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Posts Tagged ‘George Christy’

Taking Another Look at That Bernard Weinraub Farewell Column

ShutterstockAmyPascal2013When Bernard Weinraub exited the New York Times in 2005, he of course composed a farewell column. That article contains what now seem like a number of very prophetic statements, given the criminal intrusion and Tinseltown reactions threatening his wife’s tenure as Sony Pictures co-chairman. Starting with this Weinraub observation about his 14 years covering Hollywood:

My marriage, and some of the events that tumbled out of it, taught me something about the ferocity of a culture in which the players can be best friends one day and savage you the next.

Maybe it was 24 hours then. But thanks to the solidified culture of texting, email and social media, it’s now nanoseconds. As some of Pascal’s emails have shown (and the press has failed to properly contextualize), one of the main jobs of a studio chief is to tell each fragile ego what they want and need to hear. Regardless of that studio chief’s personal, true beliefs.

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George Christy Recalls Sparkling Walter Annenberg Dinner

Society columnist George Christy may have roughly exited the pages of The Hollywood Reporter ten years ago, but his showbiz memory bank remains formidable. He can reach back at any time far beyond the realm of most of today’s red carpet crew.

In his latest Beverly Hills Courier dispatch, Christy connects a recent United Friends of the Children gala honoring Annenberg Foundation chairwoman Wallis Annenberg to a long-ago dinner at the desert home occupied by her parents Walter (pictured) and Ronnie Dunkleman (a.k.a. “Wally”). At the time, Christy was the wine editor for Good Food, an Annenberg publication:

Dining of an evening with Wally and Walter at their duchy in Rancho Mirage with its collection of French Impressionist art, we introduced them to the sparkling wines created by Jamie and Jack Davies of Schramsberg Vineyards in the Napa Valley. Impressed and proud that America was producing wines of high quality, Walter quickly convinced President Nixon that for his upcoming breakthrough visit to China, he must allow ample cases of the Schramsberg sparkling wines as America’s gift to the premier and his country.

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The Variety Show Continues at THR

As one former Variety staffer joins the morphing Hollywood Reporter, so leaves another: it was announced today by THR that editor Elizabeth Guider is departing the trade publication for personal reasons. Hopefully, on her way out the revolving door, Guider will have the chance to say hi-bye to new incoming chief film critic Todd McCarthy.

Via brief, boiler plate item on its website this morning, THR indicates that Guider “will continue to contribute” in a way that is more commensurate with her book writing efforts and trips to visit out-of-state relatives. Whether that means angry letters to the (new) editor about her severance package or something else at this point remains unclear.

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