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Bernie Brillstein Dies at 77

Bernie Brillstein.jpgBernie Brillstein, one of the premiere manager/producers in the industry and the orchestrator behind the careers of John Belushi, Jim Henson and a slew of ‘Saturday Night Live’ stars, died this week from complications stemming from double-bypass heart surgery in February.

Brillstein ran the most successful management company in Hollywood in the 1980s and ’90s, repping such stars as Lorne Michaels, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, Geena Davis, Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Dabney Coleman, Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, Nicolas Cage, Rob Lowe and Jay Tarses.Brillstein partnered with Brad Grey in 1991. After producing such shows with Brillstein as “The Sopranos,” “Just Shoot Me,” “NewsRadio” and “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.” Grey went on to become the chairman and CEO for Paramount Pictures.

Brillstein was an outgoing, avuncular Santa Clause type who will be sorely missed.

24 Producer Surnow Backs Giuliani, Predicts Long Strike

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Producer 24 Joel Surnow spoke Saturday at the Young America’s Foundation’s (YAF) West Coast Leadership Conference, and according to the Washington Times, he, Dennie Miller and Adam Sandler will most likely support strong>Rudy Giuliani.

Surnow also said of the WGA strike:

Hollywood’s not being held hostage…I think [the studios] are going to break the Guild. Millionaires on the picket line. … They’re not going to get a lot of empathy.

(Photograph by Martin Schoeller)

JR Moehringer On FBLA, Dana Parsons And The Movies

champ3.jpgJR Moehringer, the former LAT reporter whose story is the basis of Resurrecting The Champ, took issue with one of our posts (Actually, he called it “wrong, dead wrong, and libelous”). The post in question took issue with Dana Parsons.

Since everyone has issues, we asked Moehringer to air some of his. Instead, he send us some thoughtful responses:

Q. Did you have any say in the how the film portrays the journalist character? And did you worry that people would mix you up with the fictional journalist?

A: I had no say in how the film portrays anyone. Zero. Which was fitting, because this film isn’t my story. It uses my story as a starting point, a framework, to tell a very different story, about a very different kind of reporter.

Of course I initially hoped to have lots of say. When I first sold the story 10 years ago, I asked to write the screenplay. Studio execs said no. They already had a screenwriter in mind. Also, they knew I’d be wedded to the facts, which they felt were not conducive to high drama. Maybe they were right. Reporter on the phone for five hours? Reporter reading a book about boxing? Such scenes might please journalists, but for a movie, I guess, you need a little more pizazz. The studio felt the reporter character needed to be juiced up, and I sympathize. Ask my friends. I’m boring.

I never worried about a mix-up, because whenever I watch a film I know that “based on a true story” can mean anything. Not long ago I saw that Adam Sandler comedy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Someone told me it was based on a true story. I thought that claim was the funniest thing about the movie.

Also, so much about Resurrecting the Champ is obviously fictionalized. It’s based on a story by J.R. Moehringer—but the protagonist isn’t named J.R. Moehringer. I trust that sends a loud and clear message to audiences right off the bat: License has been taken, facts have been altered. Also, the newspaper where I worked, the names of my bosses and coworkers, the essentials of my bio (I don’t have a wife and son), the location of the story, even the real name of the homeless boxer —- it’s all changed. So I assume audiences understand: Hollywood equals fiction.

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‘Mitch’ Writing Screenplay For ‘Sandman’

sandler_albom_061907.jpgMitch Albom is about to become even wealthier. The Tuesdays With Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven author will be developing a movie for Adam Sandler. Columbia Pictures and Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions just bought Albom’s first screenplay. It’s going to be “a baseball comedy with emotional elements.” Albom and Sandler? Maudlin subplots and goofball impersonations expected. Reports Albom:

“He had been interested years ago in making ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ into a film, but by the time he got in contact with us, we had already signed with Oprah‘s company … Then he expressed interest in the new one, ‘For One More Day,’ but Oprah got that one, too. He was teasing me, ‘Oprah, Oprah, how come always with Oprah?’ So I sent him the treatment for this idea I had, and about a month later, he called up and said, ‘Mitch, it’s Sandman.’ And everything has been pretty easy after that.”

Ugh.

In The Trades: Big Winds, Big Burps

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TLC will offer a tough-love model reality show, hosted by tsunami survivor Petra Nemcova. So when walking in high heels proves too much for the hopefuls, they’ll have to listen to her story about having survived hell and high water to make it to the catwalk. Tommy Mottola, a force of nature himself, and Dave Broome (Biggest Loser) will EP.

Justine Timberlake will host The Kid’s Choice Awards. He’s won “best burp” twice. That sexy sure repeats on ya, don’t it?

Army Archard marvels at Eddie Murphy’s Norbit. Murphy plays Norbit, Rasputia and Mr. Wong. Why have just one group mad at you when you can have dozens?

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The WGA has assembled an all-star team to negoiate their new contract. Marc Cherry, Bill Condon, Susannah Grant and 15 others will hammer out the terms. A committee of bigshots should mean all parties concerned will take this very seriously. New media reuse rights and what WGA members can get paid for those will be an important issue. Right now, they get bupkis.

Adam Sandler will star as a reluctant Mossad agent in You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, written by Sandler, Judd Apatow, Robert Smigel. Sandler’s character fakes his own death so he can move to the Apple and become a hair stylist. But is it good for the Jews?

Harold Perrineau, of Lost, will co-star as a former Jesuit turned shrink whose bestest pal ever is an exorcist in CBS’s pilot, Demons. It’s not a comedy, which is a pity. Barbara Hall created this monstrosity.

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