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Posts Tagged ‘Mitch Albom’

Live Talks Los Angeles Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

Tomorrow night’s Live Talks Los Angeles event featuring Burt Bacharach in conversation with Mitch Albom is notable for a couple of additional reasons. It will mark the three-year anniversary of the popular local series and is the first of several Live Talks events planned for Glendale’s Alex Theatre.

It all began May 14, 2010 with author Jane Smiley interviewing Dave Barry. Since then, series founder-producer Ted Habte-Gabr has staged more than 100 events, bringing together everyone from Steve Martin and Tina Fey to Fred Willard and Darrell Hammond to Sharon Waxman and Sir Michael Caine. In addition to the evening series, which focuses for the most part on arts and culture, Habte-Gabr curates a downtown daytime business-themed bracket, Live Talks Business.

“We have three events booked at the Alex,” Habte-Gabr tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “The first one is Burt Bacharach; the second one is Phil Jackson in conversation with John Salley on June 12; and the third one is Neil Gaiman in conversation with Geoff Boucher, June 27. Then the Alex shuts down for some major renovations and they open back up in November, at which point we’ll probably have one or two more events there before the end of the year.”

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Jon Avnet TV Movie Sneaks at Beverly Hills Temple

After a premiere earlier this week in journalist Mitch Albom‘s adopted hometown of Detroit, the November 27 ABC-TV Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of his latest book Have a Little Faith will be shown tonight at another most appropriate location—the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre.

In the movie, the larger-than-life Rabbi who interacts with Albom (Bradley Whitford) and Laurence Fishburne‘s reformed preacher is played by Martin Landau. In real life, the man who oversees the Wilshire Blvd. temple’s unique artistic approach to religion (and who will preside over a Shabbat service before tonight’s 9 p.m. screening) is Rabbi David Baron.

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‘Mitch’ Writing Screenplay For ‘Sandman’

sandler_albom_061907.jpgMitch Albom is about to become even wealthier. The Tuesdays With Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven author will be developing a movie for Adam Sandler. Columbia Pictures and Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions just bought Albom’s first screenplay. It’s going to be “a baseball comedy with emotional elements.” Albom and Sandler? Maudlin subplots and goofball impersonations expected. Reports Albom:

“He had been interested years ago in making ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ into a film, but by the time he got in contact with us, we had already signed with Oprah‘s company … Then he expressed interest in the new one, ‘For One More Day,’ but Oprah got that one, too. He was teasing me, ‘Oprah, Oprah, how come always with Oprah?’ So I sent him the treatment for this idea I had, and about a month later, he called up and said, ‘Mitch, it’s Sandman.’ And everything has been pretty easy after that.”

Ugh.