While agreeing with your other points, I disagree with you and almost everyone else it seems on the key things. One, that Chris is being sneaky in telling Tony that way - I think Chris is just really excited about the movie and Tony being back and wasn't planning on saying anything, but the converation ran dry <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/laugh.gif ALT=":lol"> so it kinda occured to him that this situation was a good way of saying something to Tony which he would ordinarily be afraid to say.
As for Tony being enraged..... I think you guys are reading too much here... he looked like an invalid to me - I don't think anything got through.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly... I don't think Chris is doing anything wrong, and neither will Tony. Tony's problem in the past has been with Chris trying to get into the life of screenwriting, etc. and away from the "family". Also, Tony's been a little concerned with Chris making the story too real, since he would be writing it.
This time, there's no danger of either of those happening. Chris has brought in several other parties from within the "family" so everyone is involved, and he's not writing it, JT is.
I actually thought this was a very smart, mature thing for Chris to do. He's bringing new business for the "family" which is what he's supposed to be doing.