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Posts Tagged ‘Robert Evans’

A Gaggle of Oscar-Winning Producers

There are all sorts of fascinating group-snippets in the video below, shot by The Hollywood Reporter during a recent gathering of dozens of Academy Award-winning and nominated producers at the home of Robert Evans.

All these years later, Frank Marshall alongside Quincy Jones still can’t get over the fact that the Academy honored The Color Purple with 11 nominations but skipped director Steven Spielberg. Mel Gibson and Alan Ladd Jr. try to remember how they first met. And Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), with father Ivan next to him, details some unusual dynamics:

“I remember the first time I gave a screenplay to my dad – he was basically the first person to read it – he said, ‘Jason, this is a plotless screenplay.’ You can’t be so afraid of plot.’… It’s a very tricky line when your father is your producer and he has to find that moment of when is he being your father and when is he being a producer.”

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The Night Walter Winchell Slept Through a Major Celebrity Scoop

TheFatLadySangIn case you hadn’t noticed, we cannot get enough of The Fat Lady Sang, Hollywood legend Robert Evans‘ brand new memoir. Our copy is ready and waiting this holiday weekend, set to take precedence whenever a football or leftovers munch break allows.

We’ve also been gobbling up Evans interview coverage and must congratulate LA Times reporter Susan King for concocting the most appealing lede we’ve read so far. She frames today’s article with a bit from the book about the time aspiring actor Evans, while on a 1950s red eye from New York to LA, had a dalliance in the sleeping-berths area of the plane with an older female movie star. Among the other passengers sleeping in the confined area containing six beds – Walter Winchell:

There was something daring, even dangerous in having a mile-high rendezvous while the influential Winchell, who could make or break celebrities, was just two feet away. “That’s the only reason I did it,” said Evans in a recent interview, flashing his killer smile.

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CBS This Morning Hangs with Robert Evans

Holy smokes. To spice up a report wrapped around a recent visit to the hallowed Beverly Hills home and Paramount Studios office of Robert Evans, Lee Cowan‘s producers dug up some old footage of Edward R. Murrow interviewing the young, dashing actor. That alone makes this morning’s report a must-watch for fans of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Happily, the actor who went on to become a studio mogul is still driving the Jag, making jokes and, most importantly, writing after a series of near-fatal strokes 15 years ago. We have not yet had the chance to read his new book The Fat Lady Sang, but judging by the sensational Frank Sinatra chapter excerpted in London’s Telegraph, it’s going to be as memorable as previous memoir The Kid Stays in the Picture.

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Author Brews Frothy Mix of Coffee, Celebrity and Twitter

CoffeeCrazyCoverNYC performer-turned-author Robert Galinsky was kind enough to make us aware of his new book Coffee Crazy: 140 Aha! Coffee Moments from the Conference Room to the Cafe to the Kitchen. It’s out officially next week and really, it’s hard to resist a synopsis like this one:

It’s a book about our national drink with 140 passages, 140 characters or less, and includes 100 passages I’ve authored and 40 passages that I’ve curated exclusively for the book from the likes of: Rosie Perez, David Hasselhoff, Robert Evans, Perez Hilton, Elvira and coffee shops Aroma Espresso, Ninth Street Espresso, The Bean, Joe’s and many more.

Here’s a sneak peek at the kind of content you can expect:

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Far from Bel Air Circuit, San Diego Couple Living It Up – Robert Evans Style

Get ready to hear more about Prima Cinema Inc. in the coming months. Per an article in the LA Times by Daniel Miller, the company’s product costs around $35,000 plus another $500-600 per stream, plugs into expensive home-theater set-ups and allows the lucky homeowners to access select first-run Hollywood titles the same weekend the movies arrive in theaters.

From Miller’s article:

The Schultzes are not members of the exclusive “Bel-Air circuit”… Instead, these Rancho Santa Fe film fans, who also own a West Hollywood condominium they bought from actor Matthew Perry, are willing to pay a premium to screen movies as the Hollywood moguls do.

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Thom Mount, Roman Polanski Visit ‘Skypetown’

There was a one-of-a-kind cinematic event on Saturday in San Francisco. Following a screening at the Roxie theater of the 1974 classic Chinatown, director Roman Polanski beamed onto the screen via Skype (at around 11:30 p.m. Paris time) for a Q&A with producer Thom Mount, with whom he collaborated on several subsequent film projects.

Freelance writer Pam Grady notes in her weekend coverage that Polanski bristled at Mount’s suggestion the the LA featured in the film was make-believe. “That LA existed,” he said. “We were trying to be historically correct. Bob [Robert Evans] loves the city of Los Angeles and he was inspired by it.”

Meanwhile, today, SF Weekly fellow attendee Casey Burchby highlights an infamous exception to Polanski’s smooth-sailing leading lady experiences:

Mount observed that Polanski’s career has been marked by outstanding performances by actresses: Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion, Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby, Nastassja Kinski in Tess — and Faye Dunaway in Chinatown. Polanski said that in each case, he’d enjoyed good working relationships with those women, with the exception of Dunaway.

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LA Business Journal Snags Rare Robert Shapiro Interview

It’s been roughly five years since famed attorney Robert Shapiro gave his last sit-down interview. He chose to do another with the LA Business Journal‘s Alfred Lee, mainly because he wants to let people know that his focus is now on civil cases rather than criminal.

One big reason Shapiro says he has tended away from interviews is the ongoing barrage of questions he still receivers about the O.J. Simpson case. The 68-year-old Century City titan addresses his work on that case and that of Christian Brando, talks very candidly about the death of one son from a drug overdose, and retraces the origins of some advice given to him during the OJ trial by actor Jack Nicholson – “speak low and speak slow”:

Jack is more of a social acquaintance. I represented [film producer] Robert Evans for years and was involved doing a lot of civil work for him and in trying to put together a movie called The Two Jakes.

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ArcLight Hits the Beach

In a town that worships movies, Nora Dashwood (pictured) has it pretty good. As Chief Brand Officer of ArcLight Cinemas, she gets to peddle the best moviegoing experience this side of Robert Evans‘ Bel Air circuit screening room.

The fourth quadrant of Dashwood’s empire, ArcLight Beach Cities, officially opens next Friday, November 5th at El Segundo’s Continental Park, a sprawling retail-entertainment complex featuring five hotels, four shopping centers and various restaurants. The company has essentially gone in and gutted one of its own properties, but the name “The ArcLight Formerly Known as the Pacific Beach Cities All-Stadium 16” didn’t quite have the same ring to it.

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