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Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatre To Close

After nearly 20 years in business, the Laemmle Sunset 5 movie theatre is closing its doors. Once the city’s preferred destination for independent cinema, business has faded, and the Laemmle chain now deems it financially prudent to allocate resources elsewhere. From the press release:

A mainstay of the Los Angeles exhibition scene since its opening in 1992, the Sunset 5, was vitally important in launching a wave of new directors. Filmmakers such as Todd Haynes (SAFE), Lisa Cholodenko (HIGH ART), Doug Liman (SWINGERS), Catherine Hardwicke (THIRTEEN), Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS), Todd Solondz (WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE), and Bill Condon (GODS & MONSTERS) saw their films premiere to sell-out crowds at the Sunset.

This fishie recalls seeing a few of those movies at the Sunset 5, not to mention several awesome film festivals and events. It was more than a movie theater, it was a cultural destination, and it’s sad to see it go. It seems likely that the demise of the Sunset 5 was helped along by the closing of once thriving businesses in the same shopping complex, including the Virgin MegaStore and the Wolfgang Puck Cafe.

Subsequently on FishbowlLA:
Robert Redford Rides Into Laemmle’s Sunset 5

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Finke Based Tilda in Finke-Free Turmoil

Yes, the pilot shoot of Tilda was nasty according to EW and no it had nothing to do with Nikki Finke. Yes, you could say we give Finke too much credit – but even a little is more than the producers of Tilda gave her. Ahem.

Michael Ausiello and Lynette Rice write:

The future of an HBO project that’s loosely based on Hollywood’s irascible blogger Nikki Finke is in doubt after an on-set blowout that’s strikingly similar to some of the juicy posts that can be found on Deadline.com.

Showrunner Cynthia Mort has been removed from Tilda after a tense pilot shoot in which she frequently clashed with executive producer/director Bill Condon and got into public scuffles with Diane Keaton, who plays a powerful online journalist who covers the entertainment industry.

“It was an unhappy marriage from day one,” says one source of the Condon-Mort partnership. “They banged heads about almost everything…and during production she picked huge public fights with anyone who disagreed with her on anything, including Diane.”

Previously on FBLA: Dear Nikki Finke: Please Sue The Crap Out Of HBO

Variety’s Brian Lowry Wants to Know if Patrick Goldstein Watched the Oscars in Its Entirety This Year

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The producers of the Oscars took a LAT scribe out to lunch? We wonder who paid?

Bill Condon and Laurence Mark will be closely scrutinized for this Sunday’s Oscar telecast, but the producers have already exhibited one bit of questionable judgment: Wasting time before the awards having lunch with the Los Angeles Times’ resident pompous blowhard, Patrick Goldstein.

Goldstein sounded his latest “Oh no, the Oscar telecast might stink” alarms in his most recent column, while casually mentioning that Condon and Mark had lunch with him the other day.

Really? Like, they didn’t have better things to do?

Remember, this is the same guy that couldn’t even be bothered to actually sit through the 2008 awards.

Heh. Nice work if you can get it.

Read Lowry’s whole column here.

It’s Official: Aussie Jackman To Take The Oscars

jackmanonbway.jpgHugh Jackman is, in fact, taking over the Oscar hosting duties from Jon Stewart, Variety confirmed.

Executive producer Bill Condon and producer Laurence Mark made the announcement today.

“Hugh Jackman is a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star,” said Mark and Condon in a joint statement. “He also has style, elegance and a sense of occasion. Hugh is the ideal choice to host a celebration of the year¹s movies and to have fun doing it.”

The “Australia” actor previously hosted the Tony Awards in 2005, a year after winning the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in “The Boy from Oz.”

Wainwright Huge Draw For H’wood Heavyweights, Homos

rufus.jpegThe combination of Rufus Wainwright and some classic Judy Garland songs proved to be an attraction that some of Hollywood’s elite couldn’t resist.

Thus, Wainwright’s Sunday night show at the Hollywood Bowl was a veritable who’s who of Tinseltown‘s gay bold-faced names along with some female celebs thrown in for good measure.

FBLA was in the mix in a big way with VIP seats just a stone’s throw from the stage (thanks, Michael), surrounded by all the town’s A-listers.

