Showbizzers making merry
Not a creature is stirring. Not even an agent.
That pretty much sums up the official situation in Hollywood for the holidays. Unofficially, however, showbizzers do make plans this time of year. So Daily Variety decided to ask what they’re up to.
Helmer Chris Weitz planned to spend Christmas Eve with his actress mom, Susan Kohner, before heading to New York with his girlfriend for an “anti-holiday holiday involving no family whatsoever.”
Meanwhile, brother and collaborator Paul Weitz will suck up to Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. members who just gave them a Golden Globe best pic (comedy/musical) nomination for “About a Boy.”
Said Paul: “I’m cooking dinner for each and every member of the HFPA.”
Helena Bonham Carter was to spend the holidays in London “being Mrs. Host,” cooking Christmas turkey and trimmings for 11 relatives (but not, last we checked, any Golden Globe voters).
“That’s what I love,” Carter said. “I’ve never had an urge to leave during the holidays. I spend so much time away as it is.”
Fellow foodie Salma Hayek’s Mexican clan will come to Los Angeles, led by her gourmet-inclined mother.
“Every holiday, we do a cooking feast, my mom and I,” Hayek said. “We’ve done coconuts stuffed with lobster and a special sauce I can’t tell you about; Cornish hen with rose petal sauce. This year, I’m really craving pork. I think we’ll also do some fish with a pinenut sauce. We’re still doing the menu.”
Many of those not busy in the kitchen are enjoying sea or ski adventures.
Director Todd Haynes is spending his break in Costa Rica. “I’m going to escape everything and swim in the ocean,” he said. “I’m going with a friend who’s a surfer. We’ll probably move around, explore a little bit. It’s going to be about R&R for me.”
Of course, this being a work-obsessed industry, plenty of industryites will take full advantage of the lack of distractions.
Director Spike Jonze is mostly spending the holidays with family, particularly his wife, director Sofia Coppola; her brother, director Roman Coppola; her father, director Francis Ford Coppola; and a few other relatives who somehow have failed to snare directing deals.
“We talk about each other’s projects, casting, production,” Jonze said.
At those holiday get-togethers, you don’t say grace. You say, “Action!”
Michael Besman, producer of “About Schmidt,” is among those who savor the mellowing-out of greater L.A.
“It’s great to be in town because there’s no traffic,” said Besman, who’s staying close to home and seeing friends. “You can cruise down Sunset Boulevard. It lets you relax.”
United Artists prexy Bingham Ray isn’t likely to venture out much.
“I’m going to stay home and work,” the exec said. “I’m not a St. Bart’s, Aspen-y guy. You can get a lot of work done during the holidays. It’s quiet.”