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Kirk Douglas on the Kindness of Lauren Bacall

AmericanAcademyDramaticArtsLogoThe year was 1943. And as Kirk Douglas touchingly recalls in this week’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the simple gesture of fellow aspiring actor Lauren Bacall made a profound difference to his early Big Apple experiences:

I met Betty when she was 17 and I was 24. We were both studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I was on my own in New York with meager funds. That winter, Betty saw me shivering in my thin overcoat. She didn’t say anything, but she talked her uncle into giving me one of his two thick coats.

I wore it for three years. That sort of unassuming kindness was one of her most endearing characteristics. When I had the honor of presenting Betty with her honorary Oscar in 2009, I told the audience: “People said Bacall was ‘tough.’ She’s a pussycat with a heart of gold.”

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Lauren Bacall, by Way of the BBC

LaurenBacallDIDIn the spring of 1979, BBC Radio 4 gifted listeners with Lauren Bacall‘s Desert Island Discs. Along with some wonderful journalist memories of the late actress, this one gets FishbowlNY’s vote.

Let’s start with then-host Roy Plomley‘s voice. Although this program was recorded 35 years ago, it sounds like it could just as well have been bottled during the heyday of Bacall’s cinematic career. (Strangely enough, DID was launched in 1942, just two years ahead of Bacall’s breakout first film To Have and Have Not.)

The sing-song of Mr. Plomley and Ms. Bacall is mesmerizing, interrupted eight times by some glorious and often classical music. And oh, the memories.

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Here’s Looking at the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival

For classic film fans, there are many reasons to want to be in Key Largo, Florida this weekend following the close of TCM’s latest local celebration. Starting with the following Saturday May 4 lunchtime event:

Join Stephen Bogart and Leonard Maltin as they discuss the life and career of Humphrey Bogart. Topics will include Bogie’s breakout performances, Bogie’s signature acting style, discussion of stories behind some of the memorabilia items and the experience of growing up with Bogie and Bacall.

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Bel Air Graduates To Major Leagues — Gets Its First Film Festival

The swanky L.A. suburb of Bel Air will catch up to the big boys with its first film festival, running Nov. 14-19.

And because it’s a short film fest and it is Bel Air, screenings will take place in private homes with private screens and probably private guests.

“Film Fashion Night,” will kick off the festival, hosted by Genlux Magazine, with a celebration of fashion, film and art held at Lionsgate Vice Chairman and Director Mark Amin‘s exclusive private estate in Bel Air.

Screenings include Louise Dahl-Wolfe: Painting with Light, a short documentary about the famed photographer’s life and her “discovery” of actress Lauren Bacall, as well as short documentary James Gill Full Circle, an autobiographical look at American pop artist James Gill that chronicles his meteoric rise and sudden disappearance from the Hollywood scene and art world. Honorees for the evening include Anya Sarre, celebrity stylist and head fashion stylist for Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and ET on MTV; and Orian Williams, producer of the award-winning film Control and one of Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch.”

On Saturday, Nov. 15, a screening of the short documentary Carissa sponsored by Virgin Mobile and the Los Angeles Dodgers Dream Foundation, will be shown at the Motion Picture Academy Theater in Beverly Hills.

The film has won the Jury Prize in its category and six film festivals and is Executive Produced by Davis Guggenheim, Academy Award winning director of An Inconvenient Truth and Jamie McCourt, Owner & President of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Carissa Phelps and director David Sauvage. Carissa tells the story of a homeless 12-year-old in Fresno, who was forced into prostitution, but strived against all odds to eventually graduate from UCLA last year with a law degree and MBA.

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Elle’s Honorees Fleshed Out

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Elle’s Women In Hollywood honorees list needs a little fleshing out, we think. The press release prose is a little purple.

Kate Bosworth:
In a town that worships lanky young blonds, Kate Bosworth could have had it easy. Instead, she dodged the expected and chose to rely on her intensity and range, proving this bombshell is built to last.

Built to last, if you believe that all that limited calorie diet bull.

Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly managed to do the impossible: graduate from child actor to leading lady, without rehab or going commando. Meet the savviest woman in Hollywood.

Take that, Lindsay Lohan!

Diane Lane
In Hollywood there are the young, the younger, and the barely legal. Then there’s Diane Lane, an alluring forty-something whose stunning turn as an adulteress soccer mom reaffirms why reinvention is the best revenge.

Adulteress soccer mom? Wasn’t that a couple of movies ago? Or maybe not.

Amy Adams
Amy Adams kick-started her career by slaying one supporting role after another. But now Hollywood’s most promising breakout is finally ready to take the lead.

Slaying? Is this a Buffy reference? She’s got good buzz for Enchanted.

Julie Taymor
Julie Taymor has tackled theatre, opera, and now Across The Universe—the most inventive film of the year. It’s just the kind of breadth that might just make the wildly nimble filmmaker the director of our generation.

Inventive is another word for stinkbomb, and you’re not talkin’ ’bout my generation, fool on a hill.

