November 21, 1999
Hollywood agent Jay Moloney is good-looking, earns big bucks, has supportive friends and lives in swell digs, yet he chooses to throw it all away with cocaine and then kills himself, and The Times considers this a front-page tragedy (Nov. 17)? I don't have 1/10th of the opportunities Moloney has had, so perhaps I should blow my brains out. But I don't have caring friends who would find my body, and you wouldn't consider it newsworthy! Your compassion is misplaced. DOLORES LONG Van Nuys
February 29, 2004 |
Will Bill Murray win the Oscar tonight for best actor in a motion picture? It's a funny question. On "Saturday Night Live" in the late 1970s, when he was on "Weekend Update," Murray used to do his annual Oscar predictions, in which he'd mock the event as a Left Coast dog-and-pony show.
November 27, 1988 |
How many studio executives does it take to screw in a light bulb? Well, OK, we don't know the answer to that one. But we do know that no fewer than 21 execs, agents, publicists and other assorted retainers were advised the other day when a couple of "Rain Man" publicity photos of Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise were mailed to media types. See, we came across this one-paragraph United Artists letter, concerning some b&w shots of the two stars.
April 23, 1989 |
Spy magazine's pseudonymous Hollywood correspondent, Celia Brady, reports in the publication's April issue that Jay Moloney, assistant to show-biz super-agent Mike Ovitz (head of the Creative Artists Agency) "is a volunteer Spago employee." How so? "When the restaurant is unsure just how rude or fawning to be toward some patron whom they do not immediately recognize," Brady explains, "Moloney regularly gets a call and gives the CAA thumbs-up or thumbs-down on prospective diners."
September 26, 2007 |
CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves has hired a top creative executive to oversee his fledgling movie division, which aims to make four to six films a year with budgets of as much as $50 million apiece. Amy Baer, who had been a senior production executive at Sony's Columbia Pictures for the last nine years, will oversee the development, production, acquisition, marketing and distribution of the movies in her new role as president and CEO of the CBS unit.
April 22, 1997 |
When Richard Lovett took over the top job at Creative Artists Agency in 1995, the widespread reaction was "he's no Ovitz." As it turns out, that's been the good news for Hollywood. Today, the agency that dominated the industry for more than a decade under the visionary but imperious rule of Michael Ovitz is in the hands of a man more comfortable working a room than orchestrating a corporate mega-merger.