Rambling Reporter

Madonna Headed to Israel: Iran, Syria Next?: Call it unflinching fearlessness or a solo mission of shuttle diplomacy, but when it comes to the Middle East, Madonna knows no borderlines. In fact, she's willing to entertain all sides during her MDNA tour, which kicks off May 29 in Israel. "We would love to go play Iran," Madonna's longtime manager Guy Oseary tells THR. "We would love to play Lebanon, Egypt and Syria at some point. … Obviously, it's just not possible." Indeed, Syria is on the brink of civil war, while Iran continues a tense standoff with the U.S. and Israel over its nuclear program. In fact, the looming threat of pre-emptive action was so grim that it prompted some 1,000 Israeli Madonna fans to form a Facebook page whose sole purpose is to plead with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to delay any engagement until after her Tel Aviv dates (she later added a second show, aptly titled the "Concert for Peace"). But Oseary says it would take something more concrete than the mere threat of imminent war to deter his client of 22 years. "It would have to be really serious, where the lives of people working with us are in danger," he says. "This woman doesn't cancel anything, she just goes."

Whit Stillman Wants to Get You to Dance

Indie auteur Whit Stillman is going out of his way to invent a dance craze. In Sony Pictures Classics' Damsels in Distress, out April 6, Greta Gerwig plays a college-clique ringleader who dreams of turning the fictional sambola, a mix of tango and cha-cha, into a sensation. The director -- whose previous film was 1998's The Last Days of Disco -- tells THR he's about to release a YouTube "dance-structional" video to try to turn the sambola into the next Macarena.

Magic City: Bush League

Like Mad Men, the 1959-set Magic City, premiering April 6, is on guard against the slightest anachronistic miscue. But there are a few more things on display, given that the drama -- which centers on a Miami hotelier played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan -- appears on Starz and features frequent full-frontal female nudity. Today's Brazilian waxing would look out of place. "We wanted to be historically accurate across the board," says showrunner Mitch Glazer. "It sounds insane, but it was an issue to find women of a certain age who were period-correct." Ergo, the women in the show's makeup department gently requested that the actresses allow themselves to, ahem, go au naturel. CG effects also assist as necessary. Explains Glazer: "God is in the details! The illusion has to be complete." 

Power Lunch

The Hunger Games helmer Gary Ross had a celebratory meal with his family on the patio at Ago. … Caulfield's has drawn a crowd ranging from Fergie and Josh Duhamel to Ivan Reitman and Anne Heche of late. … Recent visitors to Kate Mantilini include Josh Brolin, Amanda Peet, Matthew Perry, Mel Brooks, Liv Tyler and Bob Shaye. … Mary Steenburgen at Farmshop with a group of women. … Dining in different patio spots at Chateau Marmont: Lee Daniels, Ringer's Ioan Gruffudd, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. On another day, John Malkovich and Like Crazy's Anton Yelchin, not together. … Jason Segel and Michelle Williams grabbed a bite at Comme Ca. … Ari Emanuel visited Scarpetta. … Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped in at R+D Kitchen. … Omar Epps dropped by Tres at the SLS Hotel. … Brian Grazer, Sylvester Stallone, Christina Aguilera, AFI chairman Bob Daly and Nicollette Sheridan have grabbed a slice lately at Mulberry Street Pizzeria on Canon Drive. … Minka Kelly ate with stylist Estee Stanley at the Tower Bar. Also in: Betsy Bloomingdale and A-list interior designer Waldo Fernandez.

 

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