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Post Critic Hands Column Keys to Kevin Spacey

Wonderful, classy move by Michael Riedel.

JuilliardLogoTo honor the memory of beloved Broadway actress and acting teacher Marian Seldes, who passed away this week at age 86, the Post theater critic enlisted her former student Kevin Spacey to write the words. From today’s Spacey piece:

As we waited for the Walk/Don’t Walk sign to change, Val [Kilmer] suddenly said, “Do you see that woman over there in purple?” Standing directly across the street was a tall, elegant woman, looking around with excitement, as if it were her first day in New York City — not mine — dressed in purple from head to toe.

“That’s Marian Seldes,” Val said. “She’s going to be your first [Juilliard] Shakespeare teacher. Wanna meet her?”…

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Kevin Pollak Recalls Trying to Teach Gabriel Byrne How to Imitate Carson

The oddest and funniest echo of this week’s gargantuan news trail about the future of The Tonight Show belongs to Kevin Pollak.

During the actor’s appearance on KCRW’s weekly program The Treatment, host Elvis Mitchell noted that Pollak’s new book How I Slept My Way to the Middle does not include the business of how just about everyone on the set of The Usual Suspects got into imitating Carson. Here’s Pollak, from the March 20 radio conversation:

“When you say everyone was doing Johnny Carson, I want to give credit to Kevin Spacey. Kevin and I both do a really good Johnny Carson. Everyone else was just being kind of silly, except for Gabriel Byrne, who was fascinated…”

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Howard Stringer Still Treasures the Memory of His Lunches with Johnny Carson

What better place for Sir Howard Stringer to reminisce about the great Johnny Carson than the annual Giants of Broadcasting event?

The chairman of Sony’s board was feted at yesterday’s 10th anniversary edition in New York City alongside Norman Lear, Ted Turner, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Eric Farber, George Beasley and – posthumously – Don Cornelius and Andy Rooney. Our FishbowlNY colleague Jerry Barmash was able to grab a few minutes with Stringer, who recalled a great fringe benefit of helping orchestrate the successful CBS pursuit of David Letterman:

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Journo Recalls Her Rumble in the Red Carpet Jungle

Merle Ginsberg takes a look back at her experiences covering film awards season in a fun Hollywood Reporter print magazine piece entitled “Red-Carpet War Stories: Two Decades of Battling Through Awards Season Mayhem.”

The article takes a while to live up to that “war stories” tease, but when it finally does, it does so with panache. Ginsberg’s most fractions moment occurred a year ago and involved one of the executive producers of the film that should have won the 2010 Best Picture Oscar:

In 2011, a cameraman for Extra tried to horn in on my arrivals interview with a star. That kind of hijacking goes on all the time. But then he grabbed my hand out of what he thought was his shot, and I slapped him in the face. Kevin Spacey, a producer on The Social Network and my interviewee, dropped his jaw and said: “I’ve never seen a girl hit anyone that hard. Buddy, if I were you, I’d back off.”

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TV Reporter Sara Edwards Still Misses Boston

After many years working in Boston for outlets such as WHDH-TV and CN8, Emmy winning entertainment reporter Sara Edwards (pictured) moved back last year to her native Pasadena. She has since freelanced for Extra and NBC Los Angeles, in the latter case suffering through the Lindsay Lohan shoplifting trial.

In a recent Boston magazine blog post, the UCLA grad confessed she still misses Boston and thus makes sure to catch any Hollywood movie featuring scenes shot on location in Beantown. She also shares an interesting POV articulated to her by Boston native (and former Fear Factor host) Joe Rogan:

Maybe Rogan said it best when he told me that breaking into entertainment in LA was easy for Bostonians, thanks to their street smarts and keen senses of humor. Dealing with laid back Angelenos was like “leading lambs to slaughter,” laughed Rogan.

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Interviewer Goes ‘Man-to-Man’ with Kevin Spacey

Great interview over at The Daily Beast by Kevin Sessums. He flew to London to chat with Casino Jack star Kevin Spacey, someone who actually followed him in the late 1970′s at New York’s famed Juilliard School.

After touching on the funny story of how Spacey was cast in his latest film as the result of a Facebook status update by the late George Hickenlooper, Sessums uncorks a humdinger of a question, offering first to go off-the-record. His query – “‘We gay men have always proudly claimed you as a member of our tribe, and yet you don’t proudly claim us back. Why?”

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Mark Your Calendars: The New York Times’ Arts & Leisure Weekend Is Coming In January

Break out your 2011 calendars, people. The New York Times is set to hold its 10th annual Arts & Leisure Weekend from January 6th through the 9th. The event will include TimesTalks interviews with big names across a variety of fields, conducted by New York Times journalists.

Some of the guests slated to participate include CBS anchor Katie Couric, who will be interviewed by Gail Collins; Food Network star Ina Garten, interviewed by Alex Witchel; James Levine, music director of the Metropolitan Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, interviewed by Daniel Wakin; Terence Winter, the co-creator of “Boardwalk Empire,” will be interviewed by Charles McGrath along with actors Steve Buscemi and Paz de la Huerta. Additional interviews will be conducted with pianist Lang Lang; Annie Proulx, author of Brokeback Mountain; actor/director Robert Redford; actor/director/producer Kevin Spacey; and film and stage director Julie Taymor.

The weekend will also include performances by the likes of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and American Idiot director/co-writer Michael Mayer, who will be interviewed by Patrick Healy. There will be a salute to the music of Tim Rice (aka the writer of nearly every Disney song you’ve sung into a hairbrush) and a performance by Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright.

So save the date. But, please, leave your hairbrushes at home.

Kevin Spacey is a Talented Dude

This was just on Reddit. It’s a clip from Inside the Actor’s Studio from, we think 2000. James Lipton prompts Kevin Spacey to do a bunch of impersonations including Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Christopher Walken, Clint Eastwood and Jack Lemmon.

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  • Kevin Spacey, Method Actor is Studying Abramoff Behind Bars

    kevin_spacey.jpgThis is a really fun bit from Nikki Finke. Awesome:

    EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that 2-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and film director George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl, Hearts of Darkness) are right now visiting Washington DC lobbyist Jack Abramoff in Cumberland Federal Prison. Abramoff, of course, was responsible for one of the biggest political scandal to hit the nation’s capital since Watergate, and is the subject of a screenplay Casino Jack starring Spacey and directed by Hickenlooper and written by Norm Snider (Dead Ringers) and produced by Bill Marks, George Vitetzakis and exec-produced by Donald Zuckerman and Richard Rionda of Hannibal Pictures. A portion of the project is being financed by Brad Feinstein of Titan Multi Media Group in a deal being negotiated by Paradigm. The story is described to me as a modern day GoodFellas set in Washington DC that plays like a thriller involving Karl Rove and others in former President George W. Bush‘s inner circle. Cameras will roll later next month.

    I’m told that Kevin Spacey is set to star as Jack Abramoff,

    Read the whole piece here.

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