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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77
Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.

But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry.
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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77
Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.

But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry.
See full article at Variety - TV News »

10 Weird Christmas Songs You Probably Won’t Hear On The Radio

We’re hurtling towards Christmas at a frightening pace and that can only mean one thing – the ‘Now That’s What I Call Xmas’ CDs are being dusted off for yet another year.

You’ve probably already noticed the tinny sounds of festive bells following you around stores as the days get shorter and the world gets more claustrophobic. You may even have found yourself absent-mindedly humming the only tunes you actually know by the likes of The Pogues, Slade and Mariah Carey. Are these songs played in order to induce a warm, fuzzy feeling in our hearts? To make us forget all our troubles and spread the joy? Or is it to encourage us to buy even more useless items and keep Wizzard’s pockets jangling for the fortieth yuletide?

Wouldn’t it be nice if one year, the repetition was suddenly broken and the radio played songs about
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