April 7, 2009 |
Memo to: Peter Bart I guess I knew things weren't going well when the big shots at various Hollywood agencies started telling me that they'd been canceling their Variety print subscriptions -- which, let's face it, cost almost as much as a decent used car -- because by the time the paper arrived in the morning they'd already read almost everything in it online. But still, the news that Tim Gray is now running the show and you're, well, stepping aside came as a shock.
January 23, 2005 |
You don't have to flip terribly much these days to find someone -- an actor or director or agent or producer -- in middiscussion about the difference between doing an independent film versus a Hollywood blockbuster and talking as if the distinction were a matter of national security.
November 24, 2003 |
It would actually be a shock if a story collection set in Hollywood, featuring an assortment of folks from the entertainment industry -- including a temperamental actress, her beleaguered personal manager, a hot young actor, a press agent, a screenwriter, a talent agent, various studio executives and a Realtor who models herself on Zsa Zsa Gabor -- were to reveal this world to be anything but shallow.
October 24, 2003 |
As all Hollywood big shots know, any idea that shows a glimmer of success warrants consideration for franchise or brand-exploitation possibilities. It's natural, then, that with a combined six decades of showbiz experience between them, two of the town's bigger shots -- Peter Bart and Peter Guber -- employed just such a strategy with their insiders' take on Hollywood. First came the UCLA seminar series, dubbed "Shoot-Out!
November 16, 2001 |
Peter Bart , controversial editor in chief of Variety who was suspended without pay for three weeks after making what many considered inflammatory comments in a Los Angeles magazine profile, is once again dissected in the magazine. In a letter published in its December issue, which is out today, the former Mrs. Peter Bart takes issue with Bart's assertion that "he has never once dated a Jewish girl." "My name is Dorothy Callman," she writes. "I am Jewish.
September 11, 2001 |
Peter Bart returned to his job as editor in chief of Variety on Monday amid continuing skepticism about the thoroughness of the investigation that led to both his reinstatement and his 21-day suspension without pay. When Cahners Business Information, the owners of Variety, announced Bart's reinstatement late last month, company officials said they had conducted a "very serious, in-depth investigation . . .