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When Rob Reiner Met the Future, Second Mrs. Reiner

ShutterstockRobReinerMichelleSingerWe’ve been reading and greatly enjoying the various write-ups about Rob Reiner‘s receipt on Monday night of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award. And to veteran New York journalist Paula Schwartz goes the FishbowlNY prize for most entertaining and exhaustive such summary, shared via the website reellifewithjane.com.

It’s not quite the how-to-fake-an-orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally… But as Schwartz recounts, there were some memorable real-life fireworks during the making of the rom-com, courtesy of cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld:

Also during that shoot, Sonnenfeld introduced Reiner to his future wife, Michele Singer, a photographer. He thought they would make a perfect couple and on a double date, he heard Reiner tell Michele, who smoked cigarettes, “You know, you really shouldn’t smoke. It’s not good for your health.” Reiner’s future wife countered, “And you shouldn’t be so f***ing fat.”

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From 544 F-Words to Five Oscar Nominations

HillScorseseWolfMore than a few departed members of Hollywood’s Golden Age, if somehow magically revived and transported to the present, would likely utter a “WTF?” But as a sign of our more permissive times and Tinseltown’s greater tolerance of profanity than overseas markets, The Wolf of Wall Street scored five major Oscar nominations this morning.

The latest Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio opus is now also a Wolf of Wilshire Blvd., claiming nods for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor and Adapted Screenplay.Ceremony host Ellen De Generes is already saying her comedy thank you’s.

The number of times the F-word is uttered in Wolf was the subject of some recent media debate. Thankfully, the matter was put to authoritative rest via a Slate investigation by Forrest Wickman.

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11/11/11 is Nigel Tufnel Day!

Spinal Tap fans the world over have declared November 11th, 2011 “Nigel Tufnel day,” in honor of the man who dared to turn his amps up to 11.

Nigel Tufnel, for those of you poor souls who haven’t seen the Rob Reiner mockumentary, was the lead guitarist in the fictional metal band Spinal Tap, played by a young and hairy Christopher Guest. He may not have been the greatest guitarist the world had ever seen, but by golly, he was one of the loudest.

The grassroots effort to honor Tufnel today seems to have originated on Facebook, or maybe Twitter, or maybe over at The Nigel Tufnel Day Appreciation Society and Quilting Bee website. Who knows.

However it happened, Nigel Tufnel day coincides nicely with Veterans Day, a national celebration in honor of real-life heroes who also weren’t afraid to turn it up to 11.

 

A-List Turnout for Kathy Freston’s Vegan Book Party


For most of us ink-stained wretches, throwing a book party in Los Angeles during a torrential downpour would whittle the attendees down to single digits. But when Arianna Huffington and Wendi Murdoch (yes, wife of Rubert) host such an event, everyone grabs an umbrella and braves the rain.

Friday night’s event, hosted at Arianna’s Brentwood home, was held in honor of Kathy Freston‘s newest book, “Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change The World.” Notable guests included Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Moby, Frances Fisher, Lorne Michaels, and Rob Reiner. So naturally, there was plenty of starfuckery going on. This fishie was making polite conversation with an elderly gentleman when he abruptly shoved me out of the way to get to Marla Maples. Remember her? Other 90′s flashbacks in attendance included Elizabeth Berkley, Tracey Ullman, Candice Bergen, and Oliver Stone.

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Rob Reiner Discovers Hitler Magic

Actor/director Rob Reiner is onto something. In his appearance on Bill Maher‘s show last Friday, he noted that if you want anyone to pay attention to what you’re saying in today’s political discourse you have to compare someone to Hitler. So he did, comparing Tea Party followers to the Germans who uncritically ate up Hitler’s hate spiel. And it worked. Every conservative blog in the country is talking about Reiner’s comments–including, not surprisingly, the LA Times’ “Top of the Ticket” blog.

One of these days we’re going to do an all-Hitler day where every item we write has a Hitler reference or comparison of some sort. Perhaps our election coverage next week could use some Hitler sprucing…? Crazier things have happened. Stay tuned.

Estelle Reiner, Who Maybe Had the Best Screen Reaction Ever, Dies at 94

Estelle Reiner, who drew countless fans to her deadpan reaction to Meg Ryan’s mimic of an orgasm over a pastrami sandwich in “When Harry Met Sally,” has passed away, her nephew told AP.

Reiner was mother to “When Harry Met Sally” director Rob Reiner and wife to legendary comedian Carl Reiner.

She was 94.

Tina Daunt: Lifestyles of the Rich, Famous and Politically Active

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We don’t like to think of Tina Daunt as a society columnist. She does so much more than just report the latest bon mots of sauced rich white people.

But, we guess, nobody gets a cool gig like hers without having to put in some time doing the expected tales of ostentatious wealth and envy-inducing real estate porn.

So we forgive her for this piece in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times Magazine which offers every last rich detail of the opulent estates of Ron Burkle, Rob Reiner, Norman Lear, Arianna Huffington, Bruce Cohen and Haim Saban.

Our favorite bit of dish comes in the Saban section:

A clear all-weather tent–lighted by chandeliers–is used as a central gathering spot behind the main house. But guests beware: The invitation should come with a Thomas Guide. You’ll find the exit after the watermill, the fountains and the topiary animals on the lawn.

She failed to mention whether the topiaries resembled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 27, 2007

michael bay.jpegTransformers 2 Picks a Date
Paramount and DreamWorks are moving ahead with plans for a Transformers 2 project, stamping down June 26, 2009 as the release date, reports Variety. The story says the date is just a target but isn’t “ironclad” as they still need to lock in Michael Bay and work out the ongoing tension between the two studios.

Reiner Backs Clinton
Variety‘s Ted Johnson writes in today’s paper that director Rob Reiner has given Hillary Clinton’s campaign a boost by endorsing her in the upcoming election. Johnson writes that Reiner’s decision is a “key endorsement” for Hil because he’s “one of the entertainment industry’s most politically-active figures.”

THR reports that Disney is canceling its Disney Mobile MVNO service, the second such Disney-branded project to bite the dust in less than a year following ESPN Mobile. Read the full Disney shuttering story here.

- CHRIS GARDNER