‘The Bridge’s’ Demian Bichir: Hollywood Always Throws in a Little Filth When Depicting Mexico
This is the last spring-summer meeting at Hollywood Park. The track is scheduled to be razed and developed in 2014. Saturdays $200,000 A Gleam Handicap for fillies and mares over seven furlongs has a projected field of eight, including Byrama, winner of the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap on June 15; Book Review, who won the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita last December; and Teddys Promise, a troubled third to stablemate Include Me Out in the Desert Stormer Handicap.
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Embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen is bringing in some Hollywood firepower in the wake of her N-word scandal. our editor recommends Tax Lawyer: Hollywood Needs Federal Incentives Now (Guest Column) Patricia Glaser, the litigator who handled Conan O’Brien’s exit from NBC and recently represented Keith Olbermann in his litigation with Current TV, has been hired to lead Deen’s legal team, a source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . Glaser, a regular honoree on THR’s annual Power Lawyers list of the top entertainment attorneys in America, will not be representing Deen in the lawsuit filed by Lisa Jackson, a former manager of Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House that Deen co-owns with her brother. Deen has parted ways with the Oliver Maner firm that was representing her in that case and has brought on Grace Speights, a Washington-based partner in Morgan Lewis’ employment practice. STORY: Alleged Paula Deen Extortionist Arrested Rather, Glaser and her Los Angeles-based firm will serve as overall counsel to Deen, managing any future legal dustups that might arise and handling her relationships with sponsors, most of whom dropped her after a deposition was made public in which Deen admitted to using the N-word decades ago. Glaser declined to comment. Besides being one of the top litigators in Hollywood, Glaser shares a Southern upbringing with her new client, having been raised in West Virginia. A source says a phone call between Deen and Glaser was arranged recently on the recommendation that the chef hire a strong female attorney with experience handling high-profile matters.
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After the tide goes back out, it’s not at all certain that many so-called “bombs” deserve their much-mocked fates. “Cleopatra,” the 1963 extravaganza, became infamous for the torrid love affair between stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as the monumental problems in mounting the film, which took three years to make. (Among other things, it was slowed by Taylor’s emergency tracheotomy and terrible weather.) The final result was actually well-reviewed, nominated for nine Oscars and winning four.
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Putting Hollywood’s biggest bombs back together
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But you never know what’s going to happen next because all you have is the pilot. When they threw out Diane Kruger’s name, that helped me make my decision. Do you feel like your Oscar nomination for “A Better Life” opened doors for you in Hollywood and helped get you this show? The way I see life and my work is that every project — every film, every play or anything I do — will potentially be my passport to something better, if you’re lucky enough to get a good final product.
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