July 27, 2003 |
THE mailroom at the William Morris Agency is famous as a boot camp for nascent hustlers. Stories of shenanigans there and at other agencies have long been known to people in the movie business, passed around and kept close. Now that agents themselves are celebrities, it's probably inevitable that David Rensin's "The Mailroom" should appear. Compiled in the manner of oral histories, it's a collection of agency war stories.
October 25, 1997 |
Producer Alan Ladd Jr. recently abandoned plans to film an updated version of the dark-toned 1955 Robert Mitchum movie "The Night of the Hunter." "It's hard to find the right actor [today] who has the menace of a Mitchum," Ladd said this week, referring to the late star who portrayed a psychotic religious fanatic in Charles Laughton's classic thriller. "We tried to put it in the modern day and couldn't," Ladd said of the script his company tried to develop for nearly eight months.
February 18, 2003 |
When Sue Naegle first went to the United Talent Agency in the early 1990s, she interviewed for an assistant's job with Gavin Polone, then a UTA partner. "If you make one mistake, I'll fire you," Polone told her. "Does that scare you? Are you going to act like a little girl? Are you going to cry when I yell at you? Are you going to complain to your mom?"