By sheer coincidence, The Hollywood Reporter has a hand in a pair of diametrically opposed celebrations of Tinseltown this week. All within the space of a few miles and 24 hours.
Last night at Falcon Hollywood, the publication toasted its Next Gen 2012 issue and roster of 35 up-and-coming young agents, managers, TV-film execs, publicists, writer-directors and actors. FishbowlLA dropped by for a cocktail and the best way to describe the scene is that it looked, felt and sounded like a shoot for the Entourage movie. Complete with Janice Min cameo and sexy product placement (the evening’s sponsors were A&E and Samsung Galaxy SIII).
Tonight, THR film critic Todd McCarthy will dial things down at the American Cinematheque via a Q&A with 98-year-old Norman Lloyd (pictured). Today is Lloyd’s birthday and 2012 marks his 80th year in show business (he started working on Broadway in September 1932).
Lloyd was once an associate producer for Alfred Hitchcock Presents and will be chatting with McCarthy in the middle of a screening of several show episodes including “The Jar” (1964), directed by Lloyd and based on a story by Ray Bradbury. Lloyd was a Hitchcock confidant and also famously played the man who falls from the Statue of Liberty in Saboteur.
Thirty-five up and comers under 35 and one of this town’s most beloved old pros. Gotta love that juxtaposition. Happy Birthday, Mr. Lloyd!