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Guess the Mystery Scab!

Vulture buddy Nikki Finke is reporting that a "high profile TV writer-producer" who is "also a member of another guild" has been accused of "doing rewrites on his currently airing TV series as well as two projects in pre-production, one of which is still on schedule to begin shooting very soon."

Chodorow and Valenti Scope UWS Hotel; Ramsay's Culinary Reputation Waning

Jeffrey Chodorow and Ouest chef Tom Valenti may both open restaurants in the boutique hotel On the Ave at Broadway near 76th Street. [NYP] Has Gordon Ramsay spread himself too thin? Harden’s annual guide has dethroned Ramsey’s eponymous flagship as its pick for highest overall rating in food, service and ambience. [The Guardian] Lower East Side neighbors were duped by the Box — they believed it was to be a “cultural institution.” Well, sort of depends on your definition of “culture.” [NYDN]

Insurance-Man Blues

Woody Allen once had to drop Winona Ryder and Robert Downey Jr. from a movie because no one would insure them — just like Lindsay Lohan is getting dropped because no one will insure her. 50 Cent claimed that he'll no longer put out any solo albums if Kanye West's Graduation outsells his record when they both debut on September 11. In Jay McInerney's latest book, Evelyn's is based on now-shuttered West 9th Street speakeasy Marylou's. Ashley Olsen says that she and sister Mary-Kate have a psychic bond and "carry the weight of each other." Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld ate together at the Brooklyn Diner. Cheryl Tiegs likes to play hard-to-get with guys.