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David Denby Fades to New Yorker Black [Corrected]

David Denby‘s first article for The New Yorker, published in 1993, was titled “Does Homer Have Legs?” It was all about the journalist returning to his Alma Mater Columbia University for a pair of literature courses. Denby would go on to fashion a book out of those experiences.

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Viva Italia! WSJ Talks with Italian Vogue EIC

Fun lede from Tim Blanks for his feature interview profile of Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue.

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The publication is celebrating its 50th-year anniversary:

Franca Sozzani’s [Milan home] office is a complete mess. “It’s a disaster,” she agrees. “I don’t know how long I can survive in it.” Boxes wait to be packed or unpacked (it’s impossible to tell which), pictures are propped against walls and there are piles of books, piles of stuff. On top of one lies a VHS copy of Al Pacino’s Scent of a Woman. Sozzani has no clue why or how.

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‘Stripper King’ Still Rues the Day He Said No to Al Pacino

TheDevilsGloveCoverThe Devil’s Glove, the long-gestating debut novel of ex-New York City male stripper Louis Anthony Agnello Jr. (a.k.a. Cousin Vinny), came out last fall. But the promotional tour continues, this weekend in Savannah with a March 29 signing event.

If you have forgotten or never read about Agnello’s incredible life story, do yourself a favor and take the time to digest the details of Savannah Morning News entertainment writer Linda Sickler‘s profile piece. The article encompasses 9/11, Subway sandwich shops, acting aspirations, a 2001 media firestorm in Chappaqua, NY and a “hoo ha” of a career regret:

Al Pacino’s acting coach offered me a job to drive Al and him around town and I foolishly turned it down,” Agnello says. “I thought I was above all that because I was the top private male stripper in New York City at the time and was stripping for the Rockefeller’s and soap actresses on their birthdays.”

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Live from Old Hollywood… It’s Bill Hader!

The number of cool events taking place this weekend in Hollywood at the 2013 Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Film Festival is head-spinning.

Saturday alone, there’s Jane Fonda getting her hand and footprints done at the Chinese Theatre; Ms. Fonda making an appearance at the screening of On Golden Pond; and more. For example, two hours before SNL usually cold-opens on the east coast, there is also this 6:30 p.m. PT event: a screening of the classic Western Shane introduced by Bill Hader.

Hader is getting ready to host his third season of Essentials Jr. in June and also jumped in last fall as a TCM guest programmer. The four movies he picked for viewers in September included efforts by Billy Wilder and Akiro Kurosawa.

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Day Two of IMDb Trial Full of Juicy Tidbits

It will never be as memorable as A Civil Action, The Verdict or My Cousin Vinny. But there’s no denying that by suing IMDb, 41-year-old actress Huong Huang (a.k.a. Junie Hoang) has cleverly cast herself in the best lead role of her career.

Per a THR Esq. report by guest contributor (and attorney) Venkat Balasubramani, all sorts of fun testimony transpired Tuesday in the Pacific Northwest courtesy of Huang, her agent and IMDb’s customer service manager. And… if folks at a certain other I-acronym organization are paying attention, more real-life drama may be in the plaintiff’s future:

Hoang emphasized that her income decreased following IMDb’s display of her true birthdate. She testified that she amended her tax returns and that the amounts of money disclosed in tax filings did not present the full extent of her income.

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Morgan Freeman to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

Morgan Freeman will be honored with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globe ceremony. The DeMille Award is given to “talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” Robert De Niro won the award last year. Past winners include Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, James Stewart and Anthony Hopkins.

Winners are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Ass. board of directors, composed of foreign journalists who cover Hollywood. Freeman has been nominated for five Oscars, picking up the win for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for his role in Million Dollar Baby.

LAFF Panelist Recalls Dog Day Turnaround

Last night at the Los Angeles Film Festival, LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan hosted a panel discussion about the late director Sidney Lumet. Joining him at the front of LA Live’s Regal Cinemas Theater 12 were actor Andy Garcia, composer Quincy Jones, and writer-producer Frank Pierson, who won the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award in 1975 for the Lumet drama Dog Day Afternoon.

That movie was originally intended to be more comedic. In fact, in the Columbia Pictures executive suite, it was dismissively nicknamed The Boys in the Bank. But everything changed one day when Pierson and Lumet were confronted by the sight of star Al Pacino, trying to make his point very dramatically by walking around on all fours and barking like a dog. “True story,” Pierson reminded.

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LA Set for Double Dose of Kevorkian

This is the kind of coincidence that really only happens in Los Angeles, city of angels real, imagined and for-hire.

On Saturday, January 15th, “An Evening with Dr. Jack Kevorkian” at UCLA’s Royce Hall will feature the man himself addressing, among other topics, the fact that his parents survived the Armenian genocide. The event is being presented by the university’s Armenian Students Association and will be moderated by Armenia’s Foreign Minister Raffi Hovannisian.

The following night, at the nearby Beverly Hilton Hotel, the 2010 Golden Globes will determine whether or not Al Pacino has been deemed Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for his portrayal of Kevorkian in HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack. Pacino has a very good chance of winning, with arguably only Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) having a shot at taking away his HFPA hoo-hah. (You Don’t Know Jack is also up for Best Miniseries or TV Movie.)

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Kevin Spacey is a Talented Dude

This was just on Reddit. It’s a clip from Inside the Actor’s Studio from, we think 2000. James Lipton prompts Kevin Spacey to do a bunch of impersonations including Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Christopher Walken, Clint Eastwood and Jack Lemmon.

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