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Monday, September 27, 2004

PP goodies to come

Jay Leno? uh no

September 8, 2004
Mark Sweney

Film studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer has struck a digital licensing deal to promote next year's Pink Panther movie across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The agreement, brokered by Copyright Promotions, sees digital marketing agency Buongiorno Vitaminic take charge of the mobile marketing of Pink Panther content.

The campaign will see 100 images and video clips from the film, which stars Steve Martin, Jay Leno and Beyonce Knowles, used to create mobile applications such as wallpaper, logos, MMS and video promotion services.

The agency has already signed agreements with more than 35 telephone operators and media partners across Europe, giving it a potential reach of more than 200m consumers.

In 2001 Copyright Promotions struck a deal with KFC to launch a children's meal promotion based on the Pink Panther character. Meals in 500 KFC outlets came with one of four toys showing the character in different guises: an Elvis, a karate expert, a skateboarder and a treasure keeper.


Will Steve and Anne attend?
NYDaily News
Daily Dish
Rush and Malloy
27 September 2004
Tragic role spurs Phoenix flameout?

Side dish

Billy Joel's wedding to Katie Lee is Saturday, we hear. The 56-year-old rocker will marry his 26-year-old fiancée in front of friends who include Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin, but not ex-wife Christie Brinkley. Daughter Alexa will be the maid of honor, and Lee will wear an Oscar de la Renta gown...

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Where he was when
03 Sept 2004
Gawker Stalker: Like You Wouldn't Recognize Ed Norton

Sightings are provided by readers
· Saw Steve Martin and Lorne Michaels among the audience at Comic Strip Live on Tuesday night for a 9/11 benefit show. The club's staff happily obliged Steve's request to have his picture on the wall and quickly snapped a picture of the star. He seemed like a really nice guy, took pictures with fans and waved goodbye as his driver wisked him and his young female companion away.
Thursday, September 23, 2004

Steve will help honor Lorne Michaels

found by KMT
Friday 24th September, 2004

Stars line up for Twain Prize gala
Big News
Friday 24th September, 2004

Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Paul Simon are to appear at the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize ceremony for Lorne Michaels, organizers said Thursday.

The Kennedy Center said the all-star lineup will also include Dan Aykroyd, Candice Bergen, Darrell Hammond, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Conan O'Brien, Molly Shannon, David Spade and Christopher Walken. Plans also call for appearances by Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Michaels, the creator of Saturday Night Live, will receive the seventh annual Twain Prize at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Oct. 25, in ceremonies to be taped for telecast over PBS early in 2005.

Michaels has won 10 Emmy Awards as a writer and producer. SNL is a multiple Emmy-winner, and also has a George Foster Peabody Award to its credit. Michaels is also executive producer of NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and has produced such movie hits as Wayne's World and Mean Girls.

Michaels joins previous Twain Prize winners: Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart and Lily Tomlin.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Steve puts his nuts on the table

credit to KMT, chronicler of Steve's testicles

The Toronto Star
September 18, 2004 Saturday
NEWS; Pg. A19
Glick the ideal tribute to T.O.

Near the opening of Jiminy Glick in Lalawood — which has its premiere tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival — there's a scene that will seem more than slightly familiar to anyone who has been attending festival galas this week.

As the stars stroll onto the red carpet and the beautiful people stream into Roy Thomson Hall, the jowliest, most puffy-faced celebrity interviewer of all time gushes, "I love the shallowness of it all."

These glittering Canadians are said to look like Russians trying to pass themselves off as Americans, and as the awestruck Glick explains, they get all dressed up to celebrate themselves.

The occasion is the premiere of a horrendously bad epic called Growing Up Gandhi. In a ritual that will resonate with the audience at tonight's screening, the VIPs from the movie trot onto the stage. Then the bratty young star and director (Corey Pearson), whose grasp of history is a bit fuzzy, describes it as the story of "a wise old man from Indiana."

