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Lunch: Michael Douglas Turns Heads; Rudy & Judy Giuliani Go Low Profile

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— DIANE CLEHANE

I got an early Christmas present at Michael’s today when I got the chance to chat with one of my favorite actors, Michael Douglas, who has been something of a regular in the dining room this fall since coming back to town to film Wall Street 2. When the Oscar winner arrived and strode purposefully to his table, every head in the place turned. Unlike plenty of A-listers who can barely conceal their impatience for having to deal with mere mortals, he couldn’t have been more gracious when I went over to say hello.

A few years ago, we worked together on The Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars where he presented an award to designer Nino Cerruti His then-fiancee, now his wife, Catherine Zeta Jones, was also there to present to glamour guys Mark Badgley and James Mischka. When I told him the paps are still raking it in from the images taken then of the glam couple on the red carpet, he just laughed. “How is Nino?” he asked before I could ask him about his work on Wall Street 2. When the conversation finally turned to the highly anticipated sequel, I got the scoop on what we can expect from the story and his character, the Machiavellian money man Gordon Gekko. “It was very exciting and a lot of fun to be back. He’s been in prison so he’s a lot darker now, and he’s written a book about the financial world,” said Michael. “It’s set in 2007, so it’s about his predictions on what’s going to happen. It’s very interesting.” Is greed still good? We’re guessing not.

I’ve gotten to meet lots of interesting folks since I first began reporting on the scene at Michael’s three years ago and there’s none nicer than Ira Yoffe, who joined me for lunch today to talk about his exciting new venture. After spending 29 years with Parade — the last nine as vice president, creative director, and head of its in-house advertising agency — Ira is striking out on his own. He’s launching Yoffe Media Group in January because, he says, the time has never been better for entrepreneurial creative businesses. “Last fall, when budgets were being cut, money on creative was one of the first things to go. This is the time to re-invest in promoting your product.” Ira plans to run his “virtual agency” without costly overhead by putting together creative teams comprised of talented freelancers wherever they may be. On Friday, he’ll be inking a partnership deal with Rosica Strategic Public Relations. “There is no need for talent and creativity to be limited by location or the limits of outdated technology,” he told me. “Now, more than ever before, it’s possible for clients to benefit from work that is being produced by the best and the brightest in the world.” He expects that his agency-without-walls philosophy will result in “a better quality of work” and the ability to “pass the savings on to the client.” Sounds like a winning strategy to us.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Late arriving producer Joel Silver and a table full of holiday revelers including, we hear, his wife and son.

2. Peter Brown

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Don Welsh (Long time no see!)

4. The New York Observer’s resident newlywed Jared Kushner (Mazel tov!) and Steve Rubenstein

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Watch the Box: Toy Box

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NBC has bravely plunged into a world of series without pilots, ordering six episodes of Kath and Kim from Reveille (no surprise there)starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair. The show, based on an Australian series, concerns itself with a self-absorbed woman and her 40ish divorced mom–Shannon, who could be Blair’s mom if she’d been a slut in high school.

Mattel and CAA are playing nicely with Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, Max Steel, UNO and Polly Pocket, and developing movies, TV, digital, video games etc. based on said brands. Mattel also made a deal with Joel Silver and Warner Bros. to develop a live-action He-Man Masters of the Universe. CAA and Hasbro, turned Transformers into a movie, and plan to do the same to G.I. Joe. Boys and their toys.

Fuse has four new series:

Fuse Rocks the Garden–live concert series at Madison Square Garden begins with the Foo Fighters on February 19 at 11p.

10 Great Reasons–each episode counts down the top 10 facts or myths in today’s music.

Live Through This– comebacks starting with at Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx.

Talking Metal– hard rock/heavy metal TV series based on the Talking Metal podcast.

Jeff Robinov Retrospective

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Seen above, in happier times, Warner’s Alan Horn, producer Joel Silver, and in the role of Baby Bear, Jeff Robinov, president of production.

