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Lunch: A Heaping Helping of The Usual Suspects

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It’s a lo-cal edition of ‘Lunch’ today. After all, you can’t expect to indulge in a diet rich in celebs and boldface names every week. We’ve spoiled you, I know. (By the way, if you’re looking to chat with some big-time media mavens and news makers, don’t miss the first TVNewser Summit on March 10.) After settling in at the bar, I went searching for tasty tidbits and found some of the regulars ready to serve up some interesting morsels. Men’s Health honcho David Zinczenko, who was praised in Keith Kelly‘s column in today’s New York Post as “a winner” and “the face” of Rodale, returned to the dining room after a long absence. “I’ve been having a lot more lunches at my desk,” Dave told me. Fresh off a round of appearances for his latest Eat This, Not That blockbuster book, Dave was lunching with Michael Caruso, the former editor-in-chief of Men’s Journal now with OpenGate Capital, the equity fund that recently bought TV Guide. No one multitasks like Dave, who was thrilled to show me the April issues of Men’s Health and its increasingly successful sister, Women’s Health, which boasts its first-ever beauty ‘flip cover.’ Dave is thrilled with new-ish hire Michele Promaulayko as editor for Women’s Health and was singing her praises with what she’d done with her first issue. “She’s already a star,” says Dave.

As luck would have it, Michele was right across the room lunching with The Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis so I went over and introduced myself. Michele told me she was “thrilled” to be with the title, and we chatted about the always interesting experience of interviewing and shooting celebs and dished over what makes for a great fashion story. I told her I loved the piece on dressing for work. It looked terrific and oh-so-chic. We both agreed service has its place, but the pictures have to dazzle. And in her premiere issue, they do. “Fashion cred is important,” Michele told me. You’ve got it.

At the bar, there was plenty of conversation among Michael McCarty and his staff about the design for the new label for the upcoming release of his 2005 Pinot Noir from The Malibu Vineyard Rambla Pacifico. It’s his first since replanting in 2000 (in case you were wondering). We cast our vote to stay with the classic but modern look of the 2004 label. Sommelier Seth Liebman tells me the talk also turned to wine yesterday when Jack Kliger, an avid collector, wanted to enjoy a glass of 1970 Les Forts de Latour and didn’t want the rest of the bottle of the impressive vintage to go to waste, so he graciously offered some to director Stephen Daldry. Cheers!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Steve Rubenstein presiding over a table of movers and shakers including Marty Bandier

2. Peter Brown with another distinguished gent (Update: That distinguished gent was New York Daily News editor-in-chief and deputy publisher Martin Dunn)

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Lisa Caputo

4. David Zinczenko and Michael Caruso

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Finke Inserts Herself Into Weinstein/Rudin Scrap

hw2.jpgBlogger Nikki Finke, as is her wont, has placed herself smack in the middle of this true Hollywood showdown between producers Harvey Weinstein and Scott Rudin.

sr.jpgNikki claimed that the New York Post’s Page Six called her to gossip about Weinstein and his offer of a milion bucks for charity.

At issue is whether Weinstein pledged $1 million to charity if anyone can prove and produce a Rudin email about Weinstein’s alleged treatment of the late Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack’s families. Nikki says Rudin told HER Monday night that it was in fact his email and that Weinstein’s people were pestering him to deny the email and lie to Page Six. Nikki went on the up-and-up by reprinting the contretemps in her well-read blog, Deadline Hollywood Daily.

We’re still trying to figure out whether she’s getting a cut from either producer, as is their normal wont.

All of this hullabaloo was related to the Stephen Daldry-directed film, “The Reader,” which, if it ever gets out has potential for Oscars.

And since when does Page Six call other gossips for help?

Trade Round-Up: August 20, 2007

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THR reports that Fox has again gone to its go-to guy for live broadcasts, Ryan Seacrest, signing the American Idol host to emcee the network’s Sept. 16 telecast of the 59th annual Emmy Awards. Reporter Nellie Andreeva writes that while Seacrest is a “logical” choice for Fox, he is a “somewhat unorthodox pick for the Emmy Awards ceremony which are usually fronted by a comedian.” To be fair though, Seacrest does have his share of funny moments on Idol. But instead of traditional jokes, they’re usually in the form of jabs at Simon Cowell. Wonder what he’ll do without having the razor-tongue Brit to rely on? Well, he could always request a front-row seat for Paula Abdul.

Judd Apatow continued his summer reign at the box-office with his latest pic, Superbad, opening superhuge at No. 1 with a $31.2 million take. The Superbad bow comes on the heels of Apatow’s earlier summer comedy Knocked Up which is currently pushing towards the $150 million mark. Hollywood officially has its new golden boy while a previous golden girl, Nicole Kidman, had a steep fall from grace after her latest pic, the sci-fi remake Invasion, couldn’t invade the top three spots, settling for a No. 5 debut with a paltry $6 million.

Speaking of Kidman, the poor showing of her latest pic hasn’t hindered her career prospects, reports Var’s Michael Fleming. The Oscar-winner has signed on to star opposite Ralph Fiennes in the love story, The Reader, for the Weinstein Co. Stephen Daldry directs based on a novel by German scribe Bernhard Schlink. Reader reunites the Aussie actress with her Cold Mountain producers Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack.

Meanwhile, Kidman’s ex Tom Cruise has been busy himself, shooting the Bryan Singer-directed Valkyrie in Germany. However, filming hit a bit of a speed bump on Sunday night when 11 people were injured when they fell off the back of a truck in Berlin. THR reports that a side panel burst open when a truck drove around a corner, seriously injuring one cast member.

Disney’s squeaky-clean teen smash High School Musical dirtied up the record books over the weekend when the sequel premiered on Friday night. Var reports that the telefilm averaged 17.2 million viewers for the premiere, making it “the most-watched basic-cable telecast on record. It’s also the largest aud for any television program on any net in about three months.”
– CHRIS GARDNER