Everyone except Glick considers it one of the worst movies ever. To him it's a towering masterpiece — but then he slept through it.

It is hard to imagine that the festival could have found a more appropriate movie for its closing night. The exuberant comedian Martin Short has not only made the journey from small screen to big screen with this picture. He has set his tale in the midst of Toronto festival frenzy — making a fond mockery of it while paying it the supreme compliment of portraying it as a big-deal event in a movie that will be enjoyed by audiences all over the world when it is released early next year.

No wonder Jiminy Glick loves the shallowness of show business. Rarely has shallowness been as irresistible.

This character, already beloved by fans of the cable-channel comedy Primetime Glick, is possibly the greatest satiric creation of Short's career. And for those who have been following Short's work for 25 years, his Glick sketches may seem like a blessed return to those SCTV glory days of the early 1980s.

On SCTV Short played a part on the most brilliant parody of self-congratulatory TV talk shows, The Sammy Maudlin Show. Joe Flaherty was Sammy, Eugene Levy was lounge lizard Bobby Bitman, and Martin Short was a crusty, self-satisfied 85-year-old songwriter named Irving Cohen.

Glick might also be a cousin of celebrity interviewer Brock Linahan, whom Short created on SCTV as a spoof of his friend, the late Brian Linehan — who was the subject of a tribute last night in which Short participated.

For Short, who grew up in Hamilton and began his career on stage in Toronto before moving to California on the wings of his SCTV success, this has been quite a homecoming week. It also included a lucrative appearance on Thursday night at Casino Rama.

With his chipmunk cheeks and slight speech impediment, Glick may remind you of Gene Shalit of NBC's Today show. At his outrageous best, Jiminy digs for dirt while getting all the details wrong. He botches names, suffers from attention deficit disorder, and has idiotic opinions of the movies he reviews on TV.

The pitfall of making a feature film like this is that it could seem like a TV comedy sketch stretched way beyond its limits.

But Short and his collaborators — director Vadim Jean and co-writers Paul Flaherty and Michael Short — have come up with a plot line that propels the movie while allowing great opportunities for the hilarious interviews we crave.

Jiminy brings his wife Dixie (Jan Hooks) and his two sons to the Toronto festival in the hopes of hobnobbing with the stars and doing some major interviews. He fails to get them — until the Gandhi epic bombs and Jiminy, who has given the movie its only glowing review, is rewarded with the first interview its moody star/auteur has given in five years.

Then he gets involved in what seems to be a murder mystery involving an alcoholic actress (Elizabeth Perkins) and her foul-tempered boyfriend (John Michael Higgins). And the case has intriguing links to one of Jiminy's favourite bits of Hollywood trash — the scandal of Lana Turner and the murder of her gangster boyfriend.

Short as Glick is in almost every scene, but he also plays another role — parodying that most noirish of all Hollywood directors, David Lynch.

Still, the high points of the movie are Glick's celebrity interviews, especially the one in which Steve Martin talks about the mechanics of doing a nude scene. (His secret: a set that includes a low table on which he can rest his testicles.)

It adds up to a relaxed comedy with both the manic wit and the casual, throwaway structure of a 1930s classic with the Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields or Mae West. It also reminded me of the spoofy Road To... series that Bob Hope and Bing Crosby turned out in the 1940s.

Short, who has had many huge successes on television and on stage, has not had as much luck in movies. This picture comes as a breakthrough.

Still, at the risk of seeming like a churlish nitpicker, I must register a complaint about the title. Surely it should be Jiminy Glick In T.O.-wood.

Giving his testicles a rest
Martin Short Film Closes Toronto Festival
Sat Sep 18, 8:50 PM ET
By COLIN McCLELLAND, Associated Press Writer

TORONTO - There could hardly be a more appropriate movie to close the Toronto International Film Festival Saturday night than Martin Short's "Jiminy Glick in Lalawood."

