I’m just fortunate to keep working. Let’s say I’m still waiting to get hot.”
Did he keep much of his father’s memorabilia?
“I have each piece of paper he wrote, every note he scratched down. My folks were my best friends. I want to stay close to him. We did everything together. I always wanted to be behind the camera, but I did little parts in dad’s movies. Put it this way: I chose my parents carefully.
“I grew up in LA, where I still live. Seven years ago I married a beautiful dancer named Ashley, who’s younger than I, so when her taste in men changes I’ll already be dead.
“I’m not rich rich but able to be comfortable the rest of my life. Some paths in life are more secure and easier, but I have a passion for filmmaking. At least, with my lousy movies I can’t hurt anyone.”
Mariah Carey’s bedmate, Nick Cannon, who survived on food pantries as a child, is spokesperson for May 12th’s “Stamp Out Hunger” . . . Brand-new is the coffee-table book “Dinosaur Pet.” It comes with Grammy winner Neil Sedaka’s three-song CD . . . May 4. Alice Tully Hall. Columbia University’s Film Festival. Chevy Chase taking part . . . George Stephanopoulos’ all-time best thing? Halloween, playing Lady Gaga.
HOLLYWOOD Reporter reports Scorsese’s “Hugo,” which won five Oscars, a big box-office disappointment. Cost $180 mil, earned $181 mil worldwide . . . The Frick’s Meissen exhibit, to close last month, reprieved through January . . . Johnny Carson’s ex Joanna redoing her Pierre apartment. He bought it in ’83 . . . “The Kid From Brooklyn: The Danny Kaye Musical” by Peter Loewy and musician Duke Williams’ memoir “Whose Planet Is This?” being workshopped. Duke’s NJ home is a museum of Lenox china. His grampa designed the White House china from 1905 to ’54.
IT’s wartime, it’s presidential election time. Comes now Da Capo’s “John Quincy Adams.” He worked for G Washington, served Lincoln, saw Bunker Hill, fought slavery, helped end the War of 1812, annexed Florida, was minister to six countries, secretary of state, senator, congressman, president, and won the Supreme Court decision to free the Amistad’s captives. Listen, my namesake Adams definitely deserves a bio. It’s out in September.
‘HYSTERIA,” romantic comedy out this month with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones, Rupert Everett, is about — ready? — inventing a vibrator in Victorian time. Hugh Dancy, who plays its inventor: “In 1880s London, women were treated for hysteria manually by shrinks. Victorian doctors stood around giving paroxysms but not doing anything sexual.” I don’t know what to do with that info but . . . OK . . .
IT’s Tonys time and time for a memoir about the Shuberts’ Gerald Schoenfeld, “Mr. Broadway: The Inside Story of the Shuberts, the shows, and the stars.” Foreword by Hugh Jackman, introduction by Alec Baldwin, dish on hits like “A Chorus Line,” “Cats,” “Les Miz” and juice on names like Liza, Fosse, Sondheim. The book party talk was assorted beefs about today’s theatergoers.
Schoenfeld’s widow, Pat: “Drinking. People now sip beverages during performance. They finish their intermission drink in the seats.”
TheRoyal Shakespeare Company’s Roger Rees: “Going to the toilet, the British inch along their row, crouching, into the aisle. Americans run. Like they won’t make it.”
“Peter and the Starcatcher” playwright Rick Elice: “Cellphones. Tell someone, ‘Turn it off,’ they push back with: ‘Don’t tell me what to do. I expect an important call. I’m allowed.’ ”
Producer Dasha Epstein, whose last year’s “Chinglish” is becoming a movie: “Audiences want stars today. They don’t care about the story. It’s strictly, ‘Who’s in it?’ ”
NYC’s theatrical commissioner Katharine Oliver: “Clothes. Theater was an elegant experience. Used to be we’d dress. Now they come in sweats and flip-flops.”
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