Rambling Reporter

Sarah Palin's Clothes Encounters: Now that she's a media personality in addition to being in the political game, Sarah Palin no longer has to dress in particularly dignified clothes. Nor does she have to pay for them, apparently. Her hair teased high, Palin told reporters at NBC's TCA pool party (where her husband, Todd, promoted his stint on the new reality show Stars Earn Stripes) that her clingy olive-green, curve-hugging dress and vampy black gladiator shoes were "on consignment." Well, it was obvious the RNC didn't pay for them -- and that they didn't come from Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue, either. As of press time, no designer came forward to claim credit. And what about the chunky flag bracelet on her arm? "It deflects the bad guys," she told THR.

Snoop & Ali: Unlikely BFFs

Rapper Snoop Dogg is the star of Reincarnated, a doc set to debut at Toronto. The film, shot this year in Jamaica, follows his rasta journey as he records a reggae album. What didn't make the cut was Snoop's jaunt to Las Vegas midway through the Jamaica period for Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday bash at the MGM Grand. (He sang to Ali his debut single, "Who Am I?") Seems the two are BFFs. "They're like family," says the film's director, Andrew Capper. "It didn't fit within the transformation narrative, but there's a whole dynamic there that's worth its own movie." The Ali footage will be released later online or on the DVD.

Nobu Becoming Mr. Chow

The starved-for-new-restaurants residents of Malibu are practically salivating as Michael Chow has begun to let slip to regulars -- and exclusively to THR -- that Mr. Chow will slide into what will be Nobu's old space in the Malibu Country Mart. Nobu Matsuhisa's Nobu, of course, is imminently moving across PCH to a souped-up beachfront location on a parcel owned by Larry Ellison. "It's very user-friendly," is Chow's reasoning for suddenly opening a coastal outpost. "We're just taking over the space. Nobu and I share the same clientele -- we're buddies, so to speak. One day people eat Chinese, the next day Japanese. Our places are very close in Tribeca; they're complementary. So Malibu is really a no-brainer." The beachy-keen version of Mr. Chow will open in about three months, before Christmas, with the same menu as in Beverly Hills -- and, as Chow notes, "the usual suspects. I've opened restaurants all over the world, but I've never heard people more excited about any place than this." Chinese food for Christmas in Malibu? "We missed the summer," he sighs. "But what can you do? I don't really go to the beach anyway!"

Billy Crystal, Author

Ever since Nora Ephron penned her comic aging memoir I Feel Bad About My Neck, about the trials and tribulations of looking in the mirror, the book business has sagged under the weight of titles on the topic, albeit most by women. Now Billy Crystal, 64, has penned part of a tome on senior citizenship, which sources say is "hilarious." Currently, his proposal is being shopped to New York publishers. A deal is expected to be announced imminently. Calls to his rep were not returned.

About the Face

It's natural to compare the just-announced 2013 Oxygen modeling competition The Face with America's Next Top Model. But according to the show's Karolina Kurkova, herself a supermodel, that's where the comparison ends: Face's aspiring models already will be on the ground level of the business, and their mentors are "supes" Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha and Kurkova. "Whoever wins our show will have a real career, not like on other shows," snipes Kurkova. "We're legitimate, working with modeling agencies. These are not girls we find on the street." As for models becoming hosts -- Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and now these three -- Kurkova says with a laugh, "One day you're in, one day you're out."

Power Lunch

All at the Chateau at once: manager Larry Taube with client Taylor Kinney (in town for Chicago Fire's TCA presentation) and Lady Gaga. At the next table sat Katy Perry, who came over to chat with Gaga. Then, in turn, Marisa Tomei and Ali Larter ambled over. Joel Edgerton, next appearing in The Odd Life of Timothy Green, was in too, as was Sean Penn. On another occasion, Aaron Paul and his fiancee, documentary director Lauren Parsekian, were seated across the room from Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy. … Simultaneously at The Little Door: Keanu Reeves with Parker Posey, Olga Kurylenko and Danny Huston with director Alberto Arvelo and screenwriter Tim Sexton, plus, at yet another table, Ray Stevenson, who stars in the next G.I. Joe. … WME's Robert Newman visited Scarpetta. … Reese Witherspoon shared a table with CAA's Kevin Huvane at Bouchon. On another day, Nancy Reagan was in. … Spotted during the same lunch hour at e.baldi, which is always buzzing: at table one, Warner Bros. executive vp worldwide marketing Blair Rich with former Warners topper Bob Daly, near Peter Morton with top real estate agent Stephen Shapiro. Nancy Meyers also was in with daughters Hallie, a screenwriter, and Annie, who is the West Coast PR for Chanel and is getting married in September. They studied fabric swatches. … Tyra Banks and Jaime King visited Eveleigh. … A convergence at The Tower Bar on July 28: Domenico Dolce of Dolce & Gabbana, fresh off a plane from Milan and jet-lagged, with a friend. Across the room, Baz Luhrmann and a big group celebrating finishing wrapping Gatsby with champagne and caviar. Sharon Stone showed up on the late side and proceeded to schmooze with both parties.

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