Emma's Strong Will: "There but for the grace of Emma go I," says Will Gluck, writer-director of Emma Stone's 2010 breakout film Easy A. Since then, they seem joined at the hip. Not only did she appear in his recent Friends With Benefits, but she and Gluck are collaborating on a film for 2012 that he insists is not a romantic comedy (the subject matter is top secret around town). "Emma is fully involved in development as I write it," Gluck tells THR. "Once we started shooting Easy A, I began rewriting it for her. I told everyone she'd be a big star -- now they all think I'm a genius. I want to work with her forever. "
Cheers for Flower Films
Talk about moonlighting: Chris Miller, vp production at Flower Films and right hand to Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen, has added another project to his slate: reviving a popular bar. He and Alfredo Diaz (who owns L.A.'s two Kokomo Cafes) are bringing back Revolver this fall to its original space on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. "The gestation was as long as a film," Miller tells THR. "Everyone's nostalgic for Revolver. It was the first bar I ever went to -- with a fake ID!"
How De Niro Met Leone
In Meir Doron and Joseph Gelman's new book Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan, about the producer, there's a great tale about a meeting Milchan set up to get Robert De Niro to star in Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America (1984). Milchan had them convene in a suite at New York's Mayflower hotel, and Leone, then obese, arrived wearing a robe. Mid-meeting, De Niro called Milchan and said, "I can't do the movie." Turns out Leone had left the suite's toilet seat -- well, rather damp. De Niro interpreted this as a male marking his territory, a power game. "Calm down, Bob," Milchan said. "He's fat; he didn't see." And the rest, as they say, is cinema history.
Bond's Bad Week
First, Daniel Craig's Cowboys & Aliens underperformed. Then the media went to town with the news that his ex, Satsuki Mitchell, racked up $1 million on his credit cards upon learning he'd left her for Rachel Weisz. Now THR hears Craig was forced to evacuate his $6 million home near the Regent's Park when the London riots broke out.
What exactly was William Shatner doing having lunch with Quentin Tarantino at the Soho House? Were they discussing a part in Tarantino's next film, Django Unchained? On another day at Soho, PR maven Kelly Bush lunched with entertainment attorney Warren Dern not far from Jason Reitman. … Glee's Cory Monteith, at Napa Valley Grille solo, ordered a Caesar salad and pork chop with a Diet Coke. He sweetly agreed to pose with fans inside the restaurant. … Kylie Jenner celebrated her 14th birthday with her whole clan at Casa Vega. Jerry Bruckheimer, nearby, shared margaritas, guacamole and enchiladas with his family.