Head-Bangin’ Bawl: Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler got bad box-office news this weekend for their latest project.
Updated: July 20, 2012 6:22AM
While no one in Hollywood is ready to bury the careers of Adam Sandler or Tom Cruise, more than a few Tinseltown cynics were more than happy to pound a few nails in the stars’ professional “coffins” after Sandler’s “That’s My Boy” and Cruise’s “Rock of Ages” bombed at the box office last weekend.
“While both of those guys have many years of films ahead of them, I do think people will begin to rethink how much they will be paid to make them,” said a top studio executive very familiar with both actors and their projects.
As for Sandler’s co-star Andy Samberg, a longtime close pal of the recent “Saturday Night Live” alum said, “It’s just a shame that Andy’s first post-‘SNL’ movie has to be such a stinker — both critically and with audiences.”
MORE THAN PHYSICAL: Sean Penn is attracted to gorgeous Petra Nemcova for all the obvious reasons, but the two-time Oscar winner’s renewed relationship with the supermodel is also due to her strong commitment to helping the people of Haiti — a major passion in Penn’s life, ever since that monumental earthquake devastated the already desperate island nation.
SPECIAL TRIBUTES: Chicago’s own Joe Mantegna’s Acquaviva Productions and producer, writer and director Michael O’Kelly will film “Live Forever” — a documentary on the life and writings of Waukegan native and iconic author Ray Bradbury, who died June 5.
O’Kelly and Mantegna were close friends of Bradbury, who gave his blessing to this project before he died. West Side native Mantegna, who also will narrate “Live Forever,” traces his relationship with Bradbury with the play that became the 1998 film “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit.” The doc is planned for a 90-minute theatrical release in December, plus an expanded four-part TV series to follow.
† Also set for Christmastime is the PBS premiere of “Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance” on the network’s prestigious “American Masters” series — scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Dec. 28 on WTTW-Channel 11. Narrated by South Side native Mandy Patinkin, the special will focus on the history of the Joffrey, now based in Chicago, and its founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino.
NEW ROMANCE? The principals aren’t talking, but there’s buzz that Leonardo DiCaprio’s ex, supermodel Bar Refaeli, and carrot-topped Olympic snowboarding champ Shaun White are now said to be an item.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Before Laura Jarrett’s wedding, first lady Michelle Obama surprised chef Tony Mantuano by lunching Saturday at Cafe Spiaggia. … Indie Burger, the organic eatery on West Belmont, has become popular with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, who likely recommended it to Sarah Lee Guthrie, Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter, who ate there while she was recording her new album at the Wilco Loft. … The “Just for Laughs” fest had funny folks eating and drinking all over town: Vince Vaughn (Tavern on Rush), Chris D’Elia (Carmine’s), Brody Stevens (Harry Caray’s on Kinzie) and Jeff Ross, Janeane Garofalo and Brian Posehn (Crimson Lounge). … While here for his “Conan” gig, Andy Richter lunched at Terzo Piano. … Actor Simon Callow was spied at the Museum of Contemporary Art during the American Theater Critics Association meeting. … Kat Graham (“Vampire Diaries”) dined at Sunda and then partied on at The Underground. … Fans of “Dancing With the Stars” were tickled to see Maksim Chmerkovskiy at Rockit Bar & Grill.