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LA Times Reader Corrects Doris Day

In the latest telephone interview granted by Doris Day from Carmel, the actress told LA Times reporter Susan King that Hollywood stopped calling after she moved up the coast, and that there was never any Cary Grant-like effort to lure her out of a benevolent retirement from showbiz. But perhaps the actress meant only that no major studio mogul paid her a personal visit.

In the reader comments, user pebrogan reminds that Day was approached to discuss starring in Murder She Wrote, Dynasty and other TV series. He also accurately points out that there was at least one notable feature film entreaty:

There were multiple film offers, most notably from Albert Brooks who went to Carmel in the mid-90′s to offer Miss Day the title role in Mother. Miss Day met with Brooks but ultimately decided against doing the film. Distinguished columnist Liz Smith reported in the early years of the new milennium that Elizabeth Taylor was interested in working with Doris Day.

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Writing Prof Breaks Down ‘Whitey’ Bulger Alias

It makes sense that in a town where Archibald Leach did business as Cary Grant and Bernie Schwartz became Tony Curtis, that a mob boss in hiding would opt for a marquee-worthy alias. Even when that marquee is nothing more than a Santa Monica apartment complex calling card.

But magazine writing professor and Boston Globe contributor Delia Cabe thinks there may be a cheeky undercurrent to the manner in which captured fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger and his moll chose to honor this age-old Hollywood tradition, as Charles and Carol Gasko. She writes:

Charles, Carol and its other variants means “free man.” Random choice? Coincidence? Or was this Whitey’s inside joke?

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Bewitched Creator Enjoyed a Magical Life

There is likely very little sadness surrounding the passing over the weekend of 100-year-old Sherman Oaks resident Sol Saks. His life was one of many blessings, right down to the fact that there will be no funeral services because, according to the LA Times obit, he got to celebrate his recent centenary (December 10th) as a “living memorial.”

The one-time Northwestern journalism student became a multi-millionaire on the basis of a single Bewitched pilot script. He never wrote another episode. And because Columbia Pictures owned all rights to domestic sorceress movies I Married a Witch (1942) and Bell, Book and Candle (1958), Saks was free to co-opt without fear of being sued. Granted, what he did with the assignment was stellar, but he never failed to frame his efforts as the reworking of an age-old idea.

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Carrie Fisher is Freaking Funny

carriefisher.jpgThe Daily Mail is running an excerpt of Carrie Fisher‘s latest book “Wishful Drinking”.

The excerpt is titled, “Dad ran off with Liz Taylor, Cary Grant lectured me about drugs, George Lucas ruined my life: The extraordinary autobiography of CARRIE FISHER”

Remember the white dress I wore all through that film? George came up to me the first day of filming, took one look at the dress and said: ‘You can’t wear a bra under that dress.’

‘OK, I’ll bite,’ I said. ‘Why?’ And he said: ‘Because … there’s no underwear in space.’

He said it with such conviction. Like he had been to space and looked around and he didn’t see any bras or panties anywhere.

He explained. ‘You go into space and you become weightless. Then your body expands but your bra doesn’t, so you get strangled by your own underwear.’

The whole book published by Simon & Schuster comes out on December 1st.

Seth Rogen As You’ve Never Seen Him Before–in Vanity Fair

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Vanity Fair presents the annual Hollywood issue in March. Classic scenes from Hitchcock films are recreated with stunt doubles contemporary actors.

Cary Grant, in North by Northwest, is portrayed by Seth Rogen. Features editor Jane Sarkin doesn’t seem to have a bright future in casting. The style editor figured that the gray suit was the most important part of the shot, so she had a London tailor make an exact copy. You don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

(Photograph by Elaine Brown.)

FBLA 20 Questions: Alex Ben Block

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Entertainment journalist and author Alex Ben Block writes a column for Hollywood Today but still gave in to our pestering and answered those “so vapid they must be insightful” questions.

1. What newspapers do you read? L.A. Times, NY Times, Wall St. Journal, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and online gossip columns at NY Post, NY Daily News, Washington Post and where ever else tea leaves are being read.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? The LA Time-waster and WS Jerk when the articles are longer than the wars in Iraq, Vietnam and the Civil War combined.

3. Which Web sites are on your favorites–besides FBLA? Hollywood Today.net, of course; LA Observed, Defamer, Drudge, HuffPo, Roger Friedman (Fox News), Poynter, TV Newsday, CNN, LAPressClub.org, TCM, and for pure intellectual stimulation, The Sun from London.

4. Where do you get your car washed? If only it would rain in SoCal I wouldn’t have to do this at all but instead I go where ever they accept discount coupons.

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? Bella. She’s from Russia.

6. Do you believe newspapers are going to die? If so, when? No, newspapers will be around until the end of time. There will be fewer but print remains the easiest, most efficient, portable way to rapidly scan and receive masses of info. However, they will look different, have shorter articles, be more analysis oriented, more opinionated, more oriented toward service, and serve as the central element of a range of distribution platforms online, wireless and stuffed into intellectual multi-vitamins for your brain. Of course they will be delivered online as a pdf file.

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In The Trades

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Variety

Scott Rudin has offered one of his former development guys, Craig Perry, a first-look deal, thus gaining an opportunity to “generate mainstream comedies and family films.” Perry produced the American Pie and Final Destination movies.

Sidney Sheldon, the prolific author and producer, has died. During his extensive career he wrote several Broadway musicals, screenplays and televisions series, in addition to a multitude of novels. His television career included producer of The Patty Duke Show, I Dream of Jeannie, and Hart to Hart, in addition to a number of his novels produced as made-for TV movies including Rage of Angels, Bloodline and Memories of Midnight. His career awards included a Tony for Best Musical: Redhead in 1959, an Oscar for his original screenplay of The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer starring Cary Grant, two WGA awards for Easter Parade and Annie Get Your Gun, and an Emmy for I Dream of Jeannie.

Hollywood Reporter

Television is the new feature, according to a CBS development exec. Pilot orders are running towards nighttimee soaps and high-cncept dramas, while the networks are avoiding open-ended serials–Lost being the only hit out of the current crop. Big name directors, like Spike Lee, Brett Ratner, Guy Ritchie, and Barry Sonnenfeld are directing pilots.

The Police will perform at the Grammys in February. Sting had hinted at this during the TCAs, where he was promoting his PBS project, a collection of 16th-century classical music called Songs From the Labyrinth, as the 30th anniversary of the band was approaching. THe group will open the show on CBS.