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12 Things We Learned From Michael Ovitz’s New Book

  • Variety
12 Things We Learned From Michael Ovitz’s New Book
Michael Ovitz still has nothing good to say about Michael Eisner. He and Ron Meyer started to patch things up over dinner a few years ago at Hamasaku, the sushi restaurant that Ovitz owns in West Los Angeles. And the famous threat Ovitz delivered to Joe Eszterhas about having “foot soldiers” marching up and down Wilshire Boulevard? Totally exaggerated in Eszterhas’ retelling via the press.

Those are among the anecdotes and tidbits shared by Ovitz in his new book “Who Is Michael Ovitz?,” due out Tuesday from Random House’s Portfolio imprint. The book isn’t so much a tell-all as it is a take-credit-for-(nearly)-all that went down during Ovitz’s 20-year run as the monarch of CAA.

The 384-page tome offers exhausting detail on how CAA reshaped the movie business in the 1980s and ’90s with its approach to packaging, and how Ovitz engineered the dealmaking behind
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Soap Star: I'm Separating from My Man ... To Marry Him

  • TMZ
Here's a plot twist ... Ex-soap star Leigh Taylor-Young -- famous for her role on the 1980s show " Dallas " -- is formally separating from her domestic partner, but TMZ has learned ... it's because she wants to Marry him! According to the legal docs filed in L.A. County Superior Court, "The parties intend to get married, so they must dissolve their registered domestic partnership." Leigh's domestic partner -- a writer named John Morton -- filed the papers.
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Exclusive Interview: Re-Live Fright Night With Tom Holland

It begins on an empty street. The camera pans slowly across a gothic-tinged suburbia as whispered voices are heard off screen. Are we eavesdropping on an intimate moment? No, the conversation comes from a television set playing an old (deliberately) cheesy horror film.

In its opening moments, Fright Night produces a dual effect of voyeurism and postmodern horror that manages to be creepy and amusing at the same time. The camera continues its slow crawl and lifts with the cool grace of a vampire up to a window that introduces the hero Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) engaging in a bit of heavy petting with his girlfriend, Amy.

It is a striking opening sequence and brilliant in its execution. Immediately trouble begins as Charley notices two men carrying a coffin into a basement next door. This fleeting glance opens up a nightmarish world for this nosey teen and his friends, one
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Cruise/Kidman Agent Quits To Become A Movie Boss

Cruise/Kidman Agent Quits To Become A Movie Boss
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's longtime agent Ric Nicita is set to become Hollywood's new movie bigwig after signing a deal to turn around Morgan Creek Productions' fortunes.

The Creative Artists Agency heavyweight, who is married to Cruise's production partner Paula Wagner, is turning his back on the agency business after 42 years to become an executive.

Nicita, who has been with CAA for almost 30 years, has been appointed the new co-chairman and chief operating officer of Morgan Creek Productions.

The company, which enjoyed a string of movie successes in the 1990s, has hit lean times in recent years with flops Georgia Rule and The Good Shepherd, which was directed by Robert De Niro.

Nicita replaces Guy McElwaine, who died earlier this year.

Hollywood Agent McElwaine Dies

  • WENN
Studio chief and Hollywood agent Guy McElwaine has died following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

The showman, who was involved in blockbusters from All the President's Men to The Karate Kid, died on Wednesday at his Bel-Air home.

In the 1960s, McElwaine owned a management and public relations company whose clients included Frank Sinatra, Warren Beatty and The Mamas and The Papas.

The former brother-in-law of actress Dey Young joined Creative Management Associates, an agency that was the forerunner for the powerful International Creative Management and there, he is reported to be the first agent to sign filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

He enjoyed a brief stint at Warner Brothers as a senior executive in charge of worldwide motion picture production - putting together movies such as All the President's Men, Dog Day Afternoon and Oh God.

McElwine was also resident of Columbia Pictures, later becoming the studio's chairman and chief executive officer - helping produce blockbusters such as Ghostbusters and Gandhi.

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