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HOTEL BEL-AIR FIRST LOOK: It's been two years since the Hotel Bel-Air closed for renovations, and showbiz types are excited to see the fruits of all that labor this fall. Well, here's a sneak peek at the main dining room, redesigned by architect David Rockwell (Nobu, the Kodak Theatre), who has morphed the Bel-Air's clubby atmosphere into something shiny and new. The restaurant will be called Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, with the more-ubiquitous-than-ever Austrian chef taking over the hotel's food and beverage services. We'll be waiting to see what regulars such as Peter Guber and Nancy Reagan think of the rehab.

Malibu's Break-in Spree
There have been six home burglaries in Malibu during the past month, area police confirm, including the home of Frank Wells' widow LuAnne Wells. Some of the houses -- located above Zuma Beach and in Point Dume -- were up for sale but still had big-screen TVs stolen. Other losses include a vintage wine collection and major paintings. The burglars pulled up in a truck and took pickaxes to doors. Malibu police tell THR that break-ins are up all along the coast, attributable to the down economy. They've got good leads, they say, but until arrests are made, residents will want to beef up their private security.

NBC's Full Trump Press
NBC execs pushed Donald Trump to break the news that he would not be running for president -- and would stay put as the bombastic boardroom honcho on The Celebrity Apprentice -- at the network's upfront presentation May 16 at the New York Hilton. Trump agreed, sources say, after getting a call from NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke and reality chief Paul Telegdy three days earlier. But he seemed to waffle during the weekend. Trump, who had cited his poll numbers to Burke and Telegdy, was contemplating simply saying he'd be back on Celebrity Apprentice next season without explicitly ruling out a run, thereby keeping at least a veneer of his presidential aspirations alive. But NBC didn't think he could have it both ways because, per FCC equal-time rules, a campaign would preclude him from hosting a show. "After getting so many calls from Bob and Steve," a subdued Trump said onstage at the upfront, "I've decided that we are going to continue onward with Celebrity Apprentice. … I will not be running for president -- as much as I'd like to."

Bullish on Hurt
At the center of HBO's new drama Too Big to Fail, based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's book about the 2008 financial crisis, is Henry Paulson. The deregulation-minded Treasury secretary and former Goldman Sachs CEO is forced to rely on government intervention to save the economy, and William Hurt creates a portrait of a painfully conflicted Paulson in the movie. But Paulson is actually bullish on Too Big and on Hurt playing him. "After Paulson and Bill met," the film's director Curtis Hanson tells THR, "Paulson invited him to Little St. Simons Island, off of Savannah, to spend a weekend fishing. Bill even came back armed with his gestures." As for current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's feeling about Billy Crudup's portrayal of him, the jury's out. "Some of these guys are probably pretty nervous," Hanson says. "Sitting on eggshells. No one in the government has seen the script."

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Cannes Spottings
Two famed couples spied in the midst of PDA: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie dining at Tetou, and Jon Hamm (in Zegna) and Jennifer Westfeldt at the Red Granite Party. ... At La Plage Orange, KM Productions topper Renaud Le Van Kim lunched with Orange's Xavier Couture and EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert, while former France Culture Minister Christine Albanel dined nearby with Cannes Mayor Bernard Brochand. ... Diane Kruger was the biggest get at the Calvin Klein party, but Diego Della Valle of Tod's managed to pull in Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott, Harvey Weinstein, Jane Fonda, Mia Wasikowska, Rosario Dawson, Bono's daughter Eve Hewson and Italian Vogue's Franca Sozzani to his soiree at Hotel du Cap. ... Producer and former EuropaCorp topper Pierre-Ange le Pogam, with Jude Law, Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, Melanie Laurent and Rachel McAdams meeting a Franco-American production team for cocktails at Alain Ducasse's Electrolux Agora Pavilion. ... Jessica Chastain's strapless yellow gown at the premiere of The Tree of Life took designer Zac Posen several months to make just for her. ... Law, Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Karolina Kurkova and Alexa Chung gathered for an event in the Chopard Lounge at Hotel Martinez, with Chopard officials.            

 

 

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