Saturday, May 18, 2024

Exclusive from the Chanel Pre-Oscar Dinner: Margot Robbie Joins Christian Bale in New David O. Russell Film


UPDATED to reflect this Sat scoop: Meanwhile, David O. Russell — director of “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Fighter” among many fine films — told me he’s starting a new one in March for New Regency. No title yet, and he’s holding off on the plot line. Christian Bale and Margot Robbie will star in it.

If you wanted to experience a Vanity Fair Oscar party without the hundreds of advertising executives as extras, the place to be last night was the Beverly Hills Hotel.

That’s where fashion design house Chanel put on the dog, so to speak, with an “intimate”  A list dinner full of celebrities packed into the famous Polo Lounge. British PR man Charles Finch, whose father was the great “Network” actor Peter Finch, hosted the proceedings.

Among the stars were Penelope Cruz, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Margot Robbie, Demi Moore, Jared Harris, Diane Kruger, Gina Gershon, Pedro Almodovar, Camilla Morrone, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, Quincy Jones’s star daughters Rashida Jones and sister Kenya Kinsski Jones, David O. Russell and wife Holly Davis, Margaret Qualley, and Tracee Ellis Ross. Not bad! Plus we got a famous uncle-nephew combo with Danny Huston and Jack Huston, whose sister/aunt is Anjelica and father/grandfather was John Huston. Very cool!

De Niro and Keitel stayed just for cocktails. They were needed for a hush hush Netflix party at Craigs on Melrose. No sign of Martin Scorsese there, it’s possible the director of “The Irishman” hasn’t come west this weekend.

Demi Moore was glowing because everyone was coming up and praising her for her recent best selling memoir. She also looked like a million bucks. Demi is now preparing for the fall 2020 release of the paperback, and considering adding an updated chapter. I hope she does! I’m a big Demi fan, I just think she’s terrific. Her next film outing had better include some comedy– she has great chops, as they say!

Penelope Cruz, in hot pink, is making a rare visit to LA from Madrid, where she and Javier Bardem are busy raising their little Leo and Luna. Time flies– the kids are respectively 9 and 6 years old!

And where were all the Oscar nominees? In bed early, I should think!

For Finch, it was a bookended week as he threw a similar fest with Chanel in London last Saturday before the BAFTA awards. Coco Chanel would be proud her name still draws the fireflies!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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