There is a hierarchy in young Hollywood, a wrinkle in the velvet rope that separates the merely famous from the ethereal and the simply loaded from those with more money than God. Ducking through the old-school, candlelit Italian restaurant Dominick's feels like a guided tour of the social ladder's middle rungs. According to a few cool-hunting guides, paparazzo magnets like Drew Barrymore and Kirsten Dunst frequent the joint. But on this warm March night, there are no flashbulbs outsideor even a line to get in.
Inside, former emo-Koppel Gideon Yago and his stubbly indie cabal smoke butts, and Rebecca Gayheart (the Beverly Hills 90210 alum now married to Eric Dane from Grey's Anatomy) flits between tables. Even the lovely dark-haired girl delivering drinks to Randy Spelling's booth is Someone Who Was in Something Once.
"Her dad was Larryyou know, as in Three's Company?" This is what Spelling's childhood friend David Weintraub says as he plops down in his chair (joined by another of their longtime pals) and whispers, "She used to work for me."
Spelling leans in: "She played the little girl in The Last Boy Scout."
"No she didn't, bro," Weintraub, the youngest agent at UTA before he became Spelling's self-styled promoter, fires back. "She was in Problem Child."
The boys are a little cranky. Spelling, Weintraub, and Sean Stewart, the third member of the triumverate starring in Sons of Hollywood, the A&E reality show that premiered in the spring, were up at an ungodly hour for a taping of The Tyra Banks Show, which was notable for two things: Tyra is, apparently, "enormous," and just before Spelling took the stage, a potential love interest flipped out on him.
"I texted her that I was taping the Tyra show, when in fact I was in a restaurant next door waiting to tape Tyra," he explains. "She happened to be in the same placeshe saw me. So, of course, she thought I was lying to her. I need to find a girl who hasn't been corrupted by L.A. yet."
There are silver spoons, and then there is the kind of diamond-studded flatware that resides in the mouth of Randy Spelling. He is the only son of the prolific, legendary television producer Aaron Spelling (Charlie's Angels, Dynasty, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place). Aaron died of complications from a stroke last June at the age of 83. He left behind a 123-room "house" dubbed the Manor, worth somewhere between $135 and $150 million, and a fortune estimated to be half a billion dollars. Spelling's mother, Candy, and his big sister, Toriperhaps you've heard of her: mouthy blonde with a Play-Doh nose?had an epic, public catfight over the keys to the coffers (according to tabloid reports, Candy, the executor of the estate, gave the kids only about $800,000 each; Tori used hers to open a B&B with her second husband, Dean McDermott, for the Oxygen Network reality show Tori & Dean: Inn Love). For the record, Randy says he didn't align himself with Candy or Tori, and that the alleged fight between them was overblown. "I never had to choose sides," he says, steering his cream-colored Escalade through Beverly Hills traffic and texting via BlackBerry with Weintraub. "It wasn't like that at all. I'm just the youngest in the family. I was deemed the peacemaker."