Thursday, May 29, 2008



Sid Ganis, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences along with approximately 284,000 other "influencers" in all 50 of the United States and 23 foreign countries.



Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has asked for an audience next week with Pope Benedict which would be the first meeting between the two leaders, a diplomatic source said on Tuesday.

Ahmadinejad is among the heads of state expected to visit Rome to attend a June 3-5 United Nations summit on global food security, hosted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.



A Memoir, the story of a Mormon wife and mother who risked losing her eternal salvation by leaving the Church and starting a new life for herself and her children, sold to SterlingHouse Publishers, in a nice deal, by Krista Goering at the Krista Goering Literary Agency.

***Alan Nevins, the heir to the agency and legacy of the original super-agent, Irving "Swifty" Lazar, is following in his mentor's footsteps, throwing a true tinsel town dinner this Friday at 208 Rodeo in Beverly Hills for the 'crème de la crème' of attendees at this week's Book Expo America.

Dinner guests include Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles (Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001);

Heidi Murkoff, the author of the international mega selling pregnancy series What to Expect When You're Expecting;

Hollywood royalty, Tony Curtis, whose new memoir, American Prince, is being published this coming fall;
Ruben "Doc" Cavazos, the President of the notorious Mongols motorcycle club;
Tim Storey, the savior and life coach to much of Hollywood (Utmost Living: Creating and Savoring Your Best Life Now);

Bruce Hulse, one of the world's top 5 male models (Sex, Love and Fashion: A Memoir of a Male Model);

Fieldy, founding member of the rock band Korn;

the Fonz himself, Henry Winkler, and Lin Oliver, the co-creators and writers of the best-selling children's series, Hank Zipzer Series: The World's Greatest Underachiever;

and Marc Eliot, the best selling author of many books, including the upcoming Ronald Reagan: The Hollywood Years.

Not unlike Swifty's Oscar night bash of years ago, many are pressing the Nevins office for an invite.

***Psychologists (whose work has been discussed by Malcolm Gladwell and taught by Stephen Pinker and others) Christopher Chabris and DanielSimons' THE INVISIBLE GORILLA: How Everyday Illusions Distort Our Thoughts About the World and Ourselves, a thought-provoking look at misperception and misunderstanding, explaining how we often fail to recognize the evidence that lies right in front of us, sold to Rick Horgan atCrown, in a major deal, in a pre-empt, for publication in late 2009 or early 2010, by James Levine at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency (NA).



Professors at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Dartmouth, UCLA, Duke, USC, Princeton, NYU along with approximately 284,000 other "influencers".

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Imagine for a minute, just a minute, that someone running for president was able to actually tell the truth, the real truth, to the American people about what would be the best

-- I mean really the best -- energy policy for the long-term economic health and security of our country.

I realize this is a fantasy, but play along with me for a minute.

What would this mythical, totally imaginary, truth-telling candidate say?

For starters, he or she would explain that there is no short-term fix for gasoline prices.

Prices are what they are as a result of rising global oil demand from India, China and a rapidly growing Middle East on top of our own increasing consumption, a shortage of "sweet" crude that is used for the diesel fuel that Europe is highly dependent upon and our own neglect of effective energy policy for 30 years.

Cynical ideas, like the McCain-Clinton summertime gas-tax holiday, would only make the problem worse, and reckless initiatives like the Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep offer to subsidize gasoline for three years for people who buy its gas guzzlers are the moral equivalent of tobacco companies offering discounted cigarettes to teenagers.

*I can't say it better than my friend Tim Shriver, the chairman of Special Olympics, did in a Memorial Day essay in The Washington Post:

"So Dodge wants to sell you a car you don't really want to buy, that is not fuel-efficient, will further damage our environment, and will further subsidize oil states, some of which are on the other side of the wars we're currently fighting. ...

The planet be damned, the troops be forgotten, the economy be ignored: buy a Dodge."


I think he (Sydney Pollack) always had it on his mind he would like to be a producer.

I think that in his later years, he went in that direction because perhaps he got more tired of directing.

I think that the best times that he and I had were when the film industry was a different business.

It was mainly because, in more of the films he and I did during the time we worked together, we were going against the grain.

The business has so drastically changed now, it's just a completely different business than it was.

