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Sandy Gallin Gets a New Client: Katzenberg: Looks like Jeffrey Katzenberg's new $35 million mansion in Beverly Hills' Trousdale Estates is benefiting from the expertise of his old pal Sandy Gallin, the former manager who left the biz in 1998 to become one of the town's most successful house flippers. THR hears Gallin, whose home renovations have been snapped up by Mark Burnett and Kenny G, is now consulting with Katzenberg's design team on his single-story midcentury house, expected to be completed later this spring.

Avi Lerner: Not Smoked Out

When Beverly Hills outlawed smoking in outdoor dining areas in 2007, A-list producer Avi Lerner, one of Hollywood's reigning cigar aficionados, escaped across the border to Los Angeles proper to enjoy his Montecristos on the patios of the Four Seasons and L'Ermitage hotels. But even though it's been a year since L.A. passed its own similar ban, he's often spotted in the same places openly flouting the law. "I'm still smoking until the police chase me out," he says. "The ban is crazy. What's the difference? It's outside! [Fumes from] a bus are a few meters away."

Voight Hands-On

Things got a little heated when Jon Voight showed up April 3 at UCLA to speak at a Bruins for Israel event. After he vocally aligned himself with Newt Gingrich's hard-line views on the nation, a Jewish student approached him to politely offer his dissent in favor of a two-state solution. Voight became animated, eventually grabbing the student's collar and lightly shaking him. When THR reached Voight, he insisted it was merely a playful moment: "Between the boy and I, I was making a joke. It wasn't serious." Yet the Bruin, who wishes to maintain his privacy, is unappeased: "I still don't think he should have put his hands on me."

TV's Real Amazing Race

When TV execs are on the hunt, it's usually for pilot material. But on April 14, a high-powered group will be among the 100 participants at an insider-heavy scavenger hunt spearheaded by USA programming vp Michael Sluchan. "It used to be in May or June, but we decided to do it pre-upfronts this time. It's easier that way," he says. The irreverent event, which began in 2005 and has included searches for medical marijuana cards and communion wafers, lures participants from ABC, Fox, Paradigm and WME. But don't expect to see Sluchan's NBCUniversal colleague, threepeat victor Mark Stern. "I've been asked not to compete for a year to give other people a chance," laughs the Syfy president of original content. Stern will serve as a contest judge instead: "I plan to be a stickler!"

Power Lunch

Just another Tuesday at e.Baldi: Producer Arnold Kopelson at table one, plus elsewhere in the room: CAA's Fred Specktor, Sons of Anarchy's Ron Perlman, Steve Tisch and Mandate Pictures president Nathan Kahane. … ICM's Toni Howard with publicist Mara Buxbaum and Christopher Walken at Tower Bar. Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and David Spade were nearby. …  Simon Fuller and Colin Firth broke bread at Bouchon. On another day, CAA's Jim Toth and wife Reese Witherspoon were in. And on a third, UTA's Jay Gassner sat with Saturday Night Live writer Akiva Schaffer. … Jason Reitman and Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman schmoozed at Soho House. … Recently spotted at FIG in Santa Monica: Anthony Hopkins, Chelsea Handler, Giada De Laurentiis, Ludacris and Kiefer Sutherland. … Buck Henry enjoyed a wood-fired pizza at Ammo. On another day, producer Todd Lieberman ordered the grilled shrimp. … Sarah Silverman at the Real Food Daily on La Cienega. … Producer Stephen Rivkin checked out Obika. … In Malibu, Pierce Brosnan and Dolph Lundgren dined separately at Geoffrey's.

 

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