Rambling Reporter

6:00 AM PST 05/29/2012 by Merle Ginsberg & Gary Baum

Cannes Chronicles: At the May 24 amfAR benefit, the most awkward moment came when actress Nastassja Kinski (promoting a restored Tess) went up to Kim Kardashian to say hello. The E! star clearly didn't recognize her. … The same night, Julianna Margulies revealed to us that Alec Baldwin told her he wants to do a turn on The Good Wife. … On closing night, juror Jean Paul Gaultier was in a festive mood. Wearing a long black skirt with his jacket and tie, he lifted up the skirt to show some leg and joked, "I was trying to pull an Angelina Jolie!"

The Award for Snarkiest Emmy Campaign

The producers of Family Guy, known for irreverent mailers to Emmy voters, have taken a sharp-edged turn. Their latest depicts the show's dad character sneering: "Come on, you bloated overprivileged Brentwood Jews. Let us into your little club." (Several outlets, including THR, rejected the ad.) While the show has picked up five Emmys, it has never won for outstanding animated program. "Wow," responds a Brentwood TV producer. "If Family Guy was that funny on a regular basis, it might get nominated."

The Ivy Owner Shoots Her Own Film

Lynn Von Kersting, who's hosted the industry for decades at The Ivy, is going Hollywood herself. She co-directed Mont Reve, a drama about a Swiss boarding school that was at market in Cannes. It co-stars her USC film-grad daughter, India Irving, and was shot at Von Kersting's house in the Hollywood Hills, the former estate of director George Cukor. Her friend George Christy, THR's former "The Great Life" columnist, cameos as the headmaster -- a role originally to be played by Joel Grey. "Then Joel got the role in Anything Goes on Broadway," says Von Kersting, "so George stepped up to the plate."

Ofir's Next Casting Move

Doron Ofir, the casting magician behind zeitgeist-tapping reality shows like Jersey Shore and Showbiz Moms & Dads, is on the hunt for the next Kris Jenner or Dina Lohan for his in-development Momagers. "It's about the business behind the stage moms," he tells THR exclusively. "The showcases, the sacrifices -- it's a full-time job." Ofir says he's zeroing in on competitive mothers of talented, not wannabe, kids in hopes that he'll document what will be, in retrospect, big success stories that "go back into the life of a Lea Michele or a Justin Bieber." He adds: "How does someone get a role on a Big Time Rush or a Pretty Little Liars? There is so much drama in the background. You are swimming with sharks!"

Power Lunch

During the upfronts in New York, Simon CowellBritney Spears and Demi Lovato visited ABC Kitchen. … Fox TV's Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice hosted Seth MacFarlane and Fringe's Anna Torv at Time Warner Center's Stone Rose Lounge. … Meanwhile, Turner Networks honchos Michael Wright and Steve Koonin were spotted at the Ritz-Carlton bar with top talent Vince VaughnCourteney Cox and Breckin Meyer. … In L.A., Mindy KalingZooey Deschanel and Rashida Jones lined up separately at Pressed Juicery in West Hollywood on May 23 for a trendy early-afternoon nutrient intake. … Lookout Management's Elliot Roberts held court with art gallerist Perry Rubenstein in one corner of Ammo while George Clooney anchored another. … FX original programming chief Nick Grad sat down with MGM Studios president Jon Glickman at Sushi Zo. … Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz stopped to chat with lawyer Kevin Yorn at Craft. … Richard Branson, producer Jason Felts and will.i.am dined at Mr. C. … Marisa Tomei helped ring in Rod Lurie's birthday at Ago. … Director Max Winkler hit Craig's. … A bushy-bearded Adam Goldberg assisted his granny with her walker at Nate 'n Al.

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