Rambling Reporter

Gangster Book Still a Go: In response to the July 20 Colorado shootings, Warner Bros. pushed the release of its period noir film Gangster Squad from Sept. 7 to Jan. 11 in part to reshoot a scene in which Grauman's Chinese Theatre is shot up with Tommy guns. But it was too late for the studio to ask St. Martin's Press to pull the same-titled nonfiction book on which the historical saga is based. It's still due Aug. 7. "We had already shipped," says a rep for the publisher who notes that the offending scene, which is purely fictional, is not in Paul Lieberman's chronicle of an LAPD unit bent on bringing down mob boss Mickey Cohen.

Galliano to Hollywood?

Ex-Dior designer John Galliano, a near-recluse since his February 2011 debacle, has reemerged -- in L.A. First sighted at The Tower Bar on July 21 exchanging greetings in French and German with Diane Kruger, he was telling friends by the following day that his longtime partner, Alexis Roche, would like to style celebs, and thus they're looking for a local apartment because the designer has completed his stint in rehab.

NBC's Monkey Business

Crystal, a capuchin monkey who steals the fall NBC sitcom Animal Practice, was the hit of TCA. And at the May upfronts, entertainment president Jennifer Salke said Crystal was the highest-testing new character of the network's development season. But perhaps NBC should be more wary of cheeky monkeys. Friends co-creator David Crane tells THR that on-set defecation forced Marcel to be written out of his show: "Even the best monkey in the world is still a monkey."

The XXX Factor

First Steven Soderbergh selected adult actress Sasha Grey to star in The Girlfriend Experience. Now Paul Schrader has given the lead in The Canyons, about rich young wastrels, to porn star James Deen. Schrader didn't even know who Deen was until the film's screenwriter, Bret Easton Ellis, told him he'd penned the role with the swordsman in mind, so Deen deserved a screen test. Although now thrilled with the "counter-traditional casting" -- amplified when Lindsay Lohan signed as co-star -- Schrader admits he had to put Deen through remedial acting coaching. "He's done thousands of adult films," he says understandingly. "That's a lot of pool boys and pizza deliverymen to overcome."

Power Lunch

Kate Beckinsale celebrated her birthday July 26 at The Little Door. … Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito toasted his Emmy nomination at Craig's with manager Josh Kesselman. … Meanwhile, Hatfields & McCoys producers Leslie Greif and Herb Nanas rejoiced in their 16 Emmy noms with miniseries star Bill Paxton at The Grill on the Alley. On another occasion, outgoing Academy president Tom Sherak dined with RealD's Michael Lewis. ... Steve Tisch broke bread with TriCanyon Capital film financier Gary Pagar at Napa Valley Grille. … A confluence of A-listers on a single day at The Tower Bar: Bryan Lourd at a corner table with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, Ben Stiller seated nearby and John Mayer in the back. Into the fray walked Anne Hathaway, who ran over to Lourd to give him a kiss. Later in the week, Thomas Keller dined with James L. Brooks, while Jeffrey Katzenberg ate with producer Geyer Kosinski. Also in the room: Lynn Harris from Warner Bros. in one corner, Bob Greenblatt in another, Chris Silbermann across the room and James Schamus at a side table. The next day, Warners studio chief Jeff Robinov had a meal with top divorce attorney Laura Wasser.