Friday, May 30, 2008



Prominent theatrical agent Jeremy Zimmer, along with 284,000 other "influencers," worldwide.


First it was the film and the book.
Now the next stop for Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" is opera.

La Scala officials say the Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli has been commissioned to produce an opera on the international multiformat hit for the 2011 season at the Milan opera house.

The composer is currently artistic director of the Arena in Verona.


***A new ABC unscripted series will take an unprecedented look behind the scenes at the government's fight against terrorism.

The network has ordered 11 hours of "Border Security USA" from executive producer Arnold Shapiro ("Big Brother").

Shot on location throughout the United States, the series will focus on the efforts of border protection agencies to halt illegal smuggling and immigration.

A typical episode might jump from a border patrol in Texas to security screeners at a New York airport to a Coast Guard boat off Puerto Rico.


LBN-SEE IT.....George Clooney and his squeeze of one year, Sarah Larson, broke up this week.....


***It was announced today that fashion pioneer, Jimmy Au, will be honored with the 2008 Wells Fargo Bank and US Pan Asian-American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) Asian Business Leadership Award.

Jimmy Au was selected from a nationwide pool of the most impressive Asian business leaders in the United States for his innovation, financial success and service to his community.

The prestigious award will be presented to Jimmy Au at USPAACC's 23rd annual Asian-American business conference and be held on May 27th through May 29, 2008.

*** Bear Stearns Cos. shareholders on Thursday approved JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s $2.2 billion buyout of the investment bank whose wagers on subprime mortgages made it the largest corporate casualty of the global credit crisis.

*** Oil prices fell sharply Thursday after the Energy Department reported unexpected declines in crude oil and gasoline supplies last week, but said the drop in crude inventories was due to temporary delays in unloading oil tankers along the Gulf Coast.

A stronger dollar and concerns about gas demand also weighed on prices


News Corp Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday predicted a Democratic landslide in the U.S. presidential election against a gloomy economic backdrop over the next 18 months.

Murdoch has yet to endorse a U.S. presidential candidate but considers Barack Obama very promising, the media magnate said in an interview by two Wall Street Journal reporters at an annual conference for high-tech industry insiders.


***CAA agent Jeremy Plager having lunch yesterday at The Grille in Beverly Hills.

***Matt and Annette Lauer with their children, buying T-shirts after a performance of the show "Jump" at the Union Square Theatre in NYC.

***Harrison Ford mobbed by fans as he left his Seventh Avenue penthouse in NYC flanked by two burly bodyguards.

***Kirsten Dunst trying on black flats at Steven, the Steve Madden store on Ludlow Street in NYC.

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New Line Cinema and Radio City Music Hall are blaming each other for the fiasco at Tuesday night's "Sex and the City" premiere, when more than 1,000 ticket-holders who'd come from all over the country were turned away.

"The movie studio gave out way more promotional tickets than could fit in the orchestra," said one insider.

"Radio City managers told the New Line people, 'You can solve this by opening up the mezzanines, which have 2,700 more seats - but they wouldn't do it."

However, a New Line source countered, "It was Radio City Music Hall making that decision.

They took control of the fan line. They turned the fans away."


The photo of Irving "Swifty" Lazar which ran yesterday was mislabeled. The photo is of literary agent Alan Nevins.

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Hillary Clinton aboard her campaign plane


Today show anchor Matt Lauer announced this morning that former Today show, and current CBS Evening News anchor, Katie Couric, will be back on the program tomorrow morning to make a, "major announcement."

"Permanently?" asked anchor Meredith Vieira. Lauer laughed:

"No, you're not sick again tomorrow are you?"

Let the speculation begin.


Actress and Women in Film Foundation Chair, Sharon Lawrence, and President of Levine Communications Office and recently announced WIFF Board Member, Dawn Miller, toast to Hara Marano, Editor of Psychology Today, at an intimate cocktail reception celebrating the release of Marano's book - A Nation of Wimps.

The reception was hosted by entertainment mogul, Peter Guber, at his private estate in Bel Air.


***Borders is jumping back into online retailing with a redesigned Web site that aims to evoke the feeling of browsing at a neighborhood bookstore.
But after seven years paired with, analysts say it will be a challenge for to step out of the Web retailer's shadow.
***NBC, the first broadcast network to announce its prime-time slate for next fall, is also the first broadcast network to announce changes.
Four "Saturday Night Live" election specials will be added to the Thursday 9:30 p.m. time slot. The specials will be called "Thursday Night Live."
***Times are "a little tough" for U.S. daily newspapers, admits Al Neuharth, founder of Gannett's USA Today.
"But most still have profit margins well above most other businesses."
Under new owner Rupert Murdoch, the Wall Street Journal is "the most improved newspaper in the country."
***Len Downie, the longtime executive editor of the Washington Post, is expected to retire amid the newspaper's latest round of buyouts.
New publisher Katharine Weymouth is beginning a search for his successor.
Newsweek editor Jon Meacham is said to be under consideration.

Craigslist is said to be under siege by spammers who are using new tech tools to circumvent the online classified site's defenses.
Some categories on Craigslist are reported to be more than 90% spam.
Spammers are "taking over" the site.
"It could be toast for the success story of Craigslist."

The hard sell worked.
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," pushed by one of the biggest marketing campaigns in Hollywood history, sold an estimated $151.1 million in tickets in North American theaters over the five-day holiday weekend.
The box office gross, generated between Thursday and Monday, put to rest questions about whether one of moviedom's most popular characters could strike a cultural chord after a 19-year hiatus from the big screen.
Overseas the movie, which generated mixed reviews from critics, sold an estimated $143 million in tickets between Thursday and Sunday;
Monday estimates were unavailable.

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