Rambling Reporter

6:00 AM PST 10/30/2012 by Merle Ginsberg & Gary Baum

Pfeiffer: Doggone It!: People know not to drink and drive. Michelle Pfeiffer has had to learn not to imbibe and bid. "I love auctions -- I actually bought a dog at an auction," she told THR on Oct. 27 at the eighth annual Pink Party benefit she co-hosted in Santa Monica for Cedars-Sinai's women's cancer program. (The event included a silent charity auction.) "I had way too many glasses of Pinot Grigio, and I came home with a Newfoundland. The next morning, I was like: 'Do I really have a Newfie in my house?' So, no alcohol tonight!"

Guessing Gamer

Which top studio exec apparently was so bored by Steven Spielberg's speech in honor of Stanley Kubrick at the black-tie LACMA Art + Film Gala on Oct. 27 that he spent its duration playing Bejeweled Blitz on his iPhone in his seat? He was intently focused on his handheld arcade as he sat amid other power tables filled with fellow industry heavyweights including Alan Horn, Brad Grey and Robert Iger. Perhaps he didn't need to feign interest because his studio doesn't have any ongoing business with the director.

Lorre's Vanity Publication

Chuck Lorre celebrated the release of What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Bitter, a collection of his often curmudgeonly end-of-show vanity cards, with a party attended by Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Jon Cryer on Oct. 24. How can a man this successful be bitter? "Oh, that's from when I started 15 years ago," he says. "Bitter was a reflection of the times. I'm probably more morose now."

Fergie Goes Wild

Beauty brand Wet n Wild never had a celeb "face" until it chose Fergie as global brand ambassador in March, rolling out a Fergie nail polish line. January will see the debut of Fergie for Wet n Wild, a 21-product line. "She picked all the colors," says vp marketing Brian Talbot. A typical Wet n Wild polish sells for less than a buck; Fergie's cost three times that and have sold more than the past two years of Wet n Wild's nail polish launches combined. "After the nail sales, we decided to do a full Fergie line." THR hears the company already slipped her a major surprise bonus check in the six figures. Fergalicious, indeed.

Power Lunch

On Oct. 29, in 85-degree heat, Diane Keaton took a seat at Ray's and Stark Bar at LACMA in a quintessentially Keaton-esque all-black ensemble, with gloves and hat. … Oprah Winfrey tucked into a salad at Scarpetta in Beverly Hills as Usher and Scooter Braun shared a table nearby. … All at Bouchon of late: frequent guest Brian Grazer as well as Jeffrey Katzenberg, producer Phil Rosenthal, NBC chairman Ted Harbert, CAA head of business affairs Sheldon Sroloff, Gersh partner Frank Wuliger and WME senior vp contemporary music John Marx. (Bradley Cooper popped into the adjacent oyster bar at Bouchon bistro.) … Pat Kingsley held court with a gaggle of current and former PMK*BNC publicists at Craig's on Oct. 24, including IMPR's Karen Samfilippo, ID's Mara Buxbaum, Prime's Joy Fehily and Viewpoint's Melissa Kates and Jennifer Allen. Current PMK execs Heidi Schaeffer and Catherine Olim flanked their old boss at the table. … Director Brad Furman broke bread with Topher Grace at Le Pain Quotidien in West Hollywood. … Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner visited Farmshop at the Brentwood Country Mart. … AFI Festival director Jacqueline Lyanga took a seat at the SmokeHouse.

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