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Redford, Woodward and Bernstein Set for DC, Discovery Preems

There’s a special advance screening tonight of All The President’s Men Revisited at Washington D.C.’s Newseum, co-presented by the White House Correspondents’ Association. To be followed Sunday night at 9 p.m. by the feature documentary’s Discovery channel debut.

FishbowlLA’s favorite portion of this fascinating, highly recommended retelling of the intertwined stories of the real and Hollywood versions of Woodward & Bernstein comes around the half-hour mark. That’s when Redford himself notes the irony of the media’s efforts to expose the identity of Deep Throat leading, belatedly, to a street in the Bay Area called Redford Place.

Rachel Maddow shares some great comments in the Deep Throat segment, alongside Redford, Woodward, Bernstein, Jon Stewart and Tom Brokaw. Bernstein has the funniest line, noting that the only reason the secret of the Hal Holbrook-portrayed source’s identity lasted so long is because neither he or Woodward told their ex-wives. From there, the documentary moves to Marc Felt‘s daughter Joan, who recalls what it was like for her dad’s courageous “follow the money” efforts to finally be confirmed.

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LAT Screening Series Adds the Impressive Company of Robert Redford

Long before Watergate and a starring role in All The President’s Men, Robert Redford knew there was something off about Richard Nixon.

Chatting last night with LA Times “Indie Focus” reporter Mark Olsen at his new Sundance Cinemas on Sunset Blvd. after a newspaper subscriber screening of The Company We Keep, the actor-director remembered the time he was presented at age 13 in Santa Monica with a high school athletic award. “I didn’t know who he was,” Redford said of the 1949-50 school year encounter. “He was just a guy in a suit. But it was Earl Warren, the governor, and Nixon, then a senator. When Nixon handed me the award and shook my hand, it was just a vibe. I thought, ‘I don’t like this guy.’”

There was also some great reminiscing during the Q&A about how Redford gradually became interested in the investigative efforts of Bob Woodward and  Carl Bernstein. ”When I read an article about them, I realized one was a Jew and one was a WASP,” Redford recalled. “One guy was a Republican, the other was a radical; one guy was a very good writer, the other wasn’t so good. They didn’t like each other, but they had to work together. I thought, ‘Wow, that’s fascinating, that’s a great story.’”

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Breakthrough Award a Perfect Set-Up for Recipient Dustin Hoffman

We’re going to make our first official prediction relating to 2012 film awards season. Dustin Hoffman will go to town at the Hollywood Film Festival when he accepts this year’s Breakthrough Director Award.

Hoffman is technically, yes, a first-time feature film helmer. But he’s also a 74-year-old two-time Academy Award winner who’s been wowing critics since the late 1960s. Giving Hoffman a “breakthrough” prize is a little like bestowing a Lifetime Achievement Award on a guy who is just 32 (that happened at the Santa Barbara Film Festival with Leonardo DiCaprio).

Hoffman loves to goof around on awards show stages, usually going off on some sort of randy, giggly tangent. When his name is called at the Beverly Hilton later this month, expect an obligatory Straight Time reference, the 1977 drama for which the actor did some uncredited work behind the camera. From there, the actor-director will likely launch into a very funny acceptance speech.

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Coming Soon to Audible: Dustin Hoffman Reading Jerzy Kosinski

The A-List Collection is off to a great start at audible.com, with $14.95 offerings ready by Susan Sarandon, Samuel L. Jackson, Anne Hathaway and Kate Winslet. Intriguingly, Hathaway’s rendering of The Wizard of Oz has the reader-reviews edge so far, ahead of her fellow celebs by a half star.

As with all things Hollywood related, the coming attractions are as important a part of the package as the feature presentation. And in that respect, audible has got it going on.

Nine more tantalizing titles are currently teased. Everything from Colin Firth reading Graham Greene to Meg Ryan dropping into William Saroyan‘s The Human Comedy.

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Director Rod Lurie Joins Twitter Brigade

As of June 13, writer-director Rod Lurie (The Contender, Commander in Chief) is on Twitter. The one-time LA film critic has apparently recognized the importance of interacting on social media, especially when you have dared to remake a Sam Peckinpah classic like Straw Dogs (Lurie’s version, with James Marsden and Kate Bosworth, comes out in September).

One of Lurie’s very first tweets predicted that a new level of stardom will greet another one of his remake’s co-stars, Alexander Skarsgård, best known for the role of Eric Northman on HBO’s smoldering vampire series True Blood. A number of other tweets have had to do with Lurie’s love of the cards:

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Sharon Waxman Enjoys a Hotel du Cap Nightcap

Over the weekend, The Wrap’s doyenne Sharon Waxman filed a freewheeling dispatch from the lobby of the Hotel du Cap, that outrageously expensive enclave where stars retreat after doing their business at the nearby Cannes Film Festival.

It was a sea of Hollywood–Johnny Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer, Graham King, UTA agents–as well as east coast potentates such as Harvey Weinstein and “the two-fisted punch of Hollywood gossip” (columnist Roger Friedman, New York publicist Peggy Siegal). But the funniest bit involved Henry Winkler‘s son Max and director Spike Jonze:

Winkler tells Jonze that he is often mistaken for him. In fact, he recounts an amazing story in which he met Dustin Hoffman and talked movie projects with him for 45 minutes. The entire time Hoffman thought he was talking to Jonze. Oh well.

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Hollywood Film Fest Honors Dustin, Josh and Kristin

The 12th annual Hollywood Film Festival will dole out the “Hollywood Career Achievement” award to Dustin Hoffmandustin.jpg, the “Hollywood Actor of the Year” to Josh Brolin josh.jpgand “Hollywood Actress of the Year” to Kristin Scott Thomas.

“It is a privilege to honor and to celebrate Dustin Hoffman’s extraordinary talent and remarkable career, as well as the exemplary work of actor Josh Brolin and actress Kristin Scott Thomas,”kristin.jpg said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival.

Winners will all receive their plaudits at the fest’s gala ceremony Aug. 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Video: Dustin Hoffman Press Junket Turns Into Dirty Grandpa Joke Hour

After watching footage of a seemingly-drunken Ben Affleck grope a Canadian interviewer surface on YouTube, we surmised that it was only a matter of time before what we’d call “Embarassing Press Junket B-Roll” wind its way to free Web video sites. Here, Stranger Than Fiction‘s Dustin Hoffman channels every dirty grandpa ever, telling a joke that should be filed in the “probably not suitable for work” bin. At least there wasn’t a lapdance involved.

Enjoy!

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