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The Dean Martin Anti-Pitch Meeting

There is no shortage in the annals of Hollywood of stories about stars asking for the moon, in hopes of ideally being turned down so they don’t have to do the work. Thanks to today’s Susan KingClassic Hollywood” column in the LA Times, we now have a reminder of a great Dean Martin variation, via his daughter Deana.

In 1965, dad reluctantly agreed to take a meeting with NBC about the idea of doing a TV variety show. But not before setting the scene for his family:

“He told us, ‘When I go in tomorrow, I am going to ask them for a ridiculous amount of money so they will turn me down. I am going to tell them I don’t want to rehearse, so I’m sure they will turn me down. And then I am going to tell them I only want to tape it on Sunday afternoons after 1. So for sure they won’t go for it.’”

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New Book Celebrates Location Filming in Los Angeles

Once upon a time, the Hollywood film industry term “runaway” referred only to the character of a street urchin in a narrative. Not the idea that our city’s once prosperous production activities are being hijacked to Vancouver, Melbourne, Bucharest and beyond.

This week, as part of its “Images of America” series, Arcadia Publishing has released a wonderful pictorial trip down memory lane to that time when the great majority of studio movies were shot locally. Each chapter of Location Filming in Los Angeles focuses on a different corner of LA, using sepia tone photos provided by Marc Wanamaker, a founding member of the Hollywood Heritage Museum and owner of Bison Archives.

Assisting Wanamaker with text and liner notes for each photo were FilmRadar.com‘s Karie Bible, also the official tour guide of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and Harry Medved, author and long-time industry PR guru, currently for Fandango.com. From the get-go, the trio of authors sets the record straight as to just exactly when and how our local feature film industry got started.

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Joey Bishop, Last of The Rat Pack, Dead at 89

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Joey Bishop, the comic who hung and swung with the legendary Rat Pack, died at his Newport Beach home. His death was announced by publicist Warren Cowan.

He was the group’s last surviving member. Peter Lawford died in 1984, Sammy Davis Jr. in 1990, Dean Martin in 1995, and Frank Sinatra in 1998.

Tabloid Baby has some cool pix.

And the Orange County Register has some final words — both from the man, and his rabbi.

Nick Tosches Makes A Mistake

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A quick note to journalist Nick Tosches: You’re a good writer. That book about Dean Martin? Awesome. All those record reviews in the ’70s? Killer. That’s why it breaks our heart when you make factual errors, especially while correcting another journalist for their factual errors.

Tosches writes in Vanity Fair:

Theodore C. Bestor is the author of Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World, the standard work on the subject. He, the chair of the Anthropology Department of Harvard, and I, the chair of nothing, spent some time together in Tokyo. It was Ted who taught me how to correctly pronounce the name of this place: “tskee-gee.” (In her new book, The Sushi Economy, Sasha Issenberg says it’s “pronounced roughly like ‘squeegee,’” but it’s not. Her book, however, is an engaging one.)

Except that Sasha is a guy and a quick Google search confirms that fact.