About Town: Rambling Reporter

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DRAGON LADY: Noomi Rapace is the star of the Swedish version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Will one of the year’s best performances go unrecognized? Noomi Rapace’s role in ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ is ineligible for a Globes nomination.

One of the year’s best performances likely will go unrecognized. Noomi Rapace, star of the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, isn’t eligible for a Globes nomination; the film unspooled in Europe in 2009, which rules it out. She is not excluded, though, by the Academy. But neither the film’s Swedish producers nor U.S. distributor Music Box can afford a half-million-dollar Oscar campaign. “They wouldn’t make any more money on the film,” one insider says. “And the original Swedish producers are involved with the David Fincher remake. They don’t want Noomi to outshine Rooney Mara.” But don’t cry for Rapace — she got the female lead in the Sherlock Holmes sequel, now shooting in London.


What do Time Warner chairman Jeff Bewkes, TW executive vp Gary Ginsberg and HBO co-presidents Richard Plepler and Eric Kessler have in common? They all frequent haircutter Laurent DeLouya, owner of Boite a Coupe on East 57th Street. “I’ve been going to Laurent for 35 years,” another client, David Mamet, tells us. “He lets me speak French with him, discuss Torah with him — and he is a genius!” Adds DeLouya: “Sometimes they come all together and talk business. I’ll have five guys in the chairs, and they paralyze the shop!” So what’s in the HBO pipeline? “Forget it. I’ve heard everything. And I can’t talk!”



You would think Castle star Stana Katic would have a driver taking her to work. But lately, she’s hasn’t even been using a car. Katic just launched the Alternative Travel Project on StanaKatic.com, giving up her car for seven days in November to save money and improve air quality. “The producers of the show were concerned with me riding a bike or walking to our crack-of-dawn calls,” she laughs. “You arrive a bit sweaty, but I’m in much better shape. If everyone in L.A. did this for even one day a year, pollution would diminish.” Who says nobody walks in L.A.?


All was not peaceful at the Ronni Chasen memorial Nov. 21 at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles. According to sources, veteran Hollywood publicist Michael Levine (who has repped Michael Jackson, Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart) was firmly escorted off the grounds by security when he showed up to pay respects. The invite said that the service was “for friends only. Guests not honoring this will be asked to leave.” Chasen’s inner circle felt that Levine and Chasen were not friends and that Levine had exploited the publicist’s passing by doing more interviews about her than what falls under the heading of mourning decorum.  Levine — who has been seeking contributions for his announced $25,000 reward fund for info on Chasen’s death — did not return calls.


Which Hollywood insiders are heading to Art Basel Miami, which runs Dec. 2-5? Sean Penn, Wendi Murdoch, Darren Star, Julian Schnabel and CAA’s Thao Nguyen will make the scene. And Julian Lennon is exhibiting his photographs in only his second show. The hot soiree? L.A. gallery Blum & Poe’s Dec. 1 private dinner at the new Soho Beach House.


ICM’s indie guru Hal Sadoff with film-finance lawyer John Burke at Toscanova in Century City. ... Shia LeBeouf visiting M Cafe Melrose for a latte and carrot juice. ... Kiefer Sutherland eating steak and eggs at Delphine bistro in the W Hollywood, after a late night he’d had there. Kevin Smith also was spotted lunching at Delphine. ... Jessica Alba and her daughter Honor at Katsuya in Brentwood. Jessica had salmon, and Honor nibbled on chocolate cake. ... Producer Keith Addis and attorney Ken Richmond grabbing lunch at Barney Greengrass. Addis’ wife, producer Keri Selig, was spotted on a different day at Soho House with manager Peter Safran.