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Sundown on Sunset: Ring Out the Old

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Artist/filmmaker Melinda Hunt adds to the Theresa Duncan/Jeremy Blake saga and challenges Frank Morales’ version.

Anjelica Huston to play Benazir Bhutto in biopic?

When Manuel Mollinedo ran the LA Zoo, animals managed to escape a number of times. Maybe he’s a PETA mole? Or just an incompetent bureaucrat?

Bonnie Fuller picks scandalicious celebs, but her readers like Lana Turner and Liz Taylor better. Maybe Britney can get one of the kids to stab someone.

Sean Penn is available, which means so is Robin, which means fans of The Princess Bride can rekindle their hopes.

Tony Bourdain is Eater of the Year, followed by the cleverly-named Joel Chestnut. Padme Lakshmi, a chesty nut, is third.

Jodie Foster wins the IMDB least screwed-up former child star poll.

AFI needs to stop with the lame-ass lists already.

Ten Things I Hate about Ten Things: Jason Burns goes meta.

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Kingsley Steps Down at PMK/HBH

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All of Tinseltown’s top publicists will be barking around about this story today: THR‘s Borys Kit reports that “uber-entertainment publicist” Pat Kingsley is stepping down from her post as CEO of PMK/HBH.

And it takes two to replace her: Cindi Berger and Simon Halls have been upped to co-CEOs while Nate Schreiber will take a president title.

Kingsley is now 76 years old and while she will still head into the office, she tells THR that her new nonexecutive chairman title will allow her to keep working with her clients (Michael Mann, Jodie Foster and Sally Field) and not be bogged down with paperwork.

“I’m going to be coming to work, but you won’t see a balance sheet in front of me,” she told THR. “I won’t have to do any administration work. I can do creative work with clients, which is the part that I think I do best.”

She is a legend in the personal publicity field and is known for protecting the private lives of her clients while still skyrocketing them to superstardom. And she’s perhaps best known for her longtime work with now former client Tom Cruise.

- CHRIS GARDNER

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 14, 2007

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Following up on Oprah‘s ritzy fundraiser for Barack Obama last weekend in Montecito, Variety gives the deets on another campaign party planned for Southern California this weekend but this time it’s Magic Johnson hosting a bash for Hillary Clinton. Variety‘s Ted Johnson writes that some are calling the back-to-back events “an unprecedented courting of African Americans by each campaign”

Valkyrie Gains Access in Germany
Tom Cruise‘s star power has helped German officials change their minds, allowing the filmmakers behind Cruise’s Valkyrie to shoot at Bendlerblock, the original site where officers behind the failed 1944 plot to kill to kill Adolf Hitler were executed.

Gore to Appear at Emmys
Al Gore really loves Hollywood. Well, actually he loves the award shows. Gore is set to appear at this Sunday’s Emmy telecast during which his cable network, Current TV, is nominated in the interactive TV category. Variety reports that the showing will make him a veteran of the “Hollywood loop” following appearances at the Grammys, the Oscars and now the Emmys.

Foster Pic Expected to Win at B.O.
THR takes on the weekend boxoffice with Carl Diorio projecting that the Jodie Foster-starrer The Brave One will win the weekend taking in approximately $15 million. Other openers include Mr. Woodcock and Dragon Wars.

Joy in Toronto for Weinsteins
In more Toronto Film Festival news, the Weinstein Co. has acquired North American distribution rights to the music docu Joy Division, THR reports. Grant Gee directed the pic, an account of the late 1970s English rock band.

- CHRIS GARDNER

‘Gay Mafia’ At The New York Times?

out_closet_times.jpgWhile we chuckled at editor Aaron Hicklin‘s tongue-in-cheek Out cover — featuring long rumored-to-be-closeted celebrities Anderson Cooper and Jodie Foster — the new issue makes an interesting point about the paper of record in its “Power 50“:

“Yes, there really is a queer cabal in the Eastern elite media, and it works on West 43rd Street in New York City.” According to Out, T magazine editor Stefano Tonchi, assistant managing editor Richard Berke, national correspondent Adam Nagourney, advertising columnist Stuart Elliot, style reporter Eric Wilson, theater critic Ben Brantley and restaurant critic Frank Bruni are included in the Times‘ “gay mafia.”

Out says: “This is one group you don’t want to run into in a dark alley.”

“What are we going to do?” Elliot asked WWD. “Beat them with the Sunday Times?”

Bigger question: Has the Times become the Village Voice?

In The Trades: Dolls, Drag Queens and How-to

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Abigail Breslin and former child actor, Jodie Foster, are thisclose to signing a deal to star in Nim’s Island, a fantasy. Breslin will also star in the first American Girl movie, based on the dolls. First of seemingly hundreds.

Sydney Pollack will direct Recount for HBO. The film will show the “human drama” behind the Florida recount from Election Day through the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of George W. Bush five weeks later. Who’s going to play Katherine HarrisLady Bunny?

NBC has created a new position for Vince Manze, who’s best known for coming up with catchy ad phrases: Must-See TV and Save the Cheerleader, Save the World as head of the NBC Agency. He’ll now be the president of program planning, scheduling and strategy for the net.

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Susan Sarandon and John GoodmanSpeed Racer’s parents? Sarandon just finished playing heiress Doris Duke, which makes her the Bette Davis of her generation.

Comedy Central is enrolling would-be comics in the online Crash Course in Comedy designed and instructed by comedian Ted Alexandro. How is this different from AOL Coaches?

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