Kimmel's Parent Trap: Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel's parents claim they weren't in on the telecast gag that had them escorted out of the Nokia Theatre. Mid-broadcast, Kimmel called out to his mom, Joan, and dad, Jim, telling them he was crushed he hadn't won for best variety show. He had them ejected because, after they told him for years he could do anything he set his mind to, it turned out "you lied to me." Real security guards materialized to rather roughly hoist them away -- perhaps accounting for Mama Kimmel's seemingly authentically perplexed reaction. "It wasn't a bit!" she insisted later that night. Then, because of security, they couldn't get back to their seats for a half-hour. No harm, however. They were partying at Kimmel's Soho House bash until 1:30 a.m.
CAA's Pre-Emmy Skinny
The attention-getter at CAA's star-studded Bouchon pre-Emmy party Sept. 21 was no nominee. It was New York-based producer and 3 Arts manager Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, wearing a sleek wrap dress and being congratulated all evening for her svelte figure. She's down 100 pounds in the past two years.
The Princess and the Paps
Naomi Watts' upcoming Princess Diana movie, about her final years under siege by celebrity photographers -- made even more relevant by Kate Middleton's topless-pictures scandal -- had its own paparazzi challenges. They hit their peak during the film's re-creation of the royal divorcee's famous yachting romance with Dodi Fayed, played by Cas Anvar. Knowing the shoot of Diana would be a media magnet on the open sea -- and that water work is tricky for any production -- Ecosse Films made the decision to strike an exclusive arrangement with Splash News & Picture Agency (ironic, given the subject) to give it access to the best photo angles. Thus, they deterred most other paparazzi from bothering to hang around. "We knew we would have to deal with the situation, so we got out in front of it," the film's rep tells THR.
Vogue Snubs Vreeland
Anjelica Huston, Lauren Hutton and many famous faces turn up in the new fashion doc Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, about the late Harper's Bazaar and Vogue editrix. But there are two MIAs: Vogue editor Anna Wintour and contributor Andre Leon Talley, who worked for Vreeland at the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute early in his career. "Vogue hasn't touched the movie," says director Lisa Immordino Vreeland. As for Talley, "he requested a well-known fashion scholar interview him. So I didn't beg him." When Talley requested a screener after the movie played Tribeca, "we let him know he could buy a ticket like everybody else."
Salsberg: Poker Face
In a rare feat for a nonpro, Weeds writer-producer Matt Salsberg won the five-day World Poker Tour's Grand Prix de Paris tournament at the city's historic Aviation Club on Sept. 15, netting more than $500,000. Salsberg, who has a new series, Whales, about the high-stakes global poker scene in development at Showtime -- "Think Entourage meets The Big Bang Theory" -- is a longtime hobbyist card shark. His jargon-jammed patois ("stone bubble," "gut shot") might be unintelligible to an outsider, but he's eloquent about his victory. "It's comparable to getting a show picked up," he says. "You put in years and years of work -- that '10,000 hours' of practice. Then, suddenly, you're an overnight success."
The day before Trouble With the Curve opened Sept. 21, Clint Eastwood ate the salmon at NineThirty at the W hotel in Westwood. … Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the producing team behind the next Oscar telecast, hung out at Soho House. … Demi Moore, in a white minidress, visited Tower Bar. … Jerry Bruckheimer celebrated his birthday at Cleo with Michael Bay and others over seafood, lamb and steak mezze plates. … Sony Pictures TV president Steve Mosko had sushi at K-Zo. … LACMA Film Series head Elvis Mitchell sidled up to The Counter on the Miracle Mile. … Laura Dern dropped by the main dining room at Brentwood's Tavern. … DreamWorks Animation chief marketing officer Anne Globe lunched at the soon-to-be-shuttered Campanile. … WME's Michelle Bohan got her fix at Yogurtland on Montana in Santa Monica. … Halle Berry checked out Osteria Drago. ... Brenda Strong popped over to Craig's. ... Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka ate at M Cafe de Chaya. … Kate Hudson ducked into Bouchon. … FX vp development Nicole Clemens took a seat at Barney Greengrass not too far from Gersh partner Leslie Siebert. … John Goodman, shooting The Hangover Part III way out in Tehachapi, was spotted hitting a local Subway.