Rambling Reporter


Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Uh-oh, food fight. Prospective new Real Housewives of Beverly Hills castmember Brandi Glanville -- Eddie Cibrian's ex-wife, who was caught in the media crosshairs vis-a-vis the actor's conspicuous affair with LeAnn Rimes -- might not be greeted with toned open arms by the haughty already-established Housewives. On the night of May 4 at industry power spot Craig's, Brandi was dining kitty-corner from Dana McKinney (who is also rumored to be joining the Beverly Hills offshoot for its second season). The pair were engaged in some animated small talk from their respective booths, when they spotted former Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel sitting with her agent Brian Dow at a nearby table. Then their eyes widened when they noticed RHBH star Kyle Richards enter the eatery with husband (and regular on Bravo's Million Dollar Listing) Mauricio Umansky. Although Richards made a beeline to Frankel's booth to welcome her fellow Bravo-lebrity to Los Angeles, she was noticeably cool to the possible newbies, shooting them only brief greetings as she swanned past their booths. Too bad the Bravo cameras weren't hiding behind the Craig's bar.

No Lust for Food
We've heard some weird requests for food and drink in contracts and riders, particularly when it comes to rock stars. But this one does not take the cake: Macrobiotic, famously skinny 64-year-old rocker Iggy Pop doesn't want food anywhere near his oeuvre. Sources close to Bug Music, which represents Pop's song catalog, have been carefully warned by the artist in writing that "no song of mine be attached to food of any kind." That means "Lust for Life" will not be playing on a McDonald's ad -- or any food ad. The words "heads will roll" and "punishable by death" are also said to be included in the document that the singer submitted to Bug. Reps for Bug Music and Iggy Pop did not get back to THR by press time about the reasons behind the singer's directive.

Tim Burton's Preview of What Frankenweenie Will Look Like
Fans of Tim Burton will soon get a special sneak peek into the world of his upcoming, long-anticipated Disney film Frankenweenie, out Oct. 5. Burton's eponymous traveling art show was first seen at MOMA, but when it opens May 29 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, it will include an exclusive presentation of figure maquettes from the stop-motion film, a full-length version of his 1984 short of the same name. The exhibit, encompassing 700 drawings, paintings, photos, storyboards, puppets and costumes, will also feature the real deer topiary from Edward Scissorhands. The sculpture will greet visitors outside on the BP Plaza. (MOMA had only a replica.) "Tim still had it in a warehouse in Burbank," LACMA curator Britt Salveson says. There also will be a three-dimensional sculpture room at the end of the exhibition. "I haven't seen them," Salveson says, "so this is where the curator needs to have faith." Burton will fly to L.A. for the show, but just for one day for a public book signing, also at LACMA (noon to 2 p.m.) May 28, and that night's big private A-list party; the next day he'll jet back to the set of just-starting Dark Shadows in Surrey, England.

Sign on the Unwrinkled Line
It was bound to happen sooner or later. If studio contract negotiations with actresses are going smoother these days, it's because a budget for youth-maintaining injectables is now being written into acting contracts, according to well-placed dermatology and agency sources. "They can be described as 'improvements.' Or Restylane and Botox go under the 'trainer' budget," says Beverly Hills' injector to the stars Rand Rusher of Bedford Skincare, who's also the star of Logo's Botox reality show Pretty Hurts (which debuted May 8). According to one New York dermatologist, "reality stars can be the most demanding." Adds one major agent with many female clients who would speak only anonymously: "These days, actresses have to walk that fine line between having studios pay for their maintenance and not going too far. They have to be careful not to cross the line." Or frown lines.

Power Lunch
Chuck Lorre, in a hoodie, with a female companion at Blue Plate Oysterette in Santa Monica. Clearly not thinking about Charlie Sheen, Lorre was observed watching the surfer videos on TV and laughing and drinking water. … Drew Barrymore, conducting a business meeting over lunch at Soho House. … Disney's Adam Sanderson, lunching at Pizzeria Mozza. … Because Larry Flynt has lunch three times a week at Culina in the Four Seasons on Doheny, the restaurant just put a "Larry Flynt Salad" on the lunch menu, consisting of diced vegetables, garbanzo beans, shrimp, Dungeness crab and sieved hard-boiled egg with a Chianti vinaigrette. … Elizabeth Hurley, in jeans and stilettos, power lunching with Friends With Benefits producer Liz Glotzer at Fig & Olive. … Emma Roberts dining on spaghetti Bolognese at Mauro's Cafe at Fred Segal. … Enjoying a couples' dinner date at Katana on Sunset, The Real Housewives of Orange County stars Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino were spotted with their significant others, Slade Smiley and Jim Bellino respectively.