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Zenovich And Doc Subject Polanski Expected To Meet In Italy

Marina Zenovich, a Los Angeles-based director who created “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” a doc about the notorious statutory 1977 rape case against the famed director of such films as “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby,” will finally get to fully meet her subject at Italy’s Turin Film Festival in mid-Novemberpolanski.jpgmarina.jpg.

Zenovich tells FBLA that she tried and tried to secure him for an interview for the doc, but was only allowed a passing accidental meet. But she still persevered over more than five years and the film screened earlier this year on HBO.

Oliver Stone, fresh off of the domestic release of his Bush-pasting “W,” will also attend, according to Variety.

W. Gets Beat By a Three Week Old Chihuahua

rottentomotoes.pngWhat does it say about the 43rd President of the United States that even a movie associated with you tanks to new levels? Every time Dubya goes on TV, the stock market plunges. Now Oliver Stone‘s latest film finishes FOURTH in weekend box office receipts…It got beat out by Beverly Hills Chihuahua for crying out loud.

We went and watched W. in a theater this weekend. It was like having your town destroyed by a tornado then escaping into a theater to watch Twister. It wasn’t the subject of the movie that was maddening and frustrating – it was the fact that after we left the theater the rubble was still falling.

Is that a recommendation? No. An explanation? Perhaps.

LAT In 90 Seconds

40497430.jpgW. The Movie: As local screenwriter Chris Farnsworth says of the upcoming Oliver Stone film about George W. Bush, “I can’t imagine going to see a movie about that guy after living through the last 8 years. Although, covered with dirt and beat up … I can get behind that.”

37644350-08192548.jpgNinth Box-Office Hit for Pixar: With Wall-E’s whopping success – $62.5 million opening, thank you very much – we have to wonder: What would Disney do without Pixar? By the way, anyone else think the film is basically Idocracy with a better ending?

40559766-30105719.jpgLindsay Lohan Might Have an Illegitimate Half-Sister: And we’re sure Michael Lohan‘s supposed illicit love child will be just as classy as the rest of his offspring.

“Running With Arnold” Runs Home With A Win

Dan_Cox_Regisseur_Running_with_Arnold_37bfa40ea5.jpg Local journo-cum-filmmaker (and occasional fishie) Dan Cox took home the prize for Best Documentary this weekend at the Zurich Film Festival for his pic Running With Arnold

The pic criticizes the policies and … well, everything, of California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, which isn’t a hard sell in Switzerland. At one screening, some viewers stood up and yelled, “Arnold ist scheisse! Arnold ist scheisse!”

Still, Al Ruddy, chairman of the Zurich Film Festival jury and producer of The Godfather is also Arnold’s best friend and is, weirdly enough, godfather to his children.

Ruddy contemplated recusing himself from the judging, but fellow jury member Matthew Modine convinced him to stay on and together they argued for the film to win.

Cox tells FBLA: “It was up against what I was jokingly terming all week the ‘I don’t know nothin’ about birthin’ no babies, Miss Scarlett,’ movies, which were both great docs about childbirth and mental defect that were truly better than mine and much more emotional (though I’ll never admit that in print).”

Cox tells us that, Oliver Stone, who was given a career achievement award, asked him how he got so much dirt on Arnold, to which he replied, “Clean living.”

So with the Godfather, Birdy and Platoon backing him up, Running with Arnold sped past the competition.

Cox — who was joined in Zurich by Lys Sparrow, a co-producer on the film — tells us: “I’ve been to hundreds of film festivals all over the world, but never as a filmmaker and certainly not as a winner of anything. I was flying all night long the evening the film won. I think I only drank about three gallons of red wine that night. And my headache on the plane the next day made sure I remembered.”

Welcome home and congratulations!

