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Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Lewis’

Jerry Lewis Still Hasn’t Forgiven Joan Rivers

Debuting tonight at 5 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Channel 99, Jerry LewisTown Hall chat with Maria Menounos is bound to be as memorable as that episode of Law & Order: SVU where he played the uncle of Richard Belzer‘s character.

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At one point, Lewis brings up some old, unfinished Joan Rivers business:

“I always feel bad when somebody passes away,” Jerry told Maria. “Except if it was Joan Rivers.”

“Noooo, you don’t mean that!” countered Maria, to which Jerry gave a long, solemn nod. “You do??” He does.

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Doc Maker Got Directing Tips from Jerry Lewis

Seven years after profiling Phyllis Diller in Goodnight, We Love You, Gregg Barson is set to unveil his documentary look at another comedy legend. It was in fact while making that previous project that Barson first met Jerry Lewis.

Probably the biggest difference when it came to making Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis, which premieres tomorrow night on Encore, was how involved his latest subject was in the filmmalking aspects of the assignment. Barson tells THR reporter Lesley Goldberg that the king of comedy was extremely “hands on:”

“There were points where I’d be shooting him and he’d say to get a shot from a different location,” Barson recalls. “”I thought, ‘Jerry Lewis is helping me direct and giving me pointers.” During the process, Lewis screened cuts of Method and offered notes on the craft, cutting, timing and pacing.

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NPR is Leaking

NPR fundraising drives can be annoying, but it sure looks like they need the cash. Because despite what “Morning Edition” producer Ben Bergman says, it’s really not coming down that hard today.

Jerry Lewis is out of work these days. Let’s get him out here for an NPR West roof telethon. Because this Fishie needs his “Marketplace” with Kai Ryssdal and does not want to have to stress his way through the rainy season.

Here’s Hoping Jerry Lewis Donates Big to His Own Telethon

Heading into Labor Day weekend, there continues to be much written about the absence of Jerry Lewis from the MDA telethon. In an op ed today in the Las Vegas Sun for example, Robin Leach suggests that the lack of a Lewis mention in the last two MDA press releases is “not only downright rude and disgraceful, but also a tragedy.”

Hmmm, that may be overstating it a bit. But we get Leach’s overall point, as echoed by many others. What the heck happened between the MDA and its former celebrity champion to trigger such an ugly, public divorce?

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New Book Celebrates Location Filming in Los Angeles

Once upon a time, the Hollywood film industry term “runaway” referred only to the character of a street urchin in a narrative. Not the idea that our city’s once prosperous production activities are being hijacked to Vancouver, Melbourne, Bucharest and beyond.

This week, as part of its “Images of America” series, Arcadia Publishing has released a wonderful pictorial trip down memory lane to that time when the great majority of studio movies were shot locally. Each chapter of Location Filming in Los Angeles focuses on a different corner of LA, using sepia tone photos provided by Marc Wanamaker, a founding member of the Hollywood Heritage Museum and owner of Bison Archives.

Assisting Wanamaker with text and liner notes for each photo were FilmRadar.com‘s Karie Bible, also the official tour guide of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and Harry Medved, author and long-time industry PR guru, currently for Fandango.com. From the get-go, the trio of authors sets the record straight as to just exactly when and how our local feature film industry got started.

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Spot.us Gets Profiled in Switzerland

International ego booster of the day. The French/Swiss paper Le Courrier has a profile of Spot.us’ journalistic efforts in Los Angeles that leads with mention of this Fishie’s new blog “The Daily Vitamin.”

Marianne a donné 16 dollars, Mark 17, tout comme Pandora. Ari, de son côté, n’a versé que 4,76 dollars, un peu moins que ce qu’il avait avancé en septembre pour un projet similaire. Avec neuf autres personnes et deux entreprises, ces donateurs totalisaient jeudi une somme de 737,72 dollars. C’est bien, mais il en manque tout de même 262,28 pour que le journaliste Matthew Fleischer se lance dans sa grande enquête sur la lente – mais tangible, assure-t-il – amélioration de la qualité de vie à Los Angeles, sa ville. Une métropole célèbre pour n’avoir ni trottoirs ni espaces verts. Matthew Fleischer, un ancien du LA Weekly, travaille pour le site californien spot.us. Mise sur pied en 2008, cette plateforme à but non lucratif est pionnière dans le journalisme à financement participatif («crowdfunding»). Un reporter propose un sujet, dont le pitch est affiché sur le site, et le public donne ce qu’il veut pour le financer – les sommes vont de quelques dollars au cinquième du total à rassembler.

Now, our French is admittedly a bit remedial–but, loosely translated, we’re pretty sure this story is saying “Matthew Fleischer is a super-fucking-awesome journalist who’s more entertaining than Jerry Lewis and Gerard Depardieu put together. It would be an honor to send our sister and cousins and even our grandma–if he’s into it–to share his bed.”

Or something like that.