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Posts Tagged ‘Elon Green’

Dick Cavett Revisits Alcohol-Soaked ‘Worst Show’

In the brand new book about The Tonight Show with Jay Leno by show producer David Berg, one of the many memorable guest anecdotes involves how Quentin Tarantino in 2003 hit “The Jay Bar” cart a little too hard and paid the incoherent, frenetic price.

Reading about that brought back memories of an even more epic artifact from the annals of late night slosh. Back in September 1970, Dick Cavett – on an ABC show shortened to 45 minutes from the usual hour and a half by Monday Night Football – welcomed Husbands director John Cassavetes together with the film’s co-stars Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk. From the get-go, it was a triple-shot challenge for Cavett, who handled it with amazing wit and grace.

The host was especially funny before and after the commercial breaks, at one point welcoming back “our friends on the Emmy Award committee” and pleading, at the end, that his guests “go do the same things to Griffin and Carson.” At another point in the program, Cavett walked off stage, with Falk taking over as interviewer and the host finally returning to the sounds of the audience chorus ‘We Want Dick!’

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HarperCollins Keeps a Lid on Explosive Zodiac Killer Claim

MostDangerousAnimal_CoverWhen the B.G. Dilworth Agency brought this particular book proposal to HarperCollins 15 months ago, it was a “standard acquisition process except for the NDA.” That according to a publicist at the publisher who spoke to New York magazine’s Elon Green.

Green’s exclusive Intelligencer item last night has tipped a wave of rippling media coverage today about a son’s claim via The Most Dangerous Animal of All (hitting shelves today) that his dad was the infamous “Zodiac Killer.” Gary L. Stewart came to this frightening familial conclusion after 12 years of research. From Green’s item:

For months, dozens of HarperCollins staff — sales, marketing, publicity and legal — have managed to keep a potentially explosive new book almost entirely quiet. The Most Dangerous Animal of All is being published Tuesday but still has no cover art on the publisher’s website…. As of 1:30 p.m. Monday, its Amazon sales rank was #140,113.

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Amy Wallace Revisits Her Iconic Peter Bart Profile

For geeky followers of the Hollywood trades, it doesn’t get much more Memorial fun than this. In Nieman Storyboard’s latest “Annotation Tuesday!”, The Awl’s Elon Green and reporter Amy Wallace line-item annotate her famous September 2001 Los Angeles magazine profile of then-Variety editor Peter Bart.

It says something about the wily Hollywood industry skills outlined by Wallace in her cover story that today, improbably, Bart has weathered a storm of change at Variety and cranks out a weekly column alongside three new editors-in-chief. Green asks at one point how the celebrated Los Angeles magazine piece feels to its author 12 years later. Wallace’s answer:

The main way that the piece has become utterly dated is that the trades are no longer as powerful as they were then. Variety is trying to reboot at the moment and The Hollywood Reporter is a glossy vehicle for luxury advertising (that actually caters brilliantly to this same insecurity I describe here, by celebrating power brokers and putting their pictures on high-quality paper).

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