Joel Silver Romances Barbra Streisand: If you have Barbra Streisand attached to your film, you better keep her satisfied. Joel Silver, the producer of a previously announced cinematic reboot of Gypsy that would star Streisand as Mama Rose, turned up backstage at Streisand's "Back to Brooklyn" concert Oct. 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn holding a huge arrangement of (appropriately) red roses. When he saw her, they embraced, and he was whisked away to a more private area with his son Sam, who had the honor of Streisand wishing him a happy birthday. Streisand has been attached to star in Universal's Gypsy remake -- written by Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes -- since Silver conceived it. The 70-year-old also stars with Seth Rogen in the comedy The Guilt Trip, due out this Christmas.
Jimmy Kimmel Grills Axl
Most major late-night talk shows have producers on staff who call the talent a few days before their appearance to do the perennial "pre-interview." But Jimmy Kimmel seems to be doing his own. On Oct. 24, he will have reclusive and semi-retired rock icon Axl Rose as a guest -- and on Oct. 23, they were scheduled to be dining together at Nobu Malibu for a nice night-before chat. Either Kimmel's a big fan, dying to tweet from a table with Axl -- or this show is seriously understaffed.
Maya Rudolph did some very convincing song-and-dance moves during her (purple) reign on Saturday Night Live -- even emulating a flamboyant Beyonce as Prince's sidekick on a famed skit called "The Prince Show." (Fred Armisen did a very convincing Prince, even belting out the hits in the famous falsetto.) But now Rudolph's stepping into the purple suit herself. The Up All Night actress actually has started a Prince cover band called, appropriately, Princess. Rudolph performed Prince songs in September with The Roots at the Brooklyn Bowl during bandleader Questlove's stint there. Rudolph's spokeswoman confirms she'll be headlining L.A.'s Largo on Nov. 10, though not with The Roots.
Phil Rosenthal: The New Anthony Bourdain?
Two years after starring in Exporting Raymond, his acclaimed doc about attempting to replicate Everybody Loves Raymond in Russia, TV producer Phil Rosenthal is putting the finishing touches on a pilot for an Anthony Bourdain-esque globe-trotting food show. He'll be paired on-air with a chef companion as they explore a different city's dining scene in each episode. For the London-focused pilot, he tapped top toque Thomas Keller, who doesn't typically do this type of thing. "I did it because it's Phil," says Keller, noting they became friends when he consulted on James L. Brooks' 2004 film Spanglish, in which Adam Sandler played a chef. (Rosenthal had a role as Sandler's sous chef; in real life, he's an investor in a slew of industry hotspots, including Providence, Red Medicine, Tavern, Mozza and Keller's Bouchon.) If the series gets picked up -- "People have offered to put it on already, sight unseen," says Rosenthal, who also is financing the restaurant-world documentary Spinning Plates -- he expects to enlist such other L.A. chef-friend luminaries as Nancy Silverton and Nobu Matsuhisa for episodes. "We're still toying with the name of the show," he says. "My brother said, 'How about The Lucky Bastard?' I haven't thought of a better title yet than that."
Plan Check, the New American joint along Sawtelle Boulevard's noodle row, has been popping. Conan O'Brien, Tyra Banks, Elijah Wood and Boardwalk Empire producer Stephen Levinson have been in recently, along with Brian Grazer, who had the smoky fried chicken, and Maria Shriver, who brought her kids -- they ate burgers. … On another day, Grazer lunched with Gavin Rossdale at E baldi as Paul Anka reigned over another table nearby. Meanwhile, Billy Crystal and wife Janice were on the patio. … Wes Craven, Roger Corman and Jerry Bruckheimer shared the room at the Grill on the Alley one afternoon. Power tables on other occasions: David Geffen with Frank Mancuso, Gary Barber with Amy Pascal and Richard Lovett with Ron Meyer. … Producer Keri Selig and agent Nicole Winnaman broke bread at Culina one day, while Maggie Gyllenhaal was there another. … At Hatfield's, David Fincher talked business in a booth, while Seth Rogen dined nearby with friends. … Sherry Lansing, Mike Medavoy and Peter Guber have settled in to Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air of late. … John Legend hit Vincenti in Brentwood. … Glee's Damian McGinty popped into DuPar's at the Farmers Market. … Kate Beckinsale and ex Michael Sheen shared the crispy rice at Koi. Michael Buble and Christina Aguilera were each in at other times. … Honey Boo Boo, in town on a PR swing, visited Sprinkles' Beverly Hills cupcake ATM. … In New York, Paul Rudd and Ed Asner, co-starring on Broadway in Grace, visited the Lambs Club together. … Demi Moore took a seat down in NoLita at Ken & Cook. … Eva Longoria was an early bird at the soon-to-officially-open Bill's in Midtown.