Seated directly in front of us – surrounded by a trio of pretty boys – was David Geffen, who often was the first to rise to two feet with an energetic applause.

And he wasn’t the only one. Also spotted in FBLA’s immediate vicinity were heavyweight industryites Barry Diller, Bill Condon, Donald DeLine, Laurence Mark, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank (with John Campisi), WMA agent Rena Ronson, Bruce Vilanch, Ryan Murphy, Bruce Cohen, Dan Bucatinsky and others like Dita Von Teese, Ann Magnuson and Robert Gant

And though they may be power players, that didn’t stop some of the notable concert-goers – treated to Wainwright’s renditions of Garland’s beloved tunes, at times accompanied by his mother, sister and Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft – from letting loose and sneaking in some party favors.

Yeah, it’s true: FBLA saw what David Geffen was passing around – and it wasn’t a bottle of Pinot. We won’t out everyone we saw indulging in illegal yet typical concert behavior but you know who you are!

- CHRIS GARDNER

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.

Lunch at Michael’s: A Kareem Dream

lunch_at_michaels_logo.jpgIt’s official — the holidays are over! It’s back to business, people! Now that the weather has finally turned cold (it is January, after all), things are heating up once again at Michael’s. The dining room was abuzz with the usual mix of movers and shakers, moguls and random celebrities (we understand Hugh Grant had a reservation but was stuck at the airport, darn it!) — and plenty of power suits. Even the most jaded regular craned their neck to catch a glimpse of basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when he arrived shortly after 1:00. While we’re still awaiting the return of some of our favorite friends, there were plenty of boldface names to more than keep us interested.

Here’s the rundown on who was dining and dishing today:

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and a group of unidentified handlers and executives. The NBA hall-of-famer cut a towering figure (he’s 7’2″ after all) as he made his way to his table stopping to shake Al Roker‘s hand en route. Sporting a Tonight Show bomber jacket and penny loafers, he arrived with a copy of his new book, On The Shoulders of Giants, due out at the end of this month from Simon & Schuster, tucked under his arm. The retired L.A. Laker, who has the reputation of being something of a gentle and generous giant himself, writes movingly of Harlem’s renaissance in the upcoming tome. Sounds interesting …

2. Gerry Byrne and guests.

3. MTV’s John Sykes, a hip looking dark-haired beauty and an unidentified gentleman.

4. Norman Pearlstine, and we’re told, Fairchild’s Ed Nardozza.

5. Stanley Jaffe.

6. Today‘s Al Roker, his producer Jackie Olensky and our good pal Today show flack Lauren Kapp. The glowing new mom of two-month-old Oliver Darcy Wraps managed to tear herself away from her bouncing baby boy for the afternoon to catch up with her pals. She showed Diane Clehane, today’s lunchtime chronicler, lots of adorable pics of her bundle of joy. (We’re so impressed you’re out and about already!) Lauren, still on maternity leave, is back at her Today perch on March 1.

7. Vogue‘s Andre Leon Talley and Manolo Blahnik’s main man, George Malkemus. ALT caused quite a stir yesterday at 55th & Fifth when he arrived with newly-minted superstar (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) Jennifer Hudson. We guessing Ms. Hudson is in line to get the full Vogue treatment in an upcoming issue now that she’s arrived on the A list due to her shattering performance in Dreamgirls. We’re also thinking that Andre will step in and style the plus-size glamour gal for the red carpet as he did for Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) at last year’s Oscars.

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DGA Nominates Scorsese, Condon, Inarritu, and Sunshine Team

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Babel, Bill Condon for Dreamgirls, Martin Scorsese for The Departed, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris for Little Miss Sunshine and Steven Frears for The Queen are the DGA’s nominees for feature film directors.

Conspicuous by his absence is two-time winner Clint Eastwood. Scorsese has won a Lifetime Achievement award from the DGA, and was nominated for The Aviator, losing to Eastwood in 2005. Frears has been before nominated in the television category.

The DGA is considered to be the most incorruptible of the major awards. Only members can vote, they have to see the films nominated, in theaters–although Dreamworks tried to get around this by sending DVDs of Dreamgirls , and individual popularity isn’t supposed to be a factor. Still, NY based directors haven’t fared as well as Hollywood guys. The DGA award is also an indicator for the best director Oscar.