BRAD GREY, en route to his son Sam’s “parent’s weekend” at Brown University, was in town for Jerry Seinfeld’s “Bee Movie,” and talking to Martin Scorsese about the coming filming of Paramount’s “Shutter Island,” a mystery starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Brad clued me in on “Cloverfield,” directed by J.J. Abrams, which Brad describes as “a classic monster movie.” … Two movies on the Par slate interested me most: Mike Myers’ “The Love Guru,” now filming in Toronto, and a romantic love story based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald tale “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” It stars Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt. It is scheduled for Christmas 2008.
GET THEE to the Walter Kerr Theater for 90 minutes of the funniest, sweetest, most insane solo performance in town being given by Chazz Palminteri in “A Bronx Tale.” :Long ago, Chazz was a doorman at nightspots in NYC and L.A. One night he was fired because he’d refused entrance to a short bald man with thick glasses. The man was powerful agent Irving Lazar and it was Swifty’s own party. So being fired, Chazz went to the Thrifty Drugstore where he bought paper and pencil and began writing his life story. … Tommy Tune will host the 2007 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater today at noon at Tavern on the Green. Gemze De Lappe, Alyce Gilbert, Neil Mazzella and Seymour Press are to be honored.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR will dazzle early Christmas shoppers on Nov. 10 at the Beverly Center. She’ll present her holiday line of baubles from her House of Taylor jewelry line, and is sure to wander over to the fragrance department, where her White Diamonds continues a mega-seller 16 years after its debut. La Liz, who made a dramatic and moving speech at the annual Passports AIDS gala last month, is still committed to appear on Dec. 1 at the Paramount Studios theater. There she and James Earl Jones will perform A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters.” This one night only stint, which will raise a fortune for AIDS research, is already all but sold out. Some tix are still available. If you want to see the greatest movie queen of them all, acting onstage for the first time in more than 20 years, and also help fight a still devastating, worldwide health crisis, call 800-986-AIDS.