And I don't know that we could ever produce the fun he and I had during the '60s, '70s and '80s, when we were constantly trying to forge projects that were going to be hard to get the studios to go with and working against those odds.

A lot of the appeal was it was great fun. Success I think kind of changed that.


Matthew McConaughey last night holding court at the bar at Onyx in L.A. hefting a martini with three ladies holding onto every word.

***Grammy winner Patti Austin dining with acclaimed filmmaker and author Sandi Bachom and PR person Tom Estey at Norma's at the Parker Meridien in Manhattan.

***Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton window-shopping with his wife on Memorial Day at the new outdoor mall, The Americana, in Glendale.

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***Media and entertainment companies are likely to feel a pinch from a sluggish U.S. economy all year long, based on the results of the just-ended quarterly earnings season.

News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch puts it most bluntly:

"There's no doubt the consumer economy is stressed."

***CBS and NBC will air a simultaneous one-hour fundraiser for cancer research in prime-time on Sept. 5.

The "Stand Up to Cancer" broadcast will feature musical performances and celebrity appeals.

The American Association for Cancer Research will distribute the money raised.

***New York Times Magazine's cover story this Sunday focuses on efforts by former model Tyra Banks to turn herself into a brand.

The host of "America's Next Top Model" and "The Tyra Banks Show" aims to become "like her hero, Martha Stewart," according to the profile.

***The median age of magazine readers is creeping up, now to 45, according to media expert and author Michael Levine.

LBN-SEE IT..... Producer Robert Evans and Ali MacGraw attend the AMPAS salute to Robert Evans.


***The family of "The Lord of the Rings" creator J.R.R. Tolkien is trying to stop New Line Cinema from making "The Hobbit." Tolkien's son, Christopher, 83, claims the studio owes the family $160 million in profits from the "Rings" trilogy.

On June 6, he'll ask an LA judge to back his claim that he has the right to terminate film rights to "The Hobbit," set to shoot this year.

In 1969, the elder Tolkien reluctantly sold screen rights for 7.5 percent of any profit to pay a tax bill.

***The major studios and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have signed a primetime deal that will ease -- but not eliminate -- the town's fears of an actors strike.

Following nine consecutive days of negotiations, AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers reached a tentative three-year agreement early Wednesday at AMPTP headquarters in Encino.

***After more than 20 years at 20th Century Fox TV, David E. Kelley has jumped ship to Warner Bros. TV.

Today's trades report that WBTV has finalized a three-year overall development and production deal with the prolific Emmy winner.


***He's not a lawyer, he just played one on TV - but now Dylan McDermott is representing himself. McDermott, who played Bobby Donnell on "The Practice" for seven years, has filed for divorce from his wife, Shiva Rose, the mother of his two daughters, citing irreconcilable differences.

E! News reports McDermott is handling the case "in propria persona," as his own lawyer.


***Looks like the Chinese will have to live without Sharon Stone's "Sliver" for a while:

The biggest movie chain in China says it's banning her flicks from its screens after she called the horrific earthquakes there "karma" for past abuses.

Ng See-Yuen, head of the UME Cineplex chain, tells the Hollywood Reporter that Stone's ridiculous remarks were "inappropriate" and that actors should bring personal politics to such a disaster that's killed thousands and left 5 million homeless.

***One book to watch for this fall is Running Press' You Must Remember This:

The Warner Bros. Story written by Time Magazine's senior film critic Richard Schickel and former London Times film critic, George Perry.

Eighty-five years of screen icons, legendary films, and history-making achievements are detailed in this comprehensive, photo-filled treasure trove with many never-before-seen pictures culled from the Warner vault and fully authorized by the studio.

The companion volume to a 5-part documentary narrated by Clint Eastwood and airing on PBS this September, You Must Remember This will be in stores September 9.

***Kirsten Dunst is hard at work shooting her next movie, All Good Things, on New York's Upper West Side.

But she's decided to focus on something else today--opening up to dispel rumors and tabloid reports that she sought help earlier this year at Cirque Lodge treatment center in Utah due to alcoholism and substance abuse.

"I didn't go to Cirque Lodge for alcohol abuse or drug abuse," Dunst reveals during a lunch break on All Good Things. "I went there for depression."

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