Aronofsky Directing HBO Pilot; Will Smith Angers SoHo Sex Shop

Plus: Hollywood agencies want to be in the Mel Gibson business

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Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Darren Aronofsky books another gig, SoHo merchants did not enjoy the Men In Black 3 shoot, and Kelsey Grammer battles a hacker

  • Director Darren Aronofsky is trying to secure funding for his $130 million Noah's Ark movie, but in the meantime, he's signed on to direct the pilot of Hobgoblin for HBO, based on the script written by novelist Michael Chabon and wife Ayelet Waldman. The period drama "revolves around a group of con men and magicians using their skills of deception to help defeat Hitler during World War II." [Deadline]
  • "Upscale SoHo stores, including high end sex toy shop Babeland" aren't happy with the production of Men In Black 3, which spent "nearly a month" filming in the neighborhood in May. "We should have been reimbursed a lot more than [$2,000] for the drop in customers," grumbled a Babeland representative. "[They] blocked pedestrian traffic and generally made it so difficult . . . that our sales were down for the first time this year." Merchants also weren't happy with star Will Smith's "bulging trailer" for taking up "an entire block" before he finally swapped it for a scaled-down version. [Page Six]
  • A year after William Morris Endeavor dropped Mel Gibson as a client after his threatening phone calls to ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva hit the Web, agencies are quietly lining up to represent the actor. Oksanna  "UTA and ICM are said to be the most interested" in signing Gibson, though insiders at both agencies stress "they're not pursuing the actor." As for Gibson's next film project, "he's been talking up Randall Wallace's novel Love and Honor, a swashbuckler set in the court of Catherine the Great, which Wallace, who wrote Gibson's Braveheart, is looking to direct." Gibson's also been "offered a role in Sleight of Hand, a heist movie with Gerard Depardieu and Til Schweiger that is set to begin filming in Paris in August." [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • A hacker--or possibly "third parties" with access to his account--sent off a "tasteless message" from Kelsey Grammer personal email address about his ex-wife Camille on Wednesday morning "with the subject line 'Camille smells like beef jerkey [sic]' followed by 'goodnight.'" The Frasier actor quickly fired off a follow-up email to his contact list explaining the message was sent "without my knowledge, consent or authority" and that he was closing the account. [Page Six]
  • "At least 25 NFL players"--including prominent names like Santana Moss, Terrell Owens and Santonio Holmes--could face discipline for breaking a league rule "barring an employee’s association with any gaming operation" when the league's work stoppage is finallyresolved. According to sources, "the athletes question invested approximately $20 million total" in "an Alabama bingo and entertainment operation" called Center Stage. Though the league has no power to enforce the ban during the lockout, "a formal investigation and/or disciplinary action is possible once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached" which could lead to the players being forced to divest from the project. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Among the "super-connected kids of notable New Yorkers" working on Lena Dunham's HBO series Girls: Allison Williams (daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams), Zosia Mamet (daughter of playwrite and newly-minted Republican David Mamet), and Jemima Kirke (daughter of Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke) are cast members. Behind the scenes, Mattie Siegal ("niece of p.r. doyenne Peggy Siegal") is a production assistant and James Sehring (whose dad is IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring) works for the producer. [Page Six]
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