Shot at the festival in 2002 with a bevy of star cameos, the schmoozefest satire plops the obese and obnoxious celebrity interviewer Jiminy Glick (Short in a fat-suit) into a murder-mystery. It's like "The Player" on laughing gas.

Toronto's influential festival, one of the world's largest, traditionally ends on a lighter note after 10 days of more than 300 films and countless parties. Short's film adroitly skewers media, stars and their handlers alike, but he says it's about his characters, not the industry.

"I don't view it as something about the industry itself. It's a dumb guy with power," Short told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday. "I could see Glick being a member of Parliament, easily."

Short, a Canadian who got his break in the 1980s on the influential television show Second City TV that also produced John Candy (news), Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara, wrote the film with other Second City alumni, his older brother Michael and Paul Flaherty. Vadim Jean directed.

Short lifts his character from his Comedy Central television show "Prime Time Glick," adding Jan Hooks as his gaudy wife Dixie, and chubby twin sons Matthew and Modine.

A celebrity interviewer from Butte, Mont., Glick is catapulted to fame at the Toronto festival for snagging an interview with a "reclusive and elusive" writer/director/star of the fictional "Growing Up Gandhi."

Glick falls asleep during the screening of the hopelessly bad biopic of the young Gandhi as a boxer with flourishes of "Raging Bull" flash bulbs and "American Beauty" rose petals.

His ignorantly glowing review lands him a spot with lightweight Gandhi ego-star Ben Di Carlo, played by Corey Pearson, who describes India's caste system as "kind of what we have in Hollywood, but on a bigger scale."

Then Glick snares himself in a deadly film-noir sex scandal with rappers, a fading alcoholic actress, her seedy European svengali and parallels to the 1958 killing of mobster Johnny Stompanato by the lesbian daughter of his lover, Lana Turner.

The film sends up the dark side of the festival with Short playing a bang-on spoof of eccentric director David Lynch intoning, "I like a dark road," while the screen flashes to the blacktop intro of Lynch's "Lost Highway."

"Because it was a film festival, I wanted an auteur to be a puppeteer to all the players in it. Very few people have such a strong signature as David Lynch," Short said. "It's him working out this odd new Lynchian film at a film festival."

And Glick is captured unwittingly. Along the way, his unscripted red carpet interviews catch Kiefer Sutherland stumbling to articulate what it means to be Canadian, Kevin Kline (news) showering condescending attitude, Kurt Russell giggling uncontrollably and Steve Martin lecturing on testicle resting.

As stars sidle past, Glick says into his camera: "From the back it looks like Alanis Morissette (news), but it could be Mickey Rourke. I get the two mixed up."

Glick hoovers snacks before an incredulous Willem Dafoe (news) and he discovers that "celebrities can be dull" as Rob Lowe dissects his craft.

How does Glick feel about the festival: "Scared and excited. Kind of how I feel when I go to the proctologist."

Short said he is planning to stage a one-man next year on Broadway. "I've toyed with different titles. One is: "If I Saved I Wouldn't Be Here."

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

A Steve quote I'd never heard

ABC News Transcripts
September 20, 2004 Monday

[speaking about the Emmy Award Show]
BILL WEIR: Off Camera) Yes, indeed. I was, I was struck by, standing in that sea of celebrities, Steve Martin's quote about how Hollywood is like high school with money, basically. You know you got the head cheerleader, that's, that's Jennifer Aniston. You got the quarterback, that's Brad Pitt. And Diane {Sawyer} is everybody's best friend walking down there.


A rare Steve sighting in the wilds of NYC
Page Six
Richard Johnson
NY Post
21 September 2004

PERRY Rubenstein celebrating the opening of his two new art galleries in Chelsea with Steve Martin, Larry Gagosian, Yvonne Force Villareal and artist Robin Rhode at Lure ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Fishbar
Monday, September 20, 2004

NOW we know why Steve liked making the Pink Panther so much

The Evening Standard (London)
September 14, 2004
Pg. 12
Mortified Mortimer

NOT TO BE outshone by her father, Sir John, following the weekend's revelations about his love child, Emily Mortimer discloses details about her forthcoming onscreen love affair in next month's Harpers & Queen.

