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Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Galloway’

Sumner Redstone and His ‘Beautiful Women’

In Robert Evans‘ new book The Fat Lady Sang, there’s a lot of good stuff about the actor-producer-survivor’s lifelong friendship with mentor Sumner Redstone. Now, there’s also a fascinating THR interview.

SumnerRedstoneTHRCoverRather than the usual author of such THR features, Stephen Galloway, this one belongs to veteran reporter Kim Masters and associate TV editor Lindsay Flans. A lot of the answers are one-sentence, but that doesn’t detract from the pleasures of a transcript with one of Hollywood’s very small number of truly legendary figures.

The conversation was conducted mid-December at the mogul’s 15,300 square foot Beverly Park mansion. He was joined for the THR session by his longtime girlfriend Sydney Howland and friend Manuela Herzer:

You’ve got these beautiful women that you go out with.

Do you think they’re beautiful?

They’re both stunning.

You really think so?

And sweet, don’t you think?

Well, they’re sweet. I don’t know how beautiful they are.

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THR Lands Interview with Pat Kingsley

As the specter of Nikki Finke has been to entertainment journalism, so too once was the aura of Pat Kingsley to celebrity PR. And given Hollywood Reporter executive features editor Stephen Galloway‘s wily ways, we’re not at all surprised that it is he who landed Kingsley’s first official post-retirement interview.

THRPatKingsleyImageGalloway paid a visit to the 81-year-old Kingsley at her Pacific Palisades home the day before Thanksgiving. She remains too classy to spill the beans on former clients and any major contretemps (except for The TODAY Show and Jeff Zucker; what does that say about Zucker?). Rather, the joy of this feature comes largely from the small details about Kingsley’s current life and daily routine:

She gets up around 7:30 or 8 a.m., makes breakfast and does a little exercise. Then she switches on CNN (“I want the news, not opinions”), watches that and sports but relatively little entertainment…

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THR Features Editor Highlights ‘Dirty Games’ of Awards Season

Right after introductions were made for a weekend panel discussion at the Savannah Film Festival featuring The Hollywood Reporter trio of Stephen Galloway, Scott Feinberg and Tim Appelo, Galloway offered some intriguing observations about the first phase of this year’s film awards season.

Picking up on Feinberg’s analogy that the process resembles a Presidential election campaign, with the “primaries” of film awards season (festivals, critics awards, Golden Globes) leading up to the big night of the Oscars, the THR executive editor of features noted what is now business-as-usual:

“The [favored films] lists start to come into play; people start to jostle; potential winners begin to emerge. And then, like politics, the dirty games start.”

“I was fascinated, a couple of weeks ago, when the New York Times wrote a piece questioning the authenticity of the book behind 12 Years a Slave. It’s based on a memoir by a black man who was captured and enslaved for 12 years, Solomon Northup.”

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Joe Francis Points the Finger at Everyone Else

One of the same fingers, no doubt, that anchor the crisp, concise lede of this week’s print edition story by Hollywood Reporter executive editor, features Stephen Galloway. Here is just a sampling of the things the Girls Gone Wild impresario insists are not his fault:

Francis has been jailed in Florida and Nevada; successfully sued for defamation by Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn, whom he now owes $20 million; indicted for tax evasion and filming underage girls; blamed for the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of a company connected to Girls Gone Wild (which he says he no longer owns); and banned from entering GGW’s Santa Monica offices by bankruptcy trustee R. Todd Neilson, who filed suit to keep Francis off the premises.

Add to all this Los Angeles Times reporter Claire Hoffman‘s claim in a 2006 article that he pinned her to a car and twisted her arm so hard tears flooded her eyes – and that’s an awful lot of mischief. But none of it, says Francis, is his fault.

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Getting to Know Some of This Year’s SoCal Journalism Award Finalists

Congrats to all finalists (so far) for the LA Press Club’s 55th annual SoCal Journalism Awards, to be presented at the Biltmore Hotel Sunday June 23. In perusing the honor rolls, here are some of the categories that most intrigued us:

Journalist of the Year – Print (Over 50,000 Circulation):

The name we were not completely familiar with – alongside those of Gustavo Arellano (OC Weekly), Matthew Belloni (THR), Gene Maddaus (LA Weekly) and Matthew Garrahan (Financial Times) – is U-T San Diego’s Fred Dickey (no relation to TMZ managing editor Josh). Even if this Dickey wins, he will still have a tough road to hoe in that department at home. According to his website bio, microbiologist wife Kathleen has lent her name to nine U.S. patents.

