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Peter Bart Shares a Few Gatsby Memories

Under the hilarious headline “Hollywood’s F. Scott Fitz and Starts,” Variety executive vice president and editorial director Peter Bart frames the upcoming fourth film version of The Great Gatsby in ways that the average pajama-clad movie blogger can only dream of.

Not only was Bart instrumental in version number three, one that almost paired Marlon Brando with the script nuances of Francis Ford Coppola. But he was also there at the genesis of version number four. If we had this kind of access, we’d lead with the information as well:

Baz Luhrmann took me by surprise four years ago when he confided over lunch that he intended to shoot The Great Gatsby as his next movie — he explained that he had become obsessed with the Gatsby story. I told him that I, too, admired the great F. Scott Fitzgerald novel but could never quite figure out its story — nor could the three directors who’d made previous Gatsby’s.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Robin Leach Gets Star-Struck

It doesn’t seem possible after 50+ years as a print and TV journalist, many of them with front-line celebrity franchises like the old syndicated guilty pleasure Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, that Robin Leach could still be star-struck. But as his most recent Las Vegas Sun item indicates, that scenario can indeed delightfully still occur.

The occasion was a private dinner at Bellagio’s Tuscany Kitchen, the first in a series dubbed “Epicurean Epicenter 2013.” The food was concocted by super-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (who flew in from New York) while the wine poured from the vineyard of an Oscar winner. Writes Leach:

Francis Ford Coppola is far more than a celebrity winemaker; his passion and understanding are beyond measure. It was an honor, a privilege and a rare treat to sit with him for our exclusive interview.

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Remembering Test Screening Pioneer Joseph Farrell

It’s easy to take audience research methods employed today by the Hollywood studios for granted. But none were really in use until Joseph Farrell introduced them through his company National Research Group (NRG).

In the wake of Farrell’s death last week from natural causes, studio executives and others are paying tribute to this marketing trailblazer’s lasting contributions to the way the industry tries to mitigate opening weekend risk. Per today’s LA Times piece by Rebecca Keegan:

The 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction got a new ending when test screenings revealed that audiences wanted Glenn Close‘s character to be punished for tormenting Michael Douglas‘ adulterous character and his wife, played by Anne Archer

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Catching Up with ‘LA’s Unlikeliest Angel’

It’s been three years since Calgary, Alberta scion Jack Singer visited Los Angeles. The occasion was his 90th birthday party, at which he tells Maclean’s magazine he was too busy getting drunk to notice which celebrities were in attendance.

Despite a recent battle with pneumonia and separate hip injury, the currently hospitalized Singer is hoping to soon be back home in the bedroom where now hangs a framed LA city resolution presented in his absence last month. The ceremony took place at Hollywood Center Studios, which Singer bought in 1984 and revitalized. It is run by his son Alan:

The special resolution honors Singer for his “vital role in the revitalization of the District of Hollywood”… It ends declaring him “an angel in the City of Angels.”

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LA Critic Experiences ‘The Horror’ of Coppola’s Twixt

This year’s contingent of LA reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival includes Drew McWeeny of HitFix.com. On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, he suddenly found himself mired in a Colonel Kurtz-like stupor after exiting a screening of Francis Ford Coppola‘s 3D horror flick Twixt:

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Godfather, Apocalypse Now Actor G.D. Spradlin Dies at 90

Longtime character actor G.D. Spradlin died at the age of 90 last Sunday at his San Luis Obispo home, reports the LA Times. Spradlin had a long career in Hollywood that began after a failed mayoral run in his native Oklahoma. He was undoubtedly best know for his role as the wildly corrupt Nevada senator Pat Geary in Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Godfather: Part II. Spradlin also played the part of the general who sends Martin Sheen upriver in Apocalypse Now.

His last part was as a Washington Post editor in the 1999 film Dick.

RIP.

Up for Bid: Marlon Brando’s Personal Phone Book

According to the old adage, Hollywood’s greatest actors are ones who can triumph even if the script is a phone book. In Marlon Brando‘s case, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills has the next best thing this weekend – the late actor’s actual personal phone book.

The starting bid for this item is $500, and while many of the numbers may no longer be in service, it’s still a great dinner party conversation starter:

A burgundy leather three-ring binder telephone book circa 2003 containing hundreds of Brando’s personal friends and business contacts worldwide. Some names include Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Alec Baldwin, Johnnie Cochran, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Jane Goodall, Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, Madonna, Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, John Travolta, Barbra Streisand as well as noted scientists in various fields of study, press contacts and the United Nations and many other noteable entries.

If that’s not good enough, you can also bid this weekend on a Golden Globe the actor refused to accept for his portrayal of Don Corleone in The Godfather.

USA’s Oldest GLBT Newspaper Prepares for 40th Anniversary

April 7th is the birthday of Francis Ford Coppola and Jerry Brown. It’s also, this year, the date of a 40th anniversary party for another northern California fixture, the Bay Area Reporter (a.k.a. B.A.R.).

StarkInsider.com reporter Chris Wright takes a fond look at the country’s oldest continuously publishing newspaper serving the gay community. The publication has come a long way since the day co-founder Bob Ross delivered the first issue by means of a 1969 Ford Mustang:

“The Bay Area Reporter has seen amazing changes in its 40 years of publication,” said current publisher Thomas E. Horn. “Beginning little more than a ‘bar rag,’ the B.A.R. has become the most respected and longest, continuously published GLBT newspaper in America.”

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Golfing Vacation Leads to Scottish Caddies DVD

The credits of LA based Artists Confederacy founder Ronald Colby are impressive, to say the least. They start at the Francis Ford Coppola end with The Godfather Part II and move on to other equally illustrious film folk such as Clint Eastwood and John Hughes.

But for golfing fans, there may be no more memorable a Colby credit than Scottish Caddies, his newest non-fiction effort. Filmed during a four-week 2009 overseas links vacation, the documentary catches up with some famous bag handlers as well as celebrity golfer tales involving the likes of Bill Clinton, Sean Connery and Jack Lemmon.

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Sundown on Sunset — The Oscars Edition

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It’s a cross between the Westminster Dog Show and your high school prom, but for whatever reason, we all go ga-ga over the Oscars.

Here’s a roundup of this week’s Oscars coverage:

The Envelope put out an Oscars preview issue that included too much Elizabeth Snead… which is to say any at all.

Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that “Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas together will be presenting the Best Director award this too-long telecast.”

People magazine gives us the ghosts of Ugly Oscar Dresses past.

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