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Posts Tagged ‘Martin Lewis’

As Half-Century Mark Approaches, Sunset Marquis Hotel Still Rocking

For their Grammy weekend oral history of West Hollywood’s Sunset Marquis hotel, an establishment that turns 50 in April, Hollywood Reporter journos Gary Baum and Michael Walker “interviewed more than two dozen big-name performers, behind-the-scenes players and longtime employees.” The result is a collection of anecdotes that reads like outtakes from This Is Spinal Tap.

Take for example this nugget from producer Martin Lewis. Note, above all, his priceless pre-Yelp era reaction:

“The first night I stayed there, in 1982, my TV wasn’t working. I tried phoning the front desk, but no one answered. So I stormed down to the lobby to remonstrate. The guy behind the desk was stoned out of his head. “My TV isn’t working!” I snapped. “Well, throw it in the pool, dude,” was his reply. I was sold. This was my hotel.”

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FBLA Goes to the Party: 7th Python Screening

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At a discreet screening room on Sunset, a select group gathered to watch The 7th Python, the new documentary from Frozen Pictures. The film, a portrait of rock legend Neil Innes, of Bonzo Dog Band and The Rutles fame, is the work of Burt Kearns, Brett Hudson, animator Bonnie Rose, editor Dan Brown, and producer Sean Connors. Crowd reaction was strongly approving of the film, which is touching, hilarious and inventive.

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Hanging out were Weird Al Yankovich, Emo Philips, Martin Lewis, Allyson Holloway, tv producers Peter Brennan and Lisa Lew. Chelsea Lately writer Steve Rosenfield assured us that Chelsea Handler herself is really funny. We’re so relieved. LA Timesman Randy Lewis said his story for the Calendar section would run on Saturday.

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Innes, here with a fan, will be at the Monday screening of All You Need is Cash as part of the Mods and Rockers film fest of the American Cinematheque.