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Brunetti vs. Chris Brown: On Sept. 5, Sean Kingston tweeted about “the sickest mansion pool party … 3pm to 7!!!” He was referring to a pre-VMA bash hosted by Rob Kardashian featuring Chris Brown in the Hollywood Hills. Fans crowded the streets, neighbors complained, and the LAPD shut it down. A source says a couple was having sex in front of a house, and parked cars kept residents from exiting. Unconfirmed reports had Justin Bieber attending. One resident, Trigger Street Productions’ Dana Brunetti (whose neighbors include manager Keith Addis and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), tweeted: “Just got horrible news … Chris Brown moved into the neighborhood. The police have already started responding to his parties.” Brown’s rep declined comment, and Kingston’s and Kardashian’s did not return THR‘s calls.
All in for Katie
It wasn’t just fans in the audience for the live premiere of Katie Couric’s Katie on Sept. 10. The big Disney/ABC brass, Robert Iger and Anne Sweeney, were spotted (fingers crossed?) in the back row, cheering her on. Pot of Anarchy
Kurt Sutter and other Sons of Anarchy-ists celebrated their season-five premiere at Gladstone’s in Malibu on Sept. 8. The talk among partygoers: the reek of weed on the deck, where many guests, including star Charlie Hunnam, congregated.
What’s in and Not in Gaga’s New Fragrance Film
Lady Gaga‘s five-minute short film for her black-liquid fragrance Fame, which she’ll debut Sept. 13 during a masquerade ball at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, has the pedigree of a Hollywood movie: Ridley Scott producing, David Fincher‘s regular DP Jeff Cronenweth on camera, effects by Digital Domain, a seven-figure-plus budget. Talking exclusively with THR, the film’s director, acclaimed photographer Steven Klein (who shot Gaga’s “Alejandro” video), says the arresting image of a giant Gaga being scaled, Lilliputian-style, by a pack of muscled men required the construction of a 300-foot-long, nearly 50-foot-tall sculpture of the singer’s body on a Paramount soundstage. But one thing didn’t make it into what Klein calls the “safe version” of the film, which is awash in black latex and surrealistic imagery. In a more violent director’s cut (there are no clear plans on when it will be released), “She actually kills all the boys, like a massacre,” says the photographer. Klein, who just signed with RSA Films as a commercials director and is looking to direct his first feature film, says the goal was not to make a typical fragrance ad: “She said to me, ‘I want to put a hypodermic needle in the fragrance business and blow it up.’ “
Ebersol’s Knicks in L.A.
Charlie Ebersol — co-founder of The Hochberg Ebersol Co. and 2012 inductee to THR‘s Reality TV 50 Most Powerful List — is known around town as quite the dandy, favoring Gatsby-esque gear, notably his custom knickerbockers, or knee-length pants. The producer, son of Dick Ebersol, says he received thousands of e-mails after an appearance in December on Morning Joe while promoting an NFL documentary he produced. Mid-interview, co-host Willie Geist appreciatively said, “What is up with the pants?!” In March, he rocked a tuxedo-style pair to Ryan Kavanaugh‘s Oscar party. “He was like, ‘Where do I get a pair?’ ” says Ebersol. Inspired by the interest, the producer — whose The Great Escape wrapped on TNT and whose The Moment will premiere in the winter on USA — is launching his own line, Teddy Bright Stitches (teddybright.com), which he plans to debut in early 2013.
Kanye’s Staff Dress Code
If you work for Kanye West, you have to dress like he does. The aesthetics-driven rapper, whose collaborative album Cruel Summer drops Sept. 18, decrees that his whole entourage gets kitted out in designer duds in his favored color, black. THR hears that an on-staff stylist outfits the singer’s team. (His camp declined comment.) Lack of individuality, yes, but they get to keep the clothes.
Overheard at Toronto
At CAA’s bash at Cinema Warehouse on Sept. 9, one distributor, arriving at about 10:30 p.m., complained the event lacked food: “I overheard Colin Firth say, ‘I would give away my Academy Award right now for a f–ing shrimp puff.’ ” … Bedlam ensued outside Sony Pictures Classics’ dinner (attended by director Michael Haneke, who won Cannes’ top prize for SPC’s Amour) when guest Zac Efron‘s fans went wild, allowing Joaquin Phoenix to walk by unnoticed. … After the Sept. 8 Cloud Atlas premiere, German producer Stefan Arndt made the mistake of checking the web before bed. “I read the first review; it was bad. That killed it: I couldn’t sleep,” says Arndt, who stayed up hours more as positive reviews “balanced it out. I could finally turn in.” … Spotted on Air Canada bound for LAX: Selena Gomez (with entourage), William H. Macy (giving acting pointers to Andy Samberg) and Darren Criss (third-to-last row in coach).
At the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 8, Alexander Skarsgard ate lunch with his 7-year-old What Maisie Knew co-star Onata Aprile and her mother at Brassaii. … On Sept. 2, the reopened Nobu Malibu was hopping: Adam Sandler and one of his daughters were seen exiting while Don Rickles and Bob Newhart sat next to each other on the VIP patio, where Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison also chatted with guests; Suzanne Somers and her husband, former Canadian TV host Alan Hamel, passed through; and chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa greeted patio diners. The same evening, Jeffrey Katzenberg and his family started at a table near the railing by the ocean then moved to one even closer after ordering. Another night saw Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber. … At Katsu-Ya on Ventura Boulevard, media mogul Haim Saban and The CW president Mark Pedowitz dined while DC Comics artist/co-publisher Jim Lee and System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan noshed nearby. … Ink attracted David Beckham and Gordon Ramsay, who ate together, and Bobby Flay, at a separate table.
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