Journalist of the Year – Online

These are dark days for Patch, with a conference call last Friday as reported by Romenesko revealing more rough tactical agenda items. But here in SoCal, the sun is shining on Rancho Santa Margarita local editor Martin Henderson. He is nominated in this category together with Dennis Romero (LA Weekly), Dylan Howard (Celebuzz), Chris Hedges (Truthdig) and Catherine Green (Neon Tommy). This guy has paid his dues, winning his first journalism award in high school and starting at the LA Times all the way back in1990.

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Jeff Berg’s New Talent Agency Scores Double Media Booking

The rapid return of one-time ICM chief Jeff Berg to the Hollywood talent agency business underpins this week’s oddest LA media coincidence.

On the front page of today’s LA Times Calendar section, there is an article about Berg’s new agency Resolution by Daniel Miller. And inside this week’s Hollywood Reporter print magazine, Miller’s former THR colleague Stephen Galloway shares a longer, deeper feature about the very same topic. Galloway got to speak with the 65-year-old Berg at the latter’s new 23rd-story Century City offices; Miller’s request for an interview was declined.

Whether Berg’s Resolution will be good for the Hollywood community as a whole has yet to be determined. But per Galloway’s piece, it’s already been very good for talent agents:

Rivals criticize Berg for overpaying, noting most [Resolution agents] are getting well above the $200,000 to $300,000 they might expect elsewhere and some as much as seven figures. “He is making deals just because they are possible to make,” one rival grouses.

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Dawn Hudson Quickly Learns That No Academy Meeting is Off the Record

For its final-days Oscars countdown coverage, the Hollywood Reporter scored the first official interview given by new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson. Reporter Stephen Galloway spoke with her on Sunday February 19 together with the organization’s COO Ric Robertson.

When asked what has surprised her most about the job, Hudson offered this answer:

“The scrutiny. I had what I thought was a casual meeting [during] my first couple of days, and 20 minutes after they left the LA Times called me. Then I thought, “OK, no meeting is off the record.” The Academy matters to people around the world. It’s such a global mark. And so the flap of the butterfly wing really does create [a worldwide effect].

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The Problem with a Hugh Hefner Biopic: Not Enough Conflict

Cleverly titled “The Playboy Interview,” this week’s Hollywood Reporter magazine cover story is a conversation with the one and only Hugh Hefner, still going semi-strong at age 85.

There’s not much new to be written about Hef at this point, especially in the wake of Brigitte Berman‘s solid 2009 documentary. However, reporter Stephen Galloway does share what FishbowlLA thought was a very interesting tidbit about that long-rumored Hollywood biopic of the Holmby Hills icon:

Brian Grazer still wants to make a biopic, but says the main problem has been locating “a central conflict in a charmed life. He’s one of the most influential people [in our society], but finding that conflict is hard.”

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THR Features Editor Catches Up to Cronenberg

From where FishbowlLA sits, the Hollywood Reporter‘s Stephen Galloway patrols one of this town’s most enviable entertainment beats.

Tasked primarily with putting together long-lead, high word count profiles of show business luminaries for the trade’s weekly print edition, this executive editor, features seems about as far removed from the SEO trenches as possible. Although recent Galloway focus Avi Lerner didn’t too well with a Conan the Barbarian remake, chances are this week’s interview subject David Cronenberg will fare much better in the coming months with the Freud-Jung pic A Dangerous Method. In Toronto, the filmmaker told Galloway that on every one of his projects, there has always been at least one actor who gummed up the financing works. On Method, that madness came primarily from the camp of Christoph Waltz:

“Christoph [had] pursued the project,” Cronenberg explains. “He came to me to convince me to take him as Freud; his grandfather had been a pupil of Freud. [After] Inglourious Basterds, all the German money was built around him, and when he bailed, a lot of that money went as well.”

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The Hollywood Reporter‘s Janice Min Draws Praise from NY Times

When former US Weekly editor Janice Min took over The Hollywood Reporter, she had her work cut out for her. Many, including us, were skeptical that the floundering trade mag could be revived. But in just 10 months, Min has transformed the troubled daily into an attractive weekly, and earned her place in a Sunday NY Times column from media critic David Carr.

Carr calls Min “a demure Columbia graduate who knows her way around a Diane Von Furstenberg dress.” Her management style sounds as if it verges on the Zen:

Many magazine editors are known for cutting a wide swath in their own offices and beyond. Ms. Min has never been big on acting big. For much of an editorial planning meeting last Tuesday for The Hollywood Reporter’s weekly magazine, Ms. Min was content to let Owen Phillips, the executive editor, run through the schedule.

Not many editors seem as content to just let people do their jobs.

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