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Lauren Bacall
For more than six decades, Lauren Bacall has crafted the kind of characters women want to emulate and actresses only dream about playing.

Bacall’s great, but writers created those characters, and Howard Hawks created Bacall.

Elle’s Women in Hollywood Roundtable

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Salon’s Rebecca Traister sits in on Elle’s Women in Hollywood round table discussion on the state of show biz, why there aren’t more women directors, and so on. The group wonders why women don’t go to opening weekends, forgetting that people watch movies lots of other ways than at the multiplex, not than any of them ever see films with the public. While distinguished and credible, the ten are sort of randomly chosen. At the table are:

Moderator/producer Lynda Obst (called one of Tinseltown’s great brains, which is a frightening thought)
Claims Kate Hudson has same power as Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon in getting girly movies green-lit. Because the audience is clamoring for more.

Writer/director Nora Ephron
Thinks Transformers had a great emotional theme, sucks up to Spielberg. Claims to meet only timid girls at film schools. Ever wonder if she still takes calls from Meg Ryan?

Writer/producer Laura Ziskin
Discussing the lack of female directors, drops a bomb,

Our children watched their mothers and said, “Oh, no thank you. I don’t want my life to be like that.”

Writer/director Callie Khouri
Claims she wanted to make a NASCAR movie. So she directed Ya-Ya Sisterhood instead? Just made indie movie with Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes and wonders why no studio wanted it. Then complains about the lack of wish fulfillment in Judd Apatow movies.

Writer/director Patty Jenkins
Liked Spiderman. Admits to concentrating on personal life after making Monster.

Producer Cathy Konrad
Has small child, married to business partner Jim Mangold, admits to scaling back work for family.

Writer/director/producer Kimberly Piece
Loves blowing things up, just made second film.

Writer/producer Andrea Berloff
Has little kid, wonders why more women aren’t in film biz. But she’s fairly new to the business, as World Trade Center was her first produced script.

Writer/producer Margaret Nagle
Breaks away from approved party line by believing babe/nerd hookup in Knocked Up.

Universal president of production Donna Langley (called “that rarest of Hollywood breeds, a female studio head”, as Amy Pascal, wasn’t in the room.)
Points out that despite Jodie Foster’s tiny cameo, lots of women went to see Inside Man starring Denzel Washington. See Queen Latifah, wish fulfillment above.

The discussion was held in August, so Jeff Robinov’s foot hadn’t entered his mouth yet.

These women don’t pay attention to the few women working as TV directors and that reality TV could be a training ground for women (who are usually credited as field producers). Michael Apted started in documentary, after all.

But there’s a big snob factor in features, and never underestimate the insularity of Hollywood. Directors who came from TV, like Dennie Gordon, Betty Thomas, and Mimi Leder, and those who go back and forth, like Nicole Holofcener tend to not get called for big tentpole pictures.

Nikki Finke picks out some high points, but think how lively the discussion could have been, had she sat at the table.

Elle hosts the 14th annual Women in Hollywood Tribute at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on Oct. 15, when it will honor actresses Lauren Bacall, Scarlett Johansson, Diane Lane, Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Connelly, Amy Adams and director Julie Taymor.

Elle Picks Up Premiere’s Party

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Premiere Magazine is gone for good, but one of the mag’s main interests in Hollywood will live on thanks to sister publication Elle Magazine.

Elle has taken on toplining duties for the 14th annual Women In Hollywood tribute, which honors womens’ work on the big-screen. The mag has set Oct. 15 to dole out awards at the Four Seasons Bevery Hills Hotel for the annual fete and zeroed in on Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Connelly, Amy Adams, Lauren Bacall, Diane Lane and helmer Julie Taymor to receive awards.

In a statement regarding their newfound involvement, Elle Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers said. “Elle is proud to continue the tradition of celebrating the remarkable contributions of women in Hollywood. In addition to being extraordinarily talented, these women are great role models in every sense.”

- CHRIS GARDNER

Radar Gives A Pre-Oscar Tutorial In Party-Crashing

bouncers.jpgOur new friends at Radar have a highly entertaining piece guaranteed* to gate-crash you into a post-Oscars bash.

Tip 1. Pretend to be a Journalist. This will be made infinitely easier if you already are one, but walking in and barking orders at the ABC camera crew will make any bouncer think you’re supposed to be there. Of course, bark a little too convincingly and a camera man might punch you in the face.

Tip 2. Make a beeline for the most powerful person in the room. As one gate-crasher told Radar: “When you’re intently talking to Kim Novak about llamas, nobody’s going to kick you out.”

Tip 3. Feign illness. A pair of crashers posing as a married couple sneaked into Liza Minnelli and David Gest’s wedding in 2002 by pushing past the likes of Lauren Bacall, Mickey Rooney and Michael Jackson, rushing up to security and asking, “Excuse me, is there a ladies’ room around? My wife is not feeling well.” According to the piece the two were ushered in without question because “You know what they want to prevent in an event like this? Fresh vomit!”

*Methods not actually guarenteed. But if you do try them, tell us about it!