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At This Awards Show, Presenters Routinely Tell the Audience to ‘Shut the F— Up’

Here are a couple of early 2013 film awards season ways to highlight the differences between the two coasts.

The first is Nellie Andreeva‘s recent report that Woody Allen will not make the trek to the Beverly Hilton on January 12, 2014 to accept a Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. As previous Oscar shows have demonstrated, the Woodman is never ready for a facile, self-congratulatory close-up. Be it AMPAS or HFPA.

Shutterstock_JaredLetoThen there’s last night’s Gotham Awards, held at Cipriani Wall Street. Hollywood Reporter awards columnist Scott Feinberg reminds that the group of voters who picked the major category winners is minuscule. He also touches on a room vibe that is more raucous than the TV-film-booze mix of the Golden Globes:

The thankless job of hosting the festivities was carried out with good cheer by The League‘s Nick Kroll, who, like many hosts before him, struggled to retain the attention of much of the audience in the huge room with the high ceilings, even though he was pretty funny.

While Kroll never chided the loud talkers, actor Jared Leto, while accepting on behalf of his Dallas Buyers Club co-star Matthew McConaughey (who was on a movie set but listening in via Leto’s cell phone), and director Lee Daniels, while presenting to his The Butler lead actor Forest Whitaker, both told them directly to “Shut the f–k up.”

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The Orange County Register Goes Back to Its Roots

A pair of very powerful strands of history anchor the Orange County Register‘s re-launch today of the Santa Ana Register as a weekly community newspaper.

One is the fact this 108-year-old publication, rolled out in the fall of 1905 as the Santa Ana Daily Register when Orange County had only about 20,000 residents, marked the beginning of the newspaper that now contains it. The other is the idea that Santa Ana city editor Theresa Cisneros’ immigrant roots date back to the same location, a few decades later. From her front-page introduction:

In the 1920s, all four branches of my family tree fled central Mexico after the revolution, seeking better opportunities for their offspring. After traversing mountains and deserts, most of them settled in Santa Anita – a small Mexican enclave on the outskirts of Santa Ana…

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Quentin Tarantino Retirement Plans Hang Over THR Director Roundtable

It’s remarkable how much traction some early-retirement comments initially made by Quentin Tarantino in his Playboy interview with Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming continue to receive. Hundreds of pick-ups later, those intentions are a topic of conversation once more in the latest Hollywood Reporter awards season roundtable discussion.

The funny thing is that Tarantino indirectly challenges his whole assertion of not wanting to become a diminishing-cinematic-returns old fart when he reminds that his favorite film of 2011 was made by a 76-year-old (now 77) Woody Allen. Fellow panelist David O. Russell for one would like QT to keep at it:

Russell: Back to Quentin, about his whole thing about the young man’s game. First of all, I’m gonna try to convince you to keep making movies ’cause I love watching your movies. Second of all, I remember saying to Diane Keaton about 10 years ago, “What is it with Woody Allen?” I felt like his work had gotten shaky. And she said: “I don’t know. I don’t know how many times he can go back to that well.” But the fact that Woody Allen, every year, gets up and makes a movie, I think that’s a good way to live, and he hits a good average sometimes. I really loved Midnight in Paris.

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Another Media Award Arrives for LAX’s Revamped Encounter Restaurant

After a three-year, $12.3 million renovation, the operators of that goofy looking LAX centerpiece are partying like it’s 1967. Which is a good thing, because the 50-year-old edifice still looks like something right out of William Shatner‘s venerable Star Trek TV series.

To go along with recent nods from Esquire.com and Food & Wine, Encounter Restaurant was recently recognized by Frommers.com as a top ten U.S. airport restaurant. Per Chris Owen at travel blog Gadling.com:

The restaurant was created and is operated by a joint-venture partnership between Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Inc. and Connie Bass, a Los Angeles entrepreneur and operator of the Ultimate Symphony Event Planners, a full-service event planning and gourmet catering service, and Cookies By Connie #1.

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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

FBLA Goes to the Party: Schnabel at Gagosian

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Julian Schnabel’s paintings of bones (used in the credit sequence of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) are on view at Gagosian Gallery, with a preview party last night. Schnabel’s at work on his next film, because he evidently needs no sleep.

Tilda Swinton, Lauren Hutton, Ben Silverman, the Weinsteins, Brett Ratner, and Diane Keaton were sighted.

Fashion icon Lisa Eisner (she owns Sammy Davis Jr.’s wardrobe) and Nicky Hilton both looked great but not together, naturally.

We said hi to Roger Friedman but didn’t recognize David Carr from the NY Times. (We don’t seem to be the only ones.) Gabe Snyder took a smoke break with Schnabel, but we were too busy feeling inept.

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We were just about to snap John Waters with our Speed Graphic camera disguised as a phone, when the official photog hissed at us to get out of his way. Waters told us he never watches The Wire, as it’s too depressing, and that he’s delighted for Patty Hearst and her show dog, but no, he’s not making a movie about dog shows.

Outside, the paparazzi were getting soaked.

