How do you measure whether you've made it or not in the movie business?
You might measure how far you've come by the number of shiny statues on your mantel or perhaps how many people are working to get you your next starring role. Or you might simply refer to Robert De Niro as "Bob."
To us, a simple movie fan, that is le ultimate, the main signifier that a movie star is a true movie star. They call one of the greats by his shorter nickname. It's charming and sweet, too. Of course, we would never call the actor anything but Mr. De Niro. And Mr. De Niro will be making a couple of SoCal stops on Monday, Feb. 4.
Stop one? The forecourt of the Chinese Theatre for his official handprint-footprint ceremony. We know. We thought the legend's hands and shoes were already commemorated in the famous forecourt (which makes you wonder who else should be so honored). Mr. De Niro will be doing the cement-and-smiling-thing at 9:45 a.m.
Then, in the early afternoon? He'll be at the Aero Theatre, in Santa Monica, where he'll Q&A (well, A, mostly, we do imagine) following a 2 p.m. screening of "Silver Linings Playbook." He's got a Best Supporting Actor nomination for that movie. It's his seventh nomination. We used "legend" before, didn't we? Checking. Yes, we did. He's a legend.
And here's the best part: Yes, the legend's Q&A sold out, lickety-split, but American Cinematheque said they will hold a stand-by line. So De Niro fans, this is big-time, big-league, and major. We get a lot of star-like Q&A-ing 'round these parts, but Mr. De Niro is, well, Mr. De Niro.