Each time we stroll by the Walk of Fame star of former LA talk radio star Michael Jackson (pictured) at 1541 North Vine Street, we find ourselves having to explain to tourists that they are photographing the wrong MJ Terracotta temple. That star is a mile or so away in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, at 1627 Hollywood Boulevard.
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— DIANE CLEHANE
We’ve been spoiled by the steady stream of A-listers we’ve come to meet during our weekly Wednesday visits. So you can imagine our disappointment when we heard we missed Gabriel Byrne, who was in the dining room a week or so ago on a Tuesday. (We know more than a few folks who are obsessed with his portrayal of the tortured but tender shrink on HBO’s In Treatment.) But timing is everything, isn’t it?
There weren’t any stars of the big or small screen at Michael’s today, but the place was packed with plenty of movers and shakers to keep things interesting. I was lunching with public relations guru Tom Goodman, president and CEO of Goodman Media. Tom is one of the busiest — and nicest — guys in the business. He started his firm in 1996 after toiling in PR for CBS and ABC (where he traveled with Peter Jennings). British Airways “put us in business,” says Tom, and NBC, who tapped him to help launch MSNBC, soon followed. Tom is gearing up for a jam-packed summer promoting The World Science Festival in June (Harrison Ford is expected at the gala), Joe Torre‘s Safe at Home Foundation celebrity golf tournament at Trump National Golf Course in July and the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock with a weekend-long celebration in August at The Museum at Bethel Woods. Next month, the museum will also premiere an exhibit of photos — many never before seen — by photojournalist Gerry Deiter of John Lennon‘s and Yoko Ono‘s famous 1969 bed-in for peace. Sounds groovy…
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
2. Gerry Byrne and two well-dressed gents …
3. Nicki Haskell and pals
4. Harper’s Bazaar editrix Glenda Bailey and Evelyn Lauder. I’m told that Mrs. Lauder was making her second appearance of the week at Michael’s, having hosted the First Lady of Panama for lunch yesterday.
Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski may have to thank L.A.-based indie documentary-maker Marina Zenovich if he’s able to overturn his sexual misconduct charges and return to the U.S. again after 30 years.
Zenovich, who is an old pal of FBLA, had been working on the doc “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” for more than a decade. After finding partial financing, she had been doggedly at it for years. Even when she got close, Polanski still denied any interviews. When she finally finished it, HBO swept in and championed the film.
Now, it looks like Polanski will take another stab at coming to the U.S. The “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby” director, through new attorneys, has filed a petition to have the charges dropped.
The lawyers, in their complaint, cited Zenovich’s film and the smoking gun evidence that the sitting judge may have overstepped his bounds.
“The release of the documentary film ‘Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired’ and its aftermath have revealed a pattern of misconduct and improper communications between the Superior Court and the District Attorney’s Office, in violation of the rule of law and without the knowledge of the defendant or his counsel,” the lawyers said. “This case serves as a classic example of how our justice system can be abused, and defendants’ rights trampled, by an unholy alliance between courts and criminal prosecutors.”
The Hollywood Reporter said its position for several years has been “if Mr. Polanski wants to resolve this matter, he must appear in person. Should he do so, he would be taken to Dept. 100 for sentencing – which is where this all left off. At that point, his attorneys would be free to pursue whatever legal strategy they choose.”
Polanski resides in Paris and is a French citizen. He won the best director Oscar in 2002 for “The Pianist.” Unable to attend the ceremony, Polanski received his statue at the Deauville Film Festival where it was presented to him by his “Frantic” star, Harrison Ford.
If I were Polanski, I wouldn’t trust ‘em.
Bo Diddley dies: The obit for Bo Diddley notes that he’s been given credit for everything from rock to heavy metal to rap, and the piece by Chris Lee lovingly refers to Diddley (and his guitar) as “instantly recognizable.” Good thing he’s so famous: The clip that runs along with the piece wouldn’t give the uninitiated anything to go on.
Carrie Does Big… at the Box Office: Despite dismal reviews (Carina Chocano notwithstanding), it looks as though Sarah Jessica Parker just stuck a Christian Louboutin boot up Harrison Ford‘s ass. That’s Fendi: 1, Fedora: 0.
Backlot Fire Deemed Accident: The fire that tore through Universal Studios backlot has been determined to be a terribly unfortunate mistake. If we were cruel, we’d follow with “Not unlike many other things that come out of Universal.” But we’re not cruel. See?
Mary McNamara Is Sorry: She knew that George Washington served two terms. She just forgot. We’re guessing she will never forget again.
Yet Another Actor Who Thinks He Knows More Than He Does: Eddie Izzard is thinking about getting into politics in Europe. Because starring in Valkyrie is all the prep you need.
Indiana Jones and the Deal of Doom? “Before executive producer George Lucas, director Steven Spielberg and leading man Harrison Ford get their hands on any treasure, Paramount Pictures will need to collect $400 million in revenue to recover all its costs and make a sizable fee to distribute Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Right this minute, Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart is interviewing Harrison Ford out at Neptune’s Net. Cuz Mary is such an biker.
HBO has picked up Academy-Award nominated doc. A Taxi to the Dark Side, after Discovery chickened out.
Barbara Walters will interview Ellen Page, Harrison Ford, Vanessa Williams, and Mylie Cyrus. Pick the two with shows on ABC.
Who will be forgotten in the Montage of Dead Stars this year?
Joel Stein invites George Clooney home for dinner, and alas, merriment does not ensue. Stein claims Clooney is the only movie star “we have now”, rather than telling the truth–Clooney’s the only star on Stein’s sofa. When Liz Smith eventually passes on, Joel Stein will be ready.
The ICG Publicist Awards were handed out, and let’s just get the big news out of the way–Nikke Finke did not win the journalist of the year award, as it went to USA Today correspondent Susan Wloszczyna, who’s not quite the lightning rod that Finke is. But she’s not breaking anything as big, either. But who wants to be known as the BFF of publicists?
Harrison Ford won a lifetime achievement award, which is hilarious, as most journalists think he’s a difficult interview. Judd Apatow and Warner Bros. Television president Peter Roth are showmen of the year, and Apatow could win that title, over and over again, saying
It’s an honor to be up here and to be honored as publicity whore of the year and you’re all my pimps.
Parse that sentence and pick out the joke.
New posters for the Indiana Jones movie, and boy, does Harrison Ford look good. Too bad the actual photos aren’t quite as fab.
And speaking of residuals, costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis designed Indy’s trademark look, not that she got any. Instead, she earned a PhD and wrote a couple of books, one of which has just been published:
Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design . Perfect for seasonal gift giving.