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First Scoops on the Royal Couple’s L.A. Visit: Prince William and new bride Kate‘s itinerary for their July 8 to 10 trip to Southern California is ultra-hush-hush. But THR has a read on their likely agenda. On July 9, the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry will have a charity polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. (Polo is still big among princes.) Club spokeswoman Ellen Reid says she doesn’t know whether the couple will attend. But it does seem like a long way to travel and not hit an event with your name on it that’s just up the coast. As for L.A., there had been preliminary talks for a July 8 soiree in a private home to benefit Tusk, an African wildlife-protection charity that counts the prince as a patron. Then there’s a prospective visit to one of L.A.’s Skid Row missions — homelessness being one of William’s big concerns. The couple most likely will also do a BAFTA/LA event. An insider says nondisclosure agreements have been signed regarding their participation. The connection would be William’s 2010 appointment as BAFTA president. Plus, it could add glitz to a tour that has the Calgary Stampede rodeo as the lone announced event on their 11-day North American trip. Asked whether anything was cooking, the exec directors of Tusk and BAFTA/L.A. offered a terse “no comment.”
Producer Marc Cherry was so confident that his pilot for Hallelujah — which he calls “Glee for conservative Republicans” — would make it onto the ABC fall slate, he hired a showrunner for Desperate Housewives to replace himself and moved out of his DH office. But once the ABC upfronts revealed there was nothing to yell “Hallelujah!” about, Cherry suddenly moved back in again.
Look out, ladies: The Chanel handbags favored by Sarah Jessica Parker, the Olsens and Diane Kruger went up in price by 15 percent on June 1. Chanel insiders claim this is in keeping with prices at rival luxury brands like Hermes. The Chanel Classic that had been selling at $2,800 to $4,000 will now set you back a fair amount more. Savvy Chanel shoppers cleared out 90 percent of the existing Classic inventory in L.A.-area stores by May 31.
The Host With the Most
“My teleprompter skills are finally honed!” So says soon-to-be (June 12) second-time Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris, one of the few entertainers who has really mastered the hosting job. “Two years ago, I hosted like seven different shows: Tonys, Emmys, TV Land Awards; I even opened the Oscars. So I’m taking more of a back seat at this Tonys — a little of me goes a long way.” True enough: The actor directed Peter Knight‘s CBS pilot about venture capitalists (in contention for midseason), hopes to direct films and stars in indie film The Best and the Brightest this month with his comic hero Amy Sedaris. Then there’s his starring role on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. “And in my spare time, my partner and I had twins in October,” he says. “The throughline of all my projects is spit-up.”
Amid layoffs at Warner Music Group comes word that WMG co-president Todd Moscowitz had high-earning street artist Mr. Brainwash (Thierry Guetta from Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop) redecorate his office, confirms a spokesperson for WMG. Not coincidentally, there’s also a Mr. Brainwash mural in the lobby of WMG’s Burbank offices.
Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, David Spade, Kristin Chenoweth and Janet Jackson, all separately, at Sunset Tower. … Bono threw a dinner in honor of Jay-Z and Beyonce at Soho House. The following day, Zach Galifianakis and producer Jasper Graham met there, near Cameron Diaz and A-Rod. … Producer Keri Selig with ICM’s Nicole Clemens at Cecconi’s. … Dan Tana’s had quite a week, with Dick Wolf, Steve Tisch, Danny DeVito and Neal Moritz all showing up — separately, of course. … Disney’s Rich Ross stepped outside BLD during Sunday brunch to take a long call on his cell phone. … John Krasinski dined at Fig & Olive with two friends while wife Emily Blunt was out of town shooting. … Ginnifer Goodwin at California Vegan in Hollywood. … Jake Gyllenhaal had a business meal at the Napa Valley Grille of soft-shell crab, garlic fries and Fat Tire Amber Ale.
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