In its coverage, the British Telegraph said "the legal shenanigans surrounding the case have continued in California," citing the supposed requirement that the trial be televised. And the paper argued that Polanski, meanwhile, has "lived a blameless, hard-working life in exile in France." Meanwhile, Polanki has expressed the view that he is innocent, that Americans are "prudish," and that he has "suffered enough." (link)
May 28, 2008
Silverman has a reputation for being a flamboyant guy who likes a good party. Those invited to his late-night upfront soiree earlier this month at the Empire Hotel were greeted by bikini-clad models. (That might not quite compare to the tiger at his Emmy party a few months back, but still.) In January, he was living it up at the Super Bowl in the box of the Giants' owners—effusively praising fellow guest Michael Bloomberg and suggesting that the mayor would make an awesome subject for a reality show.
But it hasn't all been good times. In recent months, Silverman has clashed with high-profile agent Ari Emanuel, famous not only for his own outrageous persona but for being the inspiration for Ari Gold of Entourage.
A few weeks back, Silverman missed a meeting with David Maisel, chairman of Marvel Studios (which just brought you a little movie called Iron Man). Maisel apparently was arriving at the NBC offices when he was told that Silverman would not be there for an 11 a.m. meeting. The agent seething on the scene was Emanuel, who represents Marvel in the television arena and who, as it turns out, was already irked with Silverman.
In fact, Emanuel had already blown up at Silverman for a slight involving another client, Peter Berg (executive producer of Friday Night Lights). We're told it was a missed meeting, though Berg tells us that there was no missed meeting, adding for the record that he's very grateful to Silverman for coming up with a way to keep his ratings-challenged show on NBC's air.
While still simmering about the Berg incident, Emanuel arrived at the executive dining room at Universal, where he was to have lunch with film studio chairman Marc Shmuger. As fate would have it, Shmuger's boss—Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer—was meeting Silverman there that day. In fact, the two couples were in adjoining booths. When Emanuel spied Silverman, he delivered a tongue-lashing, touching on Silverman's lifestyle and its impact on NBC-Universal's business. He didn't whisper.
We're told that Emanuel expressed similar negative thoughts to Silverman's boss, Jeff Zucker, which naturally did not endear Emanuel to Silverman. (Silverman declined to comment, as did Emanuel.)
At the lunch, the almost-always-affable Ron Meyer tried to keep out of the line of fire. But we're told that afterward he advised Silverman to mend fences with Emanuel. Eventually, the two met and at least nominally made up.