Porn Stars! Strippers! And More Jeremy Piven Dish!

Who says Montreal is cold? It's hot, baby.

Plays are coming back, too, like Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, which just had its own promo event full of high-tea wackos. "Is it a screwball comedy?" I asked the group as an opening salvo. "This press conference certainly is," answered witty Rupert Everett. "It's called 'an improbable farce,' " he added, "and a very good play." "I'm just going to refer to him," said co-star Christine Ebersole, weirdly dodging my gaze and pointing to Everett. "Wait, you didn't read the script?" I said, smirking. "I don't know all the high-tech terms like 'improbable farce,' " Ebersole explained. But the former Grey Gardens resident did force out an opinion on the revival's ghostly appeal. "Teen girls like the supernatural," she said, half-smiling, "so we're covered."

Some ex-teen gossip: At Beatrice Inn, Juliette Lewis was told by security that she couldn't smoke, so she asked to talk to the owner. . . . Smokin'-hot Indochine—the long-running eatery wrongly called Indo-gestion by cynics—is getting the book treatment by Rizzoli. Does the sticky rice have anything to do with Joey Arias's bathroom antics? The book will tell all.

A sticky TV situation: The Speed-the-Plow crew cancelled out of a recent taping of Theater Talk—the PBS show with Susan Haskins and Michael Riedel—when they learned the Jeremy Piven stuff would be brought up. (Duh.) First, the director dropped out, and then Raúl Esparza became unavailable because a rehearsal had supposedly been called. And the Plow team was sure the show didn't just want the producer, so that was the end of that! Two days later, the grievance was filed.

Out and about with Gets
Out and about with Gets

Here's another rude cancellation: I was pitched an interview with Steve Coogan (from Hamlet 2, which sank so fast there surely won't be a Hamlet 3, and Tropic Thunder, in which his head was blown off) because he's hosting some awards show. "Yeah, OK," I responded, but I was later told that Coogan's personal publicist had taken a pass on it! I love being dissed from something I never asked for! PR people can be colder than my privates in Montreal.

musto@villagevoice.com

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