Trade Round-Up: August 28

OWEN2.jpegIn the wake of Owen Wilson‘s hospitalization and recovery, Variety does its best to diagnose his slate of upcoming films. New Variety staffer Tatiana Siegel writes that first up, the actor was due to begin shooting a role in “Tropic Thunder” opposite Ben Stiller followed by the January start of “Marley & Me” opposite Jennifer Aniston. He’s also scheduled for promotional activities to support Wes Anderson‘s “The Dareeling Limited,” set for release Sept. 28 from Fox Searchlight.

Variety‘s Michael Fleming writes that Oliver Stone has set his sights on yet another Vietnam project by closing a deal with United Artists to finance “Pinkville.” Pic is a drama about the investigation of the 1968 My Lai massacre. He’ll direct and Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum will star. Stone’s “Born on the Fourth of July” star Tom Cruise now runs UA with partner Paula Wagner.

Jennifer Lopez is also hustling with a new project for the small-screen, teaming up with Jane Startz Prods. to develop “The Amigas Sweet 15 Club,” a half-hour comedy about five Miami teens who run their own Quinceanera party-planning biz.

Innovative Artists has been ripe with a lot of work-related gossip this year from assistant drama to a brand new lawsuit. THR reports that Innovative agents Michael McConnell and Ben Press filed suit Monday in LA demanding that they be allowed to leave the tenpercentery along with their clients due to unfair one-sided employment contracts.

Scott Baio‘s reality run on VH1 with his self-titled TV show has been extended but the new season won’t just find him “45…and Single” but instead a year older and expecting his first child. THR says the new plotline will focus on impending fatherhood following a season finale engagement with girlfriend Renee.

– CHRIS GARDNER

Brett Ratner to Direct Hefner Bio-Pic

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Brett Ratner will direct a film based on the life of Hugh Hefner. Brian Grazer optioned the rights years back, and had Oliver Stone and Scott Silver take some stabs at the project. But Ratner brought his trademarked class and dignity that this project so richly deserves. He told Variety:

Hef came from a puritanical upbringing and reinvented himself to be the godfather of the sexual revolution. He also used his magazine to advocate civil rights and free speech, and put James Brown on his show ‘Playboy After Dark’ when they didn’t put black performers on national television.

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Oliver Stone’s Anti-War Ad

Oliver Stone lent his directing talents to MoveOn.org and VoteVets.org, with a 30-second television spot, featuring John Bruhns, a former infantry sergeant who fought in Iraq in 2003. While Bruhns is impressive, there’s not much direction. Set up tripod, set up camera, roll tape. The ad debuted on CNN last night.

FBLA Goes to the Party: Dana Vachon Merges, No Acquisitions

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Fair-haired wonderboy, Dana Vachon, met a few dozen of his admirers last night at Bar Marmont in honor of his novel, Mergers & Acquisitions. David Kuhn, that powerful gay man, and Anonymous Content were the hosts.

We were thrilled to see Mickey Kaus, who introduced us to Michael Lerner and told a funny story about being on Red Eye. Lerner’s busy with the new national tour of Camelot.

But before we could make intelligent conversation, Thairin Smothers and James St. James mobbed us, eyes all aglow. St. James has a book coming out in May–a sort of “For a Very Young Drag Queen” thing. We can’t wait.

And then we met the most amusing person–one half of mystery novelist P.J. Tracy. Traci has one of those faces that looks pretty and mischievous at the same time, and we could have talked to her all night. She got us to Dana.

He told us about meeting Gore Vidal–the high point of his life, thus far. We asked if Gore made a pass, but it was so noisy, everyone pretended not to hear. We had better luck by dropping the gossipy nugget of Vidal’s voice-over work for Sony on the DVD of Gattaca.

Vachon’s going to China to meet some young guy who’s buying up something or other, and then back to work on book deux. This one is set in Scarsdale/Westchester and explores a different set of themes. Swear to god, he said that, and he’s sincere. He’s the new Michael Lewis!

Then, Jennifer Ramos of Vroman’s appeared, and we clued Dana in on the preppiness of Pasadena. All agreed that Jonathan Adler’s hairy white ankles weren’t remotely top drawer.

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