"I spend all my time with my legs wrapped around Steve Martin in compromising positions," reveals the rising star of British cinema.

This scene in The Pink Panther follows her explicit sex scenes in 2001's Lovely And Amazing and last year's Young Adam.

"Screen sex is like being stuck in a lift with someone for three hours.

"It's slightly mortifying but you come out better friends than when you went in, because you're in this intense, odd situation," Emily admits.

But away from the screen "sex is, like life, very fantastic and magical and also quite frightening, really".

Presumably, Mortimer Senior is not so easily scared.

And here's the picture

Ignore that unimportant woman in the blue suit. from left to right: the Steve, Brenda Withers and Mindy Kaling.


Steve is going to back another new tv show

thank you to the anonymous person who left this good on feedback at the main site.
Matt & Ben Team Developing "Mindy and Brenda" Sitcom with Steve Martin for WB
By Ernio Hernandez
20 Sep 2004

Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers, the writer-performers behind the Fringe-to-Off Broadway comedy Matt & Ben, are teaming with Steve Martin and producing partner Joan Stein to develop a sitcom for the WB network, according to Variety.

The trade magazine states that Carsey-Werner will produce the Martin/Stein Co. project, tentatively titled "Mindy and Brenda."

The half-hour comedy penned by (and loosely based on) the duo will follow two women in their 20s who are best friends and former college roommates who now live together in Brooklyn.

The project came about after Stein and Martin, having seen the show in its run at P.S. 122, again viewed the work when the show played in Los Angeles at an industry night performance attended by invited executives and producers. Also among the guests was independent producer David Janollari, who has since become the WB Entertainment president.

"When Matt & Ben opened Off-Broadway, we were only slated to run six weeks," stated Kaling and Withers in a released statement prior to the show closing Off-Broadway. "Now, the show will have played out the season with a second West Coast production running simultaneously and productions set to open throughout the country and beyond. We never dreamed we would get such a wild ride out of dressing up in boys clothes and eating junk food!"

Matt & Ben is a satire on the pre-paparazzi, pre-fame friendship between Oscar-winning screenwriters and actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. When the screenplay for "Good Will Hunting" mysteriously drops into their laps, the duo believe they are being tested by a higher power.

The show played a sold-out run at the 2002 New York International Fringe Festival where it garnered Best Overall Production. After an appearance at the 2003 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, the show returned to New York for an Off-Broadway open run at P.S. 122. The New York staging recast its leads when the originators booked a stint at Los Angeles' Acme Comedy Theatre.

In Matt & Ben, the two authors star as the famous Hollywood duo — Kaling plays Affleck and Withers portrays Damon. Both also take on other well-known personae in the show. David Warren (Barbra's Wedding, The Dazzle) directed the New York and Los Angeles run.

For more information and tour dates to Matt & Ben, visit
Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Steve encourages Chevy Chase

From a long profile of Chevy Chase (check it out).

" 'You know, everybody has disasters,' says Steve Martin, a friend from Three Amigos. 'And then you have a hit and then the disasters don't matter. So, if you think about it, everybody is just one hit away from being exactly where they were. Chevy is one hit away. It will happen. He'll get that hit. And he'll be back.' "

He's Still Chevy Chase (And You're Not): He was SNL's first breakout star. He struck comedy gold with 'Caddyshack,' 'Fletch,' and 'Vacation.' Then he crashed, burned, and disappeared. So why is this guy still laughing?
Entertainment Weekly; 8/13/2004; Fierman, Daniel
Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Official site for Pink Panther

The good Inspector Clouseau has written to tell us all that the official website for the Pink Panther is up and running. Since the movie is not yet edited, there are no trailers or film clips, but you can bookmark it for future reference.

PP Official Site

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