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When Mike Wallace Blew Off Michael Mann

Interesting tidbit from TheWrap film writer Brent Lang.

Lowell Bergman, a producer with 60 Minutes from 1983 through 1997, told Lang that prior to the making of Michael Mann‘s 1999 drama The Insider, he arranged for Wallace to meet with the director at the Beverly Regent Wilshire hotel. Why? Because Mann at the time hoped to convince Wallace to play himself in the film (the correspondent was, of course, famously channeled in the end by Christopher Plummer). From Lang’s piece:

The movie depicted Wallace caving to CBS’ corporate leadership after the network refused to air the Jeffrey Wigand interview over concerns about a potential lawsuit from tobacco company Brown & Williamson. Wallace claimed that he never agreed that the story should be killed.

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HBO’s Luck Suspends Filming with Horses

HBO’s Luck has suspended filming with horses after a third horse was injured and euthanized Tuesday at Santa Anita Park during production of the hit drama.

“The horse was on her way back to the stall when she reared, flipped over backwards, and struck her head on the ground,” Dr. Gary Beck, a California Horse Racing Board veterinarian, said in a statement. The horse was later euthanized.

The first two horse deaths occurred in 2010 and 2011 during filming of the first season.

“We are also insisting that this stoppage remain in full effect pending a complete, thorough, and comprehensive investigation,” the American Humane Association said in a statement.

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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