THE Sons of Hollywood were holding court at Koi, a sushi restaurant on La Cienega whose bouncers won't even let you in the door without a confirmed reservation. No matter. The Sons of Hollywood can get in to any restaurant, any club, any party they feel like because they are, after all, minor royalty in this money- and fame-besotted town.
"We definitely go to the marquee kind of spots," said David Weintraub, a 28-year-old manager and producer who is not technically a son of Hollywood (mom is a psychotherapist, dad was a dentist), but may as well be since he grew up surrounded by them. With his close friends Sean Stewart, the 26-year-old son of rock legend Rod Stewart, and Randy Spelling, the 28-year-old son of the late television pioneer Aaron Spelling, Weintraub helped create and is costarring in "Sons of Hollywood," a forthcoming A&E Network reality show that some have dubbed "the real 'Entourage.' "
"For me, it was life imitating art," said the show's executive producer, J.T. Taylor, who also produced "The Osbournes" and "House of Carters." "They are sort of living that life." (Minus an actual movie star, of course.)
And although the trio's beginnings can hardly be called humble, like the fictional stars of the HBO series "Entourage," they go way back. Weintraub and Spelling attended school together (Montclair Prep in Van Nuys.) They move in that weird young Hollywood circle where everyone seems to know everyone and takes it for granted that their lives are of interest to others. Take Koi: The restaurant's manager, Mark Basile, was once Spelling's trainer and used to baby-sit Paris Hilton, who was once a client of Weintraub's and is a friend of all three Sons. When someone dismissively mentioned Hilton's sometime nemesis Lindsay Lohan, Stewart said, sincerely, that he liked her. Of course, he referred to her using fellow Hollywood scion Brandon Davis' now-notorious descriptor.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday January 10, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 36 words Type of Material: Correction
'Sons of Hollywood': An article in Monday's Calendar section about the forthcoming reality show "Sons of Hollywood" gave the wrong first name for one of CBS Chairman Les Moonves' sons. He is Adam Moonves, not Andy.
Weintraub, whose father died when he was 3, is a consummate baby mogul, someone who describes closing a deal as a physical high, and who got his taste of the business at 15 when he talked his way into an internship at Interscope Records. While studying entertainment business at USC, he worked in talent development for Death Row Records. "David has incredible focus and determination," said his mom, Judy, who will appear in an episode. "He has had to pay his own way, he has to work for whatever he wants to get and he is willing to do what it takes to get it."
Last summer, David Weintraub left United Talent Agency, where he had once been its youngest film agent. Last week, he signed on with Coalition Media Group. "Yes, I am very much an L.A. type," he said. "But I never became that type. I always just was that type."
Spelling is an actor and aspiring producer, having gotten his start on his father's "Beverly Hills, 90210." He's a sensible guy, a peacemaker in his sometimes fractious family and not at all inclined to perform as himself. (Unlike, his sister, Tori, who recently threw open her house for a garage sale and publicly feuded with their mother, Candy, after Aaron died.) "I was like, 'No way.' I am not into that," said Randy Spelling. But after meeting Taylor and "some coaxing," as he put it, from Weintraub, he decided to join the show. "David is just a hustler," he said, not without admiration. "He can talk anyone into or out of doing anything." One point not lost on Spelling: A reality show, if exploited correctly, can be considered a top-notch EPK -- electronic press kit -- and will lead to other work, which is a reason everyone seems keen to be doing them.
Stewart, lanky, tousled and tattooed, has a big heart, a foul mouth, a short attention span and an almost endearing propensity for nudity. A recovering drug addict, he is unguarded and amusing, sometimes unintentionally so. He lives in a guesthouse on the Beverly Park estate of his father, who will occasionally be seen on the show.
When his mother, Alana Hamilton Stewart, first heard about the "Sons" project, she was alarmed. Sean was beset by learning disabilities and teased a lot as a kid, she said, and he has always worried her. "He's got that crazy, impulsive side," she said. "No inner filter, which can be a good thing or a bad thing."
In a genial and profanity-laced conversation at Koi, Sean Stewart proved his mom's point. When asked what he's done since high school, he said, "Do you honestly want to know? Lot of rehab. Lot of drugs. Heroin and pills. Lot of alcohol. And that's about it.
"I don't care what people think of me. I am funny, courageous, outgoing, not afraid to say what the hell I want. I have gotten smacked across the face a few times in my life. I have an outrageous mouth. I don't know why. My dad must have been pretty wasted when he had me."