Rambling Reporter

Billy Bush Claims Katie Cut Him Off: Access Hollywood's Billy Bush flew from L.A. to N.Y. to interview Katie Couric after the first taping of her talk show Sept. 10. But around 10 minutes in, a PR woman snapped: "That's enough. Wrap. You're done!" -- with Katie exec producer Jeff Zucker nearby. "I asked Katie about having dated a man 17 years her junior," Bush tells THR. "This is relevant to the milieu of daytime television; her viewers want to know about the older woman/younger man trend. She said it was a 'cheesy question,' so I asked for a cheesy answer." And that's when the plug got pulled, according to Bush. "There are plenty of suck-up TV personalities who would have gone on that set with a cake and kissed Katie's ass," complains Bush, never one to shy away from a good line. "I'm the host of Access Hollywood -- I gave up that stuff years ago! Meanwhile, she asked Jennifer Lopez the same question a few days later, about dating a man 18 years younger. We only asked about a 17-year difference!" An insider at Katie says "everyone can agree that Access had an exclusive 20-plus minute interview. It's unfortunate if there was any misunderstanding." A Katie spokesman had no comment.

UTA's Big Weekend

Looks like UTA will be having one hell of an Emmy weekend. About 350 agents and staff will be moving to new headquarters at 9336 Civic Center Drive, a two-building complex with a $30 million renovation. In fact, UTA's new Beverly Hills hood -- with YouTube, Netflix, AOL and Relativity -- is emerging as a hot enclave. (A second outpost of Century City cafe Clementine will open Sept. 24 in UTA's complex.) Meanwhile, on Sept. 21, UTA will hold an Emmy party at the Brentwood home of managing director Jay Sures and his interior-designer wife, Molly Isaksen, who's renovated the old Fred MacMurray estate. UTA Emmy nominees Bryan Cranston, Lena Dunham, Aaron Paul and Julian Fellowes will attend the bash.

Overheard at New York Fashion Week

Stanley Tucci, front row at Nanette Lepore: "I was going direct a play this year. But everybody keeps asking me when I'm going to direct another movie after Big Night -- maybe I should just direct a movie and get it over with." … The Avengers star Mark Ruffalo, at his first fashion show -- Maria Cornejo -- telling a friend: "Even when I got an Oscar nom for The Kids Are Alright, the studios said my movies never make money. I guess they won't be saying that anymore … and neither will I!" … Kevin Spacey, overheard in the elevator of the Mandarin Oriental, about recently completing season one of Netflix's House of Cards, "We start season two soon, but we won't know till after our 2013 debut what our long-term fate is. But did you see Marc Jacobs' show last night? … Hailee Steinfeld, front at Prabal Gurung, told THR: "I'm playing Juliet in the upcoming film version of Romeo & Juliet, and given all the versions onstage and screen, it was both daunting and an honor -- finally, an age-appropriate part, I guess!"

Hamlisch High Holy Days

EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winner Marvin Hamlisch died Aug. 6, but his musical spirit will live on at Beverly Hills' Temple for the Arts this Yom Kippur on Sept. 26. Richard Kagan, longtime friend and musical producer on Hamlisch's The Goodbye Girl, was asked by Rabbi David Baron to turn a Jewish High Holy Day prayer into a song in honor of the composer and prominent philanthropist. "I wrote a solemn melody I thought Marvin would approve of," says Kagan, who's married to actress Julie Hagerty and was with Hamlisch when he was taken to the hospital. "He put those notes down for me. This music, in my mind, came from him."

Power Lunch

On Sept. 13, Christina Hendricks and husband Geoffrey Arend broke bread with her fellow AMC star Bryan Cranston at Osteria Drago. She had the veal chop, he the seafood risotto. … Universal co-chair Donna Langley popped into Mauro Cafe at Fred Segal. … Ari Emanuel reigned over a table of four at Scarpetta, while Anna Kendrick ate spaghetti on the patio. … The quintet from One Direction, while in town for the VMAs, ate at The Backyard at the W hotel in Westwood. … On various days at the Grill on the Alley, Mel Brooks lunched with Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chair Jim Gianopulos, a WME triumvirate of Emanuel, Richard Weitz and Patrick Whitesell shared a table, top attorney Jake Bloom and Roar Entertainment co-founder Will Ward got together, and A-list business manager Jerry Breslauer met up with composer John Williams. … Dana Carvey pulled up a seat at Soho House. … Siblings Derek and Julianne Hough rendezvoused at Planet Dailies. … Kris Jenner lunched with Miley's mom Tish Cyrus at Casa Vega in the Valley. … The newly opened Xen in Studio City, owned by actor Duane Martin, has seen Queen Latifah, Denzel Washington and Will and Jada Smith. Stevie Wonder also visited and requested that Martin print some Braille menus.

 

 

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