Home Design Returns in LAT Sunday Magazine

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The Los Angeles Times Magazine, once known as West, returns on Sunday, and the theme is Home Design.

Home away from home, more accurately.

“Home Design” issue is devoted to “The Baja Plunge” and features a special report by senior style editor Barbara Thornburg on five Mexican beach homes purchased and decorated by Southern Californians at various price points with striking home and landscape photography by Joao Canziani.

Mexico City-based staff writer Reed Johnson travels deeper south into Baja California Sur to take the pulse of coastal Mexico’s next big boom spot and examines the costs, benefits and challenges of developing in the area.

Tips and ideas on how to get the Mexican beach house look without leaving town.

A trio of Baja getaways for food and wine enthusiasts with delicious off-the-beaten-track adventures.

The New York Observer had a special section included in the print edition, but not online, The Home Observer , edited by Tim Street-Porter and Annie Kelly. Included were a look at a new book by Diane Keaton and D. J. Waldie, California Romantica, and Wendy Goodman’s book, Tony Duquette. There’s also a look at Jonathan Adler’s beach house and design doyenne Marian McEvoy’s 18th century house in upstate NY. Try to scrounge one up, as it’s fabulous.

Elle’s Women in Hollywood Roundtable

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Salon’s Rebecca Traister sits in on Elle’s Women in Hollywood round table discussion on the state of show biz, why there aren’t more women directors, and so on. The group wonders why women don’t go to opening weekends, forgetting that people watch movies lots of other ways than at the multiplex, not than any of them ever see films with the public. While distinguished and credible, the ten are sort of randomly chosen. At the table are:

Moderator/producer Lynda Obst (called one of Tinseltown’s great brains, which is a frightening thought)
Claims Kate Hudson has same power as Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon in getting girly movies green-lit. Because the audience is clamoring for more.

Writer/director Nora Ephron
Thinks Transformers had a great emotional theme, sucks up to Spielberg. Claims to meet only timid girls at film schools. Ever wonder if she still takes calls from Meg Ryan?

Writer/producer Laura Ziskin
Discussing the lack of female directors, drops a bomb,

Our children watched their mothers and said, “Oh, no thank you. I don’t want my life to be like that.”

Writer/director Callie Khouri
Claims she wanted to make a NASCAR movie. So she directed Ya-Ya Sisterhood instead? Just made indie movie with Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes and wonders why no studio wanted it. Then complains about the lack of wish fulfillment in Judd Apatow movies.

Writer/director Patty Jenkins
Liked Spiderman. Admits to concentrating on personal life after making Monster.

Producer Cathy Konrad
Has small child, married to business partner Jim Mangold, admits to scaling back work for family.

Writer/director/producer Kimberly Piece
Loves blowing things up, just made second film.

Writer/producer Andrea Berloff
Has little kid, wonders why more women aren’t in film biz. But she’s fairly new to the business, as World Trade Center was her first produced script.

Writer/producer Margaret Nagle
Breaks away from approved party line by believing babe/nerd hookup in Knocked Up.

Universal president of production Donna Langley (called “that rarest of Hollywood breeds, a female studio head”, as Amy Pascal, wasn’t in the room.)
Points out that despite Jodie Foster’s tiny cameo, lots of women went to see Inside Man starring Denzel Washington. See Queen Latifah, wish fulfillment above.

The discussion was held in August, so Jeff Robinov’s foot hadn’t entered his mouth yet.

These women don’t pay attention to the few women working as TV directors and that reality TV could be a training ground for women (who are usually credited as field producers). Michael Apted started in documentary, after all.

But there’s a big snob factor in features, and never underestimate the insularity of Hollywood. Directors who came from TV, like Dennie Gordon, Betty Thomas, and Mimi Leder, and those who go back and forth, like Nicole Holofcener tend to not get called for big tentpole pictures.

Nikki Finke picks out some high points, but think how lively the discussion could have been, had she sat at the table.

Elle hosts the 14th annual Women in Hollywood Tribute at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on Oct. 15, when it will honor actresses Lauren Bacall, Scarlett Johansson, Diane Lane, Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Connelly, Amy Adams and director Julie Taymor.

Emmy Coverage: The Best Of The Blogs

Joan Rivers, of all people, feigns boredom: Joan Rivers hunkers down with a VH1 camera crew and some blogging software in what we imagine is the first of an ongoing effort to eliminate her presence from the Red Carpet (and possibly the planet) forever.

In a video explanation on EmmysWithJoan.com, she pretends to be happy with the arrangement:

I don’t have to lie anymore and tell people like Diane Keaton, “Oh don’t you look great?” When in reality, she looked like Charlie Chaplin, only in drag and with a much bigger mustache.

Her inane babble is no different in print than on the Red Carpet, except for one key difference — online, Joan acts bored.

For those of you who are as bored as I am with this shit, Gunfight at the OK Corral is on Turner Classic Movies. And it’s Gem Week on QVC! Not everybody likes Kanye West, but everybody likes lapis! And 31-7 Patriots.

Seriously? The only reason Gemstar plugs you into your generator at night is because some housewife in Omaha howls every time you open your trap at one of these awards shows. Suck it up, blogger.

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