Robinov, you may recall, was quoted by Nikki Finke as saying that Warner’s was “longer doing movies with women in the lead”.

Gloria Allred called for a boycott, meaning crowds can continue to ignore the movies they weren’t seeing anyway.

Finke goes into more detail about Robinov’s response, and that of the other media. She stands by her story, but you knew that.

Jeffrey Wells has a semi-reasoned take to follow his initial reactions.

Anne Thompson writes a straight for the horse’s mouth piece on what Jeff Robinov really said or meant or didn’t mean or whatever.

Erik Davis isn’t taking any of this very seriously, but he loved Persepolis.

Karina Longworth notes that this is far from over.

Jeremy Smith wants to see Jessica Biel as a Navy SEAL. It rhymes!

Sasha Stone and her readers try to figure out what’s really going on.

FBLA bets that Warner’s will probably rush Paddington into production. Stuffed animals can’t talk back.

The Golden Girls: Sex and The City Movie Recast

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The Sex and the City movie’s finally a go, and is supposed to “take up where the series left off”, with Sam getting a hip replacement.

But the project has taken so long to get going that there’s speculation that the original cast might not be reunited. So, FBLA suggests:

Miranda will be played by Anne Meara,
Carrie Bradshaw will be Cloris Leachman.
Charlotte is now Dixie Carter, and
Kim Catrell remains as Samantha.

In slightly related news, Proctor & Gamble has licensed All You Need is Love for a Depends Luvs ad.

In The Trades:

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NBC borrows from the Brits and gives America a show that intends to give teens a taste “living life on fast-forward and giving teens a wakeup call about the consequences of unplanned pregnancy.” Is NBC planning on buying babies for this purpose?

Speed Racer is even more of a go, as Warners has moved the release date up to May 9, 2008.
Larry and Andy Wachowski are writing and directing, Joel Silver is producing under his Silver Pictures banner.

Al Gore’s CurrentTV is opening in the UK, with plans for more overseas markets. When asked what his 18-year-old self would have submitted, Gore replied, “Back in those days I was protesting against the Vietnam war, I’d probably want to make something on that.”

Doc. makers Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine turn the lens on Michael Moore in Manufacturing Dissent and even use some moves from his playbook:

Melnyk and Caine are forcibly ejected during one public event spotlighting Moore and denied access to sound recording at another.

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Regis Philbin is scheduled for heart by-pass surgery this week. If only some talk show hosts could get brain implants, things would be better.

Online gamblers are betting on Heather Mills and her leg coming off during Dancing With the Stars.

Steve Wilkos, the security guard from The Jerry Springer Show, is getting a talk show. Why? Because he’s recognizable.

In the Trades: Remakes, Remakes, Remakes

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Russell Crowe will star as the not-as-bad-as-we’ve-been-led-to-believe Sheriff of Nottingham, based on a spec script from Ethan Reiff and Cyris Voris of Sleeper Cell. Imagine’s Brian Glazer will produce for Universal.

Jennifer Garner will star in a remake of the perfect-the-way-it-is-now, so-why-mess-it-up? 1945 film Christmas in Connecticut. Barbara Stanwyck was wonderful as the undomesticated magazine columnist forced to entertain a war hero at Christmas. No writer has been assigned and FBLA hopes this project dies a well-deserved death. Remakes suck.

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Speaking of remakes, Warner Bros. bought a Wonder Woman spec script, even though one they already have one from Joss Whedon. Joel Silver is producing the big-screen version, with Wheldon directing, and by buying the spec from new boys Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland, a future legal problem is side-stepped.

Jordana Brewster will play Mrs. Smith for ABC in the pilot based on the Jolie-Pitt movie, to be directed by Doug Linman. Brewster was also courted by NBC for the Bionic Woman series. Is Brewster the new Linda Carter or the more accessible Angelina Jolie? Aren’t they all lesbian fantasy objects?