Schwarzenegger's Uncharitable Moment?: In her new tell-all Wild Thymes ($26, Camino Diablo Press), former Universal senior vp publicity Sally Van Slyke candidly writes about working with Tom Cruise, Oliver Stone, et al. But one tale that didn't make the book is a run-in with Arnold Schwarzenegger while planning the PR campaign for 1990's Kindergarten Cop. The Special Olympics (founded by his then-mother-in-law, the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver) had requested a benefit premiere. "He told me point blank that he didn't care about the Special Olympics," says Van Slyke. "Unless I could show him why a premiere would help the picture, and ultimately his bank account, I was to blow off their request." Schwarzenegger otherwise has a long history of working with the group. His rep responds in this case: "This is a publicist trying to get publicity for herself."
Billy Bob vs. Angelina
What tangled webs we weave. Just ask Geyer Kosinski, the talent manager whose clients include exes Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton -- both of whom had films (In the Land of Blood and Honey and Jayne Mansfield's Car, respectively) and appeared at the Berlin International Film Festival. Handling the friendly exes seemed not a problem. Kosinski is a producer on Thornton's film, which had its worldwide premiere there. Thornton directed and stars in the drama, which received a mixed reception from critics.
A-List Agent's a Smash
When talent agents are name-checked on network TV, it's usually during an awards ceremony. But on the second episode of NBC's Smash, which aired Feb. 13, Anjelica Huston commanded her assistant, "Get me Joe Machota at CAA!" The real-life agent reps Scarlett Johansson, whom Huston's Broadway producer character was interested in for the show-within-a-show's Marilyn Monroe role. "We really wanted him to do a cameo -- he used to be an actor -- but he wasn't allowed to because of some CAA rule," says showrunner Theresa Rebeck, a client of the agency herself. Machota also reps Smash actor Christian Borle.
Today's Bet Is on Artist
While The Help is hoping to pull an upset over The Artist at the Oscars, the bookers at NBC's Today apparently have already bet on the silent charmer. THR hears they've been wooing the stars and director for months for the morning-after interview. (Not that they'd have much luck with The Help, seeing as how it, like competitor ABC's Good Morning America, is a member of the Disney family.) Today has quite an Oscar streak going, having hosted best picture winners every morning after since 2006, when Crash was the surprise recipient. "We broadcast live at 4 a.m. in L.A.," says executive producer Jim Bell of the on-air festivities, which are done at the Four Seasons hotel on Doheny. "So the casts are usually still in Oscar attire, continuing the celebration on Today." He would not comment on post-show Oscar bookings.
Mel Gibson and Marni?
What on Earth was Mel Gibson doing at the Marni for H&M party at a residence in Los Feliz on Feb. 17? Sure, there were plenty of celebrities among the 200 guests, but more of the "girls who like clothes" variety: host Sofia Coppola, plus Drew Barrymore, Jessica Chastain and Freida Pinto. But Mel? Turns out the star is old friends with Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, who performed and personally invited the actor. Gibson spent most of his time hanging with Ferry's son, Isaac.
THR's Stylist Power Bash
When The Hollywood Reporter releases this year's style issue in March, it will have a new element to go with its ranking of Hollywood's fashion image-makers: the inaugural 25 Most Powerful Stylists Luncheon, co-hosted by Jimmy Choo. It takes place March 14.
Busy Brian Grazer took a break from Oscar planning to dine with his family on Feb. 18 at Tacos Por Favor in Santa Monica. … Three days earlier, Grazer chowed down with book publisher Benedikt Taschen at table one at e.Baldi as Peter Morton sat nearby, and the following day he returned to dine with Tom Freston. At lunch on Valentine's Day, the room was packed: Jamie McCourt, Steve Tisch, Rande Gerber with Cindy Crawford, WME's communications head Christian Muirhead and colleague Marie Sheehy. Meanwhile, John Branca held court at an outdoor table. … Too cute: Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper celebrated their mothers' birthdays together at a table for 12 at Jar on Feb. 15. They brought their own cake. Also in at the same time: Nancy Grace as well as Homeland's Morena Baccarin and her husband, director Austin Chick. … P. Diddy and Robin Thicke broke bread at Ago. Another day, director Peter Berg discussed his upcoming Battleship in hushed tones. Eva Longoria, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Buscemi, John Singleton and The Fighter casting director Sheila Jaffe also have been in of late. … Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin supped at Bouchon on Valentine's Day. … Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mickey Rourke discussed scripts at Caffe Roma. … Johnny Depp dropped by the Tower Bar twice in a week with Warner Bros. studio head Jeff Robinov. Other visitors: Jon Hamm, Charlize Theron, Chelsea Handler, Jane Fonda, producer Mitch Glazer and Jennifer Aniston with Justin Theroux.