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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.

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LA Times Serves Up H’wood’s New Dining Rules

People who know the entertainment biz are well aware that making it in Tinseltown means you understand the inside politics and well as the savvy social skills required to successfully navigate through Hollywood.

So it’s no surprise that there are oh-so-important rules even when it comes to lunch. However, those rules have been amended a bit as of late, with power players giving up their chic, expensive haunts in favor of cost-effective joints for a variety of reasons.

The LA Times unveils those reasons with the help of writer Nicole LaPorte (who has played the Hollywood game via reporting on the biz for Variety and her latest project, an ambitious book about DreamWorks for Houghton Mifflin).

LaPorte spills the beans on some new and old trends when it comes to industryite dining and she gets vet manager Bernie Brillstein on the record, giving his two cents on the latest money-saving meals: “I don’t think lunch is as much of a ritual anymore. I think it’s lessened over the years. Agencies and studios and networks are so much more cost-conscious. A lot of them say, ‘Why do we have an office if you have to go to a restaurant?’”

Get your fill of LaPorte’s LA Times piece here. – CHRIS GARDNER

Lindsay Lohan: The Whole Town’s Talking

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Lindsay Lohan inspires such strong feelings:

Bernie Brillstein in the NY Times:

“I hope they put her in jail for as long as they can,” said Bernie Brillstein, whose company has represented John Belushi and Chris Farley. “Maybe she’ll realize how serious it is. I believe she’s uninsurable. And when you’re uninsurable in this town, you’re done.”

Michael Levine at ABC News.com

I don’t see how she’s employable for the next 18 months,” said longtime publicist Michael Levine, who does not represent Lohan. “Who’s going to insure her?”

Dina Lohan on Hollywood.com:

I am sick over this. My children, my family–we are like prisoners in our own home because paparazzi (are stalking us) outside (our) home. Lindsay is in a safe place, and we are trying to strategically work out our next step.

Unnamed source in Roger Friedman’s FOX column:

“She’s in some kind of pain that doesn’t stop,” my source said. “She’s done drugs with all kinds of older movie stars, but they can stop when they want. She can’t.”